Our weekend kicked off on Friday night with Chase’s first soccer game of the season. This is the first year Chase has been on a real team that competes against other teams (it’s still just a rec league so nothing too serious) but oh my gosh, I was NOT prepared for how stressed I would feel watching him play!
I admittedly don’t find soccer to be the most interesting sport so I honestly thought I might be a little bored on game days but apparently when I have a child on the field, everything changes.
I was majorly invested and Ryan kept laughing at me and asking how I was doing because I was stressing so much! I can’t really pinpoint why I was so invested but know my feelings were rooted in my desire for Chase to have a good first-game experience (win or lose). I didn’t want him feel any of his mistakes too deeply and just wanted him to walk away with his love for the game still very much in tact. And he did!
Chase’s first game was really cool and a big learning experience for Chase and his teammates. They won and Chase had two really awesome blocks and really gave his best effort on the field. On the car ride home, Chase said game days are awesome and is already looking forward to his next game on Friday. Let’s just hope my heart can take the stress again. Ha!
On Saturday morning we kept things low key. (Well, the boys and I did. Ryan is all-in on his half ironman training so he spent 2.5 hours biking and then ran 9 miles on Saturday morning. Phew!) Chase seemed a little low energy on Saturday and said he wasn’t feeling 100 percent so we took that as a sign to stay close to home.
After digging into banana bread protein pancakes for breakfast, the boys mostly entertained themselves in the morning but seemed down for a walk around the neighborhood before lunch. We stopped for a a little playtime at the park near our house (we were the only ones there) before heading home and digging into sandwiches, cucumber slices and strawberries.
Eventually Ryan got Rhett down for his nap and I settled Ryder in his room for some quiet time with books and toys before it was time for our big event of the day: Picking up fertile chicken eggs to care for over the course of the next 21 days!
Chase accompanied me on the drive to Two Little Acres Homestead in Steele Creek where we picked up our eggs, an incubator and instructions for the Hatch-a-Chick Experience our whole family is thrilled to be doing together.
The experience is an educational experience offered by a local family who raises pasture-raised chickens and other animals “with lots of sunshine, fresh air, access to bugs, grasses and shrubs” and the animals “eating the way nature intended.” During our 21 days with the eggs, we’re responsible for keeping the eggs warm in the incubator (99.5 degrees + 50% humidity) and will be able to watch them hatch and keep them for a couple of days until we will return them to the farm. I will never forget hatching chicks and ducks in my elementary school science class and can already tell the boys think this whole experience is amazing.
Once we had all of our eggs set up in the incubator and Rhett was awake from his nap, we took the boys to the pool for one of our final swims of the summer!
(I love the above pic of Ryder. At what point do we stop jumping into the pool with utter abandon? There’s just so much joy in that jump!)
The water was COLD but you know that didn’t stop our boys from splashing around!
We stayed at the pool until dinnertime and then headed off to Five Guys for burgers with the boys already sporting their pajamas.
(One of my favorite mom hacks of the summer has been changing the boys into their pajamas before leaving the pool in the evenings.)
We also could not resist grabbing some frozen custard from Andy’s located in the same shopping plaza before calling it a night!
I opted for the s’mores concrete which was delicious but I’ll be sticking with my usual go-to order (the Snowmonster — aka strawberry with melted chocolate chips) in the future.
On Sunday morning our plans centered around visiting the house and checking on progress.
We’re a little more than a week into painting now and most of the effort has centered around painting windows and trim and priming everything so the house is looking very white at the moment. I’ll be excited to see some color added through paint and wallpaper soon!
I also wanted to see how the kitchen pendants I bought would look over our island so we brought one of them by for Ryan to hold up and I’m happy to say I think it will be perfect in that space.
For some reason kitchen island pendants have taken me the longest to choose (they just feel so visible and central to our home) and it feels good to have that decision done.
The boys spent most of our time at the house playing in the rocks and sand out front. Since they seemed content, Ryan and I took advantage of their imaginative play and sat on our new front steps and chatted while the boys played and brought us various pretend smoothies they made in the sand pit.
After our time at the house, we came back home, played baseball in the yard, ate lunch and then Rhett napped while I stayed back with the big kids so Ryan could head out to help his dad move into a new apartment.
