On Wednesday morning I was nursing Voss when Marly walked in and said her head hurt and something was stuck in it. She and Abigail had been downstairs eating raisins while waiting for friends to arrive for a play date. At first I thought it was a raisin stuck in her head, maybe even a prune- it was huge, maybe the size of my thumb nail. When I looked closer I realized it was a tick in her head! Inside, I was freaking out, no way was I going to be able to pull that thing out! And you know Marly wasn't going to sit still for me to do it. I acted calm to her, googled ticks, called a neighbor then Phil. Then I decided to just bring her in to the pediatrician and let them do it. I scrambled getting everyone in the car (I had taken all the car seats apart to wash them!), dropped Abigail off at Tracy's then headed to the doctor. You won't believe this but at some point during this craziness of course the tick fell off! Gone! Still, he checked for lime disease and of course Marly is fine. But where is the tick? I'm constantly checking everyone! Creepy! Meanwhile, we've been doing the swim lessons for Abigail at my parent's house. And she can swim now! Yay, Abby! As the weather warmed this week, the fleas inside increased! I go over there a little early to let all the girls swim and I get in with Abby to get her used to the water (still cold!) Once the teacher arrives, I take the girls and Voss inside so Abby can have one on one attention. Monday, someone saw a flea. Tuesday, I saw one in the shower. By Thursday, we were all outside watching her lesson due to the fleas! Orkin came Saturday morning just to tell us yes there are fleas and will have to schedule some time to spray! Just during that conversation my legs were covered! ACK! So, in other news, Phil's Godmother's daughter came to visit us this week. She came through on Thursday so we were able to visit with her. I checked out One Spark with the younger two that morning. It hadn't really gotten going yet so I wasn't real impressed. Friday we did story time. It was a low key weekend, not much planned so that was nice! Wine Club was Friday night. It was just down the street at the Freemans so we had 2 babysitters here with all the kids. Phil decided to finally bight the bullet and get a new car! Of course he did this on Friday afternoon, arriving in style at wine club! We stayed too late so Saturday morning was rough. We had a nice breakfast and took it easy then went to Pierce's under construction Birthday party. Later that night the Applegates came over for dinner to celebrate Meghan's Birthday. They ordered Chinese food and we got a brownie cheesecake. Super low key. Today we had another relaxing day. I took the girls to Disney on Ice while Phil and Voss watched the Masters. Contemporary mass and pizza then everyone to bed. I'm so happy Linda is coming tomorrow to give this place a deep clean while I'm meeting Orkin for a spray! Cheers to a bug-less week!
I'm disgruntled. I wrote this amazing blog post on the evening of Easter night, after we put all the kids down early. For a minute our internet went out and BAM, I lost it. Usually Weebly saves my stuff periodically but that night failed me. I didn't have the heart to write it all over so after a few days I will try again. I. Have. A. SIX. YEAR. OLD. Wow! We already celebrated in Disney, but I tried hard to make Ellie's Birthday special. We began with Krispy Kreme (getting all 4 kids and myself dressed and out to breakfast BEFORE school is quite a challenge).
It was also Marly's Easter party at school. After we dropped Ellie off (on time -high five-) we went to chapel at Marly's school where they did a cute Easter segment and then an egg hunt. The middles had a ball and got a nice sugar high, or just kept it going after their morning doughnut. I sorta failed in the evening because I insisted on a low key dinner because we had to cram it between gymnastics and religion class. But then when Phil went to drop her at religion class, we realized it was canceled! I felt awful, we could have gone to a nice dinner together instead of Chick Fil A. To make it up to her I tried to plan a few fun play dates since she was off the next day while Marly had school. After we dropped off Marly we went for a run and by the time we got back, the first play date was canceled. In the grocery store the second one was canceled! So, I took a leap and insisted her buddy Cora come over instead of meeting us at the park. After we picked up Marly we went and got Cora (one of Ellie's besties). You know how you sometimes have just one of those days? Well the two girls had one that day- they just couldn't get along. So, it ended up to be a bust. I kept trying though. We dyed Easter eggs that afternoon after taking Cora home. The soundtrack was me yelling and saying "don't do that". At this point I had poured myself a huge glass of wine. Phil dashed in for a bit to change clothes before tennis. I was saved by my mom and sister coming over on the way back from the airport. Katie helped with bath, stories, prayers and bed and then sat out on the porch with me to finish the bottle. So, it ended well!
