Friday, February 27, 2009
Because Christopher passed his PT test with flying colors.
Because I booked the trip to his graduation.
Because I got a non-stop, round trip airfare from Boston to Charlotte, South Carolina for $157.50.
Because I can honestly be proud of my son and how he has turned his life around.
Round trip Airfare for 3 people $532
Rental Car for 5 days $301
Hotel for 5 days $400
Seeing my son Graduate from Army Basic Training......................................
Sunday, February 22, 2009
That's huge for my son. He's doing what he needs to do in order to succeed. He's changing, growing, maturing.
He's making me proud.
I cannot wait to get my hands on him at Graduation.
Friday, February 20, 2009
Wednesday, February 18, 2009
He's still having ups & downs but he's doing it and excited about graduating. He has big plans about eating at the Texas Roadhouse, drinking Sprite, eating the homemade chocolate chip cookies he wants me to bring and a huge kit kat bar.
He told me he's going to be talking to me all day long on family day because he has so much to tell me. He sounded so much better. Now he's coming into Blue Phase where they will be putting everything they've learned into practice in an encampment:
Victory Forge is a 7-day field training exercise combining all previously taught basic combat training skills. It is the culmination of basic training.
Soldiers are continuously challenged on all the skills learned throughout the nine-week training cycle. Here is a general description each day during Victory Forge.
Day 1 - Pre-Combat Inspections (PCI), prepare and produce an operations order (OPORD)
Day 2 - 10-Kilometer foot march, quartering party procedures, occupy a position and establish a defensive perimeter, conduct tactical feeding, introduction to night operations and rest plans
Day 3 - Conduct "Stand-To", undergo Nuclear, Biological and Chemical training, issue a squad-level OPORD, defensive operations, conduct troop-leading-procedures, go through the Teamwork Reaction Course, conduct squad-sized tactical exercises and a night tactical exercise
Day 4 - Same as Day 3
Day 5 - Same as Day 4
Day 6 - Recover from the defense, conduct PCI/stretch, issue squad and platoon-level OPORD, move to and conduct the Night Infiltration Course, execute the
Live Fire Night Infiltration
Day 7 - Conduct PCI and ensure personnel and equipment accountability, 15-Kilometer foot march, participate in an After Action Review, and after-operations maintenance which culminates with the Rites of Passage Ceremony symbolizing the transition from Soldier-in-Training to Soldier in the United States Army.
That's when he'll know for sure he's made it.
Someone stole it out of his wall locker, that and $20 out of his wallet. Of all the things to steal - a 2 inch square piece of scented fabric.
I imagine that when all you smell all day is sweaty guys, a lil perfume can be a slice of heaven. (Although, I wouldn't mind smelling a sweaty guy occasionally)
My solution? I've cut up 90 pieces of fabric, soaked them in 4 different kinds of perfume or powder, put one each in a tiny envelope, slapped a label on it that says:
"Whether it be your Sweetie or, your Mom,
May the hug held inside, give you warm thoughts of home!"
Son can pass them out to whomever wants them.
I'd gladly give a free hug to every soldier I could, no need to steal one.
Monday, February 09, 2009
Son went and begged the Commander to let him stay. Christopher got docked some pay, was put on restriction for 14 days and had extra duties for 14 days.
He seems to have turned the corner though and basically done 180 degrees. He just had the opportunity to be squad leader! He's having fun now and said he's kinda bored. Yea, bored.
He sounds so much better in his letter now.
Halfway through it!
I cannot wait to see my baby again at graduation in March.
I got 12 letters Thu & Friday. His attitude has changed and he's really trying to think about things positively like I said in one of my letters. He's feeling much better about everything.
Thanks so much you wonderful Monkees - you've done it again!
I thought it was a hoot and very interesting how iTunes shuffled my answers.
Give it a shot if you like.
1. Put your iTunes, Windows Media Player, etc. on shuffle.
2. For each question, press the next button to get your answer.
3. YOU MUST WRITE THAT SONG NAME DOWN NO MATTER HOW SILLY IT SOUNDS.
4. Tag 10 friends (make me #11 so I can see your results).
5. Everyone tagged has to do the same thing.
6. Have Fun!
IF SOMEONE SAYS 'ARE YOU OKAY' YOU SAY?
Betty Lou's Gettin' Out Tonigh (Bob Seger)
HOW WOULD YOU DESCRIBE YOURSELF?
You're All I Have (Snow Patrol)
WHAT DO YOU LIKE IN A GUY/GIRL?
I'm Lika A Bird (Nelly Furtado)
HOW DO YOU FEEL TODAY?
W^O^L^D^ (Harry Chapin) "Feeling all of forty-five going on fifteen"
WHAT IS YOUR LIFE'S PURPOSE?
Can't Get Enough of Your Love (Taylor Dane)
WHAT'S YOUR MOTTO?
Just Like Tom Thumb's Blues (Neil Young)
WHAT DO YOUR FRIENDS THINK OF YOU?
Passage to Bankok (Rush)
WHAT DO YOUR PARENTS THINK OF YOU?
Mississippi Queen (Mountain)
WHAT DO YOU THINK ABOUT VERY OFTEN?
Back Off Bitch (Guns N' Roses)
WHAT IS 2 + 2?
There's No Place Like Home for the Holidays (Garth Brooks)
WHAT DO YOU THINK OF YOUR BEST FRIEND?
Wicked Garden (Stone Temple Pilots)
WHAT IS YOUR LIFE STORY?
Hello Lonely (Theory of a Deadman)
WHAT DO YOU WANT TO BE WHEN YOU GROW UP?
I'm Going Home (Hootie and the Blowfish)
WHAT DO YOU THINK WHEN YOU SEE THE PERSON YOU LIKE?
Can't Get Enough of Your Love (Barry White)
WHAT WILL YOU DANCE TO AT YOUR WEDDING?
Mess Around (Ray Charles) hahahahaha!
WHAT WILL THEY PLAY AT YOUR FUNERAL?
The Angel Song (Great White)
WHAT IS YOUR HOBBY/INTEREST?
Dancing with Tears in my Eyes (Ultravox)
WHAT IS YOUR BIGGEST FEAR?
More Than a Feeling (Boston)
WHAT IS YOUR BIGGEST SECRET?
Girls, Girls, Girls (Motley Crew) LOL - No, I am not a lesbian
WHAT DO YOU WANT RIGHT NOW?
Democracy (Dan Fogelberg)
WHAT DO YOU THINK OF YOUR FRIENDS?
WHAT WILL YOU POST THIS AS?
Ave Maria (Placido Domingo, Luciano Pavarati, Jose Carreras)