Now I'll post pics from Marly's park party last Sunday. A park party is perfect. The weather was awesome- a bit chilly yet sunny. There were a few other parties happening at the park, too- which was perfect since I forgot a lighter! The Winn Dixie unicorn cake turned out way better than I expected. It was also way larger than I planned. Marly had a sweet group of friends with some parents. Nutella and banana sandwiches, fruit, chips and sangria for the parents. Definitely a Sunday Funday! Monday was no flag raising so unfortunately we were late. We had mini MOPS then CFA. Abby, Voss and I did an afternoon run and bike ride. I met my friend, Jacy for a girls night out at Rue San Marc which was awesome! I also got to catch up with my brother, Erik. Tuesday I went to visit my old neighbor, Gara. They just bought a gorgeous house in Mandarin, so we brought them some dinner. Voss and Julianna had a great time playing while we sipped rose and caught up. Just what I needed! Dance and park that afternoon. We learned there's a bald eagles nest at the park! Marly turned 7 officially on Wednesday. We started the morning with Dunkin Donuts. After school drop off and a run (even with this pollen killing me!) it was just enough time to pick up lunch and bring it to Marly at school. Phil met us, too. It was a busy night with dance, golf and religion. We had a quick Moe's dinner somewhere in there, too. Thursday I went with Marly on her class field trip to see a Dr. Suess play at the JCA. It was neat to get to spend time with her, I even rode the bus. But man, I was worn out! My parents got to have a morning with Voss. More dance and golf that afternoon. I tried to get in a little run/walk working on this new tempo run. I stayed up late that night making cake pops out of the leftover cake for Marly's class snack. It's not easy peasy but it wasn't as bad as I was thinking. Friday I got up early to run then took the kids to the zoo for the dinosaur exhibit. Then we went to Jack's Birthday party. That night Phil and I went to dinner at Ruth's Chris with some of Phil's new bank friends. It was really nice. I almost fell asleep on the way home, though. A busy Birthday week! It was nice to have the weekend off. Gorgeous weather- lots of playing outside. We added a patio to our backyard and even roasted marshmellows tonight with the Hershorins! We rode bikes to the Weisses for a farms play date on Saturday. Early bedtime then thai takeout for Phil and I. Mass and breakfast then just a Sunday Funday. I cleared out the top of Paul's grapefruit tree. I've been enjoying salty dogs all week. Yay for the spring! (Aside from all this pollen- blah!)
I'm not the best at this. But this week, I tried. I shared last week my latest health kick to get in gear after meeting with a personal trainer. I'm still truckin along and have even got a few folks to get in on my daily strength work outs. I brought my pal, Rachael to book club Monday night to discuss Black Flags. Heather did an awesome job with the middle eastern cuisine. I got to wear some Turkmen clothes. Matt sent me this great article to catch up on what's been going on since the book was published. It was a thoughtful conversation. MOPS was a craft but I still had fun chatting. Tuesday my pal, Anne took Voss to play with his pal, Jude so I could go for another round of laser. Getting ready for spring break! Woop! Wednesday Voss and I ran errands prepping for Marly's unicorn extravaganza. We didn't have much luck but I did find lots of cute Easter items. That night the girls I went to a parish mission. I'm not sure it was worth it for the girls, but I enjoyed listening to Jon Leonetti speak. I wish Catholics had a better reputation. Thursday, Meghan watched Voss so I could go get a pap smear, tetanus shot and hang out with my new primary care doc. Horrible wait time, but good once I got in there. We did a MOPS photo fundraiser. Can't wait to see those pics! Friday we ran/rode bikes to school. Then, the littles and I headed to the beach for a play date. It was a bit chilly but still a gorgeous day to be out there! There's just something about the peace of being on the beach. My mom took Marly shopping as a pre-Bday treat. Then, all the kids went to the first Friday tennis party while I headed to the bar for a kid-free TGIF wine! We had dinner with friends to celebrate Alan's Birthday. The next morning I did cardio tennis, then we had a family breakfast and day of shopping. We checked out the new Costco, got stuff for Marly's party and ordered her cake. We spent the afternoon playing in a huge dirt pile in my neighbor's yard. Voss was in heaven. The kids have been riding bikes before and after school every day. I'm enjoying my peace alone inside. Although, I feel a little nervous having them all out there riding up and down the street. That night we went to an oyster roast at TCC. This is my happy place. A chilly night, raw and steamed oysters- my favorite!, live music, the most gorgeous moon rise. My parents and brother joined us, too. Good convos around the firepit. It was excellent. As usual, we stayed out way later than we should have and drank too much. So the night didn't end well. Lillians should always be a no-no. I got up and took the kids to mass. We even got to sit in the front row. Marly was so excited to stand up for her Birthday! Fr. Luke was sweet to make a big deal out of her turning SEVEN! We had a great breakfast at TCC then got ready for the party in the park. I'll post pics for that next week so we can have it be all about Marly's Bday. We had a Tijuana Flats dinner then family rosary. We needed another early night to make up for a fun weekend!
