Whew!

As mentioned in my previous post – we had a CRAZY – but fun – week last week. We had a play date everyday except Tuesday, swimming lessons Mon- Thurs, and doctor’s appts. We were all relieved to have Saturday come and not have to go anywhere or do anything.

Of course, I didn’t take my camera to any of our play dates. I seriously need to be better about that. Oh, I should add that it was about 100 degrees ALL week so it was hot! We played with the Diehl family one day – the girls were excited to see the boys!! Now that the kids are a little older and busier we really don’t see them more than a handful of times a year. We met at a park, and while Nicole and I tried to stay cool, the kids ran and climbed and laughed – steering clear of the cicadas! They parked it under the playground equipment for some relief from the heat!! We had lunch and shortly after a school bus dropped off a huge group of kids we decided to head out!
We also played with the Good girls one day. The kids were all over – inside, outside, upstairs, downstairs – playing dress-up, hide and seek, legos, Barbies. Sarah and I enjoyed catching up – even though our conversation was constantly interrupted by any one of 6 little girls!
We went to my sister’s one day to play with Ryan and Will. The kids played on the slip n slide most of the time. They started by sliding down by themselves. Then they were catching cicadas and sliding with them down the slip n slide. They ended by just throwing the cicadas down the slip n slide. We did have lunch, and Lucy, DJ and Will made pictures with stickers. It was a fun, active few hours together!!
We spent the evening on Friday at the Harper’s – our good friends from church. This was a little good-bye play date because they leave for Singapore in a couple of days. They will be gone for 2-3 years. It is never easy to say good-bye to friends and saying good-bye to the Harper family was especially difficult. Karen and I met 5 years ago at our women’s Bible study at church. We clicked instantly and the fact that we each had a new baby girl and a 2 year old girl was a huge bonus! Norah and Kate were also instant friends, and Lucy and Brooke became friends as they grew up together. Over the last 5 years we have had play dates, girl’s nights out, and family dinners. The Harper’s have been a HUGE blessing to our family and we will miss them dearly!! Thankfully, we had one more chance this morning at church to say good-bye and the girls had lots of hugs for each other (and I took my camera so we were able to get a few pics)!!

Lucy, Kate, Norah, Brooke and Daphne (I took her cup away from her so she is yelling, “Mommy, thirsty! I need dink!)

Kate and Norah
Let me just add this – I really hope no more of Norah’s good friends move anytime soon. 2 in less than a year is more than enough for a 7 year old!!
The girls were exhausted by Saturday so we had a few meltdowns – by all!! They were able to catch up on sleep a little this weekend and we are gearing up for another BUSY week!!
Swimming lessons need a post of their own – so I will save that for after this week of lessons!!
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