It's a good thing I did some prep because look who came early!
The week began busy. I brought breakfast and said farewell to the Judernatz family, moving to NJ then flew over to the OPS open house to check it out for Marly for VPK next year. We did a park play date with the Browns and Cowers that afternoon. Wednesday we did a super play date with the bounce house and Leens, Suters and Stevensons. We did our gymnastics, CCD, pizza routine that night. Thursday morning I woke up early with contractions. No way! This baby was supposed to be born in Feb! I have a Birthday party to plan (for Abigail) and a baby shower (of my own) to go to that night. So, I tried to just do my usual and maybe the contractions will go away. (That happened with Abigail, btw). But these contractions were hard...where I had to breathe through them when they came. They started out coming every 30min-ish. So, I took the girls to school and Abigail and I went to WD. I was supposed to go to a birth center appointment but was bumped. I told them to have the midwife rest up, just in case! The contractions got harder and closer together as the day progressed. By 5pm the girls were driving me nuts, I'm trying to make dinner (it's a tough time of day anyway!). I told Phil to get home. That's when things picked up. I started timing the contractions and they were 4min apart. Phil brought the girls to my parents house, then came back to get me and we headed to the birth center. Shea was the midwife on call. When she checked me I was 8cm! It went fast, yet super painful. The pushing was intense. Even with the 4th child, no one was "falling out"...this was tough! My voice was hoarse from the screaming, just saying. But then he was born, and it was all good! The birth center experience was amazing. I loved it! It was such a calming, peaceful environment. We're all hanging out and joking afterwards. Phil went out and got me a BLT, I took a shower. We were back at my parents house around 12:30. We all spent the night there that night, which wasn't ideal. I didn't sleep much due to the girls waking up, Voss slept through the night. The cute part is that I got a great video of the girls coming into my room at 4am to meet their brother. Friday morning Phil took the girls to school. Marly had a PJ party at school that he took she and Abigail to. I spent the day napping, nursing and relaxing. It was nice. It was cold and rainy- great day to snuggle my newborn inside. Saturday was a bit more busy. A lactation consultant came to visit that morning- great perk of the birth center! Apparently I've been doing a few things wrong this whole time. So, I've been working on breaking some bad habits. It's still pretty painful- engorgement and contractions, ugh. Then, I had to jump in the car and drive to a pediatrician appointment. That was pretty annoying- she did the same thing the midwife did right after his birth. I came back to my parents house, had lunch and took a nice nap. Then, I packed up and came home...it was time. We all went out to my cousins house for a little family reunion and to celebrate my cousin's engagement. Voss has been a great eater, so that's what we did most of last night. This morning we took it easy. Phil made breakfast. We went to the later mass. This afternoon, Voss and I went with Marly to Kinley's amazing princess Birthday party. Wow! I'll have to post the link of pictures when I get them. We put the girls to bed then my parents came to babysit and had set up a really nice candlelit steak dinner for Phil and I. It was very sweet. So now we are a family of 6! I'm still letting that sink in!
