We have returned and settled in from our vacation.  A week in Cancun is just long enough to enjoy being away but after a week away you start to miss your own bed and pillow!  I have uploaded four short video clips from our vacation for your enjoyment!

The first is Annette and Troy enjoying the waves.  The wonderful thing about vacationing with others is that you can spread the Troy-factor around! Annette was usually good to go for some wave time when Troy would ask her.  Thanks so much Annette!

Here Troy is just enjoying the waves.  He finally got to the point where he could “sort-of” body surf!

What would a trip to Cancun be without some sand time?  Here Troy was building a sand castle.  He enlisted my help with the moat so that the waves would wash his castle away.

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I thought this was a good picture of Annette and Jeff.  The picture of David & I turned out really foggy so I won’t post it.

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We went downtown one night and enjoyed dinner at the Margarettaville restaurant.  Outside they had a bouncy house set up and for awhile Troy was the only kid using it.  Here he is talking smack to no one in particular.

Here is a photo of us after we finished out dinner at the restaurant.

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Troy and Jeff were playing around behind this Parrot at Margarettaville.

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Here Troy is chatting with the boat driver that takes us from our resort to the sister resort across the lagoon.  This driver was great with Troy, let him sit with him and chatted.  This driver was the one that took us on a short croc hunt.

Here is the croc.  He’s a bit hard to see since he blends with the branches so well.

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Troy so enjoyed his Uncle Jeff!  Poor Jeff, I’m sure he was tuckered out by the time it was time to return home!  After all, its been quite a few years since he had a young boy running around and wanting all his attention!

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The entertainment for the children was fun.  Troy is always a participater! Here he was taking his turn at the pinata.

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Here he had his face painted up like a tiger.

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Here is Troy with some of the entertainment staff at our resort.  Kara never did find a place in Troy’s heart like Gabby did last year.  We asked about Gabby and was told that she got married and no longer worked there.  (Next time you see Troy stick his tongue out and make finger signs you know where he learned it!)

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We traveled over to the sister resort quite a few times.  One of the first days one of the staff walked up to Troy and started talking to him about being an animal rescuer and that he was the “real” Diego! (He saw his name on Troy’s swim trunks!)

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There you go! I hope you enjoyed seeing our vacation!

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The week of his birthday I noticed extra space on the outside of his two front teeth.  (Hope that makes sense.)  Five months later. . . .  yep! You guessed it, Troy has lost his first tooth!

I have been checking peridotically and watching the looser of the two wiggling more and more.  Tonight I noticed it a lot more wiggly.  So when he asked for something to eat (at 7:45 tonight AFTER brushing teeth) I told him to go get his apple out of the fridge.  Yes, I’m a smart Mama! ;D  Without further delay, here are the pictures.

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I thought of sending out the 10 second video I took of him dancing a jig, but it is over 3MB and that’s a lot to send out just to hear him say he lost a tooth.

Here are some football pictures from Saturday.  They are starting to get it!  A little less grabbing and more blocking.  They are still running down field after the coaches yell “STOP!” and trying to grab flags well after the play has finished.  BUT. . . .  they are having such a fun time!

Here Troy is practicing blocking.

Here Troy is blocking during the game.  This other boy was a bit uncertain about the blocking at first, looking to his Dad for reassurance.  It was cute.

Troy is waiting for the ball to be passed.  The coaches usually have the offensive team wait just long enough for the ball to be passed since they are very quick yet.

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Here the boys are playing before practice started.

Alright, enough of the football.  What about the pumpkin in the title?  Troy’s class fieldtrip was to Eckert’s Farm and he picked a pumpkin.  We (I) made him wait until this week-end until David could help carve the pumpkin.  I am so NOT a fan of pumpkins! (Uck! The smell!) Anyway, here are the pictures.

Here the guys are working on the pumpkin.

Troy wouldn’t put his hand in the pumpkin at first.  “Oohh, disgusting!” Discusting is his favorite word right now.  After cleaning out the guts, Troy had to separate the seeds so that David could toast them.  You couldn’t get him out of the “disgusting” guts then!

Here David is carving the face that Troy drew.  Nope, I didn’t get a picture of the finished product.  I’ll try to later.

One to the Nap part of the title.  Troy stayed home from school today.  He was complaining about his stomach hurting.  I know that there is something going around so I decided to keep him home and see if anything came of it.  I figured I could always take him in late if it turned out he was fine.  He is so rarely sick that I wasn’t sure he was really sure he didn’t feel well.  Well, he knew what he was talking about! Here he is (willingly) taking a nap on the couch.

He wanted it to be dark but didn’t want to go to his room.  So I pulled the blanket over his head but he wanted a peek hole to watch tv.  He didn’t last too long before he was out.  He may be staying home again tomorrow since he was telling me that his stomach was hurting at bedtime.  HOPEFULLY tomorrow he will be all better! 🙂

I was so good.  I downloaded the pictures and cropped the good ones.  I had a mental plan for the flow of this post, then almost a week went by.  *sigh* So sorry to have delayed getting this posted.

So here is our football boy! He was so excited to go to play football!  Go figure! He didn’t want anything to do with it when I first brought it up.  He just needed some time to work it through his brain and decide that it would be a good idea.  Next thing I know he is asking me if I had signed him up yet.  (Yes, that is one of his soccer shirts below his new football tee.)

Here is his number.  Oh my baby is growing up! This is his first numbered “jersey”.  He was so excited to be number 17.

First the warm up exercises.  BTW, yes that is the team’s token girl.  She did well and Troy and another boy were hanging on her.  *eye roll*

Stretching. . . . .

Whew! Now on to some of the good stuff! 😉

The 2 point stance. . . .  which leads to . . . .

the three point stance.

