Saturday, August 23, 2014

Bowling - Annual Event

We love to bowl but don't go very often due to the large, heavy bowling balls. I wrote about bowling last year here; describing the candle-pin bowling I was used when growing up in Maine.
It is always hot, very hot when school starts so one afternoon, we went (with Daddy too) and enjoyed a cool hour of fun. AA had the lightest ball of six pounds.  It was still too heavy for her, but she wanted to manage.
The fun stopped when I paid the bill - over $30+ for six strings (three people, two games each). Plus we bought sodas which was another $10+. Now, I know why families don't bowl anymore!

AA didn't use the bowling ball slide so we had her in a separate lane with the bumpers up.
Daddy bowls very well and beat us both games!
The least expensive item was the 50 cents to win a stuffed giraffe for AA! She loves her stuffed animals!
Nibbles the Giraffe getting to know new friends on AA's bed:
Maybe this will be an annual event; then again, maybe not!

Thursday, August 21, 2014

Hole In One Award from Callaway!

08/18/14 - A friend, at the River House told us that we should let Callaway know that AA made her hole in one with her Callaway golf ball. So we sent Callaway an email telling them where and when AA made her hole in one. We received a kind reply congratulating her. Today, she received a package in the mail. Yep, a plaque that honored her! We posted about her hole in one here, back in July.

So sweet!

Wednesday, August 20, 2014

Orlando Summer U. S. Kids Tour Championship 2014

08/17/2014 - AA won the Summer Orlando 2014 Tour series, but we already decided to play in the Jacksonville Local Tournament on August 10th and for-go getting her trophy in person at the Orlando Championship (all explained in a prior post). The Fleming's were kind to suggest/offer and bring AA's trophy (and Phillip's) to today's tournament (Marsh Oak - Amelia Island).
So a bit belated, congratulations to AA for her wonderful summer of golf!

 Phillip, also number one boy golfer in the world, with his Orlando Trophy:
It was a great time traveling to Orlando, the tournaments are well run with friendly families. We will not miss all the traveling, though, so will stay close to home this Fall!

Tuesday, August 19, 2014

Oak Marsh Amelia Island - Another Win!

Another Jacksonville Local Tournament has finished; AA won, so we are all happy (even though her score was a bit off/high for her).
The last time we played here, AA's Uncle Bill and Aunt Joan came to watch her compete.
We were paired with sweet Hannah, so played through without any issues.

We enjoy the ninth hole, on the marsh and finishes at the Club Pro Shop/Cafe building. It was a hot day (94 degrees) but an occasional breeze and the shade of the side path trees, kept me (a spectator) a bit more comfortable than the players.
Ninth hole handshakes:
Director Matt always chats with the players, puts them at ease:
The awards - always a big, happy ceremony:
Three more tournaments for the Jacksonville 2014 Summer Tour!

Monday, August 18, 2014

PGA Drive Chip Putt - Sub-Regionals

We were very pleased with AA's effort at the Drive, Chip and Putt (PGA) Competition. Her score of 93 improved over the score she had in the local win. We stayed at the Reunion Resort in F Building near the Tennis Courts, it was a wonderful place, wish we could have stayed longer!
We arrived early as she was in the first group at 8:00 a.m.

Waiting to start with the Drive competition:
AA did well with her three drives (just around 100 yards each drive):
Chipping was pretty good; good enough to place second in this category overall:
Putting is usually her best, but only scored one point on the third putt; as AA said, the greens got faster and it kept rolling!
AA with her second place in the chipping:
AA with her third place overall with a score of 93:
We have always said that Florida is one of the toughest States to compete in golf. To give you some comparisons, at the 2014 sub-regionals, she would have won in Alabama, Missouri and South Carolina; would have been second in Texas; would have tied for second in California; those are tough States (most of the Southern States and California where one can practice year-round). If we had signed up for the other Florida sub-regional, she would have placed first.
Also, she would have placed first in the New England sub-regions (the winner scored a 67) - which is all the States combined! We will look into the rules, but it seems sad that AA is missing out on the next step when some girls are going to the regionals with scores in the 50's - 70's and we missed with a 93! These are identical competitions with scoring of nine balls from the exact same distances.

Back at home with her two medals:
Goofy smiles.......
Maybe we will try again next year!
Back to our drive to Reunion for this event, we decided to stay at the resort and enjoyed a large villa that overlooked one of the courses. A beautiful place just like a condo. It was dusk, so these are a few photos taken on the iPad:
 Hope we can go back someday and enjoy all the amenities!

Sunday, August 17, 2014

School - First Art Project - "Get To Know You" Box

08/15/14: AA's first assignment was to create a photo box (from a tissue box) that told about herself and her summer. I gathered some material and AA cut out pictures of dogs from magazines. Her Daddy and she cut and glued. Simple, we are not the most creative crafters! After I saw the finished box, realized no photo of her Daddy (and Caddie!). Two sides were her golfing, two sides were Maine photos (both with me, kayaking and on her Nana's Sea-Doo), one with her nieces and one with her hopes to be a Veterinarian or something to do with dogs and horses!

First week of school is in the books!

Saturday, August 16, 2014

Can You Believe it has Been Nine Years?

Wondering where the time has flown by!
My sweet Hubby researched all about blogs back in July-August 2005 and created our blog in August. I don't remember the exact date but we did recreate some posts about the beginning of our adoption journey from May 2005 until we started the blog. We changed over to WordPress for less than a year then came back to Blogger.
On this current blog we have 2200+ posts plus 334 from our prior blog and 53 posts from our 100 Wishes Quilt blog. We will never have an exact number since we did duplicate (copy) some of the posts from the WordPress site.
Our highest year for blog posts was 2008 with 327; not surprising that was our referral year and Forever Family (Gotcha) Day in China! We had two 2008 months with 32 posts each, and two months tied with 34 posts: December of 2009 and December 2007.
We had a high of over 12,000 page views per month to our current of less than 3,000 a month.
Also, our lowest month of posts was a December 2011 and April 2012 (that's when I began my writers slump that lasted on and off for about 6 months), AND partly due to the continuing expansion and ease of use of Facebook!
I keep up the blog instead of a family photo album or scrapbook. Each year I make it into a book at ShareBook - Blog2Print.This seems to work best for me, so onward I continue!

How long have you been blogging? Or have you moved completely to Facebook?

Friday, August 15, 2014

North Florida Junior Golf - Season End Banquet

AA really enjoyed playing in a few of the NFJG Tournaments (first one here). We have posted before about the friendly Staff and well run matches (and how she met Director Jack at the TPC in May). This evening was all about friend Miss Tori! She won two of the season's series and also Player of the Year for the Foundation Girls.

Director Jack A.:
Tori's awards:
Stairs at TPC Sawgrass Club - Group photo:
Everyone won a door prize, AA got two dozen golf balls. Clubs and golf bags were some of the prizes (won by Tori and Andrew D.).
Leaving, a few photos in the lobby:
With her Daddy Caddie!