A Heap of Pictures

I’m here, with LOTS of pictures!!!!
Are you excited?!

YAY pictures!

We go all the way back to the week before we left for VA.
Here are a few of Mom’s “Oopsies” pictures.
This is my car. . .Mom backed into it when we were going to pick up some pictures from Walgreens.
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Minor scratches.
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This is what it looked like as I was driving, and would flop all over when I hit a bump or went into some strong winds. It made me nervous, and made me jump every time. ha
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Work Christmas party. I didn’t take too many pictures, becasue there wasn’t much to take pictures of. This is Melanie, the bosses’ daughter. (Mom and Dad are both my bosses.)
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Here’s Amanda.
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A few of us went out after the party.
The Christmas party after-party.
Gina, Michelle, myself and Kathy.
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Ric and Kathy. This is his “girlfriend.”
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Ric and I.
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Now, on to VA/D.C.
Here we have Ric and I’s neph-cat, Bobby. Isn’t he SOOO cute!!
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The night before we arrived Timmy (Ric’s bro) proposed to Erica.
YAAAAY, another family wedding!!! πŸ™‚ Here is a HORRIBLE picture of her GORGEOUS ring!
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There’s the happy couple.
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Here is a house that we always drive by when we go to VA. It is so festive!
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They’re almost close to being like the Griswalds.
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The day before Christmas Eve, Ric and I took the Metro to Arlington Cemetery.
As many times as I have been to D.C./VA, I have never made it to Arlington Cemetery. I have been [almost] everywhere else. (No really, I think there would probably be something new for me to visit, even the next 20 years or so, there is SO much to see/do there.) It was a very neat experience. We saw all kinds of late Presidents’ burial sites and such. Might sound morbid, but it is not, it is just a really neat experience!
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This is where JFK is buried.
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The everlasting fire near JFK that his wife lit many years ago.
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Silence and Respect!!
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You can see the “big tall thingy” in the background here.
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There it is.
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Here is where President Marshall is buried.
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Robert Francis Kennedy
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In Grateful and Loving Tribute to the Brave Crew of the United States Space Shuttle Challenger. 1/28/1986. I remember this actually, I was in 3rd grade, 8 years old.
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The Mast of the Maine. This is the actual mast from the USS Maine.
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Just me. It was FREEEEEEZING!!
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This is the Arlington Memorial Amphitheater.
This is where the President gives his Memorial Day speech.
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Behind this is where the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier is.
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Inside.
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No Smoking and No Gum Chewing. This is very serious stuff!
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Here is the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier.
If you ever have a chance to go see this, DO. It is a very moving and awesome experience!
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The first guard that we saw.
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Here Rests In Honored Glory An American Soldier Known But to God
The Tomb contains the remains of unknown American soldiers from World Wars I and II, the Korean Conflict and ( until 1998 ) the Vietnam War. Each was presented with the Medal of Honor at the time of interment and the medals, as well as the flags which covered their caskets, are on display inside the Memorial Amphitheater, directly to the rear of the Tomb.

