Happy Holidays!

Just stopping in to wish you a very Happy Holiday season and a 2019 filled with peace, good health, joyful moments, and lots and lots of love <3…I have been MIA for the past month but plan to post twice a week for 2019…

 

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Brendan, Seamus and Casey with the newest member of our family and favorite Christmas gift, Tarra ๐Ÿ™‚

May 2019 be a year of feeding love

 

Many Blessings

Suzanne

An American Iconic Event

Well who knew the Army Navy game was such an event! I guess lots of people knew – just not me! I will admit Steve and I were a bit different in our anticipation of the weekend. He has been planning for it for months – ever since Seamus accepted his appointment to the Academy actually.ย  I, on the other hand, had been a bit anxious about it because the thought of standing out in the cold for 12 hours was a bit much.ย  In the end – it was a really fun day and I am looking forward to 3 more years of this tradition ๐Ÿ™‚

We set out Thursday night to stay at our friend’s, Ken and Lisa in NJ.ย  We pulled up to a big Christmas display courtesy of Ken and their daughter Brianna, who is Christmas crazy ๐Ÿ™‚

 

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This photo does not do justice to the plethora of lights displayed

On Friday, Steve and our 2 friends from Canadaย  went into Philly to tour around and see some of the pre game festivities. Yes – apparently it is such an iconic event that even two Canadians, with no attachment to the Army or the Navy, drove 8 hours to see the game. I opted to stay back as 2 days outside in the cold did not sound like a good idea for me. I took my time running errands, making some food for the tailgate and getting some work done. It was a leisurely day which seems so rare.ย  Before dinner, I took a walk around the neighborhood to enjoy the vast displays of Christmas decorations. I could do that for hours and am a bit deprived where we live since there are not many houses and most do not do much for decorating.

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Wegman’s haul for tailgate (and chips to send back to school with Casey as well)

Seamus is in 13th Company which is the ‘ball running’ company. This means they go in groups which each have a leg of the run from Annapolis to Lincoln Financial Stadium in Philadelphia, where the game is held.ย  Being a plebe, Seamus assured us his leg would be in the middle of the night in some podunk town in PA.ย  Well he sent us the route on Thursday night and low and behold – he was running 1 mile from Steve’s parents house. What in the world?!!! We could not believe it! We comtemplated heading down there for the night so we could go out and see him but with having so much to pack up bright and early (actually, dark and early!) the next morning, it did not seem feasible.ย  But Granddad (who wins granddad of the year award!) braved the cold and met up with the crew at 1:45am at the end of their leg.

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Seamus is so happy to see his Granddad โค

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13th Company 12am-2am running group

We arrived at 8am and started the tailgate with lots of food – eggs, bacon, sausage, bagels, coffee cake, fruit, coffee, cocoa and some very popular Bloody Marys.

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Steve did an amazing job with limited kitchen conveniences

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Casey (mid-bite) and Ken….do you think he is warm enough?

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Steve with the Canadian contingent – Stewie and Mike or ‘Postie’

Our friend Jeff brought his 85 year old father who was in the army – it was on his bucket list to go to the Army Navy game. He was so great and seemed to have a ball!

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We were kind even though they wore the wrong hats ๐Ÿ˜‰

 

By chance, Seamus and his company were parked right near us so we were able to go chat with them a bit and bring them a little grub.

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Happy runners with breakfast sandwiches…they each ran 11 miles but Josh (middle) chose to do 2 legs and ran 20 miles!

We were psyched Casey could make it (we were not sure if he would have exams right after but he had several days between the game and first exam). My brother was supposed to bring him but had a conflict which we found out about just a few weeks before the game. Fortunately a good friend of Casey’s, ‘Squishy’, was psyched to have the opportunity to see the game that has always been on his bucket list too (these bucket lists, I tell ya!). He drove Casey down and was such a fun and easy addition to the group.

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We headed in the the game in time for the March On by the Midshipman…I bundled up a bit more…multiple layers including 2 heavy down coats, heated mittens with addition hand warmers in them, foot warmers and a down skirt. My very hot travel mug was confiscated (despite being empty) by security – it was actually run by the secret service because the President was in attendance. I was beyondย thrilled to see that they sold phenomenal hot mugs at the gift shop! Whoo hoo – hot tea to keep me warm. And it was a USNA mug so fun to purchase regardless ๐Ÿ™‚

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Fashion statement ๐Ÿ˜‰

The pregame festivities were the best part in my mind….both Army and Navy had paratroopers come down into the stadium, Army had helicopters fly over and Navy had fighter jets fly over.

