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Thursday, January 28, 2010


This past weekend (Jan. 22-26) Robert & I traveled to Florida with Ryan & Kimber and Lindsay & Brian to attend Taylor's graduation from EOD school at Fort Walton, Florida. Larry also came out for the graduation and he took pictures for all of the graduates. Taylor was also promoted to Petty Officer, along with five other men. Again, just as I was when he graduated from boot camp, I was very impressed with the ceremony, the precision and the military-ness of the whole thing (I know that's not a word...but this is my blog and I can do what I want :) ). Florida is beautiful and we got to spend 4 days with Taylor, off and on, visiting different places, seeing where he lived and where he trained, eating at great restaurants and doing a little shopping. It was a very cold time of year and it rained a couple of times while we were there, but it was wonderful seeing what Taylor has been involved in for the past year. He will go through some more training and then will be stationed in Virginia later this year. Next on his calendar he gets to learn how to jump out of planes! How fun for him! We are very grateful for the opportunity we had to be there with him during this very important stage of his life.

Before the graduation, we did some sightseeing near our hotel

the beaches are beautiful in Florida! The sand is very white and fine. I couldn't wait to take off my shoes and wiggle my toes in it!

This is outside the Crab Trap
where we ate lunch

I had to get a bird picture in here somewhere...

This is where the ceremony was held. This is the wall of the names of EOD personnel from each of the different branches of the military who have died in action

These are the men who are being promoted. Taylor is on the right.

This is Taylor being given his certificate...

Taylor's graduating class

Taylor receiving his certificate

Taylor's pin that signifies him as an EOD technician

We are very happy for Taylor that he's been able to achieve this. It is quite a milestone for him.

...and it wouldn't be a trip to the beach without a surfing trip! The water was very cold, but Ryan and Taylor donned their wetsuits and braved the chilly Florida waters to do what they love to do...

Tuesday, January 19, 2010

So, Ben flew to Chile today! It seems very strange to have him going to a country that I've never been to and is so far away. I know he will have a great experience and that he will grow in ways that he never could if he stayed here, so I'm grateful that he has this opportunity. Below are some pictures from the MTC... Who says the MTC isn't fun??

Wednesday, January 6, 2010

For an after Christmas gift for our family (Robert & Me…), we purchased a new cage for our cockatoo. After escaping from her cage twice in one week and flying uncontrolled around the neighborhood, we decided we had to increase the security for our little “jailbird”. We have also moved her cage inside to prevent anymore high flying antics. Our good friend, Fran, suggested that we give her a new name in honor of her actually returning to us, escaping from the hawk that was chasing her and us being able to find her and get her back in her cage. Her new name is “Mila” which is a shortened version of the Spanish word “Milagros”, which means “Miracle”. She really is our miracle bird and we plan to enjoy her a lot more now that she’s home for good!

Update... on January 9th we realized that Mila is actually a boy... so now we'll have to get used to calling "her" him. He has been so much fun to have in the house now. We take him out and he is so funny to watch and talk to. One thing that we noticed is that when the phone rings, he'll say "hello" and he likes to fly to Brian from across the room.
woo hoo!

Mila and Brian playing...

and thank you Lindsay for helping with the new look for my blog!

Friday, January 1, 2010

Happy New Years!

We had a little miracle happen this morning... we came home yesterday to find our cockatoo had escaped from her cage. Her cage is kept outside and now she was nowhere to be found. We searched for her around the neighborhood, but couldn't find her anywhere. We thought maybe one of our neighbors purposely let her out because she can be a little loud :) This morning, after much prayer, Robert & I got in the car and proceeded to put out "lost" signs around the neighborhood, when all of a sudden, Robert spotted her in a tree, three houses from our own! We were able to hold her cage up close enough to her so that she could climb down and we put her back inside her cage. We truly feel that this has been our little miracle, because once a caged bird escapes, it doesn't often find it's way back home. Her cage is now inside the house... After that bit of excitement, we had a great New Years day watching football (of course), eating (of course) and spending time with family and friends (of course). What a fun 2 weeks this has been! We have had such a great time with family and friends over this Christmas season. I am not looking forward to having all the kids go back to their “other” homes, but I know they have to! I hope you all have a wonderful new year and that you are able to accomplish all of your goals that you have for the new year. Happy New Year!