Tuesday, August 9, 2011

Daddy comes home!!

On July 8th we flew home from Quantico, Virginia. My sister Katie watched the girls while I was gone and they couldn't wait until Mommy brought Daddy home!! The girls missed him so much while he was at OCS for 6 weeks. It affected them more than I even imagined it would with them being so young and all. Olivia had a really hard time with Daddy being gone so long "doing his Marine thing" (as she called it) and couldn't wait to smother him with hugs & kisses. While Brian was gone Brooklyn would often walk around the house from room to room calling "Da-da." We wrote him a letter everyday and he wrote us too. And Olivia absolutely loved getting his letters. We even made a countdown on the chalkboard in our kitchen that Olivia changed the number to everyday until the day Daddy came home. And when we got home and they saw him for the first time it was such a sweet moment that I will remember forever.

After seeing him for the first time in 6 weeks the girls couldn't get enough of their Daddy:)

Sunday, August 7, 2011

OCS Graduation

On July 6th I flew to Quantico, Virginia along with my Father-in-law Scott to attend Brian's graduation from Officer Candidate School. On July 7th we went to Family Day at Officer Candidate School (OCS) and we saw Brian for the first time in 6 weeks!! We were able to spend the whole afternoon with him so we decided to go to lunch & then to the Marine Corps Museum. The museum was so awesome! It was filled with tons of historical pieces & even interactive exhibits. Then, we had to take Brian back to his barracks for the night. The next morning (July 8th) we attended Brian's graduation from Officer Candidate School. The ceremony was held on the parade deck and it was a beautiful morning although Virginia is one hot state (who would have thought that it is so unbearably hot there). We are so proud of his accomplishment & all of his hard work and dedication.

Outside of the Marine Corps museum....
Inside the museum....
Me trying on a full pack that the Marines carry on their
backs during hikes, which is around 80lbs!!
OCS graduation pictures....
Here is a clip of them marching out at the end of the graduation....
video

After the graduation....