Oh, the collision of spring and summer...when school is wrapping up, but it feels like August. When spring activities (dance) are on full force (to make up for us having Saturdays free all year) and swim team is up and running. When I get the exhilaration of being many places at the same time. Everyone is over tired and hot. 'Tis the season, the most wonderful time of the year! No, really. I don't have much to complain about. There is still a spring breeze, sunsets are amazing and the jasmine scent on the porch is intoxicating. I had my last MOPS meeting at St. Marks on Monday. It was surreal. After 9 years, it just feels right. There was laughter and tears and all in between. Maybe it will sink in later this summer. I gave a little farewell speech and we played this fun scavenger hunt with pictures. Tuesday I went for a run then my friend, April came over to go paddle boarding. This was Voss's last week of school. I sorta failed on all of that. He missed his final performance because Phil and I were in Epcot last week. He missed his class party because I went on a field trip with Ellie instead. So, his last day just sorta happened. Even one of his teachers mysteriously retired a few weeks ago, after being with us since Ellie's preschool year. It was all odd. The good thing is that he didn't notice at all. He is very ready to stay home from school. I'm not sure that's a good thing. Wednesday was Ellie's 4th grade field trip to St. Augustine. My friend Laurie had Voss all day. Vanessa picked up the other girls from school for me and they all took them to swim for me. We didn't get back until after 6pm! Long day. It was nice to spend the day with Ellie. We went to a colonial village, the fort, trolley ride and then the old jail. I think we could have skipped the jail, but I thought all the other activities were neat. Quick dinner then off to religion class. It was a whirlwind! That night was the MOPS end of the year party at a new brewery in Murray Hill. I was really only there for the tail end because of religion class. Luckily, the party kept going! We went dancing at Loft and then to the Smiths for a nightcap. So much fun! Thursday I was a little slow. On my last morning off, I went running then walked with Spot to my parent's house to check on it and take a dip alone in the pool. It was glorious. I caught up with my sister, too. Friday the girls had play date at school. I took some Applegate children and Voss to the last day of toddler time at Adventure Landing. I wasn't crazy about the line to get in! Anne talked me off the ledge and it ended up not being too bad. There was a last minute scramble with carpool pick up. I had too many kids packed in the van with the England kids and Ellie had Finley Cate sleep over. Addy came back over to spend the night with Marly. So, two extras made for a loud, crazy Friday night. Pepperoni rolls and pizza for dinner. I was asleep by 11:30- not sure how many else were, too. Definitely not PB who fled to Lillians ironically as soon as it was quiet. Saturday morning we all worked in the yard after the friends left. We re-mulched with pine straw. Over-tired, hot, crabby attitudes by all! The Smiths came over for dinner later that day. We grilled sausage and had some of their leftovers. It was so sweet holding baby Grant and spending quality time with them. And that sunset is awesome. Sunday was mass and then Birthday parties. The Kane triplets went all out with a foam machine on the water slide! I walked Abby from there to another pool party where she was psyked to make a Jojo bow! We rallied attitudes (thanks to the wolfpack) and took the boat to Wicked Barley for dinner. It was perfect! I stayed up to watch the Final Episode of Game of Thrones. Not as epic as I was hoping, but I think it was a fine ending. I'm eager to watch my brother's review. Hurry up, Erik!
Lordy! Lordy! Look who's 40! Phil Bravo had a big Birthday this week! So, of course we had to celebrate all week long!
