Sunday, May 30, 2010

Homecoming Videos

These videos were from Gary's homecoming on Friday. You cannot imagine the joy and excitement of the friends and families of 340 soldiers marching in to Toby Keith's song Courtesy of the Red White and Blue. The cheers were so loud you can barely pick out the song.



Saturday, May 29, 2010

Homecoming at Fort Carson

We have ventured out to Colorado.  There's a reason for our trek out West.  A homecoming.

We arrived at Fort Carson about two hours before the ceremony.
Visitors without military ID had to enter at Gate 1.  The soldiers were friendly but I didn't want to be snapping pictures of them.  We pulled up and showed our drivers licenses and then had to have proof of current registration and insurance.  Then they have you step out of your car, open all doors and step away while they search it.
There were a lot of vehicles in the parking lot with messages.

The local television stations were all there, interviewing families about the homecoming.

Eileen and Melissa waited patiently for their soldiers.

They finally arrived and marched into the room.

This little girl was waiting for her Daddy.

And once she spotted him, her Mom had to hold onto her to stop her from running to him.

The ceremony was over and now came the most exciting chaos I've ever seen.  Can you pick Gary out?  

And the hugging and kissing begin...........

And continue............

Then its outside to find  the right bags.  With 340 soldiers returning, this was an interesting task to watch.

Headed home

Cleaned up and ready for a bucket of crab legs at Joe's Crab Shack. 


Monday, May 24, 2010

Purses, Pedicures

We are on the first stop of our vacation, Red Oak, Iowa. We woke up this morning to hot and sticky weather. I'm not sure what the high temp was today but hot would describe it well.
The guys were off this morning to tear some machinery apart so Patsy and I decided it was a good day to spend on the square doing some intense shopping. After trying on clothes for ourselves it was time to dress up our Miche bags. We each picked out a new "cover". Aren't they just so cute?
After meeting the guys for lunch it was off to the mall for pedicures and manicures. This was a first for me.

We did beat the guys home. They had a great day too. Lots of grease, dirt and sweat.

They came home dirty and hungry. We came home clean, nails done and with some sassy purses. Now that's what I call a good day.

Tuesday, May 4, 2010


Yesterday was my birthday, my 53rd birthday to be exact. I woke up with a new ache in my right hip. I guess that could possibly have something to do with the fact that I came home the other day from Cousin Connie's house with eight buckets of perennials and they needed to go in the ground. But I need to tell you how I spent my "special" day. Most people would say Hey its my birthday, I'll take it easy and do what I want to do. Mine didn't quite turn out that way.

My accountant called at 8:30 am and said he would be in town and wanted to stop by at 11 to do my taxes. This is the form he used this year. I told him to check the #3 box.

This is how I view tax forms. I never know which way to turn. But the morning turned out ok. We don't have to mortgage the house and farm to pay the taxes. Not this year anyway.

But then came the part of the day I was dreading most. I had an appointment at the dentist to make impressions of my teeth. Apparently I have developed something called TMJ and its not a good thing. I've heard horror stories about having these impressions made and they are for real. I won't go into details but it involves a lot of gagging and a little anxiety. Those of you who have had these done know what I'm talking about. Again, all went well and I survived.

Then came this:


And all is well. I have been blessed with a great husband, wonderful daughters, fantastic son-in-laws and the best grandkids you could ever ask for.