We kicked off our weekend on Friday with an “adventure hike” with the boys before grabbing burgers and fries at Little Big Burger and calling it a night.
Our local Little Big Burger just added Beyond Burgers to their menu and I ordered one to give it a try and was really impressed with both the flavor and the texture of the plant-based burger. Have you guys ever tried any of the Beyond Meat products? My first experience has me curious to try more!
Our big plans for the weekend took us up to Carrigan Farms in Mooresville on Saturday morning for apple picking!
We are always tempted to wait until the weather gets cooler to pick apples but have learned the hard way that if you wait too long in our area, you pretty much miss apple-picking season altogether and are left with rotten, spotty apples. Fortunately the apples at Carrigan Farms this year were perfectly ripe and delicious!
(I think Chase was more psyched about the big tractors on the farm than actually picking the apples.)
We filled three bags with an assortment of apples and headed home discussing the apple-filled treats we wanted to make with our haul!
By the time we made it home, everyone was ready for lunch and then both boys took naps. Woop! While the boys napped, Ryan walked Sadie and I did a little work before tackling a big fridge clean out! My fridge project wasn’t so much about getting rid of unwanted food (we’re pretty good about eating what we buy every week) but more so about seriously scrubbing the fridge down and cleaning out the drawers, shelves, etc.
(I feel the need to point out the fact that we have two mini fridges located to the right of our main refrigerator that we use for all of our beverages since I know someone will inevitably ask where our drinks are in the above pic. The previous owners of our home installed them and they are the BEST thing ever!)
It ended up being quite the ordeal but I feel all kinds of happy and satisfied whenever I open our fridge now. I also ordered some fridge organization bins from Amazon and am a little too excited for them to arrive. Welcome to adulthood, my friends.
Once the boys were up, we piled into Ryan’s car and stopped by the library to pick up the items we had on hold before driving to The Little Gym in Huntersville for JJ’s second birthday party!
JJ is the younger brother of Chase’s BFF Claire and his party included many of our closest friends in the area and their little ones. The kids had a ball running all over the place and Ryan and I loved catching up with our friends in the midst of the kid chaos.
(Something about an almost-15 month old is just so YUMMY. I swear I kiss Ryder’s cheeks, legs and belly a million times a day.)
We made it home a little before 7 p.m. so we immediately dove into all of the usual bedtime shenanigans and called it a night.
Sunday morning was a rough one for Ryan. He actually awoke in the middle of the night on Saturday feeling incredibly nauseated and threw up a number of times. I felt so bad for him (he was truly miserable all day) and did my best to keep the kids away from Dad so he could rest and they could avoid his germs. (We’re thinking he likely caught whatever stomach bug Chase had late last week. Ooph.)
With Ryan out of commission, I rallied the boys and got everyone dressed and fed before we did a little early morning crafting!
My niece’s first birthday is coming up next week and Chase and Ryder worked on her homemade birthday cards and filled them with with stickers, stamps and scribbles.
Eventually we made it out the door for the 9:30 a.m. church service. It was a great service and the boys seemed to enjoy their time in childcare as well. Once we arrived bak home, everyone was ready for an early lunch and some playtime.
Chase and Ryder were having one of those afternoons where they were playing really well together so I thanked my lucky stars and took advantage of their solo playing to do a little meal planning for the week ahead. Once they were both settled down for naps/quiet time, I headed off to the grocery store and picked up some food for the first half of the week. Ryan was feeling a little better by the time I arrived home and so we spent some time together as I meal prepped food for our family and my friend Lauren’s family since I’m bringing them dinner later this evening. (They recently welcomed a new baby into their family.)
I also made our family a batch of apple crisp with our apples from Saturday’s adventure!
I followed Tina’s recipe which is my go-to apple crisp recipe when I am looking for something EASY but also incredibly delicious. We paired our apple crisp with vanilla ice cream of course! The only thing I think that particular apple crisp recipe is missing is a little chewiness from oats and maybe a little crunch from pecans or something like that, however, if you’re looking for a quick apple crisp recipe, keep that one on your radar!
We spent the rest of our Sunday around the house, venturing into the yard for some outside playtime and fetch for Sadie. We had both boys in bed just before 8 p.m. and since Ryan fell asleep soon after the boys were down, I ended up reading for a couple of hours before bed and finally finished Summer of ’69.
As for the week ahead, we still have ISR for Ryder (yes, it does feel like it’s never-ending!), preschool and soccer for Chase and yet another followup doctor’s appointment for me. (To make a long story short: My body is still in the process of miscarrying and I was a mess when I found this out early last week. Despite having already passed the baby, I took a second round of medication last week to help pass the remaining tissue but I may still need a D&C later this week. I’m crossing my fingers that will not be the case but we have the surgery booked just in case.)
On the VERY bright side: My mom is coming in town later this week. I am so grateful she’ll be here with our family for a few days and we’re all more than ready for some special time with Mae. Plus, my mom has a way of making me feel like I can exhale and cry all of those tears that seem to say bottled up inside me. What is it about moms and their power to make you just crumble into a ball of emotions around them?
Anyway, I hope all of you have a good week and, as always, I appreciate you making PBF a part of your day. Sending lots of love your way today!