Thanksgiving week! Lots of fun, family time! No dance this week so Monday we tried to put together an afternoon play date but it was kinda a bust. Charlie still came with us to the park. I tried to work on my sleep but it was an epic fail. One night I went to sleep too earl then woke up and read my book. I finished Spinning Silver. I loved it! It was like a whimsical fairy tale; Game of Thrones meets Frozen. I spent all morning Tuesday reading while the van was being worked on. It needed a new belt and oil change. That evening the fun began. So, my brother Matt has had this mysterious girlfriend for months. He wouldn't give us any details and only fleeting hints. He came in town early to hang out one night with Phil and I. Phil had a random client thing and met us at TCC. Turns out, they planned a trick on me and Phil was at the bar with Paige, a girl I used to babysit for- turns out to be Matt's girlfriend! I was so surprised! We ended up having dinner then coming back to our house for more drinks. Late night for sure! So, Wednesday was rough. My nephews, Owen and Alex spent the morning with us. It was crazy with Spot on the loose. He's been pretty bad about coming back lately. We went paddle boating and just hung out. Then we rode bikes to Mimi and Papa's for the first family Turkey Triathlon! I loved the concept and would like to make it a tradition. It was just a mile bike ride, mile run then 10 laps in the pool. OMG! That pool was SO COLD! I could hardly breath when I jumped in! After the first lap I was numb and was able to finish but I was not feeling good. I still had to bike the kids home and pick up the pie I ordered! The good news is the weather was nice so once I was out, I was fine. I took a hot shower, too. That night we had a fish fry with all the fish Matt caught. It was awesome! Paige came back over to "meet" the family. Early bedtime was great that night. On Thanksgiving we slept in. Phil made breakfast. We watched the parade. I put together a fruit salad and we headed to my parent's house for a relaxing day. Lots of eating and talking about being thankful. We were home by 5. Phil had to go to work the following morning. I went and picked up my nephew and returned bowls to a friend. We went back over for turkey sandwiches and hanging out. Phil and I had a date night at TCC for dinner that night. Matt went with Paige's family and we met up with them after. Got to have a nightcap and get to know her a little more. Saturday was relaxing. I'm getting prepped for my Birthday trip. I think that may be part of my sleep issues, too. I'm so stressed about everything working out; logistics while I'm gone, the dog, weather, Phil- whew! I am so excited, though! It's getting close! We met my childhood friend, Kelly for lunch at CFA with her daughters, husband and in-laws, the Shannon crew. It was so nice catching up with them even if my kids were being jerks. I took them to one of those indoor jump places after. I got tickets from the silent auction at the St. Matts carnival. It was awesome! Trampolines, climbing, jumping- they were wiped out afterwards! We went to the Smiths for David's Birthday and to watch UF kill FSU. It was a nice night. I was bummed we couldn't really see the boat parade but the fireworks were nice. This morning was mass, bfast with the Hershorins then we put up all our Christmas decorations.I took Aunt Susan and Uncle Bill to the MegaBus station. I went to my parents for a nightcap. Yes, so much to be thankful for!
