Monday was our last MOPS meeting of the year. Another ringing the bell game with lots of laughter. Another summer of finding fun adventures to go on with my crew, plus one this time. I'm looking forward to it. The link is live to apply for MOPS in the fall. I highly suggest this for any mom with young children. MOPS is amazing, and has saved me so many times! I went to a Mother's Day tea with Ellie at Daisy's. It was very sweet. I did better with exercising this week. After the tea and then a family run on Tuesday evening. Wednesdays in May at Stockton is walk/bike to school so we did that. This time Marly's training wheels were on better so I had to do a lot more running to keep up. Four miles, whew! I took Thursday off, but Friday we did a morning run. It's so hard getting back into it. I'd rather sit on the couch and eat ice cream (don't worry, I did a lot of that, too ;-) We had a fun pool play date at Jessica's parent's house. I'm so proud of Abigail and her swimming. She's really got the hang of it now. We pulled the kids slide up to the pool and she was sliding in and swimming to the steps. So cool! We hosted a play date here with our Wednesday friends. I showed off my grilling skills. I've been doing that all week. Ellie had a fun BBQ picnic at school. My mom came with us to have lunch with her. That was nice. Marly had her final program at school and then an ice cream social. She only has one more week of school! We went to the Applegates Friday night to grill out. Stayed way too late. We started slow Saturday morning. I got up and made eggs. As we ate on the porch we decided to hit the ground running. We got a late start but got the courage/crazies to take the boat to the zoo! We got to see dolphins! It was so cool! They came right up close to the boat! We had a nice lunch at the zoo and walked around for a bit (it was so hot!) We went straight from there to Brooks' construction Birthday party. Very swanky! We came home, showered and then Phil and I went back out in the boat to the Nixon's for the MOPS End of the Year party. Lots of fun, maybe too much. Today was super rough for me. We missed the early mass. Phil went to the store to get real bacon. We had a nice porch breakfast again. We split up for the day. I took the younger 3 to Charlie's choo choo Birthday. Phil took Ellie to Beckett's park Birthday. Fun party weekend! We went to the contemporary mass this evening and then a family dinner at "Teena-wanna-fats". Love this spring!
Monday began with a blueberry picking play date. If you've never done it, it's really fun- almost therapeutic to pick blueberries. The aftermath is nasty. The girls probably each ate a pound while picking. We had a make up gymnastics class that afternoon. I packed dinner and we ate at the St. Matthews playground before girl scouts. Ellie had an awards ceremony. So proud of my little Daisy! Tuesday was cinco de mayo- one of my favorite days of the year. Tracy and I met for lunch at La Nap. They were having a problem with their gas so couldn't cook anything. No problem for us- we had a liquid lunch. Great way to celebrate! The party continued with our pm play date at the park and the drive thru liquor store ritas. Wednesday I got a break. Mom watched the middles while Meghan and I took the babies to the TPC. Beautiful day, walking the greens. We didn't follow anyone, just hung out. Early release so we did a pm play date then we did gymnastics and picnic dinner again. Ellie had religion class. I high fived Phil when he brought her home then met some MOPS pals out for our final leadership dinner at Blind Rabbit. Thursday I planned nothing. I just needed a breather. We had Ellie's school program that night. She was one of 3 children chosen to do the introduction. How cool is that! She did throw a temper tantrum after because she said we weren't watching her. We were talking too much. She had the second performance the next morning so we made sure to watch closely. Phil burnt the day and went with my parents and sister to TPC. After Ellie's show we did story time. That evening we got a sitter and met some new friends at FYC for dinner. Afterwards we went to our TCC and Phil played a pick up game of tennis (ha). Saturday we woke up early and began Phil's Birthday running our first family race. It was just a mile but I think it was really good for all of us. So what do you do after burning 100 calories? You go eat 1000 more at Maple Street. Phil's loving his jawbone gift. We spent the day at TCC. He played tennis for like 4 hours! We spent most of that time in the pool. I'm trying to figure out how to do this with a baby at the pool. It's already pretty hot. He liked putting his feet in the baby pool. That night we had a sitter come after bedtime. The Freemans picked us and the Applegates up for dinner at the Brick. Pretty low key, we were wiped out. (Of course I stayed up way too late watching Game of Thrones and eating a Sonic milkshake). This morning was a rough start. But I should screen shoot the image of all my children on top of me in bed fighting over who's gift I get to open first. This was one of the better mothers days for me, maybe even the best if only I could remember that far. Ellie and Marly made me sweet gifts at school. Marly painted a hand towel with her hand and feet prints. Ellie gave me green tea for when she upsets me. Cute! Phil had taken them out to get me a gift certificate for a pedicure. I wasn't expecting that! We did 8:30 mass with our friends then came home for early naps (I think everyone took one!). My parents and the Kerkezi's picked us up on the boat and went to FYC for a late brunch. We went back to my parents for swimming. It was such a relaxing afternoon! Bedtime and an evening run to the grocery store for me (so much easier). Happy Mother's Day! I hope you're day was nice, too!
