I missed a week of posting so I'm a little delayed. We've been enjoying our lazy June with lots of tennis in the morning while the kids have swim team. Ellie moved to the elite swim group so she practices at 7am for two hours before the other kids get there and then stays to help with the junior river rats. She's doing a ton of babysitting...almost every day. I had a few JWJ meetings- with Megan to take over the Facebook page and Mr. Stuckey, the principal to get geared up for the next year of PTSA. My nephew, Alex spent time with us to beat the summer boredom. We have been spending evenings at the TCC pool...it's just too hot for much else. There was a dive in movie one night. Last Sunday morning (Father's Day), Chris picked Marly and I up and we hitched a ride to Regency mall where we met up with 6 bus loads of patrols from all over Jacksonville to head up to DC for the week. What a week! We pulled out at 6am and arrived in Potomac Mills at 7:30pm! I shared a room with Emma. Marly was in a room with two of her pals, Kayleigh and Izzy. Monday morning we were up nice and early to take a group pic in front of the Capitol. Then we toured the National Cathedral, WWII Memorial and Air Force Memorial. We had lunch at the Pentagon City mall food court (poke bowl for the win!) then toured the Smithsonian Museum of American History, Lincoln Memorial, Vietnam Memorial, Korean War Memorial and then a big family style pasta dinner at Primos in Alexandria. Tuesday we did Arlington Cemetery, tomb of the unknown soldier (where a rep from our school laid a wreath), lunch and tour of the Air Force museum. I think the morning was a little too military heavy. Luckily we went to the National Museum of African American history which was amazing. I could have spent all day there. We went back to the mall for another poke bowl and took it to go to eat at Iwo Jima while watching the hot marines show. Wednesday morning we checked out of our hotel then went back to the DC scene. We saw the National Law Enforcement Memorial, TikToked in front of the Capitol, saw the Library of Congress and did the cha cha slide in front of the White House. We had lunch at the International Trade Center food court then saw the Jefferson Memorial. Then we headed out to Williamsburg. The next morning we went to Busch Gardens. It was the perfect day. Not too crowded, overcast weather. I made Marly ride all the roller coasters and she ended up loving it. I was officially roller coasted out which says a lot for me! We did a pizza party, tshirt signing in the hotel lobby and one more TikTok before bed. What a trip! We were home by 5:30pm on Friday night. I went to sleep at 8pm and didn't wake up until 8am on Saturday! While Marly and I were on the patrol trip, a village of people helped at home. Ellie did the most of it; cleaning, organizing and keeping the younger two in line. She had some fun with Cora, did lots of babysitting and a night with Charlotte after the swim meet on Monday. My mom took the littles in the afternoons to hang with their cousins. My neighbors drove the kids to and from swim team each day. Phil took them bowling, out to fun dinners and more time at the pool. We took it easy with a lazy pool day on Saturday. Ellie babysat. We did a family tennis match. We did a tour of the rooftop bars last night. More drinks than food made for a slow Sunday. We went tubing with the VanWies and then to 5pm mass. Here are the pics from the week.
I signed the younger 3 up for vacation bible school at their old pre-school, St. Johns. They cornered the market with an evening VBS. I love it because it doesn't conflict with swim. So Monday-Thursday, they swam in the morning (again, I played tennis or ran/walked with Spot), took a break during the day (with 3pm DEAR time) and then VBS 5-8pm. Ellie babysat the first two nights. Phil and I got some date nights. We went to the Dave Matthews Band concert one night, went to dinner with the VanWies another night. I did Sally's girls night tennis one night. Ellie and I went out for sushi and ice cream the last night. Fun for all! Ellie and now Marly went to youth group on Friday night. We had a big group from Stockton there. We took the younger two to the Grove for dinner and pool time. Voss had a play date with his pal, Isabel one day. We went to Arlington for a swim meet early Saturday morning. It was hot and crowded, as usual. Proud of all of our swimmers! No time for lunch because the girls and I met Suzanne and Sean's girls at the Orange Park Community theater to see the Yazdiya gals act in Freaky Friday. Phil and I ended up with a date night in the PowWow bar. Marly and Abby altar served again at 8:30 mass. We celebrated Father's Day early with my dad. I sure hope he wears the fun shirt we got him! I finished listening to Finding Me by Viola Davis, just wow! You must listen to it and follow Oprah's book club on Instagram. It was an amazing experience. We did a Sunday Sunday tennis afternoon with 5 courts of friends. We got in a bunch before then rain hit then an early dinner to kick off the week. I feel asleep in Abby's bed reading The Tale of Despereaux. Happy Summer! Here are our pics of the week.
