Friday (3/31) was the day of Pop's funeral. It started early and was a very draining day. We went to the funeral home to say one last goodbye to Pop before heading to the church for mass. I was honored to be asked to be a pall bearer during the service. While it was a solemn occasion, it did have some humor including Zak announcing loudly "Look at that beautiful picture of Jesus!" when he walked into the church. He's not used to a Catholic church with all of the "pictures." When we finished at mass, we headed to the cemetery where they did a beautiful military ceremony since he is a veteran. I enjoyed watching the flag folding ceremony and hearing taps on the trumpet.
It was a very rainy day so everyone headed out quickly after the ceremony to head to the hotel for lunch. It was nice to have some time to catch up with family that we don't see very often. The food was really good and the kids were amazingly well behaved. We finished up with Pop's favorite dessert, an ice cream sundae with a brownie in it. After a very long day, we headed back to the house and were all in bed before 10pm.
Saturday (4/1) we decided we needed to have some fun after the very emotional past few days. We all had a lazy start to the day and then headed to Seaside for some walking on the beach and boardwalk. But not before we devoured almost all of the delicious pretzel tray my uncle brought for us!
Sunday (4/2) we were up and moving and ready to get back on the road to Ohio. Since we were all going back to work and school on Monday, we wanted to try to get home as early as possible. As Adrian was finishing loading up the car, he noticed a nail in our tire! Since we don't have a spare (apparently new cars no longer come with a spare, only a repair kit), we had to go to a local tire store to have them put a new tire on the car. While it was an inconvenience, I'm so thankful that we saw it before we left, found a place that was open and were safe in the house with my family while it was fixed - instead of it happening while we were driving home.
Monday (4/3) started too early even though we all slept in. We were all really tired after the busy week we had. Adrian took the morning off from work and we decided to let the kids stay home from school too. I did have to go teach two classes, one in the morning and one in the afternoon. Other than that we mostly just unpacked, did laundry, caught up on stuff and tried to rest. The boys played a lot of video games and also spent almost 2 hours playing with their toys in the play room - I think they missed their "stuff" while we were gone. Back to our full busy schedule tomorrow!
We picked the older boys up and headed to our monthly chiropractor appointments. I really needed an adjustment after all the travel last week! Adrian was supposed to meet us there but he got stuck at work so the boys ended up coming to work with me and he met me in the parking lot to pick them up. He ran them home and cooked dinner while I taught a class and then he took AJ to Brain Balance while I took the other 2 boys to the book fair at school. Everyone was cranky and not very well behaved, I think we all finally hit the wall after all the late nights and travel. Hoping for an easier day tomorrow!
Thursday (4/6) was slightly better than the past two days thanks to a good night of sleep for all of us. We got up and out to work and school on time today. I ran a bunch of errands and taught a class before picking Zak back up after school. He and I grabbed a quick lunch before helping my brother out by driving him to his doctor's office. That took up most of our afternoon, although we had a little time for some work around the house and some video games. We picked up the big boys and came home to play and watch TV. It was a very calm night thanks to baseball practice being cancelled due to weather. Adrian took AJ to Brain Balance and the rest of us just hung out, watched TV and relaxed. I'm hoping to catch up on sleep and work around the house this weekend!