This weekend was WONDERFUL. I had a great Memorial Day with mom and dad, and D and I have been able to email and talk on the phone! It’s been so great to be able to communicate every day again and hear his voice. It’s actually been an adjustment having more contact though because now that we have some, we just want more and more!!! I completely missed a little party I was planning to go to the other day because I was so wrapped up in emailing him back and forth. I have definitely felt much more like myself in the last few days being able to chat with my partner in crime.
D had a long weekend to relax a little bit after the stress of RLP (aka have time away from his drill instructor). He switched rooms into a room with a computer (D and his roommate decided to stay together since they got along well) and spent the weekend studying, practicing drill, and you guessed it, emailing. D was really excited about this week – today he had a lot of fun learning how to save a sinking ship and getting soaked, and tomorrow he’ll get to learn how to fight fires! He’s studying hard for an exam in his weapons and engineering class, another inspection in week 6, and a drill competition next week. He’s feeling a lot more confident after passing RLP, and is enjoying not being the newest class anymore.
This morning I woke to found that the OTCN Facebook people were on top of things again this week and posted some sweet pictures of D! I really feel like I don’t know how to describe the emotions of seeing D in uniform for the first time. All I can say is I’m incredibly proud of him, but that barely touches on what I’m feeling. My heart is just full today, and for that I’m very grateful.
This first picture is D’s pinning ceremony, they are pinning gold anchors to their collars. This signifies that they’ve passed the Indoctrination Candidate Phase and are now Officer Candidates. (D is in the center).
Here they are reciting the Sailor’s Creed together before getting their pins (D is in the front row, 6th from the right).
D is on the far left in this one. I really just want to yell “Run, Forrest, run!”
And I’m pretty sure that’s D;s teeny head in the front row of the people standing, near the center of the picture.
P.S. Getting a super sweet love letter from your husband is pretty much the greatest thing in the world.