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Tuesday, August 4, 2020

Level 7 tennis tournament - Amelia Island Plantation

Connor and Paige both participated in a tennis tournament this past week at the Amelia Island Plantation courts. We were kind of looking forwards to playing against some new people, but most of the kids signed up were local kids we've seen in other tournaments. 

Connor's first match was on the stadium court against a boy he's played previously. They had a really close and tough first set and Connor was actually up 5-4 at one point. Unfortunately, the boy's mother gave him some coaching on the changeover and Connor ended up getting beaten 5-7 in the first set and then 6-0 in the second. His opponent got a lot of confidence after his comeback in the first set and they both played hard.

Paige's group only had three girls in her division and they were both members from our tennis club. Her first match was against her friend Zoey and her second was against Rosalyn who we'd never met before. Paige played hard and won both her matches. It was a hot day for tennis and Paige did an awesome job staying focused, keeping her energy up, and playing hard. We were so happy that she had a successful day of tennis and she earned a lot of points for her efforts. She will probably only need to do one more orange ball tournament at this point and we're looking forwards to her graduating to green dot soon.

Connor won his second match in the consolation bracket and got a medal for winning his bracket. He had a lot of great points and it was probably pretty tough with a long break between matches. 

Ritz weekend in Amelia Island

This past weekend we spent a long weekend in Amelia Island at the Ritz. The kids had a tennis tournament scheduled and Andrea planned a family weekend together as well. The kids got new twin sized air mattresses and we all got cozy in the hotel. 

We went on a Shrimping Eco-Tour on Thursday. The boat was pretty uncrowded and we did our best to keep our distance from others and wore our masks when we were close to other guests. The boat took us around the Fernandina Beach area and discussed the history and shrimping industry. Towards the end they dropped a net in the water and pulled up a few fish and shrimp. We checked out the sea life in some tanks on the boat and then the kids dropped them back in the water and helped to steer the boat back to the dock.

On Friday morning we started the day off with a kayak trip on the Lofton River. Connor and Andrea had their own kayaks and I went tandem with Paige. The water was pretty calm and it was a relaxing and quiet tour. It was a little difficult to paddle for 2 hours and Connor was pretty tired by the end, but we all finished without any help.

The rest of the weekend we spent at the tennis tournament and relaxing in the room, by the pool, or at the beach. It was a nice little getaway with the family!

Visit with the Grands

On July 27th, Paige and I went over to Grandpa Rick and Grandma Alice's house to hang out a bit and meet their new dog Pepe. We hung out on the screened in lanai and went for a walk and also enjoyed some of their yummy caramels. 

Saturday, July 25, 2020

Paige's Level 7 Orange Ball Tournament at Bartram

This morning I took Paige to Bartram High School for a Level 7 Orange Ball tennis tournament. There were 6 girls in her division and they were all pretty experienced and solid players.

Paige started off against a very sweet girl that she's played before named Molly. They split the first two sets and then played a 7 point tiebreaker. Paige had the lead at 5-4 but unfortunately lost the next 3 points and lost the match. She was pretty upset but jumped right in to the next match. She ended up winning 1 of her 3 matches today. Paige had a wonderful attitude and was working on her 4 F's: Footwork, Focus, Form, and FUN!

I don't think orange ball plays to Paige's strengths and we're getting closer to getting enough orange ball tournament points that she could move up to green ball. Orange ball has a smaller court, so although Paige is able to direct the ball around the court fairly well, it's such a small court and the ball moves so much slower that it's hard to really hit it away from your opponent without hitting it out of bounds. Paige is super fast too, so I'm pretty sure that once she moves up to green ball it will be good for her.

Saturday, July 18, 2020

Surf Camp - Saltwater Cowgirls

The kids went to Surf Camp this past week with the Saltwater Cowgirls. They typically just do camps for girls, but offered a co-ed camp last week so both kids were able to go. The kids love to play in the ocean, but they've never tried surfing before. Andrea had heard good things about some of the local surf camps and had done some research on it. She was excited for them to experience it, but neither one were very interested beforehand. They both were a little nervous to be out very far in the ocean and were not looking forwards to it.

We were happy to hear that after the first day they both loved it. They looked forward to the camp all week and actually asked to surf over the weekend too. On Thursday I took my camera to the beach and snapped a few pics and a couple videos. Unfortunately while I was there, the waves weren't great and I didn't capture their best moments, but still got a few nice pictures.

Tuesday, July 14, 2020

Top Golf with Grandpa Rick and Grandma Alice

On Sunday we met Grandma Alice and Grandpa Rick at Top Golf for a couple of hours of golfing fun. The previous week, Connor finished his third golf camp week and Paige finished her second. They both have been enjoying the golfing and are always begging to go to Top Golf so they can practice what they've been learning. I was excited to go too and try out some things I'd been instructed on during my private lesson a couple of weeks ago.

Grandpa golfs from time to time with his friends, and he did pretty well hitting the ball consistently. Grandma has never hit a golf ball before and it was fun seeing her try to figure it out. She started with a pretty unconventional grip, but she figured it out pretty quickly and by the end of the first game she got quite a few points and hit a few balls pretty far.

We got some snacks and Paige was pumped that they had their injectable donut holes available this time so we got to try them out. They were pretty messy, but we actually thought they were super yummy.

Steak Dinner in Amelia Island

On Saturday we did our normal weekend routine until the evening when we drove to Amelia Island Plantation to have steak dinner at Marche Burrette. It was a little warm out and it was fairly busy at the restaurant, especially since we wanted to sit outside and be apart from other customers as much as possible. We enjoyed our dinner although the flies were a little aggressive and it started pouring rain about halfway through our meal. We carried our food to the covered area and thankfully another party had just departed so we were able to be re-seated and eat our food before it got too cold.