It felt good and we kept our weekend nice and simple!
We kicked off the weekend with a visit to Sweetwater Farms, one of our favorite local spots where the boys enjoy checking out animals, playing in a giant mulch pit and running around in the grass.
We played at the farm for around 90 minutes before making our way to my friend Lauren’s house to check on their baby chicks while they were out of town.
Whenever we visit Lauren’s house (she’s the mother of Claire, Chase’s BFF) Chase always asks if we can get chickens, too. That’s not in the cards for our family but we’re pretty sure a reptile of some sort is when we move into our new house. We’ve been researching leopard geckos and bearded dragons and Chase is beyond psyched about this idea. (Also, did you know you can rescue leopard geckos, bearded dragons and all different kinds of reptiles!? So cool! We’re hoping to go this route.) I’m sure I’ll ask for more insight into caring for these creatures when we get closer to making this decision but if you have any experience with lizards as pets, please feel free to weigh in!
Lauren also has two bunnies who live in a hutch in her backyard so we checked on them as well before making our way back home for lunch.
By the time we made it home, everyone was hungry and inhaled their lunches before we got Rhett and Ryder down for some much-needed naps. Ryder naps two or three times a week but when he naps he naps HARD and slept for around three hours on Saturday. Rhett was up about two hours later and hung out with me until Ryan and Chase made it back from their afternoon fishing adventure.
I then took Chase to a birthday party at a trampoline park and I think this was the first birthday party we’ve attended where the guest list was only boys! The kids all had a blast running a mile a minute and slowed down just long enough for pizza and cake.
Eventually the party came to and end and Chase and I met up with Ryan, Rhett and Ryder at the park in our neighborhood for a few rounds of tag before heading home for our whole evening routine.
On Sunday morning, the boys seemed content to play around the house for a while so while they entertained themselves with Picasso Tiles and cars, Ryan and I did some laundry and other household chores.
Our main activity for the day kicked off in the mid-morning and we drove to Dan Nicholas Park, a giant park that’s home to a campground, several playgrounds, a train, carousel, nature center and more. We discovered it for the first time a year ago and it totally blew us away. (This post goes into more detail about the park for any locals who might be interested: Rowan Wild + Dan Nicholas Park.)
The park is about a 50-minute drive from our house so it’s a little bit of a hike but worth every minute. Ryan and I are hoping to take the boys camping at Dan Nicholas Park in the future because there is so much to do!
We easily spent nearly three hours at the park on Sunday and visited animals…
Rode the train and merry-go-round…
Went gem mining…
Hunted for lizards…
Played on the various playgrounds…
Checked out reptiles in the Nature Center…
And had a picnic lunch and left! This park is such a gem and Ryan and I left saying we need to visit more often!
By the time we made it home, Rhett was in need of a nap and we all had some chill time at home before Ryan took the big kids fishing while Rhett continued sleeping and I got some work done.
We rounded out our weekend by grilling out and curling up on the couch for movie night (well, kind of, I mean someone is always on the floor with an oh-so-busy Rhett). Once everyone was settled in bed, Ryan and I hung out for a bit before reading and falling asleep, too.
Now I’m off to get this Monday rocking! Annemarie is coming to help with Rhett this morning and I’m looking forward to some uninterrupted work time at a local coffee shop until I have to scoop Ryder up from preschool around lunchtime. I hope you all have a great week!