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Sunday, March 1, 2015

Five Minute Friday :: visit {Battleship NJ}

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Yes! I'm a day or two late...
No.. I'm not writing (necessarily) on one topic for five minutes...this round.  Although, I plan on throwing in a few lines of explanation or comment as I go... I know it will be way  longer than five minutes.
Yes!  I want to still be included in this link-up and I still can, as it is still open...thank you, Kate!
and Yes! as you can tell by the post's title that I did end up taking my camera on my son's Scout overnight encampment to VISIT the Battleship NJ.  Something I wasn't sure I would do - as mentioned here!!
(So, so interesting!  So glad I was invited to go along!)


We left Friday afternoon and came back early afternoon on - Saturday!
Our youngest daughter, Jayne, who didn't go with us, but instead went to Grandma's had a "BeLAST"... needless, to say...
It's wonderful to be back home and all be together again.  We've been talking about our time on the BB-62, ever since.

Enjoy the fleet of photos.. ;)
On our way  crossing the Ben Franklin Bridge!
We're headed to Camden, NJ...
Caleb standing by the bunk he chose!  One he would ultimately fall out of during the night and not remembering one bit it- upon waking up the next morning! ;)
In my opinion, these bunks were like sleeping in a coffin!  Not the best night of sleep for me, nor any of us... really!  Especially, after Caleb's incident.
 Caleb in the Brig!
Checking out the Barbershop!
Notice the steepness and shortness of step width!!



Yes!!  These are the stairs or ladders. They are literally EVERYWHERE!!!  Up and down, levels and decks.  It's of utmost necessity to have three points of contact at all times, when using these "ladders".  Ask Aubrey!!  Three points of contact.  Either, one hand and two feet - touching.  Or, One foot and two hands...while in motion.  Yeah!!!

A second rule of thumb for safety.  NO RUNNING!!  You never run on the ship...  And, as you'll read further down through this post.  You don't have to be running at all to still get hurt...

After dinner - we went on a guided tour of the ship.  We probably only scratched the surface of this "museum"... Mr. John was our personal tour guide...
I could have taken so many more photos, of this tour... I missed many, many "good ones"...
But the wax figures, that you'll see in so many of these upcoming photos, both spooked and tickled me.  It surely helped to make this tour "extra" interesting!!  We even found some that looked like people we know - in real life.  Which even made it more "fun"!!

Mr. John was wonderful and so patient with us and our questions...

This was down in the boiler room... do you see the portals (the black framed out holes)?  There rounded doorways with steps. I fist thought I was looking into mirrors... everything is so identical and symmetrical...
In this photo you can see 6 different portal/doorways... we had probably crossed through that many even before I ever took this photo.

I was saying just learning your way around this ship and having to constantly watch your head and your step ... was "crazy".
I also said... making your way around this ship gave a whole new meaning to the term :: Lost at Sea!!
(smile!)  I felt so out of the loop.

This is only half of this amazing photo...
Next.  Here we are in what is called a turret, this was No.3 of the three turrets on BB-62.


This is what I was talking about in having to watch your head and your step at all times.  Scott literally had just plunked his head hard on that white looking canister hanging from the ceiling.  Hence why he's there on his knees holding his head.  The second photo is of him looking to see what it was he hit.  I was trying too hard not to laugh... hence the blurry photos...  I suppose!  I am glad it wasn't too serious.

Just in this room alone... as I stood in one spot, looking around... I wondered just how many nuts and bolts I could see.  The thought was astounding... and this wasn't even the whole ship...

If you ever get a chance to visit something like this.  Go for it!! I would say, it certainly provided me with a whole new appreciation for the men and women who have served and are serving - as status in and of our Country's Army, Navy and Military Services.  The commitment it would take (and does!) is exemplary!  Wow!!
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Again, I could have taken a thousand more photos... to capture our time.  Aubrey and I were just glad - once again - that we were invited to go along.  Even though we felt like a "fish out of water" amongst all the cub scouts and their dads!!  
Here is one last photo...
It's just me.  One tired Mama at the end of the day.  One stiff and sore Mama, too!

