First Fishing Derby + A Cardinal Fledgling

Good morning pals. How are you? How was  your weekend? Our weekend was full of small moments that pulled us out from beneath the cloud that appears to be masking loads of our days. It was weekend all issues thought-about and a weekend that introduced smiles to our faces quite a few occasions.

I’ve stated it earlier than however I’ll say it once more — our boys are the freaking greatest blessings. I really feel this each single day nevertheless it turns into all of the extra poignant when Ryan and I really feel like we actually want a pointy bolt of pleasure in our lives. They at all times, at all times ship.

Our weekend kicked off with soccer on Friday evening.

This was possible Chase’s final sport of the season (there should be a make up sport developing) and after coming off a crew with an undefeated report final season, this season has confirmed to be the precise reverse. Chase’s crew didn’t win a single sport and, actually, I’m so impressed with how Chase dealt with so many losses. He scored probably the most targets for his crew this season and tried so, so onerous on the market. Most significantly, he at all times walked off the sphere along with his head held excessive and constructive, encouraging phrases for his teammates.

(Costume: Amazon/ Sun shades: QUAY / Sneakers: Madewell)

I’m happy with him.

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Saturday morning started with furnishings constructing for me and Ryder!

Ryder and I share a love of puzzles and I swear it interprets to having fun with furnishings constructing collectively. I’m not exaggerating after I say Ryder sprinted over to me after I requested if anybody needed to assist construct our new patio furnishings and he took over electrical screwdriver duties like a champ!

We’re getting increasingly prepared for many exterior time this summer time and thus far I’m impressed with the patio furnishings I discovered on Amazon. We ordered these loungers and these Adirondack chairs and the standard as we have been constructing the chairs appears nice, particularly for the worth level. I chosen them as a result of I needed one thing sturdy with a wooden(ish) look that wasn’t actual wooden as a result of they’ll keep exterior 24/7 and be uncovered to climate and the weather. Hopefully they maintain up in addition to I feel they’ll!

Whereas Ryder and I constructed furnishings, Rhett received a contemporary trim courtesy of Ryan.

Have a look at that good-looking little man! I’m so, so impressed with Ryan’s hair slicing abilities. He started slicing the boys’ hair about 6 months in the past and is getting so good at it. Thanks for saving us one million and one journeys to Nice Clips, Ryan!

As soon as breakfast, Rhett’s hair minimize and furnishings constructing have been full, the spotlight of our weekend occurred as a result of we attended our first fishing match! I came upon a few small fishing derby open to youngsters ages 7 and up by means of native parks and rec programming and after I talked about it to Chase, he couldn’t have been extra obsessed with taking part. There’s not far more Chase loves than animals and fishing and he couldn’t wait to bait his hook and get going!

Everybody registered had one hour to fish in a pond and awards got out to the children who caught probably the most fish, the most important fish, the smallest fish and the primary fish.

Chase was so, so psyched when he claimed an award for the primary fish caught and received a brand new spinning rod! He additionally managed to catch 8 fish in an hour; 6 catfish and a pair of bluegills.

(Tank: Talulah / Overalls: Amazon / Sneakers: Reebok

Watching your youngsters do the issues they love is one in every of my favourite elements of motherhood and Saturday definitely delivered. Ryder and Rhett have been additionally in a position to fish (and play with Scorching Wheels vehicles within the grass, in fact) so our entire household actually had an exquisite time.

As we have been leaving the derby, Ryan and I couldn’t assist however discuss how a lot his dad would’ve beloved being there with us. Greg  joined us on loads of our native fishing adventures through the years and we all know this derby would’ve introduced him loads of pleasure. Over the weekend, Ryan obtained a card from one in every of his dad’s pals who stated Greg talked about his grandsons and known as them “magical.” I can not get that phrase out of my head. What a fantastic strategy to describe our boys. We promise to maintain Granddad’s reminiscence alive in them.

