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So, we’re in Virginia and visiting family. I wish our trip was under better circumstances, as my 99-year-old grandfather (“Pa”) is very ill and not expected to make it through the weekend. Right now he’s home and being attended to by family and Hospice. We drove up yesterday and headed straight to his house. Most of the family were there, so it was pretty crowded. Everyone who came to the house came in to say “hello” to Pa and sit with him for a bit while he lay in his bed; there was singing and a lot of laughter. Although he couldn’t speak very well and he was very weak, I believe he enjoyed the visits.

Today, we spent most of the day with Pa. It was a little rough on the boys, but fortunately, their cousin Mike was there to treat them to rides on his four-wheeler…

Four-Wheeling Four-Wheeling

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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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The summer days have been pretty hot–a lot hotter than normal, it seems–so we’re spending a lot more time in the pool. Alex certainly has the right idea…

Lounging in the Pool

And Charlie is in HEAVEN…

Charlie in the Pool Charlie in the Pool Charlie in the Pool

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I came home from work today and the boys wanted to hit the water! What a GREAT idea! The weather called for a chance of showers, so no worries there! I changed my clothes and we were off…

However, it is Florida in the Summer and a “chance of showers” can quickly change to “thunderstorm imminent”…

Thunderstorm

Anyway, it wasn’t too difficult dodging the storm. In fact, the storm actually split as it moved (much like the parting of the Red Sea) and we were able to shoot right down the middle and around the storm. We end-up taking a leisurely cruise down Black Creek before skirting the storm clouds on our way back to the marina.

Crusing

Funny. There was rain all around us, but we didn’t feel a drop!

Smiles

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This week the boys attended Vacation Bible School at Fruit Cove Baptist Church. WOW! I’ve never seen such a large attendance. In fact, they had a waiting list! Anyway, tonight’s celebration was very impressive and a lot of fun!

VBS Celebration

The boys had a good time this week, although Adam wasn’t all that excited to stand-up in front of everyone and sing! 😉

VBS Celebration VBS Celebration

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This evening I had the opportunity to hang out with Jacksonville Jaguars linebacker, Paul Posluszny! He’s a great guy! Paul retired from the Jags this year and his family are making Jax their home! It’ll be great seeing him around town!

Meeting Paul Posluszny

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Yesterday was the last day of school and Summer Vacation is officially underway! This is the fist sunny day we’ve had in almost two weeks and what better way to celebrate the gorgeous Florida weather and the de facto first day of Summer than a splash or two in the pool??

Summer Vacation

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So, as has become a family tradition, Friday night is “Pizza and a Movie” night. Although mom joins us from time to time, it’s normally just the boys and me (mainly due to the movies we pick to watch, which typically involve super heroes–not mom’s thing).

Anyway, tonight is a typical night, with Marcos Pizza and the new “Black Panther” movie!

Pizza and a Movie

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This afternoon, the boys and I went to the IMAX theater to see the new “Avengers: Infinity War” movie. Needless to say (if you’ve seen the movie, of course), the movie’s ending left us wondering “what the h…”, a sentiment especially reflected in the boys’ somewhat bewildered look…

Infinity War

Still, we can’t wait for the next installment!! (which is just the point 🙂 )

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It was “free hat” night at the Jacksonville Jumbo Shrimp game tonight! We got here about a half-hour before the gates opened so we wouldn’t miss out! And we didn’t! Whoo-hoo!

Anyway, now we’re ready for some BASEBALL! And big pretzels, hotdogs, sno-cones, and cotton candy!!

Baseball Game

It was a good game and the Jax Shrimp beat the Pensacola Blue Wahoos 2-1, with John Norwood the only Shrimp putting points on the board with 2 home runs! After the game, we hung around for the Saturday Night Fireworks! What a great time!!

Baseball Game

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