Tuesday, August 30, 2011

Costa Rica Album Complete!!

Finally.......it's done!! I've managed to complete my Storybook album of my Costa Rica trip. 
Wanted to share it here so that family may see it! 
I will not order it until Sept. 1st when Creative Memories as a sale on the Storybook prices. 
I hope you can see things ok.....can't wait to get the finished book in my hands!!!

If you ever get a chance to go to Costa Rica you should go....it's so beautiful and there are so many fun things to do!! Hope you've enjoyed this!!
Some of these pages are best viewed side by side, but can't get that to work, so you get to see them individually!!


Wednesday, August 17, 2011

Technology and Travel

Have you ever wanted to share your travel pictures with your friends in a cool video. Then you should try Animoto! I only use the free version which gives you 30 seconds, however you can subscribe and pay $5 a month and have more time and options. However the 30 second version works for me! It allows me to share here on my blog or website or faceboook a few of my pics with some background music.

Create your own video slideshow at animoto.com.

It's so easy to get started!! Just sign up at animoto.com and select the background. Then you upload your pictures, pick the music and finalize. The options include to share, embed, download, or export your video.
Very easy and fun to share with friends!!


Friday, August 12, 2011

The Big Piano

On the recent trip to New York City we managed to squeeze in a lot of quick little visits and the FAO Schwarz Store was no different! Remember the scene from the movie Big, with Tom Hanks?? They played the BIG Piano in the store....it's very cool!! They do shows highlighting the piano and demonstrate songs. This store really does make you feel like a kid again, there are soooo many things to look at and do, but if you are ever there you have got to stop by and watch them do this!!! I don't know that they liked us three adult women running around all over the keyboard, but it was just so much fun we giggled the rest of the morning!!
Here is a short video of Chopsticks, but I didn't get the entire thing:

And then I got the entire version of Heart and Soul, which I've played on the piano for years, but when you get up in front of this Big Piano, it's a bit more difficult to do it by yourself. They definitely need two people to be able to play both the left and right hand parts.

And you can own that piano for only $250,000.00!!!!! Also would need a big space to put it in, but you could have hours of entertainment!!


Monday, August 8, 2011

New York City

What a whirlwind weekend the girls had!!! New York City is such a great place to visit!! There is such history here in this city in Manhattan. It's just WAY too much for one weekend! There wasn't nearly enough time to see it all, but what I did see was awesome!!
Look for some more posts on NYC soon........here is a tiny portion of the ferry ride over to see the Statue of Liberty! Wow!! I know that this was a gift from the French people, however it makes you swell with pride as an American when you see this site!!! Amazing views and scenery!!



Tuesday, August 2, 2011

USS Alabama

Newest adventure in Alabama, close to Gulf Shores, was a trip to the USS Alabama that is permanently on display in Mobile. It is located in the Battleship Memorial Park and your ticket admission gets you onto the ship and you can walk all over the ship, the Submarine USS Drum and the Aircraft Pavilion......well worth the price. And of course you can get discount coupons in all of the tourist guide pamphlets!!

The ship was commissioned August 16, 1942 and fought all during World War II. She earned 9 Battle Starts and shot down 22 enemy airplanes during WWII. Here is the plaque that is displayed on the ship of her journey as a battleship:
I've just recently retired from education and I love these kinds of trips! It's important to remember and to understand our history and these kinds of memorials are just the ticket! There is so much more than the battleship......the displays in the Aircraft Pavilion are just as awesome although not near the scale of the ship, planes, and submarine.
Here are some other pictures that I got while visiting.
Me in front of one of the propellers of the ship!

The big guns that could shoot with accuracy to 21 miles!

 In addition the Battleship Memorial Park is devoted to recognizing all Alabama veterans who have participated in all conflicts of the United States Armed Services, with displays of WWII, Korea, Vietnam, and even a small display in honor of 9/11 victims from Alabama.
Loved this quote by a Vietnam Vet that is inscribed on the granite wall honor Alabama Vietnam veterans

When I saw this I thought they have C in sculpture for me!! Not really, it's a life-size example of the MIA/KIA bracelets that were made in honor of those serving in Vietnam. I remember these as a teenager and many of my friends had them. It was inscribed with the name of the individual that was Missing and the date they went missing. The idea was to wear them until the individuals came home, one way or another. This was probably the best promotional idea that came out of the Vietnam War, since there was so much animosity toward the young vets returning to the states, who were only doing their duty, but the war was so incredibly unpopular.

As we were making our last stop into the bookstore and perusing the shelves that mainly contain the ghastly souvenirs, lo and behold there was a book signing going on. Retired Col. Glenn D. Frazier was busy signing his book, Hell's Guest

I was so excited and grabbed a book and had him sign. Haven't read the book yet, but looking forward to it. He lied about his age and signed up for the military at age 16 and within 3 years was sent to Japan and was captured and was an unfortunate participant in the Baatan death march. He was a very big contributor to the Ken Burns documentary, The War. Have a look at his website that is very interesting and has clips of the documentary that he specifically helped advise.

It was such an awesome day to be able to see a little piece of our history and remember the fallen heroes that remind us that liberty is our most important possession and costs us a very precious price.