Hello Monday

Why, hello there, Monday!

Somehow it was just Friday.  I know lots of you Mamas can relate to the chaos that is May – like, my brain is on overtime.  We have 13 days of school left here in Michigan, but once Memorial Day weekend rolls around, our commitments quickly dissolve into only a few other little events and…

I. Can’t. Wait.
But first, how about a little of what’s going on over here…
I’m linking up with Holly and Sarah for Hello Monday!  Thanks for hosting, ladies!
First up, I started potty training Jane on Monday of last week.  Actually, I had attempted to potty train her last fall, but she just wasn’t ready, so we completely stopped and I’m thankful we did.
I’m happy to report that girly girl has been using the potty consistently and even goes alone.  We’re still working on the “number two” part of the gig, but I’ve basically promised her the toy section of Walmart, so I’m assuming when the time comes, she’ll give it her best!  Hahaha!
Back to being done with the school year – Henry, our 11 year old, who absolutely looooves school mentioned to me that he was done with school for the year – so that’s saying something!
Seriously, are you guys exhausted?!  I’m exhausted…but then again, I think I’ve been exhausted since March of 2020…
Anywho, I’m all over the place!  Haha!
We had Henry’s band concert on Thursday evening and everyone did so well.  It was quite a difference from their fall concert, but even back in the fall we were quite impressed by how much they had already learned.
Henry had a speaking part, too.  He rocked it!  We were so proud of his inflection and how animated he was while speaking.

I tooootally forgot to take a picture of Henry while at school.  Mostly due to me occupying a certain three year old *ahem – cough cough – Jane* for an hour.  She actually did great for being so little, but I did end up apologizing to some people after the concert because I saw that she kept accidentally bumping into people.  Oh, dear.  I always remind myself, though, that all of these little moments of taking her out and doing things, especially after being stuck inside for so long, is really, REALLY good for…apologies and all.
So, since I never got a picture of Henry while at the concert, we took a selfie in the car while at Dairy Queen getting celebration ice cream.
I snuggled Nubs.
Nothing more to say here, except that he loves me unconditionally and even though I’m not a cat person, this cat will always have my heart.
Eliza before school on Friday.
Girlfriend was all decked out in her Gryffindor gear (and the cutest hat from her Aunt Kimmy) and I thought she looked so stinking cute…and 8.  I love that she’s still 8.
Later on Friday morning Jon and I took Jane to our local indoor pool.
As I was scrolling through old blog posts the other day, I realized how we haven’t been getting Jane in the water as much as I had hopped and living on the lake, that’s not good.
It also occurred to me that Eliza was swimming without a life jacket a little here and there when she was just three.  Seeing those old blog posts kind of kicked our booties into gear with Jane.
Look at her in her itty bitty teeny weeny yellow/white polka-dot bikini – and look – no swim diaper!
On Saturday morning, Henry’s soccer team took part in an In-House-Tournament!  Games were at 9:00, 12:00 and 3:00.  The more they won, the more they played.
Blue team (Henry’s team) won the 9:00 a.m. game AND Henry scored two goals!!!!!!!!!!  We were crazy excited for him!!!!
  It was pretty hot and humid.  Michigan sure is funny!  Just two weeks ago we were freezing our booties off.  
We went back home, I sorted through some laundry, everyone ate lunch and we loaded back in the car for another game. We took umbrellas, too.  Actually, we took a patio umbrella!  BAHAHA!  It was so hot, you guys!  Our Northern bodies need more time to acclimate.  
Back to the games…
We all sort of figured blue team would lose the noon next game.  Our team would be playing silver team, and well, they were just a different beast of a team.  The team consumed of older and faster kids and more kids to rotate in and out of the game.
Of course, we still told Henry to give it his all, but eventually blue team lost.
It was a fantastic season and we were so proud of how much Henry learned!  If I had to venture a guess, I’d say that blue team ended up placing second, but there was never any official announcement.
Nevertheless, this boy did great!
On Sunday, we had Mommy and Me photos taken.  This was something new for us.  I didn’t even hesitate to sign up once the photo opportunity popped up over on Facebook.  I can’t wait to see our photos!
We quickly came home and then I took the girls to a Royal Ball!  All proceeds benefited our local Children’s Museum.  I’ve taken Eliza to this Royal Ball before, but obviously with the craziness of the world, the event has been postponed the last couple of years.
We almost didn’t go, but oh my gosh, I’m so happy we did!  The girls loved it.  It reminded me that Eliza is still little and that Jane found magic in every Princess meet and greet.
The girls were able to get autographs and pictures with every Prince and Princess.  
It was so nice for the three of us to bond, too.  Love them.  🙂

Eliza was ecstatic upon seeing Rey!
More Princesses.  I love that the girls posed exactly the same in almost every picture.  Eliza stood with her arms straight down and Jane tilted her head to the side – so funny!
A little kiss after some cupcakes and pink lemonade…
Be still my heart.
Meanwhile, Jon took this stud muffin out on the first boat ride of the season.
Eliza was bummed that they had already been out, but she quickly changed into her suit and they were out testing our new kayaks and swim deck within minutes of arriving back home…
I still had enough time to put Jane down for a quick nap and then I just sat down on the back deck and relaxed for a bit, which felt so nice!
The rest of our evening was spent making dinner, cleaning up and watching a thunderstorm roll in.
It was a busy and productive week/weekend!
Today starts another busy week!  Let’s gooooo!!!
Thanks, forever and always, for stopping by today!
Marie 🙂

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