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Sunday, July 8, 2018

Beach day with buddies - Caitlin and Camden

On Sunday, we decided to have a beach day with some friends. Paige invited Caitlin and Connor invited Camden. Both kids live in our neighborhood, so we picked them up on the way out to the club.

We had lunch at PVIC in the Patio and then went to the beach for a little while. Paige struggled with her earplugs and started crying after getting some water in them. Andrea took the girls to get the big unicorn cookie and after a little longer, the boys decided to go to the pool. We hung out at the pool for the rest of the afternoon. Paige and Caitlin went down the slide a bunch and jumped a lot in the pool in the deep end.

Both kids enjoyed their time with buddies and it was pretty chill for Andrea and myself since they were both entertained with their friends. I actually fell asleep for a few minutes on the chair by the pool. We're glad both kids have such nice friends in the area and we will definitely have to do another beach day with buddies soon.

Puppy fun at Grandma's house

After Connor's basketball game, we went to Grandpa and Grandma's house to hang out for a bit before taking Chloe home. Chloe's been there a long time, since before we went to KC for Drew's graduation. It was probably the longest I've been away from my puppy dog since we got her. Chloe was a good girl for Grandma, and the day we showed up at her house, she had five dogs she was babysitting. Including Chloe and Possum there were seven dogs in the house, and I had a good time getting to know the puppies and playing with them.

We went to Sonny's for dinner, then said farewell to the doggies and headed home. It is nice to have our Chloe bear back. Thanks to Grandma and Grandpa for taking good care of her and always making her welcome at their house.

Connor's first YMCA basketball game

Connor had his first basketball game with his new YMCA team on Saturday at 3. He played really well and scored 4 points. His team ended up winning 26-5. Connor played well throughout the game, but somewhere during the first half he heard the coach telling the kids to pass the ball and suddenly that was all he did whenever he got the ball. He is a super unselfish player, and it he really did have some nice passes. However, there were a few missed opportunities where he got the ball and was wide open, and rather than take the open shot he was looking for an open teammate and gave the ball away unnecessarily. It's neat that the kids on his team all go to his school, and it's also nice that it's a fun summer activity that they can do indoors when it's hot out. It's a pretty short season, so hopefully we'll be able to make most of the games.

Saturday day out with Paige

On Saturday, Paige and Andrea had an afternoon out together.

Paige has been super cute lately about wanting to wear more mature little girl dresses and she begged Mommy to put on makeup and get all cute for their day out. She also wanted to approve of Mommy's dress and they had fun getting ready for their day out.

They went to Cheesecake Factory for lunch and then did some shopping. They got some goodies from Claires, Justice, and Target.

PVIC tennis camp for the kids

Connor and Paige both went to the club last week for the kids' PVIC tennis camp. The pros did an awesome job of making it fun and also getting in a lot of games and instruction. They got rained out on Thursday, but they really enjoyed the 4 days they got in. Connor loved it so much that he asked to go again next week. Connor won camper of the week on Friday and we're glad they're having a fun time this summer.

Paige's fancy Friday night dinner

This past week, Andrea got Paige some new dresses and outfits. Paige absolutely loved a blue dress and she decided she wanted to get dressed up for dinner on Friday. She put on a ton of makeup and Andrea had to help her tone it down a little. She got her cute purse too and we snapped a pic of her before we went out to Barbara Jeans. She is all girl, she loves her girly stuff.

July 4th at PVIC

We spent July 4th this year at the club and beach. We had lunch, and then got our chairs at the beach. We usually don't bother with renting chairs and an umbrella, but we'd planned to spend a while at the beach so decided to get them on the 4th. I really enjoyed it a lot more than I expected, the chairs were comfortable and it was nice to have a little shady spot in the sand. I'm glad Andrea called early because every chair and umbrella was reserved and the beach was about as busy as we've ever seen.

The waves were super high, and more exciting than we'd experienced in Jacksonville. It was a red flag day and while we normally don't go out on red flag days, there were a lot of people around and lots of lifeguards. We also brought out a couple of boogie boards to float with and an inflatable ring. We had a blast in the waves. It was a good time until one of the big waves surprised Andrea and flopped her around to the ocean floor where she banged up her left knee. She ended up with a bruise on it, and it was a bummer of a way to end the swimming in the ocean.

After a few hours we saw some big clouds out in the ocean. We weren't sure if it was coming our way until we suddenly felt the air change and get cooler. We hustled to get our bags and beach stuff and went to the restaurant just as it started pouring. The staff remembered us, and got us a nice table in the covered area and we enjoyed some dessert as the rain rolled through. It stopped raining pretty quickly and then we went back out again.

It was fun to spend the day at the beach and fun to see some of our friends and enjoy the beach. Although we've been in Florida now for 6 years, it's still sometimes surprising that we live somewhere with such easy and convenient access to the beach and such a nice area. It was a great day and a great way to celebrate the 4th of July.