"Smart people are never bored", "If I had a dollar for every time I hear that...", "I wish I was bored" Oh dog days of summer are here! These people are bored. Too many toys, too much tv and junk food, worn out from the pool, beach and river. Oh these poor children. They were bored this week. Meanwhile, I think I read 3 books this week, or at least in the last few weeks. Our book club book, Saint Mazie and then two sultry summer reads- The Friends We Keep and The Forgotten Room. I finally got around to putting together family videos so check out that page! We're working on a 1,000 piece puzzle. We watched a lot of tv, had lots of dance parties, ran lots of laps around the house. We went on bike rides and played with our toys here. We went to the library a few times. We had a fun gymnastics play date on Monday. The girls stayed in their leotards all day, including lunch at CFA. It was our last week of swim team. We had a team photo on Tuesday and a pizza party on Wednesday. Marly's race was Thursday. Super hot, hundreds of swimmers. It was a long afternoon. We did dinner at Dairy Queen on the way home, well deserved! I'm so proud of Marly! She placed 33rd in free-style- my little 5-year-old! Ellie's part of the Championship meet was on Saturday. It was brutal. Hotter and even more crowded. There was an actual attempted child abduction. Ellie did really well. She was worn out. An official made a mistake and told her she missed her race. She was confused and swam butterfly instead of breast stroke. Poor girl! She was so embarrased. I finally calmed her down in time to swim fly for real. We went hot and sweaty with some swim friends to La Nap. Margaritas help a lot. Then today she went back out there (I got her a ride this time!) to swim a relay. After all that, the relay was canceled! Awful! Good thing we have a year before we have to do that again! Friday night we did this Night at the Zoo event. It was neat but crowded and expensive. Still, it was a fun thing to do with the family on a Friday night. Today was very lazy. I stayed in my nightgown reading until 11am! We had some friends come over for Sunday Funday in the cove. No frills, so nice! I think I'm ready to get out of the house now!
Being underwater in the cool gulf listening to only the sound of your breathing through a snorkel. Yes. That is a vacation! Phew! Mama is back! Since the country club pool is closed on Mondays, my sister and I headed to the Amelia Island beach. It's always heavenly out there. Everyone loved it! We did a shopping trip to prepare for our scalloping trip and school supplies (while we were at it). Owen and Alex came with us to see The Little Mermaid on Wednesday. We did kids night at TCC with the Bentons that night. I was able to sneak out for a MOPS girls night- night swimming at Tracy's. Great timing! After swim team on Thursday we packed up and headed out to Steinhatchee, FL for a scalloping trip with 5 other families. This was the 2nd annual trip with this group out there. Ellie had been packed for a week! We were all looking forward to the break. We brought 3 babysitters, rented 3 houses and 3 boats. We shared a house with the Nixons. This time we got the largest house on the river. Yes! The first night Jessica (more her than me) did a Greek night with lamb, pitas, hummus, Greek salad and spanakopita! We were late to get it going meaning more drinking and night swimming. Great way to kick it off! We got a morning rain thus a late start the next day. We still got in plenty of scalloping time. I was a little disgruntled at first when Marly lost her mask after being in the water about 25 seconds. I got over it and within the next hour both girls had caught their age in scallops (my rule)! I also got my age, don't worry. We brought the kids back to the babysitters with the youngest kids then went back for adult only scalloping. So relaxing! The Harmons and Thakkars made an awesome pulled pork dinner with squash casserole that night. We did trivia (well Meghan, Dave and Steve did) and Cards Against Humanity. My leg was killing me that night- sore from my fins? Yesterday we went back out. The first stop was awesome! Marly cleaned up with a bag of 34 scallops! I'm so proud of my super scalloping girls! This was such a great trip! I was able to relax and spend quality time with the older girls. The babysitters kept the younger two and they played with all their pals and swam in the pool. Then, we also got plenty of adult only time in the evenings. So nice! Great for the whole family! Last night the Freemans and Applegates did a scallop pasta dish with the scallops we caught from Friday. Delicious! We stayed up way too late last night chatting, drinking and listening to tunes on the porch watching the stars. Ah. That is summer time! Today we packed up and drove back, stopping for one last chaotic meal at a BBQ place on the way. We did mass tonight and missed Caroline's singing. The message was still good. We needed a homily on re-aligning priorities. Perfect! So glad I found some zen this week!
