May is filled with graduations and the end of a school year for many. It's an exciting time, but it also means that it's a time to say goodbye to those who are moving on to bigger and better things!
Braden graduated from Georgetown and is now moving on to bigger and better things so we had a little farewell dinner for him earlier in the month. It was fun to share stories about times shared with him and some of the funny things he's done/said. He's been a great friend/home teacher and I'll definitely miss his humor! It's been fun getting to know him these past two years, but I am sure will fit right in with life in NYC!
Then, the next big happening in May - The Gregory's got a dog.
Yep - a dog
Ava is all smiles,
but let's just say the dog and I have a strained relationship thus far :)
One day last week I was out doing errands and I saw this car.
I literally could NOT stop laughing and thought it was so cute!
I had to take a picture and text it to some friends.
The funny thing was that I was surrounded by three men
also taking pictures of it for their wives/girlfriends.
It's sometimes the little things in life that completely make my day!
This past weekend was Memorial day weekend and we celebrated the men and women who have fought so hard for our freedom. I was glad I was able to go to Arlington National Cemetery and walk around. Seeing all the flags placed in front of the tombstones is humbling. Rows and rows of men and women who gave their life for me to be able to have the freedoms I do.
I LOVE IT!
So, I made a point of attending one of their events at the Cemetery. I didn't quite fit in with their outfits and such, but I was in heaven. I love their bandanas and jackets... like this one below.
I counted the seconds and number of steps this soldier took.
A theme was definitely the number 21.
They take a measured 21 steps in 21 seconds.
Then do the same thing back.
They can't look to the left/right, up/down, or change facial expression.
1. Some of the training these men and women do before becoming a guard is to walk the curbs of the cemetery for hours/days on end. The curb is about 4 inches wide and you have to walk without looking down and without falling
2. Another task is to stand beneath a flagpole in the Army’s parade rest position for hours and hours and hours.
3. Once you pass the physical tests, a guard candidate has to memorize a notebook about as thick as the Washington phone book that is filled with facts and figures of the cemetery and guard ceremony — such as how many rivets are in the rubber mat the guards walk on in front of the tomb. There are 163 rivets in the mat and 2,002 links in the chain around the tomb plaza.
4. The tomb is never unguarded or unwatched. Even with the guards walking back and forth, other guards are watching via cameras to keep an eye on the on-duty guard as well as the plaza around the tomb itself.
5. The guards work 24-hour shifts with a day off in between another 24-hour shift. During the winter, they guard for an hour, take an hour off and return. In the summer, due to the heat, the guard shift is shortened to 30 minutes on and 30 minutes off.
DC SUMMERS CAN BE HOT!
But yet, these guys are out there in full uniform
“Here rests in honored glory an American soldier known but to God.”
On the hour, the guards changed.
It required 3 total guards to do the ceremony.
All with precision and 21 was the theme yet again
I love this picture of the 3 walking perfectly in line with each other
After the guards changed, they did the wreath laying for the Rolling Thunder group.
I loved it all. Then, on my way out, I saw this.
A beautiful scene if I do say so!
Such a great group of people!
And, I love this picture of Miriam and I!
What an amazing friend she is!