We kicked off our first official day of summer by taking a friend up on her invite to join them at a beach house they rented in Ponte Vedra. It was a perfect day out there. It rained a bit but the sun stayed out. The Howards were gracious and it was nice to catch up and slow down into June. Morning practice for swim team kicked off this week. We're falling into a routine of the 4 of them going and getting worn out, coming back to the house for lunch and down time. I ran with the dog and played tennis (STILL have this water in my ear!) I ODd on Mucinex and the water came out for a bit on Saturday morning but then I tilted my head wrong and it came back. We hit up the library to get excited about summer reading. Phil met us downtown on Wednesday night for the Art Walk. I hadn't been in years. It's just as neat as I remember. Plenty for the kids to do, too. I had to drive to PV for a tennis captains meeting on Thursday. I felt like it was a waste of time but I'm excited about being in charge. Ellie spent the night at Charlotte's and then had her over Saturday night. Marly had Addy over and Abby had Sammy over. Voss is bummed because his play date never happened. We'll work on that next week. We've had dinner at the Grove a few nights in a row. Tennis with the girls on Friday morning, the Hollands Friday evening and then the Wilhelms on Saturday evening. Saturday morning we had a swim meet at Fletcher High School. I was grateful Phil timed. I finally got smart and recorded all the kids' events in order so I could stay on top and not miss a race. I'm proud of all my strong swimmers! We went out for a Moon River pizza lunch. Abby went to Landis' for a sleepover. Ellie went to babysit for a new family. We took the other two for my neighbor, Jack's 100th Birthday party! My neighbors did such a great job hosting. It was a fabulous party! After Ellie's babysitting gig we met the Benton's for an E-street nightcap. Sunday morning, Abby was trained to be an altar server with Marly. It's so neat having her up there! The Bentons came with us to the beach for the day. So much fun for another perfect beach day. Ending with live music on the ocean. How perfect. Here are the pics of the week.
It was fifth grade week for Marly at school. I left the week open to be able to pop in and out as needed. Monday they tye dyed shirts. I dropped off dinner to the Matney family. After school we headed right up for the kids first swim meet. It was busy and chaotic. Marly and I left in the middle for her patrol meeting. She didn't miss an event, we were right back to the meet. It went late. I did a day of fasting that day and was particularly feisty. No deep sleep for me that night, either. Tuesday I took Ellie to school and helped set up for Readers Beach (an party day at her school to honor those who met their reading goal). I raced back to Stockton in time for Abby's awards ceremony, grabbed two more coolers of ice then raced back for Readers Beach. It was a nice day and nice to spend time meeting and getting to know people at the middle school. I was wiped out by the end, though. Late back for elementary school pick up and somehow Ellie rode the bus home instead. Tension was tight with mean kids that afternoon. We had the last PTA meeting of the year and the nominating committee presented our slate of new officers. It all went very well, phew! I went from there to our C team tennis party. It was nice seeing everyone dressed up and delicious sushi! I came home early because I was just so wiped out and wanted to be prepared for the next day: class parties! I'm grateful Voss' teacher started their party in the morning so I was able to start there to volunteer. But that meant I missed the middle school principal coming to school to welcome all the kids graduating and going! That was super cool! The room moms of third grade pulled together for a group party with rotating stations. That made the day fly by, and I had so much help so popped in and out to check on 5th grade week. The clap out was awesome. Another fun, yet exhausting day! Thursday the 5th grade did a scavenger hunt, game truck (the laser tag was intense after the school shooting this week) and baby picture guessing game. I let Ellie skip on Friday and we checked in on Alex and my parents. School got out at noon. Marly went to the Englands for a sleepover and shopping. We met the Bentons, Dearings and Charnleys at TCC for summer kick off fun. The weather was spotty but I think that helped clear out the pool. We pretty much had the place to ourselves. Melissa, Sara and I did the obstacle course over and over. I lost an earring, got water in my ear (still in there!) and my muscles are sore! I was asleep by 8pm that night! Saturday was nice and relaxing, the first of many! Ellie, Phil and I took the boat to TCC (more obstacle course) for lunch. That night we all went to see the new Maverick Top Gun movie. Voss and Abby fell asleep within the first half hour, but it was really good. Ellie was watching neighbors dogs over the weekend so we went over for a late night check in after the movie. Sunday, Phil played tennis while I took the kids to mass. Ellie and I read, Marly altar served. We met for brunch then went to the Nixons. It was nice to catch up with them and plan a bit of our Michigan trip. We went to the Johnson-Hardisons for dinner. We stayed wait to late, but the conversations are just so good! Monday was Memorial Day. It was kina odd to be out of school this early. Also, kina odd and never know how to celebrate the holiday. We went to my parents for bloody marys and ribs. A gorgeous day on the water, watching all the boaters out there! We went to TCC for the festivities. Of course I fell doing the obstavle course when I did it for time! We convinced the water slide guys to keep it going. Another fun time at the club! I snoozed and rallied while finishing the book club book, Joyful. It did not bring me much joy reading it, but being with friends discussing it brought me joy! Here are the pics of the week.