Tuesday I had coffee at Anne's again before story time. We hung out this whole week. It was nice! I met with a personal trainer at TCC. It was neat. She took a good look at my My Fitness pal app and suggested that I eat more protein. I should be aiming for 144g and right now I usually have maybe 50g/day. So, I've got some work to do. Also to be drinking 90 oz of water a day! She suggested a 1,2,3 tempo run to work on my speed and adding strength training to my work out. I started the same thing I did last spring and I'm still sore from the end of the week! Whew! Wednesday was coffee club at Jessica's to discuss safe injection sites. We reluctantly agreed that it's worth a try. We had a good, diverse conversation, though. I liked it. It was Spirit Night at Tijuana Flats that night. Thursday, Anne and I took the boys to the zoo to ride the train. I tried to go walking with the little kids during golf. That didn't work out too well. Later that night was the MOPS & POPS Valentine's Day dinner. We had an after party at the Spencer's. Anne's husband was cracking us up with the creation of FOPS (Father's of Preschoolers). Friday was a little slow. Abby and Voss had their annual check-ups. Both are healthy and doing great- in the 50th percentile for height and weight. I wouldn't say they were well behaved in their appointment, though. We did a work out at the park after. That afternoon I prepped for another CEE weekend. The girls rode bikes to my parent's house and stayed for the weekend. I think they had a great time but were wiped out tonight. My parents were wonderful! Phil played a few holes of golf and picked up McD's on the way home. After another movie night and family rosary, they were all asleep by 7pm! I did a quick grocery run to load up on some protein! The CEE weekend was nice. It's always a hustle to get out there, but once we're there, it's so nice. It was a gorgeous weekend. I even got to try out that tempo run during the break. We only had 8 couples on the weekend and I'm not sure one will get married. I loved reminiscing young love and remembering the sacrament of matrimony. It's always so nice!
After a week of sickness and running around, our marriage needed a pick me up. Que MOPS speaker on marriage, Dr. Roxanne Louh. She was amazing! Lots of great thoughts! I scheduled a "wine on the porch" date with Phil that night. Perfect. Abby had a Valentine's tea play date with her pal, Poppy. The weather was chilly and misty the first half of the week, then gorgeous the second half. It feels like April! We wrapped up the high five campaign at the girl's school- me selling hands in the carpool line. Tuesday was Fat Tuesday. I had coffee at Anne's then story time. I had Huck, my Godson for the morning. We had the MOPS pancake dinner for Shrove Tuesday. It was so nice to just work me shift and not be in charge of everything! Phil got me 2 dozen roses that night! Wow! For Valentine's Day we went to the nursing home to deliver Valentine's that we had made. It was the coolest thing ever. It was also Ash Wednesday and I couldn't think of a better thing to do to start out Lent and Valentine's Day. We really did make people smile. Krispy Kreme after was pretty great, too. We went to mass and the fish fry that night. Thursday, Anne came over. It was so nice to have a good ole low key play date. I feel like I used to do that all the time and have really gotten away from it. Also, I feel like I could talk to Anne for days. Friday, we ran/rode bikes to school. I raced home then drove out to the beach for "gymnastics class". We made a quick appearance at the Greek festival before both kids passed out on the way home. Good thing because I got a call from school to pick up Ellie. She had a bad fall in PE and has a nasty scrape on her thigh. It already looks much better. Not before Ellie also wiped out on her scooter this weekend. Poor girl! Marly rode her bike home alone with me following her in the van. She loved it! We took advantage of the married people night out for a bit- and played 3 holes of golf. Then, went to have dinner at my parents. Preben and Chili, Danish cousins and my brother, Matt all came in town. We had an intense conversation about gun control all weekend after another school shooting. I am thinking no one needs any kind of gun ever- that's how far left I'm going. Matt has lots of friends with ARs and seems to think that's why countries don't mess with us. So, we had lots of conversations about it this weekend. He spent the night with us on Friday. The Kuders came over and we did a