Explaining the meaning of Easter is always tricky with kids. I'm not good at explaining dying and death. FFC does an awesome stations of the cross for kids. It's out at Marywood and the stations go through a nature trail. We split up in small groups with a reader. The kids take turns opening resurrections eggs and reading passages. We sing as we walk. It's cool. Afterwards there's a huge picnic on the lawn by the river. Phil took the afternoon off so it was nice to have him around. Katie took Ellie and mom took Marly for a bit to have some special time. Phil and I took the younger 2 on a 4 mile run that nearly did me in! That night we had a sitter and met the Applegates out. We began at the Blind Rabbit and met Katie and her friends at Kickbacks. We tried to bar hop. I wasn't feeling it, maybe it was that run! We were home by midnight. Saturday was the TCC Easter party. Super fun! Brunch, the bunny, face painting, cookie decorating, balloon animals, a petting zoo and the egg and golf ball hunt! Oh my! We kept the party going and crashed Sophia's Birthday party and a visit to my parents house. That night we had dinner with the Mitchell's at La Nap. It'd been SO long since we'd done that! Easter morning came early. The bunny had come! We spent the morning finding eggs, eating eggs and LOTS of candy. We barely made it to mass on time and had to sit in the Confessional. We thought Fr. Jose was joking when he led us there but it worked out well, it's sorta sound proof so the kids could hang out without bothering anyone. My parents and Katie met us there, which was neat! We spent the day at my parents house with the family and the Herons. The cousins did an egg hunt, played hide-n-seek and taught each other cuss words (just to spice things up). It was a fun-filled day! Joy's crack potatoes went over well (that's what I made!) Monday I took M&D and Katie to the airport bright and early. M&D are over in Asia visiting Matt, I'm so jealous! I made it in time for the MOPS Leadership meeting. Those are always fun! We did our traditional McD's lunch afterwards with the kids. They love taking their shoes off and playing all over that nasty playground. It was a marathon of a day. We had Abigail's first swimming lesson with Coach Jen (the same one for the older girls). After the lesson we raced home to a babysitter. It was the grand opening of Mojo's in Gainesville so we went with some UF pals. It was my first time leaving Voss with a babysitter when he wasn't sleeping the whole time. He did so well! Today we had fun playing with one of Abigail's pals at the park, Sam. We picked up Marly then went to a Mommy Blogger Munch & Meet at Corner Bistro. It made me feel good, like I still have a toe in the door of the working world- doing promotions for Disney on Ice! Lesson #2 for Abigail in the pool, although it is pretty chilly! Phil's playing lots of tennis, which is keeping him happy. I hope you enjoyed a beautiful Easter with family and friends. Remembering how blessed we are!
I think it was the middle of the week before I caught up on my sleep. The week was sorta foggy so I'm glad to use the "I have a newborn" and "I have 4 kids" to cover that up a bit. Sometimes I feel like I'll never get out of the slump of a messy house. This was one of those weeks, especially since our washing machine was dying a slow death. It wasn't spinning well so that meant an extra go in the dryer. One of the last times it smelled like something was burning so that can't be good. So I stopped doing laundry until Lowe's delivered the newbie on Friday afternoon (of course in the 4 hour window they arrived as I was loading the kids to pick up Ellie from school so we were late to get her).The week was fairly low key with play dates at the park, visiting with the Thompsons in town and my mom. Voss had a 2 month check up and is doing great. He's in the 50th percentile, weighing in at 11.5 lbs. Voss and I went to the Penance Service while Ellie had girl scouts. Later we did a PH with Dave. Great middle of the week stress reliever!We had lunch with some friends from the Family Life office to share ideas in our new role as the coordinators of CEE. I spent lots of time this week setting up calendar reminders for all the stuff I should be doing- ack! Google calendar + wine + prayer = how I'm functioning these days. Friday was our 11th wedding anniversary! We made it another year! We celebrated by going to family bingo night at TCC. Going out with the whole fam is sorta stressful. I'm thankful friends came over to our table to help. Ellie won a door prize, this horrible play dough sand that is now all in the carpet upstairs. (see the messy house comment above.) Saturday was a family run then a trip to the town center. 2 rounds of ritas at Cantina Laredo helps to de-stress those family meals. A beautiful day to walk around, we hadn't done that in a while (you know the town center causes me anxiety). We had Kayla babysit that night- our first night out without Voss! He was asleep when she arrived and didn't wake for a feeding until after we were back, but still. He's a good baby like that. I don't know if it's my mom skills or just him. For our night out we began at Or'Say. We ran into our neighbors, the Freemans and chatted and then tried to sit away so we could "talk about our love" (Phil hates when I say that, ha!). We ended the night on the rooftop of Black Sheep and it was such a nice night by the fire. Sunday we did the early mass because we went to the Napoleons for a dinner party. I took an amazing 2.5 hour nap with Voss. Wow! The dinner party was fun, the Napoleons are fantastic hosts and there were 2 other couples- some new friends at TCC! Of course we stayed too late so the kids were crabby on Monday. We had the MOPS Easter egg hunt so after a bunch of candy the middle two were happy and playing at the park for hours. I made Voss wear a bunny suit. Sorry, pal! I did a pm marathon of dinner (I'm cooking now that our meals are out), girl scouts, a mission at church (with the middle two playing with play dough during to keep quiet), bath and then I left for a MOPS girls night at Mellow Mushroom. I arrived just in time, as trivia was ending. A few of us stayed til late chatting. It was nice! Today we ran down to Willow's house for a play date and later did our pm park date and had a mullet sighting! It was a banner day at the park!
