Wednesday, May 29, 2013

What We Did Last Weekend - Memorial Day

"All were deprived of their liberties so that you may enjoy yours..."

Our weekend started with remembering the men and women who have served our county and have allowed us to have our freedom and liberties. Houston and I were up bright and early and volunteered at the riverside national cemetery to help place 100,000 flags on the headstones. This is a joint effort with a "flag for every soldier" effort that I discovered on Facebook. Click {here} for more info.  We placed 80 flags and then went for a walk to decorate my grandparents graves (since they were in a section of the cemetery that was not receiving flags - if you're interested in helping raise money for flags for the entire cemetery, I encourage you to do so!). - Houston and I are both of the opinion that our country needs a great kick in the pants and that pride in our country-- and all it has to offer--needs revival. Like, NOW!

We walked to the POW memorial - the sculpture made my emotions bubble up all over again.  It was beautiful and disturbing all at the same time.  Do you see the silver bracelet on Houston's right wrist???  Ask him about it some time, or ask me for more information regarding POW/MIA bracelets.  

Then we drove to the south end of the cemetery to the Medal of Honor memorial.  Amazing.  Walking the walls COVERED with the names of the men who have died for our country and for each other was truly a humbling experience.  "Unknown but to God" - Indeed, In God We Trust.

Then it was off to celebrate Houston's birthday [again]!!! Since it was a long weekend, it was the perfect opportunity to get everyone together for dinner. A group of 12 of some of our favorite people joined us at Wood Ranch for delicious food and fun!  We seriously have some awesome best friends.  We had a wonderful time eating and I loved getting to see the cute kids too (of course).  

Sunday I got to spend some MUCH needed girlfriend time with Shauna - but didn't take a single picture.  Between Memorial Day emotions, bidding farewell to my friends the Browns and well, just being an emotional female, a relaxing afternoon with Shauna was just what the doctor ordered.

The rest of the weekend was spent in  Long Beach relaxing by the sea.  A belated Mother's Day for Ruby filled with food and a whole lot of relaxing!!! I loved taking a nap with the cool breeze blowing through the living room window and going for a walk down to the water with Houston.  The weather was beautiful albeit windy, and we loved standing on the sand watching the wind surfers (such a silly activity) and smelling the sea!

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