Spring NatureFest and Weekend Enjoyable

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

Lately we took this strategy with the fishing derby we attended final month and it blew us away! We had the identical angle 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 group occasions recently as a result of NatureFest surpassed all of our expectations. Our three animal and nature-loving youngsters thought the occasion was unbelievable 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 bought from my sister bought lots of love at this occasion!)

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

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

As soon as we made it again house, 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 had been each sick for at some point 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 house, Rhett was awake and we had been prepared for one more journey. Our pool plans on Friday evening bought 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 type of days the place we didn’t actually do a lot and by no means left the home however on the similar time our day felt fairly full.

Ryan is at present 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 large youngsters shall be operating 1/2 mile white Rhett shall be doing a 100-yard sprint. They suppose “coaching” with Dad is the best and on Sunday mornings, as soon as Ryan arrives house from his lengthy runs, the large youngsters be part of him for a 1/2 mile run. It’s lovable to look at they usually completely like it!

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

As soon as we made it house, to the shock of nobody, the boys all needed to go for a motorcycle journey so we biked to a little bit 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 principally any floor that’s not paved and often they deal with this nicely however on Sunday each youngsters had huge wipe outs. They had been tremendous after a little bit love and a few snacks however appeared to wish to hang around on the sofa and relaxation for a bit after we bought house.

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

I do know that is fairly the random present nevertheless it was the one factor on my Mom’s Day want checklist this yr as a result of it appeared like a enjoyable factor our complete household will get pleasure from all summer season lengthy. I truly had it on my radar as a birthday present concept for the boys (Rhett is next-level obsessed) however talked about it to Ryan for Mom’s Day since I figured that may allow us to maximize utilizing the machine through the hottest months of the yr. My solely request to Ryan: Please discover a machine we will use with ice from our freezer that makes a lot of snow cones directly and in addition discover a machine that makes very, very tremendous shave ice like Kona Ice relatively 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 lots of snow cones and shave ice occurring in our home all summer season lengthy and I’m so psyched!

Apart from bike crashes and shave ice, our essential Sunday journey befell on the lake. We piled onto our boat and took it out for our first boat cruise of the season!

This boat journey went quite a bit smoother than our final one after we bought on the boat solely to appreciate our boat wanted a brand new battery. Oops!

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

We spent the remainder of our Sunday doing the same old winddown routine: Baths, jammies, dinner, film evening, tales and early bedtimes. It was an excellent 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!