With the circus in town this week, we clowned around with them as much as we could. At MOPS, I gave away a 4-pack of tickets. Rebecca won and we decided to go together. It was a relaxed meeting- the white elephant gift exchange- the cat book makes me laugh so hard! Willow came over to play on Tuesday morning. She and Abby are so cute together! That afternoon we had a park play date with the Browns. So nice to catch up with them. Wednesday we went to the Suter's for a play date, another nice catch up session. The Leens and Stevensons came, too. We left from there to listen to the Ringmaster read a story at story time downtown. Then, we got to have lunch with him! My favorite part was learning that before this, he was on Vampire Diaries! We did the gymnastics/religion/Wednesday routine again, which is so nice! You are going to get tired of me posting gymnast pics. Thursday my mom picked up Marly for me so Abby and I could go downtown and have lunch with the elephants. This site never gets old- watching them devour loaves of bread and other yummy treats in one gulp. It was super cold but Abigail and I didn't mind! Friday Ellie was off of school so we planned a play date with one of her school friends (and MOPS pal) who lives on the water on the north side. That was a fun way to spend the morning, then headed to the birth center for a check up then to St. Marks for a MOPS fundraiser. Emily came to babysit while we prepared dinner for a speaker series with Becca Stevens. What a powerful series! I got home much later than I thought but Phil and I were able to finish watching a movie we borrowed from mom, 3 Days to Kill. Saturday I slept in and Phil made breakfast, which was so nice. The girls and I walked up the street so Ellie could sell girl scout cookies. We drove around to check out paint colors since we need to re-paint our house and had lunch at Pinewood deli. After nap time we headed to the circus. I think Marly liked it the most, especially since she's already pals with the Ringmaster. Ellie and Abby seemed way more into the lolly pops and cotton candy. Abigail was done after the first half. It was still a fun, family activity and we got to spend time with the Cowers. We went to the Nixons for dinner afterwards. A fun night with our church friends- the Applegates and Freemans, too...although none of them were at mass the next morning. I guess that means we stayed too late! We picked oranges and grapefruits after mass. The sun finally came out this weekend after a dark week- ah, the beauty of Florida! The Boozers had us over for pizza that night. Lots of belly laughs with them and the girls enjoyed Sam's play house. Today is MLK day so we had another fun day to play. Phil played golf while the girls and I met up with the Mitchell's to watch the MLK parade. Then, we headed to lunch at Sweet Pete's and then upstairs to get some candy. Super fun morning! A family walk this evening had us chatting with neighbors. Ellie had girl scouts and the rest of us went to European Street. I just returned from a massage with my amazing doula, Sherry. Great way to start off a week! I did more nesting this week- finally went through all the baby girl clothes! It took me a few nights, but I got through it. The car seat is installed. Bag is packed. Clothes are ready to go at my parents house. Things are about to really become a circus!
Whew! We're back into the swing of things! Welcome 15! Monday we jumped right back in with Ellie back in school, a MOPS Leadership meeting, McDonalds play date, cousins coming over to bounce, Ellie's awards ceremony for girl scouts and cookie selling kick-off (I can't believe they already sell this young!), then I raced over to book club at Heather's to discuss The Astronauts Wives Club. What a great chat! Tuesday MOPS did a fabulous play date at this indoor trampoline place called Rebounderz. I was skeptical to go with Abigail but it was perfect. It was toddler time and they all loved it! I invited my neighbor, Tiffany and they came to lunch with us after. Fun morning! The Nixons came over to jump on Wednesday morning. Ellie had early release so nap time was a flop. We powered through and had our first day at gymnastics for the older girls. They loved it! This is way easier than soccer...Marly and Ellie are each in their own class happening at the same time. Then there's a whole play area for Abigail. Perfect! We grabbed a $5 pizza then I took Ellie to religion class. Wednesdays are fun now! Thursday my mom came with me to see the drop off and pick up routine in case she needs to take over. We had a nice morning together- breakfast at Metro Diner. Then we crammed in a play date at Leo's and lunch with my ole pal, Erin before picking up Marly. Friday I had a birth center appointment then we did story time. I guess you could say I'm feeling some nesting tendencies. I am having a clothes problem. At the McD's play date my mom friends were psyking me up for cleaning out my closet. It was bad, I couldn't even close the door. I've gotten all these awesome maternity clothes they were just piling up! I pulled out 3 garbage bags of clothes (non-maternity) to give away and brought them to the thrift store. Much better! I still need to go through the baby girl clothes that don't fit Abigail anymore. That's next! I ordered a book for the girls to prepare them for their new brother. It should be here next week. I started to install the baby's car seat in Phil's car, but then decided it needed to be washed again (after sitting in the garage). Phil and I left Friday afternoon for Hammock Beach in Palm Coast on our Babymoon! My parents had the girls Friday night then Suzanne came and got the older two for Saturday then took all 3 to church on Sunday. Thank you!!! Phil and I got to stay in the lodge right on the ocean! Amazing! We had a nice Italian dinner on Friday night then I pretty much crashed. Phil went back out to the cigar bar but didn't last long. Saturday we got up and had an ocean front breakfast, went in the outdoor hot tub, played putt putt and had hotdogs for lunch. Then, Phil played golf while I enjoyed a facial in the spa. Amazing afternoon! We took an afternoon nap, had a sushi dinner, evening swim in the indoor pool and then a night cap watching the live band, Sidewalk 65. Today we slept in and had another ocean front breakfast. A rainy Sunday morning in bed- oh yes! We came home and Suzanne had all the girls here. We just sorta hung out, did homework and got back into the swing of things- real low key. I feel so refreshed and well rested! Like a took a big, deep breath! Ahh...
