It is getting close to my FAVORITE time of the Year

Oh My Gosh I don’t know how many times I have blogged about this being my favorite season because we have just about all the patriotic holidays within a 4 month time frame…check out my red, white and blue tips…. Being an Army Spouse, Independence Day means a lot more to me now than when I was a child. I have seen my husband deploy and train up for missions around this holiday. I always get an overwhelming since of pride when I see the fireworks and hear the national anthem played. The 4th of July is the day to celebrate our nation, and because I love this Country, I am glad I am an American, and I celebrate it proudly. Do you know how much goosebumps I get when I hear the music playing…I think I might just have to get out the cd of army cadence and play some for work today!!!


This year I am up here in the most influential place in the US, Washington DC. I am super excited to see the fireworks on the Potomac, and close to the Washington Monument. They even have a PARADE!


Washington, DC’s Independence Day ParadeParade Start Time: 11:45 a.m.
Parade Route: Constitution Avenue and 7th to 17th Sts. See a map of the parade route


Washington, DC’s 4th of July Parade features marching bands, military and specialty units, floats, and VIP’s. The parade draws a large crowd, so plan to arrive early to stake out a good viewing spot. Read more about the National Independence Day Parade


We are also up here at Ft. Belvoir and Quantico this year, I might just have to go hang out with my marine spouses and celebrate it there! But I will post pictures of my red, white and blue patio!!!


Here is what I usually cook plus the usually hamburgers and hotdogs…I can’t wait!!! I am going to totally have historic themes this summer WOO HOO!!!



Creamy Red Potato Salad
Grilled Marinated Vegetables with Fresh Mozzarella
North Carolina Pulled-Pork Barbecue Sandwich
Watermelonade
Blueberry Hill Cupcakes
Watermelon, Lemonade and Blueberry Ice Pops


Who wouldn’t want the chance to celebrate the 4th here in the Nationals Capital….

2011 MSOY LUNCHEON my adventure

So as you all know I didn’t win, but Bianca won (Marine Corps Spouse)! Super excited, she is awesome. I am still your ARMY SPOUSE OF THE YEAR 2011, and I have super things planned for this year to help Army Spouses! I am lucky to know a lot of Army Spouses all over the world!

My husband and I still had a good time. This is what we needed to reconnect and just have fun, this was the first time in 11 years than we were out of state from the kids on a vacation together!

TUESDAY:
We left Tuesday and Rochel (hey girl) took us to the airport! It was a mini vacation. So we boarded this puddle jumper, I have never flown on a small aircraft. I was already super nervous, and it was CLEAR and sunny here. However we had a connection in OH, and it was RAINY OMG it was the most bumpy descent to the ground. So OH is really big compared to Raleigh. So I said ” please can we get to the next gate” we have only 45 min. He was like but I have to smoke, I was like well you get me to the gate and then you can go smoke. So he was like I’ll be right back, that was 40 minutes ago. So as I sat and watch the flight attendant open the gate, make the announcement I started to panic. So I called him and he was like I am running now. So let me tell you a funny little story to help you understand where I am coming from. So while we were in Raleigh, I asked my husband, what gate are we? He said Delta 1, I said No we aren’t flying Delta we are on Continental. He was like not the gate is Delta 1, I said don’t say that to people that will confuse them like it did me. So he was like yeah right woman! So back to the story, so as I talk to the flight attendant she was like I am going to scare him, I was like well can I get on he has my ticket, and she was like sure show me your ID. So I get on the plane and he is running and I call him, where are you? He was like it’s a long story. So 3 minutes goes by and  the flight attendant on the plane is PISSED, she was like ma’am, we have to leave so I called my mom, I was PISSED b/c my husband was going to either (1) miss the plane (2) make me miss getting to DC or (3) just be left in OH. So I call him and was really upset, like ok she is going to close the door, and so just as she said that he was like I am at the gate. So he was like I got a funny story. So he finally makes it and the people around me are dying laughing b/c I was like well, that’s what he gets for smoking! So now I can rest but believe me I was SERIOUSLY STRESSING OUT! We get to the airport and catch a taxi to the hotel! We stayed at the Phoenix Park, and later that night when all the Finalist got in we went to dinner! It was super nice I really enjoyed it, meeting the other spouses. They were ALL REALLY COOL!

WEDNESDAY:
Today was our tour of the Capitol. So we walked there, now I was prepared for HOT HUMID heat. Why did DC pull a woopdedoo on me, and all I had was a sundress for that day. So my husband went back to the room and got a jacket for me. SO it decided it wanted to rain, and the hotel provided us with a umbrella. So the night before the guys were decided what to wear, their military uniforms or casual. So they all decided to wear the military uniform. They all looked great. We were the best looking group ever. So we met Sen. Burr on the steps of the Capital and had our picture taken with him. Then we went on the tour of the capitol. So after that we left and went back to the hotel, we had to get ready b/c that night we had a dinner with the Sponsors of the Award. So before that we had a meeting with Sen. Hagan’s office! It was NICE, we got to ride on the Senate Subway, and we were sitting beside Sen(s) McCain and Graham! OMG, they were talking intently so we didn’t bother them. Then we went to Sen. Hagan’s office and down to the room where she was coming out at. She talked to us about 15 min about what needs to be done, what needs to be improved, things of that nature! It was really awesome, she really cares. Just amazing to me. So we finish with her and her Military Liaison walks with us to the Monocle Restaurant! WOW We got to meet staff from Military Spouse Magazine/Victory Media they were totally AWESOME so nice and so down to earth. I have never met a more bunch of nice people! Then we got to meet the Chairman of Armed Forces Insurance and his wife Candy. They were the sweetest couple. Candy cracks me up, she was very instrumental in the “Beef Brothers” Story. I LOVED that story! So we dinner and then left to go back to the hotel!

Thursday:
The day of the luncheon! OMG so excited, thrilled nervous. I didn’t sleep well, I had a nightmare my eyes were bloodshot, then I had another nightmare that I overslept and missed the event, so at 6am I just got up. I left the hotel at 10:45am to get to the Reserve Officers Association Building. I got there, and was escorted to the VIP room. I met Deanie Dempsey, Jeannie Chandler and Sheila Casey from my branch! I WAS SO BLOWN AWAY! They were waiting for me too. This very sweet lady, was like Are you the Army Branch winner? I have someone waiting to meet you! I was really excited! I was like wow someone is waiting for me! So I got to meet them and take pictures with them. Then Congressman Kissell came over and wanted to take a picture with me and shake my hands. So we did! Then we went had to go up and take photos for the magazine. Then the luncheon started, we ate got our awards, and they picked Bianca as the winner! At 2:30 we had to leave to get back to the hotel to get to the airport. I’ll blog about that airport trip home later!