A week of school fun. It started with me volunteering in the library on Monday for the book fair. I technically went on 3 field trips this week. Friday was two in one day. I thought Abby and Marly's was the same trip- same location and leaving school at the same time. But, Marly's grade went to the park for an early lunch and then downtown. So, I got to see the mediocre play, The Magic School Bus twice; the 10am and then the noon show. Ellie and I did the Riverkeeper boat tour for her trip. We are so spoiled living on the river! The cove via paddleboat is a much cooler tour! Voss, Spot and I went out this week and saw some huge manatees super close! My sorority sister, Sam came to visit Monday afternoon. It was nice to catch up with her and meet her son. I did take over Tuesday for MOPS and wore myself out. It's a lot to post everything all day. Book club was fun discussing the American Marriage. Elizabeth made a southern feast! I helped host a Blessing Way for one of my new MOPS friends, Lynn. I had never been to one before but it was a religious baby shower. Kina neat. Rachael, Tracy, Katie and I saw the opening night of the musical, Wicked. It was such a great show. I think the 2nd half was better than the first. The weekend was low key. We did Yappy Hour on Friday night. Phil and I got take out thai after. Saturday morning was nice and slow. Marly had her first basketball game and scored a basket! She did so well! Too bad they lost by one point! We challenged the Hershorins to a tennis match then stayed for a beer after. Ellie got a ride to Nutcracker so that was nice. We went out with Phil's bank friends last night. Everyone's excited about the grand opening of Cogent this week so lots to celebrate. He's got a good group of bankers. This morning we got to mass early so the girls could serve. Bfast with the Hershorins at TCC again; makes Phil happy. I paid the girls to wash the van and they did an awesome job! The Nixons had us over for an oyster roast to celebrate Mark's Birthday. Fun catching up with them- and you know I'm a sucker for oysters! Early bedtimes tonight for all!
Oh wow; and now it's cold! Lots of hot chocolate was consumed this week! I made a squash soup with my farm box produce. I ate it all week long- yeah I was the only one. I made a chicken soup this week, too. Winter coats are out! Tuesday I had an interview with Visiting Angels. I'm moving forward slowly with that. I have to complete 40 hours of online training first and that is happening very slowly. I might have completed 30min so far. I plan to work about 9 hours a week visiting older, homebound people and helping with regular chores and tasks and keeping them company. I think that will be good for me and bring in a little cash to take some pressure off of my banker. The interview was quick and easy. Wednesday I went walking in the mall (out of the cold) with my friend, Sherry. It was nice to catch up. It was early release day and I went home with a minivan full of children. I soon regretted it. It wasn't the sort of bunch that entertained themselves. There was a lot of chaos- mostly with my own children. I tried to kick them all out to play but it was cold. The good news is that half of the children had excellent manners and gave me hope for humanity. What doesn't give me hope for humanity is listening to the Trump impeachment trials. It's a circus! That night Trexler and I went to Silver Cow for open mic poetry night. She presented two poems so that was super cool. I brought my own chair and wore yoga pants which was a definite game changer! Thursday morning I went to Rachael's stepdad's funeral. It was a nice service. I was glad to be there to support her; she even gave a little speech. Tracy and I enjoyed a Mojos lunch date at the reception. It turned out to be a delightful morning. The service was actually at Voss' preschool so I walked over to pick him up after. Friday I went to the town center for a MOPS coordinator coffee. It was nice to meet another coordinator and share ideas. After I hit up Costco, met Phil for lunch and saw the new bank. It's actually happening! That night we did a family movie night watching the new Lady and the Tramp with the Disney Plus deal. Saturday morning was lazy. Then I took Ellie and Kennedi with me. I played in a tennis match out near their Nutcracker practice. We lost, but it was still fun. I walked to the library during their practice. I swapped kids and cars and went back over the Buckman to my friend from high school's Birthday party. Missy was one of the valedictorians so there were lots of super smart people at her party. Fun to see some high school friends! Phil took Ellie to a sleepover then played tennis. Later we went to the Napoleons for a wine dinner. This morning we got up and went to mass. We picked Ellie up on the way. They served and we saw a Baptism. My nephew, Henry was baptized this weekend, too! Ellie got her 3rd compliment this morning so we spent all day moving rooms, going through toys and clothes (again). It's a terrible process but feels good once it's done! Now Ellie has her own room back. Marly and Voss share a room now and Abigail has her own. We went to the Hershorins for a vegetarian chili dinner and caught up with the Smiths. Nice ending for a wintery night!
