December is here..


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December is fianlly here, and the countdown has begun. Soon we will be bringing in yet another New Year. This to me is amazing in that, I can’t remember a year going by as fast as this one has. This time last year I was settling in to my new job and now I’m settled and in it for the long haul. Again, I must say that I was hoping to have a companion of some sort for the Holidays but as to my dismay, God has other things planned for me I guess. I know he has a specific path for me but I wish I could take a sneak peak at it every once in a while. I’m very thankful for what I have accomplished this year and the friends that I have made. With that being said, I still want to share all the good times and of course my bad times with someone special. I do have my kids and they are everything to me, which is why I’m still here. They come first and foremost as always, then maybe later down the line I might meet someone who understands that and wants to be apart of it as well.  Anyway, it has been a busy weekend and next weekend will be even busier. I have a yard sale, Young Marines, Christmas Party at Mikes Farm, and Christmas Party at Church Street so needless to say it will come and go just like that. I will also be making my last ditch attempts at packing and getting ready for my move. I will miss living out here off of the Loop. The sunrises in my backyard and it is so quite. That is what I will miss the most, even though I’m moving 5 minutes down the road the atmosphere is going to be different. This move will be better for us in that we all will have our own rooms, and no more waiting for showers. Yes, two full baths not just a bath and half. I think my kids would go nuts if they grew up im my old childhood home, 1 bath with a family of 4 kids.  Well I better get off of here, have to get things ready for another solid work week. Hoping everyone has had a wonderful start to the upcoming end of 2012. I’m hoping for 2013 to bring lots of laughter, love, and many dreams to come true.

Take care and until next time God Bless.

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Loving the Weather!

Well, it has been a beautiful past two days. I was lucky enough to have them off, and took advantage of them both. I got an early start on my summer tan and started running again. I feel really good, and  happy with the way my life is going right now. It has been a rough couple of weeks, loosing a good friend and coping with all the unanswered questions. But I have to say, he has given me a greater respect for life, and a determination to live it to the fullest, with no regrets. I now believe that if you truly want something bad enough, don’t put it off till tomorrow,  because you may not have a tomorrow. So with that being said, I’m planning for some up and coming trips, excursions, and so forth. I have Maine or even Key West in my sights, and will be getting my passport here soon for some out of the country travel, “God willing”. My job keeps me so busy that I can’t think at times, and my kids let me know it. But with this demanding job also comes the benefits of being able to afford these up and coming excursions. I thank the Lord each and every day for the opportunity to hold my own, pay off my debt, and give my kids much more now, than I could a year ago. Yes, it’s almost a year now that I have been with the Sheriffs Department. I was hired May 16, of last year. I’m surprised I have lasted this long. There were times when I just wanted to walk out, being locked in for 12 hours is not for everyone. Enough with that, so the weather has been awesome. I have a long weekend coming up, but will plan on getting out and about on Monday or Tuesday. It’s nice to know your schedule at least for a while, that way I can plan for some great adventures. I have a life’s to do list going, and I must complete some if not all before I get so old, that I forget what I have even done.

This past weekend was so much fun. I was able to get out of the house and spend some time with a really great person and listen to some good music at the pub. I even had a chance to do some shooting, even if it was with my phone. It doesnt matter what I shoot with, when I get in that mode I’m unstoppable. I hope that I get the chance to do it again and have as much fun, if not more. This little town I live in is my home. I really can’t see myself living anywhere else, well except Denver, but that may come later, after the girls graduate and move out. Life is so short, and I need to grab whatever I can that makes me happy, makes my kids happy, and just run with it.

Hopefully soon, I can buy a new camera and get out and REALLY shoot. I love photography, its my stress reliever and bringing home hundreds of photos just have that one perfect shot, is exhilarating. I have so many plans running through my head, I have no idea which one I want to do first. It’s great knowing that I can actually do them, eventually. Well it’s about that time and I must sign off for now.

From the words of a very good friend….

“Life isn’t about the 9-5 job. Breathe out and live your life. Take off with no destination. See the world, don’t trap yourself in your little reality. Life is short and has no point. So make your life count for You. Act on every impulse with no Regrets”.

Ross Rogers….  Miss U!!

Bring Music Back to Church St. Pub!!!

I recently found out that Church St. Pub will no longer have Saturday night music. This came as a shock to me and to many others as well. Live music has been a big part of the pub long before this new Inn was put in place. Having live music is a key element to bringing in more customers and returning customers as well. Even though the pub now has a few new rooms for patrons to stay shouldn’t mean music is no longer allowed. Swansboro is a great little town to stay in and mingle with friends and family. It’s not like the pub stays open till 2a.m, and has loud and unruly customers. It’s completely opposite of that, in that it closes at 10pm on Friday & Saturday nights. So if you have to go to bed at 9pm and have absolute silence, well in my opinion, Stay HOME!. Theses type of people have now taken away something special from the pub that I and many people looked forward to. This can be changed if we get together and do something about it. I myself will probably not be going to the pub on Saturday’s anymore and will find music someplace else until further notice. As for the many others, I hope they do the same. Please express your desire to bring back music to Church Street when you make your way to downtown Swansboro.

