Easter Egg Hunt Play Date
Our Saturday was a very full and very fun one! It began with an early morning Easter Egg Hunt play date at our friends’ Alexis and Dan’s house. They are the king and queen of amazing themed parties and play dates and Saturday’s egg hunt was no exception.
We arrived a little after 9 a.m. to find a delicious spread of fresh fruit, pastries, doughnuts, coffee and mimosas waiting for the adults along with the cutest Easter baskets waiting for the kids.
We hung out inside for an hour or so while the kids played with toys and the parents chatted away before it was time to head into the backyard for the egg hunt.
Alexis and Dan filled a ton of Easter eggs with stickers and cereal and all of our toddlers had the best time running after eggs and dropping them in their baskets.
Chase was all about the activity and hit his 12 egg limit pretty quickly so Ryan discreetly re-hid some of his eggs as he added new ones to his basket. It made the fun last a lot longer and he had a blast! I wasn’t sure Chase would be old enough to really enjoy an egg hunt but we’ll definitely be doing one for him on Easter this year after seeing how much he loved it on Saturday!
Once all of the eggs were found, the kids opened them up, snacked on cereal and had fun with bubbles until it was time for us to head home for Chase’s naptime.
We couldn’t resist snapping one family photo together before we left since it’s rare to get all of us in one picture at the same time. We cracked up when we saw the photo and realized Chase made his disdain for family photo time known with a very serious stank face.
We took his bubbles away to snap this photo together and that was clearly NOT OKAY.
When we arrived home, I went into overdrive trying my best to get a few last-minute things ready for a special surprise we had on the books for Saturday afternoon. My friend Carrie’s husband Nick reached out to a couple of Carrie’s friends for help with planning a special spa day for his wonderful wife’s 30th birthday. We were all super excited to be included in the surprise and scooped Carrie up around lunchtime for a girls’ day at the spa at The Ritz Carlton hotel in Charlotte.
My friend Laura previously visited the spa with her mother and raved about it and we were immediately intrigued when she explained that if you book one spa service at The Ritz, you then have complimentary use of the spa facilities for the rest of the day. This includes use of the beautiful Aqua Lounge pool, showers, relaxation room, sauna and more. Pretty sweet, right!?
Laura, Lauren and I pulled up in Carrie’s driveway with balloons, obnoxious noisemakers and music blaring and scooped her up for her special surprise day around noon. The look on her face when she saw us was priceless and we were so thrilled to be able to celebrate our incredible friend’s 30th birthday in such a fun way!
We booked pedicure appointments around 12:30 p.m. and spent the rest of the afternoon lounging by the pool, ordering food and drinks and indulging in a delicious vanilla cake with buttercream frosting.
Lauren, Laura and I told Carrie that her birthday almost felt like a gift to us since none of us could remember a time when the four of us were together to simply relax, distraction-free without our sweet toddlers in the mix. It felt like we were in a different world as we lounged by the pool, surrounded by beautiful views of the city from the 17th floor of the hotel.
Conversation flowed easily and I found myself feeling very, very grateful for these three women in my life. Laura said something that really resonated with me when she said she is thankful for our friendships because she always leaves the time she spends with us feeling uplifted and positive. I could not agree more with this statement and as I get older, I find myself paying more attention to the way the energy of others affects me. Lauren, Carrie and Laura are three of the kindest and most genuine women I’ve met in my life and I feel like they came into my life at the perfect time, right after Chase was born, when I needed and craved strong friendships with other women who were going through a similar phase of life in a town that we only recently began to call our home.
Quality time with girlfriends always seems to pass by way too fast and before we knew it, we had to grab a shower and get ready to meet our husbands out for Carrie’s birthday dinner.
We took full advantage of the Ritz’s lovely amenities and got ready in our robes as we snacked on chocolate bark and sipped on lemon and berry-infused water. I forgot how much more fun it is to get ready when you’re surrounded by your girlfriends!
Once we were ready to go, we headed off to meet up with our husbands and our friends Alexis and Dan for a celebratory birthday dinner at The Summit Room in Dilworth.
The rest of the night passed by in a blur of good food, delicious cocktails and quality time with some of our favorite friends!
(You can probably tell that the above pic of our husbands was snapped at the end of the night. Haha!)
Sunday was a rainy day in Charlotte! With the exception of an early morning church service and a trip to the grocery store we stuck close to home as I tried my best to get ahead on work for the week, pack for our travels today and not feel too behind on life!
One highlight from the dreary day was a delicious brunch at home with whole wheat pancakes and bacon. It’s been a while since we took the time to make a big Sunday brunch at home and it was a nice way to unwind after church before I went into go-mode during Chase’s naptime.
I have to wrap things up quickly this morning because it’s time to get rollin’! I’ll see you guys tomorrow with a yummy dinner recipe and I hope to check in later this week with an update of our travel adventures.
Hope you all had a great weekend!