Yes, this title is morbid. But, we really should be talking about it and preparing for it. It's been on my mind all week. Yes, Phil almost killed me on Monday when he saw the cc bill. By Wednesday we were talking again. He's not excited about my Birthday trip, but he knows he's going. He doesn't want to discuss it. Maybe it's because I applied for a job, Visiting Angels. I have an interview tomorrow and will tell you all about it. I finished reading Being Mortal. I highly recommend it. It makes you think about what happens right before you die. Lots of interesting conversations about that this week. I played tennis and had lunch with my friend, Rachael. Her step dad died the night after we were together. He'd been on Hospice. Her brother is on Hospice, too. So, she's in the middle of all of it now. I rode bikes to the park with my friend, April. She keeps an eye on her aging mom and soon her dad. Even the homily at mass was about planning your funeral. I took a pic of a funeral program I saw to start that. Phil and I hung out a lot at the church this weekend. We gave a pulit talk about doing online giving with Faith Direct after all the masses! We got a lot of compliments- it was fun. I tried to work on my sleep quality this week. I went to bed early every night to no avail. I gave up by Friday and did a girls nightcap. Four hours and I felt the same as I did with 8! At least this time I had fun and got a new, fun fall pedi with Tracy's stamps. We had a MOPS fashion meeting. I rode with Anne to Arlington for a STEM story time that was pretty cool. It was a low key weekend. We went to the boy scout spaghetti dinner on Friday night (before I met the girls). Saturday morning was slow with a family breakfast. Phil and I went to TCC to watch some tennis. The girls worked on science projects. Marly needed lots of guidance. I took Ellie to Nutcracker. The littles and I caught the end of Alex's soccer game. Then we went to Porchfest- live bands playing on people's porches in Springfield. It was fun, with great, chilly weather! Phil took Marly to a Birthday party. We brought pizza home after our church talk. Sunday, we finally got to mass early enough for Marly to altar serve! It was her first time! Ellie helped her a bunch and she did great! I'm so proud of her! We went to dinner at my parents. Ellie said she had the most fun with her cousins. They played outside the whole time. When we got back from our talk we watched Home Alone together. Today is Veterans Day. We spent the day at the beach. I had plenty of time to think about Veterans Day and what it means to me. I don't like the idea of war and think we often fought in unnecessary ones. But, I am grateful to be an American. I feel very lucky to have been born here where we can disagree and have so many choices. It was such a nice day out there. The kids had a ball. I read my book. I'm reading a Danish thriller to complete the 2019 challenge called Chestnut Man. I'm also listening to an American Marriage for book club. We stopped at my favorite Thrift Store on the way home. Ellie got a few new things. I had put on a crockpot pot roast before we left so it was nice to come home to that. Yes, we are so lucky!
I saved up a bunch of Orange Park-ish errands for Monday. Spot and I ran then headed to my ole friend Courtney's to borrow her soup bowls of my china pattern. I even got some duck eggs (which are just as good, by the way). I returned Owen's Halloween costume to my sister and picked up more thread. I hosted book club on Monday night to discuss The Good Daughter. It was still so hot but I made this pumpkin soup, which I ate all week long until it got cold, ironically. Book club turned into a rager. I invited 2 new people who finally showed. We stayed up until 2am talking books and life. It was good. I finished off fall fest by helping Lauren comb through silent auction prizes. I delivered a bunch and it felt good to close that chapter. It was early release on Wednesday. Meghan saved me from the horror by hosting a pumpkin painting play date. Still so hot, it turned into a river play date. Phil was helpful and picked up Ellie from pointe so it wasn't so bad of an evening. On Halloween morning I was voluntold to be a face painter for Voss' Halloween party at school. It was easy and I made a new friend. I scrambled to finish a few last minute costumes. Sticking with the theme to re-use dance recital costumes- we went with the Little Mermaid. The kids really came up with it all; I just made it happen. Next year, remind me to go with something easier. Or maybe I should have done less DIY? I don't know but it sure started out rocky. Temper tantrums over costumes. Ellie decided Ursala was ugly and she didn't want to look ugly. I think she looked great. Maybe it was the heat? We were sweating. Arial lost her fork. Do we bring Spot? No. Did I mention it was hot? Ugh. Woow. Our generous neighbors were wonderful and took pictures and gave