Thursday, May 30, 2013

Amanda & Joe's Wedding Reception

The wedding reception was a great deal of fun to put together.
We only had one thing that made planning and pulling off the reception a tad bit difficult...
the wedding and reception were 2 hours away from our home!
This meant we had to do some extra planning ahead for how to decorate, transport, and get us all there ready to go for the wedding day! I have to admit I lost some sleep on this one,
now looking back it was silly, as it all came together beautifully...
Praising our Lord for that and thankful for the many who were praying!

 We arrived to set up the reception 2 hours before
the wedding, the children knew what needed to be done
and many hands make light work.
In my head I had envisioned the tables, room, and food....
well, it turned out much better than I could have ever imagined.
Here is what the reception looked like after we finished.

~The Welcome Table~

This basket held the wedding favors,
Hershey Bars decorated in the wedding colors.

Also on the table were pictures of Joe and Amanda, a basket with packets of wedding coloring book & know for all the little guest,
 a basket of bubbles were to the far right, along with the bouquet that was to be thrown :)

~Left side of the room~

Each of the tables were decorated very simply,
a candle on a heart pedestal, owl salt & pepper shakers, flowers, and a bird house... 
The bird houses our family crafted/decorated  each one different, with the same paper as the
Hershey Bar wedding favors were made from.

~The Beverage Station~

For a cold beverage we served water with a hint of lemon/lime flavor
 or yummy sweet lemonade!

And what event would be complete without coffee?!?
We brought our Keurig....
 which gave everyone a fresh cup of coffee and choice of  flavor :)

Amanda is an owl lover, so we tried to incorporate that into the reception...
this pretty owl was borrowed from her Papaw and Nana.
It was on the end of the buffet line, next to the cake.

~The Buffet Line~

The food was also simple as we sought to make and take items that would travel easily.
We made mini wooden chalk boards to go in front of all the beverages, foods, and candy.

We served...
*Chicken Salad on Croissants
* Pepper Jack Cheese
 *Colby/Sharp Cheese
* 4 Varieties of  Crackers
* Our Homemade Trail Mix of Nuts

*Fruit Salad
*Veggie Tray
*Ranch Dip *Spicy Texas Dip
We also had almond cookies, that were pictured above in the first
buffet line picture.

~The Candy Bar~

There were plenty of sweets to go around,
and something for every ones liking :)
I'll try to name them all.....
*Lemon Drops
*Butterscotch Candies
*Lemon & Lime Skittles
*Sour Green Apple Sticks
*Lemon Sticks
*Andes Mints
*Green Apple Twizzlers
* Mint M&M's
*Large Suckers
Next wedding post I'll share pictures of the cake and reception,
with people in it :)

Tuesday, May 28, 2013

I'm one loved Mama...

On Mother's Day
I woke to a hurry scurry sound from the kitchen,
which followed instructions to not come into the kitchen,
a bit later I was summonsed to enter the kitchen.....
This is what I saw!

A Mother's Day breakfast fit for a Queen....
Or a pregnant Mama who loves donut holes :)
And gifts too!

The children had decorated the tree with the littles hand prints in bright yellow paper,
the hand prints were a gift within itself.
The tree topper was the butterfly from Mary Ann's birthday
3 days before, yet, the M could also stand for Mother :)
My Mother's Day Feast:
*Hashbrown Breakfast Casserole
*Fruit Salad
*Donut Holes~sweets~
*Orange Juice
And a Chocolate Chip Cookie for after dinner,
when I was treated to Cracker Barrel:)
I was blessed by all the effort the children took to make this Mother's Day
so very special for me. I'm still not even sure how or where
they found the time to sneak away to get gifts, flowers, and food,
since we had been so busy with last minute wedding details.
This is a Mother's Day I won't forget!
My Children~
The best gifts I have ever been given!
I feel like Mother's Day is everyday,
from all the love, hugs, kisses, and chats
I have from my children each day.

Monday, May 27, 2013

Memorial Day... Very Special guest post

What is written below appeared in our local paper yesterday,
The Cleveland Daily Banner.....
By: Major Hal P. Munck
Our time for reflection
Let’s use Memorial Day as a reflection into our lives, both present and past.

True, we recognize those who died for our freedom, but we should also remember those who are willing today to die for our freedom.

At the Armed Forces Day luncheon that I attended last week in Chattanooga, sponsored by the Chattanooga Area Veterans Council, Lt. Gen. John M. Riggs, commanding general of the First Army, said 153,000 troops are in 125 foreign lands representing America and what it stands for.

