Saturday morning began with his and hers workouts. Once Ryan was back from the gym, I headed out to take an early morning Burn Boot Camp class after breakfast.
One of my favorite trainers who doesn’t usually lead classes on Saturdays ended up teaching over the weekend which was a welcomed treat! We went through a chest and core workout and while it wasn’t the sweatiest workout ever, it was a good one.
Once I arrived home, I grabbed a quick snack and then Ryan, Chase and I headed out because Ryan and I had plans to take a yoga class together and utilize the on-site childcare.
We’ve been chatting for ages about incorporating more stretching and yoga into our respective fitness routines and I’m hoping the occasional yoga class will begin to make a regular appearance in our weekend routine. We both LOVED it.
The class was more of a yoga stretch class than an intense workout which was exactly what we were looking for after our early morning workouts. I haven’t taken a yoga class since Chase was born which is crazy to me since it used to be something I did fairly regularly. I forgot how much I love sinking into the poses, feeling a deep stretch, focusing on my breathing and getting lost in my practice. It was a great class and I left feeling fantastic. I clearly need more yoga in my life!
After scooping Chase up from childcare, we headed home but decided to stop at a local park to enjoy some playtime in the sunshine since it was so gorgeous outside. By the time we made it back to our house, Chase was ready for his nap. While he slept, we made lunch and did some chores around the house.
Our next big adventure of the day included our favorite furry lady and took us to the vet’s office. Sadie had stitches removed (she had a liver biopsy a week ago and we’re still waiting for the results) and we figured she deserved something fun after a visit to the vet, so we took her hiking on the Davidson Cross Country trail.
My friend Lauren told us about the trail and said it was great for dogs, so we had high hopes. We parked on the Davidson College campus and made our way around the loop while Sadie sniffed everything in her path and had a blast.
After our third active adventure of the day, we were ready for a fairly relaxing Saturday evening. Once we made it back home, we ate an early dinner and hung out for a bit until the weather took a turn for the worse and it started raining. We decided to roll with the dreary weather as best we could and took Chase out to play with the trains at Barnes & Noble, one of our favorite rainy weather kid-friendly activities.
Chase “choo-choo-ed” and played with some of the other children at the bookstore before we walked over to Kilwin’s for a couple of slices of fudge to enjoy during our movie night that evening.
By the time we arrived back home and changed Chase into his cozy pajamas, he was ready for bed, so we read some books and tucked him in for the night. The rest of the evening was spent watching Inferno and eating fudge on the couch!
Sunday was a little more chill than Saturday and began with a trip to Sunflour Baking Company for breakfast treats and coffee. (Sunflour was actually one of the very first places we visited when Ryan and I were considering moving to the area from Florida following his job interview!)
I am now on a mission to find the recipe for Sunflour’s Morning Glory muffin. It is SO good and reminds me of carrot cake with more flavor and texture.
Cropped sweater: Fabletics Josie Sweater (The back of this one is my faaav!) / High-waisted leggings: Fabletics Lisettse Leggings (I ordered these last month and they are AMAZING. Perfect for smoothing over the tummy and pairing with cropped tops!) / Diaper Bag Backpack: Ju-Ju-Be Legacy BFF (I have the Queen of the Nile pattern and cannot recommend this diaper bag enough for on-the-go activities)
Once we were done with our muffins, we headed off to Freedom Park with what seemed like the rest of the city of Charlotte.
It was unbelievably beautiful outside on Sunday and everyone clearly wanted to take advantage of the sunny 70-degree weather.
(Mama wanted kisses and Chase wanted to play. Story of my life with an active toddler these days!)
We spent quite a while at the park, bouncing around from the playground equipment to the walking trails around the lake. Freedom Park is apparently the place to walk your dog and Chase had the best time petting all different kinds of “dahs,” including a 205-pound Great Dane. He is fearless around dogs, that’s for sure. We always ask the owners if Chase can pet their dogs first and have to laugh because to Chase “pet your dog” seems to really mean “stand really close to your dog without actually touching it.”
Sunday morning passed by in a flash thanks to our bakery and park adventures and we arrived home around lunchtime. Chase snacked a bit before hitting the hay for his nap. While he slept, Ryan took Sadie on a walk and I worked on the computer and did some meal planning for a couple of hours.
We spent the rest of the day flip flopping between playing outside and getting our lives organized for the week ahead before settling on pizza for dinner and calling it a night.
I hope you all had a great weekend!
Looks like Chase had a blast this weekend 🙂
Have a nice week!