Phil had a "staycation" this week so we enjoyed full on family time! Monday, Katie left to fly back home so we went over to say our final good-bye's. Then, we headed to Amelia Island for a day at the Ritz. We swam, walked the beach and had lunch. As we were walking in, they were just cleaning up from the Gingerbread boat and putting the lobby back together so too bad we missed that! Tuesday we did the zoo with some MOPS moms. Loving our new zoo pass, Christmas gift from abuelitos. Wednesday, Erik took the older girls for lunch at CFA so Phil and I had a mini-date with Abigail (Target run and Panera, I wouldn't call it romantic). That afternoon I had a glorious massage from my doula, Sherry. That night we threw together a NYE party- Around the World like we did when I was pregnant before. It was a great party, but ran late so the first day of the new year was rough. Phil and I took turns napping and lunch was at Krispy Kreme, not a great parenting day. We went over to say good-bye to Erik. It was neat to have him around for so long this time. That evening we went with some friends to Timuquana to watch the FSU Championship game. I'm sad to say it ended in a loss. At least the kids had a great time running around and playing together so the day wasn't totally shot. Friday we spent the day in St. Augustine. Phil played golf with some work friends while the girls and I met up with my sorority sister, "Tiff Buck" and her family. They were late getting in so we didn't get too much time with them. Luckily we were still able to enjoy the pool, hot tub and playground while we waited. I had a great idea to head downtown for the Night of Lights, which turned out to be a horrible idea. We sat in traffic, couldn't find parking and ended up doing McD's on the way out. Saturday was a quiet, down day. Phil's been playing tennis pretty much once a day this week and took the girls to play that morning. That afternoon they rode bikes to the park. Abigail and I drove and met them since we need to get the bike with the baby seat fixed. The bounce house has been getting some fantastic use. Go Santa, it was a great idea! Today we went to mass then Abigail's buddy, Avery's Birthday party at the park. We took a nap then had Marly's buddy, Anderson's Birthday this afternoon- with a fire truck! Fun day with lots of sugar. Now there are 3 bouncing children running around upstairs instead of laying peacefully in their beds. Getting back into a routine this week will be tough. My New Years resolution is just to survive...same as it was 2 years ago. We're in the window when baby boy could be here any day. He sure moves around a lot and I'm feeling HUGE- but I don't think he'll be here until February. I've learned to pay no attention to the due date- those suckers come and go, and I'm still pregnant. It's going to be an interesting month, that's for sure. Stay tuned!
You are missing the Bravo Christmas card...you know, the Walmart card with a handwritten note from me on the back. This was not a mistake, I actually planned this. Last year, a friend of mine introduced me to the Holderness Family and challenged me to step it up. Turns out, this project was WAY more work than a paper card. I even begged my little brother to save me on Christmas Eve and help with the editing- talk about crunch time...he uploaded it back to my dropbox account something like 2am on Christmas day! Whew! Here it is, in case you missed it. I did get a break on Christmas day when my in-laws took the girls to church (again). I lay in bed and closed my eyes and felt 10lbs of stress melt away, that I didn't even realize I was carrying. All the gifting was done, house prepped, parties thrown, video card done, Christmas craze done and I really had nothing left that I needed to do but just sorta be. It was a wonderful feeling! I love Christmas time, but man it takes a lot out of me! Just read the craziness of the week of Christmas: We went caroling at the nursing home then to the Gingerbread Extravaganza. One of those days when my voice was hoarse from yelling at the girls and we failed with a McD's drive-through but then a friend posted a sweet picture of the kids holding hands and singing and walking through the nursing home- and it made me feel like; stop. Wow. I did do something right today! I had an appointment to check on the baby at the birth center and brought all the girls. Very crazy, but somehow crazy there is okay. We met the family at the Yacht Club for lunch. My brother, Erik is in town so it was great to see him and have both he and Katie here. That night we hosted the family for dinner- giant jenga and lasagna. I think it was a hit! Katie and Erik stayed late for Cardinal Puff. Christmas