What do we stand for? It comes down to patriotism, the pride and love for our country and its flag that waves as a symbol and reminder of those values.

It’s Old Glory, the flag that for more than 10 score years has been the banner of hope and freedom for generations of Americans, the flag that has grown from a small group of colonies to a united and sovereign nation of 50 states.

As a veteran of World War II, I left high school and college to serve in the greatest Army in the greatest war in centuries. I remember standing in the rain in New Caledonia eating rations from a tin mess gear saturated in water, and looking up at the American flag and picking out the star that I picked out representing my state of Florida. It warmed my heart and made me homesick for the loves I had left behind.

The 51st anniversary of Armed Forces Day last week saw a parade of flags, marching bands, passing units of vehicles and smart-stepping members of Hamilton County’s Junior ROTC program, many of whom will probably join our Armed Forces upon graduation.

The Chattanooga Chapter of the Retired Officers Association, of which I am a proud member, at a formal dinner recognized the outstanding cadets with scholarships and leadership awards. These were the “cream of the crop” of America’s youth.

In patriotic gestures, in Cleveland, Tenn., the Cleveland High School students spent five months interviewing local World War II veterans from the war front and home front. These interviews were compiled into a book [of which] veterans received a copy.

Since Tom Brokaw’s writing of “The Greatest Generation,” the men and women — who in the 1940s left homes, jobs and school to battle the fanatical leaders of Germany, Italy and Japan — have been put into the limelight. It was the limelight that we as veterans of the war really didn’t want. For us, it was to bridge the past with a future to construct and build communities, and to reconstruct our lives.

With [more than] 11 million men and women in the Armed Services, the government created the GI Bill of Rights that enabled us to go to college and at the same time helped the governmental picture of not returning all veterans at once to flood a labor market.

Yes, the 1940s was a crucial time for America. The war in Europe wasn’t going well, with Hitler’s troops racing across the Balkans, and with the surprise attack by the Japanese on Pearl Harbor on Dec. 7, 1941. It brought us into war. Japanese and German submarines were spotted on our West and East coasts, respectfully.

Congress declared war, [then] came the invasion of France and the Nazi defeat, and the dropping of the Atom Bomb on Hiroshima and Nagasaki — and the end of the war against Hirohito and his war lords.

President Harry Truman made the decision to use the bomb — saving millions of American and Japanese lives — in what turned out to be a peaceful occupation of Japan.

I was in the vanguard of first American troops to land in Kure, a Japanese Naval base in the southern part of Japan. For the first four to five days we saw no civilians. They had taken to the hills, not knowing what to expect from the Americans. Slowly, they returned.

What a contrast to America’s occupation, and to Japan’s own rape and killing in Manchuria, and other places of conquest. I couldn’t help but wonder, on seeing the little people in canvas shoes and most wearing glasses, how they expected to defeat the industrialized United States.

Before returning stateside, I visited Hiroshima. The city was some 12 miles from our headquarters and — contrary to what I thought I’d see as a big, big hole — instead was a burned-out landscape stretching for miles. There is no question that the decision to use the bomb shortened the war against Japan and saved millions of lives.

They started it. We ended it.

We should never forget to tell our children and grandchildren why we observe Memorial Day, what it means and what sacrifices our men and women made to keep the United States of America strong.

Freedom doesn’t come easy!


(Editor’s Note: This guest “Viewpoint” was written originally some 15 years ago by the late Hal P. Munck, a retired major in the U.S. Army who served 32 years. A journalist and graduate of Emory University, Munck was a respected Cleveland newsman and later served as Bradley County director of Civil Defense/Emergency Management following his retirement from military service. This narrative was submitted to the Cleveland Daily Banner earlier this month by Munck’s widow, Charlotte, with permission to publish it in observance of Memorial Day. Munck died May 27, 2005, at age 83. He was buried in Chattanooga National Cemetery on the Tuesday following Memorial Day. In a letter to our newspaper, Mrs. Munck observed, “Hal was a very patriotic person and loved America. I remember his son, Arthur, saying that it was very fitting that his Dad would be buried at the Chattanooga National Cemetery with all the beautiful American flags in honor of Memorial
We are forever grateful for those who gave their lives for our freedom, to those who have served, and continue to serve our country to maintain our freedom. May we never take for granted the sacrifices they and their families have made.
Freedom is never more than one generation away from extinction. We did not pass it to our children in the bloodstream. It must be fought for, protected, and handed on for them to do the same, or one day we will spend our sunset years telling our children and our children's children what it was once like in the United States where men were free.
~Ronald Reagan~

Friday, May 24, 2013

♥ Bride & Groom ♥

♥ Amanda & Joe ♥
May 15, 2013
Husband & Wife....
Until death do they part!