Catching up on the last two weeks. Wow-wee, managing the lives of four children is A LOT. I must have signed up to do all this stuff back when there wasn't a lot going on. And then why does it all have to happen at the same time? Phil's Birthday was Monday. He played tennis and friends took him out for drinks. I tried to do a Mothers Day Take II with chocolate and Outlander after tennis clinic. The afternoons were a blur with dance studio rehearsals in preparation for recital. Also, swim team mixed in there and Voss had baseball play offs and they just kept on winning! I played lots of tennis on Tuesday and Thursday (both wins) then got to play up for the B team (although we lost). Stephanie hosted a bunch of moms for a last hurrah. She always hosts such gorgeous parties. We had prosessco and cupcakes in the park that afternoon for Anne's 40th Birthday. We also surprised her that weekend with dinner at O'rsay. Jason pulled off an epic surprise! I played in Sally's monthly tennis girls night. I went to Lauren's wine women and shoes fundraiser. I ended up getting to be IN the show, on the runway modeling some of the designers clothes! Ha! The best part was the after party, sitting on the back porch of TCC, finishing off the open wine and catching up. I love that part. I went with my parents to adoration that morning and then lunch with UE and AS at Trents. Phil played in the TCC member member tennis tournament with Patrick Emmett (nationally ranked doubles player!). They would have won it all but Patrick got heat stroke on Sunday and they had to forfeit. That happened to another player on Saturday, too. It was a hot weekend for sure! I loved watching my tennis friends play each other, too. I hosted the Stockton PTA nominating committee for coffee and donuts to hash out a dream team for the next school year. We will be presenting that slate soon for a vote. More dance rehearsals, baseball practice and a JWJ PTSA zoom meeting to vote on new officers for next year. I'm taking over as president and got Dara to be VP with me. I have a lot to learn in that role, oh dear! Rachael and I won our last tennis match of the season. It felt great, but my mind was all over the place. The girls all went to dance, I went to JWJ to work the PTSA table for the 6th grade welcome. This time we learned out to get people to register online with memberhub, not square. I left early from that to make it in time for Voss' playoff game. I missed his amazing hit, but got to see them win. Lillians after party. Wednesday was early release at Tropical Smoothie. I had enough time to have a quick coffee with April before I got the call that Abby's allergic reaction (I think to a necklace she was wearing) was looking rough. Swim team and baseball practice; I'm so thankful Phil is able to help with all of this because there is no way I could do it all! Thursday, Voss cleaned it up at his end of the year awards ceremony. He received all Es (for Excellence) all year, a reading award (we totally turned in that chart in the final hour) and citizenship. We went back to his classroom for 4th quarter awards. He told me to leave and that I was embarrassing him so no photos there. Renee helped pick up Ellie for me. We met at Panera for a fun lunch before dress rehearsal. We picked up the Stockton girls (an extra friend, too....how do people do this who work full time?!) and met up with the Bravos. Phil's parents and sister flew in the morning and checked into the Omni. It was so perfect to have their help in getting 4 girls ready for dress rehearsal. Voss went home from school with Grant and then Phil picked him up to take him to another playoff game! I was watching with the app in the theater. He got another great hit to change the tides of the game and they ended up winning! The Bravos never made it to the game but stayed at the hotel for some R&R. I packed heavy snacks and wine to enjoy the dress rehearsal (I might enjoy that part more than the actual recital). Check the videos section for videos of all their dances that I took then. We met up with Voss' team at Lillians for a nightcap after the dress rehearsal (probably not a wise parent move). The next morning was Marly's graduation from elementary school! We let all the kids skip school, my parents and sister, Phil's parents and sister all came to cheer Marly on. It was a 2 hour ceremony at OPS with a sweet slideshow. They had a quick reception