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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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Alex has been doing Kung Fu Fighting since he was a very small boy. Now things are getting real! He works very hard while he’s training with his Sensai and is dripping sweat by the time he’s through! And more importantly, he’s having a blast!!

Alex Tai Kwon Do Alex Tai Kwon Do

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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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It’s a great day for baseball! Charlie came to the game today and hung-out with Dad to watch the game…

Dad and Charlie at the game

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Adam wanted to pitch during fall ball, but he was overshadowed by other players on the team and didn’t get the opportunity. So we practiced during the winter months to improve his skill and tonight he led the team from the mound for the first time!

Adam on the Mound

He did great! Although the other team got a couple of hits, they couldn’t score…

Adam on the Mound

before Adam struck-out three and headed back to the dugout!

Adam on the Mound

He was very proud of himself…and so were we!

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After each basketball game, the boys are recognized by their coach for their actions and attitudes on the court through the presentation of game day stars. The stars are multi-colored and represent the following attributes:

  • Blue = Effort
  • Red = Defense
  • Gray = Offense
  • Gold = Sportsmanship
  • White = Christlikeness

We’re about two-thirds of the way through the season and each week, the boys bring me their stars to attach to their uniform…

Upward Stars

Then we talk about what they did during the game to earn that particular star. They take pride in their accomplishment and most importantly, they’re learning the importance of hard work on the court, teamwork, and sportsmanship!

Kicking-off basketball season, the boys hit the court as the announcer calls their names…

Wearing number 15….it’s Alex!

Alex Enters

And wearing number 5…it’s Adam!

Adam Enters

GO COBRAS!

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The best photos are those in which the subject doesn’t know he’s being photographed. I caught Adam watching a YouTube video on his laptop today. His concentration and posture were compelling and made him look more mature than his 9-years would have you believe. Or maybe it’s just because I’m his dad and still see him as a little boy. After all, he taught himself to pitch by watching YouTube. He learned fundamentals and mechanics of the wind-up to which we perfected together on the field. Always inquisitive and forever questioning, he takes the initiative to learn. If that’s not maturity, I don’t know what is.

Watching YouTube

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It’s the first practice of the season and the boys are excited…Dad, too. Their team is the Cobras and they strike light lightening! (yeah, I made-up that part to eye-rolls from everyone 😉 ). The boys play in the Upward Basketball Program, which is a Christian sports league that focuses on developing athletes mentally, athletically, spiritually, and socially. In addition to recognizing the kids for offense and defense action on the court, they’re also recognized for their attitude in relations to effort, sportsmanship, and Christlikeness. This league is really a lot of fun!

There are a few kids on the team who haven’t played basketball before, so the coach works on fundamentals with the team. Alex and Adam are a little rusty, but pick-up quickly.

Shooting…

Alex Shoots

Adam Shoots

Dibbling (although the whole double-dribble thing is still a foreign concept)…

Alex Dribbles

and Passing…

Adam Passes

Then a little shooting past a defender and some rebounding…

Boys Playing Basketball

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Trying-out their new skateboards; walking in the footsteps of Tony Hawk and Rodney Mullen…

Skater" Skater"

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