It's Memorial Day Weekend which means we're headed to the beach! It's our annual trip that is normally just for the long weekend but has been extended to almost a week. Unfortunately, we don't get the whole week we planned because the step-son's got testing on the Friday, but hey I'll take all the time I can get out of Northern Virginia. We haven't had a vacation since last August when we headed to the beach for a friend's wedding. First, though, I have to get through the work day and then go home and pack, pack, pack.
We never go with any set plans, that's the best thing about vacation. I plan to do a lot of picture taking and laughing and reading. The Bean is excited to build sand castles, at least that's what he says, and Baby girl ... well she's only 6 months so she's just happy to be alive. The weather's supposed to be mid-70's to low-80's all week, so ya know perfect beach weather! I CAN'T WAIT!
I never let the significance of this weekend slip my mind though. While it's nice to get the time with family to unwind and relax I still realize that this weekend is to celebrate those that have served. As the daughter of two retired soldiers I fully aware of the sacrifices made every day by our soldiers. I'm thankful for those men and women that felt the calling of serving this great country so that I can enjoy the freedom I have. I'm even more grateful for those that served and made the ultimate sacrifice. I've never known the heartache of losing a loved one whose served but that doesn't mean I don't say a prayer for those that do. On Monday I'll offer a moment of silence to those who fought and died because if not for them and their brothers and sisters at arms I wouldn't be be where I am.
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