This week, I took a much needed break from my normal routine. I gathered a few friends and went to Orlando to see Enrique and PitBull. It was awesome! We got a hotel and got ready- which might be the best part! Tracy did nails, Jessica did make-up, Jacy got the room, I poured the wine! We went to a tapas dinner downtown then walked to the arena. We danced until midnight- literally! PitBulls dancers were a bit much for me, but we had a great time! We slept in a bit, got breakfast and headed back to Jax by lunch. So many people helped me to make this happen- with the kids. Phil is still making me pay for it. But, I really needed a break. #worthit! The next few days I came down with a nasty head cold. It forced me to go to bed early, which is what I really needed. Voss (and sometimes Abby) still wake up every night but going to bed when they do allows me to get in more hours. I also really appreciate the ability to take real cold medicine now that I'm not nursing or pregnant. Monday was a MOPS Monday, with the recap here. That encouraged me to have "the talk" with Ellie this weekend. We went on a 2 mile walk together and I think it was really good. My Ellie Belly is growing up! Thursday was a marathon day. When I finally got in bed I was so proud of myself for making it the whole day. The girls had Thanksgiving lunch at school. The thing is, Ellie has lunch at 11 and Marly has lunch at 1. So, I stayed the whole day chasing Voss around the school. We even went back after dance and golf to see the science fair projects. We went to a quick TF dinner then took Ellie to her first basketball practice. The other kids and I went to the library- which turned out to be a great deal! Friday Kim hosted us for a morning backyard play date. The littles and I took the van in for an oil change. That night we went to the OPS Married People Night Out. It was just what we needed that night! Phil and I had a date at Bread & Board then did the ministry gathering. The theme was support. We talked about "back up singers" in our marriage. Who supports us. It was a great way to think about it. Saturday Phil took Abby to a Birthday party. I took the other kids to play with the Newtons at the park. That night we went to the Kuders for a dinner party. They were so hospitable- it was a great night! Sunday was mass and breakfast then a Birthday party in SSI. A bit far for a party! I stayed up reading the Handmaid's Tale for book club last night. It turned out to be a good one, but it took me a while to get into it. Elizabeth hosted an amazing meeting last night- complete with a 4 course meal! I hosted a manatee play date that morning and was totally wiped out. I don't know what it was. Normally I can handle a crazy play date, but that nearly did me in. I pushed the party further by doing a double header last night. After book club, I went to the MOPS girls night at Tiffany's. Right down the street so it was a late night cap. I'm just waiting to crash now. But another #worthit for those awesome conversations and connections with my gal pals!