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We spent Memorial Day with my grandparents and parents up at my aunt and uncle’s lake house at Lake Hartwell, GA. It was a beautiful day to be at the lake.

We enjoyed spending time with family

In the water

Fishing

On the boat

and teaching Landen how to ride on a float

by the end of the day the kids were worn out

We had a wonderful time and Landen is already asking when we can go back again! Hopefully we will be able to make it back up there real soon!

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In Flanders Fields

In Flanders fields the poppies blow
Between the crosses, row on row,
That mark our place; and in the sky
The larks, still bravely singing, fly
Scarce heard amid the guns below.

We are the Dead. Short days ago
We lived, felt dawn, saw sunset glow,
Loved and were loved, and now we lie,
In Flanders fields.

Take up our quarrel with the foe:
To you from failing hands we throw
The torch; be yours to hold it high.
If ye break faith with us who die
We shall not sleep, though poppies grow
In Flanders fields.

~John McCrae

We Shall Keep the Faith

Oh! you who sleep in Flanders Fields,
Sleep sweet – to rise anew!
We caught the torch you threw
And holding high, we keep the Faith
With All who died.
We cherish, too, the poppy red
That grows on fields where valor led;
It seems to signal to the skies
That blood of heroes never dies,
But lends a lustre to the red
Of the flower that blooms above the dead
In Flanders Fields.
And now the Torch and Poppy Red
We wear in honor of our dead.
Fear not that ye have died for naught;
We’ll teach the lesson that ye wrought
In Flanders Fields.

~Moina Michael

Memorial Day is not just the unofficial kick off to summer, it is not just a day for parades and cookouts, and days spend at the lake or the beach. It’s a day of remembrance for all the soldiers who have lost their lives protecting this great country and to give us the freedom that we have today! Remember to think of all the men and women that gave their lives and those that put their lives on the line today.

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So its my 25th birthday…… well maybe not! But at least I am still in my 20’s!!! And I have been doing lots of thinking about things I want to accomplish before I turn 30. So I have the next 3 years to complete this list.

1) Jump out of an airplane
2) Learn to paint
3) Take a trip to Disney World
4) Become some type of fitness instructor (I dont know what I want to start as but I would love to be certified to teach a bunch of different classes! EVENTUALLY)
5) Learn photography skills
6) Finish up my cross stitched Christmas tree skirt that I started back in July 2009
7) Make Lexi a Christmas stocking to match the other 3 I have finished
8 ) Work on my baking skills
9) Work on my cake decorating skills
10) Learn to airbrush cakes
11) Learn how to make gum paste flowers (cake decorating)
12) Take a trip to Colorado to take Shane and the kids snow skiing (this may not happen before I turn 30 since Lexi will only be 3 but I hope to at least start planning and saving for it!)
13) Start sewing and designing clothing again
14) Start couponing and successfully do it consistently
I am sure I will be adding things to this in the next few years and updating what I have done. We will see how much I can accomplish before I am 30…. thats in about 10 years RIGHT!!!

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1. Do you think civilians, in general, understand the meaning of Memorial Day?

I think most civilians have an understanding of what Memorial Day means however I think that most of the time it is forgotten and most people just think of it as a day off work. Even service members/spouses can forget the meaning and only look at it as a 4-day!

2. What are your plans for the Memorial Day Weekend?

Its my birthday weekend! So I have lots of things planned. I have a little bit of mommy time planned and then the LAKE, just spending time with my family.


3. What skill/talent do you wish you had? submitted by The 3 Turners

I wish I could draw/paint, I would love to be able to paint murals on the kids walls.

4. Which came first: the chicken or the egg? submitted by I Married Into The Army

The chicken, like Adam and Eve came before Cain and Abel

5. What is the best thing about your post (base)? The worst? submitted by Randomly, Robyn

There is a lot to do around Fort Bragg and its not far from a big city. The worst is the population. I have described it as the population of Atlanta stuffed into Flowery Branch (for those of you that don’t know where Flowery Branch is, it’s a small town in North East Georgia). There is always traffic and a drive that 5 mile drive can take you 45 mins depending on the time of day.

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Landen’s New Do!!!

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My little girl is already growing up! She is talking and smiling ALL the time. She knows my voice and turns her head whenever she hears it. She all loves her big brother and smiles at him every time he talks to her. In the last few days she has started trying to roll over but she isn’t quite there yet, but I know it will only be a few more days and she will have it. I have had her sitting up in her super seat and she LOVES it, especially when Landen is dancing around her and acting silly. She just stares at him and laughs out loud. She is not sleeping through the night yet but she usually only has 1 nighttime feeding. She is usually in bed by 8:30 and will sleep until 7:30 or 8:00 in the mornings (longer if Landen doesn’t wake her up).

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Over the past 2 days we have been eating some of the juiciest strawberries I have ever eaten.

Where did I get them? Well from this field!

Who picked them? Well these people did!

Landen started picking with him own bucket……

But about 10 mins in he was sitting down on the job!

And while we did all the work Lexi slept in the car with GG (the kids’ great grandmother)

We spent a great day with GG and Nana and got LOTS of strawberries! I think we will be heading back in a few weeks to check out their blueberries!

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