huge candy bars. We visited my parents then headed to the Forest. We missed the crew and went on our own lap. Ellie went out on her own and met up with friends. We all just sorta sweat together. Jess made this awesome chicken chili, which I still ate in the heat. Oh Halloween. Friday morning we got up early- well some people got up really early to organize and start eating it all. Voss and I picked up my mom and went All Saints Day mass at St. Joes to see my nephews. Alex dressed up at St. George, the patron saint of the boy scouts. It was a nice mass. Voss and I just sorta hung out all day. Over night it turned into fall. It's crazy how much the temperature dropped! We are candy all day. I went ahead and booked my Birthday trip. I am so excited about it. I think it definitely put some pep in my step. Phil must not have seen the charge hit, because he's about to loose his mind. Friday night was Gourmet on the Green, one of the best parties at TCC. The weather was perfectly fall, great people, food and wine. Another rager- dancing to a great band until 1am on the golf course! Of course Lillians followed. Saturday morning I woke up with 5,000 steps- it was that good! I took the kids to Walmart to pick out their Switch Witch item. Now we need to get rid of all this candy! I played in a tennis match. Sarah and I got whipped. I don't think we should have. There was a lot of crappy tennis being played. We went to the park while Ellie had Nutcracker then headed to St. Augustine to meet up with Phil's parents and aunt and uncle visiting from Ecuador. It was still chilly. We walked around the city for a bit then had apps and kids dinner at an outdoor place with live music. I practiced lots of Spanish because Tia Maria Elena doesn't speak much English. It was good! I drove their car back up to Jax and caught up with Pops while the tios rested. We put the kids to bed then went to TCC for a late dinner. This morning we fell back in time. It was nice to get some extra sleep (although the quality wasn't as good according to my FitBit app. How do I work on quality?!) Abu made pancakes then we went on a morning boat ride. It was chilly but sunny. We had a really nice visit. I'm so flattered Rodrigo and Maria Elena came all the way up here to see us. They headed out to Ocala for more visiting. I took the girls to religion class. We had a low key afternoon. Science projects, took down Halloween decorations and put up Thanksgiving decor. We had an early dinner of pork tenderloin then went to mass tonight. Great music, crummy behavior. Early bedtime for all! It finally feels like fall, y'all!
My week began with me having jury duty! I've been waiting YEARS for this opportunity! I had a great time! My friend, Tracy helped me out taking Voss to and from school. I could have gotten out of it because Voss is under 6, but luckily the village stepped in. My friend, Lori was able to pick up the girls from school. I wasn't released until around 3! Yeah, I didn't get chosen. I was bummed- I would have liked to see how that went down. It was crazy. I man allegedly raped a little girl. The real crazy part was that he was representing himself! It felt like I was on a TV show. It didn't make me feel too good about humanity, though. Still, an awesome experience and I got a $15 check in the mail a few days later! Meghan hosted a MOPS girls night in her hot tub on Monday night. I really like our new group. It was a rainy afternoon, but misty by the time we got in the hot tub. So nice! Tuesday and Wednesday were down days. Trying to work through my to do list. I've been working on this online silent auction for the school fall fest. Lots of prep work, but I think it paid off. I had a silhouette order and the MOPS blog to catch up on. I still need to do the CEE one. Thursday, Tracy helped me again taking Voss to school. I headed out to Ponte Vedra with my coffee and NPR (making money just driving with this new app Meghan told me about) to play in a tennis tournament. Somehow I'm on the C team sub list and am always flattered when they ask me to play. I was finally able to make it happen. I played with Cat, another C team sub who I actually met in the suite at the Jags game (typical Jacksonville). We totally won, which was so cool! It took us a game to figure it out, but I'm glad we made it happen. I even got to take a quick walk to the beach before having to grab Voss. We celebrated Spot's first Birthday in the park that afternoon. We got ice cream and dog bones. Fun for all! I crashed my new friend, Alison's book club that night to discuss the Bluest Eye. She has a neat group. I don't know that I can handle two book clubs but I might try. I didn't stay out late, I had to get back to get ready for Friday. Friday was one of those nutty days that didn't stop. The Fall Fest was finally upon us! The morning started with a costume parade with MOPS in the nursing home- which is a great way to start any day. I picked