It is SO freakin' hot! I mean like 107! It's nuts! I'm pretty maxed out, not gonna lie. This is tough. Mama needs a break! I told Phil one night that I wasn't sure if I needed to go for a run, have a drink or get a massage. He said I probably needed all three! We went to the FFC summer marriage series Wed night and heard sweet speakers talk about how to keep falling in love. I had the boys again for Thursday and Friday. We did the zoo. It wore us all out! The girls had a swim meet in Argyle on that afternoon. It was rough! Luckily it went by pretty quickly. We all went to Tijuana Flats after and that was fun (rockstar mom, me ordered our food ahead of time- Win!) Friday we spent the whole day at the pool. Ansley came to help. So, I kina got a break. That was so nice! I went running that night (lots of walking, too). It had been a while! Saturday Phil played in a super tournament with tennis in the morning and golf in the afternoon. Nuts! So, I was left high and dry for the marathon of a day. We did a girls run then went to the CEE Summer Pool party. I'd say CEE is an example of us biting off more than we can chew. I grilled burgers and dogs for the party and headed to the Eagle Harbor pool. It was the perfect place to spend a HOT day! I think it was a great turn out. We rushed home and my neighbor came over to babysit and I headed to my sister, Katie's best friend's baby shower. I hadn't been to a first baby shower in a really long time. It was sweet. That night we all went for dinner at my parents to visit with Uncle Bill and Aunt Jean (and Katie) who were all in town. Lots of belly laughs at the table and a few tears. It was good. It felt good to talk about Parker, Voss's Godfather. After mass and breakfast we went back over for a quick visit and to say good-bye. Today was a quiet day. My head was pounding. It was rough. We did the library and pizza for dinner. Whew! Mama is melting...
Oh, family. It was a big family week for us. Lots of drama. I kicked it off with 3 girls nights out in a row. I know, that sounds like a lot. It just so happened that lots came together at the same time. Monday was book club to discuss And the Mountains Echoed. Great convo! We covered arranged marriage, homosexuality, love, loyalty, Maslows Hierarchy of Needs, story layout and many other topics. Tuesday was dinner out with Jenny, my pal moving to NC, Steph and Emma. I skipped the dinner and just did the drinks. Wednesday my brother ubered from the airport right to Raindogs. We watched him perform improv. Super fun! Later we went to dinner- the kids minus Katie. We loved it! Monday we had a swim meet. Phil came home early with flu-like symtoms (ah-hem a "man cold"). Abby pulled the Michaels cart over and Voss looks like he was in a knife fight. It was a hot afternoon and the baby pool was off limits. Ellie started complaining early on. The worst was when she showered off and thought she was finished- then a pal found her in the bathroom and told her she still had a relay race. Oh my! My brother Matt arrived on Tuesday. We went rope swinging and river swimming. We did the free movie and saw Aladdin on Wednesday. We went to a pm play date to discuss Steinhatchee. Thursday was a beach day. After a group of judgy moms commented on my parenting style, I was reminded why I like private country club beaches. We went straight from there to another swim meet. It was tough, but at least this one had a gated baby pool. I worked the bull pen with a baby in a carrier! Friday we did a fish dinner at my parents house. All my siblings were in town officially! We stayed up playing bridge. Yay! Saturday I took the older girls to a Birthday party. Abby hung out with Aunt Katie. That afternoon we went to St. Augustine for the BNL concert. Other than the extreme drama, it was a good show. Sunday was mass, FYC then BBQ chicken at my parents with UE and AS. It got extra exciting with a family meeting that night. For Independence Day we spent the morning at TCC with my brother, Matt. We came home and took a break then went back for dinner and fireworks. Great way to celebrate the 4th! The day after was rough. Everyone was tired from staying up so late and the pools were closed. I had the Kerkezi boys for the day. We started with riding bikes in the rain, then a pipe burst in the front yard and I had to have a neighbor turn off the water. For the afternoon, Erik and Katie came over and we paddleboarded and swimming in the river. We all went to bed really early last night! Today we did swim team then had a MOPS play date then more paddleboarding in the river. It's so hot and things are so hard but summer is just truckin' right along!
