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Wednesday, April 28, 2021

Operation 36 - 50 yard challenge


On Sunday, April 26th, the kids did their second Operation 36 9-hole challenge. They started 50 yards back for this stage and it was quite a bit harder since they had to start each hole with chipping and then putting. 

Unfortunately, neither one of them passed this week, but both learned a lot and they made adjustments as they went along. Their last couple of holes were pretty good and they got fairly close to 36.

Kids and Millie Mae with Grandpa Rick

The kids and Grandpa Rick were home over the weekend together at our house. On Friday they went to school as normal and then both participated in the team tennis. For the most part they had a fairly chill weekend together, we appreciate Grandpa Rick coming to our house and ferrying the kids around to their various activities.

Connor and Grandpa ate at V's pizza together after he got done taking some tests at school

Millie Mae enjoyed taking walks with Grandpa Rick. Grandpa thought Millie was pretty cute carrying sticks around as they went and he snapped a couple of pics of her with one of the larger prizes.

The kids had a golf clinic on Saturday and practiced their putting.

Paige's class won the 5th grade kickball tournament, which is a big deal at her school. Grandpa took a pic of Paige with her medal.

Paige had a loose tooth and sent a pic with Grandpa.

The kids visited with Grandma on Saturday to eat dinner and hang out.

Andrea's birthday weekend at Sea Island


This past weekend, Andrea and I went to Sea Island Georgia for the weekend. The kids and Millie Mae stayed home with Grandpa Rick for the weekend while we enjoyed some chill time at the resort. The weather was a bit cool while we were there and it was perfect weather for tennis, walks, and bike rides. It was a little rainy in the afternoon on Saturday, but we were still able to spend quite a bit of time outdoors and on the beach. We played tennis in the mornings and ate some yummy food and desserts as well. 

It was a nice way to celebrate Andrea's birthday! Happy birthday Andrea!

Operation 36 - First 9 holes

Connor and Paige did their first golf event with Operation 36 on Wednesday, April 21st. It was supposed to be Sunday, but they had to move to Wednesday due to rain.

The kids have been learning golf with Operation 36 with the goal of getting through 9 holes within 36 strokes. The first event had them at 25 yards and was mostly putting. As the students pass each level, they're moved further back from the hole, with the goal of starting on the actual and official tees. 

Connor and Paige both passed on Wednesday and were excited to progress to the next level together.

Monday, April 19, 2021

Andrea's birthday

Today was Andrea's birthday and we made it as special as we could on a Monday. We are planning to go to Sea Island to celebrate this coming weekend, but we still wanted to make the actual day special for her. We got Andrea flowers, chocolate covered strawberries, some homemade cards, and some gifts. Andrea's friend Liz took her out for lunch and we celebrated as a family at TPC for dinner and dessert.

Happy birthday Andrea! We love you so much!

Sunday, April 18, 2021

Lunch and Ice Cream for Grandma Alice's birthday


On Sunday we met Grandma Alice and Grandpa Rick at Town Center for lunch and dessert. Grandma Alice chose The Noodle Company for lunch and then we stopped by Kilwin's afterwards for ice cream.

Happy birthday Grandma!

Monday, April 12, 2021

Trasca and Beach day with Grandpa Rick


Saturday morning I jogged with Millie Mae and then while Andrea was at the beach with friends I met Grandpa Rick at Trasca with the kids and then we went to the beach for a walk. 

Paige met her friend Cailyn, so it was Connor, Grandpa and myself on the walk. Millie Mae had fun running with Connor until a big dog that was off-leash ran over to them. They both got a little nervous about running off after that, so they stayed closer to us. 

During our walk we came across a fairly large crab that had gotten tangled up in fishing line. Thankfully Grandpa had his trusty credit card sized toolkit on hand and we used the scissors and the knife to cut the poor crab free. I took a video of the ordeal, but stopped it after a couple minutes so I could help. 

It was a beautiful day at the beach! After our walk we went and got ice cream and then we relaxed the rest of the day.

Birthday lunch with Anna and Rachael


On Saturday, Andrea celebrated April birthdays with her friends Anna and Rachael. They met at the club for the tennis drill clinic at 10, then they relaxed by the pool and ate lunch at the beach. 

Happy birthday ladies!

Jogging with Millie Mae


Millie Mae's been doing well on her walks and she has a lot of energy so I decided to take her on my jogs. We worked up to it over a few weeks where I'd jog with her for a couple miles and then see how she was doing for a couple days. I wanted to make sure I wasn't overdoing it with her and checked her paws to make sure she was holding up ok. On Thursday (April 8th, 2021) I finally decided to give my regular jogging route a try with her. The route takes me from our house to the southern end of the neighborhood and it's a little over 6 miles to my cooldown spot and then I walk the last half mile to the house. 

I was so impressed that Millie Mae made it! We took a couple walking breaks where I would check on her, and I picked her up at one point when she was lagging a little behind, but I could tell she wanted me to put her down. On the cooldown walk she was pulling ahead of me and we did a full speed sprint for the last couple hundred yards, she loved it!

The rest of my workday, Millie was pooped. I gave her a bath after our walk and she was happy to relax the rest of the day. She's not usually a very cuddly dog, but after her bath she let me put her in my lap while I was working.

Millie ran with me on Saturday as well and she is such a strong puppy dog! Great work Millie!

Tricks and Training with Millie Mae


Millie Mae has been learning a lot lately. We're still working to get her to use the puppy pads consistently, but she is much improved and rarely makes mistakes. We've worked on the basic commands like sit, stay, come. We've recently been working on more complex things like lie down, roll over, shake, and sit pretty (we used "beg" but I think she thought we were saying "bad" and would always look sad). 

Andrea took a video of me working with Millie Mae over the weekend.

Monday, April 5, 2021

Easter 2021

For Easter morning, the kids did an Easter egg hunt and we gave them their baskets that were filled with goodies that Andrea's been saving for the day. They both got some yummy sweets, some pajamas, new swimming goggles, strawberry lemonade, and gum. We got a few pics of them, along with Millie Mae, before we went to brunch.


We met Grandpa Rick and Grandma Alice at the Nineteen restaurant at TPC and we pretty much had the restaurant to ourselves since most of the other reservations didn't show up, so it was a very nice private meal together. The Easter Bunny came by with a basket of goodies and we snapped a pic with him/her/they/it.

Connor was a hungry boy and wanted the steak and eggs. It was a big brunch meal and we snapped a pic of him and his plate before he dug in. We expected there would be leftovers, but he pretty much finished it all. He didn't finish all the eggs because he didn't like the sauce they put on it, but otherwise he loved his lunch. We also got some donuts to share, Grandma Alice got quiche, Grandpa Rick got Croque Madame, Paige got pancakes, and I got the beef brisket. Andrea just shared a bit from each of us.

When we got home, we snapped a few family pics with our puppy and the kids were cute about putting on their Easter rabbit ears.

The weather was beautiful and cool, so Paige, Millie Mae, Grandma Alice, Grandpa Rick and I went on a long golf cart ride around the neighborhood. I operated the pedals and Paige did most of the driving. We looked at some of the houses under construction and went down some of the roads that Grandma and Grandpa had never seen.

We played some "Sleeping Queens" and dominos for a while after we got back and then we bid Grandma and Grandpa farewell so they could get home to feed their dogs and let them out. 

It was a fun Easter celebration and we're thankful we got to spend a beautiful day together with family.