We started the weekend on a excessive word for the boys with a Friday night time film. We took them to see the brand new Paw Patrol film and realized it was Rhett’s very first film in a movie show! (The primary Paw Patrol film was really Ryder’s first film so we had excessive hopes the second would go over properly with Rhett, too.)
Are you able to inform Rhett was so excited!?
We have been certainly one of solely three households in your entire theater which made the expertise even cooler for the boys. We loaded up on an enormous tub of popcorn to share and after half-hour of previews (whyyyy!?), the film started. All three boys beloved it (Ryan and I gave it a stable “meh”) and although Rhett and Ryder ended up in our laps at one level, it wasn’t too scary for any of the youngsters.
Ryan and I additionally had quite a lot of good laughs through the film because of the boys’ reactions and observations (Rhett requested if one of many pups “obtained lifeless” at one level) and we left the theater feeling prefer it was an ideal film expertise for our crew.
On our manner out, the reside music enjoying exterior at Birkdale Village known as to us so we purchased some popsicles from a neighborhood vendor and danced and sang with the boys for a bit earlier than calling it an evening.
Chase and Ryder not too long ago started piano classes in order that they have been significantly curious about scoping out the keyboard participant within the band!
Saturday morning started with a marathon for Ryan. Sure, a MARATHON. Ya know, no huge thang. Ryan was up at 4 a.m. to run 26+ miles as a part of his full Ironman coaching. His coaching continues to blow my thoughts however by 8 a.m., Ryan was again residence and prepared for household enjoyable. Typically I feel he’s superhuman as a result of ya know what I might not need to do after operating a marathon? Something. Completely something.
Fortunately Ryan was all-in for some fall enjoyable on Saturday and stated a household journey to a neighborhood farm sounded good to him even after operating 1,000,000 miles earlier than breakfast. (Superhuman, I’m telling you.) Our Saturday plans took us to Mt. Ulla, North Carolina to Patterson Farms the place we spent a number of hours feeding livestock, happening tractor rides, finishing barnyard bingo playing cards for little prizes, meandering by means of a corn maze and extra.
I swear each time we go to Patterson Farms they add one thing new and it’s really certainly one of our favourite locations to take the boys.
There may be a lot to do, together with a lot of free play and playground house, and the climate on Saturday was sunny fall perfection.
The older the boys get, the longer we final at locations like this, and we ended up spending greater than three hours on the farm with none meltdowns or fussy moments. Victory!
I’m unsure we’ve ever achieved the corn maze at Patterson Farms earlier than however this yr’s corn maze was a lot enjoyable!! It included an assortment of mailboxes with clues to assist get you thru the corn maze included within the numerous mailboxes. Clues corresponded to matters labeled on the surface of the mailbox so you could possibly choose matters you knew somewhat extra about. We went with the Halloween-themed clues and the boys LOVED finishing a corn maze on this manner!
Ultimately, we figured we must always head out so we purchased just a few pumpkins and an enormous bag of kettle corn from the farm’s market and made the drive again residence. (Random truth: Kettle corn is certainly one of my all-time favourite meals however solely from gala’s, farms, and so forth.) After a pit-stop on the grocery retailer on our manner residence, we had every part we would have liked to make an enormous batch of rooster noodle soup for dinner and adopted it up with ice cream for dessert!
I used to be additionally greater than somewhat psyched to get into mattress on the early facet of the night to learn on Saturday night time as a result of I used to be midway by means of His & Hers by Alice Feeney and fully hooked. I ended up ending the e book on Saturday night time and phewww that one was a deeply disturbing whirlwind.
Sunday morning started with an entire lot of biking for Ryan and a soothing morning for me and the boys. We learn a few of our favorite Halloween books, made just a few melty bead creations (Pokémon and dragons) and eased into the day with waffles and low.
As soon as Ryan was achieved along with his bike journey, he got here inside and instructed us it actually felt like fall exterior. The boys and I have been psyched about somewhat chill within the air, so we threw on our sweatshirts and took Pepper on a stroll/bike journey to a small path close to our home.
We stumbled upon a child gold mine once we noticed the fallen tree beforehand blocking the path path was not too long ago shredded into a large pile of woodchips. This huge pile of wooden and dust simply entertained the boys for greater than an hour.
We headed residence round lunchtime and the boys appeared content material to mess around the home as soon as they have been full which labored properly for me as a result of Ryan had an appointment at a neighborhood bike store and I used to be decided to knock out just a few group initiatives round the home.
Up first: Sorting by means of the boys’ shoe drawers within the mudroom and storing the too-small sneakers in order that they’re prepared for the following brother in line. (Hand-me-downs are a significant perk of three boys! Not all sneakers survive the hand-me-down take a look at however we’ve had good luck with Natives, Vans and Converse sneakers… the tougher the only real, the extra seemingly they’re to final.)
Up subsequent: Sorting by means of our craft provides, puzzles and video games and bringing our most-used gadgets into certainly one of our cane cabinets for further straightforward kitchen entry.
I do know it doesn’t seem like a lot, however I’ve had these two small initiatives on my radar for weeks so it felt good to knock them out.
By the point Ryan was again from his bike store appointment, we have been prepared for extra exterior time. I swapped out the limelight hydrangea vegetation on our entrance porch for mums (ALDI had them for $4!) and did somewhat extra yardwork with Ryan whereas the boys ran round within the driveway and yard.
As we have been out within the yard, I used to be checking my telephone recurrently as a result of earlier within the day we had an replace from my sister about her household’s chocolate lab, Kona. Their candy canine has been struggling for some time however each time we discovered ourselves getting ready for her passing, she’d perk up once more and be again to her blissful, albeit much less energetic, self. Over the previous few months, we knew her senior canine standing was weighing on her and early yesterday night, Leslie known as me to inform me Kona handed away surrounded by her household that beloved her a lot.
I do know Kona wasn’t my canine however gosh all of us adored her. She was really a one in 1,000,000 canine; all the time blissful, so light, tolerant and loving with the youngsters, beneficiant along with her kisses, all the time excited to play, thrilled with any fallen meals scraps, and such a joyful presence in my sister and Ross’ residence.
Our total household adored Kona (are you able to inform canine = household to all of us?) and we’ve all really recognized Kona since Ross obtained her after faculty when she was a pet. (This was earlier than Ross even dated or married my sister when Kona grew to become Leslie’s canine, too.) Final night time Ryan and I have been making an attempt to recollect once we met Kona for the primary time after which I spotted I used to be really running a blog manner again then. We laughed once we discovered this throwback blog post from once we first met pet Kona when Ross introduced her to my mother and father’ home after they hosted a tailgate party for our associates earlier than a UCF bowl sport.
Take a look at pet Kona with Sadie!
Leslie and I laughed once we talked about Sadie and Kona’s reunion in heaven final night time. We agreed it was seemingly somewhat tumultuous and spicy at first however inside quarter-hour now we have a sense they have been buddies once more. Two of the perfect canine ever. We are going to miss Kona lady rather a lot.
Our Sunday night wrapped up with baths, tales, a pair episodes of Octonauts for “film night time” for the boys and early mattress instances.
As for the week forward, it ought to be one. Ryder and Rhett have image day as we speak, I’m becoming a member of Chase on a subject journey along with his class this morning after which my mother, sister, nieces and nephew arrive on the town for a go to on Wednesday. I’m planning to examine in with you guys once more quickly and hope you all have a beautiful week. Thanks for making PBF part of your day!