It was the first week of school for the big kids! Phil came to drop off on Monday. I went to the boo-who breakfast. I was close, but no tears for this mama! The girls did great with their seamless transition! To help, I distracted myself by taking the younger two to a MOPS play date at the Adventure Landing water park. They loved it- and I did, too. Great plan! And I was totally late with school pick-up, but if you're going to be late, the first week is the time! That worked out well! I am so blessed that little kid play dates popped up for me. We went to the Stevensons on Tuesday and the Thivierges on Thursday. Great for mama and the littles! Wednesday, we dropped off the bigs then took the littles to breakfast, Then, Phil and I went to visit our financial advisor. Not quite a date night, but still a necessary date. That afternoon we did pool and dinner at TCC with some pals. It was a nice break in the middle of the week! We did an Abigail-sized play date at TCC on Friday afternoon. We went to story time before- I did a mad-dash for chapter books for Ellie, I was pretty stressed about that piece! The bigs girls had their first sleep-over on Friday night- as if the first week of 2nd grade and kindergarten wasn't enough! We had a CEE meeting that evening. It went well. We had some new friends sign up, too! I went on a GNO and met some friends for drinks later. Lots of fun! On Saturday morning, Phil smoked the tennis court and I picked the bigs up from the sleep-over! ( So grown up!) I went to my pal, Jessica's baby shower for her sweet girl. So much fun celebrating her! We rode bikes and went swimming with cousins that afternoon. We did BLTs and family movie night. Later, Phil and I did a date night PH. Always nice. This morning we went to mass then b-fast at TCC. We did a Sunday Funday with the McGraths, Applegates, Hollands and a bit of the Nixons. Pizza for dinner. The kids had a ball, adults had fun, too. A great way to begin the week!
This was our last week of summer. I have mixed feelings about this. It has been a HOT summer, with too much family drama. Maybe I should have put the kids in more camps? I was trying to do a no frills summer. Maybe I should have worked them harder? Less ice cream, more girls runs. But that doesn't sound fun, does it? Let's hope the sass means they are ready for school to start. We did some fun "last week" things- like the base splash park with cousins and the beach with Mimi. We went to the pool with the Mitchells and fed cows with Katie Jo. We did some chores, too. Voss had his 18 month check-up. He's doing great weighing in at 27 lbs! We got new tires on the minivan. My sister, Katie was in town this weekend. She and her boyfriend came over Thursday night. We sat out and watched shooting stars. I grilled him, like a good big sister. Friday was a whirlwind of a day. It began with Ellie and Marly meeting their teachers, seeing their classrooms and dropping off school supplies. We did a bit of back to school shopping at JNJ. We went on the boat to the FYC with my parents, Katie and Steve. I raced home to pack and prep for Emily, the babysitter to watch the kids for the weekend. I picked up Phil at a golf course and headed to Marywood for an Engaged Encounter weekend. We had an awesome time with the 17 couples and the August Dream team! The Yazdiyas came to shadow. I know it's a lot to get out there, but once you are there, it's perfect. It really is good for Phil and I to keep on track, too. I did the #LoveYourSpouseChallenge this week. What a great way to end it! Today we went over to my parent's house. Phil played bball with the kids while I admired Katie's new ring. Yes! She and Steve got engaged Friday evening! I'm so excited for them! Now to help plan a wedding in March! We went to Firehouse for dinner at Marly's request- our brand new kindergartener! And tonight the toothfairy is coming for our 2nd grader who lost her first TOP tooth! I think we'll have to do some ice cream tomorrow to celebrate all this!
A bit of a different tone this week. I'm not so flying high anymore. The big girls went to camp at Timuquana this week. Tennis in the morning, golf in the afternoon and swimming in-between. They came home wiped out and stinky every day. It was awesome! Ellie even won a medal at the end of it for being the best camper! The littles and I didn't do too much while they were gone. We met friends at the FYC pool one day. We filled up the baby pool another day. We also spent lots of time at home. I watched this video that took some wind of out my Hillary sail. My brother talked me down, but I'm still not as glittery. We went to the FFC Summer Marriage series on Wednesday. We heard Fr. Joseph's parents talk about "A Call to total self-surrender". And wow, they are amazing people. It was sorta a kick in my butt to up my game with the prayer! I'm just not doing nearly enough! I had the girls doing a rosary by Thursday and the big girls and I went to the family Helow family rosary tonight. We took the family to mass on Saturday evening. Not sure we'll do that again anytime soon! The kids were awful! We're spoiled with the nursery on Sundays! The only good that came from that was putting the kids to bed early and Phil and I having a thai date while watching the Olympics! The Bentons had an Olympics party on Friday night. We ate and drank around the world while watching the opening ceremony. We were Germany with brats and beer. Fun party! I finished reading Black Flags this week. Lots to think about there, too! The girls and I went to see the new Odd Squad movie on Saturday. A fun PBS event! And we did some water skiing after that. I helped cook breakfast for MOPS at St. Marks this morning. The big girls went to a Birthday party. The littles had a play date with the Birthday boys younger sisters. It was a pretty relaxing weekend.
Every night this week, I watched the DNC. I sorta became addicted to it. By Thursday I was camped out with my glass of boxed wine ready to watch by 8pm! It was great! During the day I caught up on podcasts and articles then at night I watched and texted and FB-stalked my conservative friends. It was so good. I feel like my brain grew a size just this week! Love this one! Don't worry, I left the house more this week. Monday I kicked it off with a trip to GA for the spash park. My pal, Jessica met us out there with her boys. I brought dinner to a new friend that night and went for a run. Tuesday I felt inspired. I made sandwiches and we met the Freemans and took the sky way to the library and looked for homeless people to give our sandwiches to. (Except we couldn't find any). We got ice cream and headed back to the sky way and finally was approached by a homeless woman. But she didn't want our sandwiches. I guess that's a lesson learned, too. The thought was redeemed on the way home when we saw a homeless man on the on-ramp. Too bad Steph had the sandwiches! Good thing I had the PB crackers and canned good in my door! Yay! That night was the Swim Team awards banquet. I'm so proud of my super swimmers! It turned out to be a stressful night. Phil left the banquet for a tennis match. Voss and Abby went nuts at the banquet. I was wiped out. Thus began my personal DNC-watching party! I took the middle girls to see the Wizard of Oz on Wednesday. I think we figured out our family Halloween costume! Yay! We met a friend for breakfast at Cool Moose on Thursday then spent the afternoon at the pool. At the pool I had a great conversation with a new friend, Tiffany. Part of the MOPS Starry-Eyed challenge. It morphed into us planning a spring break cruise! Wow! Friday I took on 2 extra kids- the Holland boys- and headed back up to the pool for coffee club. Awesome topic! #blacklivesmatter It was Jessica and I- so no challenge, yet still an awesome discussion. Fun Friday Family night = trip to Costco! Oh wow. I monogrammed a backpack. It was a wild night. The next morning Phil headed out to play tennis. The kids and I hit up the thrift store, library then a girls run to my parent's house to swim in the pool. Lots of cousin fun! It was a hot run back! Phil and I went on a date to 13 Gypsies. Much needed! Then we went to wine club. We didn't stay out too late. This morning was mass. Then I went with a bunch of moms to see Bad Moms. It was a great GNO- laughing! Then we did Sunday Funday at the Applegates for BBQ and pool time. So much fun! Nothing to complain about here. I'm getting excited! Bumper stickers are ordered! Feminism wings are flying! Love it!
"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!