We kicked off the week with a trip to Ichetucknee Springs. It was supposed to be a MOPS play date but only one other mom rode with us. It was still awesome. Yes, it's a lot of work, but man, that place is awesome. It rained, but the mist made it even more awesome! We saw lots of turtles, beavers, fish and even deer! It was a great day! It was the last week of river rats for the big kids. We had practice every morning. There was a team pizza party with shirt signing night. We did the summer movie at Sunray and saw Finding Nemo and then lunch at St. Marks summer lunch. We also did kids night at TCC. Lots of time with the Bentons this week, which is always fun. Marly's Championship Swim meet was on Thursday. My pal Vanessa helped watch the kids so I could just take Marly. Phil met us out there. I'm so proud of Marly. She's the 6th fastest 6 year old in freestyle in the city! How cool is that?! It was a good meet! Friday we took it easy and hung out with our cousins for lunch. That evening the Boring Wagner's invited us for happy hour and dinner and swimming at FYC. It was a relaxing night. Saturday, Phil took the kids to Chuck E. Cheese and I took Ellie to her swim meet. She also swam well. She was the heat winner for backstroke! I timed for the 2nd shift and brought a pitcher of Bloodys to make the swim parents smile. It was a good race day. That evening we got a sitter and went to the Hershorins mafia Orange Theory night. Phil and I both did a class this week. (My arms are still sore!) This morning, Suzanne grabbed Ellie and brought her for another day of swim meet fun. It poured rain almost all day! Ellie's relay team got another heat winner ribbon! #worthit Let's go river rats! It finally cleared up and we were able to do a Sunday Funday with the Suters and Hershorins. Yay, summer!
You know we spend our days at the pool. You've read it, seen all the pictures, seen us there and seen all of our tans. It's just what we do- whether we want to or not. It's too hot to do anything else and is still keeping us entertained. This week was Abigail's last week as a junior river rat. She did awesome! I am so proud of her! She's worked so hard. She had her final meet on Friday. I celebrated with a pitcher of bloody marys for my swim mom friends. We watched the Applegate girls on Wednesday after practice and then did kids night that night at TCC. We invited some FYC friends and Phil's work friend came, too. We had a good crowd. Thursday we did a river play date after practice. That evening we went to the Freemans for dinner and play. It was so nice catching up with Stephanie- like our old pm play dates! Ellie helped me pick up a boat from a friend's house. Now Voss has a new play toy! Friday afternoon we headed out to Sawgrass to spend time with the Thompsons. We've been partying for years, but this was the first time our kids met. It was neat to see them play so well together. We had a gorgeous beach weekend and enjoyed their awesome rental home. We came back yesterday evening. I served breakfast with MOPS this morning then we went to a later mass. We had the CEE pool party this afternoon. It was a little overcast so luckily it wasn't too hot. Now we're all just snoozing on the couch. I'm about to make a big pot of spaghetti for Sunday supper.
I put Ellie in sailing camp this week. She was a little apprehensive and exhausted each afternoon (insert awful attitude) but it was an awesome experience for her! She can totally sail now, too! My mom helped a bunch by picking her up from camp a few times. We had a full week of MOPS fun! Monday was a play date at the splash pad then ice cream at Dreamette! Tuesday was a pool party at Tracy's, Wednesday was a Pure Barre girls night then swimming at Vanessa's and Thursday was a beach date at Bunny's. Lots of summer fun! We were supposed to have a swim meet on Monday but it rained so we did a last minute one on Thursday. It was small and sweet but it was almost the end of me with a closed baby pool and Phil playing tennis. The after party redeemed the night with pizza, glow sticks and a mommy cocktail poolside! We got all of our school supplies on Friday then had a low key night with dinner at Firehouse subs. We had a friend's Birthday at the pool on Saturday morning. Those summer Birthdays are the best! Then we had a babysitter come early and Phil and I played golf before heading to the Jimmy Buffet pool party at TCC. Sadly, it wasn't very well attended. We still made it fun with a boat ride and an after party at the Creels. Sunday after mass we went to the Hershorins for breakfast. We ended up staying all day and playing spoons and then mafia! Another babysitter came that night while Phil and I went to the Malcolm Shannon housewarming Game of Thrones party! Yesterday we did a MOPS play date to the St. Mary's water park. It's always so much fun! Driving home in a down pour wasn't fun, but the McD's smoothies helped. I rode my bike to book club last night to discuss the Game in Regan's pool. They all hated the book but we still managed to discuss it for over 3 hours! Today was swim team then we hit the library. Now it's a relaxing, afternoon. Much needed for sure! Summer is flying by- but we are trying to enjoy it!
