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Last night my inlaws (Junior and Linda) evacuated Sarasota with Linda’s daughter and her family. They arrived at our house last night. Hurricane Irma passed over Key West as a Cat 4 storm and entered the Florida penninusla around Marco Island as a Cat 3. At 5 a.m. this morning, she’s a Cat 1 and headed up central Florida.

Hurricane Irma Cone

The wind has been picking-up since about 2 a.m. and is whipping pretty good now. We have a couple of minor leaks, but nothing too serious.

Leak

UPDATE: 8:00 a.m.

Irma is coming through the panhandle now and is somewhere around Lakeland, Florida. It’s still a Cat 1. The wind is really gusting outside, but I’m just sitting here sipping coffee.

Hurricane Irma Cone

UPDATE: 8:00 p.m.

Well, the day is coming to an end. Our evacuees laft after the wind died down (about noon) and headed back to Sarasota. Although we were on the wrong side of the storm, we really dodged a bullet. The original predictions for this storm were pretty bad. As it turns out, we didn’t even lose power. I can’t say the same for a lot of people in NE Florida, though. There are a lot of folks without power and there was a lot of flooding along the river.

Hurricane Irma Cone

Overall, we had very minor damage. A couple of leaks, my pool pump isn’t working (think it might be the capacitor), and the wind pushed over my Big Green Egg…

Big Green Egg

Feeling very fortunate.

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Today, the Tiger Scouts in Den 1 are meeting at the Bryan-Gooding Planetarium for an Astronaut adventure! This is Adam and Alex first visit to a Planetarium and they’re pretty excited…

Astronaut

after the show, the Tigers worked together on various science experiments…

Science Experiments

and even stood in a hurricane machine that generated 79-mph winds…

Hurricane

A fun day. We’ll be back again for more planetarium shows!

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Today, the Den 1 boys wrapped-up their Good Knights Adventure. For the last couple of meetings they learned about the Knights of old and the code of chivalry, the rules by which they lived. The Tigers learned how much in common they have with these knights in that they live by the Scout Oath and Law, which together provide the rules by which the Scout behaves.

During this adventure, each scout made their very own shield and designed it around one aspect of the Scout Law…

This is Alex’s Shield: His design represents “Loyalty” This is Adam’s Shield: His design represents “Reverence”
Alex's Shield Adam's Shield

We had a great time with this adventure and at the end of the meeting, all the Tigers got together for a picture with their shield’s in hand…

Shields

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Today, the Scout Master and I took some of the Den 1 boys (our kids) out on the river to work on one of their Tiger elective adventures: Floats and Boats. This is a great way for Tigers to learn about different types of boats and how to stay safe on the water.

And they were PUMPED!

Scouts

We headed-up Julington Creek and docked the boat at a friendly dock for our “scout time”…

Scouts

We had several items we wanted to check-off today and the boys were pretty well engaged. It’s fun to be outside with the boys doing something new. As part of today’s adventure, the boys…

  • Demonstrated they could correctly put on and fasten a life jacket;
  • Identified five different types of boats;
  • Learned the S-C-O-U-T water safety chant;
  • Showed how to safely help someone who needs assistance in the water, without having to enter the water; and
  • Built a boat from recycled materials to float on the water.

And with our work done, we just enjoyed the rest of the morning on the water…

Scouts

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Our neighbors invited Cindy and the boys to join them and some of the other neighborhood kids for a trip to St Augustine Beach. Keeping track of them in the neighborhood is a lot like herding cats…just imagine trying to keep tabs on them at the beach. Some brave ladies, indeed!

Street Beach Trip

It sure looks like they had a good time!

Street Beach Trip

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What’s SUMMER without a POOL PARTY?

Pool Party

And it was EXHAUSTING!

… for the kids, too 😉

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…and we’re visiting once again with the boys’ Godparents, Chris and Sherrie. They’re here from Virginia to enjoy the warm Florida Christmas and I can’t say I blame them. This afternoon, the boys enjoyed some time in the pool with their “Godbrother”, Chase, and this evening the grown-ups drank a little beer and grilled-out some steaks…

Big Rig

After dinner, we headed down the road to the St Augustine Beach Pier to enjoy the New Year’s Eve fireworks…

Fireworks Fireworks

Chris and Sherrie Me and the Boys

We had a great time, and on the way home there were a couple of very tired little boys that looked like this…

Adam Out

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Wherein, Adam was upstairs playing a video game with a friend…

Friend: Adam, stop killing me.

Adam: I’m not killing you.

Friend: Yes, you are! Stop it!

Adam: I’m not killing you.

Friend: Yes, you are! Stop killing me!

Adam: You’re killing yourself.

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…and no one is happier than Charlie!

The boys invited their friend and neighbor Dominick to join them in the water today. These kids play great together and have loads of fun playing baseball, hockey, Star Wars, video games, etc. so on…

The pool is open

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Today, Alex’s and his classmates made gingerbread houses, then they placed their house on a map of their neighborhood. My son, the City Planner…

Alex Class

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