We hired lots of babysitters this week. That means we had lots of fun things to do. That also means Voss has decided to fight a bottle. Monday was an emotional meeting at MOPS. We had Kristen Perez talk to us about body image. Seems like body image in our group is pretty low, which is sad. Interesting conversation, though. A rough afternoon dashing about and getting the time wrong for a make up gymnastics class. The first babysitter came Tuesday morning. I took my sister out for breakfast for her Birthday. It was so nice to catch up and celebrate her! Abigail's buddy, Alice came over while her parents moved. That evening our 2nd babysitter came. We went to Gourmet Night with Phil's Rotary Club. It was a chilly, overcast day so I guess they planned for rain. That's a bummer because Club Continental is so pretty and I feel like we didn't use the space. The good news is that I won a mani & pedi and ate LOTS of good food! Another babysitter (this time my sister) watched Voss while the middles and I went to the dentist. Abigail had her first appointment and did such a great job! We met Phil for lunch then headed to pick up Ellie for early release. We met some friends at the park to play. No gymnastics that afternoon due to a power outage so we were able to relax a bit before religion class. Thursday the younger two and I met the Rice girls at the zoo. Perfect day, kina chilly and sunny. That afternoon came another sitter. Phil and I double-booked. He had a TPC pre-party and I had a girls night at the Candy Apple. I think Voss pretty much cried the whole time. Poor Kayla (the babysitter). Friday we more chill. We went running/biking, Target then story time. Abigail actually got to nap in her bed for nap time- amazing! There was a CEE weekend and our first time as local coordinators. So, this week was super stressful for me doing all the behind the scenes work. I'm hoping it goes more smoothly as I do more. I made lots of mistakes. We had the Bentons over Friday night for a family night with Thai. We coned off the cul-de-sac and the kids rode bikes and scooters. It was a perfect spring night. Saturday I got up and made eggs and sausage. I took Marly to her buddy, Emma's Birthday party (she's been so excited about it for weeks!). I hung for a while then dashed off to Vanessa's baby shower for her twins. It was so nice to be kid-free (although my phone was blowing up). I went back and got Marly then we headed home. I took the kids to the pool so Phil could take a nap. He ran up to meet us. The kids had dinner and showers. Our last babysitter of the week arrived soon after. We went to the Rotaract Black Tie & Blue Jeans Gala. It was the 25th reunion- a blast from the past! Lots of fun catching up with everyone! This morning we had blueberry pancakes, another slow morning. We headed over to St. Joe's (the superdome) for Owen's first communion! It was a 2-hour mass at high noon. Mmm hmm. We were saved with burgers and dogs, swimming and ice cream cake at the Kerkezi's to celebrate. A low key evening with lots of catch up reading and early bedtime is how we ended it. I got to watch the sunset by myself on the porch. Not too shabby.
