Thursday, May 8, 2008

OK FINALLY the exciting news!

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!!

38 comments :

treasuresandsnares said...

OH MY Goodness I am the first one?!! It does pay to stay up late ;))

CONGRATULATIONS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Wow it sounds like you two had a blast! Yeah the schools....well I won't go there ;) Well you TOTALLY deserve this award and many more.I can't wait to see some pics. I hope you get to sleep in a bit in the morning.

Congrats again
Kim and Miss T

p.s. You are forgiven for the online thing hehehe

Shari said...

Oh Renee! I have tears! You certainly deserved this award! I am so proud of you! Thank you for allowing me the privilege to vote! I am glad you have such a good time! Blessings to you!

Lisa & Gerald said...

wow Im so happy for you!
sounds like you guys had a great time. can't wait to see all the pics!

whittakerwoman said...

YOu are so famous! Congrats! H

e said...

oh oh oh!! i can't help myself..

I TOLD YOU SO!! I TOLD YOU SO!!

HAHAHAHAHAHAH IM DOING THE HAPPY "I TOLD YOU" SO DANCE!!

i do wish you would have said SOMETHING!! my daughter lives there (ahem, prosecuting attny for the DEPT OF JUSTICE!!) and i would have had her run over and KISS YOU!!!

PLUS, im always lookin for an excuse to go to DC, now!!

The tomb and the Changing of the Guard is the MOST amazing thing...and the highlite of each trip there! I'm a little partial to the no fan-fare of brother Bobby, who's hand i got to shake *sniff*

CONGRATULATIONS!! YAYAYAYAYAYA

ok..5am and i am PUMPED!!


e & miss poopy-virus

Leah said...

I cannot think of a more deserving winner Renee! You know we all love you. You're an inspiration to many of us!

Stephanie said...

Congratulations!

I can't remember what that email was about and I cleared my sent box.

Oh and Tag! You're it

♥just me...emma stormy♥ said...

CONGRATS!! You totally deserve this award and I'm so glad you won. I don't think that you know how many people that you inspire. You are an amazing person and a wonderful mom. I'm so glad you and Kennedy had a great time!

mom2natnkatncj said...

Awesome Renee! That is such great news and you so deserved it! I can't wait to see pictures and I would love to hear your speech. I'm sure you did great. Congratulations! No one is more deserving than you ;).

Kristen said...

YAY! We are all so amazed at everything you do for you, your family, and OUR families! I am honored to know you and your family. Of course, you put us all to shame! LOL! Seriously, can't wait to see the picture/video. Welcome home, well done, and CONGRATULATIONS!!!

Lora Leigh Brown said...

Congratulations Renee! Sounds like you had a great time! You deserve it..you are one awesome woman!

~Melissa~ said...

Wow! How awesome!! Congratulations - you definitely deserved it!

Jen T said...

How freakin' cool is that? Congrats...you deserve it. Glad you guys had fun in DC!

Michelle said...

I wondered if that was your news! From a fellow military spouse thank you for representing us so well! :) Congratulations to you! how awsome that was for you to win; I'm so excited for you! DC is an awsome place to visit and see all the sights; glad you had such a wonderful time!

Jessica said...

That is such awesome news! I am so happy for you. Sounds like you had a blast. Can't wait to see photos!!

Kim Davis said...

Congrats - you totally deserve it!!!

Laura said...

WooHoo!!! So happy for you, you desevred it and more! Looking forward to all the pictures!

nicki mcfadden said...

WOW! How awesome! I am so glad that you won and had a great trip to DC.

Congrats!!!!!

Nicki

Michelle said...

Oh how wonderful!!! Congratulations! I'm so glad you & Kennedy had such a great adventure!

Shannon @ Gabi's World said...

CONGRATULATIONS! That is fantastic news and sounds like you had a great time! I hope you can get the video and pics! I would love to see them!

Dawn said...

Congratulations Renee! I'm so happy for you. I'm glad Miss Kennedy was able to share this special trip with her Mommy.

in Him,
Dawn

Cynthia said...

Such good news! Congratulations! You really do deserve this, and it is so cool to know that so many others thought so too. I can't wait to see your pictures!
Happy Mother's Day!

Ashley's Attic said...

Congratulations!! You soooo deserved this...and right near Mother's Day!

Burgh Baby's Mom said...

Congratulations! I already knew since I have spies near Fort Campbell. You so deserved it!

Mary said...

Congratulations! You deserve it.

Laurie said...

WooHoo!! Congrats! A well deserved honor.

Sara said...

Congratulations! I'm so happy for you. What an honor! You deserve it!

Sara

Ashley's Attic said...

So, I'm sending out my Mother's Day wishes very early this morning...I've been selecting quotes for some of my favorite moms. This one made me think of you; "Making the decision to have a child is momentous. It is to decide forever to have your heart go walking around outside your body." Happy Mother's Day Renee...I hope your day is lovely!

Anonymous said...

Hi Renee! I follow Kennedy's carepage. I knew this was going to be the good news. I'm so glad you gave us all the chance to vote for you, and can think of nobody who deserves it more!

Manuella said...

WOOHOO Renee !
Awesome !
I am so glad you and Kennedy had such a great time in Washington DC.. it is an amazing city to visit... i still love going there even after being there twice already.
You deserved this award sweetie !!!
HUGS !!
Manuella, Geert and Kaya

Anonymous said...

That is so awesome! God knew you needed some extra lovin' to fill your cup and give you the strength to keep doing what you are doing. As a mom, it is hard to feel like we even deserve recognition. But, like your husband, you are in the trenches doing the dirty work that changes lives forever. Eternal things, not temporal. Enjoy this moment! ~Shanna Marshall

Patty said...

CONGRATULATIONS!!!!!!!

Jennifer said...

I'm honestly not really surprised, but extremely excited for you! I knew you deserved it. But, now I'm thrilled you're being recognized for the awesome mommy you are!

Dawn Hudson said...

Congrats!!

My husband just brought home the airforce times and I was flipping through when I saw the article. I was reading all about the familys and read that they would state the winner on the 8th. Oh goody, I thought I don't even have to wait I can go check it out right now, then I saw your family had a blog page to check out so here I am checking it out and reading of your good news. Congrats again. Job well done!

Dawn-AF Wife

SunflowerMom said...

Congratulations, renee!!! YOu deserve to be honored! Glad you and Miss Kenn had a fabulous, but tiring trip!

The Journey Begins Here said...

How awesome. You deserve it!

Love Theresa

FBF Rothkopf said...

That is just awesome! Congratulations!

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CmyTroops said...

From your web log entry, we could understand how difficult that was for you to win in your life as a military spouse. We congratulate you for the award “Military Motherhood Award” and you deserve it. I suggest you a website in which you can share your interesting experiences with everyone.


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