And just like that...poof...summer is gone. Not that it will feel much different: weather-wise for a while. But the long days where I could make all the plans are gone. I already miss that part of it. This was a special week for Miss Marly! Her first week of preschool! She was super excited and ready to go to school on her own. It helped that she went to vacation bible school earlier this summer there and she may remember when Ellie went to school there 2 years ago. Driving by all summer we always referred to it as "Marly's new school" so that got her excited as well. The Open House was Monday- a water play date. I was happy to see that she's in the same class with the same teachers that Ellie had. They said they saw her name on the list and snatched her up. Also, her tennis coach's mom teaches there, too. She already has a few little friends that we knew before. It's going to be a great experience for all of us...it already is! Someone in the class has a peanut allergy and another child has a nut allergy. So, I'm having a ball with figuring out lunch packing. The girls love to make and pack their own lunches. It took me a while to learn to do all this the night before, as it can be quite a process! Being in school makes the days super fly by. We're trying to work into a new schedule- with naps getting left behind and pushed back. Poor Abigail tries so hard to snooze when she can...too bad it's not always when I need her to. On Marly's first day of school, we had a quick visit from Tia Vane. She was in town for work and came by with super cookies and spent the afternoon with the younger girls. We had a cooking play date on Wednesday where we made meals to sell for a convention fundraiser while the kids played. Marly ended up using shaving cream to clean/decorate her bathroom. I'm figuring out the behind the scenes with Ellie's school. We worked a lot this week on her sight words. I'm really feeling the decrease in time spent with her. The long weekend helped! Phil was here for her soccer practice this week and that made a huge difference- Abigail and I went home to make dinner. Abigail's personality is coming out. She says so many new words or at least sounds that we recognize such as "ahhh ohhh" which is "I do!" <Who's ready for lunch?!> She loves to throw these huge tantrums at dinnertime where she gets between me and the counter and tries to push me away so I can pick her "up" <new word>. Abby is pretty independent, though. She doesn't mind going out on the porch to play by herself or you may find her in Ellie's room "reading" books. The sweet pea! I've been working a lot on MOPS stuff- prepping for the first meeting and getting the nursery all set up. Crossing my fingers it all works out! I rode my bike to book club at Regan's Monday night. It was a nice, breezy night...but that 6 mile ride still has me sore! Coffee club was Friday at Anna's. We discussed the race issues surrounding the shooting in Ferguson. Afterwards we met Phil for lunch, which was fun- haven't done that during the week in a while! Friday night Ellie was invited to a sleepover! I know! Another first! The deal originally was her friend's big sister was having a sleepover so the little sister was allowed to invite a friend, too. We were anticipating a late night phone call and she did get a little homesick...but she made it! I think they had a great time, too. Luckily we were invited to the Browns for dinner so Marly hardly noticed and was thrilled to get Anna Grace to herself! Saturday we took the boat to the arts market and the whole family took a nice, much-needed nap! That evening we took the boat back out to the Freemans for dinner. They had 2 extra kids that we helped entertain...really I felt like it was more of a treat for us! Sunday was packed! We got up early for mass then headed to a lunchtime BBQ with the Leens, Suters and Hinkles then an evening low country boil with the Applegates. It was a weekend of guesting! We are blessed with some wonderful friends...who are still okay having the whole, over-whelming Bravo family over! Today was low-key: swimming at TCC with the Labor Day festivities, family nap time and an evening of getting back on track. Farewell summertime! Hello Fall!