The Tomb is guarded 24-hours-per-day and 365-days-per year by specially trained members of the 3rd United States Infantry (The Old Guard).
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We made sure to stay around (for about 35 minutes) so that we could see the actual changing of the guards. It isn’t like he just walks up and the other guy walks away, they have a whole ceremony. EVERY hour on the hour. This is the guy that makes the announcements (and asks everyone to turn off their cell phones). He introduces the next guard to everyone as well.
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There are so many routines and steps that they all have. They are some dedicated people!
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Now, here comes the new guard.
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Doing their “routine.”
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It is completely silent and there are a lot of people around while this is going on. Then for the next 50 minutes or so, until they change guards again, you can walk around as you wish. Just be quiet and respectful!
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Some of the details of the Amphitheater.
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A mannequin guard for the Tomb.
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Some medals.
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Now we’re back out by the cemetery, waiting for the tram to ride to the Lee House.
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Downtown DC.
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Here rests a lot of unknown soldiers from different wars.
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This is looking up at the Custis-Lee House.
On a Virginia hillside rising above the Potomac River and overlooking Washington, D.C., stands Arlington House. If you would like, read more about it here.
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Inside. They are doing renevations right now, so there wasn’t any furniture or anything in there really. Usually there is.
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Going up the steps to the second floor.
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This is going inside the “school-house”. Notice the “midget” doors. (For the little kids.)
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Basement. There was a wine cellar down there too.
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The back.
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This is the old Amphitheater, at sunset. Quite a difference.
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After the cemetery, we took the Metro (I think that is what D.C. calls theirs) to Downtown D.C., over by the White House. When we were getting off at the station, I saw this. A HUGE metal stargazer lillie. (The flower we used in our wedding.) So cool!
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Then we walked. . .and walked and walked and walked over by the White House to see the National Tree. I don’t have a picture of it in the light this year. . .so you can’t really tell how “unpretty” it is. ha
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The train track that is around the National Tree.
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All around the National Christmas Tree, they have small trees for each state.
Here is West Virginia’s Tree, this is the state that Ric was born in.
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The Illinois State Tree. The state I was born in.
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National Nativity Scene.
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Santa Claus. This is BEFORE I got hollered at for taking pictures through the window. OOPS!!
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White House (it was extremely dark and I didn’t have my good camera).
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Now is Christmas Day at the Seelen House.
Here is Timmy and I. He’s such a goofball! ha
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Seelen Family Christmas Tree
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PRESENTS
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Ric’s Grandma (who we call Big Mama) and Sister, Amanda.
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Where’s Ric?
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In all the wrapping paper, of course!
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And Timmy.
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The newly engaged couple again. Awww, how cute!
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This was the day after or two days after (I can’t remember). We went to pick up Erica to go to Potomac Mills. Here is Ric and his neph-cat, Bobby.
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Before shopping we went to my favorite VA restaurant, Cheeseburger in Paradise.
This is the one and only place that I order an alcoholic drink. Isn’t it cute?!
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Erica’s drink.
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The next day was Seelen Seafood Slumber party (which never turns out that we sleep over). ha First we go to the Downtown D.C. Fisherman’s Wharf, pick up the seafood and then go back to Amanda’s and Ric and Amanda cook some FANTASTIC seafood for us! This year we had calamari, shrimp, crab legs, and scallops. (I might be forgetting something.) YUM!
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Then we head to Amanda’s. This is what happens in Washington D.C. traffic.
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VA was a GREAT time!
There is talk that next year we won’t go until the 25th or 26th (I would be ECSTATIC), and then we’re going to go to New York for New Years. That would be totally AWESOME. We went to NY after Christmas in 2004, but we left the city before all the New Year craziness. I think it would be awesome to be able to go! πŸ˜€

