A Close to Home Weekend

Hello, hi there! Happy Monday to YOU. How was your weekend? I hope it was a lovely blend of enjoyable and relaxing!

Our weekend kicked off on Friday night with Chase’s first soccer game of the year. This is the very first yr Chase has been on a authentic staff that competes versus other teams (it is nonetheless just a rec league so practically nothing way too major) but oh my gosh, I was NOT organized for how pressured I would feel observing him participate in!

I admittedly really do not come across soccer to be the most intriguing sport so I truthfully thought I could be a minimal bored on sport times but evidently when I have a youngster on the field, almost everything alterations.

I was majorly invested and Ryan held laughing at me and inquiring how I was doing because I was stressing so substantially! I just can’t truly pinpoint why I was so invested but know my thoughts were rooted in my wish for Chase to have a excellent initially-activity experience (win or eliminate). I didn’t want him sense any of his errors far too deeply and just desired him to wander away with his love for the recreation however very considerably in tact. And he did!

Chase’s initial game was really neat and a massive studying practical experience for Chase and his teammates. They won and Chase experienced two actually great blocks and really gave his ideal exertion on the subject. On the vehicle trip property, Chase claimed sport days are brilliant and is now looking ahead to his future match on Friday. Let’s just hope my coronary heart can acquire the tension once again. Ha!


On Saturday morning we kept points minimal important. (Perfectly, the boys and I did. Ryan is all-in on his fifty percent ironman education so he spent 2.5 hours biking and then ran 9 miles on Saturday early morning. Phew!) Chase appeared a tiny very low power on Saturday and mentioned he wasn’t feeling 100 per cent so we took that as a indication to continue to be close to home.

After digging into banana bread protein pancakes for breakfast, the boys generally entertained on their own in the early morning but appeared down for a stroll around the community just before lunch. We stopped for a a very little playtime at the park close to our home (we had been the only kinds there) prior to heading house and digging into sandwiches, cucumber slices and strawberries.

Sooner or later Ryan received Rhett down for his nap and I settled Ryder in his space for some peaceful time with books and toys ahead of it was time for our large party of the working day: Picking up fertile rooster eggs to care for over the training course of the subsequent 21 times!

Chase accompanied me on the travel to Two Minor Acres Homestead in Steele Creek where by we picked up our eggs, an incubator and directions for the Hatch-a-Chick Working experience our complete spouse and children is thrilled to be doing jointly.

The practical experience is an instructional practical experience available by a local family who raises pasture-elevated chickens and other animals “with lots of sunshine, contemporary air, access to bugs, grasses and shrubs” and the animals “eating the way nature supposed.” In the course of our 21 times with the eggs, we’re responsible for holding the eggs warm in the incubator (99.5 degrees + 50% humidity) and will be in a position to check out them hatch and preserve them for a couple of times until eventually we will return them to the farm. I will hardly ever forget hatching chicks and ducks in my elementary college science class and can now inform the boys think this complete working experience is remarkable.

Once we had all of our eggs set up in the incubator and Rhett was awake from his nap, we took the boys to the pool for 1 of our final swims of the summer!

(I adore the earlier mentioned pic of Ryder. At what point do we halt jumping into the pool with utter abandon? There is just so substantially pleasure in that leap!)

The h2o was Chilly but you know that didn’t end our boys from splashing all-around!

We stayed at the pool right up until dinnertime and then headed off to Five Men for burgers with the boys currently sporting their pajamas.

(One of my favourite mom hacks of the summertime has been transforming the boys into their pajamas before leaving the pool in the evenings.)

We also could not resist grabbing some frozen custard from Andy’s situated in the similar procuring plaza just before calling it a night time!

I opted for the s’mores concrete which was scrumptious but I’ll be sticking with my typical go-to get (the Snowmonster — aka strawberry with melted chocolate chips) in the foreseeable future.


On Sunday morning our designs centered all around visiting the home and examining on progress.

We’re a small more than a week into painting now and most of the work has centered about portray home windows and trim and priming every thing so the dwelling is looking very white at the moment. I’ll be psyched to see some shade included through paint and wallpaper shortly!

I also needed to see how the kitchen area pendants I acquired would glimpse over our island so we introduced one of them by for Ryan to maintain up and I’m delighted to say I think it will be fantastic in that area.

For some reason kitchen area island pendants have taken me the longest to choose (they just experience so obvious and central to our property) and it feels fantastic to have that final decision accomplished.

The boys used most of our time at the property enjoying in the rocks and sand out entrance. Considering that they seemed articles, Ryan and I took benefit of their imaginative play and sat on our new entrance techniques and chatted when the boys performed and brought us a variety of fake smoothies they manufactured in the sand pit.

Soon after our time at the household, we arrived back house, played baseball in the property, ate lunch and then Rhett napped while I stayed again with the big little ones so Ryan could head out to assist his dad shift into a new condominium.

I managed to squeeze in a minor function time although the big young ones played and then Ryan arrived household and we invested more time hanging outside the house just before wrapping up our weekend with motion picture evening (aka an episode of Alaska Animal Rescue), tale time, baths and mattress.

This week is the very first week all of the boys are again in school on their typical schedules (Rhett and Ryder’s preschool does a staggered start so they’ve been on and off) and I’m hunting forward to obtaining into a real rhythm and formally commencing the college 12 months for our family members. I hope you all have a fantastic 7 days and, as constantly, I appreciate you creating my website a part of your day!