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Denver Broncos – Military Salute! (My sister was there!)

For this week’s Denver Bronco’s game, my sister Stacey got to take part in the half time Military Salute, taking the field at half time! VERY exciting!! So proud of her!!

Here are some pictures/vids from Stacey and from my friend Jamie who was at the game! So upset that NBC didn’t show the tribute during half time!! These Men and Women of the US Military have definitely earned a little prime time love.

Enjoy these views!! (click to watch the vid!)















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This Weekend in Collage

The Weekend in Collage

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Mach 2 With Your Hair on Fire

Hope everyone had an AWESOME Memorial Day Weekend!

Mine was spent as it should be: celebrating with great friends and honoring the men and women who give their lives to serve and protect this great country of ours.

Our annual Air Show trip happened a few weeks earlier than usual due to other summer plans but I could not be happier about it! We were able to travel down to Long Island, NY to see the magnificent Navy Blue Angels and all of their glorious opening acts at the Jones Beach Air Show. Lots of sun, lots of fun and LOTS of jet fuel!

Some of the highlights (see above) included the F-22 Raptor, the C-130, the P-51 Mustang, the Canadian Snow Birds and of course the STUNNING F-18 !!

I love all fighter jets but have a special place in my heart for the blue & gold F-18s that make up the Blue Angel squadron. These are the best of the best. And, the best dressed!

After an amazing day at Jones Beach, we also had the opportunity to visit the Blue Angels where they rested. Such beautiful girls!

Sneaking onto the air strip with a photography class was also fun. Too bad none of us had actual cameras. I was able to snap one great photo with the crap camera on my phone:

Day Two: We visited the museum located on the airstrip that we had previously sneaked on to. So many great things to see!! Too bad there were so many people. Damn tourists always around to ruin my picture opportunities. And I mean tourists other than me. What was really great to see were the many veterans that were there to visit the museum and to see the Blue Angels. I am in awe of every one of them. So many great men & women have given so much to make this country great. And not just this country but other countries as well.

Like I said before, the Navy Blue Angels are the BEST OF THE BEST! See for yourself!

I also picked up some seriously awesome gear!! All military related, of course.









If you would like to learn more about supporting our troops at home and abroad, please visit USO.org

If you would like to see some of our real Navy in action on the BIG SCREEN, go see Battleship!! In theaters now! Read my movie review here!


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Movie Review: Battleship


My GOD I loved this movie.

I want so much to be unbiased about it but that’s something very hard for me to do considering the content. I come from a Navy family. My cousin was a navigator on an F-14 Tomcat for 8 years (for those that don’t know jets, that’s the plane they fly in Top Gun). My husband was in the Navy when we met, a weapons control specialist serving on board an Atlantic fleet destroyer. My sister was a tech serving on board the USS Ronald Reagan when part of this movie was filmed on her ship. I love the Navy. And this movie was ALL NAVY.

The film, directed by Friday Night Lights creator Peter Berg, also featured the stunning (and very funny) Taylor Kitsch (my favorite Tim Riggins, also from Friday Night Lights) as a charming but troubled Navy lieutenant and his much more responsible brother played by Alexander Skarsgård of True Blood fame. So, if big boats with lots of guns aren’t your thing, these gorgeous guys might be.

In all honesty, the movie was so much more than I ever thought it could be. Big names aside, it also featured real US Army and Navy veterans and paid real homage to not only our brave men and women serving, but those of our allies as well. There were so many beautiful moments that gave tribute to the United States Navy, past and present. Moments that showed the real power and fight that these great people put into their work every single day on our behalf.

Also, there were explosions. GREAT ones. The action sequences and gun play were some of the best I’ve seen on film and some that my husband, as a Navy veteran, will talk about for years to come. It was intense and fun and constantly surprising. Jesse Plemons (another Friday Night Lights alum) and Brooklyn Decker provided a very entertaining supporting cast. I had initially worried about Rihanna as an actress and was concerned that she’d muck the entire thing but she proved to be a delightful addition to a really fun movie.

Other highlights: Fighter jets, an almost entirely classic and 90’s rock soundtrack including AC/DC and Stone Temple Pilots, Taylor Kitsch in a towel, super scary aliens AND MORE. Did I mention the gorgeous Navy ships yet? LOVE.

