First Fishing Derby + A Cardinal Fledgling

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

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 however 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 all the time, all the time ship.

Our weekend kicked off with soccer on Friday night time.

This was seemingly Chase’s final sport of the season (there should be a make up sport developing) and after coming off a staff with an undefeated file final season, this season has confirmed to be the precise reverse. Chase’s staff didn’t win a single sport and, truthfully, I’m so impressed with how Chase dealt with so many losses. He scored essentially the most objectives for his staff this season and tried so, so laborious on the market. Most significantly, he all the time walked off the sector along with his head held excessive and optimistic, encouraging phrases for his teammates.

(Costume: Amazon/ Sun shades: QUAY / Footwear: 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 once I say Ryder sprinted over to me once 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 plenty of exterior time this summer time and up to now 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 may keep exterior 24/7 and be uncovered to climate and the weather. Hopefully they maintain up in addition to I feel they may!

Whereas Ryder and I constructed furnishings, Rhett acquired a recent trim courtesy of Ryan.

Take a look at that good-looking little man! I’m so, so impressed with Ryan’s hair slicing expertise. 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 reduce and furnishings constructing have been full, the spotlight of our weekend occurred as a result of we attended our first fishing event! I came upon a couple of small fishing derby open to children ages 7 and up by native parks and rec programming and once I talked about it to Chase, he couldn’t have been extra smitten by collaborating. There’s not way 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 youngsters who caught essentially 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 / Footwear: Reebok

Watching your children do the issues they love is one in all my favourite elements of motherhood and Saturday actually delivered. Ryder and Rhett have been additionally capable of fish (and play with Sizzling Wheels automobiles within the grass, after all) so our complete 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 cherished being there with us. Greg  joined us on loads of our native fishing adventures over time and we all know this derby would’ve introduced him loads of pleasure. Over the weekend, Ryan acquired a card from one in all his dad’s buddies who stated Greg talked about his grandsons and referred to as them “magical.” I can not get that phrase out of my head. What a fantastic approach to describe our boys. We promise to maintain Granddad’s reminiscence alive in them.

After the fishing derby, we made our approach residence for a late lunch. The climate was so unbelievable and our boys didn’t need to come inside so we did picnic lunches and frolicked exterior till they requested a household bike journey. Since Rhett’s nap clearly wasn’t taking place on Saturday, we loaded up the large children ‘ bikes, a stroller for Rhett and Pepper drove to a neighborhood greenway for a 3.5 mile stroll/journey.

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

Ryan and I smiled rather a lot on our stroll as a result of the large children had the very best time flying by puddles on their bikes which we each bear in mind vividly from our personal childhoods. When can 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 appeared like pizza and film night time at residence.


Sunday morning started with some essential enterprise. We had a child hen to verify on!

Proper earlier than mattress time on Saturday night time, I noticed a child cardinal fall out of its nest once I was letting Pepper out. Ryder and Rhett have been already asleep however Chase was awake so he flew exterior to verify on the newborn hen. We learn rather a lot about what we should always do as a result of the little hen appeared so weak in our grass however every thing we learn and all of the movies we watched stated to do nothing, particularly in case you see the mother and pop close by which we did. We decided it was a cardinal fledgling and was seemingly taking its first journey out of the nest. We hoped for the very best and have been so, so completely happy once we got here exterior on Sunday morning and the newborn hen 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 significantly better concerning the hen’s probability of survival.

Once I shared an image of our new little fledgling pal on Instagram, I acquired a handful of messages telling me they imagine cardinals signify a cherished one who handed is visiting you. I cherished this concept and shared it with Ryan and it buoyed each of us. Little indicators like this convey 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 faculty and it’s nonetheless simply hanging out underneath the large tree the place Mother and Dad proceed to flutter round all day lengthy.

After we made positive 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 large children whereas I met up with some buddies 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 — offered out however you’ll find it resale in case you Google “American Eagle snowsoft mock neck sweater” / Slip Skirt: Target/ Footwear: Madewell)

All of us chosen our personal vases and crammed them with succulents or air crops and agreed it was loads of enjoyable! Generally whenever you do lessons with buddies they’ll require loads of focus however this was a fantastic 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 convey residence.

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

We wrapped up our weekend with studying in mattress — I’m on guide 4 from the ACOTAR collection — 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!