Thursday, August 21, 2014

Wednesday, August 20, 2014

Service for Col. Edwin Fairbanks Cavaleri, Jr. at Arlington National Cemetery, in photographs

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I wrote HERE about how overwhelmed we were by daddy's funeral service at Arlington National and promised photographs. We are indebted to Anne Bunker and Tommy Smith; here are a few of the special memories they captured:

Soldiers stand ready.

Transfer of ashes and flag by the casket team....

...with reverence and military precision.

Secured and prepared for procession.

The beginning of the final journey.

Horse-drawn caisson.

Section 70

Standing with mama as the casket team transports his ashes and flag.

On the left is our Arlington Lady and her escort.

Chaplain Andy Jenks conducts the service.

Some of our small group.

Standing for the three-volley salute.

Ceremonial folding of the flag.

So precise and reverent.

The presentation of the flag to my sweet and brave mama.

Soldiers preparing to march.

The caparisoned horse waits patiently.
Notice the rear-facing empty boots, symbolic of a fallen leader.

Escort Platoon, Army Band, Firing Party, and Color Guard

So grateful for the service of these soldiers.

Daddy's grandchildren; he was so proud of them. 

Section 70, Grave 2433
In the shadow of the Pentagon, where he served for many years.

All of the photos:

Monday, August 18, 2014

All is well, safely rest. God is nigh.

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One thing we didn't know nine months ago: it takes time to get on the schedule for burial at Arlington National Cemetery. 

Today, daddy's ashes were committed to the hallowed ground there. We are so grateful that, with the exception of the tiniest members, we were all able to travel for the ceremony. His favorite nieces and their husbands, his favorite nephew-like-a-son and his wife, and two life-long Army friends were there with us, as well.

The military precision of the ceremony was expected but we had no idea that so many soldiers would be involved. We knew a little of what the ceremony included but again, we had no expectation of some of the honors that would be a part of the day.

He would have been so humbled by the chaplain, Army band, horse-drawn caisson, escort platoon, color guard, caparisoned horse, three-volley salute by the firing party, bugler.... it was overwhelming, for sure. A few photos were taken by friends and family and I will post those as soon as I get them.


Day is done, gone the sun
From the lakes, from the hills, from the sky
All is well, safely rest
God is nigh.
Fading light dims the sight
And a star gems the sky, gleaming bright
From afar, drawing near
Falls the night.
Thanks and praise for our days
Neath the sun, neath the stars, neath the sky
As we go, this we know
God is nigh.

Monday, August 11, 2014

So You Think You Can Dance

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This picture is one I found in my dad's things last month.  My parents always loved to dance, but I'd never seen this picture of them in action during our time in Germany. So classy! Please note mama's shoes and that dress; also notice my dad with his smooth moves!  

Although we're not as classy, E.W. and I do enjoy dancing and it's okay with us if no one else is (we've been known to dance at a tailgate). Ashley caught us during Fourth of July beach week. The best part is how everyone is just ignoring us (except George, who wanted to dance with us, and Bo, who can't figure us out!).

Thursday, August 7, 2014

Kindergarten Kickoff

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Ellie starts kindergarten this week! The four grandparents wanted to celebrate the milestone; dinner, desserts, balloons, and confusion were all involved. Emma's move up the pre-k ladder was celebrated as well.

Mack wasn't too sure about all the excitement but was content to let anyone who was willing have a turn holding him...and when that didn't work for him he just showed off his new walking skills!

PS: She had a great first day!

Monday, August 4, 2014

Just One More Thing

The great kitchen update of 2014 is grinding to a close. Most of it has been done for some time but cabinet finishing and trim painting have been a long time in the works. 

Now that (most of) the cabinet issues have been resolved (and the company should be thankful I was taught to not say anything if I couldn't say anything nice), we're down to waiting for painters. 

Anyone who knows me knows I will pick up a paintbrush in a quick minute! However, I do NOT get along with oil-based paint; it just works out better for everyone if I don't even try it again. 

Our painters have been furiously working in the schools to get things done before classes started and they've told us they'd be here next week. Can't wait to get that last thing checked off the list!

New trim awaits caulking and painting.

There's so much we're enjoying about our new kitchen. I've never been a big fan of granite but this leathered finish has converted me!

I love working in the new space.

We spend a lot of time at the island now, especially over coffee in the morning. Also? I'm still nuts for the slate floors. The sealer toned them down to the perfect shades of brown and gray. So happy about that decision!

Don't turn around!
You'll see the eating area with all that unpainted woodwork!

Keeping our fingers crossed that painting the trim happens next week! 

Sunday, July 27, 2014

22nd Junebug Jaunt

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This year's beach trip found the Junebugs not even knowing who we were anymore! There were new adventures and new favorites, for sure. One thing never changes, though. We always forget that all we really need to pack are bathing suits, pajamas, and about two outfits!

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