You too, Danielle!! Hope you had a great weekend!
What a busy and fun weekend! I love when I am able to make it to a yoga class, it feels so goo to just relax and stretch out sometimes.
Me too!! Loved it!
Nadia @ Adventures in Wonderlab says
I love warm and sunny days in February, and I love that hat you are wearing! Do you mind to share were you found it? Thanks so much, and have a happy Monday.
I ordered it a year or so ago from Fabletics!
Kim from MN says
What a fun weekend! The weather must have been great country wide, because here in MN it was in the 60’s and sunny (and we took full advantage of the abnormally warm-for-here weather), and my friends from all over the country had similar tales to tell! Including some friends in Chicago!
Sending prayers for Sadie and a happy lab result. I would have loved to see a pic of Chase with a great dane! lol I saw one when I was a very small kid (not much older than Chase), and I had the opposite reaction to “dah” – I froze! lol I was also the kid on the street who “found” a neighbor’s lost St. Bernard (more like, HE found ME), and I froze then too. lol I remember he was so big I thought he was a bear!
Such cute pics, fun weekend! Sounds like a really good one!
Heather @ Polyglot Jot says
It turned out to be warm and beautiful this weekend all the way up in PA too! It was 66 degrees Saturday and yesterday! I was so happy! I love the picture of Chase on the bars–so cute!
Christina @ montessoriishmom.com says
I love warm and sunny “winter” days (which we’ve had lots of in Austin this year). It looks like you guys took full advantage of the beautiful weather!
Sounds like a perfect weekend!! We did cleaning and errands on Saturday, and then yesterday went up to Asheville for the day! The weather there was a bit cooler – but still in the 60s which was great!! We looked at a few properties, went to lunch and of course stopped by a park so the girls could play.
Hope you enjoy your day today!!
Kelli @ Hungry Hobby says
He is growing so fast! Looks like a fun weekend! It was rainy all weekend in AZ, so weird, so I’m soaking up the sun through your post! ha ha
You guys seriously have such a cute life. I really hope when I get married and have kids that my family and I are as active and involved as you are! You are such a great inspiration.
We had the most beautiful weather EVER in Michigan this weekend, too! 68 degrees on both Saturday and Sunday! It was amazing. One of my friends got married on Saturday, and she got so, so lucky with such a beautiful wedding day in February.
Love your outfit and the especially the hat. You all look so happy! I especially like the photo of Ryan holding Chase up to the monkey bar.
Great photos and it sounds like a fun weekend, plus that muffin looks and sounds incredible!
That seriously sounds like a fun weekend! My favorite weekends are ones spent with my kiddos, hubby and our Vizsla Beau 🙂
It looks like a fantastic, balanced weekend! 🙂 I had a great weekend, and it’s a long one for me since I am off today due to President’s Day. So hoping to be at least semi-productive today, haha.
Hope you enjoy your day off!
Patricia @Sweet And Strong says
I took a yoga class this weekend too. I occasionally do videos at home, but hadn’t done an hour heated room class in ages! It felt so great. I would love to do it every Sunday night to prepare my mind for the week.
Fiona @ Get Fit Fiona says
Sounds like your weekend was a good mix of being active and relaxing. I’m definitely envious of your nice weather – it looks like it was beautiful! I can’t wait for spring.
Nathaly @Nathycure says
When you find that recipe make sure to post it here:)
Vanessa | THE REAL LIFE blog says
I used to live in Charlotte, and Freedom Park was the place to go on Sunday mornings! 🙂 Looks like a great weekend to me!
Ashley @ A Lady Goes West says
I love the feeling of going back to yoga after a little bit of time away. And how nice you two can do it together. Looks like a lovely weekend, Julie! 🙂
Cindy Smith says
I love doing a yoga class at night then coming home to a glass of wine. Total relaxation!
Izzy | pinch of delight says
Looks like you had a lovely weekend!
Hope you have a good week. x
Katie @ Live Half Full says
Daphne Oz has a Morning Glory Muffin recipe in her latest cookbook- it sounds really similar!
oooh!!! i’ll check it out! thanks, katie!
Lynn @thenotdeadyetblog says
Looks like Chase had a blast! The weather was amazing in DC; perfect for playing tourist in my own city. We spent President’s Day at Mount Vernon (George Washington’s home) and I couldn’t ask for a better day.
laura w. says
Have you ever heard of ROMWod? Its an online yin yoga program. They post new videos/yoga sequences daily and each video (with the exception of Thursday’s video which is usually 40-45 min) is around 10-20 minutes. My husband and I love doing ROMWod before bed every night. It’s super relaxing and feels so good to get in some decent stretching at the end of the day! You should try it out, I think you can get a free 7 day trial!
this sounds fantastic! thanks for the rec!