Oh man; it's hot. Especially when your ac breaks and then you need a new circuit part. Whew! I brought the Nixons to the pool with us on Wednesday. We did a family grocery shopping trip then a bike ride to visit my parents. Thursday was a morning at the pool then lunch of Beach Road chicken with the Browns. It was nice to catch up with them! Phil came home to meet the electrician. It was a rough afternoon with attitude. Marly and Voss got into my make-up, Abigail cut her hair. Luckily, Phil stayed with the younger two so I could go with the older two to the swim meet. It was nice! I did have to time for the first time. After the meet, I dropped the girls off then headed to meet Jan, Tracy and Jessica for drinks. Tracy and I kept going and hit Hoptingers. Friday was the mini meet for Abigail, a mermaid play date with Carolyn, then evening swim practice and first Friday. Saturday we slept in and did a boat morning with the Wagners then some Birthday party hopping. Abigail's besties- Jackson and Riley turned 4. Our old neighbor, Jack turned 7. This morning we did mass and breakfast with the Hershorins. We did Sunday Funday at the Suters. It finally rained today and cooled everything off. Whew! We needed it!
Last minute I enrolled the girls in Vacation Bible school at St. Matthews. Abigail just went to the first day since she still had river rats. The older girls just went to afternoon practice all week. So it meant we had some marathon days. Gearing up for afternoon practice is not meant for the weary. I helped the Cutlips by taking their kids, too and watching Ansley on Monday. So we had lots of extras this week! We went to the dentist on Wednesday and for the first time, it was no fun for me. Our ole pal retired (or at reduced her hours significantly). I'm not a fan of the new guy. We need to find a new practice! Then, we had a swim meet at San Jose. I was originally so excited due to the child care option for the younger two- until Voss got kicked out for biting! We did the zoo on Thursday between swim/VBS and afternoon swim. Maybe that was not a good idea. It was neat to see all the fun extras that we don't usually do- stingrays, train, butterflies and critter show! It was hot! By the time we made it to the afternoon practice, we were toast! Friday was the last day of VBS followed by the kid's performance and hotdogs. It was a cute ending! After swim team we picked up pizza and watched the Troll movie. Lots of early bed times this week! Saturday, Phil played in a tennis tournament. Marly went to Itchnetucknee with her friend. Ellie had her friend, Finley Cate over to play. I was hoping to do a boat day but Phil was wiped after tennis. We went to TCC and cooled off. That night we got a sitter and played 9 holes of golf then went to Trader Vics, a party at FYC. So much fun that we ended at Lillians at 1:30am! Sunday was mass then pool party at the Suters. So much fun there, another late night-er. MondayI hosted a MOPS river play date. It was a gorgeous day to be out there. We had a great turn out! Phil played more golf then we all went to the McClure's for a 3rd of July party. Waterslide and fireworks! For the 4th of July we spent the day at the pool. Another water slide, face painting, balloon artist and pool games! We took a brief break and got tacos for dinner then went back for fireworks. Happy Birthday, America!
We are so spoiled! We spend our days in the sun playing all day. We take breaks curled up in front of the TV or with a good book under the covers during thunderstorms. We have awesome friends and lots of fun things to do all the time. There really isn't anything to complain about. The week started with a beach play date at Hanna park with MOPS. Abigail winned pretty much the entire day. It was overcast and we thought it was going to rain at one point so we packed up and went to the splash park. We didn't last there long but then went to the new park with the zip line and played another hour. The beach day was a success! We had swim team every morning. Great conversations with friends while the big kids swim laps and do land training and the little kids play in the baby pool. I sip my coffee. Then we load up and go to the next pool where Abigail has her swim team practice- learning how to do all the strokes. We play in the deep end or the baby pool. Sometimes we go home and take a break for lunch. Sometimes we stay at the pool. One day the girls spent pretty much the whole day at the neighbor's house. I read the book club book, The Game. Voss and I went for a run. When we stay at the pool, sometimes I pack a lunch, other times we survive on goldfish and slushies. So rough! I delivered meals to new moms and helped watch a new big sister. We went to kids night at TCC and hung out with a new family. There was a MOPS girls night pool party at Tracy's. We had a swim meet at Deerwood and then another one at TCC this weekend. It's hot! But, I'm proud of my strong swimmers- and my loyal littles! Friday night we went to a BBQ at the Hershorins and played spoons til late. Saturday we got to play golf and then went to a concert at the Cummer Museum with friends. SO HOT! Thankful for a/c- especially since one of ours is not working right now. Today was a big Sunday Funday with friends at mass then boating to Whitey's Fish Camp then to swim at the Yacht Club then another dinner with the Hershorins and Wagners. So yeah, it's been raining, but it's sorta forced us to cool it. We are enjoying the summer with popsicles, swimming, conversations, D.E.A.R, TV, and just each other- the good and bad! Yes, we are so spoiled!
