Easy Summer time Weekend + No Extra Paci!

Do you ever have these weekends throughout the summer season that make you assume, “What on this planet will we do within the winter?” With a lot sunshine, heat climate and 1,000,000 and one out of doors actions calling to us all summer season lengthy, generally I’ve moments like this however then I keep in mind that someway we at all times handle to have enjoyable within the winter, too. However, admittedly, summer season is difficult to beat!

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Our summer season weekends have been slightly full so Ryan and I deliberately stored this previous weekend very away from any large commitments. We needed a extra relaxed weekend at residence with our household and it did a lot to rejuvenate us and served nearly as a summer season reset. It was great in its simplicity.

We had a celebration on Friday night time however apart from that, we stayed near residence. Our Saturday morning started good and straightforward because the boys and I made two loaves of zucchini bread with a few of the zucchini from our backyard (it’s nonetheless thriving!) after which we did some melty beads collectively whereas Ryan was out operating, biking and swimming all over the world as a part of his newest Half IronMan coaching.

I adopted this recipe from Cookie + Kate for the zucchini bread and Ryan and I gave it two thumbs up although we agreed a thick smear of butter on high was a should! Rhett preferred the zucchini bread loads however it obtained a strong “meh” from the large youngsters. Stunning.

Melty beads and biggie beads stored the boys entertained for fairly some time as they got down to make slightly flock of multicolored ducklings. (I made a watermelon keychain as a result of I discover melty beads oddly stress-free.)

I additionally should suggest this tiny craft iron to anybody whose youngsters are into melty beads. It was really helpful to me by a number of of you on Instagram and I couldn’t order that factor quick sufficient! You don’t want any water to make it work and easily plug it in and switch it on. It’s been a pleasant various to our large iron and simply suits right into a small drawer in our kitchen for simple entry.

Ryan was completed along with his Half IronMan coaching round 8 a.m. and he then gave the boys haircuts and we did slightly yard work earlier than heading out for a household boat trip! We lucked out with discovering our favourite little seaside empty and dropped anchor for a number of hours of swimming and splashing.

Rhett additionally needed to verify to get in a number of slides off our dock as soon as we made it again residence earlier than it was his nap time!

Talking of naps, some time again Rhett cracked the code once we’d spell “N-A-P” round him so now listening to us attempt to speak about naps in code when Rhett is with us is terribly amusing. “It’s nearly time for that factor upstairs on the mattress.” “P-A-N however backwards is arising.”

Oh! And one other sleep-related factor to share: Rhett is formally pacifier free! I used to be sweating dropping the pacifier big-time however knew he might do it as a result of he was all the way down to solely actually utilizing it in his crib or within the automobile for lengthy automobile rides. I simply delayed it a bit as a result of I needed to make it by essentially the most difficult weeks of potty coaching earlier than rocking his world once more.

We determined to chop the pacifier chilly turkey on Friday after Rhett bit a gap by his final remaining Wubbanub. We defined that it was damaged and never protected anymore and whereas Rhett boycotted his pacifier free-nap on Friday, he slept nicely on Friday night time and we haven’t regarded again. Phew! I do assume hyping up his stuffed animals as consolation creatures over the previous month or two helped loads as nicely as a result of he was all about cuddling Suki, his favourite stuffed husky.

However again to Saturday!

Our afternoon was pretty relaxed and included lunch (Ryan made clams at Chase’s request!), studying, playtime within the yard and slightly work time for me. We finally made it over to the pool for a carboard boat regatta which was method too entertaining!

We really noticed the boat competitors final 12 months on the pool and knew we needed to take part this 12 months as a result of it regarded so enjoyable. Ryan signed our household up per week or so in the past and stuffed us in on the foundations. The target of the regatta was to make a ship utilizing solely cardboard and tape that might make it to the tip of the pool and again. If a number of boats achieved the aim, the target then turned to be the quickest one to make it to the tip of the pool and again!

I truthfully didn’t assume our boat would make it, particularly when final 12 months’s winner confirmed up in a ship utterly lined in duct tape (you’ll be able to see it behind the boys within the above pic), however Chase and Ryder didn’t sink and all of us cheered our faces off!

Ryan will get all of the credit score for making a ship that didn’t sink and the boys have been thrilled to earn medals for his or her achievement!

We spent the remainder of the night time swimming and taking part in varied pool video games and it was the type of summer season night time that jogged my memory of childhood and the way a lot enjoyable it was to spend hours on the pool simply taking part in and splashing round. (Facet word: Did anybody else play the colour recreation as a child? The place you’d guess colours and get dunked if you happen to have been incorrect however flipped round as soon as you bought it proper? I taught that one to the boys on Saturday night time and so they loveeed it.)


Sunday morning we started our day with a household bike trip; the longest trip for Ryder to this point! We went about eight miles roundtrip however stopped twice.

Our first cease took us to a neighborhood espresso store the place we refueled with an assortment of macarons.

Cease quantity two took us lower than a mile from cease primary. We parked our bikes at a neighborhood park for some playtime for the boys earlier than biking the remainder of the way in which residence.

I’m unsure what occurred on the park however Ryder and Rhett began to deteriorate shortly and the whiny voices got here out in full pressure so we wrapped up our little journey and biked residence. An early lunch appeared to assist everybody discover their pleasure once more after which whereas the large youngsters chilled at residence with Ryan, I took Rhett with me to Publix after which to the pet retailer to seize some crickets for Fortunate. We additionally purchased a cat toy for Pepper as a result of I swear Pepper is a component cat likes to pounce on issues. I believed a kind of feathery cat toys could be proper up her alley and I believed incorrect. She checked out us like we have been loopy once we tried to entice her with a protracted pole with a feather hooked up to it proving that she will not be, the truth is, a cat in spite of everything.

I provided to cowl the nap entice with Rhett on Sunday afternoon as a result of discovering work home windows throughout the summertime with the boys round all day is hard and I wanted some catchup time. Ryan took the large youngsters to the trampoline park for an hour (they’ve a crazy-cheap child membership the place it’s like $10 a month!) after which to the pool to chill off whereas Rhett and I stayed again for nap time/quiet time/work time. Today with Rhett we don’t know what we’re going to get as some days he’ll nap for a strong three hours and different instances he received’t nap for a number of days in a row. Sunday ended up being a no-nap day however he was nonetheless content material in his crib with some books for greater than an hour so I took full benefit of this time to work.

As soon as everybody was residence once more, we took Pepper on a stroll, frolicked near residence and wrapped up the weekend with household film night time earlier than settling everybody into mattress.

As for this week, it’s a “camp week” in our home. The large youngsters are in farm camp this week with a bunch of their associates and they’re so, so excited! (Rhett and I will probably be having fun with some high quality time collectively whereas Chase and Ryder are hanging with chickens and goats.) We even have plans to attend a baseball recreation with associates on Wednesday night time which needs to be enjoyable! It needs to be a full week however an excellent one. Get pleasure from your Monday, my associates!