Thankfully I was able to spend this weekend with my family — the very best distraction and support system. My parents arrived in town on Thursday evening and left for Virginia on Friday morning. Ryan, Chase, Ryder and I dropped Sadie off at our friend Ben’s house and then followed behind a few hours later. We met up with my mom and dad at the Virginia International Raceway (VIR) and though Ryan and I booked a separate hotel room for our family, we spent most of Friday and Saturday at my parents’ rental condo on the VIR grounds. It was heaven for Chase who is 100 percent race car obsessed!
My parents also rented a golf cart which made it easy drive all over the VIR grounds and explore. I’m convinced there is somethings magic about kids and golf carts. Chase and Ryder loved our golf cart adventures in Jellystone Golden Valley last month and I don’t think either of them stopped smiling as we all road around together this weekend.
It rained off and on most of the day on Saturday which was a bummer from a racing perspective but not terrible from a spectator perspective since it kept everyone cool. On Friday we had a glimpse of what Saturday would’ve felt like had the rain not come in and we were all sweating like crazy!
We drove back home around dinnertime on Saturday just as my parents were getting ready to meet up with some friends for dinner and we were shocked when Ryder stayed awake for the entire 2.5 hour drive. Fortunately we had both boys in bed before 8:30 p.m. and quickly followed suit ourselves.
Sunday morning felt like fall in North Carolina. It was a welcomed reprieve from temperatures in the 90s! We opened up the windows in our house and the boys loved playing in our new screened-in porch while Ryan tackled a little bit of yard work.
The ceiling of our screened-in porch is complete (LOVING the skylights!) but we still need to have the base painted and figure out what kind of outdoor furniture set up we want to have in the space. I am currently at a loss for any kind of screened-in porch set up inspiration, so if any of you design-lovin’ people out there have recommendations for how we might be able to best set things up out there, please let me know. We are hoping for the space to have almost an indoor/outdoor vibe with comfy couches and/or chairs, an outdoor-friendly rug and a little table or something of the sort.
After some playtime at home, our crew was ready to get out of the house and we headed off to grab some doughnuts at Reigning Doughnuts, a charming little order-at-the-window doughnut shop located in NoDa.
Ryan snapped the above picture of me and the boys and it made me smile. I feel like there is so much going on in this photo, but isn’t that the truth about motherhood always? It’s so much all at once all the time.
When we told Chase we were heading out to get doughnuts, he said he needed to “pack a bag” to bring with him. Apparently his bag of instruments seemed like the logical bag of essentials to bring along to the doughnut shop (hence Ryder blowing into the recorder in the above pic). There’s something magic about four-year-olds and their little brains, I’m telling you. I just love it.
Once we were sure Ben was awake for the day, we piled back into Ryan’s car and drove over to his place to thank him for watching Sadie and scoop up our girl. Ben recently moved to Charlotte from Mooresville and we took advantage of being close to the Little Sugar Creek Greenway and headed off on a family walk with Sadie after we hung out at his place for a bit.
The Greenway runs along a small creek and took us under lots of bridges (a highlight for Chase) and through lots of urban areas of the city. We walked along and stopped for a break at a small open field park where the boys ate some snacks and we played for a bit before turning around and walking back to our car.
I carried Ryder in my baby carrier for most of the walk which worked well until he was ready to run around and be free!
And here’s the pic I snapped during our walk that served as the best family photo I got of our crew on Sunday:
At least we’re all accounted for, right?
By the time we made it home, it was naptime for Ryder. Ryan hung out at home with Chase while Ryder slept so I could run a few solo errands and attend the parent-only open house at Chase’s preschool. The school year kicks off for Chase next Tuesday and I already have the best feeling about his teachers. They seem absolutely wonderful.
As for the week ahead, everything is a bit up-in-the-air around here. It’s our last “official” week of summer before preschool and we have ISR every day and meet-the-teacher for Chase as well. I hope you all have a good week and thanks so much for making PBF a part of your day today.