Monday, December 24, 2012

Christmas Eve...and so much more

Once again, December has flown by. It's been a whirlwind of planning, preparing, journeying, doing, making, and enjoying.  Last you heard from me, we were on our way to graduation. We made it, had a wonderful time, saw family, and most importantly...brought my baby home!!

I know you are probably overwhelmed with home tours, but for my own sake of remembering, I'll share my home this Christmas....(sorry that I didn't edit the photos, I'm lucky I got the energy to blog this, suffering from a major head cold the last 4 days along with getting ready for Christmas. Oh and I haven't looked at anyone's blog in almost two weeks, so I hope to catch up sometime this week, I hope everyone is well)....

The foyer....

 The half bath...

 The kitchen....

 The front hallway...

 The family room...

 I decorated the game room too, but forgot to take pics of it :(

The weekend we left for South Carolina, two of my children were in the community play...Twinderella.   My youngest daughter was the fairy godmother....(70 yards of tulle in that dress!)
 And my 12 yr old son was "Lou the ups guy".  They both did an awesome job!!!
 And here are some photos from our trip....  we took hundreds but I won't bore you with them all!

South of the Border in South was like a ghost down, no one there.
 Here we are waiting Thursday morning in the cold for our first glimpse of Cameron during the motivation run. We made big signs, he saw them and so did his whole platoon!!
 His platoon... he's somewhere in there...
 Later on that day we got to have him for the first time for a 5 hour liberty.
 Visiting his barracks... it wasn't as bad as I pictured it. He was in a newer building and it was bright and airy.
 All of us!
Some pics of the island....
 How they first see the island, a long line of palm trees(funny for us to see from Maine)
 The island is actually very pretty. The kids loved all the moss on the trees.
 Friday morning... graduation....6 platoons of 90 or so men each.
 My sons platoon.
 The band....
 The colors....
 My son, my Marine :)
 Three generations....
 My parents...
 My children....
 Mason was beyond happy about having his biggest brother again. He held his hand and didn't let him out of his sight.
 Me, my mom, and my sister Shelly.
 Cameron !
 Thank you to all who have served, are serving, and will serve. Your courage to protect our country and our freedom is immeasurable.

All my love,



  1. Great pictures of your beautiful home and your wonderful son. Merry Christmas at your home!

  2. Thank you for sharing your home!
    Please thank your son for his service. Freedom isn't free. May God bless him and keep him safe.
    Merry Christmas!
    Hugs :)

  3. I have a friend whose son graduated from Perris Island when your son did! I wonder if they knew each other....

    Have you been to the Marine Corp Museum in Virginia? It is awesome!

    Thank you for raising such a fine son. Thank you for his service.



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