Monday, May 30, 2011

Memorial Day

~Freedom isn't free~

Thank you to all of our service men and women.  

All of these pictures were taken by me at the American Cemetery, overlooking Omaha Beach in Normandy, France.  It is a profoundly moving place, and absolutely beautiful. 

Tuesday, May 17, 2011

Highlights of May

May is flying by!

I thought I might drop in to my poor neglected blog and record just a bit of our May.

Bob and I began the month with a quick trip to Tucson to visit my parents.  My parents moved there, probably about 20 years ago, when my father retired.  My mother has been battling cancer for about 5 years now and it is very difficult for us {their 5 children} that they live so far away.

But, my mother's spirits remain high and I am glad we were able to get a quick visit in before the summer craziness begins.

Of course, the next weekend was Mother's Day, and I was able to spend the day with our 2 daughters and their families.

I love these photo cards!

And I was thrilled to receive a photo book of our family trip to Disney World.  They couldn't have given me any thing I love more.  {materially I mean, I already have everything I love ~ namely them, and those 4 darling grands !!}  


My gift from Bob was to heat up the pool ~ and we all spent the day enjoying it ~ my favorite way to spend the day!
Since Mother's Day, I haven't taken a single picture but have had lots of opportunities!

Our Book Club finished out the year with a viewing of Water for Elephants.  We read the book in April, and went to one of those movie theaters that serve food and had lunch while we watched.  The movie was good, not great, and I thought it followed the book fairly well.  I am not a good reviewer ~ but if you enjoyed the book {which I did} you will like the movie.

We hosted a neighborhood picnic at our communal pool this weekend.  {by we I mean a small group ~ not Bob and me!}  We haven't had too many social activities and a few of us are trying to get the neighborhood more active.  The party was easy, we just served hamburgers and hot dogs, chips, and watermelon.  We wanted people to just be able to come and not worry about food or anything.  The purpose was to connect with the new people and I think it was a success.

We have had some fun with the grandchildren too this month.  Cooper has had a few soccer games, and last night we had Ben and Elizabeth and took them out to dinner at a cute little hamburger place that just opened up near us.  Tomorrow is the last zoo walk for parents at zoo school, so I will go along and push Jackson in his stroller so Laura and Jessica can walk with the boys.  I am sure we will celebrate with lunch at the zoo.  At the end of the month, Elizabeth will graduate from Kindergarten ~ better remember my camera for a few of these milestones!!!

So, that's recap of our May thus far.  So many wonderful moments.  

I love every minute!