Wednesday, December 7, 2011

November in Review: New York City

The rest of the trip was just amazing!!! We went to Mary Poppins, this was my first time going to a musical (everyone can "gasp" now..hehe). It was pretty cool, I'm sure I'll be seeing another one soon enough. I just don't believe Ray will be going, he's just not into that. We all went to the American Girl Store, that place has 4 floors!!! We visited the 9-11 Memorial, it is a beautiful place. I left there with a heavy heart after seeing all those names listed.

Here are a few snaps from the rest of the trip.....


















At Mary Poppins


After watching the Rockettes

Inside Robert DeNiro's Restaurant

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November in Review: Veteran's Day Parade

I got the opportunity to travel with Jessica & Chaz to New York City. They had been invited to attend the Veteran's Day Parade and that was also near Jessica's birthday so they decided to make it a little vacation. They asked me to come along to watch the girls while they attended the taping of Dr. Oz's show and The Daily Show with Jon Stewart since children are not allowed in the audience. Of course, I was happy to go and help out. I love New York City, its an amazing city! This was my second time going  there, the first time my husband and I went there for our vacation. Coming from a small town, seeing all those huge buildings just kinda blows your mind. If you haven't been to New York City, please do visit!

Being able to participate in the Veteran's Day Parade was the best expierence I do believe I have ever had. I even got teary eyed seeing all the support from everyone for these Veterans! It was breathtaking and I was happy to be apart of it.

Here are some snaps from the Veteran's Day Parade....












Tuesday, December 6, 2011

October In Review....

I've been slacking on my blogging so now its time to get back to it. Hopefully, I'll be back to doing it daily or at least daily. :)


October was a great month, I simply adore fall!!! I had the honor of attending SPC. Kurtz homecoming at Outlaw Field in Clarksville, TN. SPC. Kurtz was like Chaz, he wasn't able to get the welcome home like his fellow soldiers received. SPC. Kurtz was injured and had been recovering at Walter Reed. So this day was just awesome!!! I had never met SPC. Kurtz but it was an honor shaking his hand that day and saying Thank You! Jessica & Chaz could not be there because Chaz was still having therapy at Walter Reed. So, Jessica's mom and I went to represent Team Allen!! If you have never attended a homecoming for a soldier, please attend one the next time you hear about it. It is the best feeling you will ever have!!!
Here are a few snaps from that day.....





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Ray & I were able to fly to DC to see Chaz in the Army 10 Miler on October 9, 2011. This was so awesome to be there and see Chaz cross the finish line! He was just injured on Jan. 22, 2011 and here he was training and finishing the Army 10 Miler!!!!! Chaz finished the race in 41:06, pretty freakin cool considering this was his first race!! Chaz also raised the most money for the Fisher House Foundation. I believe he raised $10,000! Way to Go Chaz!!!


Crossing the Finish Line









So, this was the highlights from October!!!! Be sure to go check out Team Allen on Facebook at www.Facebook.com/GoTeamAllen 




Sunday, August 21, 2011

Day 2 of some awesomeness!!!

After our amazing night at the Train Concert, on Thursday we traveled up to Clarksville to visit with some Rockstars. Aka: Jessica, Chaz and their adorable girls.  The we went back to Clarksville so that we could attend Chaz's BBQ his guys were doing for him. As well as present Chaz with his Broze Star and his ARCOM with Valor Medal. Jessica had told us about this "surprise" for Chaz and it was awesome to be apart of this and knowing. Chaz didn't have a clue about the medals so it was pretty freakin sweet!

However.....
Jessica purposely forgot to mention to Ray and I one surprise!!! While at this BBQ for Chaz, we were presented with a Challenge Coin by Captain Gold. At first when Captain Gold got everyone's attention, for what I "thought" was for Chaz. I got up from my seat so I could move to a better spot to get some pictures. Then Captain Gold says "Mrs. Hale if you would please step up here" and he asked for Ray as well. I immediately looked right at Jessica, I knew who the culprit was!! ;) It was an awesome surprise and I even shed a few tears.

Ray and I were given the Challenge Coin for setting up the Team Allen Facebook page to help keep the guys in Chaz's unit updated on his progress while they were still deployed. I set the page up because Jessica was getting tons of friend requests, even from people she didn't know. I figured this would be easier for everyone! Never would have thought starting this page back in February (I believe that is right) would today have almost 9,000 fans!!! Be sure to check out the page at www.facebook.com/GoTeamAllen and 'like' it if you haven't already!!! This family is amazing!!

Close up of Chaz's Medals
Captain Gold, Chaz  and Larry Breland
Ray & I with Captain Gold holding our Coin.

Saturday, August 20, 2011

Wow...What an amazing nite!!!

What a whirlwind the past few days have been!!! On Wednesday, August 17 Ray & I attended Train/Maroon 5 Concert in Nashville, TN. This is the first concest I have attended since 97'!!! *Gasp* This was a freakin awesome concert not only did we have 2nd row seats but we were also there to witness Chaz & Jessica renew their vows on stage with Train!!!

Yep, you read that right! My friend Jessica entered in a contest Train was holding for the military. The winner of the contest would be able to propose to their loved one with Train while they sang "Marry Me". They WON!!!! The rules stated the winner would propose via Skype, on a whim Jessica decided to enter. She told them how her and Chaz spent their 10 yr anniversary at Walter Reed Army Medical Center. *Your probably wondering why they spend their anniversary at Walter Reed, right? Well if don't already know, on January 22, 2011 Chaz stepped on an IED while on patrol in Afgainstain. He lost both legs and is elbow is fused at a 90 degree angle. He is doing great and you can read more about this amazing family at www.Facebook.com/GoTeamAllen 

Now back to the email... She proposed to Train allowing them to renew their wedding vows. The worst that could happen was the delete the email, right?! But they didnt...instead they emailed her to let her know she was a finalist!! Then while Ray & I were visiting them in Washington, DC she got an email stating she won!! There was a lot of "eeeek" going on at the table with Ray & Chaz wondering what was going on. hehe!

So, they got to renew their vows on stage! It was awesome! We had already purchased 2nd row tickets with a Meet & Greet with Train. So Ray & I were able to witness this along with Jessica's mom and sister sitting right beside us! It was such an amazing feeling to see your friends who have been thru sooo much in the past few months get their special moment on stage...in front of 11,000 fans!!!!! I don't believe there was a dry eye in the place after Jessica told their story!


Here is video from the concert! Be sure to go check out the Team Allen facebook page!