My week vacation with the girls went really well. We didn't really do much except relax and go to the pool. Cordie and Elsa and I went out shopping on Friday and got some Cold Stone Creamery which was fun. I would have loved to have been able to travel somewhere, but it just wasn't in the cards. It was a great break from work and I was sad when I had to come back last week.
I have been transitioning to my new role at work and it has been rather busy and stressful. I think it is going to be a good change, though once I'm fully on board and have trained the person fully to take over my old job. It is just kind of hard to do two jobs at once. The overtime pay is nice, though. I did have a nice surprise waiting for me when I came back to work, though. As part of the Corporate Challenge wrap-up, they present an award named after an employee who was always very active and athletic and embodied the spirit of the competition. Sadly, he died unexpectedly at a fairly young age. Each year, the Scott Smith award is presented to a participant in Corporate Challenge nominated by other employees and voted on by a committee. This year, I won the award! I was so surprised and really honored.
This past weekend, I had all of the girls and we had a really good weekend together. It was one of those rare times when no one threw a tantrum and everyone got along. Those are the best weekends. We did go to a Harry Potter themed birthday party for my sister's boyfriend's daughter who turned 11. The party was very cute and the kids had a ball. The best gift she got by far, though was 20 $1 bills frozen in a block of ice. Chipping away at that ice kept the kids entertained for an hour. I'm totally stealing that idea.
|Who knew a block of ice would be so much entertainment?|
I dropped the girls off in the pouring rain last night. They are all excited to start school next week. I still can't believe Hannah is going to be a senior in high school. She's already looking forward to moving out of the house. Always bittersweet to see them go for two weeks, but I know they are only a phone call or a Skype away. Plus, I get to come home to this and my heart just melts.
Hope everyone had a great weekend!