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For the past few years we’ve had annual passes for Disney, but we changed things up a bit this year and went with an annual pass to Universal Studios instead. And to kick things off, Cindy took the boys to Orlando this weekend to try ’em out.

Universal Studios Entrance
Entrance to Universal Studios

What the boys were most interested in doing today was visiting Diagon Alley in Harry Potter World, but on the way, they take a ride with the Minions…and hand around for a photo afterward.

With the Minions

At last, it’s time to visit the cobbled wizzarding alley and shopping area behind the Leaky Cauldron in London, England. Among this secret collection of restaurants, shops, and other sights, they boys will pick-up all the items on their Hogwarts supply list.

Of course, the one thing every wizard absolutely needs is a wand. And the selection was quite impressive inside the famous Ollivander’s Wand Shop. After the boys had selected their wands, they moved around Diagon Alley casting spells. There were several areas where you waved the wand in a specific manner to make something happen, like rain from an umbrella or lights turning on, or writing on a scroll…

And what better way to decompress after a hard day of wizzarding than with a refreshing glass of “butter beer”, at the “Fountain of Fair Fortune”. Butter beer is a creamy buttery caramel and butterscotch concoction. Adam loved it, but Alex, not so much…

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It’s was still a little chilly out and the forecast was calling for scattered showers, but that didn’t stop the boys and I from taking to the water for the afternoon.

Heading into Jax

As we approached the Acosta Bridge, we noticed the railroad bridge (officially the FEC Strauss Trunnion Bascule Bridge) was down due to a train crossing, so we entered the city via the small boat span, which is always fun. There’s plenty of room, but it always looks like it’s going to be a tight fit…

Under the small bridge span.

Anyway, our destination today was the Exchange Club Park Island under the Matthews Bridge. There’s a little dock there, some picnic areas, and some trails to explore.

This was our first time visiting the island, so it was pretty exciting walking across the gangway…

Gangway to Exchange Club Island Park

And once there, we enjoyed some of the snacks we brought, then started exploring. There was a lagoon in the middle of the island and even some wildlife. In the middle, there was a marker that was pretty beat-up, but we could still make out the words.

The trails were marked with little arrows (so you won’t get lost, I guess), and in the middle, there was a marker that was pretty beat-up, but we could still make out the words.

Soon, the air started to get a little misty, so we decided to head home. If it started raining too badly, we could always tie-up under a bridge on the way.

Thanks for visiting

And Alex took us home…

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Okay, so Adam is a big fan of Portuguese soccer star, Cristiano Ronaldo. Cindy took the boys to get haircuts this week and this is what Adam got…

I just don’t get the deal with soccer. I remember when I was growing up, my favorite athlete was Pittsburg Steeler Running Back, Franco Harris. A real man playing a real man’s game. How could a kid not look up to someone like that, right?

But geez, soccer! You can’t even pick-up the ball with your hands! What’s up with that???

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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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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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Cindy and the boys are making a centerpiece for tomorrow’s dinner table. What could it be? There’s a riddle in there somewhere…

You make this at Christmas
So you can stuff your face
A cake, icing, and candy
An edible dwelling place

I have to say, I like this little A-frame house…it’s much easier to put together than the typical four-walled structure. Not that I’d know, mind you, when it comes to construction, I’m all thumbs!

Gingerbread House

These guys, on the other hand, with a little help from Mom, do a bang-up job!

Gingerbread House

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It’s Christmas Eve Day and Pop is taking the boys (and Charlie) out for a hike in the woods. He’s looking for dying or fallen trees to cut-up for firewood and showing the boys what to look for.

Hiking in the Woods Hiking in the Woods

There’s a lot of room out here.

Hiking in the Woods

Charlie is having a good time and has twice stolen Adam’s “walking stick”. He’s a character and everyone gets a kick out of watching him run, jump, and roll-around in the leaves.

Hiking in the Woods Hiking in the Woods

These are priceless moments.

Hiking in the Woods

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What better way to spend the day than in the woods with the boys and their bb-guns? There’s a chill in the air, but not too bad. And there’s plenty to shoot at…like the old metal “Keep Out” sign attached to the barbed wire fence of the adjoining property. The guns are still a little hard to cock, so the boys have to improvise using their foot as a stanchion, which provides safety and support.

BB Guns BB Guns

And their form is pretty darn good!

BB Guns BB Guns

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The boys are 10-years-old today and Adam has already noted that he’s “a decade now.” Where has the time gone? Only a moment ago we were figuring-out the logistics of feeding two babies at the same time! It hasn’t always been easy, but we certainly have created some nice memories.

This year, they needed new bikes. Not only are they outgrowing their current rides, but like most boys, they’re pretty hard on those bikes, as evidenced by the dents, scratches, cracks, and tears decorating them. Each one tells a story, and like most boys, they love their bikes…

Birthday Birthday

Naturally, Mom is all over the “10-years” thing!

Birthday

And this also marks the first year they boys had a regular cake. As you’ll recall, in previous years, they had a “cake of cupcakes” in the shape of their age, as seen here.

Birthday

Happy 10-years, Boys!

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