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Graduation pictures/updates

Saturday, September 22, 2012

We are traveling back from my son, Nate's, graduation from Army bootcamp. We were in Ft. Leonard Wood, Missouri and it was such a beautiful time! My husband dropped me and 3 of the kids at my parents [KC] on Saturday and then he traveled south, continued working, and finally met up with Nate on Wednesday morning. VERY emotionally charged reunion! They both burst into tears!!!

Nate and my husband

We arrived Wednesday afternoon and had such a great family day! Eating out, enjoying the hotel pool, and catching up with our son.

We returned him back to the base at 4:30 and roll call was at 5:00. SO, SO special to hear all their names being called out and watching them march back for chow. The drill sergeant said, "This concludes family day, your soldiers will now march to chow, and then we will tuck them in for the night." ha! SO sweet!!!

The next day was graduation at 9:00 a.m. or 0900! emoticon

Some graduation pictures:

Family pictures:

Nate with his brother:
Jonathan graduates from high school in December and then he will follow in Nate's footsteps to join the National Guard and head for bootcamp in January.

4 of our VIP's [children] were missing

with me

with my parents

with me and my mom

When we were at the hotel, there was only 1 yogurt left and Sammy took it. When the woman behind him was SO disappointed, he gave her his yogurt! For his sacrifice, the hotel made a big deal and gave him some WONDERFUL goodies!!! So sweet! emoticon

Caught Sammy sucking his thumb! We didn't think he did this anymore! hehe

This is how Jonathan slept in the hotel because of my husband's snoring:

We just had a FABULOUS time and we are now driving back to Wisconsin.

An update about the special diet that I'm on right now, and doing with my mother, is in order. We are almost done with our 5th week and have 3 more weeks until we move to phase 2. We are doing great! I DEFINITELY am ready to get back to eating more carbs! But it's been a good detox and rest for our pancreas and liver. We both are going for our labs on October 15th [and weighing that day, as well] so I'm excited to see what the results will turn up, especially for my mother. Also, I'll be getting my thyroid levels checked and I kind of have a feeling they aren't right which may be part of the reason I've had trouble maintaining my weight.

Okay, well that's about it for today. Love to all my friends! {{{{huge hugs}}}

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    Very exciting!

    Hope the labs are OK
    Love you
    2310 days ago
  • JUNEAU2010
    Thanks for sharing! It gave me memories of when my younger brother graduated from basic training in the Navy. The USO took such good care of us! We had part of a day with him and literally RAN through the San Diego zoo. The next day he shipped out for advanced schooling. As I know from personal experience, when a family member serves, the entire family serves, so emoticon for your service!
    2328 days ago
    With a son that did that 17 years ago, and now is planning his retirement.....I loved the pictures....took me way back. James was only 19 when he went in.....through it, he GREW up, became a MAN, found the love of his life, and now papa's his own 3 little girls....Arn't our boys wonderful!!!
    2329 days ago
    Nate is so grown up and looks fabulous in his military uniform. I grew up loving a man in uniform as my papa was a Marine and now retired letter carrier. I can see why you’re so proud of Nate. Terrific family photos! Wait until you give Sammy a camera and he catches you in some “pay back” position (perhaps he and Jonathan won’t see this blog – smile, smile – although precious is the word that comes to my mind when I see children sleeping). Hoping you get good reports from your doctor. Hug, hug -- Evelyn
    2332 days ago
    Loved the picture with your son needing to cover his ears due to your DH snoring. That is what I need.
    2332 days ago
    Beautiful pictures made me fee a part of your families special time together. . There is something so special and emotional when your child graduates BMT (2 of ours did)
    2333 days ago
    Thanks for sharing this special time you had as a family with us all here. Thank your son - and soon to be sons - for stepping up to help protect our country. emoticon
    2333 days ago
    Congrats on your sons grad. What an exciting time of life. Thanks for sharing! You look great...and happy.
    2335 days ago
    Late reading this...wonderful blog!

    My son heads off to bootcamp in January as well.

    Congrats to your entire family.
    2336 days ago
    Thanks for sharing such a proud occasion for you with us. Tell Nate thankyou for his service for his country.
    2336 days ago
    Wow! What a lot of memories those photos bring... my son graduated from Ft. Leonard Wood for his basic, before heading to Ft. Sam Houston for his AIT... six years back. Now we're counting out the months remaining in his second deployment.

