Such a sentimental week! First a quick update: Marly is doing awesome with the night time potty training! I don't think it's 100%, though. She's woken up a few times in different clothes (but I can't find the accident...that's really fun). Monday morning we went blueberry picking at Veterans Farm with our MOPS friends. We raced Ellie to school and did our last nap time routine, which didn't work so well so we made blueberry cookies instead. Tuesday was a busy day. We began with a pediatrician appointment for the girls: Ellie's 5 year, Marly's 3 year and Abigail's 15 month. Of course I forgot to write down all their stats so I don't have that to report. But everyone is healthy and doing well- lolly pops all around. Next we went to the Leens for a pizza play date- those are so much fun! Then, Ellie had her last day of pre-school! We all went up to the school for her graduation. I'll post those videos at some point, but wow! I am so proud of my first angel! She sang her heart out all sorts of patriotic songs- even naming all the states in the US! All week she's been singing the "Kindergarten here I come" song. Someone said to me this week, "The days drag on but the years fly by." So true! So now we're working on re-vamping our naptime routine. No need to work to get the younger girls down by 12:30 anymore. This combined with all the swimming we've been doing= exhausted/crabby girls (me included)! And I'm back to trying to figure out what to do with Ellie during nap time. So far we've got blueberry cupcakes and work out videos. We've had dance at the Yacht club on Wed & Thurs and we stayed after on Thursday to swim. We also did a play date at Leo's and with the Zinn's at the park. Friday we went to Alex's preschool graduation. We spent the day in Mandarin, complete with breakfast at Krispy Kreme! Mom took Marly one afternoon and Suzanne took Ellie for another afternoon so it was nice to have a bit of a break. I did lots of grilling: ribs and salmon. Friday night we got a sitter and went to a new restaurant, Hawkers with the Vogts then to the McArthur's for a game of Cards Against Humanity. I laughed so hard my jaw hurt! I got to talk to my brother, Matt. It's a crazy thought that there was once a time when we were inseparable and spent every waking moment together. And now he's so far away and I feel like I don't even know him. It was nice to get in a good chat and catch up- doesn't happen too often sadly. Saturday, Phil made us breakfast and we took it easy. We headed up to TCC for our first family pool adventure as members! I was amazed at how empty it was. Although it was nice to have the place to ourselves. We had lunch with the Napoleons. A nice afternoon. Later we went to the Thoresens for more swimming and smoked chicken and brisket. Sunday, I made blueberry pancakes from scratch. We went to mass then Phil took Ellie on the boat to TCC while I stayed with the napping younger two. Then, I ran up with them to meet for lunch and swimming. We all took the boat back and visited my parents on the way home. We went to the Napoleons for pulled pork with a pseudo wine club event. It even ended with Cardinal Puff. Today is Memorial Day. Phil got up early for golf. I took the girls to my parents for a swim. Marly rode her bike over! We came back for naps, a down pour and turkey burgers on the grill. Green-lighted by Mark Nixon, taking cover from the storm. The sun came out and we headed back up to TCC for the water slide and more swimming. Then, we went to the Applegates for ribs and yet more swimming and guess what....s'mores! Such a great way to spend a weekend while thinking of all those brave people who died for our country. And my cousin, Parker made me also think about all those veterans who feel forgotten. I'd like to remember them, too. Happy Memorial Day to you and your family. I hope you were able to relax and count your blessings!