In honor of the 4th of July, and Independence, I want to tell you a little bit about our son, Skyler's, Air Force Journey. Skyler left home on December 28, 2010 for Basic training at Lackland Air Force Base in San Antonio, TX.
Over the following eight weeks, he was pretty isolated. We were not allowed a lot of time to talk with him. We got random phone calls, that lasted any where from two minutes to 20 minutes. While he was there we wrote letters, tons of letters, information about all the little things going on in the real world. During that time I found a wonderful on line group who helped me keep my sanity. Some of those ladies have turned into amazing friends.
Skyler is in the first row, the last fast you can see.
Basic Training graduation took place the weekend of February 25, 26, and 27. The trip to San Antonio was an amazing time for our family. We were ecstatic to see Skyler and all that he had accomplished. I am sure some of you recall my excitement about that trip. It was also an opportunity to meet some of those lovely ladies from online and get to know them and their families a little better. Kathleen Giebler and Heather Parsons, you are both amazing women, and true friends in my heart! Congrats to all the families of the 322/164 who survived basic training. GO EAGLES!!
Our Family during graduation weekend; Caroline, Patrick, Austin, Myself, Skyler, and Win.
Fast forward another 3 months and Skyler was graduating again, this time from Tech School at Sheppard Air Force Base in Wichita Falls, TX. Another road trip our family anxiously anticipated and greatly enjoyed. While we were in Wichita Falls, we got to visit with another Airman from Skyler's Basic Training, was wonderful to see him, and catch up on what he has been doing since Basic.
Skyler and his Tech School class mates on the wing of their plane.
We were able to bring Skyler home, and he was here 14 days, During that time Caroline had a birthday, Patrick had a Band camp concert and we were able to spend time with my Mom and Poppa Jim.
On June 13 we put Skyler on an air plane headed to his very first duty station in North Carolina. We miss him like crazy. Today I just want to say, " Thank you for serving our country and protecting our freedoms, son. WE love you!"
So much going on my week break turned into a month and a half. All sorts of good things to catch you guys up on, and those posts will come.
Arkansas Thunder Drum Corp is up and marching along. All the school wrap up is over and summer break is upon us!! Caroline's Birthday was celebrated in style with the Kicking Daisies and Allstar Weekend concert. Can't believe she is 10!
The BIGGEST news, Skyler was home from the Air Force for 14 days!! We loved having him here with us, and tried to pack in as much famaily time as possible. We celebrated Skyler's Birthday the night before he left for his new base, He is 19 now. WOW! We all miss him like crazy!
Kids with Skyler one the wing of a KC 135
I have still been doing my menus, just not getting them posted. MY BAD!!
Menu for June 26- July 2
Grilled Chicken, zucchini and squash, with wild rice
Mexican lasagna, Tomato and Avocado Salad with cilantro lime dressing
Meatloaf, mashed potatoes, steamed green beans
Shrimp Fried Rice, salad with ginger dressing
Grilled Chicken Sausage Dogs, baked beans, and cole slaw
Grilled Tenderloin salad with blue cheese and balsamic vinaigrette
I want to share the recipe for this super easy Tomato and Avocado Salad. All the flavors of Guacamole but you eat it with a fork. Our Farmers Market had AMAZING tomatoes this week. I love summer!
Tomato & Avacado Salad
3 nice fresh garden Tomatoes; cut into bite size pieces
2 good Avocado; cut into bite size pieces
1/2 cup chopped Red Onion
Put into a glass bowl and chill while you make the dressing
Lime Cilantro Dressing
1 serrano pepper, seeded and coarsely chopped
1 clove garlic
1/4 cup lime juice
1/3 cup honey
2 teaspoons cider vinegar
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/4 cup packed cilantro leaves
1/2 cup extra-virgin olive oil
Put the pepper and garlic into a food processor and chop until finely ground. Add lime juice, honey, vinegar, salt, and cilanto; pulse a few times to blend. Turn on and slowly add olive oil to incorperate. Add to bowl and toss gently.
Hope you are enjoying your first week of summer. Stay cool and enjoy those memories made around the kitchen table.