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Tuesday, December 23, 2008

Tribute to a Veteran I Just Happen to Love

A couple of weeks ago Love Bunny was asked by a member of our ward, who is a 5th grade teacher, if he would come to her class on Veterans Day and talk about veterans. Being a retired Marine (and a bit of a ham!), he graciously accepted. He is a state representative of VFW (Veterans of Foreign Wars). He thoroughly enjoyed it and yesterday her husband dropped by and gave me some things rubber banded together to give to hubs. I didn't look at them. Just looked like blue construction paper folded over and I'm not particularly nosy. When he arrived home he looked at them quizzically and started reading them. They were "thank you notes" from the kids. Some of them were a tad funny and thought I'd share some of them with you. No names, of course, there will be first initials with asterisks (*) but all the grammar, spelling and punctuation is theirs as I type it accurately and have proofed each one. It is NOT easy typing incorrectly, ya know, trust me! LOL My comments are in brackets: [ ]. So I thought that today we'd travel through the years with a look at this man!

This is before I met him. I think he had a few "adult" beverages prior to taking this at one of those booths in a mall. ;-) He was probably 18 when this was taken.

On maneuvers in 1960s on a ship. That's him looking front.

This was in the 60s at my parents house when our kids were small.

We were living in the desert of California in the 60s at this time. Do you believe the orange and avocado furniture, lamps and rug? I think this is why I now hate orange! But truly, that sofa and chair that matched got more compliments than anything we ever owned. It was stunning and had an almost "aztec" look to it. I think that was my Spanish Colonial period! LOL But this was military housing. Furniture was ours however.

Somewhere in the 70s. We were going to the Marine Corps Birthday Ball. Isn't it wonderful how far we've come with cameras since then?!

We bought this house in the early 70s and lived there until we moved to Idaho in the 90s. Isn't he cute?!

This always reminded me of an ad in a magazine of the father of the house cutting the turkey on Thanksgiving day. It just looks so "posed", but it wasn't. The decorating was atrocious at that time. I'm truly embarrassed to even show these pictures but it just shows you that anyone can "reform"!! LOL UGLY!!!!!!! Uuuuhhh, not Love Bunny, the decor....

This is my "hunk" around 1970. He was a lean and mean Marine then. Military housing here also. :-)

The kids and I caught him in this pose and couldn't resist the picture. I'm sure everyone has one of these embarrassing photos of hubby or wife that they never want shown. Hubs will NOT see this blog post!!! He's still the sexiest man I know in jeans!!

This is him in the mid 80s on his passport photo. You can only imagine the airline ticket agent the next time when he had a new passport with a "yuppie" hair style. The ticket agent even remarked about him "going yuppie", but we had to try this afro since we lived in the S.F. area at the time. *Sigh*...............

He's "matured"! See how the years can make a difference. And still sexy, too!!! LOL
Okay, now on with the thank you cards from the 5th graders.

1. Dear Mr. C, thank you for telling us about veterans. and about how they died for our freedom. I learned a lot! thanks a lot. your freind, a kid.

2. Dear C, Thank you for coming to class and thank you for being a veteran. P.S. your welcome. from r***

3. Mr. C, Your speech was wonderful. To me it was very interesting. Thank you for coming, and for doing that Veterans Day speech.

4. Thank you for being a good veterans. !

5. Thank you for serving our country. Also thank you for wasting your time to talk to the 5th graders. thank you Mr. C I**** [Hubs did not consider it a waste of his time.]

6. Thank you for cooming for veterans Day. I hope you come aging. from N***

7. Dear –>Mr C thanks for cuming in are class and teaching use about how much veterens du for us. and thanks for serving. from W**** [I think the teacher needs to spend more time with this young fellow and his english grammar skills!]

8. TO ALL VETRENS thanks for everthing you bone for are contry and sining that blank check From W**** [I have no clue what "blank check" W is talking about! Not sure Mr. C does either! LOL]

9. I Salute u! God Belss America Before I thought that veterans day was just a regular day, but untill I learnd that It is about all the veterans that fout and are now alive or dead & I did not realalize that I am where I am because of all the people that risked their Life for us. From K****

9. Thank you Mr. C for serving are country and letting us be free. from R**

10. Dear mr. c Thank you for comeing and talk to u its was cool when we were talk about –>the wars thank you from E*****

11. Dear Soldier or Veteran, Thank you for serving our contry and for volontering for war.

Okay, hubs explained that part about the "blank check." He told the students when you signed up for the military during the wars that you were signing a "blank check" giving your "ALL" including your life for the USA. At least that little child was listening to what he said!! LOL But the fronts of all the "thank you cards" had American flags drawn by the student except for a few. One had a puzzle or a maze with a message that said: clue: eyes. I'm not real sure about that but it was imaginative. ;-) And one had a soldier in his fatigues on the front. I love kids and the things they say!!