up 3 extra kids to give my friend, Jess the morning off. I was happy to see the residents wearing costumes as well as the staff. The place looks better than last year. I'm still reading Being Mortal so I was looking closely. We played at the park after. It was a good turn out for our group. It was a combo play date with St. Marks so we got to see some old friends, too. I went right from there to school to help set up for fall fest. I wasn't much help- instead I was rushing to enter last minute silent auction items, which was not cool at all. I'm so grateful Phil showed up to help. With 3 kids and a patrol, I was signed up to work booths from 3pm-6pm straight! Lots of drama with the online auction- mostly because we decided to extend it, then not, then again so that meant I had to go into each item and keep changing dates! Whew! From there we went to Yappy hour at TCC so Spot could run around. Ellie had FC spend the night. We were zonked! Saturday morning came early. I took the kids (and the friend and the dog) to UNF to run in the race to end Pancreatic Cancer. I like to support my friend, Tracy whose dad died a few years ago. I also just found out another friend's mom was recently diagnosed so we thought about and prayed for her a bunch, too. It was a great race! We visited my sister next and caught up with the cousins and even did a cousin dog play date. Vader was a bit aggressive. We had lunch together, took Ellie to Nutcracker practice and played at a park. A little afternoon relaxation. Marly and I worked on making floating Harry Potter candles. Still cleaning up silent auction stuff! Phil and I went to the Camps Halloween party last night. I'm so proud of our costumed! Phil borrowed Owen's Ghillie suit to be the Creature from the Haunted Sea (the theme was 1960s classic horror). I wore my bathing suit with a life jacket. So fun but the signature cocktail got me and today was rough. We went to mass and CCD and breakfast. We got to bring up the gifts. The Spencers showed up at breakfast and took Voss for a play date while we ate. That was so nice. Marly had altar server training. This afternoon was low key with laundry, floating candles and science fair projects. I started a monogramming job. We did an early hibachi dinner then rosary, books and bedtime. Long walk with Spot and caught up with my brother. Ellie has already received 2 compliments! I'm still praying! I'm thankful for this down time, I know it won't last!
Oh MC Hammer and your words of wisdom. Praying was the theme of mass today and I think it's a good theme for this week. Not that I did it a lot, but a reminder that I need to pray more. It was another calm week mostly. I read a lot. I was reading 3 books at the same time and maybe that was too much. I finished 2 this weekend so now it's smooth sailing. I read the Good Daughter for book club and finished listening to I Am Malala. Monday was Columbus Day. All the kids had school but banks were closed so Phil and I had a very rare day date! We played tennis then went to lunch at Moon River pizza. It was nice! My mom and I went to lunch on Tuesday. I drove to St. Augustine to have a lunch date with one of my favorite priests, Fr. Tim on Wednesday. We had MOPS on Thursday. Onie gave an amazing talk about spirituality and challenged us to raise the bar. I'll do her review here. It got me thinking. Ellie got her 3rd strike that afternoon. So, we did some room switches this weekend. I needed to go through Abby's clothes anyway. I let Abby pick if she wanted her own room or to be with Ellie and she chose Ellie ("So her room could always be clean and organized" -smart!) So, Voss is back to having his own room. I told Ellie she has to have 3 compliments from other people in order to get her room back. I got some chicken soup for the soul on Thursday night with a dance practice celebration and late night $1 wine to toast my friend, Rachael on her Birthday. Friday the kids had off for a teacher planning day. We crashed a home school play date and tried out our Halloween costumes. I squeezed in a piano lesson. That night we went to movie night in the pumpkin patch. The first movie was the classic Charlie Brown movie. The second was Halloweentown. It was cheesy but the kids liked it. Saturday morning was dramatic with breakfast. Phil and I literally fought over eggs. It was a rainy day so Spot was sorta crazy. Phil took some kids to Costco and Ellie's Nutcracker practice. I took the other half to pick up my brother from the airport. He visited a friend in Chile. We did a family night in with pumpkin carving, chicken soup and pumpkin muffin making. We went out for milkshakes and watched the Square pumpkin movie. It was nice. This morning my sister joined us for mass and breakfast, which was so nice! I took the kids to the St. Matts carnival while Phil played tennis. We met up at the pool for a swim and dinner. The Jags won, too! I'm enjoying the calm, that's for sure!