Phil's family left on Monday. Vane flew and his parents had a LONG 9 hour drive home. Voss and I took our time that morning then drove to Adventure Landing for toddler time at the water park. I love that place! It was the only night of the week to catch our breath before the big party week arrived. We did family pizza night. Tuesday morning, April hosted a Beyoncé's Coachella viewing party. Good thing I had that soul filling morning to build myself up for the insanity of the afternoon/ rest of the week! Swim team has begun! But dance has not ended. So, that means I was driving back and forth to make sure we could do both. My dad was being honored at the American Values Dinner. It was so amazing to be there for that honor! I'm so proud of him! We came home that night to a crime scene. Spot had gotten out and sliced his paw open. I got to spend most of that night in the animal ER. Now we are figuring out how to care for him with his stitches! Wednesday morning we took it easy and went to the park for a bit. That afternoon was more dance and swim then we hosted a tennis round robin for Phil's Birthday. The weather was perfect. Matt, the tennis director did an awesome job with coming up with a theme for each round and pairing everyone. Thursday morning I go to take everyone to school and have our friend, Aaron take a look at Spot and take off his bandage. Turns out it was infected so we scrambled around to find a cone and meds. Phil and I got a late start but headed to Epcot for drinking around the world. It was an awesome way to celebrate Phil's actual Birthday! We walked back to our hotel, the Swan, which was very nice. We got up on Friday morning and drove back to Jax. That night was the Tomahawk cancellation party. So much drama during the week because they canceled it so we were lucky to have them put together something else, not as big. It worked out great. We had friends join us for dinner, drinks and live music on a gorgeous evening. Of course we ended up at Lillians doing jaeger shots at 3am. Phil played in a tennis tournament that afternoon. I stayed in my nightgown until 2pm. I was thankful to have a morning to get caught up on life. Also, this week we launched the new St. Matthews MOPS group. Registration is live! We went to the FYC pool with the Smiths that afternoon. We all got to hold baby Grant! Saturday night the whole family played in a glow in the dark tennis party at TCC. It was super neat! Sunday was Mother's Day and the final day of the week of Phil. It was tough getting up for mass, but we did it. Marly was excited to receive her 2nd communion ;-) We went to breakfast at TCC then headed out for a boat day. We met the Boring-Wagners and Applegates and anchored out in front of the Nixons. We all went to FYC for lunch after. We got caught in a storm for a bit, but made it up there just in time, really. The Freemans, Hollands, Thivierges, Smiths and many others joined us there. Such a Sunday Funday! After the rosary and bedtime, I was able to enjoy a sunset cocktail with my parents to toast to Mother's Day. It was really nice. Late night Sonic with Phil watching GOT was truly the perfect ending. Now to take a breather!
We're so proud of Marlyn making her first communion this week! Lots to celebrate and be grateful for. Thank you for all the gifts, texts, calls and support this week for this sweet girl! My in-laws came in town this weekend for the occasion. Phil stayed up late Friday night to pick up tia Vane from the airport. We had a nice weekend with lots of pancakes, dog walks, tubing and just being together. It was so neat to see both sets of grandparents surround her for her special day. I feel like Beyoncé's Run this World was on repeat in my head this week. We had book club on Monday night to discuss the Hate U Give. I feel like we could have talked all night. Rachael and I had a delightful morning at the Women's 4 ball tournament with lunch on the veranda and watching amazing women take over the club. Also, GOT! It was also picture week at dance so lots of bun styling and costume shuffling from the trunk of my car. Playdates at the park- some with Spot. We had a ladies lunch (with Voss) at La Nap and Cinco de Communion celebration at the Freemans. Baby Grant is home so keep on praying!
Dance Pictures are in!
It was the first week of Easter, spring is definitely upon us. The weather is amazing, maybe even hot. The breeze is perfect. We did breakfast for MOPS on Monday. By "we" I mean Laurie Cutlip picked up my frittatas at Costco, heated them and had them all ready for the meeting. It was home organization but I've kina given up on that idea. I didn't pay much attention to the speaker and went back to talk to Claire who came to the meeting. Keep praying for them. She is so strong, but all we can do is wait and pray. Grant is stable- breathing and mostly eating on his own. David and Phil had a guys night this week, too. No school or dance on Monday. Ellie helped the Applegates at MOSH. Marly and Abby joined Voss in the nursery. That afternoon we brought Spot to a play date/pool party at the Hollands (along with a few Cochran kids). Fun for all! We celebrated Alice's Birthday at the park while also celebrating Earth Day by picking up trash on our way. On Tuesday I was actually bored for a moment. I ran with Spot after dropping off Voss. I'm following my super cool/nerdy brother with the Westeros Weekly Podcast and decided to listen to Filup and re-watch the episodes directed by Miguel Sapochnik to prepare for tonight's episode of Game of Thrones. That night I went to