Brent and I slept in until 7 something and missed saying goodbye to my brother, who had spent the night in our guest room. It did leave me time to get dressed for a busy day and make a lot of silly faces in this mirror while attempting a selfie.
The big kids had eaten when we woke up, but I helped E with his breakfast while texting with my brother.
E and I went to Starbucks while M was in her lessons - Caramel Machiatto for me and apple juice for him after a long wait as apparently everyone else was treating themselves too. Then, we stopped to pick up M and had a brief chat with her teacher while M & E played with her kids. They all would have liked to play longer, but all of us had other places to be. We left with a strong note that more practice is needed on a daily basis as she forgot a lot over the summer. Noted.
Next up, buying ballet shoes for M at the local dance store. E enjoyed the mirrors more than the shopping. The shoes are really nice, much more so than the ones from payless, but not that much more expensive...hmmm. (10am)
The dance studio has a dress code (the normal ballet one) and we were not buying anything that did not meet the dress code, but M could not resist a look.
Next up, a stop at Dance Unlimited, aka the dance studio, for the open house. We checked out the assigned studio for the fall, signed waivers, and, of course, spent some time dancing in the new room. M declared she wants to be an artist AND a dancer. I told her that was fine.
We met up with the boys at home for just a little bit before the baseball team swim party. We spent almost 3 hours at Coach Brad's house swimming, eating, and chatting with the team. B particularly enjoyed getting to hang out with friends from his old school.
E did a bit of this -- very normal upside down time for him.
And read some books... This photo prompted me to tidy the downstairs and the office.
M helped Brent take down some birthday party decorations (from her party three weeks ago) and played in her room.
Between helping me with projects B read in his bed.
Then, group Lord of the Rings reading while I continued to tidy up and get ready for my run. After the kids were in bed, I headed out the door to run and encountered my mom pulling in the driveway to spend the night. I ran about 2.33 miles through the neighborhood before coming home to stretch, check in with my mom, shower, and read next to Brent before bed.
A busy day, but good. It was the first weekend in maybe a month that we haven't traveled anywhere. so it felt great to be home even with activities and projects filling the day.