PH and sat on the porch enjoying the awesome weather. Phil made us breakfast after a quest for bacon the next morning. We all went to play tennis then lunch at CFA. Mom and Dad picked us all up for a boat ride. Phil and I went to his tennis friend's wedding shower oyster roast at FYC. So nice! Matt came out with us after and we met up with the Hershorins. We did a few rooftop bar hops then ended at Mellow Mushroom. In mass on Sunday Fr. Luke talked about the importance of quiet. That was perfect because that's what I'm doing for Lent- taking time each day to just sit in silence. It's actually harder than I thought it was going to be! We did TCC bfast then a bike ride to Mimi and Papa's. The kids and I went to the Suter's for a play date- decorating pots and planting flowers. Great additions to the fairy garden! Matt came over to fish with the kids for a bit. We went to Trents for dinner- then another late night porch chat. This morning we took it easy for President's Day. Matt and Phil went golfing. The kids and I went to the Weatherly's farm to help with chores. Later frosty's and swimming at Mimi and Papa's. Voss is potty trained all of a sudden! A few accidents, but I'd say this week was a success! Family movie night with homemade pizza and the movie Sing. Great ending to a long weekend!
Lots of running- physically and mentally! It's always a juggling game around here! Monday was a bit of a surprise as I realized the half marathon I'd been training for was THIS weekend, not next like I had it marked in my calendar. I did a long run on Monday night and then tapered (I'm so good at that part). We had a MOPS leadership meeting then CFA for lunch and play. I just finished this awesome Podcast then finished this show on Netflix called Dear White People. It's blown my mind as far as race in the US is concerned. Tuesday was the usual story time, Wednesday was Friendship chapel at Abby's school. I snuck out for a girls night that night to see the movie Molly's Game. The flu has struck the town! One day there were only 7 students in Abby's class! Phil's been home sick most of the week with a #mancold. Thursday we went to WEE trade then CFA again. Friday was pick a park Friday to make Valentine's. I picked up my race packet for the Donna. That night we went to the Massey's for Grace's 11th Birthday. The older two stayed for a sleepover. Phil played in a tennis tournament Saturday morning which nearly did him in, I picked up the girls and we all watched him play. While he re-couped, I took the kids to an awesome Mardi Gras party at the Boring-Wagner's then Jessica's Bday party at Engine 15. I cancelled our sitter bc Phil will was still not well and went stag to a couples night out at Town Hall. Don't worry, I came home early to get some rest before the race this morning. Aubree rode with me out to the beach. It was HOT and I was slow- but it still feels good to be finished and inspired by such an amazing race! Rough afternoon with the boat selling it to the Suter's. It was redeemed with quality Valentine making time then dinner at La Nap with the Suter's. All is quiet now!
I spent a lot of time this week pissed at Phil because he vetoed our family ski vacation. I was all set to go, even without him. And it didn't happen. I'm slowly getting over it. It's been pretty chilly this week. Dark, rainy, cold. Totally February weather. DRYanuary is over and I'm destroying my liver again. I did not loose ONE pound from not drinking! I can't believe it. Totally not worth it! We did our usual afternoon routine with dance and parks, golf, religion and basketball. We did story time and library during basketball. Ellie won her first basketball game this Saturday- even scoring a few points! She had a play off game today, which they lost. But, it's been so neat to see how far they've all come this season. I got the van recall checked and oil changed. Voss and I rode the train at the zoo. Abby, Voss and I and the Nixon twins went to gymnastics class then to the train park then to La Nap with MOPS pals. My friend, Andrea had the opening of her art show, which was really neat to see. First Friday at TCC was fun because the kids all did tennis night. Win-win! Ellie, Marly and I did an afternoon of golf yesterday. We walked 9 holes. It was really nice. We celebrated a terrific trio of Birthdays last night: Tiffany, Melanie and Allison on the rooftop of Black Sheep. We had dinner later with the Kuders. Late mass today then lunch at Moes then the McGraths to watch the Super Bowl. It's a rainy Sunday night, typical February!