another 1 Vibe Dance class. This time we danced to Beyoncé's, Run This World. Awesome song, tough dance! I need to practice! Drinks after at Chili's! Definitely good for my soul. Wednesday I had a meeting with the principal to discuss the process to become a patrol. Hoping there will be some positive changes before I have to go through this again with the next child. Voss, Spot and I headed to the beach with Anne and Michal. Gorgeous day out there. Spot is a handful, literally. But, he loves the beach! It was early release so we headed right back to pick up the kids. The girls and I are reading Anne of Green Gables. It took a while to get into it. I think Marly is the only one really enjoying it (and me, of course). We met the Bentons at TCC for dinner since there was no religion class. Thursday I dropped Voss at school then headed to TCC to volunteer for the Women's 4 Ball Championship game. Rachael and I hung out in the mens locker room. It was nice to just catch up and chat for a few hours, really. Also neat to see awesome women take over the club! I love it! That night I got a late night GNO at Tracy's with nails, chips, ice cream, wine and wonderful people. You know its a good party when you arrive in your nightgown. Friday, Voss and I went to a volunteer lunch at Sulzbacher. Phil and I got a date night thanks to Ortega Methodist. We went to happy hour at O'rsay then tried to get massages and was stood up! We had a drink at TCC instead. Saturday the girls made breakfast. I stayed in my nightgown until about noon. Phil took the girls to watch the tournament. Voss played in a dirt pile in the neighbor's yard. I spent all morning working on Birthday gifts for the weekend. We went to my parent's house to swim and visit with my dad (he's bach-ing it while mom is on a girls weekend). Phil took Abby to a Birthday party. Later, we all rode bikes to the Cochran kids Birthday party. It kina felt like a GOT party with knights, unicorns, queens and dragons! So fun catching up with everyone. Late night Chinese for Phil and I while I finished that last episode of GOT. This morning we went to mass then dad met us at breakfast. More tournament watching then headed to the Hershorins for another Birthday party. Pokémon this time. Now we are relaxing and getting organized for the week. The kids are playing with the hose outside. Spot is barking his head off. I am dulling the noise with a bloody mary. Phil is playing tennis. Not much to complain about!
Holy Week was unique for us this year. Our good friends, the Smiths had their baby, Grant Sunday night. By Monday afternoon he was transported to the children's hospital. It turns out he had a massive stroke in utero and has severe brain damage. He celebrated his one week Birthday on Easter Sunday. It's been a heartbreaking week for them and fierce praying for all. We are still praying and trying to figure out how to support them. Just, what a week. There were lots of activities to keep us busy. I was the one who brought my dog to the Easter egg hunt play date. He spent most of the time barking at the other dogs. It was not fun. Voss had a great time, though. Voss had another egg hunt and Easter party at school on Wednesday. That night I got to sneak out for another artist series show, School of Rock. It was cute- such talented kids. Makes me wish I would have brought my older two. Sorta. We didn't stay out too late this time- pizza at Mellow. I took my parents to lunch on Thursday to celebrate their wedding anniversary (last week). It was nice to catch up and celebrate them. That night Ellie got to serve in Holy Thursday mass. I had never been to one that I can remember. But, they chose 12 people (representing the 12 apostles) from different church ministries. Ellie got to help in the washing of their feet i.e passing towels. That was so cool for Abby and I to see from the front row. I'm so proud of her. We got Frostys to kick off the Paschal Triduum. Turns out Ellie had a bad day at school that day. She didn't make patrols. Which we are very upset over the process and I'm going to have to step up my non-confrontational game. Also, she lost 2 teeth and didn't tell anyone and decided to test the tooth fairy. You can imagine how that turned out. It meant we had a heart to heart- but not until Friday night when she came clean and I had 2 drinks post fast. I think it went well. Friday morning started well with Stations of the Cross at Marywood. I picked up my nephew to join us. We came home right before the monsoon began. Too bad the power was out and we were locked out. We headed to TCC for a rainy afternoon of volunteer packet stuffing. We stayed for dinner and lots of wine. Saturday morning we took the boat over (on a chilly morning) to TCC for breakfast with the Easter Bunny. TCC does an amazing party with crafts, egg dying, bunny pics, petting zoo and awesome egg hunt. The big kids run on the driving range and grab golf balls. They trade them in for cash and candy. So fun! That afternoon I finished some hats just in time for the Mad Hatter adult egg hunt with the Bentons and Charnleys at FYC. Such a fun party! The Easter bunny visited our house and hid eggs all outside- some with $5! He also brought tubes for the kids and a big ski tube which we tried out after mass. We learned it needs more air and we need a tube rope. An awkward afternoon and lots of sugard up kids. We finished the day with river swimming with neighbors and KFC on the porch. I had my glass of wine ready for GOT. Deep breaths as we glide into this Easter season. Cheers to more holy moments.
