Friday, November 11, 2011

Happy Veteran's Day!

As I type this, my very favorite Veteran is serving our country.  He's only been gone for a week this time and to places like Hawaii, Guam, and Japan.  But he's still serving!  I think he deserves those sweet little trips after having much longer deployments to places like Iraq and Afghanistan.

We love you MSgt Albert W. Anderson III!

A childhood friend posted this quote on her Facebook today (she always finds the best quotes):

"The nation will remain the land of the free only so long as it is the home of the brave." -Elmer Davis

Thank you all who serve and protect this great nation of ours!  I really want to list a few of my family members but I'm afraid of forgetting someone.  I am blessed to have a very decorated military family!  I love you all and am so proud to be your wife, daughter, niece and cousin!

PS - Welcome home Erik!!!

Sunday, November 6, 2011

Reggae and Rock Climbing

Does that title seem odd?  I suppose they do to me also.  However, to our not-so-little London they are two things that she is learning to love.  Our baby girl is turning eight tomorrow.  This past weekend, she celebrated with her friends at Life Time Fitness.  She had an incredible time!

From the moment we walked through the door, the staff made her feel incredibly special.  She was greeted by a sign with birthday greetings.

As you can hopefully see from the photo, her balloon has a peace sign on it.  She LOVES peace signs.  She is a self-proclaimed hippie!  She started loving peace signs a few years ago and has now incorporated a new appreciation for reggae music (thank you Nick and Cass) and the Beatles (she found them on YouTube).  So, I had to make these cupcakes for her:

The inside of the cupcakes were rainbows.  I will post later about the creation of this little masterpiece.  She was thrilled!  

I can't begin to explain to you how excited she was at this party.  At one point, I thought she might cry...tears of overwhelming joy.  There were three separate location where they had posted signs announcing her birthday.  The party coordinator ended up being a friend of mine.  It was a surprise to both of us!  The kids colored while they waited for all of the guests to arrive then it was time for rock climbing and gym games.  About half-way up the rock wall, there was a certificate for London to receive a free birthday smoothie.  She was determined to make it that far.

She repelled down the wall right after she got to this point.  Then a bit later, after her friends had all had their turns, she decided she needed to make it to the top.  So, with a little encouragement from her friends (them yelling, "London, London, London..."), a bit of help from Tammy and a lot of determination, she achieved her goal of reaching the top and ringing the bell!!!

This was, beyond the shadow of a doubt, the best birthday party we've ever had for this little girl.  We've used several different venues from Chuck E. Cheese's to our community center.  No other location has ever made her feel this incredibly special.  Birthdays are a BIG deal in our house.  Thank you Tammy and the staff at Life Time for making London feel like a big deal!

Happy Birthday precious girl!  Daddy and Mommy can hardly believe that we've been blessed with you for eight years already.  You keep our lives an adventure and we wouldn't trade even one minute of it!  We love your determination.  We love your zest for life.  Mommy loves to sing with you.  Daddy loves to play soccer with you.  You, our sweet daughter, are truly a blessing to our family.  We give thanks for you every day!  

Happy 8th Birthday London!