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Sunday, August 19, 2018

Paige's All About Me Poster Project

Paige and Daddy completed her first school project of the year. The assignment was to create a poster in the shape of something important to the student, and then find pictures or illustrations for five categories. Paige decided to go with a leotard as the shape and we went through and picked out lots of pictures for the different categories. It turned out very nicely and it was fun to see it come together.

Paige also has to present the poster and has practiced a few times. I took a video today of her going through the poster and pictures.

Back to school celebration - Food Trucks and beach day

On Saturday, Grandma Alice and Grandpa Rick came over to hang out and we went to the neighborhood park to celebrate back to school with the neighbors. They had a variety of food trucks and some fun activities for the kids and we ended up staying for quite a while. Paige loved the rock wall and climbed it three times.

Connor didn't really want to do any of the activities but thankfully he knew some of the boys and they played soccer for a while together.

Afterwards we went to the beach club, and it was nice and cool at the beach. The kids splashed around for a little while, but we started to get nervous as a thunderstorm was rolling through to the West. We decided we'd better not be on the beach with lightning nearby, so unfortunately our beach time was cut a bit short.

Connor's Middle school dance

On Friday, the kids completed their first full week of school. Connor's middle school scheduled the middle school dance for Friday evening, and it was Connor's first dance with friends. He was a little reluctant to go at first because he wasn't sure if anyone else was going, but it turned out that lots of the sixth graders went to the dance and he ended up having a lot of fun. Connor rode to the dance with his buddy Carter and one of Carter's friends.

I think he had fun with everyone, and it was setup so there were no slow songs, so no awkward moments with the boys and girls. No worries about dressing up fancy or anything either and the kids were encouraged to wear their favorite sports jersey. It sounds like the boys kept to themselves and the girls kept to themselves as well.

After the dance, the some of the parents took the boys to a local Mexican restaurant to socialize and hang out and I took Connor.

Bowling and games with Caitlyn

On Sunday, August 12th, Paige was invited to go bowl and play games with her friend Caitlyn. They had lunch and enjoyed their day together along with Caitlyn's brother Collin and his friend Julia.

Sunday, August 12, 2018

Final YMCA basketball game

On Friday, Connor played in a big game with his YMCA team and although they were losing in the first half, they came back and won the game by two points. This meant that they qualified for the final game of the season against the best team in the league. On Saturday afternoon he went with his buddies to St. Augustine for the big game. Connor's team had played the team earlier in the season and it had been pretty bad. His team didn't have all their best players, and they got blown out so badly they stopped keeping score and the other team eventually weren't allowed to even use their hands while on defense.

This time around things went a bit better, although it was a very uneven matchup. Some of the kids were enormous and there was quite a bit of debate as to how old they actually were. There was no mercy rule with the score this time, but the boys still lost pretty badly with a score of 7-52. We were proud of the boys for trying their best against the monster team and Coach Rob encouraged them to make friends with tall boys at school this year.

After the game the boys went back to Rob and Monica's house for the afternoon and then we invited them all over for a sleepover at our house. Carter, Liam, Bobby and Connor all were pumped to play Fortnite Battle Royale together and Liam and Carter brought their Nintendo Switches so they could all squad up. Using the Xbox, a computer, and the Nintendos, they were all able to play together and it was fun hearing them all screaming and shouting during their matches.

We had them turn off the game at around 9:30, lights off at 10:00, and finally by around midnight they were all asleep.

In the morning, Paige and I went to Dunkin Donuts to get everyone some breakfast. When we got home, we were happy to hear that the boys had won a round together, and they recounted their victory while I recorded them.

Connor is lucky to have a good group of boys with such similar interests. He had a fun weekend with buddies.

Paige driving the golf cart

It's been hot lately. It's that time of year where you break a sweat walking to the mailbox and back. In the evenings though, right as the sun is going down, there's a period where it gets nice and cool and you can enjoy the outdoors without burning up. We've been going for golf cart rides that time of day lately, and Andrea also decided to let Paige practice driving. Andrea would run the pedals and Paige would steer, and Paige absolutely loves it.

Yesterday, while Connor was at basketball, we went for a ride and I took a short video. It's super bumpy, but I love watching Paige enjoy the drive.

Maddie playdate

On Saturday morning we got up and did our regular morning routine. Andrea and I did the 9 and 10 clinics while Connor did his lesson with Coach Andrew. Paige went to the nursery and brought along her books and some school stuff so she could get a jumpstart on the homework.

We got home after tennis and Connor went with his buddies to his basketball game and after lunch we invited Paige's friend Maddie over. 

The girls built a fort up in the playroom under the ping pong table and then they swam for a while together. It was a super hot day, and it was a perfect time for some swimming. It's nice that Paige has a friend in the neighborhood that lives nearby and it's neat they're in the same class this year.