"Mom how do you feel about leaving tonight instead of tomorrow and head out to Alabama?"
"sure I can be ready in about 2-3 hours...come get me"
And so the great adventure to Ft. Rucker and Chad's graduation from Warrant Officer school begins.
In the two hours I managed to color my hair, shave my legs, shower, pack and get my special food stuffs together for the trip. I had thought she meant we would drive all the way through to Alabama but she surprised me and we stopped over in Russellville, Arkansas for the night!
The next morning we got up early and continued on to Ft. Rucker. The going was mainly on 4 lane roads and the trip was fairly uneventful until we arrived at Ft. Rucker after dark! OMG! I can't remember in recent history being anywhere that was so dark and we had to find our way around the guest cabins and lake with very little out side lighting and around narrow roads at a mere crawl. We rented a cabin on post that is on Lake Tholocco that the Army rents to transient and holidaying personnel and families and those that come down to a graduations. The cabin is essentially a 2 bedroom house fully stocked with everything you would need...coffee pot, dishes, cooking utensils, linens etc.
Ft. Rucker is an aviation training facility for helicopter pilots and there is always a drone of helicopters going over. It is also one of the training facilities the Army has for training non-commissioned and warrant officers other then just the helicopter pilots. I always knew that there was a difference in commissioned, non-commissioned, and warrant officers (WO) but didn't realize how little I knew and when Chad told us about his being chosen to become a WO I started to Google so I could become more knowledgeable! If you ever get a chance to go by Ft. Rucker stop in and visit their air museum...it is worth the stop!
Here are a few pictures from the trip I thought I would share...I had a really great time visiting with Chad, Candice, and of course the grand daughters Teresa (4) and Hannah (2).
|View from the screened in porch at our cabin|
|Heather standing in front of our cabin!|
Hannah and her "jamma's" that went everywhere with her! Jamma's were a call to action when Hannah managed to lose one of two pairs of pj bottoms she carried around!
Aunt Heather managed to get into the playground and kept up with where the girls were going and coming from. WOW! they didn't have huge playground and playsets like this when I was a kid! There were all sorts of fun things to do and interact with on this thing!
Graduation was Wednesday morning at the air museum at Ft. Rucker. Here are a few pictures! ;-) Just a few!!!
The girls got a little restless but we came prepared. The girls loved playing with our phones cause they had some interesting games and fun things to look at on them! iPhones are an awesome invention if only for this reason!
Teresa found out about PacMac and loves the game now! Don't know how Mom and Dad feels about it but kept her quiet at the event!
Chad, Candice, Heather, and Hannah....minus the shoes....I swear that girl is an Okie!
We had an awesome time! It was over way to soon and after lunch at Applebee's they headed out to catch their planes home...Chad from Florida and Candice from Dothan, AL with the girls. Heather and I started the drive back talking about all the fun things we had seen and how much fun the girls had been. It had been 2 years since I had seen them and I am hoping it won't be two more before I see them again!