Hey friends! How are you doing? I have a feeling a lot of my American readers are checking in for the first time today after the long weekend. Just in case you missed it, I shared a deceptively challenging mini band booty workout on the blog yesterday if you’re looking for a low-impact way to target your glutes and hip abductors.
Our weekend was a good one! My father-in-law, Greg, arrived in town on Thursday to celebrate his birthday with us (just like last year!) and while we spent most of the weekend bundled up in plenty of layers and avoiding the windy 30-degree weather, we still managed to fill our days with plenty of fun.
Saturday was our most active day of the bunch and we kicked off our morning with a big group workout at the gym. Chase hung out in childcare while Ryan, his dad and I spent the next 45 minutes or so working up a sweat. I stuck to a simple total body workout and kicked things off with a 2000 meter row.
My workout went by quickly and looked like this:
I’m not going to lie, I showed up at the gym 100 percent unmotivated to work out, but after warming up on the rowing machine and blasting some music on my favorite Pop and Hip Hop Power Workout Pandora station, my energy started flowing. Sometimes simply getting to the gym is the hardest part of a workout!
After the gym, we piled into Ryan’s car and made our way to the local aquarium for a lovely heated indoor (<—key!) activity. Chase is still our marine life-lovin’ little man, so he was all about our adventure and made sure to point out all of the important things to Granddad, including the rays, sharks, sea turtles and fish that looked like Dory and Nemo, of course.
We probably pushed our timing a little long and made our way back to the car with a toddler on the verge of a meltdown but thankfully it seemed to dissipate once we were all buckled in thanks to mom’s back of snacks. By the time we made it home, we were more than ready for lunch and filled up once Chase was settled in his crib and napping.
After lunch and much-needed showers, Ryan, Sadie and I headed off to a local park to shoot some quick workout pics for yesterday’s blog post while Greg offered to keep an eye on Chase’s monitor while he slept.
(You guys, Sadie turns TEN years old on Saturday. Or should I say 10 years young because she will live forever and ever?)
We were back within 30 minutes and spent the rest of the afternoon hanging out at home, watching football and entertaining Chase once he was awake again.
On Saturday night we booked a babysitter so Ryan and I could treat Greg to an adults-only birthday dinner!
Ryan and I have been dying to grab dinner at Hello Sailor, a new-to-the-area restaurant owned by the same husband-wife duo who own Kindred, our favorite spot in Davidson. Hello Sailor lived up to the hype and we had the best time chatting over seafood and drinks.
Ryan’s drink had all of us laughing when it came out served in a fancy schmacy shark cup.
Ryan planned a morning of father/son fun with his dad on Sunday morning, so while the two oldest Fagans headed out on their adventure, I took Chase to church for a mother/son date of my own! The service was so, so good and 100 percent what I needed to hear on Sunday morning. (In case you’re interested, the service is titled “Stay Committed” and speaks about God being with us through the hard times. I found myself in a puddle of tears at the end.)
Chase and I hit up the grocery store for some lunchtime essentials and then he helped me prep the marinade I needed to make for Monday night’s dinner before I tried to get him to nap. My efforts were futile but thankfully Ryan and Greg arrived home in time to hang out with Chase so I could get some work done since I had a 3 p.m. deadline looming over me. We spent the rest of our Sunday around the house, playing frisbee outside with Sadie, watching football and ordering Thai takeout for dinner.
Monday was a great mix of our usual weekday craziness and birthday fun! Greg’s birthday landed on a Monday this year and since he had plans to run into Davidson in the morning, he encouraged me to do my usual morning thing with Chase while Ryan worked and reconvene with him around lunchtime.
Chase and I headed off to boot camp and I went through an upper body tabata workout that was AWESOME.
(Capris: Fabletics / Shoes: Nike Free Flyknit)
Yesterday’s workout is detailed below and had my biceps, shoulders and chest burning:
We followed up our gym time with a play date with my friends Lauren and Laura and their girls at a local trampoline park.
On our way out, Chase spent a solid 25 minutes staring at an excavator truck in action in the parking lot before we headed home. (File “excavator truck” under the list of things I never knew the proper names for before I had a toddler.)
We made it home before Greg so Chase and I quickly got to work making his favorite chocolate cake in the kitchen as a small birthday treat. Greg arrived home just as we were pulling the cake out of the oven and Chase was way too excited to tell him about his special birthday surprise.
Chase refused to nap again yesterday so the rest of our afternoon included more kitchen activities as we prepped dinner and made buttercream icing before Ryan arrived home from work.
We spent the evening digging into pulled pork tacos, guacamole, roasted sweet potatoes and chocolate cake before opening presents and enjoying Greg’s final evening in town before he heads back to Florida later today.
I hope you all had a great weekend! Thanks for stopping by the blog today!