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The training season has begun. I always like fall ball because the focus is on skills-development, rather than games and competition. Although with Adam, there’s always competition, and he’s harder on himself than any coach would ever be!

Fall Ball Fall Ball

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So, mom bought the boys these litlle gaming chairs. They’re pretty cool, really, and have built-in speakers, so they don’t have to turn-up the volume on the television to annoying levels!

The verdict?

Me: Adam, do you like your new chair?

Adam: I LOVE IT!

Gaming Chair

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So, Alex has been learning Taekwondo and is having a great time! He works his butt off and always comes off the mat at the end of the hour sweaty and tired. Well, today he was tested by Mr. Titus…

Yellow Stripe Yellow Stripe

and was awarded his Yellow Stripe, which is the first step to earning his Yellow Belt!

Yellow Stripe Yellow Stripe

Alex was very proud of himself and so were we!

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Today we took our boat out of Beach Marine and headed up the Intracoastal. The boys were looking forward to a new adventure.

Underway

We headed west on the St Johns River toward Jacksonville and we’re soon approaching the Dames Point Bridge.

Approaching the Dames Point Bridge

We had crossed this bridge plenty of times in the car, but this was our first time traveling under it.

Dames Point Bridge

Along the way, there were a lot of little barrier islands to explore, so we tied the boat up to one and Cindy snapped some pictures while the boys did a little swimming.

Barrier Island

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Their Summer Vacation might be over, but Summer is still in full-swing! And after a grueling first day of school, it’s time to relax Florida style!

Pool Pool

Of course, the boys can’t go in the pool without their faithful companion…actually, no one can go in the pool without making room for Charlie.

Pool

Pool

They played for hours! It’s a wonder there was any water left in the pool at all.

Pool Pool

The sun is supposed to be out tomorrow, too, so I guess we’ll be doing this all over agin. It’s a tough job, but somebody’s gotta do it. 😉

Pool Pool

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Today is the last day fo Summer vacation for the boys, so what else is there to do except have a party by the pool? A party with Mom-crafted pool snacks and drinks and ice sicles and…

Pool Snacks

LOTS OF SPLASHING!

Splashing

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This is the life…

The Raft

and Charlie couldn’t agree more!

Charlie Waterfall

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So, Jess and the grandkids are here for a week’s vacation! This afternoon, we needed to get out of the house, so we headed to up the road to Veteran’s Park!

But first, for some reason, we have to DAB (whatever that is)…

DAP DAB

With so many kids to carry, it’s a good thing Dad was there to help out with transportation!

MG at the Park

Anyway, there are plenty of things for the kids to do…

Like SPIN…

Spin

and SWING…

Jess and Carter Swing Alex and Carter Swing

and SWING some more…

Jess and Oliver swing

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I’ve been shopping for a new car for the past couple of months. My pickup has about 250,000 miles in it now and I was looking to give it a rest. However, I’m always on the lookout for a new new project car and I found just that in a little British sports car.

MGB Delivery

This 1973 MGB was delivered today from North Carolina. This was the last year of chrome bumpers for this car because in 1974, British Leyland’s U.S. exports had to meet new crash standards, which resulted in plastic bumpers and a couple more inches of clearance. That same year, they also had to meet new emissions standards, so this was also the last year the U.S. MGs arrived without catalytic converters. And it’s so pretty.

Driveway

So, what about the new car? Well, this is a new car…for me, anyway. Seriously though, it’ll allow me to give the truck a break and I get to teach Adam and Alex about vehicle mechanics. And with the money we saved, Cindy will get to buy a new car next year! Everybody wins!

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It should come as no surprise that today was ANOTHER pool day…and it’s stretched into a beautiful Summer night…

Summer Night

This evening the boys got into a little pre-Fourth of July spirit…

Summer Night Summer Night

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