Getting Ready for the Parade (on Veteran’s Day)

 

 

 

 

phonephun 055 phonephun 056 phonephun 057 phonephun 058These kiddos got up so early!!

They were at the VFW by 7 am on their day off of school, decked out in their dress blues, ready to march.

Then they were off to the parade site.

I am so glad we changed Michael’s division. This group does so much more to serve the community. Service to/for others is monumental in raising good adults. Here all the cadets WANT to serve too.

founders da parade 4 founders day parade 3 founder day parade 2 founders day  paradeLove watching this kids.

They are amazing.

The conduct they have, the pride they have in our country is admirable.

These young men and women are focused and determined and are going to make a difference in this world.

So proud that my son is part of the United States Naval Sea Cadet program.

 

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!!!

 

Aug 10, 2014 055 - CopyHere are some of our moments when we were most impressed by the massiveness!

The view from the back.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Aug 10, 2014 068 - CopyHere is the view from the front looking down.

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!

Aug 10, 2014 077 - Copy Aug 10, 2014 078 - Copy Aug 10, 2014 079 - Copy Aug 10, 2014 072 - CopyI was impressed that Jr went ahead and talked with the guys on his own about what they do and how to get to that position. He is growing up!

They let the boys check out their rides too.

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Aug 10, 2014 076 - Copy Aug 10, 2014 080 - Copy Aug 10, 2014 081 - Copy Aug 10, 2014 082 - Copy Aug 10, 2014 083 - CopyAug 10, 2014 084 - Copy Aug 10, 2014 085This was a great tour and day.

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!

Our Church Loves America

phone3 281Our Pastor loves America!

We celebrate big!

I went to church really early before our America Celebration, while they were still setting up and staked out my spot!

phone3 283phone3 284  phone3 282Then I went home, did some chores, made dinner, served it, then took a ride down to church.

A few other people had gotten there by the time I got back.

So we kind of picnicked with them too.

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Standing room only.

So glad I had my spot already because they were turning people away it was so crowded!!

Lucky me, my friend who just started attending our church was actually sitting right next to us!!

Bonus!!

Worship began, which was incredible, and my littlest got her praise on!!

phone3 288Poor girl, this is all she could see too.

phone3 287Didn’t stop her from singing her heart out though!!

Aimee had fun running into a friend…

phone3 289…the fife and drum was not their favorite.

Look at Rebecca’s reaction to the fife.

phone3 290They just don’t really appreciate the old stuff yet.

That is okay.

Our Pastor started an amazing sermon that ended with fireworks!

(Last year our church accidentally caught the freeway on fire with the fireworks, so we were all surprised we were given a permit to try them again!!)

Here they are!!

phone3 301It was a great night!!

Loved all of it!!

We came home and put this on our chalk board.

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 Have a blessed day friend!!

Christmas Parade 2013

Oh my gosh it was so cold!!

It was raining and cold!!

I am getting a chill just thinking about it!!

BRRRRRR!!!

He did it though! Yes he did! Michael Jr was in the Upland Christmas Parade with his unit and they were on television!!!

Whoo hoo!!

Look how sharp he looked!!

034In his dress blues and looking sharp!!

The rain was freezing and just kept coming down. About 1/4 of the parade gave up and left before it even started.

The sea cadets were not scared of a little water though!!!

036They went out there and lined up anyway.

042They were granted the use of dark colored umbrellas thank goodness!!

All of us parents were scurrying around finding umbrellas for the cadets.

They had never marched with umbrellas and it took a little getting used to, trying to share them and not hit each other with them. They pulled it off though!!

051Yes those are blue and white umbrellas…it really started to pour and I think the Lt.s  would rather have had some bright umbrellas than some angry mommas!! Ha ha ha!!

The cadets were a few behind our school float actually!

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As the parade was ending, because the cadets were the 3rd from the last of the parade, the rain stopped.

060The cadets looked awesome out there!

I am so proud of my young man!!

Still cold thinking about this!!  Time for more coffee!!