Sunday, June 30, 2013

Gathering of Eagles

One of the wonderful things Michael was able to do in his job with the Air Force was to be the advisor for Gathering of Eagles.  It is a program where they honor the men and women of the military who have shown bravery and honor in serving our country.  This year, for example, we met one of the Tuskegee Airmen, Colonel Charles McGee.

Here are Michael and the kids with Scott Fales and Ramon Colon-Lopez.  Both of these men received commendations for their bravery in serving as Pararescue Jumpers.

Sunday, June 23, 2013

A Visit and a Surprise

We had the opportunity to make a trip down to Florida this past week, and it was wonderful!  Michael had a business meeting to attend in Tampa, which is very close to my dad and stepmom--or Papa and Nana, to the kids.  We drove down on Sunday.  We only had a short time, but it was totally worth it.  The kids had been begging to go to their house for a while, and they hadn't seen Nana in far too long, as she has been caring for her mother and stepfather and can't always come up to see us when Papa does.  We also got to see my nephew, TJ.

The next day, the kids thought we were just driving home, but we surprised them!  We went to Disney World Magic Kingdom for the day!!!!!!!!!  They had so much fun!!!  They almost didn’t believe us at first, but they were thrilled.  We asked them what was the one thing that they really wanted to do that day.  Nathaniel was so funny because he let everyone else tell what they wanted first.  I think he knew they would choose his favorites anyway.  He chose Mickey’s Philharmagic, which I thought was so cute.  He didn’t like it when I later said it was cute, though.  Emily chose Splash Mountain, which Jonny called “Crash Watermelon.”  Andrew chose Space Mountain and Daniel chose Big Thunder Mountain.  Jonny was asleep, but we assumed he would want to meet Mickey and ride the teacups.  Michael wanted the Haunted Mansion and Pirates of the Caribbean.  I wanted to go on the new Ariel ride in Fantasyland.  It was basically like the Haunted Mansion ride, but “under the sea.”  We also got to ride the railroad, Barnstormer, Dumbo the Flying Elephant, Tomorrowland People Mover, Buzz Lightyear’s Space Ranger Spin, and we went to the Monsters, Inc. Laugh Floor and Enchanted Tales with Belle.  Thanks to Fast Passes, we got to go on everything and we had very little wait.  The longest wait we had was to meet Mickey Mouse!  It rained in the afternoon, but that was fine because I think it scared some people away because the park was less crowded after that.  We stayed until the park closed, and the kids all fell asleep in the car on the way to the hotel.  We left as early as we could the next morning, and we made it home just in time for Emily’s Achievement Days party. 


What a wonderful trip!