November 2013

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Happy Thanksgiving everyone! We had a great time talking, cooking, eating, watching football, eating, drinking beer (me, mostly), and eating. Adam started out the day early with a rather large salted-caramel cupcake…

Big cupcake

As has become a tradition in our family, I fried a turkey. Delicious!

Turkey Turkey

Jess set the table.

Jess sets the table Thanksgiving Table

And we all sat down to our Thanksgiving feast…

Left side Right side

Dig in!

Drumstick

All that remained (besides the leftovers!) was to do the dishes and watch some football! The dishes were, of course, the women’s work 😉

Jess and Cindy do the dishes

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Today, the boys and I visited the Military Museum of North Florida in Green Cove Springs. Sure, you’d think it’d be pretty lame, but it was actually very interesting and contained a great deal of military memorabilia including weapons, uniforms, and vehicles. The museum is focused on “North Florida connections to the defense of freedom and the contributions and sacrifices made by Florida patriots”. Pretty darn cool!

One of the vehicle displays was a LARC LX or in the military vernacular a “Lighter, Amphibious Resupply, Cargo, 60 ton”. In another lifetime, I was a member of the “Army’s Navy” and actually piloted one of these mammoth boat-cars. As a “watercraft operator” assigned to the 292d Transportation Co. in Palatka, Florida, I spend one weekend a month and two weeks in the summer “driving” these boats up-and-down the St Johns River and on the beach at Mayport Navy Base. I really loved the job, but didn’t care too awfully much for the Army, which is why I ultimately joined the Air Force.

LARC LX

LARC LX

Anyway, it was nice seeing the ol’ girl again and telling the boys about “this-and-that”. They liked the size of the vehicle, of course, and wanted to climb-up the ladder to the deck, but had to settle for just looking. Adam thought the tires were pretty impressive and I explained that each tire was powered by its own GM6-71 2-stroke diesel putting out about 265hp. In addition to the pilot, each LARC had its own diesel mechanic who rode with the boat. Neither of these facts seemed to interest him in the least, as he spied a cannon nearby that he could use to “shoot bad guys”!!

And with that we’re done with my stroll down memory lane.

LARC LX

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Hangin’ ’round the water fountain after school…

Joe Cool

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The boys want to ride their bikes outside, but the Rams are playing! No problem! Thanks to the NFL Sunday ticket, I’m mobile…

Football on the iPad

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This morning the boys and I let Mom sleep in and took-off to the park for a little early morning playtime.

Early park visit Alex climbs

Then, we took off for Krispy Kreme! 🙂

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