We are getting settled into the new routine of school being back in session...we have two grandchildren in high school and the oldest will be graduating this year. We have one grandson in middle school...now playing on the 7th grade A football team! The youngest is in 4th grade and also a great football player. By the end of summer I am looking forward to school...and having those much quieter days! With grandchildren in and out all summer long we just don't seem to get much done around here!....
In July we took all 4 of the grandchildren and our daughter on a long vacation. We started with a cruise to Cozumel leaving out of Mobil, AL. In Cozumel we took them snorkeling...an new and fun experience for them! Even our daughter who was always so afraid of sharks went with her children. They all loved the cruise and want to do that again! After the ship board fun we drove to Gulf Shores, AL for a few days. Eddie took the all of the children deep sea fishing...
and they all caught several fish...but Dillon's...the oldest caught the biggest fish!
They also got to go para sailing...800 feet up in the air! We wanted to do something memorable as a family because with Dillon graduating it may be hard to get all of the family together for vacations in the future.
Now we look forward to upcoming activities that we enjoy...spending time with veterans and their families! Later this month we will be attending the annual Veterans Dance....a really fun time! We look forward to seeing familiar faces and meeting new people as well...from WW11 vets to the present war...we gather to visit, dance, and have a great time!
Then in November we will once more be off to Branson, MO for Veterans week. We just learned that Oliver North will once again be the guest speaker at the Marine Corps Ball there! We spend as much time as we can in the Day Room where veterans gather to talk and spend time with one another AND many bring their instruments to "pick and grin" and sing a song or two!
We haven't been able to do any other traveling this year...still paying off all of our previous traveling and cost of books. Hopefully we will be able to do some traveling by next year as Eddie truly misses being out their visiting our troops and veterans. But whenever we are out and about...he keeps his eyes open...
spotting veterans and chatting with them. He always spends more time than needed for his appointments when he goes the Veterans Hospital...spending time with the veterans there. We even meet veterans and their families when we are in other hospitals and business places...so we still get to offer words of encouragement to others while not traveling.
For those veterans who read our blog...if you've never been to Branson for Veterans Week...you would truly enjoy the week of activities! You can go to
http://www.bransonveterans.com/ to find out all that will be going on during that week.