Our weekend was such an excellent one nevertheless it glided by approach too quick! It felt like our weekend kicked off early as a result of my mother and father arrived on the town within the late afternoon on Thursday and all three boys had been out of faculty on Friday. It was so good to my mother and pa on the town throughout our three-day weekend and we undoubtedly made essentially the most of it.


Friday kicked off with Ryder’s kindergarten orientation and screening at his future elementary faculty which was great and, if I’m being sincere, slightly emotional for me. Because it seems, the second time sending a child off to kindergarten doesn’t make it any simpler on a dad or mum’s coronary heart. It’s actually loopy to me my tenderhearted center man is gearing up for grade faculty already.

We had a Mother + Ryder morning and attending the occasion collectively went very well. (Since I had a couple of individuals ask on Instagram once I shared this image, kindergarten orientations and screenings are quite common in our space — our children don’t go to non-public faculty — and I feel the colleges use them to gauge the place youngsters are at heading into the college 12 months and in addition to make sure the scholars in every class have quite a lot of means ranges.) This was additionally my first time attending an in-person kindergarten orientation on the faculty as a result of Chase started kindergarten throughout Covid days so it was new to me (although at this level, I really feel very immersed within the faculty already). We rounded out our morning with a mini date at Starbucks for a cake pop for Ryder and an entire milk latte for me and had been again dwelling earlier than lunchtime.

The climate on Friday was incredible and we spent many of the afternoon with my mother and father having fun with the solar outdoors whereas the boys performed on the small seashore in our yard. As soon as Ryan was carried out with work for the day we had been excited for our adults-only plans for the night! We booked a babysitter for the boys so we may get pleasure from a uncommon kid-free night time out with my mother and pa and loved cocktails and a incredible dinner collectively which was such a deal with!

(Gown: Anthropologie by way of Nuuly / Sandals: Amazon / Bracelets: Anthropologie + Madewell / Necklaces: Gorjana + Amazon / Purse: Amazon

Additionally, a couple of of you’ve checked in to ask about my dad and his well being and I’m unbelievably completely satisfied to share that he’s doing very effectively. Thanks for caring about him and our household. We actually felt your love and your prayers final 12 months and appreciated them a lot.


Saturday was one other beautiful day! Ryan is within the midst of coaching for one more Half Ironman and my dad introduced his street bike up so they may head out on a 2+ hour journey collectively on Saturday morning.

I had a stunning, gradual begin to my Saturday and chatted with my mother over espresso earlier than throwing collectively a straightforward however scrumptious breakfast unfold for our gang.

German pancakes had been one in every of my favourite “particular” breakfasts my mother would make for our household once I was a child and I figured everybody would possibly benefit from the large, poofy pancakes for breakfast on Saturday morning. (I adopted this recipe and it turned out excellent!) We ate our pancakes topped with syrup, contemporary berries and powdered sugar and I additionally baked up some RoRo’s cinnamon rolls that disappeared shortly, too.

Submit-breakfast outdoors playtime was an enormous hit because the boys had been so into the bubbles my mother introduced alongside. She made the bubbles utilizing a new-to-us bubble recipe and so they had been simply the good bubbles we’ve ever seen as a result of they obtained enormous and didn’t pop almost as shortly as common bubbles.

Right here’s the bubble recipe in case you would possibly wish to give them a strive:

Because the boys had been taking part in with their bubbles, my dad provided to assist Ryan dangle the hen homes my mother-in-law and Les made for the boys to embellish and now we’re all anxious for some birds to take up residence! Any bird-loving buddies understand how lengthy it takes for birds to find hen homes and make them their houses?

Saturday’s climate was actually excellent and we spent the overwhelming majority of the day outdoors watching the boys observe capturing their bow and arrow, play on the seashore, journey their scooters, catch and launch lizards and run across the yard whereas we frolicked collectively. We additionally managed to deal with a pair random outside family tasks which were hanging over our heads which felt nice.

My dad and Ryan then took the massive youngsters fishing whereas my mother and I ended into Publix with Rhett to select up a birthday cake. My birthday is subsequent Saturday and my mother and father needed to have fun throughout their go to and requested me to decide on what sort of cake I needed and no matter I needed for dinner on Saturday night. It was a fantastic mini celebration and we dug into sushi and ice cream cake earlier than the solar went down! (I’ll select ice cream over cake 100% of the time so ice cream cake is the place it’s at for me!)

Ryan additionally made a bonfire for all of us to get pleasure from outdoors and we couldn’t resist making s’mores to eat for dessert 2.0!

Ultimately we obtained Rhett and Ryder in mattress after which as soon as Ryder was asleep, Chase sneaked out of the massive youngsters’ room and got here again downstairs to hitch us for Saturday sport night time! We performed Clean Slate which has shortly grow to be a household favourite as a result of it has such a fast studying curve and is a whole lot of enjoyable for quite a lot of ages. Extremely suggest!


We had been grateful we spent a lot of the primary half of the weekend outdoors as a result of Sunday was wet from begin to end. My mother and father had a 6+ hour drive hanging over their heads on Sunday however spent a number of hours with our crew earlier than all of us stated our goodbyes within the late morning.

We had been unhappy to see them go however no less than we all know we’ll all be collectively in a couple of month for Ryan and my brother-in-law’s Half Ironman in Chattanooga. As soon as Mae and Pop had been on the street, we took the boys to a neighborhood bowling alley and arcade for some dreary climate leisure earlier than popping into Goal and heading dwelling.

(Sweatshirt: Free Folks by way of Nuuly / Joggers: Varley by way of Nuuly / Purse: Freshly Picked / Sneakers: Nike / Necklaces: Gorjana + Amazon )

The remainder of our Sunday handed by in a blur of Legos, meal prep for the week forward, slightly work time for each me and Ryan, household time and film night time which appeared like an episode of Secrets and techniques of the Zoo, one in every of our favourite household exhibits we stream on Disney+.

And now it’s time to get this Monday shifting! The massive youngsters have their martial arts belt commencement at the moment which is an enormous deal for them however apart from that, it needs to be a reasonably regular Monday. I hope you all have an exquisite week!!