(thanks to one of the kiddo's who got a hold of the camera..)

I hope you enjoyed your visit!!

Thursday, February 26, 2015

Exciting Achievements and Activities ahead...

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Well... if this don't make a Mamma family excited and proud... I don't know what does? 

Our 6 yr old came home from school, just yesterday, with this (surprise!) Invitation and congratulatory message regarding artwork that she, Aubrey, had done recently in school.

Dear Aubrey,
Congratulations!  Your artwork has been selected to be displayed in this year's Youth Art Month Exhibit.  This exhibit showcases outstanding work by SASD artists in Kindergarten through 12th Grade and honors creativity and artistic achievement.

((Please attend the Artist Reception on March 5th!))...

Congratulations on the artistic excellence you have demonstrated to attain this honor! 

 Sincerely, 
Ms. Sxxxxxxxx

Work on display: Butterfly

So, we're extending the Invitation to you, as well... to all our local friends!


Come on out to Indian Valley Public Library to view this fine exhibit anytime during regular library hours from March 1st through March 30th.

I'll update this post as soon as I am able - with photos of the actual artwork and the budding artist, herself.   Aubrey's been talking about this Butterfly piece she's been working on, in school, but we as a family have yet to see it.

I'm super excited to view this exhibit, myself...
It feels like we're having our own Anne (of Green Gables) moment!

I'm so proud of my little girl!

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In other news...
All of us, but the youngest, are looking forward to going on a weekend (one-night, one day) overnight excursion with our son's Scout Pack, on this coming Friday night!  My husband is Cubmaster.  We'll be touring and sleeping on the Battleship New Jersey.  A little nervous excitement going on around here - to say the least.  Pictures will be sure to follow - although, I'm not making any promises...not sure if I'll be taking my camera as of yet.
Caleb says (in jest) he'll be sure I, as mom, will either walk the plank or swab the poop deck.  All I answer is, Arrggg Matey!

I'm praying that my ear issue will calm down - before this!

Jayne (3yrs) is super-duper excited to be going to Grandma's overnight... her first time for this, that she remembers!!  She's been talking about this 24/7 since she's first heard about this and her bags are packed with every teddy bear and stuffed animal she can think of... :)
She is not one bit concerned that she isn't going where the rest of us are.


May you have a wonderful weekend, and God's richest blessings be yours!

Tuesday, February 24, 2015

When Mama aint' happy, ain't nobody happy!

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Any guesses what's going on around here?

Hint:
It's ear-rritating!

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Thank you, kindly, for your thoughts and prayers!

Monday, February 23, 2015

{Quotes to Ponder} Never Cease to Praise

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 God is as great in minuteness as He is in magnitude. ~ Unknown


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I don't know about you - but I never tire of paying attention to the small details of nature... nor do I tire of pointing them out to my children.
Icicles...
 Simple shadows.  Some are blue, most are grey...
 Look at those glistening icy branches!

A little bit of heaven, here on earth... wouldn't you say?
 His glories are displayed for all to see...


Our God is so big! So intricate, so detailed...
It's amazing... and yet with what He forms and master plans and paints - why, who needs an art gallery?

I found another quote that pretty much says this same thing.

Art gallery?  Who needs it?
Look up at the swirling silver-lined clouds in the magnificent blue sky or at the silently blazing starts at midnight.  How could indoor art be anymore masterfully created than God's museum of nature? ~ Grey Livingston
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As we grow in our capacities to discover the joys that God has placed in our lives, life becomes a glorious experience of discovering His endless wonders.  ~ Unknown

I know I share a lot of quotes... and I feel I repeat myself sometimes in my thoughts, but I never want to cease to bring Him praise.
How about you?  Are you slowing and savoring the gentle quiet reminders of His beauty?  Sometimes, in all honesty, we're ready for the next thing, and the next.  (ahem! Spring is coming...) but,,, in the meantime - this where we are.  This season - where we've been called to walk through.
Let's enjoy it while it lasts... and praise Him for the way He works His wonders into our world.

I think it's beautiful!
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