Rewind 365 *with linky*


Every Thursday come join us in ‘Rewind 365’!
It can be something you posted on your blog a year ago, a memory, a photo or even a video taken  a year ago!
This is what was going on with me a year ago:
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Well, March is quickly coming to an end. Wow, already?!  We are fully into a total year here. Looking back a year and having it be here in the DC area, and not in Nevada or California is really weird. Good, but weird.  So, lets take a look at the fun!

The Cherry Blossoms – They were out early last year and clearly *ahem mother nature* it was much warmer last year.  This was also Brian’s first experience to what is now his most favorite place to be (as clearly stated on his About Me poster for Kindergarten), The Washington Monument.

 I don’t know that I’m going to brave them this year, or if there are even in blossoms out there to see (stupid snow and rain).  However, I did just discover that you can purchase grandstand seats to the Cherry Blossom Parade for a very reasonable price.  That is going on the list for next year. Something to know about me is that I am a huge huge HUUUUUGGGEEEEE fan of parades.

Link up, leave a comment!  I’ll be making the rounds!

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Cammo Style Love attends the Kid’s Inaugural Ball

We were absolutely beyond honored to attend the Kid’s Inaugural Ball, to honor military children, hosted by Michelle Obama and Jill Biden.  I picked them up, opened the envelope and started crying.  I’m driving down E street in DC crying!  Seriously?  A year ago I never could have imagined that this would be happening, that my kid’s would be experiencing something like this.  There are three official Presidential Events during the Inaugural and we were at one of them!  Wow!  We haven’t experienced many of these types of things.  Where we were located last just didn’t have many of those things, or groups, around to provide those things.  We were able to attend a Def Leppard concert once, as well as pick up school supplies for our kids one year.  Other than that it was pretty desolate.  Living close to the city has surpassed all my wildest expectations.  In reality I had none.  I knew I wanted to get involved, but I had absolutely no idea the amazing opportunities that would come from it.  We are truly blessed beyond belief.

 My adorable kids more excited about their new paper and pens
 Usher….I was freaking out, LOL

Early that day my two oldest went with me on the sumway (what Brian and Ami call the metro), packed with new little toys, two pads of fresh drawing paper and brand new pens.  We arrived at the Washing Convention Center about an hour before the event was to start.  I have to tell you that my children were probably the most amazing they have ever been.  It was a long, hard day, and to be perfectly honest the concert wasn’t really all the interesting to them.  Ami fell asleep right before it started and slept through Usher.  I was probably more excited then they were. Michelle and the girls were wonderful, the volunteers were amazing, we sat in the 6th row and I couldn’t believe that I was in the same room listening to Michelle Obama.  It was pretty amazing.  That was one of the things Brian was pretty excited about, however he was quite upset that President Obama wasn’t there.  Ami became aware at the end when Katy Perry came on.  The bright colors and fun music were mesmerizing for her; and she kept saying how pretty she was.

That brings me to something else I wanted to mention.  The day after the event an article popped up on my Yahoo! home page.  The author was making a joking remark about Katy Perry’s somewhat racy outfit choice for a children’s event.  I was actually pleasantly surprised by it.  Her cleavage wasn’t that bad, and it looked like a once piece bathing suit.  She was sweet and cute and I really loved the performance.  What I did find odd about the whole experience was the fact that it really wasn’t for young children.   Taking my children to see Usher, Katy Perry and Far East Movement isn’t something I probably would have ever done under any other circumstance.  The show was probably more geared towards children the age of the Obama girls.  While the outfit didn’t really concern me, the content of the songs sung might have been concerning if my children were paying attention, aware of what was occurring.  So if anyone was going to be concerned about anything – and everyone remember that I, Rheanna, said this – it wasn’t what Katy was wearing, trust me.

The thrill of my night was probably seeing JR Martinez, an amazing Hero!  I wish he had more time on stage.

The whole evening was really the Thrill of a lifetime.  Not one thing was more amazing then the other.  It was all sort of surreal!  Thank you so much to those that made it possible.