After the fishing derby, we made our means house for a late lunch. The climate was so unimaginable and our boys didn’t need to come inside so we did picnic lunches and frolicked exterior till they requested a household bike experience. Since Rhett’s nap clearly wasn’t taking place on Saturday, we loaded up the massive youngsters ‘ bikes, a stroller for Rhett and Pepper drove to an area greenway for a 3.5 mile stroll/experience.

A couple of week in the past, Ryder realized tips on how to experience a motorbike with out coaching wheels and blew us away. You guys, the expertise in instructing Ryder tips on how to experience a motorbike was night-and-day totally different from Chase and we’re giving the entire credit score to his balance bike. Ryder understood tips on how to stability and fly round on his stability bike and already understood pedaling from Chase’s outdated bike with coaching wheels so after we took the coaching wheels off the massive bike, I’m not exaggerating after I say he completely flew! There was nearly no studying curve and it was unreal! Let’s simply say instructing Chase to experience a motorbike was not almost as seamless so we’re positively going to be encouraging the stability bike with Rhett, too. My thoughts continues to be blown.

Ryan and I smiled quite a bit on our stroll as a result of the massive youngsters had the perfect time flying by means of puddles on their bikes which we each bear in mind vividly from our personal childhoods. When will we cease getting a lot pleasure out of stuff like this!? Youngsters know one thing we don’t, I’m telling you.

The remainder of our Saturday seemed like pizza and film evening at house.


Sunday morning started with some crucial enterprise. We had a child chicken to examine on!

Proper earlier than mattress time on Saturday evening, I noticed a child cardinal fall out of its nest after I was letting Pepper out. Ryder and Rhett have been already asleep however Chase was awake so he flew exterior to examine on the newborn chicken. We learn quite a bit about what we should always do as a result of the little chicken appeared so susceptible in our grass however all the things we learn and all of the movies we watched stated to do nothing, particularly when you see the mother and pop close by which we did. We decided it was a cardinal fledgling and was possible taking its first journey out of the nest. We hoped for the perfect and have been so, so glad after we got here exterior on Sunday morning and the newborn chicken was resting in a hidden spot close to the trunk of the tree.

Chase then peeked up in to the tree and noticed two extra fledglings hopping round on branches which made us really feel so a lot better in regards to the chicken’s likelihood of survival.

Once I shared an image of our new little fledgling pal on Instagram, I obtained a handful of messages telling me they imagine cardinals signify a beloved one who handed is visiting you. I beloved this concept and shared it with Ryan and it buoyed each of us. Little indicators like this carry a simultaneous pang of grief and pleasure and also you higher imagine our household is now all of the extra invested on this little cardinal’s survival. The boys instantly checked on it once more this morning earlier than college and it’s nonetheless simply hanging out beneath the massive tree the place Mother and Dad proceed to flutter round all day lengthy.

After we made certain the newborn cardinal was okay, we headed again inside for breakfast and melty beads/biggie beads earlier than it was time for church. After church, Rhett went down for a nap and Ryan fished off our dock with the massive youngsters whereas I met up with some pals for a DIY terrarium class at Plant Home in Huntersville as a mini belated birthday celebration for me and my pal Carrie.

(Sweater: American Eagle — bought out however yow will discover it resale when you Google “American Eagle snowsoft mock neck sweater” / Slip Skirt: Target/ Sneakers: Madewell)

All of us chosen our personal vases and stuffed them with succulents or air vegetation and agreed it was loads of enjoyable! Typically if you do courses with pals they will require loads of focus however this was an excellent one as a result of it was so easy so it left us with loads of time to catch up whereas we created one thing enjoyable to carry house.

By the point I arrived house, Rhett was simply waking up from his nap, so I scooped him up after which all of us frolicked at house, constructing extra patio furnishings, checking on the cardinal fledgling and doing the entire mattress and bathtub time routine.

We wrapped up our weekend with studying in mattress — I’m on ebook 4 from the ACOTAR sequence — and I slept restlessly however am feeling oddly okay this morning. I feel the sunny 65-degree climate helps.

I hope you all have an exquisite week forward and hope to see you again right here later this week. Thanks for making my weblog part of your day!