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Josh Sitton football camp take 2.

This past Saturday 4 of our boys were able to attend a free football camp at Catholic High in Pensacola for the second year in a row.  This is a camp where Josh Sitton (Green Bay Packer turned Chicago Bear and how does something like that even happen) comes and helps coach all the kids, giving them pointers, tips, and life encouragement. I don’t know the man personally but he seems like a really good guy who genuinely cares for these boys.

It was sponsored by the Blue Wahoos, our local baseball team because that makes so much sense.
(I couldn’t help the snark but really, we’re so thankful to the Wahoos for caring about their community and our kids!)

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The UWF football team gets involved too and each group of boys has a coach from the Argonauts working with them.

The quarterback was Matthew’s coach.

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Some of these kids were much older than the maximum age for the camp and that was disappointing but Matthew (far left standing up) held his own and did very well.

I don’t know much about Ben’s coach. Not sure what his position on the UWF team is.

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I’m sure when the season starts I’ll become more familiar with these specific players since my kids know them. Ben (Also far left standing up) had a great time and said he did much better than he did at last year’s camp.  He isn’t sure he wants to play football again though. He’s looking hard a tennis which would be so much better for me too because Ben had a bad hip sprain and a concussion (two different instances) last season and my heart can’t take it.

Sam had a great time too but he loves everything and could probably have fun having his teeth pulled. I’m not even kidding.

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He’s far left on the bottom row. I’m so proud of his spirit and love for life.

This was Jesse’s first football camp or football anything really.

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Jesse (left side with coach’s arm around him) was very confused about what was going on but had a smile plastered on his face the whole time.  He made quick friends with another kid and the spent their time rolling around on the ground and pretending to be dinosaurs.  I was 2 parts the mom trying to get his attention so I could tell him stop because there are no dinosaurs in football!, and 2 parts the mom trying to get a video or pictures of the what he was doing.  There were probably people talking about me and that’s too bad because I was completely unsuccessful at both getting his attention and collecting photographic evidence.

In the end, we went home with pictures of their time with Josh Sitton and the UWF football team, a belly full of pizza and Powerade, and pink cheeks because it was 65 degrees and I forgot for a minute that we were in Florida.

ProCamps puts these sports camps together all over the US. Professional athletes like Josh Sitton come out and work with our kids (often for free) and the children have so much fun. Make sure to look into it if you have kids who love sports.

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Are you ready for some football?

wp-1469201941619.jpgYesterday I took Sam to pick up his football gear because Rabbit was at the football fields with Matthew who was in some giant bubble running into other kids in giant bubbles because that is what football practice is all about now, I guess.

There is a video and I’ll share it when Rabbit sends it to me.  It’s pretty funny.

Anyway, we only have three in football this year, all on different teams, as opposed to 4 last year, also all on different teams, because Gabe(15) decided to get a job and graduate high school early instead of moving onto high school ball.

Football season is very busy around here for sure, but we love it.

I already can’t wait for November though.  That’s weird, right?

GO PACE PATRIOTS!

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I still have my other kids

There has been so much going on with Lanie that I’ve neglected to post much about the 9 other children running around here so here’s a cute picture of some of them.

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Maggie’s duck face…  Kait taught her to do that.
Funny not funny.

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First things first

Before even changing out of their pajamas my boys have taken to practicing their violins.

I had been warned to expect a whole lot of ear piercing squeaking and whatnot in the first year of Matthew and Sam learning the violin but after just a few months of lessons that is down to a minimum and tunes are becoming recognizable.

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Don’t judge me on the bad picture quality. Or judge me. I really don’t care either way. I’ve come to terms with the fact that I’ll never be a photographer. My legacy on this blog will be a series of crappy pictures that tell the story of a really awesome life.

And I’m quite okay with that.

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Sam asked to take a picture with me today and I said okay and grabbed my camera while he quickly donned his swim mask and snorkel because that’s the kind of thing Sam does.

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And this is why we never say no to pictures with Sam.

