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Sunday, July 05, 2009

A Good Day, But...

We had a wonderful day in La Plata celebrating the 4th.

It was a watermelon-rolling,




(Lucas getting his sticker)


Flag-waving,


Watermelon-eating,




body-painting,




fireworks-watching kind of day.






But I definitely felt the absence of Joe's presence. I tried to take plenty of pictures so he could see what the kids experienced, but I hate that he's missing out on so much...holidays are hard that way.

I'm glad the kids had a blast though and Kayla enjoyed the fireworks. The first thing she said this morning when she woke up was,"more fireworks!" and I said "oh they're all done." She replied with, "I go ask Mema ok."

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27 comments:

Junior said...

Such beautiful pictures, looks like you all had a wonderful day

Beth said...

Great pictures!! Thank you again for Joe's service...I can only imagine how hard the holidays are!!!

Sunny said...

Looks like you had a wonderful holiday. I am grateful for people like your husband and yourself that give so much to this country. Thanks for your sacrifice!

Jessie said...

ha, that's right, if mom says no - best to go ask g'ma!

Ria said...

I can only imagine how tough holidays are. You sure have a lot of great photos to make sure Joe doesn't completely miss all the excitement.

rebecca said...

wonderful photos Michelle. I'm sorry the hubby couldn't be there. My goodness Lucas is growing up toooooo fast.

chelle said...

big hugs! Does look like a fantastic day though!

Melissa @ Banana Migraine said...

I'm sorry that you and Joe are separated. I just can't even imagine, and I'm very grateful to you and he. Thank you.

Beautiful pictures.

Bailey's Leaf said...

Soon and very soon-- he'll be here for a brief time. I don't know if the brief visit makes it harder or easier, though.

Hugs, darlin'.

Christina said...

What an awesome day, I love the pictures! (((HUGS)))

amy said...

Precious photos, glad you are having fun making memories..Praying for your hubby

Monica Crumley said...

Great photos! Kayla is looking more and more mature. Funny, my mom gave our kids the same shirt from WMart in grey, red, pink and navy, but not white. :-)

Kim said...

Oh what fun! It looks like the kids had a great time!

Donnetta said...

New reader here. :-)

It looks like you had a wonderful time, but I can only imagine the space in your heart that felt a bit empty.

We celebrated with a friend and her two small boys. Her husband is deployed in Iraq. Her heart was also a bit empty in the fun of it all.

Thank you for the sacrifices your family is making so that we can live in our freedom! I respect and appreciate it more than you can know!

Lilith Silvermane said...

~hugs~ Thinking about you during Independence Day. I hope the children were enough to distract you for a little while and that Joe knows how much we are all thankful for his service and for your sacrifice you are giving as well.

Take care of yourself and those beautiful children!

grandma said...

You can tell from the expressions on their faces that they are having a wonderful time.

Christi said...

Cool. Looks like you all had fun. That is right near where I went to highschool. My dad was stationed at Indian Head.

The Girls' Mommy said...

I am loving the hat and tshirt and denim jeans look. So cute :)

mommaof4wife2r said...

love the pics of the kiddos...so precious! but u are missing from them! and it must be hard without joe...and i know he's missing you too. praying for you, and thankful for the service and protection of joe (and the military) and to you as the fam who supports him. thank you.

Anonymous said...

Thank you all for the appreciation. I am a little biased but our kids are just absoutley adorable!!! one question though..... did you anf grandma go get any left over fireworks!!! lol

I love you all soo much!
Joe

ABandCsMom said...

Wonderful pictures of the kids. Looks like the kids had a great time.

Yes, my brother spent 15 years at Holloman in NM. Maybe Joe knows him. His nickname was "Bull". He ran AMMO!

Izzy 'N Emmy said...

*hugs* I am so glad you went out and had a good time with the kiddos. They looked fabulous in their attire and hats.

Sue said...

I'm glad you had a fun day. Joe must appreciate all the pictures and how well you document everything - it really does make a difference.

:)

Mary said...

Looks like a great day. I wish you could have shared the day with your husband.

starrlife said...

You do a great job with the pictures there Michelle! A good time had by all it appears! best wishes to Joe too!

Anonymous said...

I love the pics!Looks like you had a nice 4th!Sorry Joe couldn't be there.
love ya,
mimi

Jennifer said...

Love the pictures. The kids look like they had an awesome day! Next year's 4th will be even better with Joe there. :)