Abigail had her first day of preschool! Monday was open house when she met her teachers. She's in the same class as her older sisters so we already knew the teachers. I'm so happy to have her in there. The school is so sweet and the teachers are the best. Abby and Voss played in her new classroom and on the playground. She was very excited. We went out for popsicles after to celebrate. On her first day the next morning, she was a little shy. But after playing in the classroom for a bit she warmed up. She loved her first day! She was sad not to go the following day. I have her going two mornings a week. She did get to go the next day, though. We left on Wednesday at lunch for a Bravocation sort of thing. In case you haven't been following along, Phil and I are the local coordinators for Engaged Encounter. The National convention was in New Orleans this weekend. We decided to bring the kids. Which maybe wasn't the wisest choice- pulling them out of school to go to sin city. But, they had a cool childcare program during the convention. We just got a babysitter while we did a CEE weekend earlier in the month. And hey, family time is priceless, right? So, there you have it. We had dinner at Old Bay Steamers, our favorite place to kick off our vacation. We stayed in Navarre for a bit on the way over. The beach was pretty sea-weedy thanks to all the storms. But we still enjoyed the gulf and the perfect sand! We met up with our ole pals, the Hilleys. We headed over to NOLA on Friday. The kids loved the "trolley" rides all over town! We went to the Mardi Gras museum and walked along the Mississippi river. The convention began that evening. Phil and I had a bit of time to hit up Bourbon street after we dropped off the kids. Nice! I think the best speaker was on Saturday morning, Fr. Alello gave an awesome talk about upping your prayer life. There was lots of affirmations for our work in the ministry, which is always nice. We met some of our counterparts from Mobile and Tallahassee. There were also friends from Singapore, MX and Canada. We did a vow renewal on Saturday night then had an awesome shrimp and oyster dinner. Then we all hit up Borboun street for a few hours. Lots of fun! Sunday morning there were closing remarks and a mass. I volunteered to read for mass, but that was before I knew there was no childcare during mass. Picture our whole family up there on the altar as I read. Wow. Very intense. Just a few humiliating meltdowns in the front row. We couldn't get out of there fast enough! The perfect way to shake off all the grime of sin city was to stop for pizza with cousins on the way back to the beach. We love the Mallettes! This morning we woke up and had one last swim in the gulf and got all the seaweed off in the pool. We packed up and are now on I10 headed back to J-vegas. Yep, we're going to milk this summer-thing.