Saturday, September 26, 2009

The Air Force Ball

Friday night was the 2009 Tinker Air Force Ball. Bren took me for the first time and I was so excited! I had always wanted to go and will always want to go :) I very much enjoy time together and I especially love to get all dressed up with my man in uniform and celebrate our country and our service folks and their families dedication to our country! The ball starts with mingling, cocktails etc...followed by dinner and a presentation including a guest speaker. We do toasts to our many leaders and to our fellow service men and women. We also sang the Air Force know the one, well maybe you don't but you should :) so here it is...

The Air Force Song - Full Lyrics
by Robert Crawford, reprinted with permission
courtesy USAF Heritage of America Band

Off we go into the wild blue yonder,
Climbing high into the sun;
Here they come zooming to meet our thunder,
At 'em boys, Give 'er the gun! (Give 'er the gun now!)
Down we dive, spouting our flame from under,
Off with one helluva roar!
We live in fame or go down in flame. Hey!
Nothing'll stop the U.S. Air Force!

Additional verses:

Minds of men fashioned a crate of thunder,
Sent it high into the blue;
Hands of men blasted the world asunder;
How they lived God only knew! (God only knew then!)
Souls of men dreaming of skies to conquer
Gave us wings, ever to soar!
With scouts before And bombers galore. Hey!
Nothing'll stop the U.S. Air Force!

Bridge: "A Toast to the Host"

Here's a toast to the host
Of those who love the vastness of the sky,
To a friend we send a message of his brother men who fly.
We drink to those who gave their all of old,
Then down we roar to score the rainbow's pot of gold.
A toast to the host of men we boast, the U.S. Air Force!


Off we go into the wild sky yonder,
Keep the wings level and true;
If you'd live to be a grey-haired wonder
Keep the nose out of the blue! (Out of the blue, boy!)
Flying men, guarding the nation's border,
We'll be there, followed by more!
In echelon we carry on. Hey!
Nothing'll stop the U.S. Air Force!

Notes: Crawford didn't write "Hey!"; he actually wrote "SHOUT!" without specifying the word to be shouted. Wherever they appear, the words "U.S. Air Force" have been changed from the original "Army Air Corps." Words in parentheses are spoken, not sung.

Every branch of the Armed Services has a song. On Veterans day, Memorial Day, Fourth of July, etc...churches and other ceremonies will ask members to stand during their song. I have to admit I often get confused on which song to stand for now. I have stood along side my grandfather for the Coast Guard as one of his family members. I have stood for the Army for my time in service, now I stand for the Air Force as an AF wife. I am proud of our service members and truly love the military lifestyle. It is an honor to be a part of it, it is an honor to be the wife of a warrior. With great honor comes great responsibility and sacrifice and I am glad to do it (even when it is not enjoyable!)

So when we stood to sing the first verse together I have to admit, this was one of my three favorite moments of the night, and yes, I got all choked up! My other two favorite parts of the night were seeing my husband so enthralled with the speaker, a retired four star General. This is going to sound so wrong but he doesn't get that enthralled or that excited to hear anyone speak! I tried to take his picture but he instantly was aware and had to be ridiculous! So in honor of his annoyance with my camera I will show you how he acted, HA!

My other most pleasing times came from the moments I got with My best friend, soon to PCS Lindsey, and my other PWOC ladies. My fellow wives of warriors. The ladies that I am honored to know and honored to stand next too as their husbands ship out and return, as they have babies alone, and raise children as single moms more often than we like to think. I love you ladies and am so glad to have seen you being treated like the princesses that we all are, Daughters of the KING of KINGS!! What a blessed night! Enjoy the pics...oh and yes, the fake hair was sooooo much fun. Aidan said he thought it was a miracle like those dolls that you wind up their arm and their hair grows HAHAHA!!! But no, it was a snap in Jessica Simpson hair piece. It looked so real it fooled many and others didn't even recognize me. The only downfall is that you could see a color difference in the pictures because the flash handles the plastic hair differently than my real hair!

Bren and Me

A wonderful friend Tegan (she is an inspirational sister in Christ) and Me

Good friends, Virginia (beautiful name, huh?!?), Sarah (one of the first ladies I met here and shares my passion of doing stuff) and Me

My Lyndsey :) and her hubby Joe

My Breya, My Bug!

On Thursday night Breya and I went to the Oklahoma State Fair with Ashley and Jonah, it was her first date night ever. We had an appointment and afterwards we had a very impromptu trip with Ashely, which was much needed. I can't tell you the last time we hung out.
So Breya and I got all geared up and headed out to the fair. My first state fair ever was on September 11, 2001. Yeah, I know. It was with Mom for a 3 doors down concert. We spent the whole day there and it felt as if we were in the twilight zone. Here was the great American past time, celebrating our heritage, our agriculture, our artisans and enjoying crazy food and cool rides. Yet every flag was at half mast and every booth had a radio or portable TV tuned to the news, updating us on the attacks and replaying the scenes from the morning and the current rescue efforts. I was in the Army National Guard at the time and in the chaos I left my cell phone at home. Looking back I would not have spent that day any differently. The next day I left for training, duty, and clean-up...traveling with my unit up and down the East coast for weeks. To me, the PA York fair was not really a taste of a state was more like a county fair with fun concerts but maybe that is because I live in the 'heartland' now.

