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Washington DC

Sunday, July 01, 2012

My daughter won the Congressional Art Contest in our district in our state... She was honored with a reception locally where she received an award. She also received two round trip tickets to Washington DC for the opening ceremony of the Congressional Art Display.
Each trip was on one of these purple planes :)

We first went to the Rayburn building where the congressional offices are. Then we began our tour... This is my daughter standing in the Cannon Tunnel near her artwork: My Palette for this Painting

Melanie and I in front of a full size replica of the Statue of Freedom that sits atop the capitol dome.

Melanie and Dad on the upper level of the capitol visitor center.

In the Crypt. Although it's called the crypt, no one is buried here. (dang!) but it is where some funerals (like Ronald Reagan's) were held.

Inside the Rotunda. Lots of amazing artwork.

These steps lead down to the visitor's center.

Outside... all three of us.

Out to eat at Rock Bottom

How we got from point a to point b... walking and the Metro (subway)

Mitch Breitweiser, a Marvel Comics artist from Arkansas!, was the main speaker at the opening ceremony

best known for his Captain America:

A little bit ot fun with the Blues Bros. at Chicago Midway (on the way home, 4 hours to burn there! )

I never thought I'd like a big city... especially Washington DC, but I was happily surprised. We had a really short, but wonderful time. We also visited 2 of the 14 Smithsonian Museums... and felt like we flew through those! I hope to visit again with the whole family. A whole week wouldn't be long enough!

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LEFTHANDLUKE 8/10/2012 7:02PM

    great photos,and a great time too i'll bet...your daughter is awesomly beautiful,and by the way,she looks like a carbon copy of, that's right, of you..... thanks for visiting my page emoticon

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DISPATCHER04 8/4/2012 12:44AM

    LOVED your blog! :) Your daughter looks just like you. It looks like y'all had a great time. :)

(P.S. LOVE Captain America!) ;)

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DASU1949 7/6/2012 8:58AM

    Awesome trip!
Congratulations to Melanie on her award!
Looks like you all had a great time.

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HELE_LANAKILA 7/3/2012 11:29AM

    Looks like y'all had a great time! Loved your daughter's artwork. Congratulations to her.

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NGCHILD 7/2/2012 2:28PM

    Looks like you had a great time! Thanks for sharing with us!

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STUFFANFLUFF 7/2/2012 2:02PM

    This is awesome! How fun for your family and way to go to your daughter. Love the pics!

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JOLEEV 7/2/2012 1:39PM

    What an honor Renee! So happy for all of you! Glad you had such an amazing trip. Thanks for sharing! emoticon

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SEASONS__CHANGE 7/1/2012 5:59PM

    What a very proud moment and glad you guys had a great time.

LOVED the pictures and thanks for sharing the experience with us.


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MAMMAW497 7/1/2012 3:09PM

    What a great trip! and a great experience for your daughter. How neat.
next time you have a four hour layover at Midway let me know and I'll give you a tour of Chicago. :-)
If you were pleasantly surprised at how much you enjoyed your time in D.C. you'll be overwhelmed at the beauty, friendliness and cleanliness of Chicago. the museums, art,,,,
I live in a chicago suburb, Schaumburg.

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SPARKNMOM 7/1/2012 1:08PM

    Wow!! What an amazing opportunity!! So glad you shared the pics :)

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NATIVE_ONE 7/1/2012 12:41PM

    I have worked in DC and lived in HI - total opposites for sure! Congrats to your daughter for her accomplishments and by your pics, it looks like you all had a wonderful time!

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    Looks and sounds like so much fun thanks for sharing!!!

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    Looks and sounds like so much fun thanks for sharing!!!

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GMO_JEN 7/1/2012 11:24AM

    Congrats to your daughter-that is awesome! Love the pictures and all the history-looks like a great trip. :)

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BEARGODDESS 7/1/2012 10:56AM

    Looks like you had a wonderful time! Great pictures! Your daughter especially looks like she's just having so much fun! Congratulations to her!

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LIBRA73 7/1/2012 10:42AM

    Great pictures! What a cool honor! I know you are a proud mama! Just awesome!

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BIGPAWSUP 7/1/2012 10:22AM

    Absolutely awesome! Congrats again to your daughter!


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JUSTME29 7/1/2012 10:17AM

    A month might not be long enough in DC. Congrats to your daughter what a great piece of artwork.

