Monday, October 05, 2015

Week of September 28th - October 4th (Happy Anniversary to Us! #30)

My past week (Alyson's) was pretty bad. On Monday, I felt a sore throat coming on, but ignored it best I could. On Tuesday at work, I knew I was getting something bad and left work early; then had a glass of wine in the evening thinking maybe I can kill whatever is latching onto me. By Wednesday, I was flat in bed, sick, headache, upset stomach, snotty nose; then by Thursday, the chest cough developed, still in bed, so I went to the Doctor. Yep, I had the latest virus plus a sinus infection. On Friday, I began to move around and ate solid food; but couldn't focus on anything, just was zombie mode around the house. On Saturday, with only a three hour nap, I over did a bit, but definitely on the mend. We didn't have much planned this week, except a Friday dinner visit with daughter #1 and family, which had to be cancelled (plus little Dylan had been sick for the week too).
Thank goodness for Ford holding everything together for the family! He continued his normal routine with AA and managed with me being grumpy whenever I did show my face; mainly to complain how bad I felt. 
We did miss celebrating Leaa's birthday, my Mom sold E-E and Papa's camp this week, Linda Reid retired from JEA...... 
So our only "big" plans was a quiet Sunday at the WEB.COM Golf Championship that was being held at the TPC Sawgrass Dye Course, a quiet anniversary day with AA watching our now favorite sport (yep, displaced football and NASCAR). I was going no matter what (meaning I was feeling better). We enjoyed the fine cooler weather, followed many golfers, felt bad for those who did not get their PGA card and celebrated for those who did. Ford and AA went on Saturday as we bought the multi-day tickets; Ford provided one photo (no cameras were allowed) of AA at the entrance sign (she was wearing her Rain Girl jacket as the forecast was calling for isolated showers all weekend):

I liked a few of the photos so did the original photo then cropped it to see AA's face! The photos below are all from Sunday:
At the practice range, as we were walking to Hole #1; Floridian Derek Fathauer:
Love these of AA:
And the close up:
Arnold Palmer's grandson was playing - Sam Saunders (from CO) and he made the top 25 for his PGA card:
AA standing at the 18th green with the blue sign behind her:
Photo below - Ford trying to get her hand in the right spot, holding up the sign in the back that displayed the current scores. We watched Kevin Tway drop from the top 25 and found out alot about the one guy who made it to the 25th spot is 35 years old (Oppenheim from MA) and first time getting his PGA card - talk about perseverence!! 
Emiliano Grillo, the Argentina won, so he can play in the TPC in May and has a full year exemption in the PGA. Also, we watched Chez Reavie (from AZ) come in second place by one stroke.
I found this photo on the WEB dot com Championship Facebook page; we are at Hole #1; all three of us turned watching a ball; can you see my blond hair, AA and Ford with his shade hat on (almost to the end of the line of people, we had moved there as too many camera people kept standing in front of us when we were closer to the tee box)?
Now that we are home, Ford is feeling sick...... I am feeling bad for him already! We may plan a date in November or early December to celebrate our anniversary - we did a BIG party in Key West two years ago and renewed our vows, so we are good as far as celebrating our marriage - good for another 30 years!

Monday, September 28, 2015

Happy Birthday to Daughter Leaa!

Happy Birthday Daughter #1! To our daughter who lives life with love, liveliness and in living color! Her world is bright! Which makes our family the best!

AA and Crafts

Auntie Jean gave AA a macrame craft kit; using cording to make bracelets, headbands, lanyards, necklaces, etc. AA is not very big into making jewelry, but after writing her birthday thank you notes, we looked over all her gifts (from her Maine summer party too) and she decided to try making a bracelet. It wasn't too hard, but for a first time "macramer" one needs an extra set of hands or the right tools to secure the beginning of the knotting item. We made do, and now will make more!

