Sending out a special Happy Birthday to my dad today! :)
Can you guys believe that July is almost over? Between all the rain and the lack of sweltering temps, it's hardly felt like summer at all. Boo!
The boys go back to school 2 weeks from today. Between now and then we will try to squeeze in some last minute fun for them! Bob has a few (OK, more than a few) more vacation days than I do so he's working on plans for one-on-one days with all the boys. He and Zane had a fun day at the Georgia Aquarium this week. Zane was so excited to get the "only child" treatment! He wanted to buy gifts for all his brothers at the gift shop and told me all about all the cool stuff he got to see. He was "very interested" in the jellyfish and the whale sharks and had a great time with the Otters. Spencer's special day is going to involve 6 flags and roller coasters. Quinn has chosen a more tame approach to a day with dad and will be doing the movie/bowling thing. I'm jealous...
In addition to all these last minute special days for the boys, we're also enjoying the start of a new football season. This year (as I've mentioned before) we chose a different program so Spencer will not be a Wolverine this year. He's now a Forsyth Paladin. We're 2 and a half weeks into this season with the team and we continue to be impressed. The competition is SOOO much better. The coaching is SOOO much better. The schedule is SOOO much fuller. Spencer is NOT able to just show up anymore. He's going to have to work to play on this team. He's definitely going to be on the line. We're thinking Defense, but that could change. We're not sure if he will start or not - and honestly that doesn't really matter. I just want him to have fun and to learn to work hard. So far, he's done just that! Last night they actually practiced with the sleds. Another first... (If it's any indication to the quality and size of this team... Spence, at 95% for height and weight for kids his age, is about the 4th or 5th tallest kid on the team and there are probably at least 6 or 7 who are heavier.)
Next Friday we'll be traveling to Knoxville for a pre-season tournament. They will play at least 3 games, maybe 4, on Saturday and Sunday. Spencer is mostly excited about staying in a hotel room and stopped at Cracker Barrel on the way. Good to keep things in perspective!
I'm sending a couple of pictures today. Most of you probably saw the one with all the grands and my parents on Facebook. I love this picture. I also thought I'd send along a new picture of Ozzie and Willow. Oz is a nutball! They are super entertaining together. Good times!!