Good morning, my friends! How are you? How was your weekend? For my American readers out there, I hope you were able to enjoy both some excitement and some relaxation over the holiday weekend.
Our weekend was a good one! We spent most of Saturday and Sunday outside – hiking, grilling, boating, dining al freso in Davidson and enjoying every second of the unseasonably cool weather. The weekend temperatures didn’t eclipse 80 degrees and it felt amazing. Fall is coming!!!
With the exception of a few random photos I shared on Snapchat, I didn’t take many pictures over the weekend, but I did manage to snap a few yesterday to document our Labor Day, so here’s a recap of our Monday in a nutshell!
Breakfast + Morning Run
Ryan had to work for most of the day yesterday so we were both up by 6 a.m. I can never seem to continue sleeping when Ryan wakes up earlier than me and tried my best to take advantage of a quiet hour before Chase awoke. I enjoyed a cup of coffee with collagen and whole milk and a reheated frittata before topping it with half of a sliced avocado.
After snapping the above picture, I ate my breakfast in my home office while I put the finishing touches on yesterday’s Apple Pie Spice Chex Mix blog post and scheduled the corresponding social media shares.
Chase began to stir a little after 7 a.m., so I headed upstairs to get him up for the day! I was greeted with big smiles and baby babble and scooped Chase up out of his crib for his morning nursing session. Chase had me laughing pretty hard while he nursed because he decided to wave at me with one hand almost the whole time he was nursing. Whenever I’d wave back, he’d giggle and giggle. Once he was dressed and changed, I took him back into our bedroom to play while Ryan finished getting ready after his post-workout shower. Chase crawled around and followed him everywhere until we headed downstairs to say goodbye.
While Ryan headed off to work, I decided to take my two babies out for a run around the neighborhood. Even though temperatures crept up by the end of the day, the morning was nice and cool and perfect for a three mile run. I am so ready for cooler fall temperatures and am feeling awfully tempted to break out my autumn décor… Maybe next week?
Even though we stopped a few times so Chase could enjoy a few sips of a green smoothie during my run, by the time we made it home, he was ready for a “real food” breakfast and picked his way through a spread of sweet potatoes, blueberries (his latest obsession) and leftover hamburger from a weekend cookout.
While Chase ate, I inhaled a banana with almond butter and a leftover hot Italian chicken sausage out of tupperware (<— aka my attempt not to dirty another dish) with some ketchup on the side because my mom snacks are oh so glamorous these days.
Since I knew Chase wanted to crawl around, practice walking with his walker and explore, we spent another 20 minutes or so playing around the house before Chase was ready for his morning nap.
Naptime for Chase meant work + coffee time for me! After a quick shower, I made another cup of collagen coffee with whole milk and began typing up this blog post and working on a side project I can’t wait to share with you guys soon. If you’ve been looking for an easy meal planning guide that takes all the guess work out of planning and food prep, I think you’re going to like it!
Splash Pad + Lunch
Once I started to hear Chase make some noises, I quickly made myself a plate of leftovers for lunch.
Burger + Shaved Brussels Sprouts Salad with Bacon + Roasted Sweet Potatoes
I made it about halfway through my plate before I knew Chase wanted to get up, so I finished my lunch beside him while he sipped on his green smoothie and ate some of the same leftovers I was eating (plus chicken).
Once we were done, we headed off to Birkdale Village to meet up with some friends to play at the splash pad!
Chase has come a long way around the splash pad and was a lot braver around the shooting bursts of water than he was when Ryan and I first brought him to the splash pad earlier this summer. Though he still isn’t ready to run around like the big kids, he seems to enjoy touching the streams of water and watching the older children play.
While we were at Birkdale, I also managed to sneak in a little bit of shopping for some small gifts for Ryan’s mom and grandma to give them when we’re in Sarasota this weekend before we headed back home.
And I couldn’t resist stopping by lululemon to try on some of their end of season sale apparel.
I loved the floral print of these shorts but ended up walking away empty handed.
Side note: How awesome is this box of toys for kids in the lululemon dressing room!? Chase loved it!!
By the time we made it home, Chase was ready for his afternoon nap, so I put him down before heading into the kitchen for a snack and some recipe testing.
I ate a couple of mini muffins along with a cup of siggi’s raspberry yogurt while I tried my hand at creating a batch of chocolate protein fudge cups. They turned out SO tasty, so I am hoping to make another batch to photograph today so I can share the recipe with you guys soon.
Ella’s Fairyland First Birthday Party
Ryan arrived home from work a bit early which was great because we had plans to attend Ella’s first birthday party in Mooresville at 4 p.m. We had to wake Chase up from his nap which was a bit of a bummer but definitely worth it to celebrate such a sweet little girl!
Ella’s birthday party was fairy themed and so adorable! Laura did such a great job decorating her backyard with shades of purple and it truly looked like a magical fairyland!
How cute is this cake!?
We had a great time celebrating Ella’s special day, eating delicious food and watching all the babies play together on blankets in the grass. They had blast and Chase enjoyed exploring every inch of Laura and Reed’s backyard.
Ella’s party almost felt like the final summertime soirée and we all talked about how we cannot wait for pumpkin patch play dates with our little ones in the coming months. I am ready for fall, that’s for sure!
I hope you all had a great weekend!!!