March 2015

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The boys had doctor’s appointments this afternoon and their doctor was in her office on the other side of town, thus Alex…

Alex sleeps

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A great day for a boat ride to the Jacksonville Zoo!

Boat to the Zoo Alex at the boat

After tying-up, we headed up the dock to the zoo’s back door…

Tying Up Zoo Entrance

Unfortunately, we discovered that admission is no longer free if arriving by boat, so I fumbled for my wallet and we were soon walking down the trail.

We all had a good time, and spent the entire afternoon visiting the animals. The boys got to feed the baby giraffe…

Baby Giraffe

and pet the sting rays…

Sting Rays

we visited the snake sanctuary…

Snakes

and, of course, rode the carousel!

Carousel

What a great day! Afterward, we enjoyed a leisurely boat ride home. Adam was pretty tired and wasn’t quite as insistent on speed as he usually is, so we took our time.

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The day before Nick and Danielle’s wedding, we were kicking-off baseball season with Alex and Adam. Right after the game, we jumped in the family truckster and headed for the highway and Alabama. Upon our arrival, we met Nick, Danielle, and Danielle’s mother for dinner (Nick and Danielle looked beat!), then to Jessica’s, where we were staying.

The next day, we got the boys ready and headed for the wedding venue. This was the boys first wedding experience and they enjoyed dressing up with a shirt and tie…

Adam at the Wedding Alex at the Wedding

Looking good…

Adam and Alex at the Wedding

Adam and Alex at the Wedding

Fortunately, Cindy had her “selfie stick”, so we were able to capture the family moment for posterity…

Wedding Family

The wedding was great and the boys were pretty well behaved. Danielle’s mom made these little gift bags for the kids with puzzles and coloring books to keep them occupied. Alex and Adam thought they were the greatest thing! But the highlight of the wedding for Alex was Neil’s toast to the bride and groom! He loved toasting!

Adam at the Wedding

Today I had the honor of watching my oldest, Nicholas, marry a lovely young woman, Danielle…

Danielle

Prior to the ceremony, Nick consults with his brother, and best man, Neil…

Nick and Neil

Mr. and Mrs….

Mr. and Mrs Hanks

Nick and Danielle at the fountain

Kiss

The couple was very nbusy entertaining their guests, but I did manage to get a picture with my new daughter-in-law. Welcome to the family, Danielle…

FIL-DIL

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Well, the day has finally arrived! The 2015 season opener. The MSA Gators vs. The MSA Tigers! The boys are ready…

Alex Adam

After the pre-game photo-op, the boys head to the dugout with their equipment manager…

Equip Manager

The game was a lot of fun, which is exactly what coach-pitch baseball is supposed to be. The boys did well hitting the ball, but like the rest of the kids, still need to work a bit on their fielding.

Adam’s a ‘Lefty’…

Adam Bats Adam on base

and Alex is a ‘Righty’…

Alex Bats Alex on base

The highlight of the game (at least for Adam) was playing catcher…especially getting to wear the “armor”…

Adam the Catcher

Adam Catches

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