Spring break kina snuck up on me. I planned Disney too soon. So I had to look for fun things for us to do while both girls were out of school. My mom's Birthday was Monday. I needed a break after the weekend so I dropped the girls at Kids Park and took my mom to a nice lunch at Blue Fish. Perfect! The day got better and better with a nap then book club to discuss the Book of Mormon. Tuesday I hosted a huge St. Patty's Day playdate. We even did a gold nugget hunt for the kids and had green mimosas! We met Amanda at the park that afternoon. Wednesday was coffee club to discuss the upcoming city elections. We all ended up agreeing...we need more conservatives in cc! The girls had gymnastics but no religion that evening. We had a nice family dinner on the porch. The painters are finishing up our house. The Kerkezi boys came over for a bit. I snuck out and got an amazing post-natal massage from my doula. Thursday we met the Mitchells and some friends at the zoo. Friday we did the beach- of course it was foggy and chilly that morning. We swung by the Nixons for an afternoon play date. We got a sitter and took Voss to the Vogts potluck that night. I think that was the last time he comes out with us, babysitter time, Voss! Saturday morning I left the house at 7am and drove to Delray beach for my sorority sister, Sam's bachelorette party. My first day apart from Voss. I did some serious pumping! We started with brunch at Vic and Angelo's: bottomless bloody marys, then took a limo bar hopping to Ft. Lauderdale. Lots of amazing women in this crowd! Then we took a catamaran sunset boat cruise. I was planning to start the trek home after this but things got hairy. My ride back didn't happen for another 3 hours meaning I didn't get home until 4am this morning! Crazy, I know. I'd like to thank my little brother, Erik for chatting with me from Daytona to Jax to keep me awake! Today has surprisingly been okay so tomorrow may be rough. Phil made a great breakfast this morning. We had a MOPS photo fundraiser at the Freemans and went to lunch with the Stevensons. We did the contemporary mass again and then dinner at the Freemans- pizza out back. Perfect start to the week and closure to spring break!
