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Wednesday, April 29th, 2009.  I've have nothing but positive things to say about the Spring soccer season.  Jackson seems to be enjoying both the practices and the games.   I've been proud of his work ethic and have enjoyed watching him and his team play.  His team mates all appear to be great kids and it is nice to see a sense of camaraderie develop among them as the season progresses.  They have the highest level of sportsmanship I've seen on any team Jackson has been a part of.  I think the coach is doing a fantastic job of both teaching and motivating.  And as a bonus, they are currently 4-0.  The only other undefeated team is coached by Eric and has Caleb and Isabelle on it.   We have been rooting for them as well and hope that both teams are still undefeated when they meet near the end of the season.  Last night, Jackson played his friend Matthew.  Matthew played great in the goalie box all four quarters.  At one point, he made three saves within just a matter of seconds.   Our goalie played equally as tough with some amazing saves of her own.  It was a close game that ended with a score of 4-3.  Some of today's photos are ones that Deana took last week and a few are ones I snapped this week  (more photos here).


Monday, April 27th, 2009.  On Friday, while Amy and Jackson were enjoying perfect weather at our local Special Olympics, Deana helped us out by picking Ben up from pre-school.  Without going into details, let's just say that we owe Deana big time after the stormy conditions she had to go through while on Main Street with Ben.  Seriously, I mean we owe her BIG time.   So that was the bad part, but apparently Amy and Jackson both enjoyed their time at Special Olympics.  And that evening, Amy got to celebrate our good friend Megan turning thirteen with a Girls Only party thrown by Timmesa.  THIRTEEN, can you believe that?

Sunday, April 26, 2009.  Amy and I had a fantastic weekend in Charlotte with friends Christie and Will.  As a bonus, we were able to also hang out with Deana and Martin, who were, like us, downtown for the Fleetwood Mac concert.   The show was superb, one of the best that either Amy or myself had seen.  Lindsey Buckingham blew me away with his guitar playing and Amy was so happy to get to see Stevie Nicks.  On Saturday, before leaving town, we had a blast at baby Brett's one year old birthday party.   After the party, I took the boys to Claudville where they spent the day playing with their Papa and cousins.  They came back with lots and lots of fun stories to tell.  It was just a really nice weekend, but one that left all four of us pretty worn out

Wednesday, April 22nd, 2009. More photos of the kids at Kimberly's wedding.  I'm back in town tonight after a night in Cary.  It gave me just enough time to play with the kids a little before helping Amy tuck them in, because I'll head back out early in the morning before they wake up.  I missed Jackson's soccer game last night, but got to see some great photos that Deana took.  She has a few posted over on her site.  They won again and have another game tomorrow night, as does Ben.  That's it, another quick post.

Monday, April 20th, 2009.   Today's photos are of Ben with his 2nd cousin, once removed, Zane building a dam and his 2nd cousin Autumn and 1st cousin, once removed, Maddie racing to the creek.  We went to my cousin Kimberly's beautiful wedding on Saturday.  The kids played for hours after the ceremony.

Wednesday, April 15th, 2009. Jackson received his third report card of the year and for the third time in a row, he received straight As.  He scored 100 in language, 95 in mathematics, 95 in social studies and 98 in science.


Tuesday, April 14th, 2009.  Like his first game, Jackson's second soccer game was rained out tonight.  Since it's so chilly and gray outside, we'll look back at our sunny Easter Sunday with a few more pics.

Monday, April 13th, 2009.   On Saturday we attended a Lillie's Friends birthday bash in memory of Lillie, who died at the age of three after a ten month battle with Neuroblastoma.  Our friend Brooke helped organize the event and we spent most of our time playing with our good buddy, her son Landon.  We were also fortunate enough to run into our old friend Mike McColl whospends most of his time living in LA.  We joined Mike M after the celebration, along his wife Gwynn, their two daughters, plus our friends Frank and Ro, at Mike and Brooke's house for a couple more hours of play and visiting before heading home.  Jackson was hit twice with baseballs that I threw to him, once in the face.  He shook it off each time, wiped away the blood and kept throwing.  Ben loved playing Mario Party 8 with Landon.  On our way home he said that he wished he had that game.  He then got this "Ah Ha!" look on his face, closed his eyes, clinched his fists and wrinkled up his nose.   A few seconds later he opened his eyes and said "There, I wished for it because the Easter Bunny is coming tonight."  He must be a good wisher, because, sure enough, the Easter Bunny left it for him in his basket that night

Sunday, April 12th, 2009.  Happy Easter!!!  Here are just a few photos from a fantastic Easter that started early when the eggs hidden in the front yard were still covered with frost and ended late after a full day of Easter Egg hunting and playing.  My sister Deana threw the best Easter Party ever on a day with perfect weather.  We are all exhausted, so I'll post more photos later in the week.

Wednesday, April 8th, 2009. I was super impressed with Jackson's hustle during this week's practice.  He was placed in the defensive mid-fielder position that he likes so well and aggressively worked to keep the spot.  I know I'm biased, but I really do think he has a good work ethic and a knack for attacking the ball.  His team is structured nicely and everyone plays their positions well.  They've got great footwork in the forward positions, strong legs in the back line of defense and two tough goalies.  I don't know how it will relate to wins and losses once the games start,  but they practice great and I'm looking forward to seeing them in action.
Poor Ben took another spill last night that resulted in more scrapes on his back.  This time we were playing hide-and-seek, except that the boys text each other clues about their hiding spots using their their Nintendo DS.  I helped Ben hide in a large wardrobe in the playroom that we use to store our board games.  When Ben leaned back against the door, it fell open and he tumbled out onto toys that were laying on the floor.  He cried and cried, exclaiming "Why do I have to keep getting hurt?  Why?  I'll have to sleep on my stomach for another five weeks!!!"

Tuesday, April 7th, 2009. I'm posting photos today of Ben playing Tee Ball.  Tomorrow I'll post pics of Jackson playing soccer.  Practices are going well, although the weather has turned really cold again.    Last week's games were rained out, so the first games will now be next week after Spring Break.  The boys have enjoyed their time at home this week, but Jackson is looking forward to his afternoon at the movies with his Aunt Deana.


Monday, April 6th, 2009. Today I am posting a few photos from last weekend.  Jimmy is growing so fast that he looks like a different kid every time we see him.

Sunday, April 5th, 2009.  A few photos from the weekend, which included the celebration of my beautiful young wife's birthday, our gymnast niece Isabelle's birthday, a MAJWC Easter egg hunt, lots of outside play (soccer, baseball, dog walks, etc...), a trip to the candy store on Main Street, Pink Panther 2 at the Downtown Cinema, park-and-play paddling on the Mayo and much more.