PLEASE CLICK ON BRING BACK MUSIC LINK TO THE RIGHT UNDER BLOGROLL AND SIGN THE PETITION!!!!

Graduation..

THEY DID IT!!!!! Yes my girls graduated from the Swansboro Young Marine Program last night. I’m so proud of them and the accomplishment that they have made. Thank you for all who came out to celebrate this great achievement. Now we have to work on getting them promoted.. I made a video of it so soon I will post it to the blog, for now here are just a few pics of the ceremony.. MORE TO COME!!!

 

 

 

 

Swansboro Young Marine Program..

WHO ARE THE YOUNG MARINES


The Young Marines is a youth education and service program for boys and girls, ages 8 through completion of high school. The Young Marines promotes the mental, moral, and physical development of its members. The program focuses on character building, leadership, teamwork and promotes a healthy, drug-free lifestyle. The Young Marines is the official youth program of the U.S. Marine Corps and the focal point for the Marine Corps’ Youth Drug Demand Reduction efforts.

OUR VOLUNTEERS

The Swansboro Young Marine unit is a community-based program lead by dedicated adult volunteers. Our volunteers consist of former, retired, active duty and civilian adults. It is through these caring adults that Young Marines learn the inner values of Honor, Courage and Commitment. Adult volunteers are individually screened by the National Headquarters based on background information and recommendations provided with each person’s registration.

TRAINING

Upon joining the Swansboro Young Marines, youth undergo a 34 hour orientation program, meeting on Friday evenings and an occasional Saturday mornings at Swansboro Moose Lodge spread out over 10 weeks. This orientation program is affectionately called “Boot Camp”. The youth learn general subjects such as history, customs and courtesies, close order drill, physical fitness, and military rank structure.  After graduating from Young Marine Boot Camp the youth have the opportunity to learn more new skills, earn  rank, wear the Young Marine uniform and work toward ribbon awards.

Young Marines earn ribbons for achievement in areas such as leadership, community service, swimming, academic excellence, first aid and drug resistance education. Our Young Marines experience many opportunities to challenge themselves physically, emotionally and mentally by climbing alpine towers, flying with the Young Eagles, rafting, giving to the community, providing color guard services to local organization, and many more.

NATIONAL PROGRAMS

During the summer months, Young Marines have the opportunity to attend the Young Marines National Summer Programs of: Adventures, Challenges, Encampments, and Schools (SPACES).

Schools consist of leadership courses.

Adventures, have a historical emphasis and are designed with the younger child in mind. In contrast, older Young Marines can participate in Challenges.

Challenges consist of training in areas such as survival skills, wilderness training, flight school, and water-based activities. Young Marine Encampments provide the opportunity for Young Marines of all ages to gather together and train as a large unit of up to 700 youth at a time. Over 3,000 Young Marines participate in the SPACES programs each year.

HELP US RAISE MONEY FOR TWO OF THE NEWEST RECRUITS TO THE  SWANSBORO YOUNG MARINE PROGRAM

They are in the progress of raising money for all of their uniforms, boots, trips, encampments and so forth. Your generosity will greatly be appreciated. Please help give, every little bit helps. Click on the YMF link Below

Young Marine Fundraiser

OOOOOORAHHHHH!!!


Snow for the Christmas Weekend.

I ventured out yesterday morning to take advantage of the freshly fallen snow that had blanketed Swansboro. Although it was cold and very treacherous to say the least, I was able to get some good shots of downtown Swansboro. It was fairly quiet and all the stores were closed due to the weather. It was so nice to get out and shoot for a little while. It has been a long time since I went out and took the time to see. I really need to do more of this to keep my artistic side from falling apart. I feel so much self-gratification out of finding that perfect shot. This upcoming year is going to be very busy for me,  but if I can squeeze out at least one day a week to really concentrate on my artistic side it should be very helpful in the long run. Here are a few photos that are from yesterdays adventure.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Life is good right now. Even though at times I can feel a bit lonely, I’m content with my me time. I try to embrace each day as a challenge and accept the things that I cannot change.

July 4th…..

girls My girls are now with there dad safely in Indiana. They had such a great time with their grandparents. My mom called me last night and told me that they had made the switch and they spent sometime talking. They spent about 13 days with them and she is missing them already. It’s been about a week now without them. It’s been quite and well, boring actually. But I’m making the best of it and I plan on going to Myrtle Beach next week for the day. Walk around and do some shooting than hit one of the clubs or even the Hard Rock for some good food and a nice cold beer. It’s nice to be able to come and go whenever you want to and not have to worry about anything.

Fourth of July is this weekend and once again I am without the girls. Again, it’s OK because I have plans and I’m going to have a great time.Swansboro always has a great display and lots of food, fun, and of100_1407-1 course beer. (Church Street Pub is Calling Me) 🙂
This is the best place I think for a little town like this. You have complete strangers coming in and than you have your locals (me) who walk in and you automatically have your beer waiting for you. It is really nice. I hope everyone has a great 4th, be safe, have fun, and enjoy the weekend.

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