We spent our Friday at my friend Lauren’s house, ordering pizza and laughing a little too hard when Chase and his BFF Claire emerged from the playroom with (washable) marker on their arms, legs and faces because they thought coloring on their bodies would make for a rockin’ good time. Clearly Friday night also involved extra long baths for the kiddos and then Ryan and I crawled into bed early and I finished reading The Secrets of Midwives by Sally Hepworth and it was excellent!
Saturday morning began with a family trip to Discovery Place Kids!
Ryan was bummed he missed Ryder’s birthday trip to DPK while he was at work on Tuesday afternoon. He wanted to see Ryder in his element so we drove over to the Huntersville location and ended up being the first ones to arrive! As my fellow Discovery Place members know, DPK is typically mayhem on the weekends but arriving early almost always translates to a better experience since it’s not nearly as crazy.
We spent a little more than an hour at Discovery Place where the boys had a ball. We left as Ryder started to get a little fussy and immediately put him down for his morning nap. Ryan wanted to pressure wash our patio on Saturday and offered to stay behind with the baby monitor in tow while Ryder napped so I could take Chase to my friend Carrie’s pool. He loved swimming with some of his buddies and I loved splashing along with him and catching up with some of my girlfriends!
We stayed at the pool for nearly three hours, swimming, snacking and soaking up the sunshine. I am so happy to report that the swim lessons we started back up for Chase have really been paying off because he was all about practicing his skills and putting his face in the water which was previously unheard of for him. Progress!
Chase and I swung by Jimmy John’s on our way back home and grabbed subs for a late lunch for our crew before spending the rest of our Saturday at the house. Ryan and I replaced the fan in our living room (no small feat — ooph!) and declared Saturday night movie night for the Fagan fam!
We watched the third How to Train Your Dragon movie (yes, Chase’s obsession with Toothless continues) and had to laugh because Ryder took our movie night as his cue to play with his noisiest toys so there were a lot of random bursts of squeaks, jingles and baby music sprinkled into what was supposed to be a relaxing movie night. Oh life with two kiddos!
Both boys were up before 7 a.m. on Sunday so we figured we’d make the most of our early morning and headed out on a family walk with Sadie. We made it back home with enough time to eat breakfast before it was time for MyGym!
The boys are seriously loving the MyGym classes in our area and Ryan and I appreciate the ability to take both boys to the same class during their Sunday morning siblings class. They had a blast running around and practicing their gymnastics skills before it was time to go. We made a quick pit-stop for doughnuts on our way home (breakfast 2.0!) and then Chase helped me with my first attempt at homemade ice cream!
Spoiler alert: It did not turn out well. I used this pint-size ice cream maker and the texture was all wrong. Anyone out there have an ice cream maker they love? I’m in the market for a good one but don’t want a HUGE one that will take up tons of space in our kitchen cabinets.
While the ice cream base chilled in the freezer, Ryan and I spent some time organizing things around the house as the boys napped. Ryan’s workout buddy recently moved to a different part of Charlotte so he’s back to utilizing our garage gym on a daily basis rather than just a few times a week. This inspired Ryan to clear out a bunch of things from our garage and we ended up driving a load of stuff to Play It Again Sports once the boys were up. Oh and apparently Play It Again Sports is a kid paradise. Who knew!? They let Chase test out lots of different sporting equipment, a bike with training wheels, a skateboard and more. When we left, Chase asked if we could go back there again sometime. Ha!
On our way back home, we made a stop at Hope Park in Mooresville so the boys could run around and splash in the splash pad.
(And yes, Ryan is sporting the Daddy Shark tee Chase gave him for Father’s Day. To say Chase is on the Baby Shark song obsession bandwagon is a serious understatement.)
Ryan and I are curious to see if Chase will be a runner one day because there’s not much he loves more than running and racing. He will truly just run laps around our our house and LOVES it.
Ryder and I stuck to chillin’ in the shade while he made car and truck noises with his lips — his new favorite skill — over and over again.
The splash pad was a major hit and just as Ryan was looking on Yelp for an ice cream spot to hit up on our way home, an ice cream truck pulled in and we ordered ice cream treats for our whole crew to enjoy in the sunshine.
The rest of our Sunday was spent making dinner at home and playing with the boys as we wrapped up some random household chores before bedtime. I also began reading a new book, The Tattooist of Auschwitz, and it very quickly roped me in.
And now I’m hearing both boys on the monitor so I better sign off and get our Monday morning moving! I hope you all have a wonderful week!