Tuesday, May 26, 2015

Kilee's Second Day - Sunday

The girls went to bed pretty late compared to our usual weekend night, girls did sleep until a little after 7:00. I made Martha Stewart's Best buttermilk Pancakes and they were delicious; some with pecans, some with blueberries, and the girls wanted theirs "original", no additions. Ford made eggs and sausage, peppers and onions. After we were done, Kilee added that she likes her eggs scrambled (we fried them) and strawberries in her pancakes. Oops! Maybe next time we will get it right! She did say that it was a good breakfast.
We reserved two seats at the family-friendly Sunday Painting with a Twist as the owl painting looked rather simple. WRONG! It was a two hour class that should have been much longer. They enjoyed the painting; it was detailed even though the coloring looked simple. Next time we will look for a class strictly for kids! 

Each time I tried to take a picture, AA scolded at me! They are at that age; when other adults are around, they don't want anyone fussing at them.
Serious expression:
Almost done:
The final art work!
Alyzabeth's was monogrammed by the teacher, it was difficult to get a paint brush in the small necklace circle, so the teacher used a paint pen.
After painting, we had lunch at Taps and then went to the park as we had a few minutes before our meet-up with Kilee's mom. Spring Park was busy, getting ready for tomorrow's Memorial Day celebration. A warm day but the breeze helped, so unusual that it wasn't close to 100 degrees (only 85!)!
Poppy/Daddy with Grand-Kilee and AA.
A good time, always wears us out! Ready for home and a quiet evening!

Monday, May 25, 2015

Memorial Day - In Remembrance

Our Memorial Day holiday is usually quiet, we enjoy the holiday, sometimes with family, sometimes without; sometimes as a picnic, sometimes a public BBQ, sometimes at home.
Growing up, everyone I knew went to cemeteries and spruced up the graves of our ancestors. Here, we do not have any family graves, so we "adopted" our neighbors and occasionally spruce up their graves and replace the worn flags with new. 
Remembering........maybe.........will be enough.
Ford's Dad's Casket cover:

Our River Road neighbors, the Nichols:
From the web site - theveteranssite.com:
This coming weekend our cities will be decorated in bunting and the American flag will be flying along downtown streets all across America. There will be memorial ceremonies held at National Cemeteries, and small local cemeteries, where veterans are buried beneath broad, manicured grounds marked with long, regimented rows of white marker stones. Some people will gather in those places of rest around the country to remember their own family members who died in service. Others will come to honor all who have served the nation in times of war and times of peace. The flag will be raised solemnly as the National Anthem is played or sung. The plangent, melancholy notes of “Taps” will waft over the silent grounds.   The old veterans in attendance will be recognized by their baseball hats emblazoned with military branch insignias, or with the names of the wars they were in. They will stand at awkward attention and salute at the raising of the flag, or during the playing of “Taps.” Their eyes and cheeks may be moist with tears, because they will be remembering fallen brothers and sisters in ways most can not imagine.
It is not wars that we are remembering with this national holiday. Rather, we are remembering those who served and those who gave their last full measure of devotion in order to insure that the freedoms that this country offers to all would be able to be passed on to the next generations. We remember them because they tell us something of our human dignity. They remind us of the cost of freedom and of the quality of our character as a nation. We do not gather on this holiday to glorify wars. Rather, we are challenged to remember that when war comes unbidden to us, there are those who are willing to give their all to defend this nation. Deep down we want to remember in the hope that we will find ways to prevent wars and never again have to fight them again. There is, among veterans, no more hoped for desire than the desire that their own sons and daughters will never have to suffer the terrors of war, or the effects of war.

Kilee's Over Night Visit - Saturday

We picked up Grand-Kilee at noontime, went to Fleming Island Golf Club for AA to get in her nine holes of practice today, then did some shopping with Kilee. We went to Kohl's and Michael's. She selected a dress, skirt and a couple of tops; then bought some flowers for her class project at Michael's. We arrived home and jumped in the pool, popcorn at the River House, then made homemade pizza for dinner. The girls enjoyed playing the Wii and movie watching. 

