Tuesday, August 31, 2010

Pershing's Own

Is it really summer without outdoor concerts? 
The thrill of listening to music under the summer sky without the benefits of hall acoustics… the numerous bug bites. 
We attended the Memorial Day Concert but hadn’t had a chance to attend any other until August 17th when we were able to head down to the Sylvan Theater on the grounds of the Washington Monument.  There we had the opportunity to attend our 2nd 1812 Overture Concert put on by “Pershing’s Own” U.S. Army Band. 
This year they played a Disney Medley and the ever popular Armed Forces Medley where members/veterans of the various services stand as their service’s song is played.  They also played a medley of songs popular throughout the history of our nation’s wars including “Your in the Army Now” and “Proud to be an American.” 
The highlight of the night is always the Presidential Salute Battery firing its four three-inch anti-tank guns.   

These guns weigh a whopping 5,775 pounds and are vintage WWII guns.  Did you realize it takes one-and-a-half pounds of gunpowder to fire each shell?  Between the four guns, twenty-three 75mm blank shells are fired in time to the conclusion of the Overture with the grand finale being a volley fired by all four cannons.  Amazing! 

Sunday, August 22, 2010

Europe Memory Lane - Friends of Friends of Friends

I love networking!  Such fun and random connections.

Jess' Mom's coworker's family lived in Coventry England and she arranged for us to stay with them while there.  They are such LOVELY people.  So kind and generous.  Kieron and his family welcomed us in.  They took us around to several touristy spots in Coventry and around.  We visited castles and William Shakespeare's birthplace, but honestly, I loved being part of a 'family' for the few days we stayed with them.  They opened their hearts and their homes and give us a very memorable experience.

They are really the sweetest and most wonderful family!

I hope to be able to extend the same kind of friendship and hospitality to someone else when they are on their adventure.

Sunday, August 1, 2010

Happy Birthday Melanie!

Happy Birthday Melly!

In true Mel and Amy fashion we had wonderful BBQ for Melanie's birthday.  Yum yum.

Sundee made the most fun cupcakes brownies for Melanie's cake

We had a fantastic time.  I think what everyone liked best was the balloons...

This is what happens when you put 10 or 15 20-something year olds in the same room and give them a bunch of balloons

Happy Birthday Mel!  We love you!!!