It rained for pretty much the whole swim meet- with the rain delay it started late. Which means it ran late. Past bedtime. Then we went to dinner at TFs with the team. I'm so proud of the girls, though! They are swimming so well! I did my last training session for my tri this weekend early Wednesday with a run and swim. Abigail's first week of swim team went well. She loves it! We did an expensive and chaotic Costco run for lunch. We did kids night at TCC. It was awesome watching the rain come in! I helped watch a friend's kids on Thursday at the pool. My head was spinning after a few hours for sure! We brought dinner to my pal, Chrissy and got to meet her new baby, Van. Marly especially loved holding him. Voss loved playing with all his big brother's toys. Phil and I went on a date that night in St. Augustine to see the Gypsy Kings. I think it was the best show I've been to! Our seats were awesome, the ambiance was fantastic! Friday we did swim team then picked up my race packet and dropped off my bike then headed to a friend's Sweet Pete's Birthday party. It was the perfect thing for a rainy afternoon! We went to the 50th Anniversary of the West Jax Rotary Club that night. It was a good party with some great conversations. I went to bed early and was up super early for the Jax Sprint Triathalon! I rode with the Hershorins out to Amelia Island. I was pretty nervous waiting for my heat to enter the water, but it was a good race. The swim was a bit harder than I thought it was going to be. The bike was long, but not horrible. Keri's bike was fabulous! Then the run was just as brutal as I remembered. It made me happy to pass Brian! And guess what, I got 4th in my athena category! Isn't that crazy?! I'm so proud of myself! It was a long ride back, but I met my family at the Suter's for a pool party- maybe welcoming Tracy's mom to Jax after her retirement! Today was nice and relaxing for Father's Day. We went to mass then breakfast. Phil took the older girls to play golf. I stayed home while the younger two napped. I started reading the next book club book. We put the kids to bed early and then got Latin House grill take out and are now watching movies. A great R&R day! My dad is out of town so we'll have to celebrate later.
Tracy and I did well with our beach vacation. We worked well together. We had a good routine going with beach, pool, lunch break then back out for more beach and pool. Thanks to Juan, the chair guy- we found a few new neat seafood dinner spots. At night we'd sit on the balcony with our boxed wine. It was fabulous. One night there was an awesome lightning storm! My cousin, Dane and her son Michael came out to visit for an afternoon at the beach. The weather was overcast the first half of the trip. That worked well to keep us cool. The last half was sunny and it got hot. Although, floating in the gulf is a great way to beat the heat! The kids got along so well. It was just nice. Maybe it was a sign that the van died on our way out. Packed up, ready to go with 6 kids is no joke when the car doesn't start! Angel Stephen jumped us and we were on our way. I learned you can fill a car up with gas while it's running! We made it back to Jax, dropped off the Suters and headed to Engaged Encounter for our monthly meeting. That night we dropped the car at the dealer (we had to get jumped again to get out of there). We got up early on Saturday for the first River Rat swim meet. I'm so proud of my super swimmers! Phil left for a tennis tournament and dropped us back to get the car. We finally got out of there at 5:30 with a new battery! I lyfted to meet Phil at his tennis tournament party. Awesome Latin band and food out at Deerwood! Sunday was mass in the gym and then my roommate from college, Julia came over with donuts and her family. It was so great to catch up with them! We went to the Suters and Hershorins for swimming and Sunday Funday. I headed to my parents for wine and photo storage help. On Monday Julia and family came back over for river fun. Marly had the second round of gifted testing- results TBD. I had a meeting to help plan an EPS event- in the rain at the Glass House with all 4 kids. Pretty nuts! After a spaghetti dinner and clean up, I fled to book club. We discussed the Dry. Kat made stuffed shells, lemon pizza and this amazing Heath bar cake! This morning we had double river rats- the big rats practice at FYC then Abigail's first practice at TCC. She loves it! So cute! We went to coffee club at the Kasper's to discuss US prisons, specifically this documentary. It was a great convo! We facetimed Abu to wish her a Happy Birthday! Lots of singing! Now we are having some down time before our 2nd swim meet!
