(He deserves a medal and so do all his friends who are helping.)
I'm an active duty Air Force father and I have a story I would like to share.
My seven year old daughter, Emaline Grace, has three American Girl Dolls and while
I was packing my things for my remote tour here in Thule, Greenland, she brought one of
her dolls in and sat on my bed while I loaded uniforms and cold weather gear into
my duffel bag.
She took my hand and said since she couldn't cometo Greenland with me that she wanted me to take her doll with me. She explained
if she couldn't see all of the things Daddy was going to see and she couldn't come
spend time with me then at least her doll could. Choking back tears I agreed and
promised to send pictures of her doll everywhere I went. That night Emaline and
I got online and ordered a winter outfit for her so that her doll would stay warm.
A few days later I kissed her and her brother
goodbye and boarded an airplane bound for Baltimore where I would catch a military rotator to Greenland. I snapped my first photo of her doll at the airport in Boise where I departed, and then again in Chicago for my layover, and again in Baltimore. I took photos all along the way to Thule Air Base, 950 miles
north of the Arctic Circle.
So far her doll has travelled across the country
and beyond. She has seen abandoned Nike Missile silos, stood inside Cold War bunkers,
and planted her feet on the Polar Ice Cap. She's been aboard Danish Search and Rescue
ships, aboard ocean liners, dipped her toes in the flowing water of a glacial stream
and rode an ATV to the coast to see Musk Oxen herds grazing.
She sat in the truck when we saw the polar
bear, stood on the shoreline when we watched a pod of seals in the bay, rode a helicopter
to native villages on the outreaches of the ice and explored a cavernous ice cave.
She has been a trooper the entire way, riding shotgun in my hiking pack braving
the environment just like I have. We did have to have a custom made parka made for
her as Emaline wanted her doll to match Daddy!
I have taken pictures of most of these moments
and most of my military friends isolated up here with me have commented or remarked
on the doll or reminded me sternly to remember to bring her when we've made plans
to go out. I email the pictures to Emaline and we get a chance to talk about where
her doll has been and what she has seen.
It has helped bridge the gap that is sometimes
difficult to fathom when you leave your children behind. Having this bond has brightened
an otherwise bleak tour for me and has helped me (probably more than my daughter)
weather this difficult time.
I've attached one of the pictures that seems
to embody the adventure (it would only allow me to upload one).
Dave BuchananUSAF Active Duty
Isn't that awesome?! I love it. Ps. I apologize, I don't know how to get the highlighting off the story text.
We can not believe Halloween is only two days away. With everyone focused on Seven lately our preparations are lacking. However, yesterday we had some time to change a few things around. I think the inside of the house is starting to shape up.
Vlad (bat next to me) and Norbert (dragon bottom right corner) have moved into position. Then we filled the new green vase with black roses. A huge black spider has taken up residence with them. He's a nice spider though (not one of Aragog's children; they're nasty). Then there is the funny pumpkin and witchy black cat to the left.
While searching for the different Halloween items we stumbled upon an old spell book. Some are really funny! Others needed tweaking. Let me read you a few.
I think these fall under transfiguration:
Your head is a tail.
Tweedle dee dee.
Tweedle dee dye.
Turn this Jell-o into pie.
A plant is a plant,
A thumb is a thumb,
For great plants
You have a green thumb.
This one helps you get dressed:
Button to hole,
Snap to snap,
And that's that.
Funny, huh? I don't think we'll earn any O.W.L.s for these. Have a great day!
Nice! Brewing instructions please. This is a white tea we don't want to mess it up. Add 1 - 3 teaspoons tea to pot, infuser, or bag. Bring water to boil and allow to cool slightly. Pour water over leaves and steep 3 1/2 minutes.
I'll get the glass pot warmed. Wow! This looks different than the others.
Really? See it has larger leaf pieces.
All those bits and pieces are the natural flavoring of the ginger and peach as well as the tea. That's cool. Okay, the timer is set. I wish it would do seconds as well as minutes.
Don't worry. We'll wait until the timer sounds to get the cup ready. That will take 30 seconds. Look at it dance. So neat.
Great color and smells yummy.
Yep, tastes as good as it smells.
I'm glad Nana Kestral gave us the Chocolate Mint so we could find out more about Octavia Tea Company. Me too! Have a great day everyone!
We have been so busy we have fallen behind again in our reading of Doll Diaries. It is a favorite. We want to thank all of you who are staying current and reminding us to head over to check it out. There are three (3) giveaways and a photo challenge that you can enter.
Two Closing October 24
My Pink Planet Ruby Costume Giveaway: Doll Diaries and My Pink Planet have teamed up to provide one lucky reader with a Red Riding Hood costume. It is really awesome. (They copyright their images, so I can't capture one to show you. Click the links to check out the details.) Our favorite costumes at My Pink Planet are the Jezebel Pirate Gal (Xyra made a glow in the dark Jolly Roger flag a few years ago. It's fun!), the Fabulous 50s, and Pink Ladies. (We could put on Grease with the last two).