Saturday, October 31, 2009
Friday, October 30, 2009
I admit, the pants were a little too big in the waist. And since there wasn't a safety pin to be found, we made do with some velcro straps through the belt loops in the back. It worked!
And here's a little video message to mommy...
One last thing...on the way to work today, daddy stopped and got a cup of coffee. While he was checking out, the man behind him was wearing a uniform too. He was a sergeant in the U.S. Army. Daddy bought the sergeant's coffee. If you see someone in uniform the next few days, buy them a coffee. It's the least we can do.
Tuesday, October 27, 2009
We are trying to keep her occupied and thanks to a few friends, Merrilee has some new entertainment.
First, our good friend Edie Brown is handling PR for the Disney on Ice show. Edie gave this flashing tiara to Merrilee and she just loves wearing it around the house.
Next, Miss Kristy, who works with daddy, gave Merrilee this musical card. Merrilee loves musical cards. This one has that hamster music. Merrilee wanted to dance, but she couldn't really get those hips going until she took off the tiara.
Thank you, Merrilee, for the gift of joy you bring to us!
We are so lucky, and so blessed!
Sunday, October 25, 2009
Mommy leaves in the morning for two weeks of training. She comes home late on November 5th, and then heads to the big sandbox on November 11th.
We are already missing her.
One thing Merrilee does every night is say her prayers. She prays for her mommy and daddy, her dogs (Bogart and Bacall) and for herself.
This is the way Merrilee ends her day...
Tuesday, October 13, 2009
At every Ravens game, the pre-game festivities include the Baltimore Marching Ravens and a military color guard performing this routine to Lee Greenwood's "God Bless the U.S.A."
It's not the hippest song in the world, but 71,000 people rise to their feet for it every week. And then, this is the way the Ravens handle the team introductions.
By the way, October 11, 2009 was breast cancer awareness day, and thus the Ravens cheerleaders had pink pom poms.
Thank you, Steve Bisciotti for being a professional sports team owner that we all admire!
Saturday, October 10, 2009
Merrilee enjoyed it so much! The fireman were very nice.
She started off with a big hug for Sparky, the department mascot. Then, she got to sit inside a BIG fire truck, and she got a fire ducky for the bath tub and a bright yellow fire hat.
She saw lots of demonstrations about fire safety, the tools the firefighters use, and how they rescue people from burning houses and vans in crashes.
And after the open house Merrilee took daddy to McDonald's, where they share an M and M McFlurry!
Sunday, October 4, 2009
While they were here, mommy took them to the Naval Academy and it just so happens it was the day before the big Navy-Air Force game. They caught up with the Air Force band practicing, and they even discovered that the Navy mascot, "Bill the goat" had been painted Air Force blue.
We also enjoyed time with Merrilee blowing bubbles, and sitting outside on the patio just visiting.
Uncle Jim gave Merrilee some T-ball lessons too!
Friday, October 2, 2009
Rev. Mark Waddell, the pastor of Catonsville Unitd Methodist Church, offered the invocation.
Lt. Col. Will Manley, the Deputy Commandant of DINFOS, introduced the guest speaker.
Col. King Gillespie has been a mentor to mommy for most of her military career. He was the guest speaker, and he also administered the oath of office.
Mommy's uncle and aunt, Jim and Judy Brady, flew in from Arkansas and helped "pin on" her new rank.
After taking the oath and pinning on her new rank, mommy said a few words, and had some special gifts for those who took part in the ceremony. The sweetest moment was when she presented Merrilee with her first "big girl" wrist corsage.
Lt. Col. Beth Miller. We are all so proud of you!
Thank you Jason!