Thursday, July 24, 2008

Arlington West

I had seen a documentary on Arlington West, and was happy to get the opportunity to see this exhibit in person, proudly displayed next to the Santa Monica Pier by Veterans for Peace. Each white cross represents a fallen American soldier in Iraq, and each red cross represents 10 fallen soldiers. The mock caskets represent the number of soldiers killed that particular week in Iraq, which was 7 when we were there. What a beautiful tribute to the men and women who paid the ultimate price for our freedom. I also visited the Los Angeles National Cemetary, where my nephew, Daniel Cagle, was laid to rest in May of 2007, after being killed in Iraq by an IED.

Beach Bums

Exploring LA

The above pics were taken at Universal Studios, Knotts Berry Farm, Manhattan Beach, Long Beach Aquarium, and Pink's, the very famous hot-dog stand! (Not necessarily in that order!)

Wednesday, July 23, 2008

Little do you know....

...where this pic was taken! This was high atop the ferris wheel on the famous Santa Monica Pier in fabulous Los Angeles! They are so happy to be on vacation:)

LA - Fun to visit, not to stay

I will post some pics from my trip to LA once I get back on Ohio time....zzzzzzzzzz! Sleepy!!

Tuesday, July 8, 2008

Miss Ohio's Outstanding Teen

Above are a few pics from the reception held following this year's Miss Ohio's Outstanding Teen Pageant. The former Miss Ohio's in attendance were featured at their very own dessert tables, allowing guests to mingle with them one on one, get pics, autographs, etc. I had a great time, and hope they continue the tradition...P.S. Four of the five formers pictured above have tattoos!! We discovered that while hanging out together. Oh, and yes, I'm the oldest of the bunch!

Dance and Baseball 2008 Ends...

Some pics from dance and baseball in 2008. I have two VERY busy kids!!