Paige planned a fun Halloween sleepover with a couple of her friends on Saturday night. The girls came over in the afternoon and they enjoyed the cool weather outside and goofed off around the house. Andrea took them out in the Jeep in the evening for dinner at Chick-Fil-A and then to Crumbl for cookies. Andrea had as much fun as the girls driving around in the Jeep and listening to music. The girls stayed up pretty late, as one does, and in the morning I took them out to First Watch for breakfast. I think they all had a great time together and the girls were fun to hang out with and we enjoyed getting to know both of Paige's friends.
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Sunday, October 30, 2022
Saturday, October 29th 2022, we went to Graydon's last football game of his team's season. He played awesome, throwing two touchdown passes, and he also did well on defense. We had Millie Mae with us and since it was a little wet and muddy we couldn't put her down. As a result, I was a bit distracted and didn't get a picture with Graydon in it! We enjoyed watching him play. He is so intense and tries so hard, he's fun to root for.
Wednesday evening, Connor went to volunteer with some classmates for the Beaches Go Green Trunk or Treat group. He helped to set up and hand out candy to the kids and then went to Tijuana Flats afterwards for some tacos.
Amanda and Ryan had a Halloween Adult night in their neighborhood on Saturday night (October 22nd), so we kept their boys at our house. Graydon and Paige played on their computers in Paige's room and on Saturday evening Andrea did most of the work with Griffin as I was running Connor around for Homecoming and also dealing with a broken down Tesla. Andrea got Griffin to bed without any trouble from him and he spent the night with her while Paige made up a comfy air mattress in her room for Graydon.
Thursday, October 27, 2022
On Friday, October 21st, Connor's school had a pep rally and then their homecoming football game. Connor went along with Andrea and Paige and they enjoyed the game and all the homecoming celebration. Saturday was the homecoming dance and Connor met some friends and went in together. They stayed for a while and eventually their group went back to a friend's house and I picked him up there a bit after 10:30.
Of course we took a few pics of Connor before he left, and we're so happy he got to have a homecoming dance this year, as it's been canceled the last few years due to COVID.
Saturday, October 22, 2022
The kids didn't have school on Monday, so Andrea planned to use the day off wisely and we planned our first official college campus tour for Monday, October 17th 2022. We drove to Tallahassee on Sunday morning and ate at the McAlister's Deli for lunch and then checked in to our hotel. We walked around the campus briefly in the afternoon and went by the book store. Connor got an FSU t-shirt and Paige got a sweatshirt.
Saturday, October 15th 2022, we went with the Gobles to the Down Syndrome Walk at Jacksonville Beach. The Gobles have been attending the Down Syndrome Walk in Kansas City for years, and it was their first time doing it in Florida, our first time ever. It was a bright and sunny day for the walk and we took an Uber over to the beach so we wouldn't have to stress about, or pay, for parking. We met up with the Gobles and spent the first part of our day at the play area with a bounce house, slide, and some games. After a brief speech and presentation, a marching band's drumline kicked off the walk and we started down to the beach. The walk itself wasn't super long and it was mostly on the beach and under the pier.
After the walk we played a few more games, Paige got some Jeremiah's Ice, and then we went to get some BBQ for dinner and to celebrate Ryan's birthday. It was certainly interesting to see so many people with Down Syndrome all in one place together and we were happy we got to support the Gobles and experience it with them. Hooray for Griffin's Group!