September 28, 2009

It's raining, it's pouring the Buckeyes are scoring!

I am an OSU Alumni and we love the Buckeyes! It's one thing to watch them on television, but something completely different to go down to campus and immerse yourself in the game day atmosphere. My sister-in-law is a Nanny and her boss gave them 4 tickets to Saturday's game and they invited us to go with them. This was the first game that Shawn and I had been to since 2003 and the first Big 10 game we've been to since we were students (1999). I know. we're old! :)

Here is me with my brother, Nathan and his wife Sam
We had awesome seats. We were on the 45 yd. line in C-deck. We even had padded seats with backs on them.
The weather wasn't sunny and beautiful....but you can't complain too much when you're sitting in the shoe. There is just something about watching the game, hearing Carmen Ohio and the camaraderie that makes your heart swell with pride for your alma mater.
Just to be silly, I took a picture of me from inside my rain poncho :)

After the game, we all got to enjoy a great dinner together at Champs. We had a FABULOUS TIME! Thanks Nate and Sam for the great day/evening <3


September 19, 2009

I have never felt so honored


to be able to be a part of something in my entire life. On Friday, we had the privilege of attending my cousin Sgt. Shannon Smith's funeral in Sunbury, Ohio. Shannon was killed while bravely serving our country in Iraq.

I first met Shannon when our grandparents (both widowed) got married. We were probably about 10 or 11 years old. I don't think that any of us were initially happy about the marriage only because it's hard to accept a new person as your grandparent. Those feelings quickly fell by the wayside when we

all got to witness how much they loved each other and how much they loved us. His grandpa loved us like his own and my grandma loved him and his cousins like her own. During those years we spent a lot of time at Grandma and JR's house. One summer in particular we practically lived there. We would go swimming in the pond, go to Shannon's baseball games, and in the evening have ice cream at the Creme Corner :-) I remember my 2 cousins and I living in the upstairs of the house and thinking we were so big! We decorated it and pretended that it was our little apartment. LOL! I will treasure those memories forever!



As we sat in the funeral yesterday, we were able to hear how Shannon had impacted hundreds and thousand of other lives as well.  How he was an accomplished and honored soldier. Brig.General David Phillips spoke at the funeral and told how Shannon had saved his life on more than one occasion....how Shannon was the first soldier EVER hand picked by the US Secret Service to be counter sniper security for the President of The United States. He was one of the best!
He was a member of the 545th MP Co, stationed at Fort Richardson, Alaska, he was deployed to Iraq in May. A trained sniper, he had been awarded numerous citations and decorations including: The Bronze Star, Purple Heart, Combat Action Badge, Global War on Terrorism Service Medal, and the Iraq and Kosovo Campaign Medals. 
Upon leaving the funeral service at the church, we began the journey to the graveside ceremony. I cannot even begin to tell you what an overwhelming feeling it is to see hundreds of people line the sides of the road in his honor. Fire trucks put up their flag draped ladders, elderly ladies stood with their flags, school children were released from school early, moms stood with their tiny babies, and factory workers were given time off to pay their tributes. We saw people with their hands over their hearts and people wiping tears from their faces. People who were caught in the traffic back up got out of their cars and stood in honor.....All for Shannon!


Shannon died fighting for our country...for us! Yesterday, I could feel the American pride oozing out of every pore of my body! I don't care if you support this war or not, I don't care if you support our president or not......EVERYONE should support our troops who are voluntarily putting their lives on the line daily for you and for me!








September 17, 2009

Mommy, I thought....


I just have to share a funny little story with you. Last weekend we took the kids camping at Mohican Park in Loudenville, Ohio. On Saturday morning we decided to take them on a fun little hike. Along the way we meet a very nice lady going the opposite direction. She tells us that she is from Michigan and this was her first trip to Mohican...and how beautiful it is. We talked for a short while, then went our separate ways.

Fast forward 3-4 hours and this conversation takes place.

Grace: "Mommy, I thought we didn't like people from Michigan?"
Me: "What are you talking about?"
Grace: "The lady on the trail."
Me (after taking a moment to figure out what she's talking about): "OH......honey, we like people from Michigan...just not their football team!"

GO BUCKEYES!! :-)


September 15, 2009

He is.....

a Mama's boy!


Daddy says that girls won't like that some day....but for now, this girl LOVES it!

September 13, 2009

Wrapping up our summer!

Summer is dwindling down. The fair is over and kids are back in school.
Cool air has set in....perfect time of year to go camping.

That is exactly what we did this weekend. We borrowed my Mother and Father-law's camper and hit the road to Mohican (or as Grace calls it, Mo-hig-in).

There was a detour on the way there and let's just say that we took the scenic route. I felt
like I was in the middle of a Lucille Ball movie you may have seen! LOL :-)
We finally made it!
The kids patiently waited while we unloaded everything and got things set up.
Then we walked over to the playground so they get out some of their pent up energy.


They slid....

They ran...

They climbed....


Drove...
and swang...
It was then time for the main event. The Campfire!!!

Grace enjoyed helping Daddy roast hot dogs
The next morning we all took what we thought would be a short 1 mile hike. Well, let's just say that half of that 1 mile was up a really steep hill and mommy ended up carrying a 30 lb backpack Gauge for 1/2 of it.
The kids enjoyed finding walking sticks, acorns, pine cones, and buckeyes along the way.
The long hike, combined with staying out late so we could see the 1st half of the OSU game, made for some tired puppies. The kids loved being able to sleep with each other in the camper.

The cutest thing of the entire trip was Grace hauling Gauge all over the campground on the back of her tricycle. She had a great time being the big sister and escorting her little brother around. At one point she even said "Comfortable back their Gauge?"




September 11, 2009

Friday Flashback: Camping

It's been a while since I've done a Friday Flashback....so this one is in honor of our camping trip scheduled to start today. Granted it won't be as gorgeous as this, I'm sure it will be pretty.


Back in August, 2004 we packed up our jeep and headed to the Red River Gorge in Kentucky. We even took Nolah with us.
I'm not sure if you can tell or not, but I was 5 months pregnant.
It was on this trip that I vowed to NEVER tent camp ever again!
Thankfully for this weekend, we will be borrowing my Mother and Father-in-law's camper. Granted you can't shower in it or use the bathroom....but in comparison to tent camping in the rain and trying to cook over a fire....this will be like staying at the Hilton! LOL :-)




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