Another hot, summer week. It's so hot- I think it can affect our mood- lots of crabby attitudes! I had to lock the older two outside at once point to simmer down. We did some indoor things to keep cool. We did Michaels art camp (never again, total chaos), Pump it Up (next time, remind me to bring my socks), Matilda at Sunray Cinema (mostly chasing Voss around the theater), library and pm movie play date at the Leens (Ellie had a nasty bike accident on the way back). We also soaked up the summer sun, don't you worry! Swim team is in full force. Monday was a hot swim meet. Marly swam so hard she knocked out her first tooth! (It's been loose for a while). She was SO excited and got a cool tooth fairy visit! We went to the beach with the Mitchells. It was so fantastic out there! I made the girls double up on swim practices one day. We also went to the jr. river rats practice to see friends and spend time at our pool. My Aunt Susan and Bill were in town. We rode bikes over to see them and play in the pool with our new rafts! We had some fun after hours, too. I went for a night run (trying not really hard to keep exercising through this heat!), I had a GNO at HobNob- super fun to get out! We had a fundraiser for church at the Freemans with some other "young adults". I loved that! Last night we went to 2 farewell parties in one night! The Stanelles and then the Cartes. The good part was all the reminiscing! Phil's parents and sister came in town this weekend. We celebrated Pop's 82nd Birthday! He joined us on our girls run on Saturday- very impressive!! We did a boat/pool/river day yesterday. Super hot, but a great way to cool down. Today we tried for the beach, but the rain stopped us. We needed to spend a day inside anyway. We got haircuts, baked brownies, watched a movie and fought- you know, the usual. After the Bravos left we did a family trip to Costco. That's where my title comes in. I hate that place. It makes me feel so "industrial American". We drive all the way out there in our VAN, fight to park and get in the door then walk away with PALLETS of food. It's gross. I feel like such a sell out. I don't do cloth diapers anymore, either. Voss is just too nasty. I quit. My pal, Jessica told me today I was becoming less crunchy...and I was actually sad about that. Sigh. We went to the fun contemporary mass tonight. We love listening to Caroline sing! After we had dinner and swimming with our neighbors. Great way to end the week. I hope you're finding ways to keep cool this summer, too!
We had a few things to do this week. We sprinkled them out to make it seem like we had lots going on. It was nice to take our time in-between. My mom took the middle two for me so Voss and I took Ellie to the dentist. He snoozed in the car while I read. We rode bikes to the Weisses for a sprinkler play date with popsicles. I went for a night run! We saw Frozen in the movie theater and later had story time with Anna and Elsa! We got an oil change. We went to a Birthday party at the pool at 11am on a Thursday- awesome! I met the new principal at Ellie's school! We did a MOPS lunch play date at the Bearded Pig and a catch up play date with the Suters. We checked on our neighbor's cats. The younger kids and I celebrated Keadin's 1st Birthday. Later, I went to a baby shower to celebrate twins. Today is Father's Day. It was a quiet, low-key day. I'm trying to teach the girls it's okay to be bored. We did mass and bfast then lots of naps. We spent the afternoon and evening with my dad. We have so much to be thankful for! Happy Slow Summer!