This dog thing really is like having another child. I was prepared for that, which is why I dragged my feet for so long. But it really is left on me to do most of the work. Ellie and sometimes Marly have been huge helpers (as usual). They wake up and take him out- he sleeps in their room (back and forth). But all of the helpers are in school most of the day, so that leaves me. I feel bad about leaving him home/don't totally trust what he'll do while I'm gone. So, I take him with me a lot. I know. I'm totally "that friend". Ugh, I hated that friend, too. Never say never. So, here I am. We had a MOPS Monday and did our 1 Vibe dance. It was so cool. Jessica's friend, Kristen talked to us about mental health. Always a great way to kick off the week! Lots of afternoons in the park dragging Spot along. He loves to ride in the car. (I had to get a deodorizer for the car). He ran with me on Tuesday morning. He came to the beach with us on Wednesday morning. He actually chewed through his leash and ran off chasing sea gulls. I do let him go without a leash so he can really run it out. But then it's stressful getting him back. He does come back, which is good. Many times this weekend he ran into the lagoon on the other side of our street. He comes out super muddy. Once I had to lure him into the car to get him back. Lots of baths! Currently all the couch covers are in the washing machine. I even bought a Swiffer. Ugh. I had a membership meeting at TCC on Wednesday night and ended up encouraging a MOPS girls night after party (since I didn't make the GNO). We had a fabulous group at Tracy's until 1am. It wears me out, but fills me up. Thursday kicked off the Steeg tennis tournament. I went up for a little bit that night. Friday we hiked the trails at Tillie Fowler park (first dog park experience). After school I dropped the kids at the pool then went over to watch the guys play their first match. They lost, but played better than last year. We did dinner poolside then headed home. Ellie had Finley Cate sleep over. Saturday we made eggs benedict and took it easy. We headed back to FYC for more tennis watching. Another day at the pool for the kids. Vaughan picked us up via boat and headed back to FYC for the party. We broke down and were saved by David. Great party, but too late and too much booze for me. Sunday morning was rough (especially because Spot had a lagoon adventure and bath before 8:30 mass). Palm Sunday. We met the Smiths for bfast at TCC. Then, back to FYC for the last round of tennis. They won both Saturday and Sunday. I took the kids home for early dinner and bedtime. Phil stayed to watch and picked up Thai for us. I prepped for Season 8 of Game of Thrones and tried to tire out Spot. Early night for all.
April Fools day, Ellie turned 10! Wow! Ten years old! I can believe it, though. It really feels like I've been parenting for 10 years. She is really a responsible and helpful girl. I'm so proud of her! We had Krispy Kreme for breakfast as part of the Birthday tradition. Voss and I sorta bummed around and took Spot for a walk and watched the neighborhood construction. We picked up CFA for lunch (with veggies from home) then hotdogs for dinner. After bedtime, Phil, Ellie and I went to Sonic for Birthday milkshakes. She loves that kind of attention. I ran, donated blood and met with Fr. Jose on Tuesday about starting the new MOPS group. Things are moving and shaking now! I officially started the group, set up a Facebook page, email and blog. I'm just waiting on St. Matts to see if we can do online payment for registration. Aside from eating a lot of junk this week with Birthday festivities, I did do some healthy things. I made a vegetable soup with panini for dinner one night. It was a huge hit and then I had great healthy lunch leftovers. Ellie brought in a class treat for her Birthday and she and Marly had their annual check up. Everyone is happy and healthy. Phil took the girls to the Penance Service. I brought Voss and Spot home and finished a great book this week, The Hate U Give. We are going to have a lot to talk about at book club. I'm happy to have finally read a good book! Thursday I went walking with Lauren to talk about my PTA involvement for next year. Friday morning Matt came by for a visit. He was in town for an eye appointment. I went running with Spot. Marly went to Brooklyn's Birthday party at Disney on Ice. Ellie had friends over for her own sleepover Birthday party. Phil took them tubing on the boat (I think that was the highlight). Pizza and ice cream cake then movie time. We rented Soul Surfer. There was some drama with Spot trying to eat baby geese, but the girls saved them and everything turned out okay. It was a late night. I fell asleep at midnight but I think they kept going. Things started bright and early Saturday morning. Honey buns and grapes for the kids then Phil and I had a real breakfast later. All the girls were picked up pretty early. My mom took Ellie on a Birthday shopping spree. We did yard work then took the kids tubing. Later we went to Disney on Ice. Phil and I got Chinese Food and watched SNL. Sunday we went to mass then breakfast with a fun crowd. We invited ourselves with the Smith to a Sunday Funday at FYC. It feels like summer just about! McDs and a family rosary then I went to a quick dance practice. A fun party week for sure!
