All of our kids were awake super early on Saturday and while we typically make the big kids stay in their room until their Hatch light turns green at 7 a.m., since Rhett was up and ready for action by 6:30 a.m., we figured we’d make the most of an early morning and head out on a family walk before Rhett’s morning nap.
Chase and Ryder spent most of the walk spotting birds (do you like their makeshift binoculars?) and Rhett kicked and cooed in the baby carrier. Once we were back home, I put Rhett down for a nap and Ryan took the big kids on a short bike ride while I got in a quick driveway workout.
Once Rhett was awake, we changed into our swimsuits, lathered on sunscreen and headed out for a few hours on the water.
We dropped anchor at a little beach where the big kids quickly made friends with some other kids playing in the water and Rhett hung back with Mom and Dad.
(Rhett is munching on one of these baby-friendly Banana Oatmeal Blender Muffins — He can’t get enough of them!)
We made it home in time for Rhett to take an afternoon nap and told Chase and Ryder they needed to stay in their room for 45 minutes for some “brother quiet time.” This ended up looking like just more brother playtime but it at least gave me and Ryan the chance to clean up around the house without feeling like a bigger mess was being made around us thanks to kid chaos.
Once they were done with quiet time, Ryan took them to the grocery store to pick up some food for a backyard BBQ and we rounded out our evening with a fun cookout and a dance party. Ryan introduced them to videos of Fik-Shun on YouTube and watching Chase and Ryder attempt to imitate his moves was all kinds of entertaining.
We made it out of the house before Rhett’s morning nap again on Sunday and took Sadie and the boys to a local trail for some hiking!
(This is the Amazon crop top I shared in a past Things I’m Loving Friday post for those who might want to see a pic of what it looks like on. Fit is true to typical lululemon sizing but I’d size up if you’re between sizes. My high-waisted leggings are lululemon aligns.)
Sadie ended up providing a lot of entertainment on our hike because Chase and Ryder made it their mission to stay ahead of her on the trails which is no small feat. Sadie is usually our little line leader but sprinting when she stopped to sniff a billion things along the trail made their goal a reality most of the time.
Though Ryan and I are forever in denial of any signs of aging in Sadie, this hike made it increasingly obvious that her hearing isn’t quite what it used to be. We’ve noticed around the house that if we call to her outside of whatever room she is in, she doesn’t seem to hear us as well and I just hate thinking of her being anything less than 100 percent healthy and herself. We’ve also noticed her eyesight isn’t as good in the dark (she always waits for us to turn on a light to come down the stairs) and these are just some things I’ll be mentioning at her next vet appointment that I’m sure are common for a 13 year old dog but just sometimes a little hard to see. Sadie is my first dog and has been a part of our lives through so many big milestones and moves and I am just currently over here trying to believe she will live forever and ever.
She certainly seemed to love every second of her time on the trails!
We took a few breaks for snacks and creature hunting and the big highlight of the hike was when Chase spotted a crayfish in the small stream!
Random fun fact: As a kid I had a pet crayfish named Boomer!
We made it back home in time to get Rhett down for his morning nap and then Ryan and his dad took Chase and Ryder fishing while I got some uninterrupted work time on the computer.
Once Rhett was up and everyone else was back home, the sunny skies and hot outside temperatures had all of us craving another boat day so we spent a few hours on the water and even busted out the large floating water mat for the first time this year.
Rhett had all of us cheering for him by the end of the trip because he hung in there so, so well. He was so happy to be on the boat, tolerated his life jacket like a champ and even had fun splashing on the mat with Ryan.
By the time we made it home, everyone was hungry for dinner, so I got the boys all changed and Ryan and his dad took off to pick up takeout from Juan Loco, a local Mexican restaurant that recently opened near our house. Of course I couldn’t resist whipping up some homemade cookies ‘n’ cream ice cream for our crew, too.
Our Sunday evening ended up including some serious excitement right before bed as Ryan went to put Chase and Ryder to bed. He noticed that Chase’s bottom right middle tooth that has been loose for a little more than a week was missing!
This shocked Chase almost as much as it shocked us! He had no idea it was gone and now it’s missing either in his stomach (my theory) or around our house somewhere. Ha! We had him write a note to leave under his pillow for the tooth fairy in lieu of his actual tooth and he seemed very confident she would be able to find his tooth with her special powers.
Now I’m going to round out today’s post with some random questions inspired by this toothy milestone! I hope you all have a great Monday!
Questions of the Day
If your family did the whole tooth fairy thing growing up, do you remember what the tooth fairy left for you?
For those with big kids who believe in the tooth fairy, what do you leave your kiddos when the tooth fairy comes?
I always remember getting quarters from the tooth fairy as a kid but I think I also may have received a dollar bill for a big tooth like a front middle one or a molar but I honestly don’t remember. I do have very strong memories of the little pink and white pillow I had to leave my teeth in for the tooth fairy to find though!