Sunday, May 31, 2009

Bathing Beauty

Sweet Ashley sent a text with this picture of Ellie practicing for her beach trip; hope she finds her shades before then!
You know there are more...

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Thursday, May 28, 2009

Not Quite Football Season

Recently, thirty-four rookies took the field for the first time wearing their new NFL jerseys. They looked like NFL players, but did they have all the right moves? Upper Deck awarded an autographed Michael Jordan jersey to the rookie with the best touchdown dance (seen at the 1:37 mark). Be sure to notice (at the 3:50 mark) who won it! Goooooooooo DAWGS, Sic 'em! Woof, woof, woof!

Wednesday, May 27, 2009

Tuesday, May 26, 2009

Plan B

We had a great visit with niece Rachel last night, although there was an issue with her car (as in it stopped making forward progress), fortunately less than an hour away. On our way to pick her up, I was reminded of the time my car died and my folks made an eight hour round trip to get Kate and me home. There was also the time Worth's truck died, thankfully near a town where the sister of a friend lived...all to say, it happens.

Despite the glitch, we were so glad to see her, as it's been WAY TOO LONG since she's been here. Her sweet uncle got the "Plan B" car ready to go, packed her a lunch, and this morning she was on her way to her dad's. Love you, Rachel!

Monday, May 25, 2009

A Day for Remembering

Most Army Brats spend some of their growing up years in the D.C. area and E.W. and I are no exception. This photo of my dad at the Tomb of the Unknowns was taken by Kate two years ago when we took a trip back to the area. This Memorial Day we remember those, who like our dads and brothers, served in our country's military, and thank them for our freedom.

Sunday, May 24, 2009

Weekend Well Spent

Kate and Jay were here this weekend; by the time we added friends and more family into the mix...well, it was just plain fun!

Thursday, May 21, 2009

At the End of the Day

Good friends, great discussion, fried chicken, snap beans, macaroni and cheese*, deviled eggs, sliced tomatoes, biscuits, pecan pie, and a phone call from Jackie Lee Miles, the author of this month's book...well, the Bluestockings do know how to enjoy an evening!

* this recipe was in the book and OH MY WORD the fabulosity of it! Hint: it involves, in addition to the standard ingredients, half-and-half, heavy cream, and sour cream.

A Drive By

Nephew George had to come to town today so he and his uncle enjoyed having lunch together. Then he got put to work repairing sprinkler heads and helping set up the bench E.W. won at the Bulldog Club last night! While he was here, our niece Rachel called and she's going to be coming through town Monday and spending the night! We are getting in some good aunt & uncle time these days. to the kitchen to get ready for the Bluestockings to arrive! More on that later...

One Million and Counting

Yesterday was a huge day for Compassion. You can read about it HERE, HERE, and HERE. This morning's Fox & Friends covered the big news, too!
I'm blessed that Patricia is my one in a million. Do you need a blessing?

Tuesday, May 19, 2009

Eight Months Old!

For an action shot of the most beautiful grandbaby on the planet (and I say that with no bias, you understand), click HERE.

Monday, May 18, 2009

Back Where She Belongs

Had to add an afternoon update to the previous post...
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Homeward Bound: The Incredible Journey

We're not sure if Miss Scarlett had quite the adventure that Sassy, Chance, and Shadow had, but after TEN DAYS, she's BACK HOME, none the worse for wear! Putter checked her out and pronouced her acceptable. She has earned a rare day inside, though, to sleep off whatever her experience might have entailed.

Welcome back, Miss Scarlett!

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Thursday, May 14, 2009

Stand By Me

Thanks to my friend, Bryna, for sharing this version of a classic. Here's what she said when she sent the link: "The music just brings me home to all the Motown we listened to growing up." Yes, it does.

Get Up and Go

She's on the move! Life is about to get even busier. :)

Tuesday, May 12, 2009

The Women on Either Side of Me

One of my favorite pictures, taken after Ellie's baptism this past daughter and my mother. I am extraordinarily blessed to have them on either side of me in the circle of life.

Sunday, May 10, 2009

Miss Scarlett...

... We're missing you.

A Little Girl in a Long White Dress

Yesterday's baptism tailgate was big fun, but today was the main event.

What a privilege to be reared in a Christian home. Ellie is so blessed and we were all happy to be a part of her big day. The words spoken by the Very Rev. Frank F. Limehouse, III reminded us that life is difficult but that by teaching Ellie to rely on God, her parents and all who love her will give her a powerful defense when life's tough moments come. Wish I could do his words justice.

Here's a short video clip of Ellie getting ready and below that, some pictures of our day. How blessed we are to be grandparents of this sweet baby.

Getting ready to meet my public...

...I'm not really a hat person.

Drool on your baptismal gown is not a good look.

Touching ceremony.

Sweet profiles: the women on either side of me.

Precious family.

With a grandfather and a godfather.

E.W. and proud!

Grandma and Papa, so proud!

Ellie and her four paternal great-grandparents.

Auntie Kate loves Ellie, who only has eyes for daddy.

And, we're tailgating again.

I love my book from my Cavaleri greats.

A big girl Bible from Mia and E.W.

Sa and Auntie Kate make an Ellie sandwich.

Sweet peanut.

This is the face so many came so far to see.
Wouldn't you?
If you haven't seen enough pictures of our weekend, head on over to the B'ham Bowers for more!

Saturday, May 9, 2009

A Baptism Tailgate

As promised, a great evening of tailgating preceded the main event. The Low Country Boil was delicious and the company even better. A lot of folks drove a long way to be together and it was so worth it. We enjoyed being with Worth & Ashley's B'ham crowd as well as getting to spend time with friends and extended family.

The star in a sundress from Auntie Kate

Ellie and Jake

The Godfather gives a girl a helping hand.

Jake's not too thrilled about the love from Ellie.

Tyson has a handful... it's Beth's turn.

Grandma and GGma Cavaleri snag some sugar.

Gramps gets sugar, too.

E.W.'s turn!

Brain trust.

Mia loves squishing on this girl.

Great-Granddaddy Cavaleri makes me laugh.


Surveying the situation.

Uncle Joe and Aunt Cynthia make the scene.

Double Trouble

a pair of greats

Making faces with Auntie Kate.

Part of the mob scene.

More of them.

Dark...and we're still at it.

A little afternoon entertainment:

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