The week started well- we ran/rode bikes to school on Monday. I ran to MOPS for a leadership meeting. I was crabby over the lukewarm coffee, then got some perspective and got over it. I always love those meetings. Childcare and time with fab moms. I ran home. A gorgeous, fall afternoon. Voss and Abby played on porch while I read with the doors open. So nice! We got a surprise visit from my parents and their friends via boat. We got an afternoon boat ride- and even went to pick up the older girls at school by boat. Super cool! That night I went to the MOPS girls night. First we did some sorting at DESC. What an amazing organization! Then, we went to Burrito Gallery for dinner and drinks. So much fun! Made some new friends, too! Tuesday was election day! I went to Tracy's for a morning play date. We watched the election hype begin. Abigail had a make up ballet class. Phil left for a work/golf trip. A much needed break for him! I walked up to the polls with all the kids and cast my vote. My neighbors came over to watch the younger kids while Ellie and I went to a prep meeting for her Reconciliation for next month. So exciting! After I got the kids in bed, I poured my wine, got my chips and salsa and turned on NBC to watch the election results rolls in. You already know who won. Thus my depression. So, Wednesday I was just in shock, and over-tired. It was just terrible. I threw out an all call for a play date and only one person came by for about an hour. We drank coffee and complained together. It was therapeutic. I took the younger kids for CFA for an early lunch. I went for a great run that afternoon. Soccer practice was good- we all shared our shock. Phil came home in time to take the girls to religion class, which was nice. We had a park play date on Thursday with some FFC friends in Mandarin, which means more time for me to listen to NPR. I actually thought Thursday was worse. Reading my friends FB posts and the stories on NPR- I burst out crying a few times. The thought of Trump as a president sunk in. It was like someone died- I went through the phases of grieving. I didn't expect this at all. More ballet and then we baked a pie for girl scouts. Good thing I have all these distractions! Friday was Veterans Day. We slept in and went to Maple Street for breakfast. Comfort food! Reading all the Veterans Day posts didn't help. It's kind of a bittersweet holiday for me. I'm so proud of my brother and my dad. But I can't watch a "welcome home" scene without loosing it. Those are sad memories for me. It was a gloomy day, but we went to the beach- a great place to be! We checked out the new Sawgrass. So nice! We attempted a trip to Costco. Blah. We came home and relaxed for a bit. I brought my pal, Jess dinner. Phil and I met some friends out at Brew at the Zoo. At first it was bad. I thought the time was an hour earlier, then the lines were insane. We ended up leaving and grabbing a drink then coming back to wait in line. Once we got in, it was fine. We found our friends, Andrew and Zoe- then the Rattigans. Still pretty crowded. Not sure we'll do that again. We slept in on Saturday. I made breakfast. The older girls and I went on a run. They are getting better. They both pretty much ran the first mile without stopping. Marly had her last soccer game. I'm so proud of her! She played so well and even scored a goal! We went to lunch with the team afterwards. She got a trophy! We continued the party to the Hollands after- and even ended up staying for dinner. It was a fun day! This morning, we went to mass then breakfast. We did chores and cleaning- a relaxing afternoon. Voss is fighting a cold. He's better today after a long nap. Listening to his wheezy breathing is awful. I went on a 5.5 mile run. We enjoyed the awesome weather. Phil grilled chicken, I made salad. It was such a nice night. We did a family rosary and did early bedtime. This was a wonderful start to the week!