Saturday, May 29, 2010

And so Summer begins

at the fair.fair ‘This nation will remain the land of the free

only so long as it is the home of the brave.’

~Elmer Davis

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’I like to see a man proud of the place in which he lives. 

I like to see a man live so that his place will be proud of him.’

~Abraham Lincolnfair 5
Freedom is never free.  ~Author Unknownfair 2
’How important it is for us to recognize and celebrate our heroes.’

~Maya Angeloufair 8_edited-1fair 4
’Lord, bid war's trumpet cease;
Fold the whole earth in peace.’
~Oliver Wendell Holmesfair 3
’The patriot's blood is the seed of Freedom's tree.’

~Thomas Campbellfair 6
’Better than honor and glory, and History's iron pen,
Was the thought of duty done and the love of his fellow-men.’
~Richard Watson Gilder    

  fair 9 Sunday Citarsinday-citar-buttonfair 11 fair 13  fair 15 Memorial Day weekend is a great beginning to Summer.

There is the joy of having off from school and work.

There is the christening of barbeques all over the United States.

There is the parade, and the carnival and the abundant happiness,

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but most of all, there is the intense honor

we all share as we remember and celebrate

the men and women who have served

and continue to serve our country.

We are richly blessed.SundaysinmyCityfair 14

What members of your family

have served in the military?

My Uncle Don, Uncle Ray, and Uncle Rich

and best friend David have all served in the army.

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I try to say thank you every time I see a man or woman in uniform.

I am deeply thankful for the service they provide.


Mari said...

I love this post for Memorial Day! You hang around with so many good looking people :) and you have so much fun together.
My Dad and Dad-in-law both served. I had an uncle that was in the Battle of the Bulge. My son is currently serving.

Joanna Jenkins said...

Bungie jumping is Godson's favorite thing to do at the Fair! What a blast.

Your pictures make me anxious for summer and our trip to Ohio to visit my family-- I love the Fair back home and this is a great reminder.

And I LOVE all the quotes you have in this post. I have several friends in the military and pray for them and am grateful for them every day.

Happy SMIC and happy weekend,

Alex@LateEnough said...

makes me want funnel cake!

and my grandpas on both sides served and many of my friends' families.

have a wonderful memorial day

Casey Freeland said...

Great pictures and sentiment. Lessee, both grandfathers, father, all uncles, several cousins, sister in law and my brother. I feel like I'm the only one who hasn't served.

Anita Johnson said...

What fun! I can almost taste the cotton candy and hear the music.Great collection of quotes too...I love Memorial Day! My dad served in the Army in WW2.

SamiJoe said...

Happy Memorial Day weekend to YOU!!!

Love your pictures as always. You truly see the best moments!

Rana said...

Ahh yes summer is definitely here. Nothing marks it's entrance like a good carnival and some huge elephant ears. Have a great weekend!!!

The Mulligan Family said...

Beautiful post. I haven't stopped by in a long time. Nice to "see you".

Happy Memorial Day. Our men and women that serve in the military and have served in the military are so precious. We are thankful for them as well.

Ami said...

My brother Jim.
A good man.

He's been in Iraq 3 times. As well as other places over and over.
And he still volunteers to go so a soldier can come home for the holidays.

Beautiful pictures on this post.

Eyeglasses & Endzones said...

Love that post! And I love me some snow cones...what? No fair!!!

Great shot of the ferris wheel!

Erin said...

I can't WAIT for the fair! Looks like the boys had a ton of fun!

God Bless and keep the men and women fighting for our freedom. I've been involved with the DAV, the VFW and all aspects of the armed forces for sometime!

Lauren said...

My uncle was in the military after he graduated high school, but I don't think he ever served. Those are wonderful pictures! We don't have our fair until October. It always seems to take forever to get here. The swings are my favorite hands down, by far, and so forth -- I love them! And the vinegared French fries, the cotton candy, the fried ice cream...oh man, make me stop. Lol. I just love the fair. It's one of my favorite events of the year! :D That and my hometown's local festival.

Frau said...

That my friend is an official start to summer activity. Love the pictures so great and colorful. I'm a cotton candy girl and I don't share my sugar! Just in case you wanted a bite gotta buy your own...heehee! I agree thank god for the men and women fighting for our freedom, I'm thankful and proud.

Raymonde said...