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#SEALTeamSix DC Premier

Thanks to one of my wonderful bloggy and fellow Mil-Spouse pals, the hubbs and I were able to take part in the DC Premier of SEAL TEAM SIX: The Raid on Osama Bin Laden, at the Newseum last week.  By now the movie has aired on National Geographic, and if you haven’t seen it I really suggest that you find a way to watch it.

I was given the amazing opportunity to attend from a Blue Star Families, and a very awesome friend of mine.  Attending was one of those experiences that I could almost not really describe to someone.  Being at a premier is pretty darn cool if you want to know the truth.  We hadn’t had the chance to make it to the Newseum yet, and after seeing a glimpse of it that night it is going to the top of our list of thing to do.  The Museum was amazing and they catered to us extremely well.  Working with National Geographic, as they did, it made it truly a night to remember.

 Me and the hubbs on the Red Carpet

So, lets talk a little bit about the movie.  The movie stars Cam Gigandet (Easy A, and that movie with Cher and Christina Aguliera – and freaking adorable), Anson Mount, Freddy Rodriguez, Alvin “XZIBIT” Joiner, Kathleen Robertson and Kenneth Miller.  People you will also recognize are William Fichtner (Entourage, Blades of Glory and Black Hawk Down), and Eddie Kaye Thomas (Paul Finch in the American Pie films).    So, yes, it is an actual straight up movie, not a documentary, not one of those weird inbetween films I’ve seen before.  No, it is a feature film type movie.  It is amazingly acted, excellent filmed and great time was taken to get accuracy in what was portrayed.  And although what actually occurred isn’t, and may never be, fully disclosed to us there is enough out there and good guesses can be made.  The hubbs recently read No Easy Day and that provided him with a whole other perspective on the movie.

Unfortunately there was a lot of political “stuff” floating around about the movie.  I heard plenty of input from both sides.  Many people said, “I don’t see what the big deal is.”  But if you want me to be honest, if you take into account the involvement of Harvey Weinstein, some of the things that he originally wanted to put in but had to remove, and the timing, it is almost impossible to not at least assume there was some sort of political-ness going on.  Although it was obviously denied, and will probably always be…..with the presence of so many circumstantial things I would have had more respect for them if they would have least acknowledged the fact that the cloud was hanging over us.  My husband is always telling me that I like to be angry.  Of course he’s sort of teasing, but I do have my opinions and I can be pretty loud about them.  So, the fact that I didn’t get all uppity about this movie, and the political cloud, shows you that it just didn’t really seep into the movie.  There were scenes of the President and audio of him talking, but it was all very relevant to the story line.

 A ton of information is jammed into the movie.  You gotta pay attention, and it is really helpful to know a little more about things – more than just what the news reported – to really engaged fully in the movie.  By the time it was over I was crying and had decided that when I grow up (ha! ha!) I want to be the CIA Analyst that Kathleen Robertson’s character was based on.  She’s a rock star, and I’m sure she’s rock starring it up in the CIA right now!  Seriously love her!  From the perspective of a military wife, and as part of a military couple, this movie was great, 4 Stars.  From a regular movie-goer’s perspective it might not be the best movie out there.  Like I mentioned earlier, it moves quickly; but it also has interview type segments, characters are fully developed, sometimes you think there’s something more to a character by the way they look or little things you notice and then nothing is ever explored further about them.  It didn’t go un-noticed by me for sure, but there were so many other things that I cared about in the film that they weren’t important to me.  From a real movie critic’s perspective, it is probably an easy way for the writer and director to skate around things.  You’re telling a story about one of the biggest parts of modern times, something that our generation will talk about like our parents talked about JFK, and where they were when it happened.  So you don’t necessarily have to do all the normal things that you might do in a movie, if it weren’t about that, and if it weren’t on the small screen.

Check it out for yourself, and let me know what you think – if you have seen it, or if you see it later.  Make sure to check your local listings for re-airings, and also for the rest of the new shows that are part of a six-night television event.

All movie photos courtesy of National Geographic TV (website). I received tickets to this even thanks to Blue Star Families, as a guest. I was not compensated in any way for my review or thoughts. The are my own.

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