Saturday, September 17, 2016

SNAPSHOTS FROM THE UPPER CUMBERLAND AIR SHOW

The show opened with the national anthem and the Army Golden Knights
Army Golden Knights parachute team (I accidentally changed the color setting on my camera but it made for some dramatic shots)
Sailing
Coming in for a landing
Hubby Neil, who loves to fly RC planes, was in hog heaven with all the various planes on display. Grandson Knox thought they were pretty cool, too.
Grandson Knox got to sit in an Army helicopter
He got to "suit up"
Ready to fly
And maybe shoot at the enemy ~ right up his alley, fighting the bad guys
Army? Marines? Jet? I'm a girl. What do I know?
Red Thunder air show team




The ground crew ~ Neil, son in law Jerry, grandson Elijah, Elijah's cousin Matthew, grandson Knox, and daughter Kelly
This aerobatics pilot would shoot straight up ...
... and straight back down ...
... and circle around ...
... then do it all over again

Flyboys ~ Matthew, Elijah, Knox
The finale was the Army Golden Knights Parachute Team



They all made it safely back to Earth with pinpoint landings
Army Golden Knights ~ from all over the country ~ they're called modern day paratroopers
and put on a great show
A shaky selfie ~ we were grateful for the (bumpy) shuttle ride back to the parking lot (which was far far away from the airfield)
Good times at the airshow!

Sunday, August 21, 2016

ELIJAH'S 10TH BIRTHDAY PARTY

Grandson Elijah turned 10 years old on August 17, 2016. He celebrated turning the BIG ONE O with a party at his house today with friends and family. His cake was decorated with a hunting theme. He and the other kids enjoyed the giant water slide, which has become a fun tradition for his summer birthday. The best part of all, of course, was opening his presents--cash and video games and T shirts to name a few. Wow. A whole decade old! Happy Birthday, 'Lijah-Man!! We love you very much!!

Sunday, August 14, 2016

AT THE BEACH ~ LAST DAY ~ SUNDAY, AUGUST 14, 2016 ~ DESTIN, FLORIDA

God blessed us with another sunny day at the beach ~ even more beautiful than yesterday and totally storm/rain/black cloud free
Knox, Kerry, and Kelly enjoyed some pool time first ~ Kerry launches Knox into the water ~ this kid has become a water baby this summer ~ thanks for the picture, Kelly!
Knox and Grandpa started another project ~ the original idea was to build Noah's ark 
Beach clouds are the best
Kelly and Kerry nested in their circle of shade ~ today was hot and sunny and very windy ~ red flags were flying again
Collecting water for the project
He made several trips ~ serious business
Noah's ark or Noah's submarine/castle/thing?
Super vivid effect ~ sky reflecting in the waves
Supervising the project
Kelly using that life vest to lift Knox over the rough waves ~ Knox had a great time in the ocean 
The completed project ~ hard to categorize this ~ so you be the judge ~ the Titanic maybe?
Our beach chair neighbor became agitated with the gulls trying to steal her food ~ she ran back and forth, shooing them away, while I took pictures [I thought great! Maybe I can get some shots of gulls in flight]
This was the only decent shot I managed to snap ~ but the beach chair neighbor lady was pretty entertaining 
One last dip in the sea ~ thanks, Kelly, for the picture
Parting shot ~ Always hate to say goodbye to the beach ~ Hope to return again someday
Mellow Mushroom for our last supper ~ that's my Kozmic Karma ~ Delish! ~ Our server was a sweet and gracious young woman from Italy who spoke English beautifully in her Italian accent ~ here in America to earn some money ~ she's been here since May and is more than ready to go back home in two weeks ~ apparently Italians come here to study engineering or dentistry ~ she was into dentistry ~ also apparently American coffee is the pits ~ she was looking forward to Italian coffee ~ I enjoyed hearing her speak 
Destin Commons ~ Bass Pro shark ~ thanks for the selfie, Kelly!
Family Kimbrough and Jaws
Kelly and Knox racing around at the go-cart place across the street from Gulfgate ~ thanks for the picture, Kerry!
Here we are already at the end of our vacation ~ always flashes by, doesn't it? ~ Nothing left to do but pack it all up again and head north to Tennessee in the morning
Ciao, Destin!