A few months ago, my mother’s cousin, Jennie, reached out to me asking if she could stay at our place with her son and daughter-in-law since they had a wedding to attend in the area and figured it would be a great way to sneak in some family time among their wedding-related plans. We jumped at the chance to play host and were excited to welcome Jennie, Michael and Amy into our home on Friday evening!
Speaking of Amy, she’s actually the one who snapped the beautiful family photos of my mom’s side of the family during our family reunion trip to the Outer Banks last month.
I know I promised to share them with you guys, so here’s a little peek:
Amy is a professional photographer living in Raleigh, North Carolina (though she does travel for shoots) so if you need professional pics in the area, definitely check her out!
Anyway… Back to this weekend!
Amy, Jennie and Michael arrived at our house around 6 p.m. and we spent the next hour or so catching up before they had to head out to attend a rehearsal welcome reception.
Since they had plans for the evening, Ryan and I kept things low key and hung out at home with Sadie and Chase. I prepped some food for the next day and hung out on the couch with Ryan before bed.
I think I got wrapped up in family time on Saturday because I forgot my camera at home and didn’t touch my phone until the evening, so I unfortunately don’t have many photos to share from Saturday other than what Ryan and my family shared with me.
Chase was up for the day at 6 a.m., so our Saturday began rather early! Ryan headed off to the gym before everyone else was up and Chase and I made blueberry muffins and a frittata for the gang.
Everyone was up around 8: 30 a.m. and we had a wonderfully lazy morning at home before we decided to change into our swimsuits and spend a few hours on the lake before Chase’s naptime!
We boated over to a small island in the middle of Lake Norman where there was a beach and plenty of room for Sadie to jump around and Chase to sit on the shore and splash in shallow water. The weather on Saturday was sunny and H-O-T and the perfect boating weather. It felt wonderful spend a few hours outside on the water!
We made our way back home a little before 1 p.m. and while Chase napped, we grilled outside and chatted over a lunch of burgers, chicken, fruit salad, baked beans and cold quinoa salad. Everyone was up for some relaxing after lunch, so we spent another hour or so just talking and hanging out on the couch before the wedding crew had to get ready and head out.
Chase woke up just before they left and after he had a little snack, Ryan and I took him out to Gander Mountain since we heard they were having a going out of business sale. The sale was seriously disappointing (only 5-10% off most things) so we left with nothing (we were hoping to nab a tent!) and made our way to Carrburrito’s in Davidson for dinner.
A quesadilla hit the spot and we couldn’t resist walking over to Whit’s after dinner for some frozen custard for dessert.
We figured we should let Chase run around in some shade before heading home and stopped by a local park for 30 minutes or so before it was time for bath and bed for our little man.
Sunday morning began with baked oatmeal! Chase had us up early again which gave me plenty of time to whip up a batch of baked oatmeal for everyone to enjoy once they were all up for the day!
We ate our breakfast while we chatted about the previous night’s wedding before Jennie, Michael and Amy had to get going. (Jennie had a 7+ hour drive ahead of her and Amy had a photo shoot scheduled in Winston-Salem in the morning.) We were sad to say goodbye but grateful for such a fun and laidback visit! I’m crossing my fingers for more family fun soon!
After everyone was on the road, we figured we should make the most of our Sunday morning and decided to take the boat out again for a couple of hours.
Sadie was psyched as always and we had a great time playing fetch, making some pretty sorry looking sand castles and splashing around in the water.
Chase had a bit of a meltdown when we tried to take him out of the water and head back home for naptime but slept for a solid two hours once he was tucked into his crib.
While Chase napped, I felt the itch to run and took Sadie on a 5 mile run/walk around the neighborhood.
I ran the first 3.5 miles or so and walked the last bit with Sadie and loved spending some quality time with my favorite furry running buddy. I miss our runs together!
I showered the second I walked in the door and then fixed myself a plate of leftovers from Saturday’s cookout for lunch to eat while I began typing up this blog post.
Chase was up and ready for action around 3 p.m. which is right when the clouds opened up and it started to storm. With all outside activities off the table, Ryan, Chase and I headed off to Discovery Place Kids for some indoor fun.
We stayed at DPK until it closed and then made our way home for dinner, books and more indoor playtime before Chase was ready for bed. I’m not sure what it was but I was pooped by the end of the day and fell asleep the minute I crawled into bed around 9 p.m.
I hope you all had a great weekend and that your Sunday is going well so far!