Monday, May 31, 2010

Memorial Day

Let us not forget those soldiers past and present who have made it possible for us to have picnics and parades this weekend. Have you thanked a soldier today?

My kids wearing their red, white, and blue today

I'm proud to be an American!

Happy 35 Years Mom and Dad

Today my parents have been married for 35 years! That almost doesn't seem to happen enough now a days. Congratulations Mom and Dad!

I hope 25 years from now Joe and I will be able to say the same thing. I'm not sure what it is that makes my parents marriage work. Sometimes I must say I don't know how my mom puts up with my dad. Sorry dad, but it's true, you have your moments. Mom, back me up here. But they truly love each other. They have been a couple since 1969 and they haven't looked back since. I know it wasn't always easy for either of them though. They really truly love each other though. And 2 children and 4 grandchildren later they are still going strong. So they must be doing something right.

So Mom and Dad I really hope to have what the two of you have in 25 years with my own husband. Thanks for giving me a look at a good marriage growing up and something that I can strive to achieve in my own life.

Thursday, May 27, 2010

I will not be censored

Boy has my blog been rocking a few boats lately. So yet again I feel the need to state the purpose of my blog. I write for me. I write for my kids. I write for my family. I write for me. Yes, it may sound selfish that I said me twice, but I enjoy writing. I enjoy expressing myself. I enjoy having a place to remember what has happened in my life. And sometimes that means the bad too.

I do not live in a bubble. I am out in the world and have many contacts. Some family contacts, some school contacts, some good friends, some community contacts. All of these people touch my life in some way on a daily basis. And therefore it would be nice if people did not just assume that when I write something it ALWAYS has to be about them. It might only be partially about you and partially about someone else. But maybe you need to take a good long look at yourself if what I have to say upsets you so much because sometimes the truth hurts.

So I'm saying it loud: I WILL NOT BE CENSORED! We live in America where it is my right to have freedom of speech. And if you do not like what I have to say, then you do not have to read it. But I will not stop writing about what I'm thinking or feeling in the moment. As always my comments are open if you feel the need to object to anything that say, then you are more than welcome to post a comment. If you agree with everything I say I definitely encourage those comments as well, but understand that I will not stop writing what I'm thinking and feeling in the moment. No one can make me!

The Statue of Liberty

Our final day of our New Jersey trip was spent at Liberty State Park and touring the Statue of Liberty.

New York City Skyline from Liberty State Park

Natalie, CJ, and Kaitlyn in front of an old train car

A 911 Memorial at Liberty State Park

The boat over to Liberty Island

The old railroad terminal

Joe, CJ, and Kaitlyn on the boat

Natalie on the boat

Ellis Island (we didn't have time to tour this too)

The Statue of Liberty

Kaitlyn, Joe, CJ, and Natalie on the boat in front of the statue

The original light on the Statue of Liberty

The view from the top of the pedastool

Joe and CJ on the statue

Kaitlyn, Joe, CJ, and Natalie on the statue

Checking out the view

The statue view from the inside

Kaitlyn, CJ, me, and Natalie on the statue grounds

NYC skyline from Liberty island

The kids in front of the statue

The back of the Statue of Liberty

Kaitlyn and CJ on the boat back

Me and Natalie on the boat back

So long to the Statue of Liberty

And that is the end of our trip to New Jersey.

Wednesday, May 26, 2010

One more from the wedding

I knew someone had to have gotten a picture of Joe in his suit since I didn't have one. And I was right. So here is my hubby all dressed up. It doesn't happen often. Maybe every 5 years or so. But doesn't he clean up nice?

Six Flags Great Adventure

Day 2 of our New Jersey trip was a surprise for the kids. We had made plans to go to Six Flags Great Adventure for the day. When we got there even CJ was shaking his arms in the air and saying, "Yes! Yes! Yes!" So I'd say that was a good choice. The weather was looking a little iffy for the day with showers in the forecast. However, we made it through with barely a drop on us.

Entering Six Flags

On the Ferris Wheel

Above:Natalie on the ship Below: Joe and Kaitlyn on the ship

The Big Red Car

The Balloons

The swings

The Tea Cups

White Tiger


Whatever this ride was CJ was the only one who could go on it and he absolutely LOVED it!

CJ waiting in line for the elephants

Natalie waiting in line for the elephants

Kaitlyn unable to contain herself for the elephants

On the elephants

Meeting Bugs Bunny

CJ giving Bugs a hug

and not letting go

The girls got in there

It was a whole lot of fun for everyone.