Friday was Cinco de Mayo and we had a fun time celebrating over margaritas at my friend Dana’s baby sprinkle!
Dana is expecting her second baby in early June and I loved the way her sprinkle included dads and kids. The casual backyard cookout had a Cinco de Mayo theme and was a great way to unwind on a Friday evening while celebrating a very special occasion!
We arrived home a little after 7:30 p.m. and Chase lucked out and got to skip his evening bath since we didn’t want to put his bedtime off too long. I mean we had a riveting episode of Dateline to watch! Just kidding… Kind of. (Pajamas + Ice cream + Dateline is seriously my idea of a fantastic Friday night these days. No shame.)
The whole Fagan family ended up sleeping in until 7 a.m. on Saturday which was fantastic! Ryan wanted to get in a quick morning workout but I wasn’t in the mood, so I hung back at home with Chase and Sadie and we eased into the morning with the help of a batch of banana bread protein pancakes and coffee with coconut oil and collagen (for me) and milk (for Chase).
Once Ryan was home, we got ready for the day together before heading uptown for a morning in the city.
We spent about an hour at Discovery Place where Chase obsessively looked for Dory (“Doe-wee”) in the aquarium tanks. My mom bought him a Dory book with buttons you can press that make Dory talk so coupling Chase’s love for fish and marine life with a talking cartoon fish = Instant toddler magic.
Eventually a craving for Not Just Coffee lattes pulled us away from Discovery Place and we walked a couple blocks to 7th Street Public Market where we shared an acai bowl and sipped on our lattes. I also couldn’t resist doing a little shopping at the CLT Find booth and nabbed a birthday gift for my sister.
If you’re local to Charlotte, you have to check them out if you haven’t already! Apparently CLT Find opened up at the market at the end of March and they have the cutest Charlotte-themed gifts, jewelry, bath and beauty products and more. Ryan pretty much had to peel me away!
Fueled by our lattes, we popped back into Discovery Place for another 30 minutes or so and watched Chase run around before heading home for lunch and nap time. Chase was ready for a nap soon after we walked in the door and while Ryan took him up to bed, I headed back out to run some errands and shop for Mother’s Day gifts. I also wanted to pick up fresh berries, lemon curd and coconut whipped topping to make Kristin’s lemon fruit dip for a Kentucky Derby party we had on the agenda for the afternoon!
I arrived back home to an empty house (Ryan had Chase and Sadie out on a short walk) and quickly threw together the dip and changed into my Derby party clothes so we could head out the door soon after they arrived home. Thirty minutes later, everyone was home and changed and we were off to Lauren and Tony’s house to watch the 143rd Kentucky Derby!
We all drew a horse’s name out of a hat and threw a couple bucks into a jar to make the race a little more interesting. I drew McCracken who had pretty good odds but didn’t place in the top three. Ryan’s horse, Battle of Midway, didn’t seem like much of a contender based on his odds but he ended up placing third which was really cool! I loved watching the race surrounded by toddlers who LOVE animals because there was a lot of neighing and high-pitched “Go! Go! Go!” yelling happening in the living room.
We left an hour or so after the race and Chase somehow got a second wind the minute we arrived home. Ryan and I were cracking up watching him run around in his diaper. He was NOT happy when I scooped him up and brought him into his nursery but one I turned on his “special light” (<—he’s really into his salt rock lamp right now) and promised to read him two books, he calmed down and I soaked up every second of his sweet cuddles.
Ryan and I changed into our pajamas after Chase was in bed and curled up on the couch to watch a couple of episodes of The Big Bang Theory while we shared a pint of Ben & Jerry’s.
Sunday morning began with a random suggestion from Ryan to go on a day-trip to Stone Mountain. With temperatures dropping into the low 60s, he figured it would be one of the last cooler weekends around here for a while. Sunday’s sunny skies and cool breezes made it the perfect hiking weather so we decided to load up the car and make the 90-minute drive to Stone Mountain State Park.
Ryan and I first visited Stone Mountain shortly after we moved to North Carolina when we were on a mission to see and do as many new things as possible. The distance from home makes it the perfect day trip and the hike is a great one that includes views of a 200-foot waterfall! We made the trip once before with Chase back in February 2016 and since he handled it well as a baby, we had high hopes for our outdoorsy toddler.
Ryan wore Chase during the entire hike (I give him a TON of credit for tackling some serious inclines the mountain!) and Chase had a ball! We figured we’d need to stop for some breaks so Chase could run around but he was quite content up in the backpack with an assortment of snacks and his water cup.
We used the Osprey Poco AG Child Carrier Backpack that we bought last summer for our trip to Snowshoe Mountain after Ryan did a ton of research and have been really happy with it. (A bunch of you asked about the backpack on Instagram after my IG Stories video and I go into more detail about it here.)
Though we all had fun, I think Sadie had the best time on the trails!
I cannot believe she’s been hiking and exploring with us for 9+ years now. Sadie still puts all of us to shame with her energy levels, I’m tellin’ ya! I love watching her sprint all over the place and enthusiastically smell every blade of grass around her.
We made it back to the car about 45 minutes after Chase’s usual naptime, so we were hoping he’d sleep during the 90-minute drive home. Chase had other plans and apparently wanted to tell his stuffed Elmo all about the hike we went on and chatted away in his baby babble for a solid hour before he finally fell asleep. Gone are the days when we can easily transfer Chase from his car seat to his crib and though we tried, Chase spent about 20 minutes in his crib before he let us know his 30-minute car nap was all we were getting out of him on Sunday.
We ended up spending the rest of our Sunday running a couple of errands and ordered pizza for dinner before calling it a night.
I hope you all had a great weekend! Thanks for stopping by the blog today!