Wow! Five! She's five! Voss had some trouble transitioning into Abigail's Birthday week! But, here it is! I'm still doing some cleaning and organizing and dryanuary. At the park, Voss got a quick modeling gig. See the pic! I did a play date at Ikea. Voss loved the play area, I enjoyed the free coffee! We had a play date with Mollie Anne and the Stevensons. Lunch with Matt at Mimi and Papa's. He and Phil hung the moon a few nights. Matt and Suzanne surprised Marly for lunch- that was super sweet! Ellie had her awards ceremony. No scholastic awards- but she got some others so that was nice. I went to an awesome girls night at Claire's. I could have stayed all night, except I was sober and had to run the next morning. 5:30 am is early! We had CEE Friday night. Saturday Ellie had a basketball game then we got ready for another Birthday party! About 10 of Abby's gal pals came over in their ballet or princess best. We made bracelets, crowns, wands and Ellie did hair and make-up. Abigail said she had such a great time! Sunday was mass then breakfast. We did a quick boat ride then the girls and I went to a storytime and afternoon tea with Paddington bear. We cleaned out the playroom then did a Latin dinner with the Bentons. Today was Abigail's actual Birthday! We got the car washed and breakfast at Chick Fil A then coffee club at the park to discuss this article. Cake and brownies for the Birthday girl. I got in an 11 mile run, Woaw! Half way through the Birthday train! Woot woot!
Planning and hosting 2 Birthday parties in 2 weeks is pushing me to get that resolution in gear! I have been cleaning, organizing and trashing! I even bought lockers on craigslist and drove out to tetris them into the minivan! Monday was MLK day. The kids and I took the skyway downtown for the parade. It was pretty good this year- lots of marching bands and cheerleaders and candy being thrown! We went to Sweet Pete's for ice cream then rode the skyway back. Super fun morning remembering Dr. King! I headed to the dermatologist that afternoon to have my allergic reaction checked out. I got some cream but am still itchy and it seems to be spreading to my hands. Blah! I went running then to book club to discuss the Nest. It was an interesting convo! Tuesday I spent the morning in the magnet office downtown to submit Abigail's application for school next year. Lots of issues but it's in! Yay! I had a make-up play date with Kathryn on Wednesday and a dinner date with Savannah. Thursday was one of those marathon days- picking up lockers and I went with Ellie on a field trip to Sally Corp. So neat! Friday I ran, brought Ann dinner, picked up lunch for science day at the girl's school then headed to Pickwick park for Pick a Park Friday. It's been super cold all week, but the sun came out as did Emily's cheese tray and it turned into a great afternoon at the park! That night we went to Married People night out at OPS. We did dinner at the Brick then checked out the rooftop at King and Post then game night. Saturday was a busy day. The girls made pancakes. Ellie had a basketball game. Phil and Abby played golf while the girls and I got the house ready for Voss's train Birthday party. He LOVED it! It was awesome to see! Lots of friends! Train cupcakes! And train toys! So happy! My brother came in town again. He and Phil went to Lillians and I went to Ashley's farewell party then met them for a bit. Sunday we did mass and breakfast- Matt came, too. We all took a break then went back to TCC to watch the Jags come so close to beating the Patriots! Agh! I went to sleep super early last night. It was great! Today is Voss's Birthday! I have a 3 year old! He was so excited all day. Lots of calls and singing. Cupcakes and a piece of cake for a snack. We had MOPS this morning. I snuck out and went to Marly's awards ceremony. She cleaned up! I'm so proud of her! Brian was our speaker at MOPS. He did a great job! Voss wanted chicken and rice for his Birthday dinner- so that's what I did! I did a run tonight. I'm enjoying all these podcasts.
