Spring NatureFest and Weekend Enjoyable

Sometimes 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 perspective truly serves us nicely with children generally as a result of preserving expectations impartial will help alleviate disappointment if one thing derails our imaginative and prescient for an ideal day. (And by “one thing” I sometimes imply fussy children, preventing brothers, Mother opening a bar the mistaken approach for a sure 2-year-old, and so on.)

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 introduced by Davidson Lands Conservancy at Roosevelt Wilson Park within the late morning on Saturday.


Apparently we’re two for 2 on killer group occasions currently as a result of NatureFest surpassed all of our expectations. Our three animal and nature-loving children thought the occasion was unbelievable and we had a lot enjoyable studying about native crops and animals, holding a number of reptiles, observing bugs underneath 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 number of love at this occasion!)

Everybody we spoke to on the numerous 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 house to replant and our boys thought this was the good.

They every picked a unique sort of tree so will probably be attention-grabbing 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 children 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 house, Rhett was awake and we have been prepared for one more journey. Our pool plans on Friday night time acquired scrapped because of the climate so we promised the boys we’d take them to our neighborhood pool on Saturday because it’s formally open for the summer time! 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 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 large children can be operating 1/2 mile white Rhett can be doing a 100-yard sprint. They suppose “coaching” with Dad is the good and on Sunday mornings, as soon as Ryan arrives house from his lengthy runs, the large children be part of him for a 1/2 mile run. It’s lovable 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 brief out-and-back run.

As soon as we made it house, to the shock of nobody, the boys all wished to go for a motorbike trip so we biked to a little bit rocky path close to our home so they might do some “off roading.” Chase and Ryder are obsessive about driving their bikes on grass, mulch and principally any floor that’s not paved and often they deal with this nicely however on Sunday each children had huge wipe outs. They have been wonderful 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 acquired house.

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 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 entire household will take pleasure in all summer time lengthy. I truly had it on my radar as a birthday reward thought 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 are able to use with ice from our freezer that makes a number of snow cones without delay and in addition discover a machine that makes very, very wonderful shave ice like Kona Ice reasonably than onerous, 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 number of snow cones and shave ice occurring in our home all summer time lengthy and I’m so psyched!

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

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

After we have been finished 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 chicken 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 very good weekend from begin to end and I’m feeling prepared for the ultimate full week of college for the boys earlier than summer time break!

I hope you all have a wonderful Monday!