To me, regardless where you fall on party lines and etc, I think it's really important to take a moment today to think about the men and women of military that give so much of themselves for us and our way of life. I can be cynical and I can be QUITE critical of our country, our government and whether or not we should be at war at a given time.
HOWEVER, the one thing that NEVER waivers is my appreciation and respect for our men & women of military. They give SO much. More than, I think, most understand.
It may sound silly, but I actually used to be one of the group of people that either forgot or just didn't know 11/11 was Veteran's Day. I know they're out there. That all changed for me in September of 2010. I married my wife, who's Father is retired Air Force. He is Technical Sergeant Daniel Holt. He served at Offutt Air Force Base, among many others, working in some pretty precarious positions along the way. Then there's my Brother-In-Law, Master At Arms, 2nd Class Petty Officer Andrew Kochera (hopefully I got his title/rank at least somewhat correct). He's based in Oklahoma after spending quite a bit of time overseas. Away from his wife, Sara, and their tiny little boy Braylon. If you're a parent with a baby, toddler, whatever, can you imagine being away from him or her for even a day? Now try to fathom being away for months on end. During those formative years, especially. So, when I say sacrifice, I'm not just talking of the person who enlisted. I'm talking about the babies, the kids, the husbands and wives, the family members, etc.
All that said, they knew what they were signing up for, but it doesn't discount their courage and sacrifices. And, I don't know ANY soldiers who expect anything, but that doesn't mean what they're doing isn't worthy of our respect. At least, that's where I come out on all of this.
MY thank you to all our men and women of military. I so deeply recognize and appreciate all you've done.
I would say this is quite eye opening.
I mean, I think we all know models are "touched up", but this.....yeah, wow.
Story source: Upworthy
Not too much to add to this other than I'm floored by her ability at a whopping 12 years old. I think at 12 I was taking "Break Dancing" lessons. Jasmine Thompson is karate chopping fantastic covers on YouTube. Check'em out.......
Bastille - "Pompeii"
Miley Cyrus - "Wrecking Ball"
Passenger - "Let Her Go"
So, perhaps these two become a professional duo? They're already joined at the hip. He's a talented creative goofball, she's just flat out for real. Her voice is over the top good. Of course, they are Casey Abrams and Haley Reinhart.
They turn a song that I typically don't care for, into something I actually really like! This is really good. That song is "Sail" by Awolnation
Give it a go.....
It's tough to look at this pic without getting nostalgic and that gets me sad. In this picture, about 2000 is me between my Grandpa and Grandma.
Cancer got my Grandpa later that year. He was one of my heroes. One of the people that made me think to myself.....If I could be just a little like him, I'd be doing pretty good.
It is in his honor, Ordell Cole, that I am taking part in the Minnesota Wild's #Movember campaign to raise awareness and funds for cancers affecting men. PLEASE click here and donate whatever you can so we can hopefully, someday, find a cure, if not give men fighting the good fight the best care possible.
Make a donation for your Grandpa, or Dad, or Brother, friend, or someone you don't know and you just want this wretched disease to go back into the hole it came out of. Donate here, now, please.
You think this dude, Darren, is just some silly clown getting WAY too much attention on the interwebs (close to a million views) for making some stupid video.....well, ok, that might be partially true, but I'm here to show you how skilled this kid is.
Check it out!
Ok, now watch me try.....yikes......
I know NOTHING about this Impractical Jokers show, but with bits like this, perhaps I should. As always the Dragon fella's are as good natured as it gets.
This. Is. Hilarious. AND, hilariously embarrassing.
I'm obviously a proud Papa. I hope this doesn't come off as self serving. I put this together for Elsie, and Spencer and myself. It's been done since her Bday back on 10/18. I debated sharing it.
Ultimately, I decided to share it because so many of you have been there with us since the VERY beginning. So many have been there lending us unbelievable support through some incredibly tough times. I still get overcome by emotion, from time to time, even while I type this, when I think of the support we got from people we barely know. I guess all of that is why I decided to share this.
I think it's set to a gorgeous song, fittingly by my guys Pearl Jam. The song is "Future Days" from their new album 'Lightning Bolt'. Which song to use for this came under heavy scrutiny from both me and Spencer. Hahaha. Had to be the PERFECT song. (Matt Hires' song "Signal In The Sky" was a very close second by the way).
Anyway, I hope you enjoy. We have so much love for everyone who rallied around our little girl during her first year on this crazy planet.
Thank you again! Time to start looking forward to some amazing future days ahead of us.
Holy buckets.....in our old Maple Grove house on Orleans Lane in the Boundary Creek neighborhood. My little brother is clearly E.T. and I'm a very frightnening and loose interpretation of Dracula.....I guess.
I think the BRIGHT GREEN hoodie is a nice touch.