Last year I did a “Celebration of Service” post each Friday. This year, I’m going to shake things up on this blog a little. I’m not sure if I’ll end up posting more or less often. Even though Friday won’t be set aside specifically for military appreciation themes, those posts will always appear, just on a more fluid schedule.
Before we jump full bore into the 2016 blogging year, I’m going to tie up some lose ends from a most wonderful Christmas break. The boys had quite a bit of time off from school so we packed up and took a trip to be with family across the country.
One of the highlights of the trip, besides getting a chance to hang out with relatives, visiting and eating was stopping by a retirement home for veterans on Christmas Eve. I’m pleased to say it was very clean, decorated beautifully and we got a very warm welcome when we dropped by. I delivered a copy of the book I compiled (with the help of my friends) called Words For Warriors. It was enthusiastically received and I’m happy that I had a token of appreciation to leave there with the residents.
I got to visit a veteran’s retirement home on Christmas Eve and was delighted to leave a copy of Words for Warriors for the residents. The visit was pure pleasure!
Taking a close up look at this Cobra
We woke up to fresh snow one morning…so pretty!
My younger son set to work showing his cousins how to build an outdoor shelter. He’s just getting started in this photo but managed to put together a really great final product. His youngest cousin helped gather materials for the shelter and they worked for a long time making it nice.
Baking gingerbread cookies with his shelter-building partner…yum!
My son’s sweet, little cousin made cute tree and star cut out cookies. These are some of my son’s creations. He explained that one gingerbread man had taken the heart out of the other gingerbread man’s chest. He wanted red glazing to enhance the effect. His little cousin pretended to be horrified by his cookies but she laughed the whole time!
My beautiful puppies outside playing with one of their Christmas presents. They got some stuffed animals, some bones and some Chicken Noodle soup (Progresso), which they LOVE!
My older son and cousins playing around…
I hope you’ve had a lovely start to this shiny, new year!