It’s Super Bowl Sunday! MY LA Rams versus the (BOOOOOO!) NE Patriots! I always let the boys stay up to watch the game and normally they do pretty good, but not tonight. It’s the start of the 4th quarter and they’re out! (of course, I’m not sure if they’re tired or the first 3 quarters were so incredibly boring they just couldn’t take it anymore…

Alex is Out! Adam is Out!

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The Holidays are over, so that only means ONE thing! BASKETBALL! The Upward Basketball program at Fruit Cove Baptist Church is really a lot of fun! The boys learn skills as well as lessons in good character and sportsmanship.

BBall Begins

Their coaches started drilling the boys on the basics and they got quite a workout. And it didn’t matter to Alex there was a defender in front of the basket, he was taking the shot…

BBall Begins

while Adam made a fast break to the basket…

BBall Begins

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Yesterday, I took Alex to a local sports complex for some batting practice. He was a little rusty at first…

Alex at the Bat Alex at the Bat

but soon found his swing…

Alex at the Bat Alex at the Bat

and was connecting with the ball…

Alex at the Bat Alex at the Bat

CRACK!

Alex at the Bat

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Happy New Year

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The sun did not shine
It was too wet to play
So we sat in the house
All that cold, cold wet day.
from The Cat in the Hat by Dr. Seuss

Charlie

I can recall another day just like this when a little boy was looking out the window, wishing the rain away, and longing to go outside.

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I’m up early, as usual, and everyone else is still asleep. I stepped outside with Charlie and sipping coffee, am watching the Sunrise on the mountain.

Sunrise Sunrise

I enjoy these quiet moments.

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Despite the busy day they had yesterday and the evening at Pa’s, the boys still got up early! I heard them get out of bed about 5:30, but I didn’t get up until 6:00. They were playing on their iPads and patiently waiting for everyone to get up (although they had already catalogued every present under the tree by its recipient. Anyway, I let them go into their stockings, which, if you know Cindy, is crammed full of treasures–toys, candy, games, and more candy…

Christmas Day

After the boys finished with their stockings, I put some coffee on and we waited for the rest of the family to get up. And at 7:00, which seemed like an eternity, the unwrapping began!

Christmas Day Christmas Day

Let’s see, there were Harry Potter wands, which they thought were pretty cool. Alex got the actual Harry Potter wand, while Adam was pleased to have the wand used by Lord Voldemort…

Christmas Day Christmas Day

Naturally, a fast-handed wand battle ensued…

Christmas Day

One of the neatest presents they received was a retro electronic football game from the 70s. I loved this game when I was a teenager, but the boys weren’t too impressed! LOL.

Christmas Day

Nope, what they were really excited about was the official 2018 FIFA World Cup Soccer Ball…

Christmas Day

and the gear that went with it…the uniforms of their favorite players: Portugal’s Cristiano Ronaldo and Brazil’s Neymar da Silva Santos Junior (aka Neymar Jr.)…

Christmas Day

There was a lot more, of course, but these were the highlights. I enjoy watching the boys on Christmas morning and remember the excitement I felt as a child while ripping the wrapping paper off the presents left for me under the tree. It’s nice to relive those moments through their eyes.

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angels

13 And suddenly there was with the angel a multitude of the heavenly host praising God and saying:

14 “Glory to God in the highest,
And on earth peace, goodwill toward men!”

(Matthew 2:10-11, NKJV)

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Well, it’s Christmas Eve and although Pa is gone, the family still gathered in his old country home. Pa’s children, and many of his grandchildren, great, great-great, and great-great-great grandchildren, and their families were here. There was a lot of food, and a lot of talking and laughing.

Christmas Eve

And presents for all the kids…

Christmas Eve

Afterward, Alex put on a disguise from the “Prank Kit” he received. You can’t even tell it’s him, can you? :-))

Christmas Eve

I don’t know how long this tradition will continue in this way, but tonight, Pa would’ve been pleased.

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It’s such a beautiful day, so of course Mom wants to take some pictures. The boys and Charlie change into their flannel and are ready to go.

Photo Op

The pictures came out good, but as you know, getting twin boys and their dog into position for a decent picture can be an extreme challenge…at times. Today, however, wasn’t too bad.

Photo Op

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