Another beautiful week, we crammed it with fun...maybe even a little too much fun! Is there such a thing? MOPS was Monday so it was nice to get a break. Voss likes my undivided attention. It's quite flattering to be able to quiet him but it can also be exhausting. So when I get him quiet, I know I have a limited time to do what I can with 2 hands. Sometimes it's just enough time to go to the bathroom, maybe even brush my teeth. Other times I need to make lunches, clean up from breakfast (the day before), dole out a potty treat, sanitize a spill, etc. I was lucky enough to get some time in advance to print off all the nursery stuff and get it organized so I was actually prepared and ready for MOPS. It was nice. The speaker was something about doing community service with your kids. I sorta thought this was all already community service and didn't connect. So, I sat in the back and ate all the yummy breakfast casseroles while nursing. Marly's Birthday party kept going on Tuesday, we brought cupcakes for her class. I tried to make it back in time to be there for them to sing to her but I'm embarrassed to say I was stuck in Walmart buying Disney shirts. Luckily, her school is great about taking pictures. We brought the leftover cupcakes to the park for a pm play date with her bestie, KK. So, she was happy. We hosted a super play date on Wednesday. Early release days are killer because nap time becomes obsolete. We remedied this with a morning power hour. It was nice to toast with my ole pal, Tracy. It had been too long. Meanwhile the kids ran wild and had a blast. We are in the middle of having our house repainted. Every time I sit down to nurse, upstairs or downstairs- a painting man appears in the window. It's been fun. I'm sure they enjoyed the ph, too. Thursday was a whirlwind of a day. The Yacht Club is starting this toddler time so we checked it out. Lots of messy art with a fun story. Abigail liked it. I ran around like a crazy person for the rest of the afternoon packing up. Then we picked up Ellie early from school and Phil from work and headed to downtown Disney for the girls Bippity Boppity Boutique appointment. Last month while I was planning the girls carnival combo Birthday party, Phil asked them if they'd rather have a party or go to Disney. What kid would say, have a party? So, this is how it all happened. I should have stopped the snow ball right there. After their Birthdays last year, now they think a Birthday in Disney is all the bells and whistles. And this mom has a hard time saying "no"- especially overhearing Ellie tell Marly all about how cool the boutique is when they turn you into a princess with the magic fairy dust (AKA 5 cups of glitter). Phil's parents and Michelle and Georgette met us down there. Then, Phil's parents spent the weekend with us. Ellie seemed overtired on the drive down, eventually taking a nap right before we arrived. So I thought she was just tired for her appointment but then I noticed she was hot at the hotel that night. We got her some meds and she was okay on Friday morning. We hit Magic Kingdom first thing and she was good in the beginning. One of my plans is to get there first thing and knock out Fantasy Land before it gets crowded. Around 11 she faded again and it made me melt: to be sick in Disney World for your Birthday party! Awww! She slept in the stroller for a few hours. Luckily, the others were good to go. I think Voss enjoyed his first time in Disney, even if he slept through most of it. Ellie rallied later over some ice cream and did a great job powering through. I'm glad roller coasters invigorate her, too. She said Splash Mountain was her favorite. And now Marly is tall enough to ride everything so the 4 of us had a great time coaster hopping! We had a late dinner reservation in the Grand Floridian and got to meet Cinderella and her step family. That was a special treat! Saturday we got up early to make our next dining reservation at the Polynesian with Lilo, Stitch, Mickey and Pluto! That was my favorite. The morning started a little rocky because I forgot Marly's ticket in the hotel room and then lost Voss's pacifier on the Nemo ride in Epcot. Things got worse when Phil got stuck on the Soaring ride. We tried to make it better with the World Showcase and it worked for a little bit. It got hot and everyone was tired so we headed back to the hotel around 4. Phil and I never made it back out. The girls went swimming in the awesome hotel pool. We did a quick dinner in the food court and everyone went to bed early. Amazingly we all slept in and had a nice breakfast then more swimming. It was a long, trafficy drive home. We made it in time for 5:30 mass. A fantastic dinner was dropped off for us. Now we're just adjusting back. I'm taking turns putting Abigail's diaper back on and putting her back in bed and putting Voss's pacifier back in his mouth. What a work out! Glad to be home, though!
Good thing mother nature reads my blog! This week mostly was beautiful, spring weather! We spent lots of time outside! Parks, the zoo, our porch- it's been so nice! Abby had a play date with her pal, Alice while I had my 6 week check up with the birth center. So now I'm all healed and back to normal...whatever that is! I even went back and read this blog from 2 years ago to re-learn how I handle the newborn phase at this point in life. Do we cry it out yet? Move to the swing or the crib? Oh, the miracle swaddler! Blog saves me again! Aunt Katie went back to DC, but we got in some good visits with her this week before she left. Including a farewell brunch at metro diner. The one crummy day was Friday, but we hit up story time and loaded up on library books so we didn't notice. Marly spent the day with her Godmother for a Birthday treat so I had an easy afternoon with just 2 kids. We did a movie night at Ellie's school that night- Super Hero 6, I think it was called. Saturday was Marly's Birthday! We went to Dunkin Donuts for breakfast. Then, Phil, Voss and I went to the CEE Discerment while Kayla the babysitter took the girls to the park. Phil and I are the new local coordinators for CEE so get ready for some shake ups! We picked up the girls and met the Freemans at e-street for a biergarten lunch. Then we headed to the carnival. We're really celebrating Ellie and Marly's Birthday next week in Disney World but riding rides, face painting and playing games is a great way to celebrate your Birthday! Marly was a happy girl! We even ended the day with her favorite dinner- "TeenaWanna Flats"! Phil and I continued the celebration with sneaking out after bedtime to crash a dinner at FYC then heading to Lillians for power hour! This morning was a little rough, especially with the springing ahead. We took it easy, Phil made a nice breakfast. I went on my first run in a long time! Phil played tennis. Abigail, Voss and I took a nap. We went to the contemporary 5pm mass with our church friends then did a chaotic Puerto Plata dinner afterwards. Maybe a little much for a Sunday night- Voss is still going strong. Whew!
