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Sunday, March 28, 2010

I've Been Away

It was a long drive to Army Son's graduation but we made it!

We had to be briefed about all the could and could nots.

Finally we got to see our solider!  Littlest was so happy to see his big brother again.

Army son looks great!  He is having a very successful time!

The first day our pass only allowed us to spend time with our soldier on the base.  But we found wonderful places to share our time together.   Army son wanted to run me through his PT.  Unfortunately I had not brought wokout gear onto the post.

The following day was the graduation.  It was a very nice ceremony.  We enjoyed lunch with several other soliders and their families.  The stories they told and the fathers joined in.  It was a great time.
Our soliders missed the oddest things.  After a long lunch they wanted to go to WalMart.  Go figure!

But all too quickly it was over.  And we had the mad rush to get out soldier back to the base. 
I was very sad even though I was completely happy for him and beyond proud I was still struggling with some tears.  I guess that is why I forgot my ID to get back on base.  Ekkk!
After a sprint back to the hotel to ID we drove like crazy to the base.  
On E!  We were on fumes but made it in time for Army son to make formation.
We found diesel just of post and realized the Army son had forgot somethings. 
Yipee.  We got to go back and give them to him.  Luckily we didn't get him in trouble and all was well. 
With a few tears.

The next morning was rough after the emotional roller coaster but we got on the road for a long drive. 
We got tired of driving so littlest took his turn too.

Before I was even home Army son sent us a quick shot of his new location.  He is so excited and ready to take on the next leg of his journey.
Not much running was had the last 3 days and I don't know if I will get it in today but I feel like my time was well spent and my heart was exercised.
Just in a different way.


  1. awww. thats nice! congrats to your son! and to you! you raised a very good man!

  2. congrats to Army son and his wonderful family too!
    So glad you had a good time! Best of luck to him in his adventures!

  3. Omg, girl, I am sooo happy for you! I know how tough this has been and I'm so proud of him....an you for being so brave and strong. He seems so happy and you can't ask for more than that for our kiddos. Glad little one got to help you drive, too :). Great pictures, I felt like I was right there for graduation with you. Congrats to him on his amazing accomplishment!!

  4. Glad you could make it to his graduation!

  5. I am so happy for you and your family. It sounds like he is really excited and ready for the next steps. You obviously raised him well - a fine young man.


  6. Congratulations to Army Son and the wholw fam!

  7. Congrats to all of you! and thank him for serving our country for me!

  8. Congrats to your son and to all of you for raising such a wonderful son!!

  9. What a great weekend. Family and emotions have to come first. If they aren't, other things (fitness, work, etc.) won't either.
    Congrats to everyone.

  10. Yea, how exciting! Congrat to your son :)

  11. Look at how grown up he looks! You must be beaming!!! And I would also like to say that I am so proud of you for not bringing work out gear and just taking some time to enjoy every single solitary minute with the fam. Those few rest days were well deserved and utilized. :)

  12. Love the pics on FB - you are one very special family. Congrats to you all!

  13. That's a wonderful blog post. I like the picture of the little one with his dad.

  14. so happy for you shelly! Looks like a wonderful time and I'm glad you were able to take off running to fully enjoy the love that I'm sure was flowing!

  15. What a special time in your lives; treasure these moments.

  16. CONGRATS to Army son, he sure looks handsome.. And Walmart? Too funny!!