It was our first week back getting into the swing of things. School was STILL out on Monday so everyone came with me to MOPS. The big girls were awesome helpers with the babies. Ellie even had Penelope fall asleep in her arms. She loved it. We played at the Holland's afterwards and ran around the backyard. Misty, rainy. I finally got in some long runs. Monday night and Friday morning. Not easy, but done. All the girls went back to school on Tuesday. Voss and I took Huck to story time then the park. We're still listening to Where the Red Fern Grows, (one of my favorite books as a child) in the car (even if it doesn't count for the book charts). Phil and I finished watching the 2nd season of Stranger Things. It's been stressful for him at work- late nights. Thursday was the worst. We miscommunicated and Ellie was late for basketball. I was late for the MOPS Leadership dinner. It was a great night talking about our resolutions and how we're going to stick to them and accomplish our goals. I just sent a check-in picture to keep me accountable for my getting organized goal! I'm still truckin along for dry-anuary! We had a great Indoor playground play date on Friday. Emily even brought a cheese plate! We tried to do a mafia night but couldn't get enough people. So, the Hershorins played poker with us. Matt came back in town for a quick visit after driving across the country! I'm so excited he's back in Florida now! He played a few hands with us. Saturday I got to sleep in until 9! I'm having this allergic reaction to something- I think a shaw I was wearing last weekend. That's no fun and maybe getting worse. Phil coached Ellie's basketball game. They lost but Ellie scored the first goal! The guys went dove hunting. Mom picked me up and took me out for a nice lunch and even paid for the babysitter! That was super nice- what a great break. We met them for 5pm mass at Sacred Heart then went back for burgers and dogs at my parent's house. I'm reading this book "Before We Were Yours". I can't decide if I like it, but I am excited to keep reading. This morning I slept in again then went over to my parent's for omelets. Then we checked out Top Golf. Maybe next time with no kids, or at least just the big kids. But, we had a great time. I'd like to go back. We watched the Jags beat the Steelers! So much fun screaming for them! Glad to see them finally doing well again! Next up is the Patriots next weekend! Chilli dinner and family rosary. I'm happy to be sipping hot chocolate in a cozy house with sleeping children.
I asked for cold weather and it came! Wow! It's cold! It actually almost snowed here last week. Maybe it did and we just didn't see it. Now it's teetering above freezing but the sky is bright, no rain. The day after the Ritz we spent the day inside, doing laundry, unpacking and re-packing. Phil and I went to John Benton's dad's funeral. I had never been to the Jacksonville National Cemetery but it was really nice and incredibly cold. We had lunch after at Kickbacks, his dad's favorite hang out. Wednesday the city pretty much shut down due to the cold and possible snow. We did a green light play date at the Pratts, then hit up the dentist. We switched dentists. Voss had his first appointment! Right from there, I drove to Miami with the kids to visit Phil's family. As I drove down I95, I watched the temperature gauge in my car go up each exit I passed! Using my overdrive app I listened to the Nest, which was awesome for the drive. It was a pretty good trip. We went to the Coral Castle on Thursday. It was actually pretty cold in Miami, too! The castle was not very kid friendly. The tour guide told me to watch my children at some point. Eventually I took Voss and Abby out to a nearby field. After we went to Knausberry Farm to pick strawberries and eat yummy cinnamon rolls and milkshakes. That made the day much better! I took a nap with Voss then later the kids and Phil's sister, Vane and I went to the park down the street with the kids. Michelle and Tati came for dinner. We even did some Latin dancing after dinner. Friday had a rough start with spilled hot chocolate and guys coming early to fix some hurricane damaged doors. It got better with a visit to the train museum. We were bummed some parts were closed and we want to go back for a train ride, but we loved walking in all the trains. I went on an afternoon run by myself. Phil's cousins from Ecuador came in that night on a layover back home. It was so fun catching up with them! Saturday we packed up and said out good-byes and drove back to Jax- watching the temp drop as we drove! We picked up Phil and headed to BINGO night at TCC. We got 2 bottles of wine and Marly won a engineer set. It was fun! Dry-anuary is going well for me- Phil has already given up. This morning we went to mass then TCC for breakfast. The kids and I took down most of our Christmas ornaments. We went back to TCC and had a little party inside to watch the Jags beat the Bills in the playoffs! Yay! The Hershorins came back to our house for a pizza dinner. Sunday Funday!