Eve, Phil went to work and I did some last minute shopping (not a good idea with the kids in tow). Mom and Katie saved me by taking the older girls shopping with them for a bit so I only had to deal with a clingy Abby (who is very clingy these days). Phil came home early and we went to lunch. I worked through nap time on the video (above) and then we scrambled to get to the children's Christmas mass on time. Walking in right as mass was starting meant the usher sat us in the 2nd row. Luckily we were seated among lots of friends but it was rough. Afterwards we came home for last minute wrapping and then to my parents house for the famous oyster stew. We did a Cajun Christmas and our secret Santa. Katie surprised me with a generous babysitting certificate for Emily. Yay! Maybe 30minutes after we came home and put the girls down, Phil's family drove in. We got them settled and set up for Christmas morning. Santa brought the girls a bounce house! That has been a huge hit! Christmas day was very relaxing. It was chilly so we spent lots of time curled up watching movies, eating an amazing pork lunch that Phil's parents brought up with rice & beans, plantains, yucca- YUM! We had a Christmas tree cake, lots of cookies from the swap. That night, Phil's parents and us went on a double date to see the movie, "The Imitation Game". It was pretty good! The day after Christmas was pretty lazy too. All the running around gave me a cold (being swapped around). I took the older girls with me to do some post Christmas shopping for decorations- success! We all went out to mShack for lunch. More bounce house fun and nap time. That night Phil and I went out with my siblings to King Street. Lots of fun! Ending with Krystals at 2am! Saturday morning Phil's family left for Miami. We did a donut run then green-lighted the Nixons to check out their new toys. Phil took Marly to her pal's Birthday party at Sweet Pete's. That night we got a last minute sitter and went to Black Sheep with the Nixons. It turned out to be a gorgeous night to sit on the roof! Today we went to mass then lunch at the Kerkezi's with the family. Now we are finally just relaxing and hopefully going to bed early...lots of catching up to do! I hope you all had a very, Merry Christmas. It's neat to be big and pregnant this time of year, thinking of Mary giving birth in a barn!
Whew! I'm worn out- we're rockin' and rollin' for sure! It was a week of partying! The last week of school in 2014- so Ellie had a holiday sing along and Marly had a Christmas play. I hosted a huge, chaotic manatee encounter play date (of course no one saw a manatee)- but at least there were some paddleboating adventures (even though the rudder is still broken). I also hosted coffee club where we discussed the separation of church and state. Book club had a night out at VPizza in San Marco. Ellie's girl scout troop had a party (thus the gingerbread cookie making). Phil and I went on a date to confession. We first had dinner at TCC then headed to the Penance Service. Woo Whoo, wild night! My sister, Katie is here in town so it's been fun having her here! Suzanne and I took the kids to see Christmas lights in their neighborhood. They have a few of those houses where the radio station matches the blinking of the lights. Super cool! We had the MOPS Christmas party at the Evans. Lots of laughing! I love that! We celebrated Julianna's first Birthday, which was very special, with a snow party! The older girls and I joined my mom and sisters for lunch and then to see the Nutcracker. I teared up- thank goodness for the dark! It was so neat for me to be able to take the girls to see their first ballet with my mom and sisters...something we've been doing for years. I just loved that! Later that night we went to the Harmons Christmas party- catered, bartenders, passed hors de ours with live music and Santa! Very classy. It was a busy day, but really nice. Today Santa had coffee and donuts with us after mass. It was a dreary, rainy day. We spent it watching the Grinch and Frozen as a family while I finished a bunch of for real gingerbread men for Katherine's cookie swap. Those cookies took me 3 days! I began them on Friday but it took a few days for me to work the dough into people! Wow! The cookie swap was fun, I had a great conversation with 2 other moms with 4 (or soon to be) children. I don't come across too many of those women, so yay! The night ended with a luminary party at the Napoleons for Nick's Birthday. The rain ruined the luminaries but that didn't matter to us. Parties with the Napoleons are always a treat. I'm so impressed we still get invited places with all the kids! We have so much to be thankful for this Christmas season!