I managed to squeeze in a little work time while the big kids played and then Ryan arrived home and we spent more time hanging outside before wrapping up our weekend with movie night (aka an episode of Alaska Animal Rescue), story time, baths and bed.
This week is the first week all of the boys are back in school on their normal schedules (Rhett and Ryder’s preschool does a staggered start so they’ve been on and off) and I’m looking forward to getting into a real rhythm and officially beginning the school year for our family. I hope you all have a great week and, as always, I appreciate you making my blog a part of your day!
The stress and anxiety only get worse! It got so bad for me, I could hardly watch my son when he was up to bat in Little League. Wish I had some tips to make it easier for you. All I did was support his efforts and cheered.
I believe it!!! I did NOT think I’d feel this way so it definitely surprised me!! Ha!
Brittany Reeger says
Julie this post had me shaking my head in agreeance! At my daughter’s first basketball game I was almost in tears watching her. I just wanted her to do well and same thing, not be too upset if she messed up. My husband was borderline laughing at me haha. We just have so much of us invested in them and only want the best for them!!
Totally!!!! I thought Ryan would be way more stressed/invested than me since he’s the serious sports/soccer lover in our family but I was seriously on edge. Haha! Obviously the feelings weren’t wrapped up in winning/losing the game but just caring so much for the kid on the field, ya know!?
I am so pumped for this house😂😂😂 no idea why I’m so invested, but here I am!
Haha!! Oh I get it — I get waaaay into the homes of other people I follow on Instagram! Thank YOU for caring about our home <3 <3
Brittany Reeger says
100%!! I am SO not competitive- I’m more just like get some exercise, make some friends, learn about teamwork!
I’ve been reading your blog for YEARS but rarely comment for whatever reason. I always look forward to your posts…you’re such a gem here in this online space! The way you write makes it feel like I’m catching up with a friend. Have a great week 🥰
This is so kind of you to say — thank you, Brittany!! I always say I try to write my blog posts like I’m emailing a friend, so I appreciate your words so much!!
And your first sentence is totally me… so noooot competitive (I legit asked one of my high school coaches if I could just practice and NOT compete bc I got SO nervous during meets and hated competition — LOL!)
My kids are playing soccer for the first time as well this fall. I’m coaching my daughters U8 team. If you think it is stressful watching as a parent, imagine me coaching!!! I get so worked up at the games wanting all of my players to do well!
Love the house updates! Can we get some lizard updates? How is she fitting into the family?
Oh my gosh! I can’t even imagine coaching!!! That’s so awesome you’re doing that for your daughter and her teammates. <3
And Lucky is so great!! We loveee her. She's super low maintenance (other than having a strong preference to eating live crickets we have to pick up from the pet store once a week) and is definitely warming up to all of us.
Just chiming in again to say your comment inspired me to write a waaaaay too wordy blog post about leopard geckos this morning so stay tuned!!!
Erika Morris says
Oh my goodness Julie, I just now realized I hadn’t had a post in my inbox since late July! I need to catch up on all the posts since then, lol! I played soccer from grade school up until my senior year of high school and I loved when Saturday came around. Even when my team wasn’t that great, I looked forward to game days. I’m glad Chase is enjoying himself!
Pat Heun says
I also hadn’t had a post in my inbox since late July. I was wondering if you were taking time off or if I was no longer on your email list. I get it now through something called Follow It? Love your blog even though I’m a grandparent of two granddaughters. I also was a fitness instructor for 20 years & just retired. Love your blog for fitness ideas (originally why I subscribed) & recipes & ideas for fun activities for the grandchildren.
Hi!! I’m so sorry about this issue! My emails were always available through a free service called Feedburner that was provided by Google. They suspended the service without notice to subscribers and so emails completely stopped for a while there!! It took me a while to find an alternate option and Follow.It thankfully allowed me to migrate all subscribers over to their email service so emails are BACK!!! Thank you for following along and congrats on your retirement from teaching fitness classes!!
Jessie R says
Sounds like a good weekend! Andy’s frozen custard is one of my favorites. I definitely put on many pounds of pure Andy’s back in college 😀 The James Brown Funky Jackhammer was my favorite (hot fudge, peanut butter, and brownie))