Spring NatureFest and Weekend Enjoyable

Often when Ryan and I don’t know what to anticipate from small(ish) occasions which might be new to us inside our group, we’ll  take our boys to them with “we’ll see how this goes” attitudes. This angle really serves us effectively with children typically as a result of protecting expectations impartial will help alleviate disappointment if one thing derails our imaginative and prescient for an ideal day. (And by “one thing” I usually imply fussy children, preventing brothers, Mother opening a bar the incorrect 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 these days as a result of NatureFest surpassed all of our expectations. Our three animal and nature-loving children thought the occasion was improbable 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 variety of love at this occasion!)

Everybody we spoke to on the numerous 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 good.

They every picked a distinct type of tree so it is going to 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 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 acquired 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 time! We spent the remainder of the day splashing round earlier than dinner and bedtime.


Sunday was a kind 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 presently 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 will probably be operating 1/2 mile white Rhett will probably be doing a 100-yard sprint. They assume “coaching” with Dad is the good and on Sunday mornings, as soon as Ryan arrives house from his lengthy runs, the large children be a part of him for a 1/2 mile run. It’s cute to look at they usually completely find it irresistible!

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 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 using their bikes on grass, mulch and principally any floor that’s not paved and normally they deal with this effectively however on Sunday each children had huge wipe outs. They had been effective after a little bit love and a few snacks however appeared to need to hang around on the sofa and relaxation for a bit once we acquired house.

Everybody perked up fairly fast after I started unboxing the shave ice machine I obtained 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 12 months as a result of it appeared like a enjoyable factor our complete household will take pleasure in all summer time lengthy. I really had it on my radar as a birthday present thought for the boys (Rhett is next-level obsessed) however talked about it to Ryan for Mom’s Day since I figured that might allow us to maximize utilizing the machine throughout the hottest months of the 12 months. My solely request to Ryan: Please discover a machine we will use with ice from our freezer that makes numerous snow cones without delay and likewise discover a machine that makes very, very effective shave ice like Kona Ice somewhat than exhausting, 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 variety of snow cones and shave ice taking place in our home all summer time lengthy and I’m so psyched!

Apart from bike crashes and shave ice, our fundamental 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 once we acquired on the boat solely to understand our boat wanted a brand new battery. Oops!

After we had been achieved on our boat journey, we spent some extra time in our yard outdoors. 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 standard 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 faculty for the boys earlier than summer time break!

I hope you all have a superb Monday!