OK, so I know it's Friday now, but I couldn't get online all day. So I see a couple of you guessed my news! I won the Military Motherhood Award! I actually found out on the 29th and it was absolutely killing me not to blog it, but I was under strict instructions not to tell until it was posted on the CinChouse website.
For the last 2 days Kennedy and I have been in Washington D.C. On Wednesday, we were taken on a whirlwind tour of D.C. Kennedy was exhausted and slept for a lot of it, but I got to see SO many amazing things! We went to Arlington National Cemetery first. I got to see the grave site of John Kennedy… a teenager nearby asked, "So was Kennedy a President?" WOW has our school system failed her or what?! Then we went to the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier where I got to see the changing of the guard. SO neat.
After that we went all over D.C… we went to the Capital, saw the White House, the Lincoln Memorial, the Pentagon, the WW2 memorial and the VietNam wall and SO much more. I loved seeing all the history, our Nation at work. Amazing.
After dinner with some of the wonderful people from Operation Homefront, Kennedy and I went to our hotel room and crashed quickly.
This morning there was a ceremony, and it was literally all about ME. Haha I was extremely nervous as I knew there would be Senators, Congressman, media, and lots of other people there; but it was so much fun. Everyone was so nice and made it easy for me! Kennedy, of course, got lots of attention and was her usual charming self! I was presented with the award there and the $5,000 prize. I was a little nervous about making a speech, but I was told it went off well. Hopefully I will get to see the video footage they took and maybe can pass it along.
After the ceremony, we went to lunch and then went to Senator Lemar Alexander's office to meet with him. He spent a few minutes with us and then had to go vote so we said our goodbyes. Kennedy decided that she liked the Senator and followed him down the hallway into his office. Everyone in each office she passed along the way came out to say hello to her. When we finally caught up with her, she was sitting in the Senator’s lap and they were playing. SO sweet! One of the ladies there got some pictures and promised to email them to me.
We made a quick stop at the Kennedy Center where I got Kennedy a t-shirt that says… well… Kennedy! Haha and then we went back to the hotel where we met up with one of our favorite Downsyn families: Denny, Vonda, Peyton, Sophie, Noah and Halle! We had a nice dinner with them and I got lots of hugs from Noah! They brought Kennedy a new Groovy Girl and some adorable clothes which she will be showing off SOON!
We were supposed to be home A LOT earlier tonight, but we had a long, long delay at the airport. I pulled into my driveway at midnight. I am hoping Kennedy will sleep in tomorrow!
Thank you to everyone who voted for me. Thank you to Operation Homefront and CinCHouse for this amazing opportunity to be the voice for Military wives everywhere. Thank you Vivian, Max, Sue and Bill for showing Kennedy and I a fabulous time! We had SO much fun and look forward to visiting again with the whole family. Thank you to my mom for keeping Kassidy, Kameron and Keeghan so I could come here, and for everything else you do for me. Thank you, Khette, for nominating me for this award. It’s all just been so amazing. Thank you, Frank for being my support always. Thank you Kass, Kam, Kenn and Keeghan for being the most awesome kids EVER!
Watch for pictures soon and also more about CinCHouse and Operation Homefront. They are both amazing organizations that help families so much!!
On that note, I'm exhausted and going to bed! Sorry again for not getting this out sooner, I tried SO hard to get online!!