The day we got back from VA (12/28) we had Christmas at the Jacoby house. (Mom and Dad’s). We start with a picture of my new “Sister”, Cupcake, and I.
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Jacoby Family Christmas Tree
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So pretty!
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Dad’s Favorite, Adam. Dad has one of these for each of us kids, we bought them last Christmas for him as a joke. Suspiciously, this is the only one that made it on the tree this year. Hmmmmmmmmmmm. . . I guess Adam really IS Dad’s favorite. 😦
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Cupcake being a brat. She wouldn’t look at the camera.
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There’s the cutie!
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You can see her in her CUTE Mrs. Clause outfit.
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Cupcake and I
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Ric chillin’ with Cupcake.
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He was tormenting her (as usual).
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But she fights back. ha
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One of the oldest ornaments on Mom and Dad’s Tree. I don’t know how old I was here, but check out that AWESOME hair of mine! πŸ™‚
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This is our Peanut ornament. He was our child-hood dog. RIP Peanut! πŸ™‚
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Pretty lights (out of focus-on purpose).
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With ALL the the presents.
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Merry Christmas wrapping paper.
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From another angle.
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Grandma chillin’.
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Now, every year it is a joke. I say, “I get to go first this year, because I’m the middle child and I never get to go first.” Well, this year RIC got to go first (because I was Santa, and I said so). πŸ™‚
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So here’s Mom opening up the gift that I so GRACIOUSLY “got” for her. hehehehehehe
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What is it?
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She’s still confused.
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HAHAHAHA – That’s funny!!!
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I wrapped up the mirror that she knocked off of my car the few weeks before. (The new one was in tact by then.) hahaha Ric has a tradition of EVERY time someone is opening up a gift, he will say, “I picked it out.” So this time he says, “If your Mom thinks it is funny, it was TOTALLY my idea. If she gets P!ssed, it was TOTALLY YOUR idea!” ha I KNEW she was going to think it was funny!
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Mike opens up his Mr. Coffee Maker.
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Adam opens up something.
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Leah opens up . . .
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. . .some Tide. WOO HOOOOOO
No really, there was a note on the Tide box that said her new WASHER AND DRYER would be delivered the next day. How awesome! πŸ™‚
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Mom opening up her new Coach purse from us. We did GOOD this year. It’s a REAL one!
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Cupcake even gets to open her own presents.
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Not really interested anymore.
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I think it was after that, that I opened up my new lens. So everyone wanted to “play” with it. So after this, there are a lot of “what the heck is that” pictures.
Like this one. (I know it is a Christmas Tree and ornaments, but whatever.)
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And these.
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This was Ric playing with my new lens.
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(Nice outfit brother!)
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Cupcake and I, yet again.
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Mom’s flower arrangement that she got from her employees for her birthday (which is 12/25).
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1/2 Adam, 1/2 Wall
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Then I took my lens back, to get a good picture of Grandma.
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Cupcake trying on her new robe. (Ridiculous, I know. It even has a matching rubber ducky.)
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We did a few presents and then it was time for dinner. Mom and Dad’s dinner table.
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Place setting.
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Tree on the table.
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Jacoby Family Christmas Tree #2.
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The elves climbing up tree #2.
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Place setting again.
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Getting ready to sit down for dinner.
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Finishing up the final touches in the kitchen.
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Mom’s awesome wall in her kitchen, that SHE painted herself.
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Wall again.
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Filet Mignon, and. . .
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. . .twice baked potatos.
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YUM, filet!
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The brat, waiting for hers.
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The brat eating her dinner. How many dogs do you know that get filet mignon for dinner?
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My plate.
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While waiting for dinner, I went around and took some more pictures of Mom and Dad’s house and the decor, because this is quite possibly the last Christmas in this house, because Mom and Dad are wanting to move and have been talking to builders. So, I wanted to get pictures of the house where I spent MOST of my Christmases.
Jacoby Family Christmas Tree #3.
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I love Mom’s living room.
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Banister, going down the steps.
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The mirror as you walk in the door.
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Outside of the house.
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Flying Santa going down the steps.
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Going down the steps towards the family room/rec room.
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My stocking holder that Mom painted (for each person in the family) years ago.
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Stockings hanging on the stairs.
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My “not-so-annoying” Minnie stocking, that everyone LOVES!!! haha
The Cardinals stocking is Adam’s and the Cowboy stocking is Ric’s.
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Back downstairs for the rest of the presents.
Ric helping Grandma out.
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Random
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Mike (Sister’s boyfriend) opening his TOMTOM. Surprise, surprise. He was one of the last ones to open his. All of us kids got one.
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Adam opening up his. . .
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. . .TOMTOM, duh!
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The pie that Leah made for Christmas dessert.
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Now we move to New Years Eve at Mom and Dad’s.
Ric, Cheyenne (cousin who lives in CO), Mike and Joseph (cousin who lives in CO).
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Joseph is SUCH a ham. Always posing!
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Mom and Cupcake chillin’.
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Bostom Cream Pie ~ Leah made it.
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Chocolate Pie ~ Leah made it.
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We brought the boys with us to Mom and Dad’s, because this was when Jesse was really sick. Oh yeah, we brought Christi with us too. πŸ™‚
Christi and Elvis chillin’.
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Waiting for the ball to drop.
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Dick Clark (on TV).
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Almost time.
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1 second left.
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HAPPY NEW YEAR!
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Dick Clark giving his wife some lovin’ (on TV).
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Ric giving Elvis some love.
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Then there was a silly string fight outside. (I missed most of it.)
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It was then that I went upstairs to check on Jesse and tell him HAPPY NEW YEAR! πŸ™‚
Poor little guy looks SO pitiful!
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And this is the very last picture that we have of our Jesse! 😦 😦 😦
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Now, I’m FINALLY caught up!

Hope you enjoyed the TONS of pictures! πŸ™‚

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4 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. Maria
    Jan 09, 2009 @ 14:32:10

    Wow, that was quite a post. Great pictures, as usual!!