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It was a beautiful day for December – sunny, low wind, and 36 or so.

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Seamus was not sure we would get to see him because the Mids were told that they could only leave their seats to go to the bathroom twice. At halftime though, he texted Casey who went down to Seamus’s seat and ended up staying for the rest of the game. Steve, Squishy and I joined him towards the end. It was such great energy being right next to the whole brigade when Navy scored a touchdown.

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The most powerful part of this game is that these teams are such rivals…yet in the end they are both on the same team.ย  Both attract the same kind of player – men who are smart, athletic and dedicated to serving their country above themselves.ย  And we know that all of the families there are in the same boat – they just joined a different military family depending on where their child ended up in school.

And knowing that they are all on team USA feeds the love no matter who wins the game.

Many Blessings,ย 

Suzanne

Rewind….Thanksgiving

Last week was a bit busy with catch up on work and home after a house full of family and then a weekend away in Boston, thus, I am just now able to post a quick recap of a wonderful holiday. It will be a photo recap…more for my benefit than anyone else’s ๐Ÿ™‚

 

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We started the holiday week with lots of the white stuff!

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Casey was so lucky to be the first one home…Pop wasted no time putting him to work! The snow came so early – we had not put away our outdoor furniture!

 

We went to pick up Seamus at the airport Wednesday night and met fellow plebe families there…The Durfee’s were much more prepared than we were ๐Ÿ˜‰

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So sweet that they included Conners and Seamus in their sign

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Some boys that are very happy to be home for the first time since June

As we were waiting, a local news reporter approached my friend Kim (holding balloons) and wanted to do a story on a happy homecoming. They ended up interviewing Kim, her son Jake, me and Seamus.

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Jake, Seamus and Conners…smiling nicely but ready to get home!

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Seamus is almost cracking a smile…game face is most photos these days….just missing Brendan though ๐Ÿ˜ฆ

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And of course they had to measure to see if Seamus had grown at all….(much to his disappointment, he had not)

We arrived home at 9:30 or so and the boyz had a bonfire…despite 2 degree weather!

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They smartened up and came inside to hang in the basement….hmmm…do you think the grandparents who were sleeping upstairs got a good night’s sleep ๐Ÿ˜‰

On Thanksgiving….My brother Tom and his family came (minus my nieces’ SOs)…DSC_0177

With a big group effort everything was delicious and came out on time ๐Ÿ™‚

 

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We missed Bear but at least got to FaceTime with him…everyone standing around computer chatting with him โค

 

 

Addy bonds with Steve’s mom thru princess chatter…she had all the dresses and Jeanne KNOWS her princesses…I do not know anyone who has been to Disney more than she has!

 

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I feel so blessed that our parents have established such a nice friendship and seem to truly enjoy each other’s company

Addy practices photography to walk in her mom’s footsteps…and Connor shows his skill as the ‘Puzzle Master’

 

Friday was pretty mellow and lovely…then Saturday we headed bright and early to Boston for the football game since Casey had to play (drums…not football!)IMG_0754

Gran was a trooper – went to her first football game in years just to see her grandson play in the band.ย 

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The boys had a ball…Seamus goes to football games all the time (mandatory at USNA to attend all home games) and is usually not thrilled (mostly because they are during what would otherwise be liberty time)…he loved it though and particularly thought the band added so much to the spirit of the game

Sunday we went to a brunch for the band and their families before saying goodbye and heading back home… it was lovely…and Steve made his mom walk just a few more steps for this photo op….she was ready for some rest after this weekend!

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Again…photo missing Brendan…looking forward to having him in some pics soon!

 

Thanks for letting me rewind…it allowed me to revisit a wonderful holiday…reviewing time with family and feeling blessed all over again feeds the love.

Many Blessings,

Suzanne

 

Happy December 1st!

Happy first day of the most magical month of the year! I love December and have celebrated December 1st since I was 9 years old.ย  This year is a bit different with no boyz at home :(… So I compensated by sending packages…

Brendan is getting the biggest package since he has to cook for himself. Trader Joe’s for the win! All Christmas themed – pasta, goldfish, cashews, chewies, clif bars, towels, lights, decorations, Christmas Vacation boxer briefs and of course Christmas cookies :)…

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Casey and Seamus received mostly the same things…

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And my niece Erin gave me the best shirt….

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May the magic of December feed the love in your home…

Many Blessings,

Suzanne