The holidays are upon us. I sorta want to drag my feet so we can enjoy it, but I find myself looking ahead to the next fun thing. Monday was MOPS and a craft meeting (not a fan of those). It still left me feeling wiped out. I'm proud of my monogrammed pashminas nursery gift! Stephanie had Jess and I over for a pm play date, which was much needed. I got to take Ellie to Daisy's on Monday night, which meant I got an hour by myself to do a bit of pointless Christmas shopping (why try a store when you can shop online?) Tuesday, Abigail and I went to meet baby Sofia. We crashed the play date, which means I got lunch, too. Wednesday I had no plans so I took it up a notch and the younger girls and I went to Pump it Up. I feel like I did fun stuff like that a lot more with the older two so I felt the need. Of course they loved it- I'm so proud of how brave Abigail is! The Nixons joined us so I had someone to talk to while the kids played. Thursday I had a birth center appointment, everything is good- getting closer! Abigail and I did a Target run. Phil had his bank party that night so the girls and I were on our own. My friend Chrissy called and came over last minute. It was nice to catch up with her! Friday we did our library routine again and loaded up on Christmas books. We popped popcorn, had hot chocolate and watched the Grinch who Stole Christmas. We took Ellie's Flat Gingy on a paddleboat ride to see the manatees (no luck). We thought the Bravos were coming this weekend so we cleared it and didn't book babysitters. They changed their plans so we kept it low key this weekend. My parents were sweet to cover for Friday night so I went with Phil to his Rotary party. Beautiful house in Pace Island! Saturday was one of those days when everyone was in a bad mood...so what do you do? Go to the Avenues mall on a Saturday in December...then hit up the food court a lunch time- just for even more chaos (because we clearly don't have enough!) We did some Christmas shopping then came home for much needed nap time. Phil went for a run and got in a better mood. We skipped the CEE Christmas party and met the Hollands for dinner. The kids were crazy, we got some dirty looks. So then what do you do after your kids run around like crazy? You take them for dessert at Krispy Kreme! This morning we did the Jesse tree presentation before mass so we had to be there nice and early. We had even more donuts after mass then went to visit my parents. Phil played a round of golf with some work friends. The girls and I took a nap and make gingerbread cookies. Then we had pizza at the Nixons and went to their school's Christmas movie night outside. It was really sweet. So, we've got the Christmas music going, lights up, Isabel the Elf, and shopping in full speed. I just love this!
I'm all about celebrating Birthdays. Everyone deserves a chance to celebrate themselves on their special day. So, you know I do the same for myself. I think I did a pretty good job, but I'm not going to lie, this was a really hard week. It began Saturday night. We went to TCC to watch FSU barely beat the gators. We quickly came home and got ready to go on the boat to see the boat parade downtown. It was cold. I was in the house making hot chocolate and getting the girls in their warmest PJs while Phil was getting the boat down and started. I'm carrying 2 mugs of hot chocolate, Abigail and a bag of blankets when I missed a step coming out of the porch and wiped out. Everyone(thing) was intact except for my ankle. I did something nasty to it. Of course we still went downtown and saw the parade and even stayed for the awesome fireworks. Sunday was the worst because we had our street's progressive dinner party and we were the first stop. Our house was a wreck, we had to get decorations up and prep for the party. You know I made it all happen, but it was rough. The party was really nice, though. We were able to welcome a new set of neighbors who moved in October. Monday was the MOPS Breakfast with Santa so I had to bring food for that. Ellie was out of school still so she was able to come with us. I lucked out that afternoon, Ellie went down the street to a neighbor's Birthday party so we still got a great nap time. And for Daisy's that night she went to Walmart to buy toys for a girl in Foster care. Isn't that sweet? I tried to do a little Christmas shopping but couldn't find anything (are they pushing us to just shop online?). I did buy myself a fire pit for my Birthday party and some Christmas lights. Tuesday I enjoyed a morning off (with just Abigail) by sitting at Katherine's for fantastic adult conversation. That night Phil and I went to the holiday open house at TCC. The food was amazing, I just wish more "cool people" were there. Sober sister during the holidays is tough already! Wednesday was the low point of the week. It started nice with a Leen play date (those are always so good) but then Ellie got in trouble at school...to the point where the teacher called me at home! So, I had to deal with that. And it was one of those nights when Phil had something else to do in the evening so I had to take Ellie to religion class meaning I have to take all them with me and get them ready for bed before we go. Her class is from 6:30-7:40, which is late for us. It was Wednesday when I realized I'm bringing another one into this world in a bit and this is not going to get any easier. And my ankle was hurting and puffy and Marly likes to throw temper tantrums and Abigail likes to be held. You know, one of those kinds of