If you are looking for a good time at the theater this summer, a reason to throw your hands in the air and shout out loud, PLEASE go see this movie. You won’t regret it.

If you would like to learn more about supporting our troops at home and abroad, please visit USO.org

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There’s No Place Like Home

Remember how I said I was going to blog every day from the road? FAIL! I think I also promised pictures. ANOTHER FAIL!

I did have an amazing trip though. Some highlights:

Getting to see a Navy graduation in Pensacola was an amazing experience. The camaraderie built between my sister and all of her class mates, all heading out into the world to become Navy Recruiters, was a sight to see. All of these sailors have been dedicated to the Navy for at least 5 years. They are squared away (put together), very charming and a great group of people. My short time with all of them was delightful. The ceremony itself was VERY powerful. It created in me a huge sense of pride for my sister Stacey, for the Navy and for our country. If you ever feel discouraged with how things are going in the USA, spend some time with these people. They are so devoted and hard-working, it will make you believe in just about anything. They are also a GREAT time and very smart!

After graduation, Stacey and I hit the road. The two of us are road trip masters, especially together, and this was no different. Each long day on the road went by faster than I would have liked. On day one we got to have lunch with my good friend Jessica who drove over 2 hours each way just to meet up with us. It was wonderful to see her!

Stacey and I jammed out to Florence & The Machine, and our old road trip fave, BarenakedLadies. Gordon has always been our road album. We LOVE to blare the music at full volume and sing at the top of our lungs. There is no voice judgement, only shared favorite verses. She even sang my favorite Kate Voegele songs with me. Often we would pause the music to play catch up, share stories or relive old memories. It was a dream. I was incredibly sad when we finally reached our destination. I could have stayed in the car with my sister for AGES.

Denver is always a bag of mixed emotions for me. I left it so many years ago and have found so much happiness in Massachusetts. But Denver also means home and family. I stayed with my best friend Bird who has been a friend of mine for WAY longer than I care to admit. She gets me. So much sometimes, it’s scary! She is a sister from another mother. It was so great to get time with her. I always cherish our moments. She’s an amazing and gracious hostess. Also, she’s an amazing cook so I know time at her house always means good food! Accompanied by lots of wine and lots of laughs!

I also got to spend an entire day with my extended family. My other sister, Carrie, my niece Teagan (my Monkey) my Aunts, Uncles, cousins and all of the above. It was a perfect day. Lunch with all (most) of the ladies of the family. Besides my husband, my favorite people in the world. These are the women who have shaped me, have made me who I am. All different generations. Some of us wives, some mothers, some neither. All supportive and smart and funny. I feel so blessed to come from a family of so many amazing women. It makes me miss my mother. But on a day like that, I know she was there in spirit. A fun side note: My cousin Kelly, whom I have looked up to most of my life, started watching Supernatural because of this blog! Huge win! I hate that it’s giving her nightmares but LOVE that she’s getting to experience Sam & Dean Winchester! Everyone should experience that joy! Keep at it Kelly!

While I was in Colorado, Bird and I were able to drive up to Nebraska to see my other BFF, Jen, one of my favorite people in the world and I had not seen her since she stood in my wedding a year & a half ago. Since then, she has had a baby and has had to leave Colorado. She was her amazing self, taking me out for Lincoln’s best beers and greeting me with two boxes of Gobstoppers and her GORGEOUS baby boy, Cole. Knowing that it was my first time with him and that trips to see her would be few & far between, she let me have him almost exclusively while I was there. WHAT A DOLL. This boy is going to break hearts. He definitely broke mine. He cried on me a few times but I also got MILES of darling Cole grins and baby laughs and he even napped on me for an hour or so on Sunday morning. My favorite thing EVER!!! Jen & Ross should make children professionally. They are VERY good at it!

After 4 planes, 5 days in the car, 1 bus, one cab, 2 subways, one commuter train and 11 days, I am so happy to be home in Salem. Later today I will go for a walk on my cobble streets to pick out a card and a 6 pack of man flowers. It’s my husband’s birthday and I would not be any place else. Flying in over the water yesterday, my heart started to race. There is something about being near the ocean that just makes me happy.

And while I am SO glad to be home, I am already missing everyone so much. It was such an amazing trip.

Still, there is no place like home.



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