We had the threat of a hurricane at the beginning of the week. As usual, we got lucky. We headed out to Pump it Up, to beat the rain and get our sillies out. That afternoon Marly and Ellie had their annual doctor check-ups. They are both a little high for the BMI percentage. I was worried about this a few months ago. I guess golf and ballet wasn't enough cardio for my healthy eaters! That's where the weekend girls run began. I'm hoping swim team all summer will help! Ellie had her awards ceremony at school. So proud of her! She got a ribbon and medal for citizenship and all E's! She had a fun last week with parties, movies and cleaning out her desk. Her last day was a short day- we had ice cream for lunch! It's summer time officially! Our afternoons were spent at the pool for swim team. Can't imagine doing anything else in this heat! Lots of crabby tantrums this week, too. I think we all need a break with little activity. We had CEE Friday night. It was a small group but the babysitters took the kids on the playground, which was a nice change. Phil played in a tennis tournament all weekend. We did the FYC pool on Saturday without him. We did another cove afternoon- swimming and playing in the river. It was perfect! That night we went to a house warming party for a family who recently remodeled their house. The cool part is that we knew the people who used to live there. That's the second time that's happened to us. Fun! Sunday, the kids and I did mass and breakfast with the Applegates while Phil played tennis. I dipped out for the afternoon on a last minute girls trip to St. Augustine to see Cyndi Lauper! I enjoyed my Sunday Funday! We checked out a few bars before heading to the amphitheater. It was a great night! I turned around for a marathon Monday. I took the kids and met up with Suzanne and my cousin, Natalie in Daytona for a beach day. Our cousins had American Girl dolls they wanted to pass along to the girls. They are LOVING them! How else would I ever be able to write the blog in the middle of the day? They've been up there playing with them! Our cousin, Emily is so sweet to share them with us! It was great seeing them at the beach. We came back just in time for a swim meet yesterday. Unfortunately, it ended up being delayed and then canceled due to thunder and lightning (although it never really rained). We had Latin House for dinner and then we all passed out. First official day of summer was a success!
Summer is here for sure! It's already sweltering outside! The afternoon rain cools it off a bit, otherwise I think we would just catch fire. It's that hot! We did the zoo with MOPS and then the Mitchells this week- visiting the splash pad TWO times. We went to an open play gymnastics place with some MOPS pals. After we had a quick picnic in the park (just too hot). We've been cooling off with afternoon smoothies for a snack. I bought an over-ripe bag of pears accidently. You know I hate throwing food away, so I cut them up and froze them. Blending them with yogurt is amazing! We had the Stevenson boys over for a play date one morning last minute. We've had swim team every afternoon. Thursday was the first meet at St. Johns Country Day school. Although we sweat through our clothes, I think it went by pretty quickly and was actually fun. I'm so proud of both of my river rats! This was Marly's first meet! I think she was the youngest swimmer competing for our team! Ellie won a few ribbons, I think (we haven't gotten them yet). They both did really well! We went out to La Nap for dinner after. Suzanne, Emma and I and 9 kids! Wednesday night we went to the first of the FFC Summer Marriage Series and heard Bishop Estevez speak on marriage as a vocation. Marly had a play date on Friday with a bunch of kids starting kindergarten at her new school in the fall. Too bad she was the only girl! (We only know 3 other girls starting with her!). So she played dress up inside with Abby and Sophie the whole time! That afternoon we went back to the Freemans for Carl's Birthday party. Awesome party with Mojos and great drinks. Saturday we took it easy- breakfast, a girls run then to the TCC pool with the Hollands. Abby and Voss jumped off the diving board! That night we got a last minute sitter and met some friends for dinner then headed to FYC for Trader Vics. Super fun party! There was a volcano, tiki bar, beach dance floor and a great band! Today we took it easy, bfast at TCC then a boat day in the cove. So much fun! We paddleboated, kayaked and swang off our neighbor's rope swing! The kids loved playing in the river. I even went on the rope swing a few times (I couldn't resist!) Such a great Sunday Funday! We cleaned up in time to go to the contemporary mass tonight then Publix for dinner! One more week of first grade for Ellie then summer is officially here!