I threw together lots of fun plans this week to make another fabulous spring week. The weather should be enough to keep you in a great mood. I'm lovin' it. (I did spend one day hung over wishing for clouds, not gonna lie). No MOPS on Monday so I did a pick up play date at Rebounderz. I wanted Marly to check it out. She ended up loving it- but we did spend lots of time climbing on me (Both Marly and Abby). Voss was so good and slept in his car seat the whole time! We got a whole group to go to Mama Fu's for lunch for kids eat free. The day got even better because we had the most awesome book club. I even got a babysitter to take Ellie home from girl scouts so I could be on time! We read You by Caroline Kepnes. We called Caroline to join us on the phone for our meeting! That was SO cool! She and Lauren are friends from back in their NYC days. It was so neat to hear her perspective on the book and where her ideas came from. It took our club up a notch for sure! Tuesday we went to the zoo with Willow and then had a park play date with our friends that afternoon. Wednesday I got a bit of a break. Mom and Suzanne took the middles while I ran errands with Voss. I even got to go for a run! I got so much done with one kid in tow! We did the gymnastics-religion class marathon that afternoon. Marly threw up all in the middle of the van as we were waiting for Ellie's religion class to begin. You'd think with 4 kids that I'd been through that before. But no, this was the first time I've ever had to clean up vomit. And a first for the van, too. Marly seemed fine after that. No fever and she even had salmon for dinner afterward! I was so happy to get out and go to a girls night that night. I think I had 2 glasses of wine in the first 10 minutes! It was a clothing swap. I got rid of 7 bags of maternity clothes! I did come home with a few bathing suits, a nursing dress and a hangover. Just gals gabbing...until 2am! I needed it, though! The afternoons are tough! Thursday my old pal, April came over with her girls. So sweet and quiet. It was great catching up. That afternoon we did a pool play date at the Yacht Club. The country club scene can be intense. It was a great way to beat the spring heat around here. Friday we did the Greek fest for a MOPS play date. My new neighbor, Meghan rode with us so that was fun to carpool. There was a bounce house, pony rides and a few other carnival games. Then we went inside to eat Greek! Yum! The kids danced, too. That evening we walked over to the Applegates for dinner. The kids swam but it's still a bit cold when the sun starts to fade. Saturday was nice a laid back. Phil made eggs we sat outside. We went to a family baby shower for Chrissy that afternoon. The rain rolled in! We took late naps during the storm. We almost over slept the babysitter's arrival. We had John Thompson's Birthday party out in Deerwood. Our doppelgangers! The night was surprisingly low key. We were home by midnight. We went to early mass on Sunday then bloody marys in the park with the Nixons. Maybe a new post mass tradition? We went back to their house for lunch then right to the pool for swim team registration. I just finished putting it all in my calendar. Wow! It's going to be busy for sure! We stayed and swam for a while. I realized my summer is going to be a lot of nursing in the corner while wet children climb on me. We ended up going out to La Nap with the Bentons and Locharie's. Pushing it, I'm sure. Abigail actually threw up on the floor. Puke and rally, she said she was fine, we ordered another round. No fever and today she's fine. Not sure what this is all about. I wonder who's next. Lots to do prepping for mops today that's why I'm a day late in writing. Today was stressful prepping for a CEE weekend this weekend- my first acting as a local coordinator. I've already made a few mistakes. Whew! Our meeting today was good for MOPS. Here's Ali's recap. I had to do the girl scouts run solo since Phil ran late for work. I burnt dinner and was an hour late for the gymnastics make up class. Glad this Monday is over! No, I don't have it all together, see.
We're just in the groove of enjoying the spring. The weather was cool and rainy at the beginning of the week. For MOPS we had a wisdom panel of moms with older kids talking about why they made the decision to send their child to their school of choice- public, private and 2 home schooling moms. It was pretty interesting. We went to Rebounderz with Willow then out to lunch. Saw the mullet man again at the park on Tuesday afternoon. We rode bikes to take Ellie to school on Wednesday. I'm so proud of Marly riding her bike all the way there and back. We even stopped to play at the sketchy park on the way home. I snuck out and did a sans kids lunch with a bunch of mom friends at the Brick. That was so nice! Abigail's friend Alice came over to play on Thursday so her mom could do some packing. That was an awesome play date because Abby and her pal could play while I watched the Today's Show, folded clothes and didn't have to entertain anyone. I did some grilling this week for the first time in a while. Delicious stuff- especially the grassfed beef burgers from our local fare delivery. Ellie lost another tooth! This time at school! The tooth fairy brought a glittery dollar bill. We did a PH play date that afternoon with the Suters like old times. Coffee club was Friday. We stayed at Theresa's almost all day long. We did discuss One Spark for a bit. Phil played with John in a tennis tournament at San Jose this weekend so we spent most of our time there. It was awesome for me. I got to drink, hang out with Voss and watch tennis while the girls were in the kid zone at San Jose. Awesome! I think the guys had a good time, too. Even though today's loss was rough on them. We did sneak out last night and met some new friends, the Locharie's for a late dinner. We really did sneak out meaning the babysitter came after everyone was asleep and just sorta hung out til we came home. Two days of day drinking is not for me, though. This afternoon caught up with me. Tonight we did the contemporary mass then pizza at our house with the Applegates. It was a great way to spend a nice spring evening.
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!