Also, hashtag photobomb.

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Sam: Mom, if I have enough for sodas and cheeseburgers I’m going to buy everybody a toy.

Me: You’re buying toys if you have enough money for sodas and cheeseburgers?

Sam: Um… Yes.

Rabbit: Everybody gets toys?

Sam: And sodas and cheeseburgers.

Rabbit: You should run for president.

Kait: No.  You should run for Oprah.  You get a toy, and you get a toy, and you get a toy…  YOU ALL GET TOYS!  

Sam: Wha…???…

Kait:  SAM FOR OPRAH!

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We turned our heat on for the first time this season on Saturday.  Then we turned the air back on on Sunday. Then Monday evening I switched it from cool to heat because I knew we were supposed to freeze up overnight.

Florida is freaking confused, people.

Yesterday morning I woke up to the sound of cold weather killing the power, which is actually no sound at all. We sleep with a fan on in our room because Rabbit and I both sleep best with a little white noise and the sound of the fan turning off is what brought me out of my slumber. No electricity is fine with me as mornings around here are not usually filled with things that require power.

Except that it was 24 degrees outside and I needed heat and coffee and both of those things require electricity.

I texted Rabbit at work to lament and he suggested I start a fire in the fire pit and make coffee the old fashioned way.  I asked him if he actually meant for me to go outside and told him that wouldn’t be happening because I’ve seen The Day After Tomorrow and I know what can happen.

It all turned out okay in the end because the electricity came back on after an hour or so and the heat kicked on and I was able to enjoy not one, but two cups of hot coffee and they were delicious.  Three hours later we got a recorded call from housing explaining that our power was down and they were working on getting it restored but didn’t know how long it would take.

Good job on the timeliness of that one, Balfour Beatty.

After the boys finished their school work Kait walked them all down to the beach where they found, and I quote, A portal to Antarctica.  They never made it the last twenty yards to the beach because this little area filled with ice was everything they could have ever asked for from a freakishly cold winter-like day in supposed-to-be-warm-all-the-time Florida.

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We don’t keep a lot of winter gear around for obvious reasons.  We have some hoodies and knit gloves and hats but we really aren’t well equipped for that once in a blue moon icy day we get here in Florida. The kids complained about the cold all while choosing to be outside in it at the same time.

Kait got some excellent pictures telling a pretty cool story about how the ice formed on some palms and some grassy plants. Doesn’t the middle one look like an ice berry?  She said that should couldn’t fit her hand around many of those icy growths.

Today it’s warmed up to the low 50’s – still too cold by this southern girl’s standards.  By the weekend we should be back up into the 70’s again and you know I’m happy about that.

Maybe we’ll be able to hit the beach sometime next week.

Yeah.

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This is Florida.

The first day of Winter is in just 11 days and you know what that means…

The celebration of warm, balmy weather.  Probably 70’s.  Possibly 80’s.  It may include a trip to the beach.

This past weekend was fun if you don’t include a 7 week old with a cold. Rabbit somehow got himself a 4 day weekend and it was a perfect weekend for it too because it was in the 80’s most of the time which, even after living in Florida for 5 years, still baffles me and feels like a gift from God every December.

We went from taking walks down to the beach…

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…to picking out a Christmas tree…

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…to taking more walks to the beach…

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 …to putting up Christmas decorations.

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The guy working the Christmas tree tent at Lowe’s was quite sweaty and grumbly about the weather and his job and was working the bah humbug thing.  Some people just don’t understand the glorious-ness of being able to go jacket-less.  Rabbit isn’t too keen on the excellent weather we’ve been having but he didn’t complain while he was at the beach wrestling with the kids and laughing and loving the warm December weather that he hates so much.  He makes no sense.

Nobody here makes sense because 82 degrees in December is pretty much everything I want for Christmas.

Today we have the doors open and the boys are weeding the garden and Lucy is drawing on the sidewalk, and apparently my foyer floor, with chalk.

I guess I’d better go wipe my floor up.

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