Wednesday, April 30, 2008
Monday, April 28, 2008
Warrior Weekend provides weekends of rest and relaxation for soldiers and marines who have been wounded in combat in both Iraq and Afghanistan. They are undergoing recovery at Walter Reed Army Medical Center in Washington, DC. The missions are funded by both individuals and organizations and are no cost to the soldiers and marines who participate.
Missions focus on small groups of 8-10 and allow participants to enjoy themselves at various destination cities. The mission provides activities, but also allows each participant the freedom to do their own thing.
The mission was started by Steve Udovich, a retired Army Reserve Lieutenant Colonel and decorated Iraq combat veteran. He paid a visit to Walter Reed in December of 2006 and started this mission the following month.
Over the weekend we went to Baltimore with a group from Warrior Weekend. We had a wonderful time. These pictures are at the aquarium. I have more pictures but blogger and or my computer is not behaving. The one on top is dolphins and Brandon. The one below is Brandon feeling the shells.
This one is Brandon with a fake frog on his head - courtesy of daddy. I will post more pictures on Wednesday.
Friday, April 25, 2008
Wednesday, April 23, 2008
I thought I was taking a picture and didn't realize that it was on "movie" I can't figure out how to rotate the movie... But here is Brandon skating.
Monday, April 21, 2008
Saturday, April 19, 2008
Yes, family I was watching the playoff on TV. It's a crazy world isn't it, and no I am fine. lol
Friday, April 18, 2008
Wednesday, April 16, 2008
We have squirrels in our backyard and our dog loves to chase them (she never catches them). I believe she thinks they are giant rats with fluffy tails. They drive her nuts flicking their tails at her and then running up a tree. After she has "treed" one she just waits at the base not knowing that the squirrel has jumped to anther tree and is long gone by now. She knows that they go up the tree and then disappear... It's fun to say "squirrel" and see her take off.
Monday, April 14, 2008
What is Operation Second Chance you ask?
Operation Second Chance:
~To aid in the recovery and rehabilitation of wounded service men and women.
~To assist in the modification of housing to accommodate disabled veterans.
~To assist the families of wounded service men and women.
~To facilitate the transition of wounded service men and women back into civilian society.
Their web site is http://www.operationsecondchance.org. This group helps soldiers get back on their feet and have been very good to us. The picture of Cindy above is when we went to CA. We went there to promote OSC. Anytime a soldier needs help, OSC will help: a car payment, morage etc. When the soldiers are able to leave the hospital she takes us out to baseball, hockey (go Caps!), basketball games, concerts, circus and dinners. Last Thursday we went to the Tournament of the Kings courtesy of OSC. I'm not sure how many soldiers went, but we were in two buses. We had a blast, Brandon keeps telling me that he wants to go back and see the men fighting. He is going to be really sad when we leave and don't have the opportunity to see and do all these things anymore. If anyone is interested in donating to OSC please check out the web site http://www.operationsecondchance.org.
Getting ready to eat our dinner (with our hands). We were cheering the yellow knight on.
I think that this is the King.
Brandon thought this was pretty cool. We told him that this is what the knight wore years and years ago when they fought.
Friday, April 11, 2008
Here is Brandon one more time. I hope everyone has a wonderful weekend. See you on Monday.
Wednesday, April 9, 2008
Rich and Brandon posing in front of the Tidal Basin. Can you see the cherry trees on the other side of the basin?
Monday, April 7, 2008
So here we are checking out the tulip garden before we reach the cherry trees. I just love the orange/yellow tulip up top. Some of the flowers weren't even blooming yet but the ones that were were beautiful.
As we were walking to the cherry trees we walked past the Washington Monument, it too was surrounded by cherry trees. We still need to get tickets and check it out before we move...sigh.
Friday, April 4, 2008
I just couldn't resist taking these pictures. A couple of months ago Brandon had to give a talk in Primary. I thought that he should practice giving his talk so we brought out all of his stuffed animals and he taught them about Jesus. Well, my darling little boy did wonderful :). Anyway, he likes to bring out his animals. He tells me to set them up and he will teach them about Jesus. Isn't that just the cutest thing ever. He has his two Book of Mormon books and tells them about the pictures.
Next week I will post more pictures of Brandon ice skating and the Cherry Blossom Festival. Until Monday...have a great weekend.