Our year-long deployment is OVER! C's back from Iraq, safe and sound. The unit arrived home late last Saturday night, early Sunday morning. The ceremony began at 1:00am and it was nice... short and sweet. A good friend of mine came with the kids and I and took pictures for us... so I have several to share.
These are the banners I hung outside of our house here. I later found out that other people took pictures of them, too! LOL
Here's the dress I chose to wear for the ceremony. E took this of me before we left the house that night. It was really strange to be getting all dressed up and hair done and everything at 1am. LOL! But it was WORTH IT and I'm so glad I did... not very many other wives did.
I know this is dark... all of the shots of the unit in formation were too far away for the flash to work. But here's just one so you can get an idea, maybe, of what it was like. We were in a gymnasium, spread across two basketball courts.
The first big hug
E getting her first hug
And N getting his
Here you can sort of see the posters that we made
Today's Thursday and it's C's first day back to work. The unit will spend the next 5 days or so in-processing and "reintegrating". LOL
December 15th is a big batallion award ceremony and C will be given a Bronze Star!! He was the only non-officer soldier to receive one during the whole year. And the Lt. Col. said he "would be honored" if I would be up on the stage to pin it on C myself. So that will be an exciting day. I got a new dress for that occasion too. =o)
I mentioned it a long time ago in one of these blog posts, but don't forget that I changed my email address!! It is no longer bikergirl_brazen........... if you don't have the new one and want it... leave a comment here! =o)