Gettysburg

 I said in my last personal post that I was going to introduce you to my family. The wait is finally over!  :) Meet the two most precious men in my life. My husband, Rob, and our 2 year old, Henry. Gettysburg was actually right up Henry’s alley. Anywhere he can run and run and run (and run and run) is great with him! This boy loves to be outside!! We had actually been to Gettysburg before, but for some reason I don’t have many pictures of it so I’m glad we went again. Now meet my boys!

 

     Below: Yep. That’s my son with Robert E. Lee holding a gun. Just like any other Sunday….

So that’s my family! Plus Robert E. Lee.

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Logan

 Meet Logan. I met this adorable, little tween four years ago when her mother and I started working together. Fast forward 4 years and you get a STUNNING 16-year-old with a great big smile and a bubbly, contagious laugh!  I haven’t gotten to see my friend or ‘our’ kids in three years (which is crazy!) so when I got the chance to fly to Arizona and see them and introduce them to my two-year old (also crazy!) I jumped on it and brought my camera to snag some pictures of all four of the kids. Unfortunately, I only brought one of my cameras and it met its demise on the second day :( Cross your fingers my friends at Nikon can work their magic!!! But like I was saying, I love this family and have enjoyed every second of the last four years we’ve had together even though there has been a country or an ocean in between us!! I miss them terribly and hope we get to see each other again very, very soon. I could really go on and on about them so I’ll be quiet and show off ‘my’ oldest. My dear, sweet Logan.

See. STUNNING! Logan Marie, you are growing up waaaay too fast.

Arlington National Cemetery

 Typically, I haven’t posted a lot (or any) personal stuff on this blog, but I feel the winds of change blowing :) You wonderful people invite me into your family’s personal moments and it’s time I return the favor. In this bunch you still don’t see my family, but they will be in the next set! This Labor Day weekend my in laws and close family friends came to town for a visit, and with the first gorgeous taste of autumn we spent almost all of the time outdoors exploring the sights around us. We had a great time Saturday on my first visit to the Arlington National Cemetery. This is one of the most amazing, in my opinion, places we have. Granted I’m probably biased, because I’m married into the strange family of the military, but I don’t know how anyone can go to this place and not be in awe of the great sacrifices that have been made for this country. So, so, so many great men and women are resting here after serving our great nation and I am deeply humbled by that fact. If you ever get the chance to come to DC you should definitely try to make it here. You won’t regret it!

Speaking of those incredible men and women, our top reason for this visit was to pay our respects to this particular site. Bill and Judy, the friends we were with, brought this sweet arrangement with them from Texas to leave here at the spot where Bill’s dad is laid to rest.

The Kennedy’s burial site and the view surrounding it is pretty impressive, but my favorite (and Henry’s) was watching the changing of the gaurd at the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier. I am always in awe, even after all of the years, of the formalities in the military. These guys are here 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, rain, shine, sleet, snow, wind, hail, you name it. They don’t take off holidays. They live underneath the tomb for two years. They are AMAZING.