Before getting into today’s post I want to pause for a second and remember the brave men and women who have made the ultimate sacrifice in service to our country. It’s because of their selfless service and willingness to give all that we get to celebrate a long weekend and be FREE. Say a prayer for the fallen and their families today!
When I found out early in this rotation that I would be off for four days due to the holiday I immediately suggested to Chris that we get out of town for a night. It worked out because my sister Heather and her husband were going to be in Jacksonville for the weekend and it was a prime opportunity to see them. So we loaded up the car and headed south! Friday night Heather and Mark met us at our hotel and we all went to Maggiano’s for dinner and go sufficiently stuffed on calamari, pastas, and of course dessert. Perfect pre-beach food, no? Saturday morning we headed to Heather’s friend’s beach house for a fun day in the sun.
This was Bryn’s first trip to the beach and she absolutely LOVED it! Em is a water baby at heart and had a blast also. It was so much fun spending time with my sister and her friends. I haven’t seen some of them since Heather got married 19 years ago and I was 8!
One of the hardest parts of being a military wife is being so far from family. Seeing the girls with their aunt and uncle this weekend reaffirmed my goal of getting us home within the next few years. They thrived being surrounded by so many people who love them and I can see many family beach trips with my nephews and niece in the future too.
In the meantime I am just thankful that we got to make these precious memories together as a family! And to many more beach days ahead of us this summer. Got to soak up the proximity to the ocean while we still can!
How was your weekend? Do anything fun?