This week began with some sad news: my Uncle Freddie passed away. The week was a whirlwind as I spun off to Natchez to be with family and celebrate his life. It was pretty stressful, but well worth the trip. I brought Abigail and Marly with me and left Ellie here with Phil (didn't want her missing school). We left Monday afternoon and drove to Navarre to meet up with my parents (who happened to be there after spending a weekend with Katie & Zach). Tuesday we rallied with some FL cousins and caravanned to MS. That worked out really well! That evening was the viewing. The girls loved running around with their cousins. I wish I was able to take a super cousin picture, but it all just went by so fast. We spent that night up on the lake. We had a relaxing morning then headed back into Natchez for the funeral. I left right from the cemetery to drive back to FL. Suzanne came with me, which was nice to have another driver and extra help with the girls. I was home at 2am on Thursday morning so you know that day was rough. After taking the big girls to school, Abigail and I just vegged then we all took a nice afternoon nap. Ellie's open house was that night so a babysitter came to watch the younger girls while Ellie and I had a "date night". It was neat seeing her classroom and she loved giving me a tour of her school. Friday was pretty relaxed as well. A new friend from MOPS gave me all her baby boy clothes! I picked up my dress for Chrissy's wedding next weekend and took the girls to story time. We had a very low key night, ate dinner in (a take away meal!), put the girls down, then Phil went on a guy's night while I went to bed early. Saturday was Ellie's first soccer game! She did pretty well. I think she was most excited about Dunkin Donuts afterward. I was able to dip out for Lauren's Birthday lunch at Bb's. That evening we went to the Nixons for brats. This morning we went to mass then a super play date at the Suters. Now, we're just taking it easy prepping for the week. I'd like you all to raise a glass for my Uncle Freddie, a great man. Cheers!