It is drill time.  Here they are working on their passes.

Troy passes to Daddy.  David was an impromptu assistant coach.

Here he is passing to the girl.  BTW, all the kids were 5 or 6 years old.

Now on to learning how to hike.  Here Troy is receiving.

Here he is passing the ball to another boy.

Troy was patiently waiting, then he remembered that he knows it all and decided to give one of the coaches some advice.

Here he is receiving a pass.  They learned how to hold their hands when they receive the ball, (which he isn’t doing here.)

This is what happens if you allow too much down time with kids standing around.  Look at Troy’s shirt.  Yep, he wanted to be able to see his own number!  I had to make him turn it around.

Alright already, on to the game!!!  The group was broken up into four groups during practice.  Then two of the teams paired up to play each other.

They did plenty of running.  They only played about two or three plays before the “game” ended.

It may be hard to see, but Troy is holding a flag he grabbed from the player running the ball.  He actually got a flag each play.  He was so very proud of getting the flags.  (However, the first one was pulled after the play was finished as the boy ran well past the “touch down” area.)  This picture was taken at the end of the last play of the game.

Here David is consoling Troy.  Troy just realized that he wasn’t going to get an opportunity to wear a flag and have a turn to run a play.  He was just devastated.

Here all the teams came together for a closing cheer.  Troy had recovered by this time.

He might have been Daddy’s son on the field, but here he comes to tell me all about it!  That’s my boy!

I volunteered to help at our booth at the air show.  Our Scott Officer Spouses’ Club had a booth to help raise some money for our organization.  We give away thousands of dollars each year, so it was a worth while project.  This is the organization that I volunteered to be the Membership Chairperson this year.  Anyway, all that said, but I don’t have any pictures of me at our booth.

After my shift was finished I met up with David and Troy and we got to see the different planes as well as see the Thunder Birds performance.  Troy loves the hands on and being able to get behind the “wheel” of the planes and helecopters. See what I mean? Look at this smile.

Here he’s inside a HUMWV.

Here Troy was inside a KC-21 that was set up to move a critical patient.  This is just one of those mannequins but check out the look on Troy’s face.  Yes, he knew it wasn’t real, but he didn’t want to get real close either!

I love these types of pictures of my “boys”.  Troy is still small enough to be able to sit on David’s shoulders.  I can get him on mine too, just not near as long as he used to stay up there.

Here is a view of David from Troy’s angle.

It is really hard to get a good picture of them with my simple camera so they aren’t real close up shots.  Most of them were a bit blurry so I am only sharing two.  Here are four of the six Thunder Birds.

Here is one flying upside down.  Look how low it came through.

Now I must go fix some lunch for Munchin Boy and his guest.

Soccer is now over and football has begun.  Before we post football pics I’ll post the soccer pictures I forgot to post.  Here is our very serious soccer boy.

Here is our Golden Eagle boy with Coach Keith in the background.  It was nice to have Coach Keith as coach as he works for the Parks & Rec actually knew what he was doing in coaching the kids.

And this is what Troy does best!

And again (in case you missed it the first time.) 😉

Troy has been taking gymnastics for over a year now.  He has now moved into the “big gym”.  Normally, the children must be 6 to attend class in the big gym, but the coach made an exception for Troy.  Good thing, since he is so ready.  In fact, he does some things better than the older boys.  His legs are straight on his cartwheels and round-offs and he’s been doing back hand springs on the triangle mats and trampoline for several months now. Oh, and here in the big gym the classes are separated by gender and age.  This is good because Troy is so competitive and working with the big boys helps him work a little harder.  Not that he ever really LOOKS like he’s working hard! ;D

Since the big gym is so much larger and they have several classes going on at any given time, I can’t get some really good pictures.  The room is too big to use flash and so I have to go with no flash which means I must hold the camera really still.  I don’t really know until I see the picture at home on the screen if it is too fuzzy. These pictures are in the order that they worked the room.

Here Troy is on the pummel horse.  This is one piece of equipment that they didn’t have in the pre-school gym.  It is one of his favorite things to watch while we watched the Olympics.

Here he is on the parallel bars.  (I did warn you they would be fuzzy.) He’s in the dark blue outfit.

This one is really hard to see, but I have to sit on the opposite side of the room and take my pictures.  I have the camera zoomed as much as I can.  He is here on the rings.  He’s been working on these for over a year.  Coach Tracy (from the pre-school gym) did as much for him as she could but he definitely needed to move up to start learning more and have time to practice the different moves. Here he is holding his legs straight out in an “L” position.  This is Coach Mickey in the blue shirt spotting him.  Mickey is the owner of the gym and has coached boys teams before.  Originally when the session was going to start they had a female coach, but since the gym wants to start a competitive boys team (they have had a girl’s team for several years) they thought that Mickey should coach the boys.

Here he is on a triangle mat doing a bridge kick-over.  He’s been doing these for awhile as well.  During the rotations at this part of the gym he also works on his handstands (just like the boy against the wall where you can see the legs behind the boy in yellow,) cartwheels & round-offs, several other types of rolls.  It is hard to get any pictures of this area because of the distance and the other children getting in the way.  Plus without flash the shudder on the camera takes longer to close and with his quick movements it is really difficult to get a picture that you can see more than just fuzzy movement.

Finally, he is in the section of the gym where he is close enough to see.  I still can’t use my flash so pictures are still blurry.  Here he is jumping from the tall mat.  This mat is about as tall has his head, just to give you an idea of how high he is jumping from.

Here he is in the stick position.  They work on this quite a bit: land (jumping rather,) stick and finish.

Here he is finishing his landing.  Since Coach Mickey broke his arm he has had an assistant helping him out.  This is Coach Chris.