    By the way, have several Army Reserve / Nov. 5th family friends up there in Wisconsin, you might just trip over them if your son serves with any of those units.

    Great people, all! Blessings and prayers for your family, your new minted soldier, and prayers for all those few who put on the uniform and pledge themselves to our service.

    - Barb
    2337 days ago
    God Bless your son, Nate, for his service, and to Jonathan for planning to join the Guard when he graduates. And may He who holds us and Heaven & Earth in His hands be with you and your family.

    Glad you are getting your thyroid checked, I am also due to get mine soon. I think it really ought to be checked more frequently than once a year for those who are losing, since we know the metabolism rate changes with significant weight changes. emoticon emoticon
    2337 days ago
  • SUNNY332
    Looks like my photos from Ft. Leonard Wood. Awesome and congrats to your soldier boy. Do tell him Thanks for his service to our country. We'd love to have you on The Military Mamas and Papas Team. Go to my page and check it out. I just know the Mamas would love you.

    Take care and Hugs, Sunny Girl
    Proud Army Mom
    2337 days ago
  • no profile photo SWIMLOVER
    Susan, Thank You so much for sharing all your pictures with us! You are so Blessed to have such a precious family.
    2337 days ago
  • SAL1512
    Congratulations! We are all proud of him!
    Sally emoticon
    2339 days ago
    What wonderful pictures! Congratulations, Susan! Nate is such a fine soldier - proud Mama! It looks like it was tons of fun! emoticon
    2339 days ago
    I have been to Fort Leonard Wood. It's beautiful there. I love the pictures of your son, you, and your family. You are very blessed and must be very proud.
    2339 days ago
    Oh so Awesome!!! Thank you Nate for your willingness to serve our Country! It's been 2 1/2 years since my son graduated from Marine bootcamp! It's is quite a ceremony! Love the pictures! What a special time! Congrats on keeping the diet going. Let us know about your check up! Hugs!!!
    2340 days ago
    Sister Susan,

    What a beautiful family you have!

    You are so blessed!!

    It brought tears of happiness to my eyes!!!

    Thank you for sharing this awesome moment!!!

    Your brother in Christ,
    2340 days ago
    Beautiful pictures. What a sweet boy your Sammy is. emoticon
    2340 days ago
    Congrats on Nate's Graduation. Hearing about Ft. Leonard Wood brings back memories of when my friend and I were at Silver Dollar City when we were 15 or 16 and met some recent Boot Camp graduates and had such a crush on those men in uniform! Ha Ha Fortunately they were gentlemen and spend the day riding the roller coaster with us then sent us on our way.

    2340 days ago
    Your pictures brought tears to my eyes. You must be soooo proud!! You have a lovely family and I feel honored that you shared these special moments with us!
    2341 days ago
    emoticon for sharing.
    It is always fun to be with you and the family on your travels or just your daily life.

    Hugs Mary
    2341 days ago
    Susan, my son joined the National Guard when he was 17 and did his basic training at Ft. Leonard Wood in 1992! We weren't able to go to graduation so I especially enjoyed your photos!
    2341 days ago
    Congrats!! I can tell how proud you are! Good luck with the blood tests, I hope everything works out!
    2341 days ago
    I love the pictures. Congratulations on Nate's graduation. You must be proud. Glad you had a fun trip.
    2341 days ago
  • MJ7DM33
    emoticon on Nate's graduation! Great pics! Thanks for sharing!
    2341 days ago
    Wonderful pictures. Those things are always so emptional. Thanks for sharing and Ongratulations to Nate! emoticon
    2341 days ago
    How wonderful! Congratulations! I feel very proud, too, just hearing about your lovely family.
    emoticon emoticon WTG, Nate!!!
    2341 days ago

    Comment edited on: 9/22/2012 5:51:35 PM
    Lovely family and emoticon to your son on graduation.
    You have a wonderful family thanks for sharing.
    2341 days ago
    Beautiful family pictures. Thank your son for his service. Your pictures brought by very nice memories. Glad you had a nice time.
    2341 days ago
    Fantastic pics Susan....I know you're all so proud of your lovely Nate. Thanks for sharing his special graduation with us all here on SP.
    Lets us know how that eating affects your lab results and also the thyroid.
    2341 days ago
  • LUVS2BIKE101
    What a beautiful family! I salute all of you! Your pride and joy can be felt throughout your blog. Thanks for sharing........and thank your son for serving our country. I appreciate his service!
    2341 days ago
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