days. Also, I had a monogramming order to finish so going to bed early was not happening. The good news is that I got past it. Thursday I made no plans. I needed a morning off. Abigail and I went to Target (no picnic there) then I got a call that Marly was sick at school so I had to pick her up early. She turned out to be fine, just tired I guess. I was happy to have an "out" that night. My Godson, Owen made his first Reconciliation so I went to support him. Then, I went to the MOPS Leadership dinner at Kickbacks. Friday was my Birthday. Phil rallied and kept the girls from waking me up, went out and got Dunkin Donuts for breakfast and Ellie got everyone dressed! Lots of temper tantrums happened that morning but I still watched the Today Show and drank a large cup of coffee. The girls and I had lunch with Phil then came home for naptime. I worked hard to make that happen because Sherry, my doula came over to massage me during naptime. And BAM, my week instantly became better! Not only did she make me physically feel better but emotionally, too! The girls and I put the fire pit together and had s'mores for an afternoon snack. We went to TCC for dinner and rushed home to set up for my party. I had some ladies over for wine and s'mores. It was very low key, all I could handle at this point...perfect for my phase of life. Saturday we had breakfast with Santa! TCC did a great job! Amazing breakfast, face painting, making cookies and ornaments and writing letters to Santa. We pushed it by going to a Birthday party after that, which was lots of fun, too. The younger girls and I took a nice, long nap! We had wine club last night. Kerri was sweet to have a cake for my Birthday (which fell on the floor...you know I still ate some!) This morning we had mass and donuts with friends afterwards. Its one of those foggy/hazy/overcast/chilly December days. I think I'll go take a nap now. We have another party tonight, this time for Phil's Breakfast club. We're in the midst of party mode- fun times this Holiday Season! Personally, I'm happy to start another week!
A little late on the weekly post, so sorry! I had a book to finish, monogramming to complete and went to see a Sunday night movie with my mom, sister and aunt (Mocking Jay)...so this fell down on the priority list. I'll just power through. We had a few down days when I didn't plan anything. I used these days to work on the new boy's room. Suzanne came over and helped me organize all the clothes. Once I get a few things for the walls, I'll post a before and after picture. Ellie started Daisy Girl Scout's at St. Matthews. I think she likes it so far and I'm excited about this new adventure. We had a pm playdate with the Freemans. We had a really neat coffee club discussion on assisted suicide specifically Brittany Maynard. I'm sure we stayed too long for Christi. Gara hosted an awesome MOPS girls night with s'mores. I think I'll copy that idea for my Birthday! Ellie had a Thanksgiving lunch at her school. Phil, Abigail and I joined her in the cafeteria. The more seasoned moms brought in fun food...we all ate lunchtime turkey with a spork. It's always fun seeing her at school, though. The next day Marly dressed up as a pilgrim and had a Thanksgiving program at school. Mom came to see her and we went to lunch at TCC afterwards, which was nice. More partying over the weekend. We celebrated Gordon's Birthday with a bunch of new friends that we don't usually see. I ended up DDing, which got old. Phil took Ellie to Leo's party at the park while the younger girls and I napped (don't want to mess with that). We had a CEE Thanksgiving party. Marly helped me make mashed potatoes. Phil participated in the "Week of Dave", which I am totally o v e r. We were scrambling for a speaker for MOPS. I ended up posting an all call on FB and my neighbor saved me with a name. What a God moment (as Jan would say) when at first the speaker said no and then called me right back with a yes. So Larry Shealy gave an awesome self-defense presentation. William hung out with us while Julianna had a doctor's appointment. After girl scouts I rushed to make it to the end of book club to discuss Argo. Abigail and I had a fun play date with the Kasper's. I loved catching up with my old high school pal, Julia. Then, we met mom, Suzanne and Aunt Susan for lunch. The girls were off of school for the rest of the week. So, I had all 3 at the grocery store on Thanksgiving Eve (totally nuts, I know) and my appointment at the birth center. I was happy Phil came home early. We went to the Nixons for a play date and ended up staying for dinner and the girls were up late. On Thanksgiving morning, Abigail was down for a nap already by 8am! Phil and Ellie went to the new Krispy Kreme while Marly and I started cooking. We made a corn casserole and potatoes au gratin and then a pumpkin pie for Friendsgiving later. It was nice relaxing at my parent's house with the Kerkezi's. The kids ran around outside like crazy. The table was so packed we had to move off décor to fit everything. We went around the table discussing what we're thankful for. It was really nice. Later we fried a turkey and did Friendsgiving with friends who couldn't go home for T-day. More kids running wild and filling our bellies! We also did a Leftover Day with the Leens and Suters. I think it's safe to say we've celebrated Thanksgiving. We read most of the Thanksgiving books from the library. The boxes are checked. We have so much to be thankful for. I hope we're teaching our children to pay it forward.
