I love this meme I’ve seen floating around the internet regarding the decision parents are making related to school right now:
For those with preschool and school-age children right now, what do your plans look like? You will get zero judgment from me and I hope that whatever you choose works well for you and your families.
As for our decision to send our boys to preschool, we have a myriad of reasons that played into our decision and they mostly centered around the fact that we love and trust our preschool and know our boys will benefit immensely from play, socialization and learning and, also, I feel like I will need help with Chase and Ryder if I hope to get any work done with a newborn baby due within the next three weeks. Our small preschool felt like one of the best and safest options for our family. It wasn’t an easy decision but I’m very excited for our boys!
So that is the latest update with our preschool plans!
Anyway, back to the “meat” of today’s post! I wanted to share another day-in-the-life blog post with you guys since I actually managed to snap a bunch of pics throughout our day yesterday. Victory!
I had another sleepless night on Monday night which is par for the course these days. I really thought pregnancy insomnia would elude me this time around but it’s back with a vengeance. On the bright side I flew through my latest book, The Last Flight, and thought it was a great one! I guess if you’re going to be up reading at 3 a.m., you might as well read a page-turner, right? I somehow managed to drift off to sleep from 4 a.m. – 5:30 a.m. and once I was up for the day, I snacked on some granola and did a little work on the computer before heading into our garage gym and joining Ryan for a quick upper body workout.
Around 6:30 a.m., we had a little visitor.
Chase was up for the day bright and early and hung out with us in the garage until I wrapped up my workout and joined him inside for breakfast.
My morning meal looked like yet another batch of mason jar chia seed pudding. This rendition included cocoa powder, cacao nibs and chopped pecans for a chocolaty delight!
Once Ryder was up for the day, the boys were content to entertain themselves for a bit which gave me the chance to finish up baby sprinkle thank you notes, throw some chicken in the slow cooker and whip up a cucumber salad to serve with dinner.
Eventually the beautiful weather was calling to us, so we made our way outside for some sidewalk chalk shenanigans and a bug walk with Sadie!
Ryder and Chase brought their creature cages, binoculars and nets along on our adventure and we wandered around our neighborhood in search of butterflies and dragonflies.
(You guys the boys’ love for their homemade tie dye shirts runs DEEP. They ask to wear them the minute they’re clean again. We may need to tackle tie dye round two in our house soon!)
It kind of blows my mind that we’re five months into keeping most of our daily adventures close to home and the boys are still all-in on any kind of walk involving the hunt for little critters. It is, without a doubt, one of their very favorite things to do and since I’m all about getting outside as much as possible, it’s a nice option to have in our arsenal on a daily basis.
We made our way home around lunchtime and the boys dug into sandwiches, hardboiled eggs, peaches and carrots while I ended up eating the meal I initially prepped for our dinner.
I think I mentioned this last week, but my appetite is so wonky in the evenings lately so I’m trying to take advantage of the times of day that vegetables and “real” food appeal to me before I inevitably just want fruit, yogurt or cereal for dinner.
On my lunch plate: Slow cooker BBQ pulled chicken (this recipe has quickly become my go-to!) on top of spinach and arugula + cucumber salad (I loosely followed this recipe) topped with Everything Bagel seasoning from ALDI. An unpictured Hawaiian sweet roll was also consumed while I was plating everything up. My obsession with those things continues to run strong.
After lunch, I put Ryder down for his nap and left the monitor with Ryan (a major perk of having him work from home!) and Chase and I made our way to Kid-to-Kid, a local consignment shop to pick up some of the things the store buyers didn’t want from my recent haul.
Late last week, I rounded up clothes, toys and baby-related items that didn’t really work well for either of our boys and brought them to Kid-to-Kid. For anyone local who might be interested, through next week, Kid-to-Kid in Huntersville is currently operating on a by-appointment only selling schedule. They then take a few days to go through everything and when they call you back and make an offer, you must then come back and pick up anything they don’t want by 5 p.m. This was actually my first time selling to Kid-to-Kid and I was really impressed with the process and the payout! I ended up with an offer of $75 for a big bin of items and was stoked!
Since I had to be at Kid-to-Kid by 5 p.m. yesterday, Chase and I used Ryder’s nap time to pop into the shop and then made the most of our brief time away from home and walked across the street for some frozen yogurt.
It felt like such a treat to have a little mid-day date with my oldest dude and we had fun chatting in the shade outside before making our way home. On a random side note, are any of your kiddos out there obsessed with putting gummy candy on top of their ice cream? I swear it makes the candy as hard as rocks but it’s always Chase’s go-to topping whenever we go to a fro-yo place. Yeesh! I’ll stick with the the softer stuff that doesn’t fight back, thanks!
By the time we made it home, Ryder was tossing and turning in his crib. Perfect timing! After a quick change into swimsuits for our crew, we made our way to a neighbor’s house where we spent the afternoon swimming and playing outside.
I loved chatting with my friend Alise and her kids and our boys play so well together. Her middle child is also animal-obsessed and he and Chase are two peas in a pod with their interests right now.
We arrived home right around 6 p.m. and joined Ryan at the kitchen counter for dinner. True to form lately, I stuck with yogurt topped with blueberries, granola and nuts and an ice cream bar for dessert and called it a night.
With the boys fairly exhausted after several hours of afternoon swimming, Ryan and I were pretty pumped to have both of them fast asleep by 7:45 p.m. Is this why pools are so coveted by people with kids!?
After chatting with Ryan for a bit, the two of us climbed into bed and read until our eyes could no longer stay open. At the recommendation of my friend Kaitlyn, I began reading The Winemaker’s Wife by Kristin Harmel and I’ll be sure to report back on this one once I’m a bit further into the story. The author’s novels pop up along with Taylor Jenkins Reid and Elin Hilderbrand so I have high hopes for this book since I tend to enjoy novels written by those two women a lot! (Consider this your friendly reminder to read Daisy Jones and the Six by Taylor Jenkins Reid if you haven’t already. Ugh it was just SO GOOD.)
Plans for today are taking us off to an outside morning play date with friends and then I have some work I really need to knock out during Ryder’s nap time/Chase’s quiet time so I’m crossing my fingers for a decent window of solo work time this afternoon. Enjoy your Wednesday, my friends, and I hope to see ya back here again soon!