It was sorta an emotional week. Marly graduated from pre-school! She will start kindergarten in the fall! I think I would have teared up more but Abby will be starting pre-school in the fall. So, I'm actually kina glad to have 2 children at the same school, something new for me! I think I was actually teary because our good friends, the Hinkles moved away. It was so sad seeing them go, especially from Marly's perspective. She's been saying all weekend how much she misses KK. She even wrote her a letter today. We went out for pizza after the graduation ceremony. It was really sweet. We watched Lola one day this week and the Hinkle girls while her parents packed up the car and did the final inspection out of their home. It was neat that we got to spend their last day with them. We went to story time and a picnic in the park. We had swim team every afternoon. I decided to move Marly up to the big rats. That should make the summer a bit easier for me! I think she's ready! We had a super fun Memorial Day weekend. Friday kicked it off with movie night at the Harmons. They set up their outdoor theater and we watched Star Wars. The kids set out their sleeping bags and ate candy and popcorn. It was neat! Saturday, Phil cooked us breakfast. The girls and I went on a run. Phil played a quick round of tennis. Then, we had a progressive boat day. We started at the Nixons and dropped the kids with the babysitters. We had chips and dips. Then came to our house and had gazpacho and shaken lemonade. Then we went to the Freemans and had wine and orzo dill salad. Last, we anchored out and the Thakkars served chicken kababs. We came back to the Nixons and had Tijuana Flats for a late dinner. Awesome day! Sunday we went to mass then had TCC breakfast with the Freemans. We spent the afternoon at FYC. SQ dropped off Owen and Alex, too. We had an awesome time with the paddleboards and kayaks! The kids loved it! Today we had a slow morning. Phil and I made eggs benedict (the Holandaise from scratch!). We headed up to TCC and spent the afternoon there. We had the Kerkezi boys again. The kids loved the water slide and face painting! Another super fun day! Two nights in a row, the whole house (except me) is asleep by 7:30pm!
One of those crazy weeks. I had some actual down time and just didn't use it wisely. That happens a lot. I get a block of free time and I'm so overwhelmed with how to spend it, that I end up eating chips and salsa and looking at FB for an hour. The days just flew by and were packed with fun. Not a great sleeping week, some social stress (I mean, really?!) We had a family dentist appointment then visited our old pal, Elizabeth and met her new baby, Abby. April and I actually "green-lighted" her. I love that! This week was also pretty nuts because summer activies have already begun and spring activities haven't quite finished. It was the last week of ballet for the older girls, which culminated in a recital tonight. And they sure beef up on the practicing the week before. Then swim team started every afternoon (at the hardest part of the day for me- so hey, let's go to the pool when it usually rains and kids are usually melting- GREAT idea!) I had 2 nights out this week. Book club on Monday to work out my issues with Luckiest Girl Alive. I felt pretty lucky getting a ride to book club after literally running from a play date and getting my neighbor to read books to the girls so I could catch my ride and Phil could be late getting home! Whew! And that was only Monday!! We had a MOPS Leadership dinner to kick off next year. It was a night of belly laughs- you know, like the Santa type. Nights like that get me through the crummy parts. Really. Throwing my head back-laughing is my fuel. Abigail joined the Friday ballet class since the Wed class was getting slim. Voss and Marly enjoyed participating in that one, too. The Freemans came with us to have lunch at school with Ellie. It was supposed to be the picnic but was rained out. We got to eat in her classroom. We had a CEE Gathering and Enrichment that evening. Of course the sky opened up for swim so I had to race to pick up the dinner and open the church. It was a great meeting, though! Lots of newbies. Fr. Joseph even showed up! Saturday was super relaxing. We rode bikes to the pool for a family day. There's something about riding your bike in your bathing suit. Reminds me of being a kid. I just love it. That night we went to a wine dinner at the Freemans. Gorgeous weather and a fun night! The next morning, I took the kids to mass. Nickels were awarded on the ride home for our Holy Trinity discussion. I'm so proud! Phil took the younger two to a Birthday party. The older girls and I went on a run, out to lunch then to their dress rehearsal downtown. I enjoyed spending the day with them! We met the other half of the family for dinner at a backyard BBQ farewell party for our dear friends, the Hinkles. They are moving to my birth town next week. Today was another speedy day. We had a MOPS play date at the Amelia Island beach club. Oh wow, what a treat! It's heavenly out there! Everyone had an awesome time! Voss had a play date with his pal, Lola and we took the girls downtown for the recital. Mimi, Papa, Suzanne and the boys all sat with us. It was so special! I'm so proud of my dancing princesses! It's a crazy time but I am still smiling!