Monday, April 20, 2015

Christmas, Florida

We had plenty of time to drive to AA's final golf tournament, as our road was being blocked at 8 am for a Florida Strider's Club 8k "Run to the Sun" race. We needed to leave early so looked along the trip route for a long rest break and discovered Christmas, Florida. There really isn't much to this town but there is a park dedicated to the Seminole Indians. It is very nice with historic buildings and a play park.
Here's the historical significance, part of our not so proud USA history when Indians were being moved to relocation lands that they did not want to go to, thus many wars; a fort and "prison" was built: 
On December 25, 1837, a force of 2,000 U.S. Army soldiers and Alabama Volunteers arrived in the area to construct a fort, which they named Fort Christmas. The fort was one of over 200 forts built during the Second Seminole War.

A permanent Christmas tree:
The blockade house is very well made with many exhibits worth spending time to see and read.
The park has a baseball field, many pavilions to "reserve" for parties and a large play ground. All free.
The park was a good discovery, really out of the way, but a great area for the locals.

Sunday, April 19, 2015

Orlando Local U. S. Kids Golf Tour - Spring Season Finale!

The final tournament in the Orlando Spring 2015 Tour was completed (Saturday 4/18/15) at Rio Pinar. AA had a great round with a big "except" hole #12 - a par 3 with water in front of it. She has hit this distance many times (about 85 yards) but today, with a strong wind and change of club selection, it faded to the left and into the water. If she had par'd it (the other Par 3 hole, she birdied), she would have had her first score in the 30's (a 38). Oh well. She is so close to "greatness" as we say..... She is an excellent golfer so always happy that she plays so well.
Practice putting:

Final hole with Ann Burel, Olivia Ikeda (#18: played the back nine):
Scoring table with Caddie Maria:
Director Doug making awards:
AA finished third for the tournament and third for the season championship.
Most of the 8 - 9 year old girls (there were 14 total):
Missing is Natalie Q (5th place):
Trying to get Olivia to smile!
Proud of friends, Sammy Chao who earned second place and Bella D. who took the Championship!
Older sister, Kaitlin Chao, took third place overall; these Chao girls can play!

Coach Jason and AA; we have a May - July schedule for lessons so are being very intentional about getting AA more coaching:
A great big thank you to Doug and Karen who run the Orlando local tour; well run and very competitive. We may play a couple during the summer tour, but will concentrate on the State tournaments and a few NFJG tournaments. Then end of July is Pinehurst!

Thursday, April 16, 2015

Fun on My Birthday - Part 2

My "low key" birthday wish was to play nine holes of golf with Hubby (we had been saying for months we would start playing together), have a nice bottle of wine and play golf with AA.
So after school, I attempted nine holes of golf with AA. She lined me up and tried to coach me; I did hit a few good balls, but nothing very encouraging! It also disrupted AA's usual practice round. I need lessons but Hubby helped me too. It is fun to play, just wish it wasn't so hard to replicate a good swing when I finally get one right!

Much more fun watching AA play!
Ninth hole (we played the front nine):
My new "used" clubs; Hubby is quite the bargain hunter on Craig's List! Plus a new "used" Callaway Big Berth 7 Heaven wood.
Gifts from my Mom, a new pair of my favorite L.L. Bean "Teva's" and a new beach bag and matching towel. Great gifts!
My cards from AA and Hubby, I received several others and phone calls from the "big" kids:
AA is into telling silly jokes - the answer is below:
Since Hubby has given up drinking coffee, our large coffee pot was not good at making 2 cups just for me. So here is my new Keurig from Hubby (it also can make 4 cups at a time with the carafe cups)! He's so thoughtful!!
Hubby baked his homemade pizza and we had a drink at the River House!
A great Tuesday with my Hubby and little daughter! (Tigger was looking for "Pooh"!)

Wednesday, April 15, 2015

Fun on my Birthday - If it is April, It's Aly's!

My birthday began early with the Club brunch on Sunday, AA giving me a bouquet of flowers on Monday and Hubby gave me a new (used) set of clubs from Craig's List. He also bought me a new Callaway Big Bertha "Heaven wood 7" club. So I was ready for my birthday golfing of a round of nine with him!

Special bottle of wine - delicious! So nice, so much better than our "value" wines we usually have!
Gifts and cards!
AA made one from my dog (ha! since we don't have one; you think she is begging for one?)!
At Eagle Harbor Golf Club: we saw a turtle, lots of ducks and geese, also this rabbit:
My very horrible golfing pose:
Hubby's golf swing:
We stopped at a new coffee house near our home; serves breakfast and lunch all day long. We tried two breakfasts - a scrambled egg/grits bowl and the strawberry waffle. We were not impressed with the drinks or the food. However, our rule is to always try a place twice before ignoring it completely! We will take AA there someday for lunch and try it the second time.
Next is my birthday dinner tonight and opening my gifts! Hubby has one more surprise for me!

Tuesday, April 14, 2015

Sunday Brunch - Club Continental

We decided to go to Sunday brunch at the Club; they were having a buffet with "southern" foods - yep, fired chicken, collard greens, corn bread and lots more! We don't go very often, so it is a treat (here's an older post about a brunch). Our excuse was that it will kick off a very low key birthday celebration for me! We have plans to golf (AA said she would coach me!), dinner tomorrow and opening presents Tuesday on my birthday. I didn't ask for anything as I went shopping this past March 17th with MIL Joy and bought TOO much. But I do see a few gifts from my Hubby on our table even though I told him he could skip this year!
I took lots of photos of AA as we were leaving, so beautiful around the Club grounds. AA wore a new maxi-skirt from Aunt Terri and Uncle George; thank you she loves it!

Beautiful day! Cooler and cloudy compared to Saturday when we ROASTED in Orlando!