i have a strong brother.
my baby brother, jeremy, graduated from army basic training on friday. it was such an experience. i am glad we were all able to be a part of it.
this was how the soldiers (who keep in mind haven't seen their family in 10 weeks!) made their entry onto the field on family day. it was quite the show! of course there were over a 1000 of them so it took us a while to spot jer.
i can't even tell you just how amazing he looks! he slimmed down over 20lbs. i think half from the hard work but the other half was probably from sweat. the heat in south carolina was unbearable. i couldn't even imagine doing physical work in it. standing still was rough enough on us. he also seemed so much more confident in himself, standing tall and speaking up.
my mom, sister, and myself all teared up when we first saw him!
jer, mom, and dad
with the nieces and nephews. seriously, it was so sweet how proud they all were of him. i know they were all so happy to spend time with him.
me, jeremy, and my sister
jeremy showing kelley and conley how to do army push-ups
hanging out in the hotel room. again, jeremy with all of his 7 nieces/nephews
my brother now moves on to california to attend the defense language institute. he will learn chinese. ouch!
rarely do we see anything in that store that we don't love. everything is amazing. everything is mostly out of our price range. thank god they don't charge you yet to look! i am sure jcrew has considered that very thought before though.
this would make one sweet outfit on stylish sweet cheeks.
stripe tiered ruffle skirt
summer rosebud ballet flat
our yearly st simons trip was yet again a success. the kids really had such a good time playing together all 5 days. we did everything from oceans, to pools, sparklers, bikes, games, dancing, and eating! no matter what we did, the kids had fun.
sweet cheeks at the beach
swimming in the ocean
sparklers. what a hit they were
the pool, which we went to two days in a row. the kids really loved it there
the dads and the kids did a bike ride into town. my sister and I drove in to meet them in case anyone wanted a ride back in the car. none of them did. despite the heat and the distance, they all enjoyed the bike ride. (especially sweet cheeks who had the best ride of all!)
seriously, i couldn't get enough of these 3 together
sweet cheeks watching the giant cargo boat go by the pier
the kids on this really crazy but beautiful tree. what you didn't see here in a picture is sweet cheeks jumping out of this tree, hurting her hand, me going to help her, poking her in the eye, scratching her, and lots of tears! now that i think about it, i am glad i didn't get a picture of that
another crazy big tree
dinner out. sweet cheeks love the crab cakes at this restaurant
i am already excited for our trip next year!
i didn't even see it coming.
here she is singing michael jackson's 'heal the world'
in good memorial meat tradition, there was a popcorn machine and a snow cone maker. you can only imagine how many times sweet cheeks hit those!
it was also so amazing to see sweet cheeks run off and play with so many of her friends. i would go 20 minutes at least without seeing her. and when i would walk down to the kid zone to check on her, she would ever so politely ask me to leave. that is my fiveteen year old for you. already too cool to be seen with mom. i think this was an early foreshadowing to my life in 10 years.
here she is with her friend izzy playing a game.
next thing i knew, sweet cheeks had spray painted her hair red and white. the kids were going crazy with this stuff. thankfully she didn't over do it. i saw plenty of kids with polka dot hair! i got off easy.
sweet cheeks came home with about 10 tattoos.
so we are heading out for a family vacation tomorrow. yippy. i will post what i am sure are going to be great pictures as soon as we get home on wednesday.