Do you ever see Jen from PBRunner? She loves those morning glory muffins!! Team up for a recipe 🙂 🙂
They are SO good!! We unfortunately don’t live that close (she’s 45 minutes or so away from me) but knowing she loves those muffins as well makes me like her even more! They’re seriously SO tasty!
Do you mind me asking why Sadie had a liver biopsy? My vizsla and Sadie are about the same age, Tanner is 9 1/2 and I worry so much about him now that he is getting older. He is my child! Prayers to good results for Sadie!!
Thank you for your thoughts! She had a biopsy after we took her in because her urine was rust-colored and her blood work was concerning.
Thanks for responding, hope all comes out ok!! I will be thinking of your little girl. My boy is a sugar-face too. Love it.
I have noticed that you are still putting Chase in soft-soled moccasins when outside/at playgrounds. I am a pediatric PT, and seeing this is very concerning to me, because he needs more protection for his feet when out and about. I would look into getting him an appropriate pair of shoes – pedipeds, stride rite, and mobility make great shoes for kiddos his age. Also, as much as I enjoy reading about your busy busy weekends fully of activity, I often wonder when you get your housework done! I know for my family, when I was a SAHM like yourself, it was so difficult to get chores done during the week, so I often spent a good chunk of the weekend trying to keep the house clean.
Hi Kate!! Do you happen to have a recommendation for shoes that might make the transition from soft-soled moccasins to real shoes a little easier? We’ve tried some real shoes but Chase HATES them and walks around like he has gigantic weights on his feet! I’d love to try something else because I know sturdier shoes are important and would love to find something that works well for him. And about your housework question… I try to just do little bits here and there… 10 minutes cleaning the kitchen after dinner each night works wonders and I save the bigger stuff for weekends (vacuuming — but I sweep every day), cleaning floors/bathrooms, etc. I’m also not exactly a neat freak so I feel like our house is almost always 10-20 minutes away from actually looking organized/clean during the week!
Heather Warner says
See Kai Run smallers are great for the transition. Stride Rite also makes some really flexible soled shoes.
Kaitlyn @ Powered by Sass says
Wasn’t the weather BEAUTIFUL this weekend? I live in Virginia, and we could not get enough outdoor fun! Also, is Kilwin’s a chain? My boyfriend and I popped into a Kilwin’s yesterday for ice cream and it was the best ice cream of my life!
Yes!!! We love it! Their ice cream is amazing — you must try marshmallow s’more and toasted coconut if you haven’t already!
Kaitlyn @ Powered by Sass says
Ooooooh my gosh, I will. We had pecan praline (New Orleans lady over here) + salted caramel! A must try!
Hi julie! love your blog and have been reading for years! my boyfriend and i are considering moving down to the lake norman area, specifically davidson/huntersville … any tips on the area, or things we should try to do when we come down to check it out? we live in upstate new york now – so the possibility of moving so far away is stressful! thanks a bunch!!
oooh!! so exciting! what are you guys into? if you like the outdoors, a trip to lake norman state park to hike the lake side trail should be on your list! jetton park is closer in cornelius (located just north of huntersville) and is also worth a visit. it’s gorgeous! for food, definitely check out kindred in downtown davidson. toast is great for breakfast there as well! we absolutely love it here!!
alyssa simmons says
thank you so much for the recommendations! it seems like such a nice place to live with so many different things to do!
That looks like such a fun weekend! We are loving this nice weather in the midwest. I wish it would stick around!
I practice yoga at home with Yogaglo and I can’t recommend them enough if you wish to incorporate more yoga! For $18 a month you have unlimited access to 1000’s of classes from 5 to 120 minutes with some great teachers like Kathryn Budig and Dice Iida-Klein. You can also download classes if you wish to practice somewhere without wifi. I have to make an effort to practice however because there’s no fixed class to attend, but I think you’ll like them. Pointers and teaching tips are like you’re in the class, they have all styles of yoga and offer a free 2 week trial. Hope this helps!
Krista @ Gringita says
sounds like a nice weekend! Can’t wait to take my puppy hiking !
Hi Julie! Where are your grey shoes from??
They’re TOMS Avalon sneakers! So comfy! http://bit.ly/2le9Huj