Sunday, November 29, 2015

Sunday NFJG - Hidden Hills 11/29/15

Another great golf tournament by NFJG - at Hidden Hills (off Monument). From Facebook:
AA's golf game was pretty good; the best part was only 16 putts. She had three "not her best holes" (one with a penalty - hit the water); but her drives were good (2484 yards). Two sweet families to play with and walk the nine holes; plus having Nana Joy with us; her first time at a golf tournament! Over all second place at another great NFJG run tournament. ‪#‎AlyzabethMorganGolf‬ at Hidden Hills Golf Course (Jacksonville).
Daddy Caddie and Daughter at Hole #1 - waiting to start the tournament.

Ninth hole - a good game, good families to walk with.
Scoring tent:
The awards - Kylie Turner in first place, Alyzabeth in second, then Ebby Somers (Valdosta):
I did not get a photo of Nana Joy walking with me (she said another item to cross off her bucket list!); a nice course, very hilly, pleasant day in the mid-70's and sunny! Perfect!

Thursday, November 26, 2015

Thanksgiving Day!

Happy Thanksgiving! We had a wonderful Thanksgiving visit at Cathy and Werner's home. They hosted dinner with all the "fixins" and the kids all played together. The weather was just warm enough for a lovely day outside too. We took several group photos and since I forgot to bring the "good" camera, these are all taken with a variety of cell phones. The Hollaway Family (Christa, Nicole, Justin, Leaa and parents Cathy and Werner):

The entire GANG! Including Nana Joy Morgan, visiting from Okeechobee! Front Row: Alyzabeth, Alivia, Dylan and Jordan; Row 2: Nicole holding Avery. Row 3: Kilee standing/crouching on lawn chair. Remaining Rows: Ford and Alyson; Nana Joy next to Grandson Justin, behind them are Charles and Angie; Christa holding her niece Mila, Jesse behind wife Leaa, then Cathy and Werner.
I managed to catch the girls in the "play room": Kilee holding Avery; Dylan, Alivia holding Mila, AA.
We had the Hollaway talent Show: First up was Dylan singing Do-Re-Me. Next was Kilee's recital as Clara from the Nutcracker Ballet. She was in her costume and ballet shoes, along with her nutcracker (Livi assisted for the "breaking of the nutcracker"). Kilee did a fabulous job!
Last, Alyzabeth and Alivia sang the 12 Days of Christmas. They alternated singing each verse, then did the final 12 days verse together. Livi has a sweet voice and Alyzabeth was a champion doing her first talent show performance in front of family! (yes, even had a sound system and microphone!)
 Kilee as Clara:
Same photo above, one cropped more than the other. There were isolated rain showers, but the sun was out most of the day. The six girls all had fun and we ate too much - it was delicious! Thank you to all who brought a tasty dish!

Saturday, November 21, 2015

Photos with Coach Anne Cain - PGA/WGV 11/20/15

From Friday's Lesson:

Love watching AA and Coach Anne during lessons!

Thursday, November 19, 2015

Everything Except Golf and Horses!

We had a busy week with Ford's Birthday, Alyzabeth sleeping over at her sister's Leaa's house over Veteran's Day. We used Ford's birthday gift - a waffle iron and they were pretty good. I used the Bisquick recipe as that is what I had on hand. We will be looking for a fluffier recipe with buttermilk (I did perfect a revised recipe by adding baking powder and buttermilk to the Bisquick recipe).