  1. Connie, as an elementary principal it warms my heart to see others appreciating the efforts of little children. They would be so pleased to know that they are "published." We often tell them they write for an audience!

    I found you at Susie's. She is a real doll!

  2. What a fun tribute to your still hunky hubby- and a tribute to the great decorating styles of the 60's & 70's.

  3. Good morning Connie :)

    Those cards are so cute! Your sweet husband is really easy on the eyes too ;)

    I want to wish the both of you a very Merry Christmas and a very Happy New Year!


  4. Good Morning Connie... That was a great tribute to your honey... He was & still is a Hottie... And the letters and stuff from the kids... That was so special and darling... Have a great Tuesday...


  5. Hi Connie! Thanks for sharing! I loved seeing the yester years decorations. And how handsome your hubby was and is. The children were so funny and it was so nice of your hubby to go and speak with them. And I must admit the teacher is having a hard time. Blessings to you and yours this Christmas! Deb

  6. I enjoyed watching your husband change in the photos. As a wife to a man I think is still very sexy, I can definitely relate.

    Have a very Merry Christmas.

  7. Morning, Connieness and God bless Love Bunny! How nice of him to go to the children. I loved seeing him 'grow up'! Your decor was to die for, too!!
    Be a sweetie,
    Shelia ;)

  8. My thanks and appreciation to your good looking Love Bunny for his service to our country....

    Merry Christmas and warm wishes from our house to yours


  9. Hi Connie,
    You still make me laugh with your humor:) We all have had our "bad decorating days" and sometimes I think I still have them.
    What a great guy you have. I hope you have a Merry Christmas, if you celebrate that holiday.

  10. Connie:
    What a lovely thing to share. My grandson is in Iraq right now. Guess he signed a blank check too! Tell your sweet hubby thank you for taking care of all of us. And I wish you a Happy Christmas.
    Roberta Anne

    PS At the time the decor was so in!

  11. That was a wonderful post. I really enjoyed all the pics and the decorating!!! The kids were cute as kids always are.

  12. Connie,
    In the earlier pictures your Love Bunny reminds me of Dennis Quade from "Yours, Mine and Ours" and the newer pictures he looks like a Stake President or Bishop. I would love to see a picture of you two together. What a wonderful couple you make. Hugs, Bobbi Jo

  13. That was too much fun to hear...I love all the great photos of your Hubbs!...and the things kids say...and you say..are just a hoot...:) have a very merry christmas and all the best for 2009!
    Gina :)

  14. Connie, that was a lovely tribute to your husband and beautiful sentiments from the children too.

  15. What a cute post Connie, I enjoyed seeing all those pics. Loved your decor through the years!
    Merry Christmas & Happy New Year
    Love You, Shirl
    Shirls Rose Cottage

  16. I love this post, what a hunk.

  17. He is just as cute now and THEN....and your love shines thru just like a beacon...I am sure he loves you the very same way...
    Wonderful tribute to the man you adore....
    Merry Christmas, friend,
    love, bj

  18. This post made me smile for so many reasons. First I would like to thank your husband also for protecting us and fighting for our freedom.

    Those kids learned a lot from him. I'm sure many will remember him for a life time.

    Those cards are darling. I would keep them forever.


  19. What a wonderful tribute to your hubby! He's still HOT!! ;-)

  20. It so warms my heart to see the letters from the kids. Bill has some like that...from the war years and from more recently. We know a few teachers and they have the write these treasures to vets each year. They mean so much and will always be treasures to you as well!

    Oh, and your husband IS still sexy!!

    Love ya Conniekins.

  21. Hi Connie
    I just had a wonderful time getting caught up on some of your posts I miss. I really enjoyed hearing about your Christmases past and I love this tribute to your husband.
    God bless you and I hope your dreams come true this new year.
    Hugs, Rhondi

  22. Connie, apparently we have handsome Marine Corp husbands in common!


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