It was a slow week for me. I had lots of down time, it felt. Lots of things I could be doing but nothing really pressing. Monday was rainy all day (Spot was going nuts). I went to a new friend's house to help plan another new friend's blessing way. I watched all of season 9 of The Walking Dead so I'm all caught up (to wait another year since I don't have AMC). I donated blood one morning, went running, went to an amazing coffee club to discuss the Impeachment Process. Spot and I went to a dog park then walked a trail at Tillie Fowler park. The afternoons had a nice, fall breeze. Voss had a play date with Nico on Friday at his grandmother's house. The kids hung at my parent's house on Friday. Phil and I went to Amelia Island with his bank friends for dinner. Saturday we went to the Amazing Acres farm for the morning. It was a MOPS play date and there was a decent turn out. Cooler than it has been, but still hot! It was a great family day! We took the boat to TCC and swam in the pool. We tried to watch the FSU game but it was terrible. The kids went to bed early. Phil and I did a Winn Dixie date then he made linguine Alfredo. We watched this alleged horror movie called Would You Rather. It wasn't really horror, but it was weird. This morning we went to mass then the girls had CCD. The guys and I went to breakfast. Phil and I went to the Jags game with my parents. The seats were amazing! We were in the 2nd row on the 50 yard line! We could smell the grass and see the facial expressions of the players! It was hot, though. And a real bummer that the Jags lost. This afternoon we worked on science projects and got ready for the week. Ellie and I have had some tough conversations this week. It began on Monday when I got a text from a mom saying Ellie was being mean to her daughter. I sent her over to talk it out that evening. We've been working through it this week. I went on Friday for a spy lunch so I could observe the mean girls table. Yes, my daughter might be the ringleader of the mean girls. I'm thinking of having her watch the movie so she can see what she looks like- but I don't want her to get any ideas! Lots of conversations about being kind and shutting your mouth if you can't say something nice. This afternoon I received another message from another parent saying how Ellie was mean to her son on Friday. So, we reiterated the kindness conversation. She might be loosing her own room this week if the kindness conversation doesn't seep in. Please send some prayers.
Another fun filled week with the Bravos. Lots of moving pieces and you know sometimes a ball drops. I have this issue where I don't always look far enough ahead. I go day by day and maybe just look ahead a week. So, October kina snuck up on me. I barely got my background check updated in time to go on Marly's field trip. Of course her trip had to be the same time as Ellie's. My mom agreed to go on Ellie's with her. I was late in sending her the link so her background check didn't come back until too late and she missed the field trip. Ellie was bummed. The good news is there are many more fun trips for her this year. But that's how the week began. I went Thrift Shopping and out to lunch with friends on Monday. Caught up with my friend, Katherine. Marly's recycling center field trip was neat and has me double checking what I'm tossing in the trash. We had our 2nd MOPS meeting with my friend, Mae giving us parenting behavior tips. We rode bikes to school on Friday, which was quite the feat! Friday I drove to St. Simon's Island and met up for a book summit. My friend, April organized it all. Check out the agenda in the pics. It was amazing! Plenty of time discussing books, recommending books, working on a puzzle, chatting and just relaxing. It was such a nice weekend! Meanwhile, Phil and the kids did a little camp out in the back yard- but it was too hot to sleep out there. I came back early this morning to get them moving for mass. Ellie served. They went to religion while we went to bfast. We took the boat to TCC to watch the Jags game. Pizza for dinner, most of the rosary. Everyone is tired and ready for bed!