I began using my One Pie pumpkin pie puree by making two batches of pumpkin bread. My Mom sent me six cans since I FORGOT to buy some while in Maine this past August; she saved the day! Love pumpkin bread, so yummy with pecans and lots of spices; we eat it toasted for breakfast! The One Pie brand tastes better than most canned pumpkin, and looks better too, it's a bright orange. Since the fist shipment arrived dented, the local UPS store sent me six more!
Saturday (the 21st) shopping at the RAM market:
We ate lunch at Moon River Pizza after going to the RAM, this was the first time we ordered her a salad; usually we share our two with her, but she can eat a "half-size" one now.
AA and I want to strengthen our arms (and body) so have a monkey bar challenge going on. Her problem is that she isn't tall enough to jump up to the bars by herself (at two different parks, she is too short; there is one in St. Augustine she can do by herself), so has to have one of us there anyways to get her started. Onto stronger arms! In six months we shall see if we met our goal!
Made lots of pumpkin bread loaves!
Ford bought a popcorn machine from Craig's list and we finally set it up and are enjoying the smell of fresh popcorn in the afternoons!
I made a new recipe called Shrimp Creamy Piccata, very good, although I love the original Piccata recipes!
Friday (the 20th), AA had her golf lesson, then we took "Cowboy Ranch Beans" to Leaa and Jesse's for dinner, plus I tried "Pumpkin Pie Dip" on them (with graham crackers and ginger snap cookies for dipping). All good (just no photos!).

Tuesday, November 17, 2015

Another Riding Lesson at Diamond D Ranch!

Now that we have been scheduling lessons regularly (since September), I think AA is enjoying her lessons, knowing that she gets to come back! This is something she really loves, so we are happy to see her enjoying a different activity.

Waiting for her instructor to saddle up:
And they are off!
And they are back!
They chat during their rides and K'Leigh always is so positive; actually see a smile on AA's face!
Until next lesson.....

Monday, November 16, 2015

NFJG - Amelia National - Round 2

The second day was much nicer as Alyzabeth and her Caddie now knew what the course looked like. It has many blind spots, with sloping fairways and very long side bunkers. The weather was slightly better, with more clouds and the wind was not blowing at every hole! AA improved her score by 6 strokes and had no penalties. She would have benefited from playing here a few times before the tournament. We need to set up practice rounds at the courses that are "new" to AA on the tournament schedule. 
Day 2 - AA was paired with the 4th place player (Ethan) while the top three boys were in the next tee time. Many positives about AA's game - 18 putts for the nine holes yesterday and today. Her drives had more roll today and she didn't "leave alot of strokes" on the course. Jack Aschenbach's report on the Foundation players is at the end (below). AA did receive the Girls Foundation trophy, but not the points for first/last place. She received 5th place points in the Foundation Boys division.

A beautiful course with lots of hidden hazards and large undulating greens. Here's Daddy-Daughter together.....
This is her look when she is signalling to me "NO Pictures!!"!
Checking her distance to the flag at the last hole, #9, a Par 5. The bunkers on the sides are very LONG! A narrow fairway leads to the green with another bunker in the middle, splitting the front of the green.
Pacing out her putt.
Receiving the Girls Foundation Trophy.
The boys winners - Phillip (1st) and Jack (2nd).
The good news is that comparing to the older girls first nine holes, AA had a lower score than two of them. She is improving with only her distance that is holding her back and it will come, soon, soon.

From Jack Aschenbach's wrap up newsletter - You no doubt found out this weekend some of the shortest holes on the course can become the toughest, like holes #2 and #16. Hole #2 was actually rated the #1 handicap hole on the course when data was collected from visiting tour and low handicap players, but later converted to #3 handicap hole. Add a little wind to the already difficult course set up and you now have a good test of golf for any level golfer. Add winds with gusts of up to 25 mph and scores can certainly climb quickly and that they did during the opening round.
Foundation: Our Foundation contest would have five in the field including Alyzabeth Morgan, the only female competitor on the day. Tough as nails Alyzabeth once again teed it up with the Boys holding her own against this strong field of nine-holers.  Phillip Dunham would once again show his skills as he continues to dominate the Foundation Boys Division firing a nice 41-40=81. After day one Gavin Fleming was the Foundation leader, but only by one with Dunham breathing down his neck. Jack Roberts was four back. At the start of round two it was Jack Roberts who, said “Not so fast boys” that’s a birdie!  Jack would shoot a very nice 38, but Dunham would birdie the fourth hole to add to his slight lead.  Gavin Fleming would continue to pressure, but on the final hole would suffer and quadruple bogey eight leaving Dunham the Champion once again and Jack Roberts collecting the Runner-up Trophy. {}