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  2. Julie
    Jan 09, 2009 @ 15:14:35

    GORGEOUS pictures! So fun to read!

    Your blog is soo pretty – I love the design! xoxo

    Reply

  3. Cathlyn (SoonToBeWe-WA)
    Jan 10, 2009 @ 18:57:34

    Hey Trisha,

    Great pictures as always. Hey girl you didn’t let me know you were here in Northern VA. You have to let me know when you come back to DC. Hope you have a wonderful 2009 I know it has started out difficult and sad.

    Reply

  4. Brigid
    Jan 21, 2009 @ 16:18:47

    TOMB OF THE UNKNOWN SOLDIER (Interesting Facts)

    Posted on Wednesday, April 28, 2004 7:20:41 PM by SandRat

    TOMB OF THE UNKNOWN SOLDIER

    Interesting facts about the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier and the Sentinels of the Third United States Infantry Regiment “Old Guard”

    Q: How many steps does the guard take during his walk across the tomb of the Unknowns and why?

    A: 21 steps. It alludes to the twenty-one gun salute, which is the highest honor given any military or foreign dignitary.

    Q: How long does he hesitate after his about face to begin his return walk and why?

    A: 21 seconds, for the same reason as answer number 1.

    Q: Why are his gloves wet?

    A: His gloves are moistened to prevent his losing his grip on the rifle.

    Q: Does he carry his rifle on the same shoulder all the time, and if not, why not?

    A: No, he carries the rifle on the shoulder away from the tomb. After his march across the path, he executes an about face and moves the rifle to the outside shoulder.

    Q: How often are the guards changed?

    A: Guards are changed every thirty minutes, twenty-four hours a day, 365 days a year.

    Q: What are the physical traits of the guard limited to?

    A: For a person to apply for guard duty at the tomb, he must be between 5′ 10″ and 6′ 2″ tall and his waist size cannot exceed 30″.

    Other requirements of the Guard:

    They must commit 2 years of life to guard the tomb, live in a barracks under the tomb, and cannot drink any alcohol on or off duty FOR THE REST OF THEIR LIVES. They cannot swear in public FOR THE REST OF THEIR LIVES and cannot disgrace the uniform {fighting} or the tomb in any way.

    After TWO YEARS, the guard is given a wreath pin that is worn on their lapel signifying they served as guard of the tomb. There are only 400 presently worn. The guard must obey these rules for the rest of their lives or give up the wreath pin.

    The shoes are specially made with very thick soles to keep the heat and cold from their feet. There are metal heel plates that extend to the top of the shoe in order to make the loud click as they come to a halt. There are no wrinkles, folds or lint on the uniform. Guards dress for duty in front of a full-length mirror.

    The first SIX MONTHS of duty a guard cannot talk to anyone, nor watch TV. All off duty time is spent studying the 175 notable people laid to rest in Arlington National Cemetery. A guard must memorize who they are and where they are interred. Among the notables are: President Taft, Joe E. Lewis {the boxer} and Medal of Honor winner Audie Murphy, {the most decorated soldier of WWII} of Hollywood fame. Every guard spends FIVE HOURS A DAY getting his uniforms ready for guard duty.

    The Sentinels Creed:

    My dedication to this sacred duty is total and wholehearted. In the responsibility bestowed on me never will I falter. And with dignity and perseverance my standard will remain perfection. Through the years of diligence and praise and the discomfort of the elements, I will walk my tour in humble reverence to the best of my ability. It is he who commands the respect I protect. His bravery that made us so proud. Surrounded by well meaning crowds by day alone in the thoughtful peace of night, this soldier will in honored glory rest under my eternal vigilance.

    More Interesting facts about the Tomb of the Unknowns itself:

    The marble for the Tomb of the Unknowns was furnished by the Vermont Marble Company of Danby, Vt. The marble is the finest and whitest of American marble, quarried from the Yule Marble Quarry located near Marble, Colorado and is called Yule Marble. The Marble for the Lincoln memorial and other famous buildings was also quarried there.

    The Tomb consists of seven pieces of rectangular marble: Four pieces in sub base; weight Γ‚- 15 tons;

    One piece in base or plinth; weight Γ‚- 16 tons;

    One piece in die; weight Γ‚- 36 tons;

    One piece in cap; weight Γ‚- 12 tons;

    Carved on the East side (the front of the Tomb, which faces Washington, D.C.) is a composite of three figures, commemorative of the spirit of the Allies of World War I.

