Monday, May 13, 2013

A Navy Chief and his tattoo.

Back in March for Jerome's birthday we took a weekend trip, just to two of us, to go visit his brother and his girlfriend.

Jerome's brother has several tattoos and set an appointment up for Jerome with his same tattoo artist.

Jerome had been wanting to get an anchor tattoo for a while now.

We searched for ideas, found some favorites and gave them to the tattoo artist.

He did a wonderful job putting together exactly what Jerome was wanting.

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The shop had this Norman Rockwell picture hanging up.

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Jerome's brother Joey and his girlfriend Lauren checking out the progress of the tattoo....

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Jerome said the outline was the worst part, but all in all it wasn't painful.

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The before and after (I'll get a better picture of it this summer at the beach).....

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Lauren and I walked to an antique shop while Jerome was getting his tattoo.

I found a little Jadite bowl that I love.

Joey and Lauren gave Jerome a Navy Chief pin from WWII that they had found at an antique shop earlier. Jerome absolutely loved it.

We had a good weekend together, Jerome had a great birthday, and now he has the anchor tattoo he has been wanting.

Friday, May 10, 2013

Our Book.

I've been finishing up our 2012 yearly book....I can't wait to hold it and see it in print.

This year's book was a lot like our 2007 book. It has SO MANY pages and pages of pictures and stories.

It is full of deployment pictures, pictures Jerome has taken over in Afghanistan of his life over there, pictures of us here at home that we sent him to give him a little piece of home, pictures of all the surprise homecomings and then the wonderful everyday things in our life.

It has taken me a while to finish it but I am finally down to two pages left to finish it up and then send it in for printing. 

I plan to do every year this way, a book to look back and read the stories that are easily forgotten with age.

I also plan on making each of the kids a yearly book of their first five years, order two copies, and save the extra copies for when they someday will be a bridal shower gift.

Memories to take with them on their new journey in life.

Here are a few pictures of our 2007 family book from blurb, I will post pictures of our 2012 book when I receive it.



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I finished this book from Blurb over a year ago and always meant to post some pictures of how wonderful it is.  I have since started on our 2008 family book and am almost finished (I'm up to Halloween 2008) and cannot wait to order another. Although 2007 will probably be our largest book printed seeing that is the year Jerome was deployed to Afghanistan and I did a whole LOT of picture taking to keep him feeling a little closer to the kids and to home.

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I love this book. I love how it turned out and that I can open it up, look back and read our memories from that year. To me it is a priceless keepsake.
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