Mom’s Day Weekend 2023 – Peanut Butter Fingers

Good morning pals! How are you? Did you’ve gotten an excellent weekend? Our weekend was jam-packed nevertheless it was stuffed with good things — household, pals and loads of time exterior within the springtime sunshine!

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Our weekend kicked off at The Big Bounce America, a touring inflatable occasion that includes the world’s greatest bounce home. Once I noticed it was coming to the Charlotte space, I knew our boys could be all about it and booked us tickets for the morning session for youths ages 7 and below.

(High: Madewell / Leggings: lululemon / Bag: lululemon / Footwear: Reebok / Hat: Nike / Boys’ hats: Bitty Brah / Rhett and Ryder’s sneakers: Natives — our favourite for summer time!) 

All I can say is I’m so, so glad we went to the time for little children as a result of I can’t even start to think about the mayhem with older and larger children bouncing all over. I believe it felt just a little extra chaotic than I anticipated largely as a result of it was actually moist and drizzly exterior so some grownups had been falling down within the bounce homes which was a little bit of a hazard for smaller youngsters like Rhett. I rapidly scooped Rhett out of the largest bounce home (which our huge children LOVED, by the way in which) and Rhett and I explored among the smaller, much less common inflatables which proved to be far more his velocity.

As soon as Ryan, Chase and Ryder had been performed within the enormous bounce home, we met again up and the boys all did a big inflatable slide collectively, bounced round in among the different bounce homes and spent quite a lot of time going via the large impediment course.

I joined Chase and Ryder for one spherical via the bouncy impediment course and all I can say is I bought smoked!!!

They took off and left me within the mud and I’m certain I appeared ridiculous making my means via a giant bounce home impediment course principally on my own. Haha! Let’s simply say we had been all moist and sizzling and sweaty by the top of this occasion! If this occasion is coming to your space, my essential takeaways could be that it’s positively higher fitted to larger children — Chase and Ryder had been in heaven! — and I extremely advocate carrying slip-on sandals and bringing socks. Socks are required and people who had been capable of hold socks on however stroll everywhere in the property in sandals that simply slipped on and off had it made, particularly within the rain.

As soon as we had been performed at at Massive Bounce America, we made our means again house for a late lunch and put Rhett down for a nap. We then went into go-mode prepping dinner and organizing our yard for the night as a result of we had a bunch of pals and their children becoming a member of us to make use of our firepit and make s’mores for the primary time!

Everybody arrived just a little after 4 p.m. and we had the best possible night. The youngsters spent hours within the lake and on the little seashore in our yard and we cherished catching up with our pals and their little ones.

A couple of hours after everybody arrived, the youngsters all became their pajamas and we dug into a giant unfold of BBQ pulled hen sandwiches (love this recipe from Bold Kitchen!), pizza (for the youngsters), black bean and brown rice salad, baked beans, curried corn and a fruit and veggie platter. Plus peanut butter chocolate chip brownies and cookies for dessert!

There have been a number of moments all through the night the place I discovered myself recognizing that our home was fulfilling the aim we hoped it will once we bought our lot 2.5 years in the past. We needed to construct a family-friendly house with a yard and lake entry that might be utilized by not solely our household of 5 but additionally loved by our family members and pals as nicely. Seeing our kitchen island stuffed with children after which the boys’ bed room stuffed with children leaping round and scream-singing “We Will Rock You” on the high of their lungs felt like watching our imaginative and prescient come to life and my coronary heart simply felt so grateful.

All three of our boys had been all up till virtually 10 p.m. Saturday night time and clearly on a excessive from taking part in with all of their pals. Saturday night solely served to make me really feel all of the extra excited for summer time. The countdown is on!


Sunday was Mom’s Day! Going to the zoo is a little bit of a Mom’s Day custom for our household and one I completely love however I shook issues up a bit this 12 months and requested a household gardening journey. We’re dipping our toes into gardening for the primary time and spent the morning at Pike’s, a Georgia and North Carolina-based backyard middle.

I beforehand spent a while on-line Googling gardening ideas for freshmen however knew nothing might substitute speaking to somebody who is aware of what they’re doing. Fortunately a girl at Pike’s served to be very, very useful on Sunday morning and steered us towards the provides and vegetation we wanted for our gardening targets.

We now have two backyard containers and are hoping to make use of one to develop natural greens and herbs and use the opposite one as a butterfly haven stuffed with butterfly-friendly flowers! The boys are significantly psyched about our gardening plans and already requested if we had any sprouts this morning. Now we’re simply crossing our fingers that we’ll see no less than some progress in our backyard!

The remainder of our Sunday was spent at a neighborhood pond the place the boys caught and launched catfish and turtles after which we frolicked at house for the remainder of the day.

It was actually a splendidly chill Mom’s Day. We just lately bought the boys kid-friendly kayaks and the massive children can’t get sufficient of them. They’re wonderful and Chase and Ryder can each maneuver their kayaks actually, very well. I really used Rhett’s kayak to hitch the massive children on a hour-long kayak journey yesterday afternoon throughout Rhett’s nap and cherished exploring the lake this fashion. (I hung my legs off Rhett’s kayak for stability as a result of it’s positively not made for an grownup. Haha! Rhett and I flipped over in it once we first tried to make use of to collectively — yikes! We’ve been checking Fb Market for an grownup kayak however nothing has caught our eye but.)

As soon as Rhett was awake, we made funfetti ice cream collectively after which all cuddled on the sofa collectively for household film night time earlier than early mattress occasions for everybody. (Secrets of the Zoo: Tampa on Disney+ is our present fav!) It was an exquisite weekend with a pleasant mixture of journey and leisure.

As for the week forward, “Maycember” continues with discipline journeys, summer time birthday faculty celebrations and end-of-the-year occasions nevertheless it’s all good things so we’re attempting to soak it up earlier than faculty is completed and summer time is right here. I hope you all have a terrific week!