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Sunday, September 23, 2018

Puzzles with Paige

Paige has been enjoying puzzles lately, so we went out with her on Saturday and did some shopping. We decided to get a more complex puzzle with 200 pieces. On Sunday morning she sat down and worked on it for a couple hours straight and finished it. I helped a little, but she did most of it herself. We will have to get some more puzzles for her!

Tesla Test Drive

On Saturday night we decided to try the Tesla Model X out to see if we liked it. We liked it quite a bit more than we expected and the kids loved it. We probably won't be getting one in the near future, but we had fun trying it out and the kids loved the "Ludicrous Mode" acceleration.

Donuts with Dad

On Friday morning, I went to Paige's school for the PTO's Donuts with Dads event. We ate some Dunkin' Donuts, had some OJ, and listened to a local sports nutritionist speak. It was a popular event and we got to see some of Paige's friends and saw quite a few dads that we knew as well.

Sunday, September 16, 2018

Grandpa and Grandma Vernon's house

On Sunday we decided to stop by Grandma and Grandpa's house to say hi. We watched a little football and goofed off with them. Connor's getting taller, almost as tall as Grandma! Paige played piano for us and pretended to be a well trained puppy dog. Good times!

Marsh Landing Grand Prix Tennis tournament

Connor played in a tennis tournament in our neighborhood yesterday. He played three matches and got some practice playing under pressure. The tournament was setup with no-ad scoring and the first player to 6 games won the match. Connor won his first match 6-0, Lost his second match 1-6, and Won his third match 6-1.

Wave the Whale project and newspaper project

Paige came home from school on Friday with a special bag filled with goodies and some assignments. In the bag was a stuffed whale named Wave and a blank newspaper. Paige's mission for the weekend was to take Wave on some adventures and document the experience in a binder. We took some pictures of Paige with Wave and then printed and cut them out and taped them to some special blue pages in the binder. 

We also had to fill out a large newspaper with a lot of information about Paige. We printed out a picture of Paige as well as a picture of Paige and Connor together. She chose Connor as her hero and wrote a little bit about him. I took a short video of Paige practicing her newspaper presentation, she's a little nervous about it, but I'm sure she's going to do awesome.

Playing school with Paige

Andrea loved playing school as a little girl, so when Paige wanted to play school Andrea was all about it. She got lots of fun school supplies for Paige and even a little cart to keep it all together and organized. At story time lately we will play school and I will instruct the class while Paige competes with her stuffed animals to get good grades and pass tests. She had a book report presentation recently and I took a few pics and a video as she presented.

Monday, September 3, 2018

20th Anniversary of meeting celebration - Four Seasons Orlando

Today is the 20th anniversary of the day Andrea and I met at college. To celebrate, we went to Orlando and relaxed at the Four Seasons resort. We ate dinner out at "Chef Art Smith's Homecomin'" in Disney Springs on Saturday night and enjoyed the amenities and the comfortable hotel. It was nice timing too since the US Open was on TV so we had some nice entertainment in the evenings.

I posted the following to Facebook, so I thought I'd include it here as well.

Twenty years ago today, Thursday September 3rd 1998, I was in my second week of college at SMSU and I met someone that changed my life forever. My roommate had a classmate from high school named Andrea Anders, and she met up with us to go to Jordan's Creek to go dancing. I didn't pay a lot of attention to her at first since we were in a big group, but after I caught her pinching my butt on the dancefloor, she had my full and undivided attention. We've been inseparable ever since and I'm forever thankful of the random series of events, dorm room assignments, and fate that brought us together that night. We've grown up together, graduated college, started a family, traveled the world, and have had so many adventures the past twenty years. We celebrate our wedding anniversary on June 18th, but September 3rd was the anniversary that we celebrated first and always will hold a special place in my heart. 

Andrea, you are my best friend and my soulmate. With you in my life I'm never lonely, always loved, and forever grateful that we've stuck together through everything. I hope our next twenty years together are as fun, blessed, and happy as our first. You are my true love!

JCP Orlando Sectionals

The weekend of August 19th, Andrea went to Orlando to cheer on her JCP friends in their quest to become national champions at the 3.5 level. They ended up getting defeated in the sectionals, however Andrea had a good time cheering everyone on and watching some good tennis.

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.