I know spring hasn't technically begun. But I'm going to go ahead and call it over. I'm not packing up the jeans, I know it'll still be chilly. But this was the last week of February. Phil was mostly out of town. It was cold and rainy. Hey, we live in Florida. I'm over this. I did have a few flecks of sunshine. Aunt Del was in town this week while my cousins were in Disney World. Mom took us all to lunch at the Yacht Club one day. We had lunch with Ellie at school another day. I got a sewing lesson from Aunt Del one afternoon. Friday was the best- lunch at Café Nola with my mom and sisters (Katie flew in Friday). The girls spent a lot of time at Kids Park this week. We turned a cold, rainy Saturday into super fun with a beerfest and night out with the Bentons at Pele's then Bold City. (I don't think Voss likes beer, though). Phil is keeping very active- tennis Thursday, the Ortega River Run on Saturday and more tennis today. Lots of coffee and hot chocolate was drank to keep us warm. Awesome meals- chicken pot pie again- perfect! So farewell winter! We are looking forward to spring!
Monday was President's Day, a day off for some. In a weak moment Phil asked to play golf and I said yes before thinking. So that's what he did Monday morning while I braved it on my first play date with all 4 kids. And of course I picked something zany, like a park downtown, riding the skyway and a candy shop...because the story time down the street would be too easy! So thankful I had a team of MOPS pals helping me. And yes there was a second when I almost lost Abigail on the sky way. Ellie said it was a super fun day and that was worth it. Book club was that night at Sarah's to discuss The Light Between Oceans. Voss came to his first book club meeting, I think he liked it. Fat Tuesday was a super busy day for me. Somehow I got put in charge of Shrove Tuesday, the MOPS fundraiser pancake dinner at St. Marks (it was because I complained about it last year). Aside from a rainy day lunch at Simply Sarah's with some gal pals, the day was very stressful. We raised lots of money so that's what's important but I have got to learn to bow out of some things! Wednesday I sorta spent the morning hiding, I didn't plan anything. I needed my strength for the afternoon activities. The older girls had gymnastics then we met friends for the Fish Fry at church then Ash Wednesday mass. I was ecstatic to see Phil walk in the cry room to join us at mass- my day of flying solo was tapped out. Thursday morning I had a follow up at the birth center. It was so nice to see Shea, my midwife again. That afternoon and evening we spent time with Aunt Susan, my mom's sister. She came in town for Voss's Baptism. I'm sure Aunt Susan was wiped out after spending a few hours with us at the worst time of day- she even got peed on! (Although I was so happy to have her!) She even came with us Friday morning to Marly's circus performance at school! That night we got a sitter and went to a welcome reception at TCC for all recent new members. Voss came with us, too. We ended up having dinner after with some new friends- the McClures and Duntons. That was fun! Saturday, Ellie, Voss and I went to Charlotte's cupcake Birthday party while Phil took the middles to story time downtown and the candy shop (again). That afternoon the family began to arrive. Phil's parents arrived then the Reinsteins delivering a dresser for Voss's room. That night we brought Voss to my parents to meet his Godmother. They also arrived from Mississippi (via Pensacola) that evening. After a big breakfast thanks to my in-laws, we went to St. Matthews for mass and the baptism. Voss did so well, pretty much slept the whole time. I'm so proud of my new little Catholic man! We had a reception here afterwards for the family and a few church friends. I finally got smart, after 3 of these things and got it catered! Yay, me! That meant I was able to relax and enjoy it...and the morning of was nice, too. Good thing, because Phil left during the reception for a work trip to SC for the week. Not cool, Ameris! I'm in the trenches here...solo. Phil's family left today while I was at MOPS. We had Shannon Miller speak to us! Very cool! Then we did a play date at the Freemans, since nap time wasn't happening. Potty training in their backyard was way more productive! After girl scouts tonight we're all back. I have a nice sized glass of wine and the girls are asleep. Voss is thinking about it.
