What a week preparing for school! On Monday, Ellie got up early with me and we went to the middle school to host the welcome back teacher breakfast. We had a decent team of volunteers. Low on the casseroles (I need to remember to do more for next year...and get the coffee going even earlier!) I had the great idea to do 2 breakfast casseroles in crock pots so I didn't have to wake up at 5am to get a casserole in the oven. The bummer is that they were both a little overdone. They still tasted delicious, though. I was a walking mess of sickness...spreading my funk to all. I did TheraFlu each night and then crashed on the couch in the afternoon binging on Lincoln Lawyer. Tuesday, I worked the high school welcome back teacher breakfast then went to the middle school to do the faculty lunch. The high school PTA is off the chain! So many volunteers and that breakfast buffet made my Monday one look so sad. I only had one other parent help me for the lunch but the teachers stepped up and helped me set up their lunch. I bought everything that wasn't donated so there was plenty (even a last minute scramble for cheese). It was nice to see all the teachers again and meet some new ones. We are so lucky to have kids in such wonderful learning environments. Wednesday was my day off from volunteering at school. I did go to tennis bootcamp. It wasn't as beneficial as I remember last year's being. I took the kids and my dad out for ice cream that afternoon. A last ditch effort for summer fun their last week. There has been a sick amount of screen time happening. Ellie led the charge to clean out rooms and get organized, which is nice. Marly and Abby got new planners. Marly babysat on Friday and used that money to buy herself a Stanley...which she's been coveting all summer. Thursday was the middle school orientation. Marly ran around and did her thing while Ellie worked the PTSA and Friends of Table. I talked to teachers and worked the lines trying to get new PTSA members. My mom took the kids to the base pool that afternoon while I went back to the school to work the afternoon orientation session. There has been heat advisories all week. It's too hot to do anything! Friday was the elementary school meet the teacher. Abby was excited to rock her patrol gig. Voss was a nervous wreck, holding my hand the whole time. I raced in to sign up to be Abby's room parent. Phil and I ended up on a Cuban lunch break. The older girls were both babysitting. We met the Johnson-Hardisons out for pizza that night for dinner. It was nice to catch up but hot everywhere and we set in the crying kids section. Ellie had Addison spend the night. I drove them to RAM the next morning after going on a run with Spot. Marly and her pal, Addy went on a Target shopping date. Abby and Voss were happy to chill in a quiet house, a lazy Saturday Abby kept saying. They all went to the pool that afternoon while Phil and I enjoyed the AC from the inside bar to watch the Jags win their first pre-season game. This morning we went to mass. Abby altar served. Ellie, Abby and I went back to the middle school to help spruce up flower beds. Ellie and I went to the pool to read but it was just too hot. Even with a chiller it felt like bath water. We are going to do an early dinner to get everyone ready for the first day of school tomorrow! Four kids in 3 different schools! This is going to be a fun one! Here are our photos of the week.