What a weekend. From begin to end it was full of the great things that fills me up. My household. Sunshine. Time exterior. We spent the weekend celebrating Ryan and he deserved each little bit of the love coming his approach.


On Saturday morning, our weekend kicked off with Chase and Ryder’s first swim meet of the summer time. They’re loosely on swim workforce this yr and I say “loosely” as a result of we missed 1 / 4 of the brief season and half of the meets whereas we had been away in Florida. Fortunately the swim program they’re in is a junior swim workforce program that’s extraordinarily laidback and has a really “come when you possibly can” strategy. It fits us nicely and we had been excited to cheer for our massive children on Saturday morning!

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On the “speedy meets” (they final about an hour), children on the junior swim workforce can take part in a race that’s one size of the pool in any of the next 4 strokes: Freestyle, backstroke, breaststroke and butterfly. It was Ryder’s first meet ever (it’s his first time doing swim workforce) however previously we’ve at all times instructed Chase he may select to do no matter strokes he wished within the meets. This has seemed like one stroke or three strokes however on Saturday he did all 4 strokes in a meet for the primary time! And Ryder blew us away by opting to do freestyle, breaststroke and butterfly. Whaaat!?

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Once we arrived on the swim meet, Ryder was all about profitable his first ribbon (they get a ribbon for each race they do) however when his first warmth of freestyle was randomly chosen to be a “sizzling warmth” the place the children get to race for sweet, his focus shortly turned to suckers. Apparently suckers > race ribbons whenever you’re 5 years outdated.

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And we had been additional grateful for an insightful volunteer who noticed our three-year-old’s meltdown within the making and handed Rhett a DumDum similar to his massive brother’s. Disaster averted.

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Because the boys’ meet took us out to Harmony, we realized we had been inside 10 minutes of certainly one of our favourite donut retailers and needed to pop into OMG Donuts for a candy deal with after the meet.

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I’m slowing getting the boys to come back round to liking my favourite apple fritters. They’ve lengthy since thought apple fritters look terrible (no icing = no love) however two of the three boys admitted my fritter was fairly darn good after they took a chew yesterday. They’re the very best, I’m telling you.

By the point we made it house, we had been prepared for a little bit downtime, lunch and crafting! And that is when the primary occasion of the day started to take form…

At Dwelling Ironman Race

For Father’s Day this yr, Chase had an concept and instructed me he wished to do a mini Ironman race with Ryan. I believed it was the sweetest concept and one which was so clearly impressed by all the races Chase has spectated and the coaching he’s witnessed Ryan undergo for his varied triathlons over the previous few years. We wished to make the DIY race really feel a little bit particular for Father’s Day so we made do-it-yourself race bibs…

Embellished a end line signal…

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Arrange a transition space within the storage…

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Acquired inked up…

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And dubbed Rhett “Race Director,” a place he completely loved when he was given a whistle and instructed he was in cost.

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Chase, Ryan and Ryder designed the race course collectively. They started by finishing a brief open-water swim within the lake between our dock and our neighbor’s dock after which ran to our storage to vary for his or her bike journey.

They then hydrated and took off on a speedy two mile bike journey round our neighborhood earlier than returning and operating up and down the road for the run portion of their race.

After I inform you they had been all completely beaming after they had been accomplished, I imply it. It was so clear Chase and Ryder had been so happy with themselves and Ryan completely cherished the thought of a household race along with his massive children as a approach to have a good time Father’s Day. It was such a easy factor, however this concept that our 8-year-old brainstormed will stick with me at all times. We cherished it a lot.

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After their race, the boys all wished to play within the lake in order that’s precisely what we did!

Fueled by chilly watermelon, we swam and took the kayaks out earlier than enjoying Reminiscence and Uno, studying books collectively and calling it an early night time.

As soon as the boys had been all settled in mattress, Ryan and I began watching the recently-released second season of Unchained, a Tour de France documentary on Netflix, and we’re actually having fun with it. My dad and Ryan each bike often so it’s attention-grabbing for me to be taught extra concerning the sport of biking and the workforce and particular person features of the largest bike race on the earth. For those who occur to get pleasure from sports activities documentaries, I’d advocate it!


Sunday kicked off with a name to my dad adopted by a mini Father’s Day celebration for Ryan as we gave him a number of small items.

The boys had been thrilled to indicate him their do-it-yourself creations and I used to be particularly excited to present him three years price of household albums. They took me hours and hours to make however on a regular basis was past price it. We cherished flipping via the albums collectively and the boys had a good time seeing themselves as infants as we reminisced about a few of our favourite recollections. Now to get a jumpstart on our 2024 album!

The remainder of our Sunday was a “select your individual journey” day for Ryan. The boys helped me make a mini map for Ryan to pick out varied meals, actions, and so forth. from all day lengthy so we did precisely what he selected from our checklist of adventures.

Up first: A household hike in Davidson!

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Up subsequent: A motorcycle journey to the pool for a household pool day! We ate lunch on the pool and spent a number of hours swimming and splashing round till we figured we must always head house for dinner and film night time.

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We ended Father’s Day with film night time (Shrek, Ryan’s alternative!) and do-it-yourself funfetti ice cream earlier than heading to mattress.

This week ought to be a very good one because it’s our boys’ first camp week of the summer time. Chase and Ryder are attending a neighborhood VBS camp they completely love and Rhett will probably be attending a splash camp with a number of of his preschool buddies. All of their camps are just one/2 day camps so I’ll choose everybody up round lunchtime. And, most significantly, we’ll even be celebrating Ryder’s SIXTH birthday tomorrow!!! I must get this present day rocking earlier than we head out the door in lower than an hour, so I’m off! Hope you will have a incredible Monday, my buddies!