Whew! What a week! This was a big week for us! Monday was Elizabeth's first day of kindergarten. The school did a Million Father March deal to encourage men to be involved with the children at school so my brother and Phil came with us for drop off. We went to her classroom, found her seat, took some pictures and said good-bye and then I lost it. I didn't expect to be so emotional but I certainly was. It just hit me that she's going to be gone all day and our lives will never be close like this. I went to the Boo-Who/Yahoo PTA breakfast and got some hugs and calmed down quite a bit. Phil went back to work and I went to my parents house to veg. That worked out well- we all went to lunch at the Brick as Katie's farewell before flying back. It was a fun thing to do to keep me occupied. And you know Ellie loved it! She has a few friends from pre-school 2 years ago in her class and a friend from the party a few weeks ago. Reading is a big deal, nightly homework of recording what we read. The days fly more than usual. It took me a few days to get it together behind the scenes- we already were tardy one day, missed a day of signing off on her daily conduct, forgot to pack a snack...but by Friday we were good to go. Wow, I have a kindergartener! Some more firsts: we signed Ellie up for soccer and she had her first practice on Thursday afternoon. Good thing we scheduled a playdate with Marly's bestie, KK (remember it's Marly last week of summer so we had to do fun things for her, too)- they came with us to the soccer field so Marly and her buddy could play on the playground while I went back and forth to watch Ellie. A little intimidating- the field was already packed and these 5-6 year olds have already been playing soccer for a few years! If nothing else, I'm excited for her to get great exercise and learn teambuilding skills. Also, I've been seeking reading suggestions for kindergarteners (what exactly should we be reading her?). We learned about the Bob books and Ellie read her first book! That was pretty cool to hear her sound out words and get excited to do it! So wow, yeah! We're here doing this...pretty crazy! In addition this week we had a play date with the Boozers (shout out to a fab fan!)- loved catching up and loving on them. Looking forward to some play dates with Abigail's buddies this fall! I was able to spend some quality time with my brother, Erik. He came over and we stayed up late chatting one night. We went swimming over there one afternoon. And then I got to be a grown up and go to Rotary to see him get a Paul Harris Fellow award. A shout out from Cole Pepper, chatting with the big wigs of the Westside and a lunch that was not PB&J! Uncle Bill and Aunt Jean came in town one night so mom and dad had everyone over that evening. UE and Aunt Jean were there, too. It was great catching up with everyone. I went back over on Thursday morning to visit more before they left. Friday we did story time. Phil had back to back guys nights on Thursday and Friday so I had lots of time to catch up on monogramming and MOPS duties. I even had a friend, Emily come over one night to drop off monogramming and have a night cap. Saturday we had a big family breakfast then swam at TCC. It's that lovely time of year- August in FL- where it feels like you're in an oven. The pool was about all we could do and it was still hot! Fun night out with a MOPS Kick-Off party! Stephanie came up with a great fundraiser idea, where we go out as we normally would but then ask them to give MOPS a cut. We made an easy $150! Nice! Got to meet lots of new moms and catch up with the oldies. Obviously we had fun, since we got in at 1am! Today was slow and relaxing. We rallied for mass then lunch with the Bentons. The girls and I did more work in Ellie's room- painting picture frames and doing some wall décor. I also touched up Marly's room. Pizza for dinner now Phil is ready to watch the Wire. Tomorrow is Marly's Open House for school. Another big week ahead!