Monday, January 25, 2010

Whirlwind Week

"You can do it.  You can do it.  You can do it."
... I keep telling myself .

Every week is filled with lots of "to do's".,orders,driving kids,errands, laundry, driving kids, appointments, meals,
driving kids, church work, driving kids, and so on...

Then there are those weeks where things pile up.
AND this would be one of those!

* Tuesday Hope's Appt. 9:30 am
Tomorrow Hope has an appointment with an
Orthotics & Prosthetics specialist.
It will be pretty much an all day event to the Medical Center.
She is getting a new brace.
Her Orthopedic Surgeon told us people come from
all over the world to see him.
That is a "good thing" about living in Houston.
The BAD thing about living in Houston is apparently no one got the memo
"Drive Texas Friendly".

(even though it's kind of hard to miss!!!)

I get so stressed out driving in the city.  Thank You Laura for being our driver tomorrow!

* Cupcakes & Music 4:00 pm Sis. Miner's House
Sister Colson and all of the MiaMaids are coming over to decorate
cupcakes for New Beginnings
and work on their solos and duets with Sis. Anderson.

We're making little flags for the cupcakes that say
"Strong & Courageous", our theme for New Beginnings this year.

*Wedding Favors 7:00 pm
Mom and Kayley are coming over to help me make the wedding favors for Cassandra's Wedding.
This is where she got the idea for what she's having me do.

 Martha Stewart Weddings
  The Label I made for her:

We're attaching the label to herbal tea bags and putting them in pretty vellum envelopes
that Cynthia got from Martha Stewart  ( of course).

I'm so excited.  I think the girls will love it!

* Thursday- Hope's Bassoon Lesson
Solo & Ensemble Recital 5:30 pm MMJH
Marci is going to record it for us.
What would I ever do without her!

* Friday - Flowers for the Wedding
Addie's 3rd Birthday  

(Last week she celebrated in San Antonio with Meema & PaPa)

* Saturday - 8:00 am -  ..... ?
Cassandra's Wedding Day♥

*Sunday - Another Birthday Celebration for Miss Addie!

Why am I sitting here????????????
Gotta Go!

Thursday, January 21, 2010

Thank You Thursday-My Room

When we bought this house, I was excited there was a little corner room upstairs that I got to call my own!  It's my creative space and I love it. I've always sewn in our bedroom, dining room or basement and truly it worked just fine.  I sure could never go back now though. One of the best benefits is I can make a HUGE mess while engaged in my projects and just close the door.  Sshhhh....that will be OUR secret.
"My Room" was due for a little re-do and some organizing.
Thread & Ribbons



Thursday, January 7, 2010

Thank You Thursday-LAND of The FREE Because of The BRAVE

(I'm going to sell these charms this summer)
This one is my favorite! 

This is why.........

Largest National Guard deployment since WWII

January 5, 2010
St. Augustine’s Major General Douglas Burnett was joined at ceremonies in Ft. Lauderdale by Florida Governor Charlie Crist and United States Representative Ron Klein in hailing the courage and sacrifice of the Florida National Guard’s 53rd Infantry Brigade Combat Team during today’s deployment ceremony.
St. Johns County Commissioner Mark Miner, who is an Infantry Non-Commissioned Officer on military leave from his elected position and has previously served one tour of duty in Iraq, is part of the 2nd Battalion, 124th Infantry Regiment, being deployed this month in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom.
Today’s ceremony honors the Florida National Guard’s 1st Battalion, 124th Infantry Regiment, and is the first in a series of company-level and battalion-level deployment ceremonies taking place this week throughout the state.
This morning’s event honored 600 of the nearly 2,500 members of the Florida National Guard’s 53rd Infantry Brigade Combat Team who are being deployed to Kuwait and Iraq, the largest single-unit deployment of Florida National Guard since World War II.
“Our state and country are safer because of the Florida National Guardsmen and women who proudly defend our freedom alongside the rest of our nation’s military at home and overseas,” said Governor Crist. “Their heroism and honor, as well as that of their families, are examples of the remarkable selflessness in Florida’s long and distinguished history of military service.”
In addition to Fort Lauderdale, deployment ceremonies for the Florida National Guard’s 53rd Infantry Brigade Combat Team are being held this week in Bartow, Bonifay, Cocoa, Eustis, Hollywood, Lake City, Lakeland, Leesburg, Miami, Ocala, Orlando, Panama City, Pensacola, Pinellas Park, Sanford, Tallahassee, West Palm Beach and Winter Haven.
The nearly 2,500 soldiers, many of whom already have combat experience, are deploying for a year-long mission in Kuwait and Iraq in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom. They will be responsible for various security missions, including providing convoy security for coalition forces entering and departing Iraq. Prior to their deployment, the soldiers will receive additional training at Fort Hood, Texas.
The 53rd Infantry Brigade Combat Team will join the nearly 1,000 Florida National Guard soldiers and airmen federally mobilized in the United States and overseas. Since September 2001, more than 11,000 members of the Florida National Guard have served on federal active duty in support of the ongoing war on terror. Most recently, 432 troops with the 146th Signal Battalion and nearly 70 members of the 256th Medical Company returned home, concluding year-long tours in Iraq.
During his remarks, the Governor expressed his profound gratitude and confidence in Florida’s servicemen and women deployed abroad and at home. He also applauded the families of Florida’s dedicated servicemembers for their selfless contributions to the freedoms enjoyed by all Americans.
The 53rd Infantry Brigade Combat Team is headquartered in Pinellas Park, with battalions located in Miami, Orlando and Panama City.

Mack is leaving his Dream Girl  for a Year
to serve our Country.  This will be his second deployment to Iraq.

Here is another article from the newspaper.

We are now proudly hanging one of these
in our window.

The tradition of the Blue Star Service Banner dates back to World War I. Mothers of young soldiers hand stitched red, white, and blue flags to hang in their windows as a sign that a loved one had gone to fight in the war. The flag design was simple, a white flag with a red border and a single blue star for each family member in Service. Each flag could hold up to six stars. If a family member unfortunately lost their life in the line of duty, the mother would stitch a gold star over one of the Blue stars to honor her fallen loved one. This tradition was later extended to the wives and families of service men serving during the war. This tradition encountered a huge resurgence in World War II and again during the Korean War. Even during Desert Storm some U.S. ships sent service flags to the families of everyone aboard.

Thanks Mack and Thanks Cheryl Joy!
I am thankful to you both

Wednesday, January 6, 2010

Happy Birthday Mark

Today is Mark's Birthday! 
Happy Wishes to YOU!
 I am so in love with this guy!
We went and saw

We highly recommend it.
Want to be inspired, go see this movie!

We are having a Family Birthday Dinner this Sunday.

(per his request)
Mr. Mark's Birthday Menu:
Artichoke Feta Salad 
Green Beans or Broccoli
(He's worth it)
( picture from Christmas Eve)

and of course his traditional annual Birthday Treat,

Dinner will be served at 5:00 pm