Friday, May 30, 2008

It Is Summer!!!



10 Things I like about Summer




1. Swimming in our pool.



2. No School.


3. No Homework to fight about.


4. Days are longer and we get to enjoy the outside more.


5. Swimming in our pool.


6. Everything is green and beautiful.


7. My house seems cleaner.


8. My kids sleep better from all the outdoor play.


9. MD is home more.



10. Did I mention swimming in our pool?



We have a wonderful pool (wonderful in the fact that it is not public!) in our backyard. No too big and not too small. Just like in the three bears it is just right! With gas and food prices going up and what seems to be ever increasing we figured that others would opt for putting in pools instead on going on vacations. But I guess we were wrong. We just found out that 3 pool companies have left the area. And the ones that are still around are not doing well.
We seem to always be dumping our money into our house instead on far away vacations and this year will be no different. But we do have a wonderful back yard with a pool and we spend a lot of time there in the summer, especially night swimming. We even have a colored light in the pool, Devin likes the purple color the best. MD and Devin both say it looks like a black light and when the water jets are shooting up in the air they seem to change colors when the body of the water stays the same. This year we want to put a ceiling under the deck so that if it rains we can still stay outside and enjoy our back yard still. And that way it will feel like we moved a room from the inside out. MD's big plans are to make a fire place (just not THIS fancy), a bar, enclose the space under the gazebo for pool storage, add a hot tub, and an arbor. I do not see us taking vacations for a while or at least we get all of that done! Luckily the kids have not noticed or complained about no far away vacations. We do go on the occasional weekend trip to the lake or camping but nothing extravagant. I guess we are a bunch of homebodies and prefer staying in our own back yard. Our vacation spot just outside our back door.

Wednesday, May 28, 2008

Vacation Blues

So far it has rained EVERY day of my vacation! Which has only allowed me to do stuff inside, which means cleaning. No fun there. Makes me feel like just going to work. MD says I am board because I am not a stay home mom and have not mastered being home all day. I do not know how people who stay home all day can do it. If you have small children (not in school yet) I can see how they keep you busy during the day. But once they are off to all day school, what then? Everyone I know or actually socialize with works during the day. So this leaves me with no one to see and nothing to do.
Hopefully later today I will be able to get outside, I had planned on doing quite a bit of yard work and staining the deck. Also need to power wash and seal the patio.
Rain Rain go away, come again when I have to go to work, not while I am home on vacation.

Sunday, May 25, 2008

Defending the Homeland


Today I dedicate this page to my cousin Steve, he has made a career in defending our county. He is a Photojournalist for the Air force. I am proud to say he is family. So Steve here is to you and all you do to keep us safe.


Pictures from Steve's Career





HITTING the STREETS in HITAWEEN


An Iraqi policeman and a store proprietor pose for a photograph in Hitaween, Iraq on Feb. 28, 2008.



U.S. Army Soldiers assigned to 3rd Platoon Alpha Company, 1st Battalion, 21st Stryker Infantry Regiment and an Iraqi policeman, patrol a street in Hitaween, Iraq on Feb. 28, 2008. U.S. Army Soldiers assigned to 3rd Platoon Alpha Company, 1st Battalion, 21st Stryker Infantry Regiment and an Iraqi policeman, patrol a street in Hitaween, Iraq on Feb. 28, 2008.


OPERATION IRAQI FREEDOM

U.S. Air Force C-17 Globemaster IIIs are lined up waiting to transport U.S. Army and Air Force personnel forward from an air base in Europe in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom on March 26.




U.S. Army paratroopers and U.S. Air Force tactical air controllers move to a marshalling area behind a U.S. Air Force C-17 Globemaster III on March 26 and prepare to move forward from an air base in Europe to participate in Operation Iraqi Freedom.


U.S. Army paratroopers and U.S. Air Force tactical air controllers from the 173rd Airborne Brigade board a U.S. Air Force C-17 Globemaster III on March 26 and prepare to move forward from an air base in Europe to participate in Operation Iraqi Freedom.


A U.S. Air Force C-17 Globemaster III transporting U.S. Army and Air Force troops forward takes off from an air base in Europe in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom on March 26. Operation Iraqi Freedom is the multi-national coalition effort to liberate the Iraqi people, eliminate Iraq's weapons of mass destruction, and end the regime of Saddam Hussein.




CAS and TRANSFORMATION


Even some skeptical about Air Force CAS efforts had praise for AC-130 and A-10 aircraft. This A-10 is part of the 354th Expeditionary Fighter Squadron in Afghanistan.



THOMAS JEFFERSON AWARDS



In Tech. Sgt. Stephen Faulisi’s honorable mention-worthy photo in the Portrait category, young Afghan girls wait their turn Dec. 3 to be seen during a Medical Civil Assistance Program held at the village of Deh Baha Ali, Afghanistan.




Trip Changes Airman's View of Iraq
Driving through Kirkus, Iraq, Tech. Sgt. Steve Faulisi took this photo of Iraqi boys waving at the passing American convoy. Faulisi a combat cameraman assigned to the 1st Combat Camera Squadron at Charleston Air Force Base, S.C.



WEST AFRICA TRAINING CRUIS 2006


10/17/05 - Ghanaian soldiers run to their positions while engaged in amphibious operations in southwest Ghana during the West African Training Cruise '06 (WATC) Oct. 17, 2005. The WATC enhances security cooperation and fosters new partnerships between the United States, North Atlantic Treaty Organization partners and the participating West African nations of Ghana, Senegal, Guinea and Morocco through real-world training and engagement opportunities.

10/17/05 - Italian Marines hike back to a rally point after engaging in amphibious operations in southwest Ghana during the West African Training Cruise '06 (WATC) Oct. 17, 2005. The WATC enhances security cooperation and fosters new partnerships between the United States, North Atlantic Treaty Organization partners and the participating West African nations of Ghana, Senegal, Guinea and Morocco through real-world training and engagement opportunities.



COMM BALAD AIR BASE, Iraq


Is anyone watching?
A young girl peers from her doorway as U.S. Soldiers search her home for suspected insurgents near Logistics Support Area Anaconda here Aug. 20.





BALAD AIR BASE, Iraq -- While on a perimeter sweep here U.S. Army Spc. Shane Yokum (front) and Capt. Pedro Rosario search an irrigation canal for possible hidden weapons caches Aug. 1.Capptain Rosario is the deputy commander of the 332nd Air Expeditionary Security Forces Squadron and Specialist Yokum is a military policeman with to the 362nd Military Police Battalion


SOUTHWEST ASIA -- Staff Sgt. Cary Gibson (top) explains aiming procedures for the .50-caliber sniper rifle to 1st Lt. Hong Kim during an explosive ordnance disposal demonstration held at a deployed location in Southwest Asia on Nov. 27. Both airmen are from the 320th Expeditionary Civil Engineer Squadron. Gibson is assigned to the squadron's explosive ordnance disposal branch which uses sniper rifles to explode ordnance without getting close to it.







I still find it strange to see a man with cameras loaded in front and a machine gun strapped on his back. Sends chills down my spine, I can only imagine how his wife and my Aunt feel.









Hoping everyone has a Safe and Wonderful Memorial Day