Monday, May 25, 2015

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.

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.

Saturday, May 16, 2015

School Count Down! 05/14/15

Alyzabeth's second grade classes (4) have a combined ES class; they have been studying habitats and developed a program on how to save an old outdated zoo. Each child explained what needed to be done for each class of animals and then we walked around after the program to see the new habitats for the new re-opening of the "zoo". Very good program.

Showing off their habitats:
Hadi was her partner. Mrs. Lewis (2nd Grade Teacher) asking questions (Faith, Cordelia, Ava):
Her regular class homework this past week, was to create a habitat of their choice in a diorama (in a shoe box).
AA made a forest habitat, so included owls, wolves, moose; plus a pond, rocks, shelter for the wolves and a variety of vegetation.
So very close to the end of the school year; her class schedule has nothing serious on it from now until June 3rd (isn't that a waste?? Mostly planned fun from now on). Summertime is here!

Thursday, May 14, 2015

Rain Girl Gear - By Kathy Grant Nyman

One of AA's golf coaches is Kathy Nyman who is developing a line of woman's sports rain wear. Kathy is the pro at Deercreek as well as a top recognized U.S. Kids Golf certified coach. 
Ford "found" her when AA's first coach, Doug Cody, was dealing with health issues. Doug felt AA needed someone to help "fill-in". Kathy continues to be a great influence in AA's golfing skills development.
Here's a YouTube video of her describing the hat, jacket and skirt along with her web site at

Kathy had a "proto-type" youth size develop for AA in blue (no pink for her!!). So cute and is great coverage for playing in the rain! The skirt goes over your golfing bottoms, easy to snap on and off, keeps you dry! The top allows for complete swing mobility and the hat fits over your existing hat or visor. Too cool!
Can't wait to see her play in it the next time it rains! Not that we ever wish for rain! :)

Wednesday, May 13, 2015

Mother's Day - Sunday, May 10th

We enjoyed our time at the beach with daughter Leaa and other family, Christa, Cathy and Werner, Marsha and of course Jesse. We did choose to stay a short time so we could get home to watch the end of the TPC on TV - it was a great ending with Rickie Fowler winning in sudden death. The beach was great and Jesse and Christa took the kids by their hands and had a blast out in the waves!

AA dove into the largest waves so that they didn't knock her over!
Daddy-Ford hanging at the beach....
Heading back to us:
Playing in the sand:
My Mother's day gifts; a humming bird feeder to replace the ones that the Read's gave us several years ago. A cake from AA and a few cards:
Leaa baked a chocolate sheet cake, the Grands made me a bracelet and a homemade card!
A wonderful Sunday!