    In the center of the panel stands Victory (female).

    On the right side, a male figure symbolizes Valor.

    On the left side stands Peace, with her palm branch to reward the devotion and sacrifice that went with courage to make the cause of righteousness triumphant.

    The north and south sides are divided into three panels by Doric pilasters. In each panel is an inverted wreath.

    On the west, or rear, panel (facing the Amphitheater) is inscribed:

    HERE RESTS IN HONORED GLORY AN AMERICAN SOLDIER KNOWN BUT TO GOD

    The first Tomb of the Unknown Soldier was a sub base and a base or plinth. It was slightly smaller than the present base. This was torn away when the present Tomb was started Aug. 27, 1931. The Tomb was completed and the area opened to the public 9:15 a.m. April 9, 1932, without any ceremony.

    Cost of the Tomb: $48,000

    Sculptor: Thomas Hudson Jones

    Architect: Lorimer Rich

    Contractors: Hagerman & Harris, New York City

    Inscription: Author Unknown

    (Interesting Commentary)

    The Third Infantry Regiment at Fort Myer has the responsibility for providing ceremonial units and honor guards for state occasions, White House social functions, public celebrations and interments at Arlington National Cemetery and standing a very formal sentry watch at the Tomb of the Unknowns.

    The public is familiar with the precision of what is called “walking post” at the Tomb. There are roped off galleries where visitors can form to observe the troopers and their measured step and almost mechanically, silent rifle shoulder changes. They are relieved every hour in a very formal drill that has to be seen to be believed.

    Some people think that when the Cemetery is closed to the public in the evening that this show stops. First, to the men who are dedicated to this work, it is no show. It is a “charge of honor.” The formality and precision continues uninterrupted all night. During the nighttime, the drill of relief and the measured step of the on-duty sentry remain unchanged from the daylight hours. To these men, these special men, the continuity of this post is the key to the honor and respect shown to these honored dead, symbolic of all unaccounted for American combat dead. The steady rhythmic step in rain, sleet, snow, hail, heat and cold must be uninterrupted. Uninterrupted is the important part of the honor shown.

    Recently, while you were sleeping, the teeth of hurricane Isabel came through this area and tore hell out of everything. We had thousands of trees down, power outages, traffic signals out, roads filled with downed limbs and “gear adrift” debris. We had flooding and the place looked like it had been the impact area of an off-shore bombardment.

    The Regimental Commander of the U.S. Third Infantry sent word to the nighttime Sentry Detail to secure the post and seek shelter from the high winds, to ensure their personal safety.

    THEY DISOBEYED THE ORDER!

    During winds that turned over vehicles and turned debris into projectiles, the measured step continued. One fellow said “I’ve got buddies getting shot at in Iraq who would kick my butt if word got to them that we let them down. I sure as hell have no intention of spending my Army career being known as the damned idiot who couldn’t stand a little light breeze and shirked his duty.” Then he said something in response to a female reporters question regarding silly purposeless personal risk… “I wouldn’t expect you to understand. It’s an enlisted man’s thing.” God bless the rascal… In a time in our nation’s history when spin and total b.s. seem to have become the accepted coin-of-the-realm, there beat hearts – the enlisted hearts we all knew and were so damn proud to be a part of – that fully understand that devotion to duty is not a part-time occupation. While we slept, we were represented by some damn fine men who fully understood their post orders and proudly went about their assigned responsibilities unseen, unrecognized and in the finest tradition of the American Enlisted Man. Folks, there’s hope. The spirit that George S. Patton, Arliegh Burke and Jimmy Doolittle left us … survives.

    On the ABC evening news, it was reported recently that, because of the dangers from Hurricane Isabel approaching Washington, DC, the military members assigned the duty of guarding the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier were given permission to suspend the assignment. They refused. “No way, Sir!”

    Soaked to the skin, marching in the pelting rain of a tropical storm, they said that guarding the Tomb was not just an assignment; it was the highest honor that can be afforded to a service person. The tomb has been patrolled continuously, 24/7, since 1930.

    Very, very proud of our soldiers in uniform

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