Friday, January 18, 2019

OPE Robotics Team - Jane Weigand Interview

Follow up to the Robotics Competition on January 11th, the Clay Today reporter interviewed Jane Weigand. Alyzabeth is in one of the photos and Jane describes what the team means to her. Nice exposure for the county robotics efforts.

Wednesday, January 16, 2019

Halfway Through the 6th Grade!! All A's Again! And Lakeside Invitation

OPE held the 6th Grade Awards on 01/16/19 at 1:30. I took off a half day from work to attend. AA was awarded the 6th Grade Special Recognition for Outstanding Achievement in Math, plus the A's Honor Roll and perfect attendance for the quarter. AA, Connor and Jane:

Happy Daughter! We are so happy she studies, finishes her homework ahead of due date, reads ferociously and has good conduct. She may have a quiet voice but will always be a valuable team member with her courage, boldness (in her own way), independence and a bit of silliness when her ability to understand the quirks, nuances with the English language make us roll on the floor laughing. No fakeness about her!
Halfway through the school year!! Which means invitations to advanced studies at Junior High Schools; Lakeside came this week. I believe we are still leaning towards the IB program at orange Park Junior High.

Saturday, January 12, 2019

University of Florida Golf Clinic - Do it Again in January 2020!

While I worked for six hours at the plant, Ford and AA drove to Gainesville for the UF Golf Clinic.
Addie Baggarly assisted during the clinic and Ford and AA spoke to Lauren Waidner (here's the link to both their signing article to the University of Florida Women's Golf program).
Head Coach Emily Glaser and assistant Janice Olivencia divided the girls into two groups, the younger girls were with Janice (age 12 - 15), the older girls up to age 16 were with Emily.
The afternoon, playing the front nine holes (closed to the public), AA was partnered with two sisters, Ellie and Ava and third, Celce (unknown spelling). AA was one of two youngest in the clinic; one other 6th grader (the other 6th grader looked older as she was a head taller than AA, but both are in the same grade). 
Ford spoke of AA's best putt on Hole 7, was hard shot, off the green, speed got her close, but she did end up three-putting. Can't wait until she goes again next year!

Bull Gator, also known as "Albert":
Lauren practicing:
Ford and AA also were impressed with the Athlete Program housed in a private building for all 500 athletes, including a life skills coach to maximize their time, plus tutors, counselors, study areas, lounge, also housed "grab and go" food, sport drinks area (sports nutrition program), all at no charge, all free - a $125 million yearly program for Athletes.

Schedule of Events 
8 – 8:30 AM
Check – In
With Brenda Lembo at Mark Bostick Golf Course
Address: 2800 SW 2nd Avenue, Gainesville, FL 32607
8:30 – 10:30 AM
Campus Tour
Ben Hill Griffin Stadium, Hawkins Academic Center etc.
Address: 157 Gale Lemerand DrivE
10:30 – 11:30 AM
Coaches’ Panel
Q&A with UF Women’s Golf Coaches
Mark Bostick Golf Course
11:30 – 12:30 PM
Pizza Lunch
12:30 – 1 PM
Tour Practice Facilities
Driving Range, Short Game Area, Indoor Hitting Facility
1 – 2 PM
Practice Sessions (Full Swing, Chipping, Putting)
Coach Emily, Coach Janice, Addie Baggarly (Current Player)
2:30 PM
Shotgun – 9 Holes
Mark Bostick Golf Course
4:30 – 5 PM
End of Camp
Parents Pick Up Campers (Mark Bostick Golf Course)
 Address: 2800 SW 2nd Avenue, Gainesville, FL 32607

Friday, January 11, 2019

OPE Robotics Field Trip Competition! Team's Project is the Winner!

Friday was the OPE Robotics Team competition and OPE won the project idea - first place! I didn't hear about the actual robotic competition, AA said something about not working? We do have a video of her's and Owen functioning, not sure why this team hasn't placed in three years. So winning the project was sweet!

At the Judges' table:
Project Board; Helping humans in space using acupressure:
Award for best project!
Next-to-Last time with her elementary school, last competition in May!

Sunday, January 06, 2019

A Girl and Her Dog

We have had beautiful weather for a week now, even record temperatures on New Years Day - 83! Today is Sunday, AA golfed, I took down the Christmas tree and packed away all the decorations (partially reorganizing the garage). 
I took advantage of the sunny day and took some photos of AA and her dog. School begins Tuesday, the 8th!

Behind our home:
Walking near the River House:
Ford handled Ginger so I could get some new photos. Ford didn't want his picture taken.....

