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Sunday, May 25, 2008

Grains of Gratitude

1. I'm grateful we were able to see Kayla's preschool program last Fri and then leave for San Antonio - I'm glad that all worked out as I sure wouldn't have wanted to miss out on that little performance!

2. I'm grateful we had a safe trip to SA and back; and that the kids both travelled so well. Lucas did much better than we thought he would, thank goodness!

3. I'm grateful we were able to go to SA to see my best friend and attend her parents' marriage renewal ceremony. We've known each other for 22 years so I was glad to be able to make it to such a special occasion. Here we are with her dad:

with her daughter Rhiannon:

and Kayla with her son Nate:

4. I'm grateful for the fun time we had at Sea World (pictures to come!) We were there much longer than we thought we would be; Kayla was very well behaved and no melt-downs (for spending about 8 hrs there I'd say that was pretty good!) She loved it and had so much fun. Lucas slept most of the time away in the stroller.

5. I'm grateful for the Hero Salute program so we were able to get into Sea World for free. That saved us about $150! I don't know how most families afford to go to amusement parks anymore, the prices are so high. It would have been $150 just for our family of 3 (not including the additional $12 just to park), I can't imagine the larger families...so I'm definitely grateful Anheuser-Busch Adventure Parks recognize the military in such a great way!

6. I'm grateful Joe had Fri off as "Family Day" in conjunction with the holiday - makes for a nice 4-day weekend!

7. I'm grateful for the aqua massage I had on Fri! I won a gift certificate for a 10-min session from our MOPS Silent Auction a couple months ago and finally used it. I've never been in one of those machines before; it sure was nice and relaxing!

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Corey~living and loving said...

so many wondeful things. I'm glad to hear you had such a nice trip. love the pics. :)
I hope you are enjoying your long weekend with hubby! :)

Mom24 said...

Wow! That sounds so wonderful. I'm glad you had a good trip. What a wonderful program Busch has. You all deserve it. The sacrifices you ALL make are way beyond what most of us can even imagine. Thank you.

I totally agree about not knowing how people afford it anymore though, admissions have really gotten insane!

Have a great weekend.

Tammy said...

Loved reading your gratitude post tonight...and seeing all the great pictures!

Speaking of Busch, we noticed all the signs up all over Sea World last month when we went honoring active duty. It was so nice...(we were there with my nephew and his family and is a Navy chaplain.)

I agree with the last reply- you all so deserve to be honored in these ways!

Have a nice Memorial Day!

Thomas said...

I am glad to see you have so much to be grateful for. I am even happier to see you are grateful. There are to many people how just take things for grated.
Thank you for the great idea. I think I will make a similar post on brendafriends.com/blog. Lord knows I have a lot to be grateful for too.

AZ Chapmen said...

how did the IEP go

Nisa said...

I'm so glad you were able to come visit us for my parents special day. You are part of our family and it wouldn't have been the same with out you, Joe, Kayla and Lucas.I am so happy I finally got to meet Lucas!! He's so sweet! I was and still am shocked that you were able to stay at Sea World for 8 hours! I'm so glad you guys had so much fun there! Ya know,my aunt is still talking about how adorable Kayla is. She says she misses her hugs. Oh yeah! How did the IEP go??
love you,

chelle said...

You have had a FULL week eh?
Sounds awesome. I am glad the kids traveled well. That makes or breaks a trip.

As We Sail... said...

Beautiful pictures. Have a nice Memorial Day.
I've never heard of an aqua massage, sounds wonderful. I'll have to keep a look-out for them.

Dori (Aviva's mommy) said...

Sounds like a wonderful trip and so glad it all worked out so well.

Joy said...

I love Seaworld - glad you guys had a great time!

Mike said...

Free pass at SeaWorld and Aqua massage. Now that's living the life.

Have a great week ahead.


Beck said...

This sounds like a WONDERFUL week and a great trip. I'm so happy for you!

Killlashandra said...

Wow the aqua massage sounds interesting. Did you sit in a tub and massaged but the jets?

The Hero Salute program looks wonderful. I'm so glad you guys got to go and Joe had the extra day too. :)

Anonymous said...

What fabulous photos, and a great trip! You look amazing...how did you pop back to your slim figure so fast? That pic of Lucas is amazing, his eyes so blue, and Kayla looks adorable in her dress! This is Karen of Karen's Ramblings by the way :-)