I am a bit behind on my focus posts - and to be honest my brain isn't very focused at all. Not for any bad reason - but because all I have been doing has been celebrating and having fun!

On July 3rd I retired from the Air Force!

On July 4th we had our annual cul de sac party.  

It started a bunch of years ago, dragging our chairs out to the middle to share some drinks and let the kids light off fireworks, and it's become the highlight of living in our neighborhood.  This year it doubled as my retirement party, which means we rented a jumping castle, a very good friend was DJ, and the neighbors let me invite my extended family and a couple other friends.

Immediately after the festivities Greg and Michael headed to Scout camp...

...and Emma and I took a girls trip to Austin and San Antonio, Texas.  Why?  Because she was born there, and loves BBQ, and because it seemed like a great way to kick off summer of fun.

We stopped by Wilford Hall Medical Center at Lackland AFB, San Antonio, TX where she was born.

We toured the Texas State Capitol, which is taller than the US Capitol they would like you to know.

And we spent some time strolling around the University of Texas campus.

I love the yummy food and drinks in the Southwest :-)
"Would you like to try tonight's margarita special, ma'am?"  
Definitely a sweet way to celebrate!

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  1. What a wonderful catch-up post!! Such gorgeous photos - and yes, I'd love a margarita, thank you - looks scrummy :)

  2. How was your watermelon margarita ? I had a mango one in the canary islands and it was only so so... Went back to lime for my next one! Hope you have a happy retirement!

  3. Sweet photos. There is nothing better than being with family and friends.

  4. Congratulations on your retirement and thank you for your service. I hope you have some fun plans for your second act!

  5. Great pictures! How wonderful to be a part of a close neighborhood like that they you all get together every year! I would really love that. And congratulations on your retirement! That is awesome!! You you have a beautiful family!

  6. Looks like you shared a lot of sweetness!

  7. Congratulations on your retirement! That's a wonderful thing to be celebrating. How sweet to have some girl time!


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