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Sunday, November 3, 2019

Connor's last U12 USTA match of the season

On Friday, November 1st 2019, Connor had what may be his final U12 USTA team tennis match of the season against Jacksonville Golf and Country Club. Connor's team's been together for a few years now and it's been fun to see them all develop and improve. Connor played line 1 singles and line 1 doubles on Friday and won them both. His singles match ended 4-1, 4-0 and his doubles match was 8-3. After the match, the boys all threw around the football in what may have been their favorite part of the match.

I put together a short video with a few highlights from the match.

Halloween 2019

Halloween this year fell on a Thursday, which wasn't the worst, but was a little odd in the middle of the week. After school, the kids didn't have any homework, so they got to relax a little while before trick-or-treating. Paige wanted to be a witch this year and we'd gotten her a cute orange and black costume a few weeks ago. Connor hadn't really wanted to get dressed up and we weren't even sure if he'd want to go trick-or-treating. On Thursday afternoon a few of his friends texted him to see if he was interested in going with them and he decided that sounded like fun. As he's done in previous years he threw on a football jersey and went as a football player.

At 6pm we drove the golf cart to his friend Cole's house and he hung out with his friends Namath, Cole, Charlie, Jackson and Ethan until it got dark and then they all went out together.

On the way back from dropping off Connor, we stopped at a neighbor's house that we've been getting to know better lately, and Paige went trick-or-treating with Anika, Natalie, Anika's brother Yosh, and with Casey and Keagan after we stopped at their house. The kids enjoyed jumping on and off the golf carts and we were surprised that it seemed like there were a lot more kids in the neighborhood this year. We mostly stuck to the houses near us and it was a nice chill evening.

After we got home around 9pm, Paige switched on our lights and she hoped to hand out some candy, but everyone had wrapped up by then. I picked up Connor a little while later and it turned out he'd traded all his candy for a gigantic pile of Snickers bars!

Wednesday, October 30, 2019

Anika's birthday party

On Sunday afternoon, Andrea and I took Paige to the Jacksonville Beach Humane Society to celebrate her neighbor Anika's 10th birthday. Shortly after we arrived, the kids lined up and got a tour of the facility and the dogs and cats that were available for adoption.

After the tour, the tour-guide brought a couple of dogs up to the party room to party with the kids.

The kids put on gloves and made dog treats out of pumpkin, oats, applesauce and greek yogurt.

It was a cute party, and a fun way to get to know some of our neighbors a little better.

Steak Out with the Fishman family

On Saturday morning, Andrea and I played in the Halloween tennis mixer at the club and in the afternoon we went to Amelia Island to eat at Steak Out with the Fishmans. When we arrived the kids threw bread to the turtles and fish. There was a humongous fish in the water that I don't remember seeing before.

After dinner the kids had some ice cream and then we walked over to the activities area and the kids played miniature golf. The girls played together and the boys split up and played together so it wouldn't take all night and for the most part everyone got along, although it did get a little competitive with the boys.

Paige at Bedtime

Last week we were getting ready for bed and Paige looked so colorful and cute. I decided to snap a few pics of her and she wanted to pose with her favorite blankie.

Sunday, October 20, 2019

Spa day and pedicure for Andrea

To celebrate Andrea's completion of chemotherapy, some of her friends took her to lunch and got her some gift cards to the Spa at our beach club. On Saturday afternoon, Andrea went and got a pedicure for the first time since she had chemo.

Cookies and ice cream with Emily

On Saturday, a tropical storm blew through from the Gulf of Mexico and it rained all day long. We decided to invite Emily over for the day and Paige enjoyed eating lunch together and hanging out with her. In the afternoon it finally stopped raining and we went on a bike ride around the neighborhood. In the evening, we went to Insomnia for ice cream cookies, which were delicious.