This week we celebrated our military heroes. The girls were out of school for a bit. We had lots of free family time. We also had some sickness pass through. I think Ellie and I had a night of food poisoning, although I can't figure out what it was. Phil had a cold (meaning he thought he was dying and stayed in bed all day- of course that was his day off of work). Now we're passing back some sniffles, nothing much, not enough to hold us back from anything. But that means everyone is sleeping more (or should be sleeping more). Living in Jacksonville we're surrounded by military heroes. So, I usually take it for granted- missing my ID card to military discounts and the nice gym on base. It takes a day like Veterans day, reading all the Facebook postings, to remind myself that I really am thankful for all those who have served and all the rights and liberties I have. That's pretty amazing. MOPS was wonderful on Monday. Ellie liked going on her day off so it was a win-win. The speaker was Dr. Linda Miles talking to us about relationships with husbands, mothers and in-laws. She gave some really insightful points- so much so that I've had a few post-therapy sessions with friends this week! I had a down day and worked on getting "the new boy"'s room ready. I moved all Abigail's clothes out and now she's sleeping on the bottom bunk with Marly on the top. I had been stalling this move for so long, not prepared for the battle. It turns out, it was a super easy transition. 'Bout time something was super easy around here! Now I just need to masculinize the room and move his things in (from the dining room). Maybe one day this week? I'll do a before and after shot so you can see it. I had a day of appointments on Thursday starting with a birth center appointment. Everything is going well. I got a rH shot then headed to get an ultrasound. I'm so glad I arranged for Gara to watch Abigail for me. That was an awful experience. I had to wait an hour to get in and was almost late to pick up Marly. Luckily, everything seems to be fine. My low-lying placenta must have grown up with the baby. He kicks like crazy! It's pretty neat that if someone touches my stomach, he kicks them! Friday was a busy day! We started bright and early with Dunkin Donuts (I signed up to bring a dozen for a teacher book fair preview at Ellie's school so we all got a treat, too). Then, we had a playdate at the Fire Station. Then, we had a play date at the Harmon's. I hadn't seen Jamie since she became a stay at home mom so it was so nice to catch up with her. We went out with a fun new group Friday night. The Boozers and their pals: Deimlings, Trobaughs and Wilhelms. Dinner at the Brick then drinks at Mojo's. Just what we all needed- a night of belly laughs! I love that! Saturday was low key. This was the first weekend in a long time with no plans! It was chilly so we went to OP mall to ride the train and get a few new clothes for Ellie. She loved that! We all took a nice, long nap that afternoon as it got colder. We met the Applegates at Moon River and checked in with the Bentons and Dearings while there. Today we went to mass, missed seeing all our Catholic buddies, so we headed over for breakfast at TCC, which Jan was right, it IS an amazing deal! We caught up with our old neighbors, the O'Steens then did a family shopping trip to WD. After nap we took the boat out for a spin. It warmed up today so it was a nice afternoon. We enjoyed lots of family time tonight, all about the Bravos, no trouble!