Monday, December 29, 2008


Army’s first trip was with Julie Jacobsen to Philadelphia. There was a bit of a hardship in getting to Philly, but in the end Army and Julie got there. The first place that Army visited was Independence Hall in Philadelphia. Independence Hall is a U.S. National Landmark. This is the location where the Declaration of Independence is stored. The building was started in 1732 and completed in 1753. Independence Hall was the original home of the “Liberty Bell”, and now holds the “Centennial Bell”. The Liberty Bell Center is now the home of the Liberty Bell.
The Liberty Bell is one of the most prominent symbols of the American Revolutionary War. It is recently described as the icon of liberty and justice. It was known as the “Independence Bell” and “Old Yankee’s Bell” until 1837, when it was adopted by the American Anti-Slavery Society as a symbol of the abolitionist movement.
The Liberty Bell made by Whitechapel Bell Foundry in London, and originally cost 100 British pounds and weighs 2080 lbs. Pass and Stow recast the bell, and included their names in the bells composition.

Monday, December 22, 2008

In The Beginning

On the morning of December 17, 2008, Missionary Medical Employees were getting ready for their Division Meeting. On the agenda was a white elephant gift exchange, a first at Missionary Medical. We all sat in a big square and played a fun game where you pass your gift to the right or to the left depending on what was read in a little story about the Right Family. People got a variety of things from a brand new knife set to an old plastic plant (which used to belong to Mary Solt, now retired). However, the gift that made everyone laugh was the Armadillo purse that I opened up.

We all laughed and laughed about the Armadillo, and then went on with our daily work. We kept talking about how the Armadillo Purse was the perfect white elephant gift, and began throwing around ideas of what I would do with it. Then in a stroke of genius thought, I thought that it would be fun to have it be a traveling armadillo. Any Missionary Medical employee that was going on a trip or vacation would take Army Armadillo along with them, and take pictures of him in front of famous landmarks. Everyone seemed to like this idea, and so Army the Traveling Armadillo was created.

Army's first adventure needed to be something exciting enough to get this idea off the ground. We have two associates leaving for the holidays, and so we took a look at the two of them. Julie was going to go home to Philadelphia, and Stephanie was going to go to Boise. Of the two we thought that Philly won out. So Julie will be the first to take Army out on an Adventure.

Also along with taking Army out on her trip comes the responsibility of getting pictures of Army in front of famous landmarks, and also placing a souvenir inside of him. This souvenir is for the next traveler to keep, and then replace (it's our version on a mobile geo-cache).

So keep your eyes open, follow the blog, and be sure to let us know if you would like to take Army on another great adventure.