What a great post, I love the photography. Made me want to go to the fair. I really really like candy floss.

Thank you also for all the quotes.

Although not from America, our family was also a military family till I was 7. My Dad joined the army as soon as he could and then retired from it to become a forester. I have many photos of him holding me in front of tanks and military places.

They are all heroes, defending our freedom.

Have a super Sunday. xxx

BLOGitse said...

Beautiful post.

Happy SIMC greetings from Casablanca, Morocco!


Katherine said...

I wish we were on Summer Break :( The fair looks so fun, you've captured it beautifully..And what lovely words. Truly great.

Hope you are having a wonderful day.

K xx

Vicki said...

Winter is starting to take hold on my side of the world so your fair looks wonderful.

Eternal Lizdom said...

My grandparents both served. I have 2 cousins in active duty now. I have a cousin who just joined JAG and is off at Basic right now.

And I dated every branch of the military (except the Coast Guard) back in high school. See? I served my country!

Ocean Girl said...

Looks like a very fun day. Happy Memorial Day.

Lee Ann said...

I hope you have a wonderful summer, looks like you got off to a great start! My grandad fought in WW2 , no one else in my family has served, but I am grateful for others that have xx

Adeena said...

Looks like so much fun! The huge banana kills me. :D

When did I become my Mom said...

Thank you so much for sharing this. I love your photos and your quotes as always!

Jennifer said...

Beautiful post. I love your quotes!! I have been blessed with many family members and in-laws that have served this country... including my husband! :)

TechnoBabe said...

These boys were having such a good time, lots to see and do. The one picture of two of them walking up the metal stairs almost makes me dizzy. Great shot.

Unknown Mami said...

Freedom is never free...ain't that the truth. I love these pictures. I can't wait until my daughter is old enough that I can take her to fairs and carnivals. I love cotton candy, but I'm not allowed to have it because sugar makes me spastic. I still sneak it and my husband can always tell when I've had too much sugar.

Sonya said...

I want that banana!! Beautiful photos:) Have a wonderful week!

Adoption of Jane said...

Great pics!! What type of camera do you have?

Shelle said...

what a fun filled day...and week you've had. wait til you get to the 'teen' lingo. great shots as usual. unfortunately i never heard war stories because my grandfathers died before i was born and there was no war in Australia.

GlowinGirl said...

And we are able to enjoy such great days because of those we honor!

My grandfather and my great uncle served in WWII and my father-in-law in Vietnam and now some dear friends in Iraq and Afghanistan. I am so blessed.

Great pictures, great quotes.

Brian Miller said...

love it...beautiful pics. you have to go back a generation for those in my immediate family that served...had an uncle lose his finger in iran...FIL went through vietnam...happy memorial weeekend....

MsBabyPlan said...

I love the fair... I wish I was a kid a again. Happy Sunday.

Peterson Family said...

Love the pics. They scream SUMMER!

Mighty M said...

Wonderful post! My late grandfather was in the Army and my dad was in the Navy.

the Lola Letters said...

Wow I loved this!
Loved the photos.
Love the quotes.

(Probably copying you in my post tomorrow ;)

Muthering Heights said...

Those are all great quotes for this weekend! And it looks like your family had a TON of fun!

My grandfather was in the military. :)

Trudy said...

Such fabulous pictures Becky! I love the shot of Kaishon in the bungee seat...fabulous!

Pink Shoes Photography said...

This is a beautiful post! I adore all the colorful photographs. It looks like an amazing way to spend your day.

Thanks for the congrats. I am completely humbled.

Jenny said...

What a way to capture the weekend! I love it!

Kelly said...

Perfect place to celebrate summer. That snowcone looked heavenly!

May said...

A meaningful post!!!! Envy you when you say that summer has begun!!! Could you please send some of it this side too??? And, is kaishon having a sorbet???

Brooke said...

wonderful quotes to go with your awesome as usual photos :)

all of 8 of my dad's brothers served. my grandfather's brother died during the normandy invasion of WWII.

Busy Bee Suz said...

Becky, this is beautiful. Love the quotes and the photos too!!!

brainella said...

My dad, my brother, my father-in-law, eight cousins, seven uncles and a slew of friends.

I love the smell of cotton candy and funnel cakes. Carnival pictures remind me of that... :)

God's Favorite Shoes! said...

Damn, can you adopt me! Your kids are always having the most fun!!!