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Saturday, June 13, 2009

Chloe's 1st Movie...Hannah Montana

I took Chloe to see Hannah Montana on May 29th...her very first movie in a theater experience! She thought that it was the coolest thing ever. We went to an early afternoon movie so there was noone in the theater. The theater workers let Chloe dance in the aisles! Afterwards, we went shopping at Pembroke Mall and then we had to hurry home since Chloe had cheer.
Here are a few pics of my girl!

Chloe ready to go see Hannah Montana

Chloe in front of the theater

Strike a pose

My sweetie in front of the Hannah Montana movie poster at Pembroke Mall

After the movie, she decided she wanted to drive fast cars and...

then she got a massage in one of the massage chairs!

Friday, June 12, 2009

Zoo Tales at the Norfolk Zoo

I am part of a wonderful Christian Mommy meet up group. About a week or so ago, I met up with 2 of the mommies, Lettie & Linda, and their children, and we took the kids to Zoo Tales at the Norfolk Zoo! So much fun! The kids got to pet a chicken and a bunny. We also took them to the Reptile House and to see the monkeys and the farm animals. I <3 the zoo! Then Chloe, Noah, Bridget and Zach all ran through the fountains! How fun!!

Eli playing at zoo tales

Noah playing in the fountains

Chloe looking at the bunny at Zoo Tales

Chloe playing in the fountains

Pungo Strawberry Festival

Greg and I took the kids to the Pungo Strawberry Festival in May. I didn't get a chance to post the pics since we had a death in the family.
This year we did enjoy it since I wasn't 7 1/2 months pregnant in HOT May Virginia Beach weather. We got to see a Flag Retirement Ceremony, which was very dear to my heart. I am a Navy wife and things like that make me tear up because my husband is one of the many who is dedicated and gives his time to defend our country. While I was there, I saw 3 Sailors dressed in their desert camo uniforms (yes, sailors wear those too), and it was just a beautiful site to see them salute the very flag that they fight for as it was burned and given a military funeral.
Once an American flag is falling apart and are no longer able to be flown, it is supposed to be given a military funeral and then burned...the only time that an American flag should be burned.
Also very educational for the kiddos.
Chloe was excited because she got to see cloggers and I thinks she wants to do it but she already does tap, ballet, cheerleading, and pageants...not enough time in our schedule!
The boys enjoyed it too!

Chloe and Noah dancing to bluegrass music

Chloe~Tiny Miss Virginia Starlight

Chloe representing another pageant~ 2008/09 Tiny Miss North Carolina All-American

Chloe watching the Bluegrass band

My Big Boy, Noah

Eli, chillin' out at the Strawberry Festival

The American Flags being retired

The American Flags being given a Military funeral

US Sailors at the Flag Retirement Ceremony

Monday, June 8, 2009

Rest In Peace My Dear Aunt Barbara

Barbara Gainey Fudella

I haven't been blogging much...My Aunt Barbara was diagnosed with Brain Cancer a little over a month ago. She only made it through 1 dose of Radiation and 1 session of Chemo before going home to be with Jesus on May 26th, 2009 at the age of 45. My 13 year old cousin Rachel is now in the custody of my mom, and my my cousin, Joey and his fiancee' are expecting their 2nd child, a little boy, in July.
Her funeral service was short, simple, yet beautiful. It was very peaceful and represented the closure that my family needed to a very cruel disease.
My sister and brother went to visit her before she passed but I couldn't bear to go see her like that. I wanted to remember her being lively and vivacious, always on the go...not laying in some hospital bed, blind, and not knowing who I am.
I remember one night when I called my mom to check on her and to see how my Aunt was doing about 2 weeks before she passed. She wasn't herself but she asked my mom who she was talking too and my mom told her "Becky". She said "Tell my babygirl, Becky, that I love her". I was in Target shopping and crying my eyes out because she knew who I was. It was like she was telling my goodbye in her own way.
I miss her so much but I know that she is in a way better place and though my heart is sad, it is still rejoicing because at this very moment she is sitting at the feet of Jesus!