Wednesday, November 17, 2010

Scouts Support the Veteran's

Got my morning coffee and sat down the read the morning paper, boy was I disappointed with the newspaper coverage of the Veteran's Day parade.  I have better pictures.  Some of the shots my husband took and I reworked them a little.  I think that it's important for us as Americans to support our Veteran's and honor them everyday not just on Veteran's Day.  By having the Scouts (Girl Scouts, Cub Scouts and Boy Scouts) march in the parade we are teaching them to honor the Veteran's.  I hope they learned something from listening to the Politicians and Veteran's speak and seeing them receive their medals of honor from our "small city with a BIG heart." Veteran's are the "heart of America."  One of the speakers said that "in this celebrity obsessed culture, it's important to remember the real stars of America.  True appreciation is expressed not only by deeds, but words.  Don't underestimate the power of saying 'thank you' to a veteran you encounter."  Just like my father taught me I teach my children, always thank a soldier in uniform for their service to our country and for protecting our freedoms.  Children are sometimes too shy to do this so by them marching in the parade they are saying "thank you."

Tuesday, November 16, 2010

Veteran's Day

A BIG thank you to all of those who have served, or is currently serving our country. Thank you Lars, Leif, Dad, my father-in-law Bob, Deb, Bob, Josh, Steve, Bryce, Jeff, Vic, Clint and anyone else I may have forgotten, thank you so much for all that you did and do. Happy Veterans Day! God Bless you and God Bless America.
My brother is currently serving in the Army and stationed in Iraq with the Rough Riders.  I worry about him everyday.  I love it when I get to see my brothers smiling face in pictures he shares on facebook. God bless our soldiers!!!

Just got to say a quick "hi," to my brother again. It's bitter sweet hearing his voice. I love you Lars!!! Stay safe!

Saturday, November 13, 2010

Thankful for a camping weekend with Emily

This past weekend I went to Camp Wood Haven Girl Scout Camp with the Brownies and my Emily.  We had a great time.  The theme of our weekend was Thanksgiving.  So we did Thanksgiving crafts and made a Thanksgiving feast with help from the girls.  We made corn cob lanterns, by recycling and re-using water bottles and Gatorade bottles along with tissue paper. 
The weekend was packed full of activities for the girls including 2 science try-it's.  Another parent planned out all of the science experiments, they were great.  The girls also went on a short hike, but I couldn't go because of my injured foot.  So I drove down and met them at the end.  While I waiting for them to return I walked around a small area and got some great shots.  I had just as much fun editing them as I did taking them. 

When we returned to the cabin we finished preparing dinner and set the table with white table clothes and lined the center of the tables with the corn lanterns that the girls made.  Now, I know that the moms were saying "what kind of crazy junk project are you doing with our daughters now?"  But when we turned off the lights and it was unbelievable how beautiful those recycled battery operated lanterns looked. 
What a beautiful site, even with all the miss matched mess kits.  I'm so glad I found the craft idea in my Family Fun Magazine. 

Before we ate our dinner we all went around saying what we were thankful for.  I said, "I'm thankful for this weekend with Emily all to myself.  I'm also thankful for my other 2 children.  But these short camping trips are wonderful moments alone with Emily, they are so special."

*Life* Live it~See it~Don't let it pass you by

First came the picture and then the poem just now.  On my way to my van at camp I noticed this heart on the path.  NO, I did not arrange the pine needles to make it, I found it exactly as it is.  As I took the picture I wondered how many girl scouts walk this path and how many saw it.  Out of the 22 campers there I was the only one who saw it. 

*Life*  Live it!  See it!
Don't let it pass you by and don't walk past it.
My eyes are always seeing...
Seeing more than what most people see. 
Things that you might walk right by...
I stop to look and see.

Thursday, November 4, 2010

BE Realistic

I was watching Grey's Anatomy tonight and what Dr. Bailey was talking to Dr. Webber about the hospital and what she would like to do with grant money. 
"Let's not go to Paris, let's go to the grocery store."
I feel the same way,  I have dreams, wishes and wants.
But do I need them or want them?
Kids, laundry, errands, Paris,  food and house.
What's necesary, what's not?

Wednesday, November 3, 2010

ACT don't Procrastinate

ACT don't Procrastinate!
These are words I really need to live by.  I need to ingrain them into my brain.

SO it's been a month and a half since the kids went back to school, actually closer to 2 months.  Where has the time gone?  Ever since school started and soccer season came and left and scouts started I've been wrapped up in all of it.  Like usual I haven't had time for me.  The only thing I have been finding time fore is boot camp on Monday's and Wednesday's.  But that's just a start.  I don' think it's really doing anything yet, especially since I'm not sticking to proper eating.  I haven't been logging  what I eat and I need to.

What can I do?  I really need to boost my BE list.  I'm looking for inspiration.

When I started this exploration of mine there was inspiration all around me and I was making the most of my time with the kids, relaxing at the beach.  Now the days are full again and I'm looking for inspiration.

Tuesday, November 2, 2010


Home by Laura L. Brittain

A house isn't a home ~
A home is where your family is.
Slow down ~
Remember what's really important.

Monday, November 1, 2010


LOOK ALIVE! BE ALIVE! by Laura L.Brittain

Do you have the "WILL" to live?
When faced with the question, will you know the answer?

Live in the moment,
      Love every moment.
              LOOK ALIVE!
                          BE ALIVE!

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