Spring NatureFest and Weekend Enjoyable

Often when Ryan and I don’t know what to anticipate from small(ish) occasions which might be new to us inside our neighborhood, we’ll  take our boys to them with “we’ll see how this goes” attitudes. This perspective truly serves us properly with youngsters normally as a result of protecting expectations impartial may also help alleviate disappointment if one thing derails our imaginative and prescient for an ideal day. (And by “one thing” I sometimes imply fussy youngsters, combating brothers, Mother opening a bar the mistaken method for a sure 2-year-old, and so forth.)

Not too long ago we took this method with the fishing derby we attended final month and it blew us away! We had the identical perspective going into Spring NatureFest, an occasion offered by Davidson Lands Conservancy at Roosevelt Wilson Park within the late morning on Saturday.


Apparently we’re two for 2 on killer neighborhood occasions these days as a result of NatureFest surpassed all of our expectations. Our three animal and nature-loving youngsters thought the occasion was incredible and we had a lot enjoyable studying about native vegetation and animals, holding a number of reptiles, observing bugs beneath a microscope, fishing within the small pond close to the park and watching a queen bee lay a number of eggs proper in entrance of us!

(Chase’s insect hat he acquired from my sister acquired a whole lot of love at this occasion!)

Everybody we spoke to on the varied tents was so educated and passionate and it was such an effective way to spend a Saturday morning. Everybody who attended the occasion was additionally given the chance to take a small tree dwelling to replant and our boys thought this was the good.

They every picked a unique type of tree so it is going to be fascinating to look at them develop!

As soon as we made it again dwelling, we ate lunch after which Rhett took a nap whereas Ryan took the large youngsters fishing and I caught up on work. Rhett and Ryder have been each sick for in the future final week which blew up a few of my work time so it was good to have a pair hours on Saturday to dig myself out of the weeds a bit.

By the point Ryan, Chase and Ryder made it again dwelling, Rhett was awake and we have been prepared for an additional journey. Our pool plans on Friday night time acquired scrapped as a result of climate so we promised the boys we’d take them to our neighborhood pool on Saturday because it’s formally open for the summer season! We spent the remainder of the day splashing round earlier than dinner and bedtime.


Sunday was a kind of days the place we didn’t actually do a lot and by no means left the home however on the identical time our day felt fairly full.

Ryan is at the moment coaching for his third Half Ironman (his race is lower than 2 weeks away!) and all three boys are registered for a brief IronKids race two days earlier than Ryan’s occasion. The massive youngsters shall be operating 1/2 mile white Rhett shall be doing a 100-yard sprint. They assume “coaching” with Dad is the good and on Sunday mornings, as soon as Ryan arrives dwelling from his lengthy runs, the large youngsters be part of him for a 1/2 mile run. It’s cute to look at and so they completely adore it!

Rhett, Pepper and I tagged alongside on Sunday and cheered as Chase and Ryder did their quick out-and-back run.

As soon as we made it dwelling, to the shock of nobody, the boys all needed to go for a motorcycle trip so we biked to just a little rocky path close to our home so they may do some “off roading.” Chase and Ryder are obsessive about using their bikes on grass, mulch and mainly any floor that’s not paved and often they deal with this properly however on Sunday each youngsters had huge wipe outs. They have been high quality after just a little love and a few snacks however appeared to wish to hang around on the sofa and relaxation for a bit once we acquired dwelling.

Everybody perked up fairly fast once I started unboxing the shave ice machine I obtained for Mom’s Day!

I do know that is fairly the random reward but it surely was the one factor on my Mom’s Day want listing this 12 months as a result of it appeared like a enjoyable factor our entire household will take pleasure in all summer season lengthy. I truly had it on my radar as a birthday reward concept for the boys (Rhett is next-level obsessed) however talked about it to Ryan for Mom’s Day since I figured that will allow us to maximize utilizing the machine in the course of the hottest months of the 12 months. My solely request to Ryan: Please discover a machine we will use with ice from our freezer that makes numerous snow cones directly and likewise discover a machine that makes very, very high quality shave ice like Kona Ice reasonably than laborious, crunchy ice. Ryan did his analysis as a result of our new Vevor shave ice machine knocked it out of the park yesterday! I see a whole lot of snow cones and shave ice occurring in our home all summer season lengthy and I’m so psyched!

Aside from bike crashes and shave ice, our important Sunday journey passed off on the lake. We piled onto our boat and took it out for our first boat cruise of the season!

This boat trip went quite a bit smoother than our final one once we acquired on the boat solely to understand our boat wanted a brand new battery. Oops!

After we have been accomplished on our boat journey, we spent some extra time in our yard exterior. Ryan, Chase and Ryder additionally took the kayaks out to just a little island and returned dwelling with a wide range of chook feathers so as to add to their feather assortment which had them on cloud 9. I like our nature-loving boys a lot.

We spent the remainder of our Sunday doing the standard winddown routine: Baths, jammies, dinner, film night time, tales and early bedtimes. It was a great weekend from begin to end and I’m feeling prepared for the ultimate full week of college for the boys earlier than summer season break!

I hope you all have a superb Monday!