I have written about this topic before but I started blogging back in 2001 when I was out in Italy to show friends and family neat pictures and stories. It is pretty amazing how quickly times change. Since it’s inception in 2007 Facebook has become mainstream with the “newsfeed” of those blog updates for the majority of your “friends” and family. I will keep this blog going and probably post a picture next year but in the meantime you can still find Julie and me on Facebook. Our Flickr now has over 20,000 photos that are generally organized into albums. I also have some YouTube videos of the kids growing up. It is hard to believe they just turned 8 and 6 respectively. Until next year!
We knew Caroline was doing pretty well with her reading but only recently did we realize how well. We started buying her the “Step Into Reading” books and to challenge her we are trying Step 2 which is Kindergarten through 1st grade. She is doing it! She needs some help on a few words but we try to read a new book each night so she doesn’t become too familiar with the story lines. We are so proud of her. Our next challenge is trying to get Sam to use the toilet!
These portraits are from last fall but we had to delay in posting them since they were given as Christmas gifts to all of the Grandparents. There are some really good ones below but the entire set is good over here on Flickr.
Santa was very good to us this year. Meema and Papa Bruce were able to drive down from Michigan and spend some quality time with the grandkids. We have a bunch of photos over on Flickr so take a minute (or two) to enjoy them. I hope everyone has a Merry Christmas and a safe and happy New Year.
Definitely a cool day in history. Thank you to all those who have served and those are are continuing to serve to protect our freedom. In a quick google search I came across this website today. Here is a poem from it.
Freedom is not Free
by Ashley Persyn
There is a price we pay for freedom
For it is not truly free
But rather paid for by the contributions of veterans
To buy our liberty
As their blood drains from their body and runs like a river through the grass
Over the years it’s forgotten, war is placed in our past
I don’t think we all realize the importance veterans play
as they voluntarily serve America each and every day
We should honor the veterans for they act like a shield
Protecting us from danger, keeping America healed.
So if you would take a second to commemorate
You will instantly see
We owe veterans our gratitude
For they are the reason we are free