The instructions said to tape down the beginning loop; it needs to be a lot stronger than tape; a board with a large nail would be best.
 I held the beginning and the "anchor" cords.
 The finished bracelet!

Sunday, September 27, 2015

Nine Years Old and One Week!

Sunday: A relaxing morning, walked to church, cooked home-made stir-fry for lunch, watching the FedEx Golf Championship, a little football (Jaguars lost to the Patriots), and the NASCAR Chase (at least Carl Edwards and Jamie McMurray had decent finishes)!
We took a stroll through the neighborhood today...... the weather is cooler during the day, still hot (mid-80's) and humid (rained in the morning), just not to the extreme! AA wore a new top that has long sleeves and she was hot, so rolled them up! Tonight is the full moon, closest it will be to the earth in its orbit and also an eclipse!

Saturday, September 26, 2015

Mid-Autumn Moon Festival - Saturday 09/26/15

The Mid-Autumn Moon festival is a Chinese family holiday to have a meal together, hang around gazing at the moon, children playing and making lanterns, eating moon cakes and telling family stories, remembering those who have passed and not longer at the family table. We invited a few friends at the last minute, to toast marshmallows, try a moon cake, sit and relax for an hour or so. With AA's bedtime routine, we only visited until a little after 8 p.m. The moon was very bright!
Here's more: Celebrate the Mid-Autumn Festival by dining with family and then congregating outside under the full moon sipping tea, eating mooncakes and swapping stories. In keeping with the story of Chang’e and Hou Yi, it’s traditionally a time to moon gaze, reminisce about family members who have passed away and to remember loved ones who live far away. Kids are allowed to stay up late and parade around with their lanterns. Ancestors are remembered by burning incense and bowing three times in front of the honor table. It’s also a great opportunities for the older generation to share stories with the children or to read from a book of Chinese poetry such as what you’ll find in Chinese and English Nursery Rhymes by Faye-Lynn Wu or Maples in the Mist by Minfong Ho.
The kids weren't crazy over the marshmallows and s'mores, more interested in playing on the Wii games! The adults chatted and talked way too much about our adoption story; will move onto more current topics next time!
I was going to do some "Chinese Culture" activities, had a Chinese language coloring sheet, but didn't get to them; the kids seemed happy just to play together.

Ford got the fire going a bit too early, it was roaring and hot!
OPE Friends Bess (China - Adoption), her brother Jake (Adoption) and FI golfing friend Tyler (next to last from right):
We had a busy day with Avery's birthday party, golfing practice at WGV, the River House Octoberfest dinner and moon gazing!

Weekend - Golfing, River House, Fun!

Our weekend started very busy! AA made her newest (from her birthday) LEGO set - Mindcraft. It's every kids favorite video game.

I made home-made vanilla extract; I made it two years ago for Christmas gifts and decided to do this every other year.
Golfing at the World Golf Village:

Great view from the practice range:
I am always amazed when I do not kill a plant - the gifted aloe plant from Leaa and Jesse is thriving!
The River House had a dinner to celebrate Octoberfest; we raced back from golfing to get inline and enjoy the good food! Then we headed home to start the fire pit and enjoy the company of a few friends for "Mid-Autumn Moon Holiday".
Sausages, cabbage, sauerkraut, dumpling and dessert:
Enjoying our weekend!

Saturday - Avery's 1st Birthday!

Nicole and Jordan hosted Avery's 1st birthday party at their apartment complex's pool patio. It was a great place to host a pool party, the rain stayed away after the morning cleared at bit, the kids all had a good time in the pool, plus it had a "splash playground".

All crowded in; I don't think Mila like all the water in her face....

Nicole and family had a fun set-up with pool theme and make your own gourmet hot-dog buffet:
Avery had fun with her first birthday cake!
More splash time:
Trying to get a group photo of the "Grands" and AA (Dylan was sick, so Jesse stayed home with her):
Mila was being a good older sister, enjoying playing with the girls and helping Avery open her gifts!