23 April 2012

Sweet Friends

I don't know a more typical "welcome to the Army" than your husband being sent away only a week after your wedding. Right after we were married RC was sent to Ft. Knox. Being 7+ hours away for long 4 months while newlyweds was tough, but there were some positives.
  1. He was in the states. He could easily be reached by phone or Skype (most of the time), and he was not deployed. It could have been worse.
  2. RC happened to meet and become friends with this guy from North Carolina. Why is that important? Well, that guy just happens to be married to this awesome girl! And guess where they were headed for BOLC? 

Sam and RC are eerily similar. They both have this weird obsession with living in Montana, have serious dreams of becoming Doomsday Preppers (although I think Sam is well on his way), and can do some serious damage on a dozen Krispy Kreme donuts. Meghan is just the sweetest thing. I don't know a more perfect example of that than the going away present they gave us. Every little detail was personalized to RC and I. From the Charleston tin to red velvet cupcakes. Plus she gave us sweet reminders of our time in Georgia with railroad ties from the tracks downtown Columbus and a mixed CD with songs about Georgia. When someone puts so much thought into a gift it means so much! 

Oh, and did I mention she she designs jewelry? She is seriously so talented!
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I know that saying goodbye is just part of the Army lifestyle that I'm going to have to get used to, but it still sucks. Then again, we never would have met these dear friends if it weren't for the Army! I really hope that someday our paths will cross again and we'll end up at the same duty station! We always have so much fun together. Until then, goodbye our North Carolina friends! ;)

16 April 2012

Opening Weekend at Turner Field

With April being our last month in the States we've been trying to soak up all things American and spend as much time as we can with family and friends. If you know anything about my family you know that baseball, especially Braves baseball, is big! We've been going to games since I was like 10. So a trip to Atlanta to see a game with my entire family and grandparents was a must. 

Before we went into the game I made sure we got some pictures outside the stadium. I love the picture of Ross and I together. They've added Bobby Cox's number to the plaza outside the stadium so we had to get a picture. We love and miss Bobby... it's just not the same without him!

Once we got inside RC and I "recreated" our engagement. :) Obviously we switched things up a bit, but you can see the original picture here. I also got a picture with my brothers. Between Joe never wanting to smile and Chris' eyes always being closed we have to take about 10 pictures to get a good one, but it's worth it! :) We had a great time at the game and it was so good to see my family one last time. It was a little bittersweet. It's crazy to think that in just a couple weeks we'll be flying out of Atlanta on our way to Germany!

14 April 2012


RC graduated from airborne school this week! With a couple hundred graduates, it was a huge ceremony with bleachers full of family and friends. They even had an aerial demonstration by Ft. Benning's SilverWings. I got the chance to pin his wings and luckily one of the NCOs from BOLC was nearby to snap a picture!  

P.S. Now that he's an airborne graduate we're able to schedule our flight to Germany! 

I love my sky soldier.