7 Quick Takes Friday - November 11, 2011

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Thank you to our Veterans! I'm very proud of the two servicemen in my family. This (middle) is my cousin, Sgt. Adam Walsvik, who serves with the 188th Engineer Company in the North Dakota National Guard. He's currently serving in Afghanistan. Here's an article about an award that Adam won last year. (Incidentally, I had no idea my cousin knew General Hammond. LOL!)

This is my uncle, Command Sgt. Maj. Joel Walsvik (he is also Adam's uncle). I am his namesake (I was named after him and my great-grandmother Anna). He's also with the North Dakota National Guard, and has served several tours of duty in Iraq and one in Kosovo.

Here's an article about some awards he recently bestowed to fellow ND National Guard soldiers.

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Speaking of the North Dakota National Guard, I read this blurb at the bottom of one of the above articles: Since the 2001 terrorist attacks on America, the North Dakota National Guard has mobilized more than 3,500 Soldiers and more than 1,800 Airmen in support of the Global War on Terrorism. Currently, about a dozen North Dakota Guardsmen are serving overseas while more than 4,000 remain in the state for emergency response and national defense. For every 10,000 citizens in North Dakota, 65 serve in the North Dakota National Guard, a rate that’s more than four times the national average. Wow! So proud and thankful for our troops, no matter where they are. Here is a great prayer for veterans that I read today.

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Anyway, back to more mundane topics. I try to restrain myself from being snarky to total strangers on Facebook, I really do, but there are some occasions where I just can't resist. Case in point, from Kohl's FB wall:
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Elanor's first T-ball game went really well! I'm so proud of her.

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I met Kara in person on Saturday, at her sweet girl Tessa's 2nd birthday party! We were both so busy running after kids that we forgot to take a picture together, but she got a great one of our oldest daughters together:

(My daughter Elanor is on the left; Kara's daughter Amelia is on the right.) They became fast friends!

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Violet particularly enjoyed the cupcakes at the party:

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By the way, did anyone else know that Google released an official Blogger iPhone app back in September? It makes posting on the go a lot easier, especially when it comes to uploading pictures! That'll come in handy for updating my blog after Senor/ita Cuatro arrives. Plus, it's free.

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  1. #3 rofl!!!

    #5 it was so cute to see them palling around together chatting. Adorable girls!!

    #6 makes me laugh so hard. That was so adorable.

    I love the new Blogger app. It's helped me a bunch. I'm currently in a blogging funk because someone I just had a falling out wth reads my blogs and I'm not sure I want to post right now. Rough week. I do wish they would make reading and commenting easier. I can read the blogs easily from the google reader app but commenting is a pain and buggy for my phone.

  2. #3 lol! You have beautiful children and a great blog!!


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