It was also a LOT easier to ease into Saturday because Ryan surprised me with an incredible birthday gift — a refurbished JURA coffee machine, also known as the coffee machine my mother-in-law has at her house that I’ve been lusting over for years and years. It makes the most unbelievably smooth coffee and I am so darn excited to put it to use every morning. Ryan hit the ball out of the park with that gift, that’s for sure!
Our big plans for the day took us to the Queen’s Cup in Mineral Springs to watch a series of steeplechase horse races with our friends and our three-year-olds. (We opted to get babysitters for the littlest members of our families to avoid major meltdowns since they’re all still taking multiple naps a day.)
I had a moment of mom guilt about leaving Ryder behind for the afternoon on my birthday but since we spent all morning and evening together, I tried to recognize that feeling for what it was — totally ridiculous. I am sure Ryder loved every second with his babysitter and we got to enjoy a meltdown-free day. A win for everyone!
Once we arrived, we couldn’t stop commenting on the beauty of the Queen’s Cup grounds and we majorly lucked out with perfect weather on Saturday. It was sunny all day and temperatures hovered around 75 degrees!
As I previously mentioned, we were invited to the race when the Queen’s Cup PR team caught wind of Chase’s infatuation with horses and he was in absolute heaven all day long. A few of Chase’s best buddies are the kids of some of our closest friends and we loved watching their enthusiasm for the horses as they picked their horses based on their favorite numbers and rooted for their horses to win.
There were five different races throughout the day which were definitely the highlight of the Queen’s Cup but we also had a lot of fun watching our kids ride ponies and play around the grounds with the other children in the Croup tailgate area. (The event is free for kids under 12 and extremely family friendly.) It was such a great way to celebrate my birthday and we truly had a blast!
We arrived home around dinnertime and opted for early baths for the boys before we hung out in our pajamas a bit before bed. I recently ordered a six pack of various kid’s card games for Chase and he’s obsessed with Slap Jack at the moment, so we played many rounds of that one which was a blast! As a big-time lover of game nights, I have high hopes for many evenings spent playing games with our boys as they get older.
Ryder was up before the sun on Sunday morning which was a bit odd and also meant he was more than ready for his morning nap around 8:15 a.m. This threw our morning church plans off a bit but we rolled with the punches and opted to spend the morning outside with the boys once Ryder was up and ready to roll 90 minutes later.
We walked around our neighborhood and spent some time at the park near our house before looking for turtles and fish off the dock at the nearby marina. The boys ended up taking their afternoon naps at the same time (a small miracle!) and Ryan and I both used this time to get some work done.
The sunshine called to us again once the boys were awake and we spent the rest of our Sunday on the boat before docking the boat and setting up our towels at the little beach near the dock so Sadie could run around and the boys could splash in the water and play in the sand.
The water was still too cold for me but Chase is apparently made of the same stuff all kids are made of and insisted the water was just fine for swimming.
Luckily he has a dad who will take one for the team and swim in chilly water with him. I opted for dipping my toes in with Ryder!
We rounded out our Sunday with quesadillas at home before calling it a night! It was a great birthday weekend and I went to sleep feeling very grateful for my family and friends.
As for the agenda for the week ahead, today should be a good one. I’ll be accompanying Chase on his school field trip to a local farm today and he is super psyched for it! I hope you all have a great Monday!