Saturday, January 05, 2019

Play Time during School Break - At River House

We hosted a play date at the River House for 10 of AA's friends, eight were able to come play with AA (nine total). We asked them to bring their Nerf dart guns and come hungry! We fed them cheese pizza, hotdogs, shrimp, salad, vegetables, chips, cole slaw, etc. They mostly only ate the cheese pizza!! Star War movies were on the TV, they played outside, Cops and Robbers, and made paper airplanes, tried to stick playing cards into watermelon (failure even though AA was the only one who did stick a card!). AA also won the Nerf target game (knocking over the most solo cups). The scavenger hunt was won by AA's team, with Ian and Dylan.

Nerf target game - AA and Jane tied getting all down except three cups with three darts. AA won the final round.
 Group "Photo Booth" with props:
AA and Noah:
This photo reminds me of Titanic - My Heart Will Go On....Celine Dion. 
Paper Airplanes: I asked them to declare a winner which was Noah (Connor and AA had good planes, Noah used a ball of paper to throw, it really wan't an airplane).
I think the day went well. Then at 5:00 p.m. we hosted hot-dogs with Hugh, Maureen, Kathy, Mary Jo and others. It was so NOISY!!! A wedding party of about 50 people came over at 4:00 p.m. and about half were still there when we left. So noisy, it was hard to visit. Now a couple days of rest and taking down Christmas decorations!

Thursday, January 03, 2019

NFJG First Coast Junior Amateur - Rising Girls Winner

This tournament was the last of the Fall season and the last two-day tournament. We were hoping for good scores, but reality is that she never played these two course, had no practice rounds, no caddie, so pretty much relying on all her skills to keep the ball in the fairway. The Lagoon course (5500 yards) and the longer Ocean course (6000 yards), these courses are known for narrow fairways and strong winds. AA said the wind just kept taking her ball where it was not intended! She did beat the rising girls competition for this tournament, but not very pretty. And she missed the championship by 50 points.

AA and Director Jack:
Hungry girl!
Jack's Newsletter:
In the Elite Tour Girls 13-18 Division Gainesville’s young Katelyn Huber would come up short to win the tournament overall award, but her outstanding play would be the talk of the town as she took home the champions trophy with a second round score of seven over par 79, total 149.  In the overall Huber placed tied for fourth out of 65 eligible players. Ponte Vedra’s Reni Jancsik had a rough go of it during round one on the Lagoon Course shooting an uncharacteristic score of 84, but she showed her game with the girl’s low round of the day with a one over par 73 on the tough Ocean Course. Jancsik had six birdies on the round to counter a couple unfortunate double bogeys. Huber with the win will earn a fully paid exemption into the First Coast Women's Amateur.
In the Rising Tour Girls 13-18 Division Orange Parks Alyzabeth Morgan (85) would only have a two stroke cushion over St. Johns Shanya Arasu (87) going into the final round, but she would endure the longer and tougher Ocean Course to march on to a nine stroke victory to once again claim another major champion in North Florida Junior Golf. Shanya Arasu would skirt the late charge of Madelyn Campbell (who carded an unfortunate “15” at the par-5 3rd hole) to take home the Runner-up trophy.

Tuesday, January 01, 2019

Happy New Year 2019!

It's 2019! We started slow this morning, Ford made us breakfast, I barely started taking down some Christmas decorations when I realized it was going to be a beautiful day - about 80 degrees!! 
Ford and AA had a golf lesson scheduled and playing nine holes, so I texted cuz Carolyn and we headed to the beach for a sunny walk. After our walk, we ate delicious tacos at Taco Lu's. So enjoyed starting the year with cuz Carolyn!

The water was cool, almost numbed our feet. We saw many stranded jelly fish, only a few shells and no sea glass. We each took a picture of each other!
Carolyn wouldn't get her toes in the photo with the 2019, so those are my toes (she took the picture).
The Jacksonville Beach pavilion had a "Go Green" display - huge jelly fish made from plastic tubes stuffed with plastic trash! See background of our selfie:

Monday, December 31, 2018

Visit to Nana Joy Saturday - Monday 12/31/18

We drove to Okeechobee on Saturday morning, first looked at a home for sale on Players Club Road (Eagle Harbor Golf Course) on the way. Beautiful weather, really warm - the low 80's! Ginger behaved herself and enjoyed the adventure.
We went to the flea market, Goodwill store and church on Sunday. Joy cooked a roast beef and ribs plus many sides. All yummy!
On the drive to her home, Ginger was very good:

I didn't take any photos, so lined them up on Monday morning so we would have one or two.....
These look similar, all good!
Tried taking a selfie, never very good. Guess we should practice or actually use a stick, my arm is only so long!
Almost ready to leave, one final picture with Ginger in the car. 
 Happy New year Eve's!