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Sunday, September 24, 2023
Paige has been doing a high level junior's clinic at the club on Tuesdays and Thursdays. Connor goes with her on Thursdays so he can drive her that day, but Connor has a night class on Tuesdays so I usually take her to tennis. While she's playing, I go to the beach with Millie Mae and Millie loves to run around and roll in the sand. She is usually pretty worn out afterwards and to keep her car carrier a little cleaner, I will usually hold her on the way home. Paige snapped a pic of Millie in my lap on Tuesday as Millie was dozing off.
Week 2 of the NFL season, the Chiefs came to Jacksonville to take on the Jaguars. The Chiefs lost their first game, and we were worried they'd lost to the Jags too, but thankfully they managed to scrape out a victory 17-9. We watched at the Goble's house and Paige's friend Saylor came along too. It was a bit hot, but we threw the football around in the street during halftime and after the game and I snapped a pic of the kids in their Chief's gear.
Sunday, September 17, 2023
Paige's friend Sadie came over yesterday to eat lunch with us and then hang out at the beach. The girls wanted me to bring the SUP (Stand Up Paddleboard), and I inflated it for them and hauled it to the beach. Millie Mae went out with me on it once last year in water that was half as wavy as yesterday and it did not last long. We got swamped and separated with a medium sized wave, and Millie swam back to shore. After one try I realized it was a bad idea unless the water was super calm, and we gave up.
Yesterday, the waves were pretty intense and I told the girls I didn't think it would be a good day for it, but they insisted on giving it a try. They actually did better than I expected, and got out past a few of the breaks and both got on the board together. Unfortunately it didn't last long and they were both treading water as the SUP got washed back up the beach. I collected the SUP and they took a break, but were determined to give it another try. This time it lasted a little longer, but eventually they got swamped again and this time I insisted they quit. The SUP definitely floats more than a surfboard and I think that makes it more difficult in some respects when pushing it out on the waves.
It was still a beautiful beach day and the girls enjoyed swimming in the waves and in the pool. Millie and I wandered around looking for shark teeth and we found a couple dozen small ones and one nice medium sized one.
We often joke that Connor is Andrea's full time job. He has a lot going on to keep track of, with high school classes, dual enrollment with college classes, tutoring for the ACT test, his work schedule, and his tennis practices. They are cute together and Andrea's been helping him study for his sign language coursework recently. Connor got a 100% on his last test, and they were both so happy that all their hard work paid off. I help out with some of the writing assignments, but Andrea definitely does most of the work with Connor and helps to keep him organized.
Paige recently tried out for volleyball at her school with her friend Sadie, but unfortunately they didn't make the cut. It wasn't too surprising since neither have ever played volleyball outside of gym class, and it's a primary sport for many girls. Paige joined the school's flag football team along with some friends, and she's been going to practices on Friday nights and Saturday mornings. Their coach is the father of one of the girls and he's amazing how seriously he is taking it. In their last practice he even set up a camera to record things and sent clips to the parents with different videos and he's really getting to know all the players. We're looking forwards to the games starting soon!
Monday, September 4, 2023
Andrea and I went to New York in 2017 and decided that we would go with the kids this year. Andrea planned the trip to be over the Labor Day holiday so the kids wouldn't miss as much school, but as the date got closer we thought that maybe it would be more fun as an adult trip instead. Amanda and Ryan graciously agreed to let our kids hang out at their place Saturday-Monday, so we changed our reservations and the kids were also happy they wouldn't have to miss any school. The other two nights we were gone, the kids stayed home alone and got themselves up and to school by themselves. It was the first time for them staying overnight alone.
We flew out super early on Friday morning and after dropping our bags off at the Conrad Hotel we headed straight over to the Billie Jean King National Tennis Center. Well, we kind of headed straight over. I pulled up Google's recommended subway route and we got aboard a train. While we were sitting on it, Andrea pulled up another route and we decided to maybe change to that route. We ended up getting turned around somewhere along the way. The ride took about twice as long as it should have, but we got there eventually.
Friday and Saturday were forecasted to have the best weather and although we hadn't necessarily intended to go to the US Open immediately, the weather made it necessary. Friday's high was in the low 70's and it was actually a little cool in the shade at times.
We didn't stay too late on Friday as we were pretty worn out from our early morning flight. We got back to the room and I got some pizzas from a nearby place that sold 99 cent pizza slices. It was kind of nuts that for $11 we got five slices of pizza and a couple of cokes. I told Andrea that our entire dinner cost half as much as one of the chicken nachos we bought at the US Open earlier in the day.
- Taylor Townsend vs Karolina Muchova in Louis Armstrong
- Iga Swiatek vs Kaja Juvan in Louis Armstrong
- Jennifer Brady vs Caroline Wozniacki in Arthur Ashe
- Austin Krajicek & Jessica Pegula vs Laura Siegemund and Sander Gillé (Mixed Doubles)
- R. Montgomery & C. Ngounoue vs M. Kolodziejova & L. Noskova
- Madison Keys vs Ludmila Samsonova on Louis Armstrong
- Aliona Bolsova & Rebeka Masarova vs Taylor Townsend & Leylah Fernandez
- A few other doubles matches that weren't the most exciting or memorable