We currently have three different types of diapers being used in our house- it's nagging at me! I'd like to say Abigail is 50% potty trained. That's half as many diapers (in one child) I need to change- I'll take it! It was a tough week...there were a few times I felt totally overwhelmed. Getting a break is tough! So here was our week: Monday was an awesome meeting with Tabitha Johnson at MOPS. We had to take Ellie to girl scouts so it was a crazy night. Tuesday's morning activity was an oil change for the minivan (we are officially living on the edge!) That afternoon we did a park play date with the Hinkles and Browns. The mentor moms brought over a fantastic dinner from Zoe's complete with wine, brownies and ice cream. Wow! Wednesday we went to the Stevensons for a play date. It was early release (smack in the middle of nap time so that didn't happen). We met the Thakkars and Freemans at the park after school. We did the gymnastics- religion class shuffle again- my energy levels waning. Lots of temper tantrums (it feels like they just take turns sometimes...someone is always crying!) Thursday I met Tracy for coffee then had a park play date with Abby's pal, Landon. That afternoon we did another play date at another park. Dad joined us for dinner that night. Molly made an amazing chicken pot pie! Friday we made it to story time (it's been a little while). That evening Phil took the big girls to a father daughter dance at TCC. They had an awesome time. I tried to spend some TLC with Abigail. Voss has been pretty time consuming, too. Saturday we took it easy. I feel like I go room to room cleaning and putting stuff away, an endless circle! We picked up Ellie's girl scout cookies and went to lunch at M Shack. We had an afternoon play date at the Stevensons then went to visit my dad. He watched the girls while Phil, Voss and I went on a dinner date at TCC for Valentine's Day. This morning we a rough start for mass (the nights have been tough, no one seems to be sleeping). We came home so Abigail could nap (much needed). Later we did lunch at Mellow Mushroom then played at the park. We did dinner at the Applegates for a Mardi Gras party. There was gumbo and king cake and lots of beads. The girls are finally in bed on time (although Abby is crying it out) so maybe we are back to normal...a new normal? Whew! We're trucking right along here.
We've hit the ground running! Monday was Voss's due date! It was also Phil's first day back and my first day with all FOUR kids! I was saved by a MOPS Leadership meeting...because of course it was cold and raining! We had lunch at CFA so it was a fun morning. My friend Renee brought dinner and hung out for a bit so we caught up during naptime. Tuesday was coffee club at Katherine's to discuss the legalization of gay marriage. That afternoon we met the Browns and Hinkle's at the park. Ali had made us dinner that night, which saved me again. I wasn't feeling well and was asleep by 7pm. Wednesday the Leens had us over for a super play date, complete with smoked pulled pork for lunch! Melissa came over for a visit during naptime- I used to babysit for her when she was a little older than Voss. Crazy! We did the gymnastics- religion class shuffle that evening. I realized I had some mastitis, which explains the early bedtime the night before. Of course by the time I realized it, it was almost over! Thursday, Voss had his 2 week check-up and Abigail had her 2-year check up. Voss is back up to his birth weight, and then some with 9.2 and Abigail weighs 28lbs and looking great. It was a good appointment. We came home and did some potty training. That afternoon we went to Phil's office to sell girl scout cookies and visit with the cousins. Simmons brought us dinner that night. I'm loving all the dinners and getting to taste new recipes and not have to worry about it. It's been really great! Friday was pretty lame- a whole day of potty training. You know I was ready for a night out after that! Abigail has been doing great, though. Phil, Voss and I went to the TCC first Friday happy hour then met up with some pals for the MOPS & POPS Valentines Day party. Such a fun night! Phil made a yummy breakfast on Saturday morning. We took our time getting up and going then went to the park for World Thinking Day to support the Girl Scouts. Later, Phil took Ellie to a Birthday party while I tried to make nap time happen. It's been tough with the middles lately! That night we had the Nixons over and got Thai take-out. This morning we went to mass then went to the Freemans for a party to celebrate Carl signing with JOI. We took the boat and picked up the Applegates. The way home was pretty dramatic with Phil falling in the water! Cold! We made it home in time for the Lochrie's dinner arrival. I set up for MOPS tomorrow, should be a good one. Now I'm ready for bed! We're getting into a groove- each day seems easier (maybe I shouldn't say that in case I jinx it!).