Sunday, July 16, 2017

Day 2 Omaha Beach


Omaha Beach was the code name for one of the five sectors of the Allied invasion of German-occupied France in the Normandy landings on 6 June 1944, during World War II. 'Omaha' refers to a section of the coast of Normandy.  On D-Day, the untested 29th Infantry Division, along with nine companies of U.S. Army Rangers redirected from Pointe du Hoc, were to assault the western half of the beach. The battle-hardened 1st Infantry Division was given the eastern half. The initial assault waves, consisting of tanks, infantry, and combat engineer forces, were carefully planned to reduce the coastal defenses and allow the larger ships of the follow-up waves to land. The primary objective at Omaha was to secure a beachhead of eight kilometres (5 miles) depth, between Port-en-Bessin and the Vire River, linking with the British landings at Gold to the east, and reaching the area of Isigny to the west to link up with VII Corps landing at Utah.

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Day 2 Pointe du Hoc - France


We followed the route of the Rangers and visited the bunkers and the Rangers Memorial.

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Bayeux France - Day 2


Bayeux is known for two famous trans-Channel invasions. The conquest of England by William the Conqueror in 1066 started from Bayeux, while on June 6th, 1944 the Allied D-Day (invasion force struck the beaches just north of the town. Bayeux was the first French town to be liberated from Nazi occupation during the 1944 Battle of Normandy and survived almost completely unscathed. On 16 June 1944 General Charles de Gaulle made his first important speech on liberated French soil in Bayeux. The town hosts the largest British war cemetery in Normandy and is an excellent base for visiting the Normandy beaches.

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Honfleur, France Day2, pg1


We stopped to have lunch at this lovely fishing village in Honfleur.


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Saturday, July 15, 2017

France Day1 pg3


The old market place is the vibrant centre of Rouen, where where we found the church of Joan of Arc, the place where she was burned at the stake but also a lively market where the locals like to spend their time.

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France Day1 pg2


 The clock tower Le Gros Horloge, a fourteenth century astronomical clock in Rouen, Normandy. The Renaissance facade represents a golden sun with 24 rays on a starry blue background.

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France vacation day 1, pg 1


Day 1 of our tour we followed the River Seine to Rouen, capital of Normandy, to admire its ancient cathedral - a masterpiece of the Gothic style and the subject of a series of paintings by Claude Monet – We wandered through the narrow streets beneath the Great Clock to the old market square. Here, a superb modern church commemorates the burning of Joan of Arc on this very spot in 1431.

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Sunday, June 25, 2017

Sunday, February 12, 2017

An Island Grows

Stefanie has opened a daycare, one of the things they do is story time and afterwards do a project that reinforces the story.

 In the book An Island Grows by Lola M. Schaefer we learned that island's are made from lava. Inspired by this process, we made lava to study and manipulate.

Scented coconut sand, shells, and glass jewles are always a fun way to explore the beachside of an island.

It seems that not only lava creates islands, but little ones can too.

Three new islands just popped out of the ocean today.

Risa's Letter

Stefanie said, Risa is typing you a letter. She told me what it said, "Dear Oma and Gampie. I hope you are having a good day and winter. I sent you a card in the mail and you are going to love it. I love you Oma and Gampie."

Of course I just had to scrap this!


Sunday, February 5, 2017

Disney 2017

My daughter in law posted some pictures from their Disney trip, of course I had to scrap them.  I did one layout, then decided she had enough pictures for a two page spread.  So essentially I created 3 layouts from her pictures.

Here is the original one page spread:



Here is the left side of the two page spread:


Here is the right side:


Saturday, January 14, 2017

Snow Fun

Risa trying to catch a snowflake.

Monday, January 2, 2017

Trimming the tree

Hoping to continue to catch up on layouts.


Sunday, January 1, 2017

A Blue Christmas

I took these pictures in the Mall, I thought Tiffany had some elegant windows set-up.  They probably do it every year, I just never stopped to look.


Cocoa Break

First post of the New Year, hoping to do more layouts this year.  Little Risa enjoying a cup of hot Cocoa.