Saturday, February 28, 2009

Busy Saturday

Our completed itinerary/agenda for Saturday.

1. Breakfast at Chick-Fil-A on the way to our second thing for the day...
2. Which as you saw by the earlier posts was a visit to the zoo.
3. My first softball practice for the spring at noon...while Gina and the kids enjoyed Subway for lunch.
4. Then Sam's Club to pick up some things including a hot dog and drink for my lunch while Gina and the kids enjoyed a Coke Icee.
5. After that it was Ashlyn's softball practice at 4:30 - 6 pm.
6. Ashlyn and I stayed another hour until 7 pm to take some extra batting practice in the cage. Ethan and Gina came up for part of practice so Ethan took a few swings as well.
7. I went to go play basketball at 8:30 pm for a couple hours. Next week we are back to Saturday mornings at 7 since Upwards basketball is finished where we play.

I think that was all!

Here kitty kitty...


New Zoo Exhibit

We are at the Jacksonville Zoo for the members' preview of the opening of the Asian Gardens. This is one of the two Komodo dragons.

Thursday, February 26, 2009

First Baseball Game of 2009

I went to my first game of the season last night with a friend of mine from Tampa, Howard, my neighbor Vinny and a friend of his. We met at Renna's Pizza for a quick bite before the game. We saw Michigan beat the University of North Florida 9-8.

Sunday, February 22, 2009

Ashlyn's Last Game of the Season...and my game

Ashlyn finished her Upwards basketball season this afternoon. She improved tremendously as the season progressed. I think she did especially well since we don't have a goal at home at she basically had 1 hour of practice each week and then her game. I haven't watched the video of her games that I recorded but I think it will easily show her progress.

As for my game today, we won in overtime for our first win (1-2). I guess that isn't bad seeing how our team is made up of 6 people who did not know each other 3 weeks ago. Next week we step up a division to play so that should be challenging. The family didn't attend since they were at a birthday party. I think I went to the foul line 12 or 14 times...however many times it was, I made all but two. Supposedly they keep stats of the games but I haven't seen anything yet. It will be interesting to see the stats at some point.

Thursday, February 19, 2009

New Chair

I've been looking for a new chair for my study and found one today at World Market after getting their sale paper in the mail. The chair is compact which works out well for the study.

This is what 1000+ tickets looks like...

Ashlyn's basketball team had a party at Ollie Koala's (think Chuck E Cheese) tonight instead of practice before their last game on Sunday. I played the basketball game...set the high score...74 points in 35 seconds...and out came the tickets...and they kept coming and coming and coming. Ethan was getting very excited and about the 3rd time finally convinced Gina to come see. She didn't believe him. Luckily the place was not too busy as the situation became quite the spectacle. I finally had Gina find someone who works there and had to make it stop...that's right it never stopped on its own. The employee said there is a bonus with the high score but thought it would have been 100 or so tickets. In the end it was 1046 tickets.

Sunday, February 8, 2009

Basketball Season Opener

I am playing in a league at Christ's Church. The last time I played in a league was in 2004 in Tallahassee.

There are 7 on the team but we only had 6 today...1 showed up just before tip off and another just after. From what I could gather no one on our team knows each other...just individuals who signed up put on a team. And it showed in our first game. The team we played against had at least 8 players and had played together.

With all that though I think we only lost by 6 points...and in overtime. I hit a 3 in the final minute and maybe a put back on a rebound (don't remember exactly when that occurred) and then made 2 free throws with 4 seconds left to tie the game and send it to OT. I definitely need to get used to the rims and balls they use.

And on another note, Ashlyn had her 6th game today and did very well again this week offensively with her shooting and passing. She received the offensive star last week after making 6 or 7 baskets. she always does a good job defensively. I had to leave at halftime to go to my game but before I left she had 3 baskets I think and a few nice passes to teammates as well.

Saturday, February 7, 2009


Gina and I went out to dinner at Stonewood tonight. We saved room for dessert...well almost enough room. We shared the chocolate chip bread pudding. It comes with a chocolate crisp cookie type thing on top which we have been taught to put under the bread pudding to let it melt and then spoon it up with everything else. Yum!

My "Seahorse"

Ethan made me a seahorse earlier today and left it on my nightstand for me.

Monday, February 2, 2009

Our 1st Family Super Bowl Viewing

For the first time all 4 of us sat down and watched the game...ok the kids had to go to bed before it was over and Gina fell asleep just as it was ending. We laid a blanket on the living room floor for the kids to eat on while watching the game (like we do when we have a movie night). Gina made rotel cheese dip with hamburger meat in the crock pot, I made a barbeque chicken pizza and then Gina and Ethan made some smores. Ashlyn enjoyed the halftime show and wanted to understand about the pregame flyover. Ethan managed a "mmm...good" about the nachos and cheese dip and was very interested in making me a smore. Ethan also told Gina that he didn't intend to tell his kindergarten teacher that he watched the Super Bowl because it is for boys.