and then we came home for a family party. I had chicken salad sandwiches and salad. We had Chick Fil A deliver nuggets and fries for the kids and then Marly had a cookie cake. It was very sweet. The Bravos took Marly and Abby back for some hotel pool time. Ellie, Voss and I vegged while Phil went back to work. I took Ellie down to the theater nice and early then went back to the hotel to help Marly and Abby get ready. Phil and Voss drove my parents downtown. We had quite the fan club to watch the girls dance beautifully in their recital. The theme was Wizard of Oz for the first half and for the 2nd act. It was such a fun night, I loved sitting next to my sister! We went back with the Bravos and VanWies to the hotel lobby for a nightcap. Saturday morning we were all up early for Voss' Championship baseball game! I was shocked when the Bravos arrived at our house by 8:15am! My mom helped get everyone on base. It was an awesome game! We were down for all but the last inning. Voss had a great hit out to right field and made it home! We won 16-13 and Voss got a huge trophy! It was awesome! Phil, Abby and the Bravos went to lunch and a movie. I dropped Marly and Ellie at the Kane triplet's Birthday party then I took Voss to his friend, Isabel's Birthday party, then back to the Kanes. After about an hour, I left Marly at the Kanes then Voss, Ellie and I went to the Quinn twins Birthday party. Luckily all of this was in the same neighborhood! Marly was dropped off right as the rain came down. What a day! We were able to say farewell to the Bravos before they headed to the airport to wait for hours for a rain delay. Early bedtime for most of us. Except, Phil, Ellie and I went to the Bentons for hot tub time and a nightcap. We were all so happy to sleep in on Sunday and go to the later mass. It was a necessary veg day! Phil and I did a Sunday Funday tennis in the heat before the rain came. Summer is upon us. But first, one more week of #Maycember! Here are the pics of the last 2 weeks.
On Monday morning, I flew across the country to meet my newest nephew, Conrad. I forget how far away California is...but thank God for airplanes! The Kukla fam rolled out the red carpet of hospitality for me. Uncle Steve made gourmet dinners each night. Katie shared all the baby snuggles with me, along with her clothes and night serum (since I saved on luggage fees). Coronado is just gorgeous. There was a chill. The vegetation turned me into a crazy plant lady, envious of all the color! East coast time zone means I got one on one time with Henry in the morning with cartoons and hot, quiet coffee. I got some babysitting time so Katie could go to her six week check up and then Tom Cruise came into town for the new Top Gun movie release. It was so nice to catch up with them and snuggle my west coast nephews. They are doing such a great job adjusting to two kiddos. Katie is a nursing champ! The red eye is the way to get back, but man I was a zombie on Friday! Thankful for relaxation meditation podcasts and remind me to bring an eye cover next time. (Rookie mistake, I know). Meanwhile, the village came out to help drive my children all over for the afternoon hustle. Phil had to stay home with Abby one day while she nursed a stomach bug (or took a personal day...verdict is still out). Thankfully everyone was feeling better when I returned...but it was a busy week with teacher appreciation week and FSAs! Dreamette after school ice cream to the rescue while Ellie went to youth group. Sushi and martinis for dinner at TCC with the Freemans. I was so happy to sleep in on Saturday. Marly made omelettes. She and Abby went to the Home of the Mother retreat. Addy came over to play after while Phil and I played tennis with the VanWies and Napoleons. Ellie babysat AM. Phil and I went to the Peebles Derby party. So flattered to have been included! We got to sleep in again on Sunday. Happy Mother's Day! Marly made chocolate chip pancakes. I am excited to use my chore coupons...although I've already used the "no fighting for 30min". Abby and Voss helped me with the chicken and shrimp kabobs. We grilled them at my parents then went for a boat ride and rubing. Trying to get the older kids to get checked out on the boat. It ended up being Phil taking the kids tubing. Oh the chaos! We went to 5pm mass then Chipotle for dinner. Early bedtime for all to prep for another busy week. Here are the pics of the week.
