Lisa was nice enough to take us on tour of her Vet Clinic to help Michael with his Dog Care Merit Badge.
Me and Mildred..my Army roomie!
The boys in front of Iron Mike on Fort Bragg, NC
After spending time with our buds, we headed up to visit family. Kevin's brother Steve and his family live in the Raleigh area and there was no way we could be so close and not visit. It had been a while since we had seen their entire family so it was a good opportunity for us. The boys had so much fun with their cousins and their aunt and uncle. You know it's a good trip when there is sob factor involved. We headed up to Greensboro to Wet N Wild and enjoyed a fun day in the water. Daniel was a bit fearful of being whisked away so he kept a tight hold on his Uncle Steve. Neil and Michael were more brave and spent a good majority of their time in the whirlpool section of the wave pool...think mosh pit in the water. Mom tried it a couple times but didn't get the hoopla about it, maybe I'm getting old!
My fun experience of that day was purchasing a funnel cake as we left. The little wallet I had happens to have a pic of Kevin in the front. The girl working that particular booth exclaims to her coworker "oh she has a picture of a Soldier!!!" I reply, yes, that is my husband. We start a conversation that I will spare you the details on, but basically the girl was proud to say her boyfriend was in the Army or maybe the National Guard, she wasn't really sure. He was going to deploy but didn't know when. Not really sure where he is, maybe in Texas. She asked me how long he would be gone. I was honest and told her the National Guard is gone for a long time when you include training and the actual deployment, anywhere from 18-24 months. She sighed...I told her it took a special woman to love a Soldier and she said, yes she knew. I told her Kevin was over there for the second time in less than three years. She looked at me and said, she couldn't do it two times!! I just smiled at her, requested my funnel cake quickly inventoried the information she had given me and told her to do us all a favor and break up with her boyfriend now.
Aunt DeeDee, Uncle Steve, Daniel, Neil & Michael
The boys also got involved in a very serious game of Monopoly with Uncle Steve. They played for a good while before it turned into craziness and fun name calling followed. Josh tried to jump in for a while but they had to call it after a while and close up the game. Everyone had a great time though. Thanks for the hospitality! We had a blast and let's not wait so long to see each other again!!
Moving on...we also had the opportunity to meet up with our buds from Fort Hood. They moved last December to Fort Lee and it was nice to finally meet Mr. I. He is soooooooo cute and lovable!! Linda and the kids made the 2.5 hour drive to meet up with us and I am so glad she did. We had a great visit. January, right? That's when you can come back to Hood???
Hanging out with Mr. I
Linda and I being silly at the park
The whole gang
For our final night in NC, we headed back to Lisa and Marlon's to chill before hitting the road. It was sad to say goodbye. We are so lucky to know what a strong friendship we have that will stand through distance and time. We pick up right where we left off. It was nice to have someone who gets me and understand me and doesn't mind when my inside voice speaks out loud. She is convinced I'm going to get my butt beat someday because of that, but at least I know she's on my side regardless. Thanks for the great visit. We love you guys!! When you coming to Texas???
She adores me, what can I say??? BTW..it was LATE and we were both tired, lol