Saturday, May 25, 2013

Memorial Day!

This Memorial Day weekend we took a trip with friends to Arlington National Cemetery.  I have been avoiding this trip because I knew it would make me really sad to see all the graves of soldiers that have mad the ultimate sacrifice for our country.  
There are more than 300,000 graves in the cemetery and they have an average of 27 funerals each day that add to that number.

We took a tram tour around the cemetery.  You can read some surprising facts about Arlington National Cemetery HERE 

On Memorial Day weekend flags are place in front of each grave.     

The majority of the grave stones are the same shape, but at some point they started to allow the families to provide their own headstones.  I think it makes the area look unorganized.
 We stopped at President Kennedy's grave site and saw the eternal flame.

Our next stop was the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier.

These guards are an elite group of soldiers that dedicate two years of their lives to guarding the tomb.

Sargent of the Guard

 They change the guard every 30 minutes.  

Every single movement is in sync.  It is really amazing to watch!

Changing the wreath
 During this holiday weekend they place many different wreaths on the grave.
They play taps as the wreaths are hung.
Arlington HouseNext we stopped at Arlington House.  The cemetery land was once owned by General Lee's family.  
We were able to walk around the inside of the home.

Beautiful Gardens

Our last stop was the amphitheater.  This is where the first Memorial Day ceremony was held back in the 1800's. 

This was a great experience and made this Memorial Day special.
We are blessed to be living in a free society. May we honor 

our American soldiers for their ultimate sacrifice and the 

liberty we have in this country. 

May we also give thanks to Almighty God for the freedom we 

have to spend eternity with Him because of His gift of 

forgiveness through the death, burial and resurrection of 

Jesus Christ.

Monday, May 13, 2013

Weekend in Review!

We had a busy weekend.  The Chicago Cubs were in town so we called up some friends and spent the evening at the ballpark.   

 We ate in one of the stadiums restaurants called the Red Porch.  It is located in center field. We had a great view of the players practicing before the game.  The company and food was awesome.

 Of course I had to try to get a picture with one of the presidents.  I don't know why Abe kept covering up my Cubby hat.  He is from Illinois and has to be a Cub fan. 
Teddy was wandering around the stands.

It was a great night at the ballpark!

On Saturday we headed to Europe!
 Well not literally, but we enjoyed a day exploring some of the embassies in Washington DC. It is called the EU Open House. All of the EU embassies open their doors to visitors.  You get to take a peek inside the buildings, learn about their culture, and taste some of their foods.
 Here we are at the British Embassy.  They have a four acre property filled with cobble stoned walkways, beautiful gardens and wonderful buildings.

As you go through the property you were given all sorts of goodies.  We ate lunch at Union Jacks and had Bangers and Cottage Pie.
 At the Netherlands Embassy we tasted yummy cookies and marshmallows.     
We saw their traditional dress and learned that there are more bicycles than people in Holland.  
Nothing much going on in Denmark.
Belgium was our favorite!  It was the longest line but well worth the wait.
We ate waffles and received samples of chocolate, sugar, cookie spread, beer, fruit juice and some reusable bags.

We finished our day at the Austrian Embassy.
They were giving out samples of wine and cheese.
We also tried some yummy Apple Strudel.

I had a great Mother's Day!
I spent some quiet time at home with these two wonderful kiddos.  They spoiled me all day.  

Talking on the phone with my son in Colorado and receiving these beautiful flowers also brightened my day.

Thanks for stopping by..........