Good day, blog friends.
♥Ahhhhh...three day weekends are the best. We had such a great time celebrating Independence Day with friends and family. Come on in, I'll show you...
Mmhm. I drew mandalas here and there throughout the weekend.
Doug's dad served two tours in Vietnam and he has a really cool collection of slides - and some pretty amazing stories to go with them. Friday evening we gathered at his house for dinner and a slide show. For the most part, my father-in-law speaks candidly when he recalls events during his time at war. Only when he speaks of people he knew who didn't come home does he choke up. His patriotism and heroism are an example to us all.
After the slide show we had some flags to retire. These are flags that we've flown long enough that they are either faded from the sun or tattered from flapping in the wind. Retiring flags by burning them in a respectful ceremony is the proper way to do it. My father-in-law retired a Marine Corps flag first and sang an emotional rendition of the Marine Corps hymn. Then we retired two US flags after paying respect to their colors and what they stand for. We sang "God Bless America" as they expired. Times like these are a so special for us - to be with family and to honor our country like this is such a privilege.
We had really great seats for the game (thanks to a raffle that Doug won a few months ago) and enjoyed our time with Carrie and her beau, Andrew. So much fun!
We wrapped up our weekend yesterday with house hunting - saw a couple of houses with one being a good possibility. We'll see...
And I did a little more of this... :o)
I love a three-day weekend, but it is weird to have had the day off on Friday instead of Monday this time around. Makes for a kind of weird transition back to work today. ~sigh~
Anyway. That's life in the big city. I hope your weekends were as fun as ours was! I'm off to work my way toward the next one.
Wishing you all a great week ahead!