Married on a beautiful sunny day
 in the mountains of Tennessee!

This began
 Chapter 1
of a lifetime of love!

Over the next few weeks I will continue to share wedding pictures, these are just a start. As Dad and Mom we didn't take to many pictures due to trying to focus on the Bride and Groom. We had a professional photographer, his pictures will take 2-3 weeks to get back. Also, Uncle Brett (Arthur's brother in law) who also happens to be a professional photographer took many pictures. We look forward to getting his pictures once he returns home from another photo shoot. I'm very excited about sharing more pictures.  What a treat having pictures is, yet, pictures or no pictures this day will be etched in my memory for life :)

Wednesday, May 22, 2013

Internet issues...

Our internet/phone has been up and down for the past couple of days...mainly down! A repairman is coming sometime today, and I so hope he gets it up and running. I have much to share, first thing to share are a few of our wedding pictures.... as we won't be getting the 'real' ones for several weeks. Well, that's it from the Munck house until our internet connection is working properly, because typing out a post off my phone takes much to long.

Hope everyone is having a fantastic week:)

Monday, May 20, 2013

28 Weeks!

Time is marching on and I am now in my third trimester of pregnancy!
I feel 'big', but not really baby big, just big :)
I can hardly believe that in just a few short months we will be welcoming
Baby M into our home.
Now that I'm sporting a round middle the littles
are beginning to chat about Baby M with great excitement....
you know it seems all the more real when Mama's belly 
starts to get in the way of hugging and lap sitting;) 
This morning Ruth Ella told me that she is going to kiss all over the baby
just as soon as it "pops out"!
~Sweet girl if it was only so easy~
Some days the children talk of the baby referring to Baby M
as 'he' and other days they say 'she'...
I'm not really sure any of us have set our minds to one gender over the other.
Yet, one thing is for sure Baby M
is most definitely a boy or a girl:)
I'm enjoying this pregnancy and treasuring each flutter and kick.
No two pregnancies are alike, just as no two people are alike...
from pregnancy and baby #1 Elizabeth to now,
#12 Baby M each have been a blessing and I'm so thankful!
12 more weeks, give or take, to go....

Sunday, May 19, 2013


Therefore a man shall leave his father and mother and be joined to his wife, and they shall become one flesh.  Genesis 2:24
~Wedding pictures coming soon~

Tuesday, May 14, 2013

Pre-Wedding Rush

Siesta Time :)
The past few days we have been in "high gear"! Many last minute items to take care of before the wedding! The preparation of the wedding and reception have all gone so smoothly, making it all the more exciting. It's a little after 11:00 PM here, most everyone is in bed...cause morning will come early :) Tomorrow will turn the page to a new chapter in the lives of our family. It will begin a whole new family Amanda and Joe, 2 will become 1!

We welcome your prayers for the wedding, and Amanda & Joe's future.


Monday, May 13, 2013

Mary Ann's...Tu-Tu Cute Birthday

Wednesday, May 8th
Mary Ann turned 2!!!!!

For Mary Ann's birthday the color was a no-brainer,
 we hear all day about her 2 favorite colors
Pink & Purple!

Sparkly, frilly, and all things "girl" would describe Mary Ann,
so her birthday theme had to match :)
Mary Ann's birthday theme was
~2-TU Cute Birthday~

 Mary Ann as she makes her grand entrance
into her birthday party!
We have several family birthday traditions,
one is the theme is kept as a surprise,
 another is the birthday person has to enter the kitchen 
while everyone is lined up singing Happy Birthday....
this is when the theme is unveiled  :) 

Mary Ann taking a peek at the gifts.....

She was so funny to watch....

This was her big day!!!!!

On the menu:
Breakfast for dinner...
*Scrabbled Eggs
*Bran Muffins
*Banana Bread
*Fruit Salad
*Orange Juice & Cranberry Juice
*Mini Marshmallows
*Chocolate Chip Morsels
(Mary Ann's Favorites)
We had a large strawberry cupcake with cream cheese icing,
and homemade strawberry smoothies...
some of us just opted for the smoothie :) 
 Miss Mary Ann

 Totally Fun!!!!

 This is the moment Mary Ann had been waiting for, candles!
For several weeks Elizabeth had practiced with Mary Ann on blowing out a candle, this was the big day!
Mary Ann enjoyed the candles so much
 we decided to light them again,
 just so she could blow them out ;)

Happy Birthday
Miss Mary Ann
You truly are 2-TU Cute,
We love you so very much sweet girl!!!!!