With a Grateful Prayer and a Thankful Heart: Easter Weekend

Monday, April 9, 2012

Easter Weekend

 Every so often Ryan's birthday falls on Easter Day

So this year, after our dinner, we celebrated his 9th birthday with cake.
 On Saturday it was a special outing with just Ryan, Pop-Pop and Mom-Mom. We visited the Battleship USS New Jersey berthed at the Camden waterfront and afterward we gave him the choice to eat whatever he wanted.  His firm decision was someplace that served pizza!
 It was a chilly day as we took the tour. The Battleship New Jersey was built at the Philadelphia Naval Shipyard, and launched December 7, 1942- just a year after the Pearl Harbor Attack brought America into WWII.
At 887 feet of armor-plated steel, the 45,000-ton Battleship New Jersey dominates not only the New Jersey waterfront, but also American naval history. Winding through tight, narrow companionways, visitors see the communication center, officers’ and enlisted men’s mess halls and sleeping quarters, which range from small private rooms for senior officers to even smaller cots stacked atop each other for enlisted men.

The dimly lit Combat Engagement Center displays radar and sonar tracking stations, while videos show the launch of Tomahawk missiles. A highlight of the tour is the turret where 2,700-pound shells were loaded and fired. Best of all, some of the tour guides served active duty on the “Big J” and are more than happy to share their personal experiences. (source)
I took a photo of Ryan and John standing at the same spot and looking out the same windows where  Admiral William F Halsey stood.  He choose the USS New Jersey as his flagship.

From Wikipedia: Among other awards, New Jersey earned the Navy Unit Commendation for Vietnam service, the Presidential Unit Citation from the Republic of the Philippines, and the Presidential Unit Citation from the Republic of Korea. She received nine battle stars for her World War II service, four for her service in the Korean War, two for her service in the Vietnam War, and four for service in Lebanon and the Persian Gulf region. Due to her outstanding service record, New Jersey holds the distinction of being
the most decorated battleship in naval history.
 We were all together for Easter day.
We discovered Jared is now as tall as his Aunt Jamie!
Kids ate in the kitchen, grownups (and Cambrie & Chloe) in the dining room.
There were lots of giggles and happy talk around each table.
By the end of the day, we had some tuckered-out children!
Linking to Happy Family Times @Crafty Moms Share


NanaDiana said...

What a beautiful family day, Lorraine! I love looking at all your kids. I'll tell you, that cute little curly headed Ryan must have been thrilled to be able to spend time alone with you AND go on such an exciting adventure PLUS top it off with pizza! What a day...what a weekend- Blessings-xo Diana

Just a little something from Judy said...

I feel honored to be able to step into your family's special moments during the last weekend. Their precious smiles and looks of anticipation blessed my heart today. You two certainly do a good job in your roles as grandparents. Thank you for sharing the moments with us.

Happy Monday!

geekycrochetmom said...

You have such a beautiful family. Happy easter!- karen

Snap said...

Happy Birthday to Ryan! What a special family day Easter was for all of you. Thank you for sharing your beautiful memories with all of us.

Debbie said...

Looks like you made some wonderful memories this Easter. What a special outting with the two of you with your grandson too. He won't ever forget that day....

Debbie said...

What a fun special Easter weekend with family. Thanks for allowing us a peek inside.

Blessings and love,

Leann said...

How wonderful that you were all together for Easter - there's nothing better than family.Love the shot of all your grands!

Happy birthday to Ryan.

Enjoy your week!

Petra said...

Glad you've had a beautiful Easter.

~ Lisa ~ said...

Lovely post... beautiful children. Thank you again for sharing.

~ Lisa from Indiana ~

Maryann said...

What a great way to celebrate a birthday. Sounds like the most perfect Easter to me...tables full of children and grandchildren...what a blessing!

Sammy said...

Those are pics you'll treasure forever.

Janette@Janette's Sage said...

We have a child whose birthday falls on Good Friday on some years.

You all had a wonderful time...and created such wonderful memories...and the pictures are great.

What a true blessing...table full of children!! and family!

Ann said...

Happy belated birthday to Ryan, He had quite the outing to celebrate.
Looks like you had a wonderful Easter celebration as well.

Maple Lane said...

Looks like a wonderful Easter gathering and a nice, memorable birthday for Ryan. So nice to have everyone together...can't believe how Jared is growing!

podso said...

It looks like a wonderful weekend! And what a special time with your grandson. He'll always remember it.

Carrie said...

What a wonderful weekend! I would like to invite you to share at our new link party Happy Family Times at http://craftymomsshare.blogspot.com/2012/04/happy-family-times-3.html. We are hoping to inspire more family time for everyone!

Melissa Bo said...

Such wonderful photos!

Great information about the places that you visited, your family will have such nice memories!

Carrie said...

Thank you for sharing at Happy Family Times. I hope you will join us again this week!


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