I know, you are wondering where my next DC Trip post is, and hold your horses, because it’s coming! First, I had to take a couple of days away from the computer and spend it with my kids and get caught up on chores around the house.
The first thing I did was hug on these two boys! I missed them while I was gone!
The Hubs is on 60 hour weeks, so with him only home one day a week, it’s just not feasible for him to do much around here. He needs at least one day of rest with the schedule he is keeping so there were quite a few things to get done.
While I was gone, and enjoyed near perfect weather in DC, it rained here at home almost every day and my grass was so tall, the mower kept bogging down. We had no choice but to bust out the tractor and get the heaping piles of grass up. I was being smart and raking down hill!
Knucklehead had his first day of school on Monday, and you know we had to prepare for that, had to attend open house and get all his stuff ready and together. Here’s the big 6th grader on that first morning.
Not a happy camper can you tell? His stomach hurt, the grass was wet, he wanted to get down to the end of the driveway and wait for the bus even though he had 15 more minutes, and he did not want to smile. AT ALL. But I made him. So then this is what I got.
Totally fake, but at least it wasn’t that frown! After I snapped the shot, he went right back to his frown and walked down to wait for the bus. He did have a great first day though and was very glad to see his friends. He has been getting his homework done easily enough. So far, so good.
Then on Monday evening, the first day of school, and Justin’s last day at home before leaving for boot camp, we had a small, family gathering to say goodbye to him, and to say goodbye to my nephew William who is going back to Colorado for High School this year.
But first, I should back up a bit and tell you that Justin’s Dad drove all the way up here from Alabama to spend the weekend with him before boot camp. He picked him up and they went to stay with his Dad’s family in Sherwood for the weekend.
They came back on Monday and his Dad stayed and had dinner with us. After we all had dinner, since Justin and William both were leaving we all decided to load up and head over to the Romance Cliffs to get good pictures of everyone.
This is my favorite picture of my family. I wish The Hubs had been here, but he had to work.
My friends David and Diane took this picture of all of us, and I think it turned out great. From left to right is Justin, Knucklehead, William, Mom, Dad, Me, brother John, and Addie.
This is a great shot of the boys.
I love this shot of Mom and Dad.
This is a great shot of my brother John, William and Addie.
These are my friends, David and Diane.
Did I mention that I love these boys?
This is Justin with his Dad, Junior Cole.
And here folks, you are looking at a rarity. One of probably three pictures of Junior and I together with Justin since we divorced, oh, I’d say about 15 years ago. But Justin wanted a picture of us with him so we did. Luckily, we get along great most of the time and it was no problem.
The next morning JT had to be up at the Armory in Heber Springs by 6 am. It was still dark when we got there and we took some last, going away shots.
I have mentioned my love for those boys, right? Yeah, I thought so.
Sgt. Gipson arrived and I got this shot, then they got in the car and drove off. Headed to Camp Robinson where Justin would be processed in and leave from.
Justin’s Dad left to make the drive back to Alabama, I got knucklehead off to school and guess what? I didn’t cry! I made it all day without crying, and I was doing great. Then Justin sent me this picture from the plane that night as he was boarded and waiting for takeoff to Oklahoma City. I admit I did cry for a bit. But, it wasn’t tears of sadness. I’m so proud and happy for him. This is what he has wanted to do since he was a little boy.
He arrived in OKC about 8:30 and had a two-hour bus trip to Fort Sill. I did get to talk to him last night, and he’s doing ok. It’s a lot more than he thought, but he is brave and strong and he’s making it. From what I understand, he is processing in and the real deal boot camp starts on Monday, and then it will be three or more weeks before I can talk to him again.
Since he left, I’ve been just keeping up with the normal compound chores and duties and resting up from the trip and chores and stress of getting everyone where they have to be. Now, I’m back to the computer and settled into a routine with Knucklehead in school and I will get back to posting about my trip. There’s still some sight-seeing, my trip to the National Archives, and my trip to Richmond, Virginia coming up so stay tuned!