Thursday, October 02, 2014

A Trip To Newport, RI

Hello loyal blog followers!  It has been awhile since I've posted, but this is a big one.  Last May, Lloyd commissioned as a LT in the US Navy Chaplain Corp.  This means big changes for our family.  We haven't published too much on social media but this weekend was a big one for our family.  Lloyd started training at the end of August and last weekend the kids and I were able to visit him after 5 weeks of separation.  It was an amazing, wonderful, delightful reunion.  We flew to Newport, picked up a rental van, checked in at the hotel, and found a nice camo-clad surprise waiting for us. (We weren't expecting to see Lloyd until the next day but he got special liberty to meet us at the hotel!!!)
 We enjoyed an hor dourves recption at the O Club (Officers' Club), bowling at the base recreation center, shopping at the NEX (Navy Exchange) and we hadn't even left the base!  After graduation on Friday, we spent the weekend lounging at the hotel pool, checking out Historical downtown Newport, and hiking "Cliff Walk" to see the mansions of the Vanderbilts and others. All too soon, Sunday came and it was back to reality.

On our way to see Daddy!  2:30AM wake-up call for a good cause.

Together again!!!!

The reception at the O Club afforded opportunity to meet some of Dad's new friends.  (In this picture: 2 rabbis, 1 Catholic priest, and a Protestant pastor w/ his kids.)

Waiting for graduation to start.  Lloyd tells us in the military "on time" means you are late:-)

Our officer and gentleman!

A class of 122 doctors, lawyers, dentists, nurses, cyber warfare specialists and chaplains!

Sitting in a pew at Trinity Episcopal Church where George Washington and Elizabeth II of England sat. 

Thursday, August 21, 2014

First Day of School 2014

Ok, ok, I know there are a lot of pics in this post, but I couldn't resist!  My cuties are off to school again.  Anika (5th), Andrew (3rd), Kathryn (1st). And what a great start they've had - wonderful teachers, wonderful friends!

Photo bomb gone wrong!

Summer 2014 Road Trip: Part 4

The LONG road home! We took 3 days to drive back to CA.  Those 3 days included a hotel with an awesome water slide in NE, an unexpected detour Colorado when an accident MELTED I80 and stopped traffic into Utah, rainbows and lightning over the Rockies, a Super Wash in Craig, CO, the salt flats outside of Salt Lake City, and the wonderful arrival HOME.
At the Salt Flats!

Squinting into the sun made it difficult to get a good pic:-)

Anika selfie

Wednesday, August 20, 2014

Summer 2014 Road Trip: Part 3

Family Time!!!  We made it to Morrison, safe and sound.  It was some great "down time": cousins, electronics (eek!!), guitars, Lego movie, Dominion (our new fav game), and more.  Unfortunately, I took pics on my phone as well as my camera so I just have a hodge-podge of pics from our time there.  We greatly missed my older sister and her family!!! It was a crew, but it wasn't the whole crew!