Phil and I celebrated our 15th wedding anniversary! I wonder if this is also the 15th anniversary of bravofam.com. I'll have to double check the history. We didn't do too much on our actual anniversary (March 27th). It was smack in the middle of a busy week. The girls had religion class so Phil, Voss and I went out for sushi. Something we do sometimes anyway. It was actually perfect. It's also nice that Phil and I are getting along and doing well. That hasn't always been the case when an anniversary rolls around. But, it makes it more special when we can happily reminisce and discuss our marriage. We watched our wedding DVD, which I finally found at my parent's house and put on youtube (see the videos page). I watched our engagement party and showers. It doesn't seem like much has changed with Phil and I. My parents watched the kids (with some help from my sister, Suzanne) and Phil and I spent the weekend eating and drinking and exploring Charleston. We got a last minute hotel deal and lucked out with this amazing room facing the beach and the bay looking into Charleston (from Mt. Pleasant). We got another last minute dinner reservation for 82 Queen on the way in. We were so tired, there were no late nights. It seems like Charleston is a brunch town so we were the first ones up and ready waiting for breakfast places to open, which means we didn't have to wait. We rode a horse drawn carriage around town for a tour. Hopped in on a garden tour then a whiskey tour. So relaxing and fun. The pollen bothered Phil a bunch. I made friends in the hot tub with my red wine. It was a great trip. We got up and headed back Sunday morning. We also lucked out with one of Phil's friends staying at our house to watch Spot while we were gone. I needed a break from that guy. He's a good dog but I'm getting used to having to worry about him, too. He follows me around with those stinky toots! No problem getting in my steps! Oh and I had 2 fun girls nights that set me back for the rest of the week. I went to Claire's baby sprinkle then met up with the late night book club pals for a recap. Then on Tuesday I went to this Vibe 1 hip hop dance class that kicked my booty! We're still practicing! Always a party around here!
It was a tough week assimilating back to reality. Running was hard, eating healthy was hard, it was cold- especially in the morning. The kids were not excited about school. Village Dance was closed for spring break as was religion class. Marly had a retreat for her First Communion. That was a neat thing for the two of us to go, too. She got to taste the bread and wine and learn what happens on the altar. I got to sneak out for a fun girls night on Monday, right in the hood. Mrs. Mann's house is the perfect evening oasis! I even walked there and back. We got to go to TCC for dinner on Wednesday. We had a big crew with us; the Bentons, some Smiths and the Shads have joined now, too! Two exciting things happened this week, that made us snap out of it. First, my baby sister had a baby! I coached Katie on drinking castor oil on Tuesday and on Wednesday her water broke and she went into labor! Henry Dane was born on March 19th around noon and a little over 6 lbs! It's so awesome seeing my sister as a mom! I can't wait to meet him. They are doing great! On Friday we got picked up by boat by the Smiths and went to TCC for a girls night and guys night. Lots of fun! On Saturday we had a laid back morning. Phil had an allergic reaction to an avocado. We went to Abigail Cutlip's Birthday party at the indoor playground. After we headed to the city animal shelter. We ended up adopting a little brother! Meet Spot, our new 6 month old dog! We finally did it! The kids are ecstatic! So far, he's a pretty good dog. He seems well mannered and potty trained. I'll keep you posted! This morning we went to mass and breakfast then played with Spot. We had another Birthday party at Trinity. This time our neighbor, Zachary. We were the only kids there other than him! More fun and sugar! We did an afternoon boat ride and visited the Nixons and Mimi and Papa. Then home for a fish dinner and family rosary. Lots of happy sleepers tonight!
