Tuesday, June 1, 2010

Life's essentials: Food & Water

Well, we've got that down! We had a great Memorial weekend and I hope that y'all did too! We pretty much ate our way through the weekend, but what's new? It seems like every time my family gets together our days revolve around our next meal. I would say I'm not proud, but that would be a bold faced lie.

The weekend started with Dave and I having everyone over for breakfast and ended with dinner in New Braunfels with Dave's mom and dad. I have many pictures documenting the weekend not one of which includes me. But rest assured, I was there. I consumed my fair share of homemade cinnamon rolls thanks to the Pioneer Woman, and lathered on a good amount of SPF 45 to enjoy opening weekend of pool/lake season! I am glad to say....welcome back summer! You've been missed!

Dave was my subject when I was trying to get my exposure right...


Kristen...already tan and we're just getting started!
Mom and Nana on their joy ride

Nana and Papa

Grill Master Dad

They were just as good as they were pretty!

The pool's open! Rookie makin' a splash...(pun intended....)

Miss Maggie...

Mr. Jake....

The Gyllenhaal's in action...
His future's so bright he's gotta wear shades...

I hope y'all had a wonderful Memorial weekend! Yes, we had a ton of fun and we enjoyed the unofficial kickoff to summer, but I am not lost on the purpose of Memorial weekend. Thank you, from the bottom of my heart to those who have fought and those who are fighting for not only our freedom, but the freedom of others. I couldn't stop the tears from flowing in our Sunday morning worship service as we honored those who have served and those who have lost their lives for country and freedom. Men and women young and old stood up as their branch of service hymn was played and I just cried thinking of the countless families who prayed and waited, hoping their loved ones would come home. For those of you who are currently praying and waiting for your loved one to come home I can only offer a simple "Thank you". Thank you for sacrificing and sharing your honorable soldier with us.

I think that patriotism is sadly a lost art. As I sat and looked at so many men of older generations stand and proudly sing their anthem, whether it was Army, Navy, Air Force, Marines, Coast Guard, etc, I started thinking that service was something they all knew and something most of them had done. There was no choice of the matter. Families celebrated their soldiers and pretty much every family was touched with service. It made me think that so many people today don't know that type of sacrifice...that type of patriotism. Myself included! My grandfather's served, but that was before I was born.

I consider myself patriotic and I love my country, I love the flag...I love my freedom, and I realize my freedom isn't free. I'm thankful for those who serve and I hope that we, as a country, never take for granted our armed forces and the job they do. So as I was able to enjoy my memorial weekend filled with food, water, fun and sun I know that many families mourned loved ones lost in battle. I pray that I never forget the true heroes and the true purpose of memorial weekend. Thank you never seems to be enough...

18 comments:

Kristen said...

I think this was after my accidental use of the boat propeller as a ladder. I am surprised I'm not more broken...

Susannah said...

Tiffany,
What an amazing post! I love the pic of the cinnamon rolls-YUM! And the dogs-too cute!
I agree on the patriotism front-doesn't it seem like so many of our older relatives served, and today it is a "lost art?" It was like the "thing to do" when you were growing up in the 40's, 50's, 60's. I watched Dear John last night and was just crying thinking about our men and women in TODAY'S branches of service-it seems they have so much MORE to worry about and be cautious of as opposed to earlier Veterans.
Anyhow, great post!
Best,
Susannah

Liz said...

First, I covet your cinnamon rolls. Second, I want to punch K-Rog and her deep tan. Third, thanks for posting about the weekend and the meaning of Memorial Day! :) xoxo

Domestic Goddess said...

those rolls look divine...and your pups remind me of mine in the lake, she hates the water but she looks so funny wet, i make her come in with me :)

Southerland Living said...

Holy Cinnamon Roll.. Those look amazing!

Love your take on Memorial Day!

Natalie said...

those cinnamon rolls look SOOOO yummy!

katie newton said...

I am so with Liz... those rolls look AMAZING!!! Did you cut her recipe in half or anything?? I want to make them, but it makes like 7 pans or something?? Seriously, i need to know what you did.

AND, I am totally with you on the church service and tears... I was a wreck!! Always am during those things. I am so glad we have a day to celebrate and remember our soldiers who have fought for all the rights we have today. God bless... :)

Sweet Simplicity said...

I have always wanted to make the PW cinnamon rolls, but I'm afraid of how much weight I will gain. :)

Miss S said...

Those cinnamon rolls look absolutely delish! :)

Aly @ Analyze This said...

Oh my word! I think I just gained about 10 pounds looking at those delicious cinnamon rolls! WOW! :)

Love all your photos! The dogs are so cute!!

Mrs. Dirnberger said...

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Samantha Levang said...

Those cinnamon rolls will be the death of me! I only make them when I know there will be PLENTY of people to share them with thus preventing me from devouring an entire pan by myself!

Elicia said...

Love the pics of the doggies in the water. They are so cute! I can't believe even Rookie will swim. Our ridgebacks are water wimps.

carissa @ lowercase letters said...

the food looks fab!!! yum! the doggies are the cutest things ever!

Angie S said...

I love all the pups swimming! So fun :) And I could really use one of those cinnamon rolls with my coffee this morning!

Have a great day!

Vanessa said...

I agree that patriotism seems to be lost in this country and it is so sad. "Thank You" is never enough.

Looks like a fabulous weekend, especially with those mouth-watering cinnamon buns!!

Sarah Ann said...

What a wonderful weekend!! :) and wonderful blog you have here!

Sara said...

Love all the pictures in this post! Especially the puppy pictures (well, those and the cinnamon roll, of course)! Glad you had a great weekend!