Friday, October 24, 2014

Saturday - Sunday - October 19th

The weekend began with me trying a new blue cheese dip which turned out way too STRONG for everyone. I liked the sharp tang, but no one else seemed to be able to tolerate it!

Practicing every day!
I also cooked a simple vegetarian spaghetti dish, which was acceptable:
We went to the RAM market on Saturday; we had not been there in months, so enjoyed the nice weather and bought some vegetables for the week. We also bought some gluten free baked goods. I had made a few gluten free sausage balls, but the taste was "off" and again, no one seemed to like the difference. So we had a nice pizza and salad at Moon River!
We went to the Orange Park Town Fall Festival and enjoyed some music and all the booths surrounding the park. We ran into Linda and John Reid (at Moon River too).
Live bees:
John off in the distance:
Sunday Golf Tournament at St. Johns Club (Elkton). We hired Ms. Maria as caddie so this allowed us to relax and watch AA from a difference perspective. AA was way off with her putting (a new putter), so that will be worked on in the coming week.
The award ceremony - another second place as an eight year old!
Maria and Jason before the start of the tournament:
Coach Jason with AA; below with Sammy, Kaitlin and AA:
Off to another week, more golfing next weekend with the NFJG Series at the King and Bear!

Monday, October 13, 2014

The Weekend! Church, House-Hunting, Golfing, Brunch - All Fun!

We continue to look occasionally for homes in the St. Augustine area; we hope to be able to decide by end of school year (isn't that when everyone moves?). We enjoyed a leisurely drive and a stop at the park to stretch our legs and a quick drink at one of the great waterfront bars in St. Augustine, The Conch House. We found a house lot just 7 house lots from the Conch House. It also dawned on us that there is a marina, so we could keep our boat there too.

We rarely go to brunch at the Club so when the offered October specials were some of our favorites, we decided to go and use our mandatory monthly food bill there. I had one of the specials, a seafood pot pie which was delicious! Hubby had another special, the prime rib and AA had the free children's choice, but ate off our plates as usual, along with a cup of Wisconsin Cheese soup! The free flowing mimosas and the river views made for a luxurious mid-day meal.
Ice cream for AA's dessert, we were too full! We stopped by the fish ponds to see how they and the turtles were doing.
A great weekend, lots of house chores done, Hubby made homemade pimento cheese with our home-grown pimento peppers, AA is still practicing riding her big bicycle, and most of AA's thank you notes written, all mixed together with some fun!

Saturday, October 11, 2014

Week of October 6th - 10th: Golfing, Horses and FUMCH!

This week flew by (don't they all?)!
I worked three days, AA had early dismissal on Thursday and no school on Friday!
Our days were filled with fun and more driving - we are driving so much to the Orlando area!
This week, wonderful Hubby went to a Jacksonville business and picked up a donation for our Children's Home. It was a full/HUGE pallet of shampoo. We love being able to help deliver donations (even though we did not have anything to do with getting it, we can still truck stuff to the Home!).
So Thursday, Ford and AA, after early school dismissal, drove south to the Children's Home to drop off the donation pallet, then went to her golf lesson with Mr./Coach Jason. I heard she had a great time with Jason; he is skilled at making corrections to her swing, while including lots of encouragement. She says she likes the way he makes it fun! They played nine holes together which gave Daddy Caddie a break to watch AA play instead of being in the action. We can't wait to see how well AA progresses over the coming year!
Friday was a no school day! AA golfed with her Daddy while I caught up on house chores. Then we went to AA's horse riding lesson. I am researching two other stables that may be more suited to her; we shall see. She had a great lesson with K'Leigh at Diamond D Ranch:

 She rode "Sparky" today:

We want to meet up with family somehow this weekend, no plans yet. Hoping all of them are well after a bout with strep throat! With the cooler weather, we have been going to parks for some outdoor fun (it is way too HOT and HUMID in the summer to play in the direct sun at these parks). We are also returning to our occasional shopping visit to the RAM, where we buy fresh vegetables, fruit and what ever else "tickles our fancy"! Always fun there, then a family lunch out together. Yesterday, it reached 91 degrees, so cooler weather hasn't really happened yet!

Looking at unusual activities in our area,, I found a "Catty Shack/Big Cat" Sanctuary in North Jacksonville; also an Easton Foundation archery facility just west of Gainesville (Newberry). Lots of pumpkin patches and corn maze lots are now open too. Now to plan a time to go and have fun!

Tuesday, October 07, 2014

Fall Tour- U.S. Kids Golf - 2nd at South Hampton

This was the second tournament in the Fall series. AA is just getting settled with the older group and longer distance, plus she is growing so each club distance is changing for her. Also, she used a putter that was changed that morning with new shaft and weights (the "Cure"); she didn't have anytime to practice with it so had to adjust during the tournament; we won't do that again! She placed second which is fine, but had two high-scoring holes (the other seven were great!). She hasn't had consistent lessons in a long time so we need to map out a golfing plan for her if she wants to go to the Worlds again next summer. Better game next time!
Ninth hole photos:

We welcomed a new girl; she plans to join us for the rest of the Tour.
Outside playing after the round:
AA's new Coach Jason came to the tournament to caddy for one of his students; Ms. Maria joined him so are hoping we can have her caddy someday for AA. We need to give AA a chance to see how she likes a caddie other than her Daddy!

Monday, October 06, 2014

Miscellaneous - Last Week - Catching Up!

The end of swimming! With the Club pool being unheated, and the nights cooling down, it is hard to jump in the pool. Last few years I bought AA a wet suit, but not this year. We swam last week, and then she got in one more time this past Saturday (10/04/14). We also went to two parks and started AA bike riding again, it has been a long time and she hasn't mastered riding without training wheels (bad parents!). We had a quiet 4th for our 29th wedding anniversary, a good bottle of wine, home cooked dinner and a short visit to the River House!

Ford makes the "Rachel Ray" meatballs for our favorite spaghetti dinner meal!
I made more homemade lemon extract; should be ready for Christmas gifting:
AA still loves her Wii! She now has a Harry Potter Lego game, the Wii Resort along with the others she received for her birthday:
I have been researching some recipes that are "grain-free" and gluten free; which are two different things. I decided to do an easy recipe first - I made a batch of our favorite breakfast sausage balls with regular Bisquick and then a batch with the gluten free mix (very "gritty"). I didn't mind the difference, but Ford noticed the smell and taste right away. I need to try them out on an unsuspecting friend, as I think they are very close. I need to make my own mix of gluten free flour to try a few cupcake recipes next!
Not much to blog about, we are into the school year and golfing routine again!

Tuesday, September 30, 2014

Another Grand-Baby in the Family!

Baby Avery Mae arrived a little after 9 a.m. today (Tuesday, 09/30/2014) - just making it in as another September baby in our family! Proud Daddy holding baby this morning:

We stopped by for an early evening visit on the 30th:
Avery's first cousins Livi and Dylan:
Nicole was resting in her delivery bed; still trying to shake off the effects of the epidural, but otherwise doing well. The birth was fast; she was admitted at 2:00 a.m. and seven hours later....
Their baby girl No. 1 Mila was with her Grandparents (Jordan's family) and were to arrive a little later, so did not see how Mila liked her new little sister (photo below from Leaa). 

Congratulations to Nicole and Jordan! Baby Girl No. 2 is here!