Tuesday, March 26, 2013

Cheer Competition

Our summer job here in Virginia has started part time.  One of the advantages of coming in early, was that we were able to go and see Savannah at one of her last cheer competitions.  It was a 2 day event, but we were only able to go on Sunday. 
We left our campground about 7:30am and went to breakfast first.  We then had to drive over to Virginia Beach which was about 120 miles away.  We arrived at 11:30 and had to wait for Kim, Mark and Savannah to arrive from their hotel room.  There must have been over 10,000 people there from all over.  Some cheer teams came as far as Pennsylvania.  (They are going to Hershey, PA in a couple of weeks)
Without the makeup.
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They have glitter on the eyes.  First Kim puts glue on the eyelids and then brushes on the glitter.  First the blue and then the silver.  Then she has blush put on (she says that if they don’t look like a clown they don’t have enough on).  The last is the red lipstick. 

Kim had this shirt made.  It says:
“Cheerleader from bows to toe”
Cute right!!!

We really had a good time and really enjoyed seeing all the girls.  They did really well placing 2nd in their age group. 
IMG_3955                                           Savannah cheer
Now its time for softball.  Hopefully we will be able to see some of the games!!

Friday, March 8, 2013

Beauvoir The Jefferson Davis Home and Presidential Library.

The library and home is in Biloxi, Mississippi and sits about 500 yards from the gulf shore.
IMG_3915This is the new Library.  Right now is consists of a gift shop and a theater that shows a movie on Jefferson Davis. They have not completed the upstairs where the main museum will be housed.
The old one was destroyed by Katrina.

IMG_3916We took the tour of the house.  It was a very good tour and our guide knew a good deal about the house.  As far above ground that the house is, during the storm surge from Katrina they had a foot of water inside the house.  Remarkably though they were able to save everything inside the house.  They only had to lightly sand and then oil the original floors. 

After the death of Jefferson Davis, his wife and daughter left Beauvoir to go live and work in New York City with editor Joseph Pulitzer.  After many offers, she finally sold the property to Sons of the Confederacy with the stipulation that it be a memorial to Jefferson Davis and the Confederacy.  The property became the home to some 288 confederate veterans, and their wives or widows.  It also became the final resting spot for many.  They had constructed several dormitories, two hospitals, a dining hall, chapel and several support buildings.  The home closed in 1956, when the 3 remaining widows were moved to a nursing home in Biloxi.  These buildings are now gone.  Most destroyed in Katrina in 2005.  IMG_3932
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The ceilings were hand painted.  The doors at one time were painted white.  When restoration began, they realized that the doors were originally cedar, but painted to look like oak.
It was a beautiful day and we enjoyed walking the grounds.  Tomorrow I am hoping the weather warms up a little more so enjoy the white sand beaches.

Monday, March 4, 2013

New Orleans

I can finally say I’ve seen New Orleans.  We have spent the last couple of days boondocking at a casino and spent the first day touring the World War 11 museum.  It started out several years ago as The D Day Memorial and has grown and finally got its designation as a National museum.   It is a well put together museum and well worth the time if you are ever in New Orleans. If we had paid for more parking we could have stayed much longer.  We really thought 4 hours would be enough but we spent a hour seeing a movie about the war and then spent some time seeing the different airplanes and tanks.  The museum itself is divided into 2 parts.  The European side and then the Pacific side. Then they also had a special exhibit about POW camps in Germany.

Today we spent all day in the French Quarter.  We started the day having coffee and beignets at the Music Legends Park. Then walked up and down the streets.  I must say it was not what I thought it would be.  Thought the streets would be a little wider and cleaner.
We did have a pleasant surprise.  We met up with friends, Steve and Carol and had a wonderful time eating (of course) at the casino buffet.  Always good time when meeting up with friends. 

Friday, March 1, 2013

Happy Birthday Dr. Suess

Several times I have posted things about Dr. Suess.  Bear with me once again, while I wish this wonderful author a Happy Birthday.  I grew up on his books as well as my children and now my granddaughter.  His books live on. 
Savannah Thing I- Dr. Suess Birthday
Once again Savannah is celebrating the life of Dr. Seuss at school by dressing up as Thing 1! 
Theodor Seuss Geisel was born in Springfield, Massachusetts on March 2, 1904. In Springfield there is a National Memorial Sculpture Garden in his honor.  Since Ed grew up in Springfield when we are able to get back there to visit friends, this is a place where I like to go. 
                                                  Dr Seuss with Cat In The Hat.
the grinch and dog max
                                                                     The Grinch with Max.
                                                                                Horton                                                                         [yertle the turtle[7].jpg]
                                                                      Yertle the Turtle
“You have brains in your head. You have feet in your shoes. You can steer yourself, any direction you choose.”
“Today you are you, that is truer than true. There is no one alive who is youer than you.”

From there to here, and here to there, funny things are everywhere.”

“Don't cry because it's over. Smile because it happened.”
“Today is your day! Your mountain is waiting. So... get on your way.”
“If you never did, you should. These things are fun, and fun is good.” 
“I meant what I said, and I said what I meant. An elephant's faithful, one hundred percent.”
“So the writer who breeds more words than he needs, is making a chore for the reader who reads.
”And will you succeed? Yes indeed, yes indeed! Ninety-eight and three-quarters percent guaranteed.”
“Sometimes the questions are complicated and the answers are simple.”