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LIVING4HIM_INWI 7/1/2012 9:43AM

    Congrats! By encouraging children to express themselves can lead to a wild ride for the parents! Glad you enjoying fruits of good parenting! May this joyous ride keep you sailing through whatever comes up next.

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MICHELELYNN777 7/1/2012 8:55AM

    What a wonderful trip and such an accomplishment for your daughter! Thank you for sharing all the great pictures, too!

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STORMMIEONE 7/1/2012 8:24AM

    Very cool! I've never been to DC. Looks like everyone had a great time. Congrats to your daughter!

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Just a note of thanks...

Tuesday, May 01, 2012

emoticon emoticon emoticonto every one of you who commented, complimented, and congratulated my daughter ... I am very proud of her and I truly appreciate all your kind words! emoticon emoticon emoticon
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HEALTHYSLIM2 5/2/2012 7:15PM

It's awesome to have kids... and seeing them shine in any way is so special!
What a lucky family you have to have such a loving and supportive mom!!!

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    emoticonNo problem! emoticon

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My daughter, the Prom Queen!

Saturday, April 21, 2012

Last night was prom... my daughter was voted Prom Queen! :)

It was so surprising to her... before she left my younger daughter said she was so pretty she could be prom queen... Melanie said "No Way!!" LOL!

Recently, she also has won 1st place in a local art competition between 15 schools, 1st place in our state Nutritional Poster contest, and 1st place in our District's Congressional Art Competition, where her art will be on display for a year in Washington DC. Several rewards go along with these wins as well.

I am very proud of my little girl!

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NEVERORNOW 10/25/2012 9:19AM

    She's absolutely beautiful and so talented besides! I can see why you are such a proud mama. :) Congrats to her on her accomplishments!

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JUSTME29 5/1/2012 8:33AM

    What a beautiful and talented young lady!

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JUSTLYLE 5/1/2012 7:43AM

    I can see why your soo proud, congrats to all. VERY DESERVING!

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GARDENCHRIS 5/1/2012 6:52AM

    very pretty girl! and congrats to her.

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LIVING4HIM_INWI 4/30/2012 2:29PM

    That is great!!! That shows she is not only beautiful on the outside but the inside as well!!!!

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CHARLIE-B 4/25/2012 1:14AM

    Like mother like daughter, Melanie is just as gorgeous as her mom. Wow, and talent too! That is a wonderful accomplishment for someone so young, congratulations to Melanie . I can just see you beaming Renee`!


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KATJAMN 4/24/2012 11:35AM

    Pretty and talented too... very nice

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DISPATCHER04 4/23/2012 4:32AM

    Renee, that is just FABULOUS!!! Oh, I know you must be SO very proud! :) And she looks just like YOU! :) Congratulations to you and your beautiful, talented daughter! :)

Cheers! :)

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SARAHTAIT 4/22/2012 10:25AM

    How wonderful...I know you are bursting with pride at your daughters accomplishments...she is quite a beauty and I know the boys flock her way,,,,I know you are really proud of her! emoticon

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STORMMIEONE 4/22/2012 9:19AM

    Congrats to her! She is very pretty

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NYC_NATIVE 4/22/2012 6:25AM

    She is beautiful! No wonder you're so proud of her - I'd be too, if I were in your shoes. Congratulations!

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HEALTHYSLIM2 4/22/2012 5:08AM

    Oh wow - how fun! Lovely to be so young and full of promise - and have life ahead of her.
emoticon to a beautiful gilr!!
Great job momma!!

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BIGPAWSUP 4/22/2012 12:25AM

    Wow! You have a beautiful daughter. Congrats to her!

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GRAYGRANNY 4/21/2012 7:46PM

    And Momma should be very proud of her!!! She's a knockout for sure!!! Congrats to your daughter for her accomplishments !!

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SPARKNMOM 4/21/2012 6:25PM

    Wow!! What a very pretty young lady!! And she looks just like her momma!! I also love that her dress is of such good taste...some of the prom dresses these days make me cringe!!! Way to go, momma!! She's quite a lovely daughter!

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FRAN0426 4/21/2012 4:30PM

    She is a beautiful young lady, hope she will remember her prom night forever. Congrats to her for all the recent acheivemets she has recieved, you should be so proud, and rightfully so.

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BRENDARK 4/21/2012 3:32PM

    Very beautiful and talented indeed!

