I played basketball at Fruit Cove Baptist Church this morning. Gina, A and E participated in the ASK outreach event at church hosting refugees from Iraq, Africa and some other countries. We took our family picture for the church directory which is our first professionally taken family photo in some time and maybe only the 2nd one ever. Then we went to the Suns baseball game early and received the bobblehead giveaway (#1 parrotthead/Jimmy Buffett). Next it was a picnic dinner across the street before the game at Metropolitan park. A brief stop over at the Jacksonville Jaguars practice fields to watch some of training camp followed. At this time E asked why the girls didn't have anything over their stomachs (cheerleaders). Finally it was back to the baseball game. And for the 2nd time in 9 days...after never getting a baseball at a professional game, this lady at the Suns game walked up to Gina and I and asked if A and E were our children. Upon confirmation, she gave us the ball for them since they were so well-behaved.
Friday, July 25, 2008
Well since I remember, even going back to when we lived in Tallahassee, A has participated in gymnastics on a weekly basis. Today was her last session for the summer, and she is going to skip it this fall and spring to play soccer, maybe basketball and softball/t-ball. She has enjoyed going and especially likes the teacher she has mostly had for the past year or so, Ms. Tonya.
Monday, July 21, 2008
On Sunday, July 20th, we had our first volunteer experience as a family. We had contacted the City Rescue Mission about opportunities and at this time volunteered to help with food service at their McDuff campus. The McDuff campus is where the CRM offers more long-term recovery programs. During the week, they serve a lunch and dinner meal but on Saturday and Sunday they only serve dinner. We arrived shortly before 4 PM and awaited our assignments. There seemed to be some confusion, and we started wondering if we would be able to help with anything. Finally, the boys ended up on the food line and the girls were the dining room cleaning crew. E would hand me a tray to then put rice and and veggies (field peas and green beans) on while the girls wiped down tables and swept the floor when needed. Unfortunately, I forget to take a picture of me in the same outfit as E. We were glad to be able to help and the kids did a great job as well. The people there seemed to really enjoy seeing them there to help. We look forward to volunteering at the CRM again.
Friday, July 18, 2008
Jim Adduci, OF for the Cubs hit it. I got back to the seats behind homeplate and Gina was like how did you get that.
The ballpark is named after Jackie Robinson. This is where the first integrated professional baseball game actually took place.
It's a quaint old park with a manual scoreboard.
Saturday, July 12, 2008
Saturday, July 5, 2008
Ate with the family at the Metro Diner for a late breakfast this morning. It was the first time we've been there. It was very good. After that we went to the zoo and had a picnic at the playground area...where the raccoons were getting into the trash.
Friday, July 4, 2008
Added 7-13-08...Ethan also learned how to eat a chicken leg for the first time. We don't necessarily have fried chicken very often so we realized he had not eaten it off the bone when he tried to out the fat end of the leg into his mouth like and ice cream cone.