Monday, September 29, 2008
Sunday, September 28, 2008
We also put wood flooring in my Walk-In Closet. We had done the Bedroom floors a couple of weeks ago right before CDR's Retirement Ceremony. But we hadn't gotten around to the closet so we finished that up this week.
And we put Wood Flooring in the Living Room as well. You can see the old green carpeting there. Yes I DID pick that out many moons ago........but now it's beautiful Hardwood Cherry. I'll take some pics once I get the Living Room back together so you can see the Finished Look.
And here's Ambie...Plumb Tuckered Out! Poor thing. Between all the Home Improvements, Partying, and Visitors it's been a rough time for her! I hear ya Ambie!!
It was part of a contest based on Information Given for her Trip to Monterey. We used to live there many years ago..before we moved here....It was one of my favorite places. So beautiful and so much to do and see nearby. The Recruit is now stationed there, attending the Language School at the Presidio. He's very excited to be there again. And very excited to start learning Korean!
Thanks Again Julie!! It's exquisite!
Saturday, September 27, 2008
Almost a month ago(Gosh I can't believe I procrastinated sooo long) Tickled Pink over at Pink is My Signature Color nominated me for the Brilliant Diamond Award:
When you are nominated for this award, there are a few rules that go along with it.
They are as follows:
1. Put the logo on your blog
2. Add a link to the person who awarded you
3. Nominate at least 7 other blogs
4. Add links to those blogs on yours
5. Leave a message for your nominees on their blogs
So here goes:
1 Kerry over at More, More, More....I still love her Blog even without all the j.crew shopping!!
2. Chloe over at English Tea.....who has one of the most adorable babies in the Universe!
3.Andrea over at Sgt. and Mrs. Hub.....I covet her Gorgeous Red Hair and her Beautiful Children.
4.Laura over at The Peanut Patch....living her life and doing what's best for her family.
5.Kelly over at Kelly's Korner....expecting her first baby and I couldn't be more excited for her!
6.Julie over at Another Chance Ranch.....I love reading aobut life on the Ranch , plus she sends me pretty presents!
7. and last but not least Heather over at Want What You Have...this one is new to me and I've fallen in love....
Friday, September 26, 2008
CDR arrives at home...look at him being all cool...and putting up the convertable top!
The MEN...being all manly and manning the Pig Roast...... ARG...ARG...ARG...
The PhunDoctors...Band we hired for the party.....funny story:
and here you have the 'neighbor" table......and off to the side with just chairs was the 'church' group........then there were the vairous work Friends of CDR's scattered round.....
The Band played until 10:30 and the party lasted well beyond that.....it was a total sucess and the whole day couldn't have been better if we planned it...which we DID!!!
and here is one of the most adorable babies in the World....this is my grand nephew? Actually, I guess, my First Cousin once removed or is it twice removed?....I have no idea how all that works.....he's my nieces son.....His dad is Army, so we think he'll get a kick out of this Photo..I told him we convinced his son Navy was Better!..LOL Navy Band played at the Reception as well......they weren't bad....as you can see below People actually danced!
Friends from Church dancing....
Mom and Dad dancing........they are actually quite good ..they used to go dancing all the time when we were kids...they even won contests..
My brother and my mom dancing. ...
Me and my Dad dancing.....it was 'interesting' to say the least....at one point he got down to his knees in front of me ......ummm.....yeah
Thursday, September 25, 2008
Let's see what else? I think that's it for THIS week so far. By the end of the week we hope to have at least one more room painted , possibly two. Hopefully next week there'll be carpet installed in 3 rooms plus a hallway. We are hitting a time crunch now so CDR has opted to actually 'pay someone else" to do the carpeting. We also need to replace a set of french doors and two single doors. And we'll be tiling one of the Bathrooms...And of course once the kitchen sanding is done, there's staining and varnishing to be done....IF we have the time or inclination after all THAT...we may replace a Bathroom counter and sink or two.
So as you can all see....there's not much time for Blogging around here or really much of ANYTHING enjoyable!!! Next week we'll be flying out to Wisconsin to look at homes and property. We are pretty sure we'll be buying some land and building , but who knows.....
Saturday, September 20, 2008
Everyone really enjoyed it, as most had never had an opportunity to be aboard an Active Ship or Sub...First we toured the IKE which is the Carrier he's been attached to for the last 2 years. He's been with the Command Strike Force for Carrier Group 8.
After the IKE we Toured the Scranton, a Fast Attack Submarine. He wasn't ever stationed on the Scranton. He was stationed on the Norfolk when we first moved here in 96' . The Norfolk was parked further down the pier...He didn't realize she'd be in port or he'd have arranged for the tour to be done on her instead....the family enjoyed it anyway.I even got my mom climb on down.
Thursday, September 18, 2008
Commander's Entrance to the Ceremony...
This was his first Boss in the Military, when he first joined as a young Airman in the AF. He came down from Washington DC to be a Guest Speaker at the Ceremony.
The Admiral Presenting CDR with a medal.
A Certificate of Appreciation From President Bush for all CDR's year of Service.
His Certificate of Retirement! WOOHOO!!!
Admiral thanking CDR's Mother for raising such a wonderful son!
Now CDR makes us all cry with his Speech. He even brought himself to tears!
Presenting CDR with a Shadow Box Depicting all of his Medals and all of his Ranks.
Presenting our Family with Certificates of Appreciation for all the Sacrifices we have made thru the years.
This is probably the most special and touching portion of the Ceremony. Presenting CDR with the Flag. It's a solemn moment as the Flag is Passed from Soldier to Soldier, each one depicting one of CDR's Ranks thru his 28 years in the Service. From his early years as an Airman in the Air Force, to his beginning as an Enlisted Sailor in the Navy to his later years as a Commisioned Officer. They each slowly Pass the flag from Soldier to Soldier , Saluting in between and finally ending with CDR. As the Flag is Passed a Poem about the Flag is Read Aloud.
Wednesday, September 17, 2008
Saturday was spent relaxing at the Beach house that most of the family had rented. Sunday we all went to Monticello and then back home and to Rudee's for Dinner which was AWESOME! On Monday half the group went to the Virginia Aquarium..and the other half went to Yorktown/Jamestowne..then more relaxing at the Beach House, with a twilight stroll along the Beach. By Tuesday morning everyone was either gone or heading out, including the Commander, who even though he just 'Retired", had to go underway ONE more time. He'll be home this weekend.
Life is flying by in such a rush. At the end of the month we'll be flying out to Wisconsin for a house hunting trip. And the Comander will be heading up there soon after, to begin Working for Florida Power and Light( YES..IN Wisconsin!!..LOL)
Monday, September 08, 2008
I have tons of shopping and cooking to take care of for the reception and party later. The other day I went shopping for a dress for the Ceremony. I bought 5 dresses and am not sure I have THE one yet. One of them has promise...here's hoping It'll work...I'm not sure that I have time to shop for dresses again in the next few days...
I'll b e glad when THE day is finally here and I can just enjoy it and stop stressing. It should be REALLY nice. He has one of his first Bosses in the Military coming to speak. From when he was in the AirForce before switching over to Navy. We haven't seen this man in over 20 years, but he's followed along Commanders Career and recently contacted us. The Navy Band will be playing. Our daughters will be singing the National Anthem. We have tons of family and friends coming in from out of town. It's going to be GREAT!