Maybe we had too much fun this week? (Is there really such thing?!) Tuesday Abigail had some pals from school over for a play date. It was like a double date! They played together so well. I got to do laundry and read my book. Yes! That night Phil and I had a hot double date with Dave Matthews and Tim Reynolds. We were so lucky to have friends sell us their extra tickets. The new amphitheater is really nice. It was such a good show. I do think I like the band better, though. We went for a drink after with the Cochrans, then Krystal's. Thus the title of this post! Wednesday was a MOPS play date blueberry picking. It was hot but so neat with the younger two. They both ate all that they picked, I'm sure! It was early release that afternoon for the big kids; their last week of school! Thursday I ran the kids to school for the last time as kindergarten and 2nd grader. We had a low key day eating blueberry muffins. That night was the MOPS kick off dinner. Jessica gave such a wonderful talk about bravery and freedom- it gave me chills! I always love hearing everyone's stories. Good times with new friends= fireball at Lillian's, thus the title of this post! Friday was the meet the newbies pool party play date for MOPS. I enjoyed meeting the newbies. Jan made us all visors! It was also the girl's last day of school! So they came to the pool party, too. We had an impromptu play date with the Clements. Swim team was mostly rained out. The older girls went to a Girl Scouts pamper lock in. We took the younger two to a cook out with some high school friends. I graduated from high school 19 years ago, so we celebrated. It was so great to re-connect with everyone! Saturday I practiced on my bike, Phil made breakfast, we picked up the girls. We went to TCC for a friend's pool Birthday party. Then the older girls and I went to JU to drop off their bikes and pick up their race packets for their triathlon! We did an early bedtime for the kids and mafia game night for the adults. Ahem, 2am again! You know I rallied for the kids tri. That event was super cool! I almost cried I was so proud of my strong girls! We took quick showers and made it to mass. Then we packed up and headed over to pick up the Suter girls. My parent's beach condo had a last minute opening. Phil can't get off of work so we invited friends to join us. A week at the beach is a great way to kickoff the summer!
Monday started the week nicely with the last flag raising at Stockton. The little and I went for a run then to Meghan's baby shower- which was really a glorified play date. It was super hot but I had such a nice time catching up with everyone. It finally rained that evening. It was Abigail's ballet recital. We got a babysitter with the Cutlips and Trexlers (for Voss). Abigail was so cute up there! We went for a late burger & shake dinner after. Tuesday was a river run and story time. Abigail came with us since she was out of school. Park after then the last tennis clinic and swim team. It rained pretty much all day on Wednesday. I camped out at my parents house while our house was cleaned. It was nice to spend time with them. We had a week of awards ceremonies. That night was the tennis banquet. We haven't been doing tennis very long, but it was neat that we were still able to attend and all 3 girls got medals! Monday was Abigail's ballet recital. Thursday morning was Marly's awards ceremony at school. She got a citizenship award (like all A's for conduct!) and all E's (which is like all A's) and an outstanding music award. We are so proud of her! That evening was the girl scout awards ceremony- they didn't actually have a ceremony (only for bridging), which was a bummer- but they did receive an envelope of patches they've earned. They had their party, too. Friday was Ellie's awards ceremony. She also received a citizenship award, A&B honor roll award, running club and then a trophy for participating in student council (that was news to me!). We are so proud of these girls and all the hard work they've been doing in school. We did have some attitude issues, though. So much that we skipped swimming on Thursday and went right home on Friday after swim practice. We have to keep working on this. It might be a long summer! Saturday I was like a drill sergeant and made the family do a bike and run practice (the kids tri is next weekend!) We went to the Suters for swimming and ribs. Ellie and Marly left that evening for camping with the girl scouts. It was so odd not having them with us for 2 nights! I think they had a great time, but today was rough- I know they are tired! Sunday we did mass and my parents met us for breakfast. We boated to FYC for a day of fun! Pizza for dinner! This morning we took it easy. The Suters came for breakfast. We picked the girls up and headed to TCC for Memorial Day fun. Summer is officially upon us!