The first day of school, I ended up in an empty house by 7:30am! Ellie is getting a ride with a high school senior. Marly's carpool took the first week. Abby and Voss rode bikes. So yeah, that was odd...in a good way. I went for a run then went to hang with my dad so my mom could volunteer at the church. We went swimming and piddled around the yard. I met the Left Gaggle for lunch. I was stressing about how everyone was getting home from school. That part has been a cluster. The first 3 days of school the middle school bus forgot to pick up the middle schoolers so Marly caught rides back to the neighborhood. It finally came on day 4 but I felt bad for the elementary schoolers because they had to wait an hour in the heat for Marly to get there. Abby popped a bike tire that morning so I picked them all up. Ellie's bus doesn't get to our area elementary school until 4:30 so that child has to ride around Jax for an hour each afternoon. I was on the phone holding for the transportation office for over an hour for them to tell me they didn't know what I was supposed to do for the first two weeks of school until the alternate bus routes come out. So yeah. Still figuring all that out. I enjoyed my time sitting in a clean, quiet house. I played tennis, went to HITT classes, lunch with Jess and Steph and even baked cookies from scratch. I had to take the van in for a recall and another day in for an oil change and bath (after that road trip!) I think everyone is liking school so far. Ellie has a ton of homework but seems to be fine managing it all. So far, so good. I filled out a ton of paperwork. We had a tennis meeting on Thursday night and Nutcracker on Friday afternoon. Phil got in some tennis but a lot was rained out, too. That rain is our saving grace from the heat...it's like a sauna down here! We met the Bentons for happy hour on Friday. Ellie babysat Thursday and Friday night. I played in a match on Saturday morning. I got to play with an A teamer! We barely lost in a tie breaker in the first set, then got spanked in the second set. It was still fun to play. From there I took Marly to a Birthday party at Dave & Busters (great idea in this heat!) then chilled at home with the littles (still very happy to not go anywhere), catching up with Abu and washing the couches- ugh. Phil took Ellie to a pool party and hung with Marly at D&Bs. That night the kids (and Marly had Addy) hung at the pool and had dinner while Phil and I enjoyed the AC in the bar again. We hung the moon listening to live music and celebrating Jenny with a nightcap. This morning Phil and I were both up playing tennis again. We went to Firehouse for lunch while Marly and Sophie walked Target. Abby and Voss had their soccer assesments (in that heat!). Now we are chilling before going to evening mass. Ready for an early night to prepare for week two! Here are our pics of the week.