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Memorial Day

I have always had the utmost respect and love for soldiers and their families.  I have been, personally, touched by family members and friends who have sacrificed to provide my family with the freedom that we have come to enjoy and frankly, take for granted.

This past week….it has been an honor and a privilege to walk along Arlington Cemetary to see all the people who gave their lives for our freedom.  Humbling.

We saw the changing of the guards.  Humbling.

We also were able to see the ceremony that takes place when the wreath is placed.  Humbling.

There was a funeral, taking place….the gun salute.  Humbling.

There were soldiers on black horses with their black carriage, carrying a soldier’s body.  Humbling.

It.  Was.  All.  Humbling.

When you see a veteran or someone who is active in the military.  Shake their hands.  Thank them.  When they are with their families.  Shake their hands too, and thank them as well.  The families sacrifice so very much.

Here are a few pictures from this trip.

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The Battle of the Cushions

We went camping a few weeks back….lots o fun 😉

When we got home, he had to pop the camper up again so I could clean it and restock the items that we used. Our biggest deal is getting those cushions put back down, so we can close the camper up. I knew how to do it, but in an effort to have a really good laugh,  Bug came in because “she KNEW how to fix it correctly”….well, she didn’t, so I sat and laughed and then after about 30 min., I showed them how to do it.

 

 

 

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Earl

Well, our frisky little Earl, whom we bought for Peach on our vacation, bit the dust yesterday.  He was an active little sucker till the end.  He was our own Houdini and he will be missed (cough, wink).  I knew something was amiss when I let him and Bob out of their cage for their afternoon exercise, and I found Earl’s leg…not attached to his body.  He was still moving around, so I just assumed that was normal (stupid thing to do).  While the kids were at Martha’s house, I grabbed the cage to feed/water Earl and Bob.  I picked Earl up and his other legs fell off.  Once again, I thought this was normal (never had crabs before). I turned the shell over and out came Earl….dead, smelly Earl.  In my sadness (insanity), I insisted that dh and I go to the ‘big’ town and get Peach another crab.  We did, his name is Ed and he is still alive.  I’m redoing their terrarium and had them sitting on the kitchen table and before I knew it, Bob fell off the table.  Those little suckers can book it.  All in all, they are both alive, for the time being.

R.I.P.  Earl

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Lessons Learned from Gatlinburg

  • If you are standing under a tree, after a thunderstorm, and you shake said tree for effect, you will get wet.
  • There are 31 CrackerBarrel’s in between Benton and Gatlinburg.
  • Bug said 5,985,375,956 words ON THE TRIP DOWN THERE!
  • Rats on the sidewalk does not constitute wildlife.
  • When you see boxer briefs laying outside your camper, don’t assume it is your husbands and pick them up.
  • When you awning isn’t tied down, it will blow over your camper during a thunderstorm.
  • Pirates DO NOT live in Pittsburgh.
  • Teen girls will cry randomly and without warning.
  • BEWARE: twitterpated animals are everywhere (the ducks beside your camper, the chickadees in the KFC parking lot and even the skunks on exhibit), be prepared to body slam your teenager when she is arguing with the younger 4 children over the fact that the animals are not fighting, they are ____________.
  • Camper upholstery is very ugly, but the fact that it is durable and can stand up to copious amounts of ketchuh makes up for that fact.
  • Yes, there are real indians in the world.
  • If you run out of room in the trunk of your vehicle, feel free to duck tape the remainder of your items on the hood of your car.
  • When searching for a “free” hermit crab be prepared to hear “want crabs?”. It is an innocent question.
  • You will never meet a stranger while camping
  • Urine…it happens……whether in the camper (sans toilet) or off the mountain.
  • Campers will always tell you which rope, knot and tree to use when tying up your children.
  • If you open the gate to the swimming pool, move out of the way, it can cause black eyes.
  • Ducks quack at 3:30 in the morning.