Fun pool time!
Kilee in her new dress; she will be graduating from 5th grade in less than two weeks, then moving up to the middle-school in August.
Flowers for her class project:
Playing the Wii - mostly doing the dancing competitions:
Enough for one day! Painting with a Twist is tomorrow (Sunday).

Sunday, May 24, 2015

Miscellaneous May 2015

Catching up on some news, including the announcement of the passing of our Maine cousin, Willis Redmond.
We lost "Cuz" Redmond this month, on May 15th, he and his family were one of our closest relatives growing up; we are very close with his middle daughter, "Aunt Carolyn", who lives near us (photo of all three daughters).

 A woodpecker decided to make his presence known to us for an afternoon:
Nephew Andrew visiting my Mom (his Nana):
Grand-Dylan's Graduation photo from Pre-K:
Our neighborhood bird on the fountain in front of our home:
Pool time! It is almost summer!
A few photos of our newest Maine Grand-Niece Chloe:
And Maine nephew Chris with son Anthony:
Ford joined the River House Beer Club; attended their outing to the May 15th Jacksonville Craft Beer Fest:

Life has been good to us; enjoying our new little home, I am soon to be on the WPOA Board - our home owner's association. I volunteered and was elected at the Annual Meeting on May 16th. Can't wait to see what I got myself into!
AA continues golf lessons with Ms. Kathy (had one on Tuesday, May 19th and a lesson with her Coach Jason on Thursday, the 21st). Looking forward to the end of the school year and many golfing tournament trips!

Monday, May 18, 2015

NFJG - South Hampton (CR210) - Golfing Winners!

Playing the NFJG Tournaments is always a challenge but so much fun to see how the young golfers meet the challenge of playing with the adult  distances. Sunday's tournament was 2500 yards for the Foundation Girls and Boys and the kids did very well. AA bested her last best score of 48 with a 47 today (only four strokes off the leaders - 12 and 10 year olds). She and Sammy didn't get to play together, yet again they tied in score, which was also Sammy's best. A huge difference from last tournament where AA was the only girl, to six girls competing.
We enjoyed being paired with Kaitlin; she didn't have the best first hole but kept focus on each hole, didn't give up and ended with sequential hole pars. She won with a sudden death play-off; so a hard earned/well deserved champion! The Chao girls and AA are the three youngest in the tournament, so to take three of the top four places - terrific!
1st photo: Starting off with the last photo of the day - our sweet, focused, talented, happy golfing daughter!

Tee time 3:38 p.m. Walking to the second hole, hot day, drinking the water:
AA started the round with two pars' which is a great morale/attitude booster, then a bogey on Hole 3. AA had an amazing shot today from under a tree (Hole 5). She discussed options with her Caddie, practiced the right swing and even with an azalea in the way, she nailed the ball onto the green. It was such a "pro" shot; made her day to make that save! She did have a few putting mishaps, and the longer holes were always a stroke longer than the older girls (up to age 13). 
From Hubby's comments: She worked the ball well with a gentle draw, good contact with her irons; tough greens and she showed control/restraint. She did have two errant shots to the right; corrected the problem - was pressing the club at the beginning of her swing which opens the club face.
Overall, many signs of her ability to play a competitive game.
Below - A few times when they had a moment to observe (in the hot sun; with cool breezes throughout the afternoon):
Ninth Hole - Handshakes with EK, KC and AAM:
The two best golfers! Sammy earned the medal for third place from a "paper scorecard" play-off. Both will receive third place points.
Kaitlin receiving her first place medal!
The top three:
The three friends: someone started tickling, so great smiles in these photos!
Still waiting to hear if there will be a Jacksonville U.S. Kids Golf Summer Tour; AA has three State tournaments in June and will possibly play one more in this NFJG summer series.