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!!

Flagship 2013

Michael got to spend a weekend at Camp Margarita in Camp Pendelton.

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011Slowly the battalion emerged, one division at a time.

012Ahh, my son is approaching and looking sharp!

013These are just the parents on one side of the 2 sets of  bleachers!

014Almost ready to start.

Here comes the color guard.

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I got all choked up.

The honor I had, to see all these young men and women with such incredible respect for our country, just touches my heart.

Next presentation they had for us was the winners of the Drill Team competitions.

Here is Bryce Canyon.

They did Drill with rifles.

They were incredible.

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Then awards and ribbons for all the divisions that won in their competitions.

Ummmm….

we did not win any so I have no pictures of that part.

I do have pictures of the presentation of the battalion!!

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As I am looking at these pictures I am realizing you can’t tell how many cadets are there.

542 cadets.

My pictures do not do the credit that  these kids deserve.

The gaps you see are in between, these are  the divisions that attended .

There really were a bunch of cadets.

031The battalion was finally dismissed.

They looked so tired.

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Random pictures of the day…
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This is my absolute favorite picture!!!
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The boys met us back at their drill site looking exhausted.

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Still a man of manners, shook his Lt’s hand before we left and thanked him for the opportunity to attend Flagship with his division.

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My Seaman Apprentice.

We Decided

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Our son is a Naval Sea Cadet!

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Have no idea how I found this group.

Apparently they have been around since 1958!! There are over 22,000 in the Southern part of our state!!

It is just like NJROTC only not every day!!

You do the bookwork at home and practice as a group on weekends.

Best part for me is that the private school price is not attached to this group!!

EXACTLY THE SAME in all the other areas though!!

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He will get just as much credit as the ROTC guys!! If he chooses to join the Navy at 18 then he will enter at a higher pay grade of E-3 and can be a Chief Petty Officer!! If he chooses the Marines he can be E-2 pay grade!!

So excited!!!

He is working his way to bootcamp this summer. He has to complete 15 assignments before  you can go and he is half way through 10 as of right now!!

He is also going to flag ship this summer!! That means competitions in knot tying, firefighting, line heaving, marksmanship, first aid, navigation, ect..

They work him hard and expect 110% effort in everything.

Perfect!!

This is him when he comes home on Sundays now…

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He really is my little MAN now!!

Service Project 2013

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Rebecca is doing a service project with a few of her AHG friends.

They hosted a baby shower for Choices Women’s Resource Center last week.

What that means is, they have set up places to collect gifts of new or gently used baby items for mother’s who choose to keep their babies and not give in to abortion. These women may not have been able to afford to have a child on their own and the girls are trying to provide that service of the items that they might need. (The center will find them everything else. )

I am so inspired by these girls!!

It was Rebecca’s job to get the baby shower put together.

She is so cute! We went to Hobby Lobby and got the “Little Miracle” baby set. Even found some matching fabric for the table cloth.

We are going to make little blankets out of it after to donate too!

She made little “shower gifts” for those who donated, cookies wrapped up in cellophane and ribbon.

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She has all sorts of information on the table there.

The one that most people saw was the little baby in the box.

It is a life size model of a 12 week baby in the womb.

She also had 2 pictures in frames of ultrasound babies.

There were brochures from Choices there also to show how others could get involved and what was needed there.

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I am proud to say that they filled my truck bed with donations for the center!!

They have one more donation day approaching too before their Easter gift is delivered to the Center!!