Two years ago, Breya was only a few weeks old during the Oklahoma state fair...and although I wanted to go, it was a definite no. Then last year Liam was only a few weeks old and Bren had just come back from again, no go. This year I had heard about food on a stick and deep fried EVERYTHING and had to check it out for myself. Breya was so excited about our date that she cheered the whole way to the fair and chattered my ear off all night long. It was so cute!

I cannot recommend enough, for any parent, to take your kids out for individual date days. Even if you have an only child, make a special day to take them out. Even if it is an ordinary trip to Target you can make it special by preparing for it differently, talking about it differently and truly making a point to engage in constant conversation and time with your 'date'. It is so easy to tune our children out when we are occupied with the many tasks that we face. Especially when they love to chatter on and on and on about who knows what. Date days are wonderful!
So, we enjoyed our time together and had such a blast. I have to say that my top three favorite parts of the whole evening were as follows: 1. Seeing Breya on her own, hearing her, seeing her open up in ways that she usually does not when she is part of the group etc. I had her attention, her kisses, and her joy all to myself! 2. Seeing and spending time with Ashley and Jonah. This was much needed and so much fun! Jonah is such a cutie (afterall I did get to seee him being born!) 3. The kangaroo. YUP i got to hold a baby often does one get to say that in their lifetime, especially an American girl :) Now Aussies, that is another story!

As for food, the fair really does have every kind of food on a stick, including pizza, mashed potatoes, even mac and cheese (both of which are deep fied too and no I did not try any of those. Ashely did have chocolate dipped cheesecake on a stick and I took a bite of that, it was yummy! They also have everything you can imagine Deep Fried! They had deep fried sticks of yeah,...moving on...they had deep fried twinkies, deep fried oreos, deep fried ravioli/manicotti/and almost any vegetable you can imagine. Before the fair and for the past two years of fair stories I have been amazed to hear the tales of food. A few weeks back I even heard two radio personalities talking about a deep fried pickle and a deep fried snickers. I thought, a deep fried snickers, GROSSE that has got to clog your arteries immediately. Yeah well as Bren says, the fair fairies got me and I had to try the deep fried snickers. Well OH MY GOODNESS, it was like a funnel cake with ooey-gooey melted snickers inside...yeah SOO unhealthy but oh so yummy! Breya also got excited about something. She saw Ashley and Jonah getting corn dogs and she about lost her mind. She was sitting in her stroller and squealed and laughed asking for one. SO I caved and allowed her to eat it...she enjoyed it for a bit and then did not. It made her tummy upset. After all it is only about once a week that we ever eat meat. So when she saw the deep fried snickers she was scared, thinking it was the corn dog. But, she did eat funnel cake and was very excited about it! We really did have a blast. Jonah got a cowboy hat and is so cute in it! Breya loved to dance and really enjoyed the pretty lights that shown on the trees, making them appear to be blue, pink, purple, orange, green, etc. Breya has turned into quite the dancer (as I am sure you have read about already!) She was moving around so fast I couldnt get but an after trail of her in the pics above!

All in all, it was a great date and Breya felt like the little princess that she is. Enjoy the pics!

Wednesday, September 23, 2009

Boys will be boys...

Liam is toddling around, trying to walk and it is so dear. He babbles and squeals and tries to yell. He is in to everything but especially loves magnets and blocks. We have this board in our hall that I use as a magnet board for notes, pictures, etc. It is very pretty and has these very small dime sized magnets on it. Liam is obsessed with it. Every chance he got he would crawl back and sit in front of it grabbing the magnets, at which time we would promptly scoop him up and take him quickly away from the choking hazard. The other night however, he went back there for the umpteenth-billion and a half time and I sat and watched as he was sucked into mesmerization (this is totally a word, in Ginnish HA!).n He sat there completely content staring at magnets. Moving them from scattered all over the board, to all stacked in a tower. So Brendan, who joined in my fascination, spread them out again. Liam promptly stacked them again and smiled proudly at us as we clapped. This game went on for about 30 minutes as we spread them out and watched and cheered. The game was so incredible that it drew in a crowd of 6 all cheering for his little victory. Liam was so happy! He just loves magnets.

Aidan has discovered how mnuch fun legos can be. It is not only a great quiet time activity but it lends itself to new toys that "he always wanted but never saw in the store!" Yes, my genius said that hahaha! So he has built ships, boats, jails, planes, and so many more objects. So much for my ridding-the-house-of-plastic....but at least they do not require batteries, make noise, or use energy!

My boys are so much fun! I love how they think and how they create!