It's still so hot, but they are calling this fall. We had a good, busy week. Not much down time for me. After dropping off all kids on Monday, I went to the zoo. I know that's a little bizarre. My MOPS group was having a play date so I went and hung out with them for a while then walked around on my own. Got in some steps and saw the sights. It was kina neat. I'm so proud of Abby and Voss. They both learned how to ride a bike without training wheels this week! I took off Abby's training wheels months ago- she wore through 2 sets! I've been trying to force her. It was actually on our summer list, but it was just too hot to practice. Monday afternoon was nice so we gave it another try. She and Voss just took off! Abby's still a little cautious and can't start on her own. Voss has been riding his bike before school in the morning and all afternoon just around and around. He's fast! He figured out how to start himself, too! A run and trip to the grocery store on Tuesday. Wednesday I hosted a back to school brunch- moms with no children at home! I pulled out all my crystal and china, even polished some silver! It was nice! It forced me to do some organizing and cleaning, too. That was an early release day, which is tough. Voss and the girls get out at the same time so I have to be 2 places at once. There was a spirit day at Whits so we went there for frozen custard. Even Spot got some! Then those are our long days at the park. I didn't do well packing dinner because I ended up with all these extra kids. Marly and Ellie were fighting and Marly fell and scraped up her leg. Luckily, Phil came home early and was able to come grab her so she didn't have to be at the park with a bloody knee all evening. It was a doozie of a day! Thursday was a morning of meetings. Voss had his VPK assessment. There was a PTA meeting- I'm hitting all sorts of people up for sponsorships for the fall fest. Let me know if you'd like to help! I met my parents and sister for breakfast to celebrate my Dad's 72nd Birthday! That was fun! Then, I met Phil to sign some papers on the other side of town. Whew! Tues & Thurs afternoons are always so therapeutic with a walk in the park with friends. Friday, my pal Anne took Voss and I to a gymnastics play date then to CFA for a late breakfast. The boys had so much fun together! Ellie spent the night at a friends house. I took the rest of the kids and Spot to Yappy Hour at TCC. It was a dog play date. It was kina crazy at first, but ended up being really nice. Phil came later after playing in a golf tournament. We went back and had dinner with a bunch of people after they played in the wine and 9. We even met some new friends. Saturday we tried to sleep in. I dropped off Phil and the kids to pick up our boat (it's been in storage for hurricane prep). Marly went to see Toy Story 4 with her friend, Lily. That was a sweet play date. I played in a tennis tournament. I casually joined a league. I'm all over the place and thought the match was right down the street at TCC. No, I had to drive to Fleming Island and barely made it in time! Luckily we won after having to go into a 3rd set tie breaker! It was hot and I even got sun burnt! Blah! I took Marly to Sophie's house for a sleepover. Phil grilled burgers then we hosted a mafia night. I was bummed 2 couples bailed so we didn't have a full 10 to play for real. We still had a good time with the mix of people! There were some great players! This morning was rough getting to mass. Pancake breakfast after for the kids. The Hershorins joined us at Cool Moose after. Laurie is so sweet! We put up our Halloween decorations. The kids are so excited! Phil played tennis. I took the kids to the Halloween store while Ellie was fitted for her Nutcracker costume. Then we all took the boat to TCC for dinner and to watch the Jags game. Another win! We cleaned up and said the rosary and did an early bedtime. I'm hoping to head that way soon.