Start the School Year with a Field Trip!!

Have you ever had the chance to take a tour of a real Navy ship?

We did!

It was so impressive!!

It was Navy Days and we took advantage of all the Navy ships stationed in LA Harbor.

I know this picture is hard to see, but it was so beautiful to watch. Every Navy person, retired or active, stopped what they were doing to salute the flag as she was being raised. I admit it. I choked up. I loved seeing this elderly vet in front of me turn and raise his hand to honor our precious flag.

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As the sun broke through the clouds a little bit later I got a picture of the USS Iowa. She is quite a ship! We did not check her out though. That will have to be a field trip for a different day!

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Here was the tour we went on. The USS Anchorage.

She is HUGE!!!


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The view from the back.







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Aug 10, 2014 059 - CopyThen I turned around…impressive!

Aug 10, 2014 058 - CopyOk, so then we got to see a bit of the inside.

When/if Jr joins he will have a lovely sleeping area like this.

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Hopefully he will never have to see this, the hospital area. They do have more room though…

Aug 10, 2014 065 - CopyJr and Dad both loved the weapons guys that were there.

Since you could check them out, they did!

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They let the boys check out their rides too.

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I don’t think we will ever forget this experience!

Here are a few more pictures of the USS Anchorage.

Aug 10, 2014 086 Aug 10, 2014 091Thank you to all the soldiers past and present for your service to this country.

Our family appreciates you and all your sacrifices you make  to keep us free.

May your lives be blessed!


Thank you for sharing our little adventure with us!

Have a blessed day my friend!

Been on Vacation!!! Part 1

We have been gone for a bit…just if you were wondering what had become of me.

We took the kiddos out on a vacation!!

That is not something we do very often either.

So we got in as much as we could in a short period of time.

Here was our first stop…bathroom break…place to stretch our legs.

Utah vacation 2013 008Not my favorite spot to stop, but it was convenient.

The next stop was really HOT and I mean temperature wise!!

Yes, that is the Hoover Dam!!

Utah vacation 2013 012We took the main tour there and saw the inside of the dam.

It was interesting but I think we liked the views from the outside the best.

 I looked all over for the spot from the movie Fool’s Rush In, where Isa throws a coin over the dam and makes a wish.

It was a line in the middle of the road in the movie.

Not there in real life.

Here is what they have.

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This is it.

Oh well, I took a picture of one kiddo in Nevada and one in Arizona anyway.

Utah vacation 2013 015Then I was melting in the heat.

This could be why…

Utah vacation 2013 018Why did we leave California while the weather was in the 80’s?

Wow, that is some heat!!

The heat tuckered all of us so we headed off to our next stop,

St. George, Utah.

Utah vacation 2013 035St. George is beautiful but it is hot too!!

The people there are so gracious.

They are kind and pleasant. I see why people want to live there.

Even the Taco Bell we went to was nice!

Our hotel was Clarion Suites and I recommend them to everyone!!

Clean rooms, nice pool area,  service is spectacular…

The breakfast they serve is over the top!!

Really nice place to stay for a few days…

then off to Park City!

August Landmesser -history lesson

August LandmesserAugust Landmesser, Hamburg Shipyard Worker Who Refused To Make Nazi Salute:

A photo of a lone man with his arms folded as hundreds around him perform a salute in Nazi Germany has resurfaced.

The snap, taken in 1936, shows August Landmesser defying the status quo as he witnessed the launch of a navy training vessel in Hamburg.

Landmesser himself was not identified until 1991, the Washington Post reported, after one of his children saw the picture in a German newspaper.

The picture came to light again after a blog, launched to support the victims of Japan’s 2011 Tohoku earthquake, shared it on a Facebook page, presumably as a symbol of inspiration for those still suffering in the aftermath of the disaster.

The site, named Senrinomichi, says: “The road ahead is a long one, comprised of many small steps, the Japanese people will ensure that the journey is completed to the end.”

It also includes a quote by the Chinese philosopher Lao-tzu – “the journey of a thousand miles begins with a single step.”

A comment accompanying the Landmesser picture posted on Facebook said: “We know little else about August Landmesser, except that he had two children.

“By pure chance, one of his children recognized her father in this photo when it was published in a German newspaper in 1991. How proud she must have been in that moment.”

Landmesser was a former member of the Nazi party but came to oppose Hitler’s regime after fathering children with a Jewish woman.

He was found guilty of “dishonouring the race” under Nazi law and bravely revealed his rejection of the doctrine at the launch of the Horst Wessell at Blohm + Voss shipyard.

Landmesser and his wife, Irma Eckler, were jailed by the Gestapo and their children were sent to an orphanage.

He was freed from prison in 1941 but was soon drafted into the war. He was later declared missing in action and was presumed dead.

But his image and reputation remains as that of: “An example of individual courage and conscientious objection.”

It is the rights and freedom of the individual that matters.

If you respect this man please SHARE! 

This is where I found and copied the above  information.

Did You Get Your Tickets?

I just got our “date night” tickets to see this movie.

It is only in theaters for one night.

It is about stuff that I have been teaching the kids about this year. The fact that our history lessons in public school, shoot for me when I was in private school as well, tend to forget how our country actually began. We tend to look at the pilgrims just as people in funny outfits that sailed the ocean blue in 1642. There is so much more to the story. There is so much more to the Revolutionary war. There is so much more to our founding fathers….so much history that we skim over but is vitally important to our nation. If we forget that God helped us to found this great nation we are bound to fail. So many things have been forgotten, misquoted, turned around and adjusted to fit with the noisy maladjusted who wanted to have a say…its terrible. We are learning history from old documents. The original documents. We even have a copy of the Declaration of Independence up in our house.

I know I have already heard, its just old information. Why am I wasting my time teaching the kids about old stuff when our country has changed so much?

Our country was based on certain principals that have been lost over time. I do not see them being lost for the better. Do you know that only one president has ever run this country without us being in debt? Do you know who he was? It was Andrew Jackson, our 7th president. Did you know he never even went to college? How much did you actually learn about the leaders of our country from the past? Did you even care back when you were in school?


You know why? We were not taught to be true Americans and to be so over the top proud of this amazing country we live in that was based on God. Treating each other as equals and doing what is right. If you really think about it, we were just given the basic facts and not all of them true. George Washington and the cherry tree is false but most Americans believe it to be fact. See???

I am glad Kirk Cameron made this movie. I hope it makes people think and get out there, get to the original documents, learn about our true past and use that information to help make this country even better for our kids! Maybe it will get people into politics and this next election will be about the facts not about who can twitter and facebook!!