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    Beautiful and talented - killer combination!

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LIOCORO 4/21/2012 2:56PM

    Oh wow, what a win streak for her! Really awesome. And she is so pretty, I absolutely love her dress (especially the colour). She looks stunning!

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BEARGODDESS 4/21/2012 2:33PM

    Beautiful!! emoticon emoticon

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MICHELELYNN777 4/21/2012 2:27PM

    emoticonWhat a beautiful and taletnted daughter~you have every right to be proud!

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LIBRA73 4/21/2012 2:15PM

    I would totally wear that tiara around everywhere!

She is just gorgeous. I would blog it and have a brag too!

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SEASONS__CHANGE 4/21/2012 12:11PM

    Gorgeous pictures and congratulations on the contest!


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ALLIEALLIE2 4/21/2012 11:53AM

    emoticonHow pretty!

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28 Day Bootcamp DVD Days 15 - 21

Tuesday, April 17, 2012

I'm still hanging in there with the bootcamp dvd! Also still filling in rest days with other stuff. I can't do the Brazil Butt Lift yet... not enough energy! My daughter is doing it and doing great, although she says sometimes it kicks her booty. :)

I've suspended the Vi-shakes since Easter. I couldn't get the eating under for several days... since my son's birthday... and I decided to not waste it. I am 3 days into the 6 day supermodel slimdown diet that came with the BBL workout discs. So far so good. :) I"m not cheating! It's just what I needed.... some discipline. After this... I'm back on the shakes.

Well... overall I'm 24 days in a row exercising!
How many days does it take to make it a real habit? I still have days of "I don't wanna!" but I'm always glad I did.

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KAREN_NY 4/18/2012 9:28PM

    Gives a whole new meaning to a "brazilian," lol! Excellent job!

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MICHELELYNN777 4/18/2012 7:42PM

    emoticonA 24 day streak for exercise is GREAT! I don't know about the time for a habit, I just know exercise is an easy habit to get out of! I usually have to talk myself into it, but like you, I never regret it. Keep going strong~you can do it!
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STORMMIEONE 4/18/2012 8:28AM

    You are doing awesome! Yay!!! emoticon

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DISPATCHER04 4/18/2012 5:33AM

    I haven't tried the BBL, but it looks fun and challenging! :) Go you for working out! You're doing great! :)

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SPARKNMOM 4/17/2012 11:47PM

    Fabulous job, Renee'!! Keep at it!

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LIBRA73 4/17/2012 10:39PM

    I have heard it takes 21 days to make something habit.

You are doing awesome! You will be ready for those surf lessons in time!

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BRIDGIEEE 4/17/2012 9:50PM

    Good job! I have really slacked on the 28 Day Bootcamp. I've been doing more at the gym and I'm trying to master my hula hoop lol.

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28 Day Bootcamp DVD Days 8 - 14

Monday, April 09, 2012

Haven't missed one workout and I'm still filling in the 'rest' days with something else. I'm on a great streak! 16 days straight of exercise. :)

I'm also riding the exercise bike sometimes and/or samba reggae... I'll soon add the Brazil Butt Lift, but it looks hard!

I'm really scared to get on the scales again. I had a gain last week and Easter Sunday was a piggy day. Hopefully by Saturday I'll have a nice woosh! I really am doing well except for that one day. My trackers are public to prove it! :) (well, I did really crappy eating wise on the 10th... really bad crappy.)

Many thanks to all who encourage me along. :)

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SPARKNMOM 4/16/2012 11:15PM

    Hope you are doing well!! Thinking of you!

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LIBRA73 4/16/2012 7:12AM

    I still say it's building muscle that made the scale move up!

I hope you had a great weigh in and weekend.

Thanks for asking my questions all last week!

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KALISWALKER 4/15/2012 4:25PM

    Keep your streak going there! I was up for my weigh in too, but the next one will be better for both of us.

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DISPATCHER04 4/14/2012 5:31AM

    Go you! :) Samba Reggae sounds fun! Have you tried Zumba yet? Soooooo fun! :)

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MICHELELYNN777 4/11/2012 11:58AM

    Keep up the routine~you are doing emoticonI know the scale will eventually catch up to all your hard work!
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STORMMIEONE 4/10/2012 8:17AM

    You are doing great! emoticon

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JMCADE 4/9/2012 11:03PM

    Great job with your streak! Keep it going. emoticon emoticon emoticon

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