S: Christmas Deployment Leave 2011
BC: Missing U Awaiting Here | and so the journey continued ..... | Deployment Day # 281
FC: Christmas | 2011 | Love Loyalty | Strength Courage
1: A Fairy Tale Christmas Deployment Leave To Remember... 2011-2012
2: On April 3,2011 Daddy left for Afghanistan. He hasn't been home in over 8 months. Today we picked out a Christmas tree without him. We stayed brave and sent him these pictures.
3: O Christmas tree, O Christmas tree, how lovely are your branches! In summer sun or winter snow, a coat of green you always show. O Christmas tree, how lovely are your branches!
4: Trying To Have A Holly Jolly Christmas...... | Trimming the tree with happy hearts, that's the way the holiday starts.
5: Sandy | Chloe | A World Apart !
6: A Patriotic Christmas | The best of all gifts around any Christmas tree is the presence of a happy family all wrapped up in each other.
7: "Dear Santa, For Christmas I wish you would bring my daddy home to our family." Love Haley
9: Twas the night before Christmas, and all through the base only sentries were stirring - they guarded the place. At the foot of each bunk sat a helmet and boot for the Santa of Soldiers to fill up with loot. The soldiers were sleeping and snoring away as they dreamed of "back home" on good Christmas day. One snoozed with his rifle - he seemed so content. I slept with the letters my family had sent. When outside the tent there arose such a clatter. I sprang from my rack to see what was the matter. Away to the window I flew like a flash. Poked out my head, and yelled "What was that crash?" When what to my thrill and relief should appear but one of our blackhawks to give the all clear. More rattles and rumbles I hear a deep whine! Then up drove eight heavily armored MRAPs, a jeep close behind. The convoy commander leaped down and he paused. I knew then and there it was Sergeant McClause! | A Soldiers' Night Before Christmas
10: All we want for Christmas is .........Our Daddy.
11: Instead we will send a little Christmas spirit to him. | Making a deployment box full of love for our daddy and mailing it off to Afghanistan is very important. We know a long distance connection can make a big difference in each of our daily lives. We enjoy letting daddy know how appreciated and missed he really is. Its our job to keep our hero's morale high from our HOME front.
12: Every year we visit Santa at the Ocean County Mall.Mommy gets us all dressed up and we make an outing out of it.
13: Mommy and Daddy have planned the biggest surprise homecoming ever! Here in these pictures we have no idea that daddy is behind us. Holiday Memories Like These Warm Even The Coldest Of Days.
14: Surprise!! Merry Christmas! Daddy is Home! | December 20, 2011 | Deployment day # 264
17: It's A Wonderful Life !
18: Artisan's Brewery & Italian Grill
19: Artisan's Brewery & Italian Grill
21: Winding River Ice Skating Center
24: Dear Santa, I want one of everything | Koziar's Christmas Village | Pennsylvania
26: Lets Throw Peanuts On The Floor!
28: Christmas Cheer Recipe: Combine loads of good wishes, heart full of love and armfuls of hugs. Sprinkle with laughter and garnish with mistletoe. Top off with presents. Serves the Family!
29: Leonard Family Tradition Christmas Sauce
30: Buon Appetito!
31: "Here comes Santa Claus, Here comes Santa Claus, Right down Santa Claus Lane, He's got a bag that's filled with toys For boys and girls again. Hear those sleigh bells jingle jangle, Oh what a beautiful sight, So jump in bed, and cover your head, 'Cause Santa Claus comes tonight."
32: Combine in Extra Large ,Heavy Pot: Sauté: 15+ Cloves of Garlic, Thinly Slice 1 Cup Chopped Onions or Shallots 1/4 Cup Olive Oil till translucent Mix in: 2 (28 ounce) Cans Peeled Plum Tomatoes 2 (28 ounce) Cans Tomato Sauce 2 (28 ounce) Cans Diced Tomatoes 4 (6-ounce) Cans Tomato Paste 1 Stick of Butter 12 Large Basil Leaves 1/2 Cup Fresh Italian Parsley 1 Tablespoon Italian Seasoning 1/2 Teaspoon Salt & Pepper 6 - 8 Cubes of Moms Summer Garden Herbs | Leonard Family
33: Also Add to Pot: Spoonfuls of Balsamic Vinegar Splashes of Red Wine to Taste Thin Slices of Parmesan, Pecorino Romano, and Mozzarella Cheese Couple Shakes of Italian Bread Crumbs Don't Forget About: 2 Pounds of Browned Ground Meatloaf Mix Browned Sausage Links 1 -2 Flank Steak Bracioles Simmer over low heat from Christmas Eve till Christmas dinner. Turn off and refrigerate while sleeping for Santa. Stir frequently throughout cooking. Bring a large pot of lightly salted water to a boil. Add pasta and cook for 8 to 10 minutes till al dente; drain. Add sauce to pasta and serve with Christmas meatballs and garlic cheese bread. | Christmas Sauce | * The secret to this fabulous sauce is that it is never the same way twice in a row.
34: Dear Santa, All our dreams came true!
37: "And the Grinch, with his Grinch-feet ice cold in the snow, stood puzzling and puzzling, How could it be so? It came without ribbons. It came without tags. It came without packages, boxes or bags. And he puzzled and puzzled 'till his puzzler was sore. Then the Grinch thought of something he hadn't before. What if Christmas, he thought, doesn't come from a store. What if Christmas, perhaps, means a little bit more." ~ Dr. Seuss
39: Towne of Historic Smithville
40: Home of the 'Original' Playdrome Bowling Alley
43: Dear Santa, I can explain... | Borgata Hotel Casino Atlantic City | Distance between two hearts is not an obstacle, rather a beautiful reminder of just how strong true love can be.
45: Pre New Years Eve Gathering
48: The Hibachi at Shogun
49: Our last big dinner ended with a surprise trip to Disney World. We wanted to honor the girls bravery and strength! Then they had something wonderful to look forward to after waiting patiently for Daddy's return home after the completion of this year long deployment.
50: The last day before daddy left was very tough but we made the best of it. He drove us to school and we played Monopoly. "I hugged him till I feel asleep in his arms."
51: "Ever has it been that love knows not its own depth until the hour of separation." Shakespeare | January 5, 2012 Deployment Day # 280 | EWR Newark Liberty International Airport