Tuesday, October 28, 2014

Patriarch - The Morgan Family

William Morgan 1924 - 2014.

The above two black and white photos are from Tiffany; her wedding in 2003 and from our visit over Labor Day 2014.

AA with her GrandPa!
Our favorite visiting spot - Okeechobee:
Babette's wedding:
Bill and Joy (in son Bill and Joan's kitchen) 2011:
At his 80th weekend party (2004):

Saturday - Sunday October 25 - 26th

We entered AA into the NFJG Tournament at the King and Bear, World Golf Village, for a two day tournament. Originally, we were told that she would also be able to play in Sunday's U.S. Kids Tournament (Queen's Harbor), but unfortunately, the tee times were changed to much later such that we would not be able to play, so withdrew. 
Playing in the NFJG is very challenging, the foundation girls play from the ladies tees, so this course was 2700 yards; very long, almost double what AA usually plays (1300 - 1600). It is a great experience and we had three other families that were very enjoyable to hang out with for the two days.

Day 1 - We did have some waiting, but the weather was great, very nice! (we call low 80's very nice!). I walked both days which allowed me to log in over 12,000 steps each day!
Last hole playing with Elizabeth K.
Day 2 - Both days, we did not start on time, you can tell by the crowds waiting by the first tee box.
With Day 2's partner - Reni.
Reni's Mom and Coach Lynn:
Final Scores for Foundation Boys and Girls. BIG congrats to Phillip who won his first NFJG Tournament - at age 6! Most of the players were closer to age 12. He is amazing!
AA improved her putting on the second day (still working with a new putter) and had much better fairway drives even though there was no rolls (the fairways were over seeded for the winter and the the Golf Pro said they were watering 4X as much - that made for over grown, spongy, wet, soggy fairways!). A fourth (last) place finish and a great experience to remember!
Back to the U.S. Kids Golf Tour on Sunday!

Friday, October 24, 2014

Saturday - Sunday - October 19th

The weekend began with me trying a new blue cheese dip which turned out way too STRONG for everyone. I liked the sharp tang, but no one else seemed to be able to tolerate it!

Practicing every day!
I also cooked a simple vegetarian spaghetti dish, which was acceptable:
We went to the RAM market on Saturday; we had not been there in months, so enjoyed the nice weather and bought some vegetables for the week. We also bought some gluten free baked goods. I had made a few gluten free sausage balls, but the taste was "off" and again, no one seemed to like the difference. So we had a nice pizza and salad at Moon River!
We went to the Orange Park Town Fall Festival and enjoyed some music and all the booths surrounding the park. We ran into Linda and John Reid (at Moon River too).
Live bees:
John off in the distance:
Sunday Golf Tournament at St. Johns Club (Elkton). We hired Ms. Maria as caddie so this allowed us to relax and watch AA from a difference perspective. AA was way off with her putting (a new putter), so that will be worked on in the coming week.
The award ceremony - another second place as an eight year old!
Maria and Jason before the start of the tournament:
Coach Jason with AA; below with Sammy, Kaitlin and AA:
Off to another week, more golfing next weekend with the NFJG Series at the King and Bear!

Monday, October 13, 2014

The Weekend! Church, House-Hunting, Golfing, Brunch - All Fun!

We continue to look occasionally for homes in the St. Augustine area; we hope to be able to decide by end of school year (isn't that when everyone moves?). We enjoyed a leisurely drive and a stop at the park to stretch our legs and a quick drink at one of the great waterfront bars in St. Augustine, The Conch House. We found a house lot just 7 house lots from the Conch House. It also dawned on us that there is a marina, so we could keep our boat there too.

We rarely go to brunch at the Club so when the offered October specials were some of our favorites, we decided to go and use our mandatory monthly food bill there. I had one of the specials, a seafood pot pie which was delicious! Hubby had another special, the prime rib and AA had the free children's choice, but ate off our plates as usual, along with a cup of Wisconsin Cheese soup! The free flowing mimosas and the river views made for a luxurious mid-day meal.
Ice cream for AA's dessert, we were too full! We stopped by the fish ponds to see how they and the turtles were doing.
A great weekend, lots of house chores done, Hubby made homemade pimento cheese with our home-grown pimento peppers, AA is still practicing riding her big bicycle, and most of AA's thank you notes written, all mixed together with some fun!

Saturday, October 11, 2014

Week of October 6th - 10th: Golfing, Horses and FUMCH!

This week flew by (don't they all?)!
I worked three days, AA had early dismissal on Thursday and no school on Friday!
Our days were filled with fun and more driving - we are driving so much to the Orlando area!
This week, wonderful Hubby went to a Jacksonville business and picked up a donation for our Children's Home. It was a full/HUGE pallet of shampoo. We love being able to help deliver donations (even though we did not have anything to do with getting it, we can still truck stuff to the Home!).
So Thursday, Ford and AA, after early school dismissal, drove south to the Children's Home to drop off the donation pallet, then went to her golf lesson with Mr./Coach Jason. I heard she had a great time with Jason; he is skilled at making corrections to her swing, while including lots of encouragement. She says she likes the way he makes it fun! They played nine holes together which gave Daddy Caddie a break to watch AA play instead of being in the action. We can't wait to see how well AA progresses over the coming year!
Friday was a no school day! AA golfed with her Daddy while I caught up on house chores. Then we went to AA's horse riding lesson. I am researching two other stables that may be more suited to her; we shall see. She had a great lesson with K'Leigh at Diamond D Ranch:

 She rode "Sparky" today:

We want to meet up with family somehow this weekend, no plans yet. Hoping all of them are well after a bout with strep throat! With the cooler weather, we have been going to parks for some outdoor fun (it is way too HOT and HUMID in the summer to play in the direct sun at these parks). We are also returning to our occasional shopping visit to the RAM, where we buy fresh vegetables, fruit and what ever else "tickles our fancy"! Always fun there, then a family lunch out together. Yesterday, it reached 91 degrees, so cooler weather hasn't really happened yet!

Looking at unusual activities in our area,, I found a "Catty Shack/Big Cat" Sanctuary in North Jacksonville; also an Easton Foundation archery facility just west of Gainesville (Newberry). Lots of pumpkin patches and corn maze lots are now open too. Now to plan a time to go and have fun!