Holy Moly, juggling way too many hats this week! I signed up for all these roles (VP JWJ PTSA, school supply fundraiser, patrol parent pres, nominating committee, room parent (x2) and FSA treat bags) back when there wasn't much going on...and now it's all coming to a head. Ack! I had some late nights just trying to keep up and compartmentalize one day at a time. I did clinic on Monday and won matches on Tuesday and Thursday....excellent for my stress! April and I had a mid-week pool day to remind myself that life is pretty amazing. The weather is gorgeous; perfect spring with everything blooming and a breeze. Aubree hosted book club to discuss Anxious People. So ironic for this week and me finishing it literally the first 20min of book club! Louis lent me a rabbit head, perfect costume! Voss had a Thursday and Saturday game. I got Marly a ride home so I was able to see Voss get a great hit, RBI and made it home! He's really come a long way. Not so lucky on Saturday but still a fun game to watch. Phil and I had a Cuban lunch date on Friday. I took a minivan of middle schoolers to Cotillion at UNF. That was a huge stressor, but ended up being a lot of fun and now I know more for next year! Phil took the elementary kids to their first post COVID dance at school. Lots of dancing and chaos but fun was had by all! Saturday after Voss' game, the VanWies took us tubing on their boat (while we wait for our gas cap that fell in the river). We stopped by to wish Kerri a Happy Birthday then met the McArthurs for a dinner at O'rSay. Talk about mind blowing intelligent conversations! Wow! Sunday we picked Marly up from yet another sleepover then went to mass and CCD. I spent the day prepping for the week. We got back to doing a family rosary then Phil and I went out for a sushi dinner. Ozark and Outlander for mind candy and now we begin Maycember! Here are our pics of the week.
Easter season and the weather is absolutely perfect! Perhaps a morning chill and the afternoons are breezy and sunny. I know the summer oven will be here any moment so I'm trying to breathe and enjoy it. The weeks are super busy. I sneak in me time when I can. I finished listening to the Devil in the Grove, which is very necessary reading but made my stomach hurt. I'm reading my book club book and watching Outlander. Monday was really the only day I was able to play tennis, at clinic. The kids were off from school. Ellie and Charlotte did a shopping trip to Target. Marly and I bummed around and complained about the prices. We went to pick up new tap $hoes for Ellie. Tuesday I babysat the Spencer children as a gift for my friend, Anne. That was her baby shower gift, a pedicure and me babysitting so she could get it done. I went with Phil to see him get acupuncture on Wednesday. Fingers crossed and super neat! We went to lunch at the Fish House. Thursday morning, Marly and I got up super early and got on the bus with the patrols to go to Islands of Adventure in Universal Studios in Orlando. It took us a bit to get situated and learn how the park works (i.e you have to put all your stuff, even their patrol belts into a locker for the roller coasters). We started with a large group and it ended up with just Marly and I. Lines were long and it was crowded but at least Universal sometimes had a single rider line and fun stuff to look at while we waited. We met back up with the group at the end to do a water ride and got soaked. We had to run back to get to the bus and got a slight hand slap for being late. Our punishment was a cold bus ride home in wet clothes. Such a fun day with lots of tips and tricks for next time! Friday, I took Spot for a run, did some yoga and met my parents for adoration and oyster lunch at Trents. That evening was a meet and greet for swim team. We met the new coaches then enjoyed the opening of the Grove. Later, Phil and I went to Andrew's house for drinks to bid him farewell on his next adventure. Ellie babysat for sweet Parker. Saturday morning, Voss had a baseball game. My parents came to watch, too. Hotdogs for all! Voss got a hit, one even stuck in the tree! He was tagged out at first base but is really improving. Marly and Abby went to the pool with friends. Phil took the other two to meet up with everyone. I picked up my parents and the Maddoxes (Matt's neighbors from Panama City). We met Suzanne and Sean at the Brick then all went downtown via minivan to the Elton John concert. What a show! I didn't know all the songs, which surprised me. It was so amazing to see such a legend so close in person. Just, wow! The next morning, Marly served last minute for Tug at 8:30 mass. We stayed after with coffee and donuts chatting with the Harbys. That afternoon, the VanWies picked us up to watch the Tiny Dock series concert (with Paris Winningham from the Voice) on the Dummond Yacht. Way to take it up a notch with Sunday Funday! We sure are lucky people! Here are the pics from the week.
