Last weekend was our local Relay for Life event, my bonus-mom came up for the weekend to participate with my sister, her family & all of us.
The same day our neighborhood was having a community yardsale & I had a TON of stuff that neded to go, a TON! I still had the boys' infant carseats, lots of clothes, dishes & small appliances, toys, & did I mention clothes?! Haha. Even though I have sold a lot of the boys' clothes on a triplet resale page, I still had 6 moving boxes full of clothes!
So we started our Saturday with a yardsale. My bonus-mom helped me set up for the yardsale while Donna entertained the boys & cooked breakfast. It started out pretty foggy & a bit slow but picked up & we sold at least 2/3 of the stuff :)
When the boys woke up from their nap, we headed out to the Relay. I was not completely informed of all that having a Relay for Life team entailed, so we basically showed up, turned in the donations my bonus-mom had collected & walked a lap while checking out the set up. We were apparently suppose to set up a booth, decorate it, sell something to raise money of course & hang out all day, 8am - 10pm. I didn't find out about the booth thing until 2 days before & there was no way we could hang out ALL day with the kids. Now that we know though, we will be better prepared for next year. We'll attend the meetings leading up to the event (we joined after the meetings had all been had this year) & have what we need, ready to set up a booth.
Anyways, in our short little months time, we raised $235 for The American Cancer Society in my dads memory. I had hoped for more but again, we will be better prepared next year & start fundraising earlier :)
While we waited for my sister & her family to arrive at the Relay, Grandma, Donna, the boys & I played a round of Putt Putt Golf. Garren has been asking everytime he sees a mini golf course to play. It started last year on Jekyll Island, the playground there sits right next to a mini golf course. The boys all started out really into it but by hole 3 or 4, Caden was playing soccer with his golf ball, trying to kick it into the whole & Kellan was playing a combination of baseball/basketball trying to throw his ball into the holes, lol... Garren lasted a bit longer but then started chasing everyones balls, as did Donna, smh... It was fun, I believe Grandma won the round & we all celebrated with ice cream afterwards :)
Donna & Kellan
I love Garren's form, lol
No need to wait for the brothers to get out of the way ;)
After my sister & her family arrived we did another lap (relay) with them & then it was dinner time, so we headed up the street to a restaurant I had heard about that was right on the beach & had a playground. Who could ask for better place to dine with 5 kids in tow?! It was a phenomenal evening, watching the kids play, hanging with family, listening to live music, enjoying drinks & eating dinner with our toes in the sand!
There is a local City Moms Blog here that posts about all things mom related but also posts about local stuff to do with our tots. They also host a monthly playdate. I've never gone to any of the playdates before, they're usually at a playground or park I'm unfamiliar with. I'm not too keen on taking the boys someplace unknown by myself the first time around. This month however, the playdate was scheduled for a farm closer to us & my sister, niece & nephew were able to join us for the fun :)
The boys & I set out bright & early for our adventure to the farm. My sister's kids sleep in (what's that?!) So they met up with us later.
We were greeted as we drove in by a mama horse & her baby, so cute! They were the first animals we went to see, right after we stopped to say hello to the orange barn cat.
He was a very friendly little foal, just 2 weeks old
Garren now wants a bunny, lol
The bigger horses were a little intimidating for Caden & Kellan, especially after the mama horse gave Garren a kiss (sniff) right on top of his head. The miniature horse was just their size though :)
The boys spotted a mount of sand & some play structures from across the farm & made a beeline for them!
The boys LOVED this slide made from a corrugated pipe! They just wanted to slide over & over again but as other kids arrived a line started to form. They were too excited to notice & kept just running up the stairs to slide without regard for all the other kids waiting, so I had to drag them away to do something else.
We visited with the pigs for a minute before noticing the hayride coming back around, so we headed to the gate for that.
The hayride started out in the cow pasture. The cows came right up & ate from the hay bails we were sitting on. The kids were all able to pet & feed the cows.
While we were on our hayride my sister called, they had just arrived so I had her meet us at the hayride & we went around on it again with my niece & nephew. We also saw more pigs on the hayride including a mama pig & a whole bunch of baby pigs. The boys were able to feed them too.
We ate lunch & everyone played some more! There was a corn box/pool that the boys all loved, cow train rides & a hamster wheel like game. I was actually quite surprised the boys went on the cow train ride by themselves, they've never gone on anything without one of us with them but they went & did great.
We ended with going back to see the horses since Chandler & Nadia hadn't seen them yet.
Chandler, Garren, Caden, Nadia & Kellan
The boys were super tired by then, we had been at the farm for nearly 4 hours & it was 2 hours past nap time. They had a lot of fun with their cousins though & loved the farm! They ask every couple of days if we're going to the farm again.
Kellan got his head stuck here, not really stuck, he just couldn't manage to get his head out himself. Caden was just mad that Kellan got to the pig before him, he waned to get his head stuck first, lol...