Sunday, May 24, 2009

Memorial Day

Happy Memorial Day! We all love this great holiday because it gives us an extra day off of work, we kick off summer with going to the lake or lying out by the pool, or better yet, we get together with friends, grill out, and cheers to the beginning of summer. What I know I don't do enough is take the time to think of why we have this holiday and how important it is to honor those who this holiday is named for. For some reason this year was different for me. I found myself paying more attention to the American flags I saw popping up all over town. By the end of the week, I passed several flags hanging from front porches or marking the entrances of neighborhoods. With each flag I passed by, I found myself becoming more proud. I love seeing the American flag! We live in such a wonderful country, and it feels so good to see men and women taking pride in the place we live and honoring the men and women who have fought to make our country as great as it is.

I have been to the Tennessee Veterans Cemetery and have taken pictures there before, but today was special. The American flags that were posted at each grave rang true to my soul because there is no better way to mark the sacrafice and honor of our veterans than the stars and stripes they loved and fought for. Memorial Day was different for me this year. I think I understand a little more why this holiday is so important. God Bless the men and women who have protected our country, who are protecting our country, and who will protect our country. Thank You!

Friday, May 22, 2009

Sunset at Cherokee

Our favorite park in Knoxville is Cherokee Park. We try to go there as much as we can because Scarlett can roam around without a leash and hang out with the other dogs in the park. The park is situated between the Tennessee River and the historic homes in Sequoyah Hills. I decided to bring along my camera tonight because the sky looked like it was going to make for some great pictures. It was a beautiful evening.

I wish!!!

Sunday, May 10, 2009


This weekend, we headed to Columbia, South Carolina, to see Michael's older brother Sean graduate with his Ph.D in Educational Administration. We are so proud!!!

Already handing out his "Dr." Business Cards!

Michael looks impressed with the garb! Does little brother want to get a Ph.D?
Family Photos at the reception.

Of course we had to take a picture of our little family. Photo Credits to Caroline!

It's hot in Columbia!

One last pose for the camera!

So cute and color coordinated!


A few weeks ago, I had the opportunity to join Michael at his TeamVOLS picnic and meet all the wonderful students who volunteer thier time each week with this great organization. Michael's position at TeamVOLS allows him to work with these students every day and be a part of many great causes in Knoxville. He has a really great job! During this picnic, the previous officers and newly chosen officers got together for some great food, kickball fun, and TeamVOLS coaching. I had a great time eating lunch and watching them play kickball...and boy did I miss being a student!

Michael and Zack getting the day started.

Yummy Gourmet Cupcakes!

I wasn't the only one excited about watching the game.

Monday, May 4, 2009

Cade's Cove

The Primitive Baptist Church

Scarlett enjoyed the drive!

White-tail Deer enjoying a peaceful afternoon.

Baptist Church and Graveyard

In the woods on a trail in the Smoky's.


Michael taking full advantage of the waterfall!