It was picture week at the dance studio. I think of it as a good time to practice with hair and make up, make sure we have all the costume pieces, tights, shoes, etc. Catherine and I played together in clinic and then won our match on Tuesday. It took us a bit to get warmed up, but then we held on and pulled it out. Anne Marie was sweet to drive all the way out there. I went to the zoo with Marly's grade on Wednesday. It was nice to have quality time with her and meet some of her classmates parents. Everyone is excited about the middle school acceptances. It seems like everyone got in where they wanted to, which is so nice. Play day was Thursday. I ran the potato sack races all day. Wow, I was wiped out! It was nice to be on campus again, see all the mom friends and kids cycling through my station. Voss had a game that evening. This is the second time he got a hit and I missed it! I have to pick up Marly from dance usually right in the 4th inning of his weekday games. Ugh! He was tagged out at first again, but it's a hit! I took Marly downtown that evening to the old Landing sight for a river jam concert series. We met up with the Suter gals and saw Boys II Men. That was my first concert here in Jax about 27 years ago! How cool that it was Marly's first concert, too! It was a gorgeous night on the river! Good Friday we all took it easy in the morning then did the stations of the cross down our street and the Applegates. Zachary and Linda came with us. It was a little chaotic but still really nice. Phil has been fighting a head cold, maybe allergies all weekend. The guys got a haircut (Voss really wants to look like Tony Stark). Marly had Addy over and they dyed Easter eggs. Ellie helped me organize all of our Easter eggs (they were in pieces). Abby spent the night at Abigail's for her Birthday. We went to the Johnson Hardisons for a taco bar. We always have such a great time with them. Saturday morning started early. We went to San Marco for an Easter egg hunt, then to Voss' game and then the kids and I went to the Fererrs in Julington Creek to celebrate my friend, Andrew's Birthday. It was so nice to catch up with my high school friends and see our kids play together. Tripp took all of us out on the boat to Pineapple Point. Everyone was wiped out and ready for bed when we got home. The Easter bunny came! Voss started the party at 5:30 the next morning. I had him wait until 6:30. The kids got some fun Easter treats and looked for eggs outside as the sun rose. Ellie and I read at 8:30 mass. Marly altar served. I made deviled eggs and scalloped potatoes. Marly made a carrot bunny cake. We went to my parents with Suzanne and her boys. Fr. James came for a quick visit at the end. It was a nice day together with family. Check out the pics from the week.
I was stressed at the beginning of the week. It took a few days to recover from last weekend. A few nights of early bedtime helped us all. The girls had state FSA testing this week, the first round. Prepping for end of the year fun, patrol trips, dance recital, summertime. Whew! I went to tennis clinic on Monday and a fun match at Boone park on Tuesday. I finished all the pressure washing. Ellie had an ortho appointment and she and Marly had a dentist appointment (scheduling that in unison is no small feat!) Voss had a make up game and got a hit! He was tagged out but still so excited! Sad I missed it as I had to pick Marly up from dance. He went to his friend's Monday night Birthday party (love a good weekday party!) Tennis and baseball were canceled due to some Thursday rain. Phil and I had a breakfast date (yes to thick pancakes with fruit compote!) and a Cuban lunch date. I spent Friday with my parents; adortion, Trents and watching the new Supreme Court Judge Jackson! Phil and I played in the Margaritaville tennis social that night. Saturday morning Voss had an early game. He was bummed he didn't get a hit, but they did win the game. That afternoon we hosted Ellie's 13th Birthday party. She had 30 kids and 10 adults for a river play date. We rented a 19' water slide for the front yard. Our amazing neighbors let us use their dock and paddleboards. It was wild and crazy and really fun. I am so proud of Ellie for inviting friends past, present and future. We had pizza, fruit, veggies, chips and a cheese plate. Cookie cake and ice cream. It was chilly and windy but most of the kids didn't seem to mind. That evening I took the kids plus Ava May to the Riverside Arts show called My Mommy is a Zombie. The Suter girls and some other friends were in the play. I am impressed with their acting and ability to memorize all those lines! It was Palm Sunday. We got to bring up the gifts. We made palms into crosses and read the Passion in our CCD class. Marly made blueberry pancakes after for a late breakfast. Ellie babysat a new family while Phil and I did Sunday Funday tennis. Here are the pics of the week.