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!