We drove back to Charlotte from Banner Elk on Friday morning amid lots of rain and fog and spent most of the weekend close to home. The rest of our trip to the mountains was a good one and included some hiking, sweet treats from Stick Boy Bread Company (a must-try if you’re ever in Boone), a visit to an alpaca farm, cozy nights by the fire and s’mores!
Ryan and I crashed hard on Friday night after our week away from home but woke up ready for some fun with friends on Saturday.
We kicked off our weekend with a workout at the gym and I followed my Everything One Minute Upper Body Workout. It felt good to work up a sweat after almost a week away. (I did manage to squeeze in one 20-minute bodyweight workout while we were in the mountains and almost forgot how much I love that 10-to-1 workout!)
Once we scooped the boys up from childcare, we popped into the grocery store to grab everything we needed to make a double batch of cornbread to bring to my friend Carrie’s parents’ annual chili cook-off. Ryder and Chase’s afternoon naps synced up on Saturday which gave us time to finish unpacking and tackle a few household chores while my cornbread baked away.
The boys were both up in the early afternoon and after a little bit of downtime at home, we headed out to Chase’s preschool’s Trunk or Treat event.
(And that’s what a family photo looks like when you don’t want to disturb the baby. Ha! Sweet little Ryder!)
Teachers from Chase’s school and other members of the community decorated the trunks of their cars and passed out candy and treats to the kids in the school’s parking lot. Chase was 10,000 times more interested in the bouncy houses and playing with his friend Claire than the candy but still managed to walk away with his fair share of sweet treats.
Thankfully he was willing to share with Mom and I grabbed a few of my Halloween favorites — KitKats and Reese’s!
(Shoes: Banana Republic Demi Slide Flats / Sweater: Can’t find it online anywhere other than Zulily where I bought but it’s still available if you search “Rust Tie-Front Tunic”/ Diaper Bag: Fawn Design Mini / Jeans: Joe’s Jeans (loving the high-waist fit — great for postpartum!) / Hat: Wool Panama Hat)
Oh and if you’re wondering what Chase is supposed to be for Halloween this year, he said he’s a Dragon T-Rex. Yep, both of them! One of my friends actually gave Chase her son’s old Halloween costume months ago and he loved it so much that he wanted to wear it for Halloween this year which made things pretty easy for us on the costume front. I’m still not exactly sure what his costume is really supposed to be (maybe a dinosaur or a lizard?) but it worked well for the dino-dragon hybrid creature Chase thought up in his mind!
We spent the rest of our Saturday at the chili cook-off which was a blast as always!
I brought the same cornbread that claimed first prize in the cornbread competition last year and walked away with second place this time around! My friend Carrie’s dad (one of the hosts of the party) got second place last year and we flip-flopped this year so next year it is ON! I may actually venture out and try my hand at chili next year, too. The party is always so much fun and there’s never a shortage of good eats, that’s for sure!
Today has been a rather low-key day. We made our way to the early morning church service before popping into Target and heading home. Before church, I prepped a big batch of chili for us for lunch (clearly Saturday’s cook-off inspired me) and also managed to snap some photos to share on the blog because it’s a recipe we’re absolutely loving in our house lately.
I hope to have the recipe up to share with you guys soon!
And now, before I sign off for the day, I must leave you with this picture I just snapped of Sadie who decided to keep me company as I typed up this blog post in Ryder’s bouncy seat.
She cracks me up! I swear she believes she’s part-human and I’m beginning to wonder if she might be right.
Enjoy the rest of your Sunday, my friends!!