Wow! What a trip! We got up early on Sunday morning. My super nice brother, Matt drove us to the airport at 5:30am (and of course daylight savings happened that morning). We took a flight from Jax to Ft. Lauderdale. I took advantage of one of those Southwest "Let's Fly Away" deals. I counted this as Abby and Voss's Birthday gift, too. The first family flight! It was easy peasy. We got right on, took up a whole row across and off we went. It was a quick 45min flight. Ellie and Marly got to watch the sunrise. Voss stared out the window the whole time. Abby played with her sticker book. A few complaints from Voss about his ears, but by then it was time to descend. We landed and I went to get my checked luggage (everyone else did carry ons but someone had to pack all the sunscreen!) We waited and waited and my suitcase never appeared. Turns out they took it off before we even arrived. Not sure what happened there. The only other snafu was that our uber driver refused to pick us up because we didn't have carseats. We ended up getting a taxi the whopping 5 minute drive to the port and we were good to go. Check in was quick but the ship had delays in boarding. So, we and maybe 200 other people had to sit real close together and wait to board. It was hairy. I made friends with some Canadians that we then saw throughout the trip. We finally got on and then it was great. We had lunch and got to try out the water slides and boogie boarding before the lines got too long. It was like we had a whole extra day! My brother and parents arrived and we caught up with the Hershorins. Let the party begin! My brother, Matt came with us to dinner the first night. We had the early seating and my parents had the late seating. The service was so slow. That might be my only complaint. Everyone was so nice but it just took forever. We went to the welcome aboard show and then the kids went to bed. We met up with my parents in the piano bar. Matt and Phil could only take so much but my parents and I sang away. I can't believe my mom know the words to Baby got Back! The following day was a day at sea. We started WAY too early! We had to wait for the grab and go dining to open and then were the first ones in the hot tub (until the pool opened). We got to see another sunrise. Adventure Ocean (kid camp) to the rescue! We ran some laps until I saw a random cardio dance happening at the pool deck. I jumped in while Matt and Phil hit the gym. We met up after to try the rock climbing wall. More breakfast then time to get the kids for lunch. Ha! Marly stormed out of lunch. We had Ellie bring her burger to the room. Then we lost them for the next hour. Guest services ended up finding Phil and he had an embarrassing conversation. Behavior was better after that! Phil, Brian and Matt did a quick 3 on 3 basketball tournament. Too bad they were up against a pro! We did a family dinner that night for formal night. Too bad it was still so slow. We met my brother and parents for the captains toast. We put the younger 3 down then Ellie and I went to see a dancing show. I was so tired! I had to crash. Phil and my brother kept going. The following day came bright and early for the tendor to Grand Cayman. From there we got on a shuttle ride to a dock then took a boat to stingray sandbar. They threw out squid and the stingrays came up. I even kissed one! It was so amazing. The water was beautiful. The kids were nervous at first but eventually got the hang of it. We took the boat back then the shuttle to Panama Jack's for lunch and beach time. Then, back to the ship. We got icecream and went swimming then got in line for ice skating. Abby hung out with my parents. She wasn't up for it. We did an adult dinner while the kids headed to Adventure Ocean. Wednesday was more adult time- dance class, ping pong tournament (Matt was 3rd and Phil was 2nd!) Then we headed out to explore Costa Maya, Mexico. Phil got us a taxi and went to this private beach. I was very skeptical at first. After a massage on the beach (for $15) I felt much better. It was an amazing massage!!! We ate cerviche and drank Corona. Gorgeous! More ice cream at the pool. We all went to another show then I went to dinner with my parents. Late night bar hopping. That sky bar is my favorite! Thursday we were in Cozumel. We went to a water park beach. They had all these inflatables out in the ocean that you could swim to. The older girls loved this. We spent a lot of time out there! I was wiped out and swam back to check on Phil and the littles at the splash park/water slide. We were supposed to check in from the dock. It got close to time to go and I couldn't get there attention from the dock/they were ignoring me. I ended up having to swim out to get them and we almost missed the bus back to port. While we're swimming back a boat comes super close to the inflatables and starts yelling that there's a shark in the water! Woo! That was close. Luckily we made it back! It was another formal night. Phil and I had a date night. Matt went to bed early and I did, too soon after. Phil and my mom stayed out late with the Hershorins. The last day was at sea. We took it easy at the pool. Aubree made this amazing expresso milkshake. Phil and I spent lots of time people watching from the sky bar. Pizza dinner and Adventure Ocean for the kids. Ellie watched the final show with us then headed there, too. She made a Canadian friend. I made a cheese plate then we sat in the prominade with the Hershorins drinking (me wine and the guys tequila shots!) Late night for the last night! Saturday morning came quick. Getting off the ship and through customs was easy then getting a rental car was good to go. We drove back to Jax and spent the afternoon unpacking and doing laundry. It was an early night. This morning was rough. Ellie got us all up in time for mass so she could serve. She even got to carry the cross. Phil spent the day at TPC. The Applegates came with us to breakfast. Back to reality! We just sorta bummed around all day on this soggy, rainy St. Patty's Day. It was nice! What an awesome spring break!