Life comes at you fast. A couple of weeks ago, he got word that his time had been moved up. He would report to MEPS July 26th, as a back up. If he didn't leave that day, he was going to the week after.
(yeah he shaved his own head. Tuffy aided and abetted. Sissy told him he was "weird")
Early last week, it appeared that was all changing. Each day seemed to be another piece of information that was sending him sooner. by Thursday night/Friday morning - it was a sure deal. In fact, the poor kid spent all of Thursday and Friday chasing down paperwork, getting signatures, notary public stamps......you name it, he had to get it taken care of.
He spent the day Thursday with his darling daughter. She tagged along as he got most of his errands done. Friday wasn't much different. Saturday evening we had all the family members we could gather come hang out, eat some treats and say goodbye.
(like father - like daughter)
His friends had given him a big party a couple of weeks ago, since we knew the time was coming up, so we reserved Saturday night just for family and friends that are practically like family : )
Lot's of chatting, eating, hanging out, admiring each others car's, taking pictures and most of all LAUGHING!
I think the last person left about 1am.
Grandma Sue, Tayvree, Grandpa John, Kelsie, Splenda, Trevor)
(mi Sobrina, Mindi, Chet, and 'dawgs hands)
(could everyone stop screwing around long enough for a pic?)
(for reals - stop screwing around)
(who knew we'd have a black kid in the family picture before we had a democrat!)
(Sissy loving her cousins)
I am so thankful for everyone who took the time on the holiday to come and show the 'dawg some support. It meant a lot to him, and it meant the world to me.
It made the weekend perfect having Sissy all weekend and then all the family to come spend time.
(she'll grab any shoes handy)
(we even managed a nap - "mimi, i need to snuggwo)
(loving her Unco Wook)
Tonight (Sunday), we dropped him off at the West Valley Recruiting Station, where he checked in. He, with several other recruits were transported to a local hotel for the night. He will be studying his general orders and trying to get some sleep and then will be reporting to MEPS first thing tomorrow morning. We will get a chance to see him sworn in again, and a last goodbye.
Luka won't be able to be at MEPS in the morning so he got his good bye hug in tonight
Reality is sinking in.
Semper Fi and Oorah