"Hi I am in Shanghai China. We lived in Duesseldorf Germany from 1999 to 2002. At that time both our children were with us. Now our son is in CA as I type this. He is a civil engineer and doing some more training there. Not clear as to all what, but…"
"Hi Therese, Go to AnnHand.com . That is where you get the N-A-V-Y pin. It's beautiful. Made of crystals so not too expensive. Just browse the website till you come across one with the lstters N-A-V-Y in crystals. I love mine . Where it…"
"We have a horse and he is great! Actually it is our daughter's horse. She was going to be a vet when she started school as she worked at a vet office in HS and then the vets always requested her to help when they came to the stable. For several…"
"Victoria and others...I continued to read some entries and tears came to my eyes. I wish I knew which airline you fly for,but don't say it on here as I think it is not allowed. I live overseas and often I meet flight attendants out and about…"
"Tarheelmom - You took words out of my mouth and put it in writing. Everything you wrote is how I felt Feb to May 2009 when our son left and drove to Newport RI. I never felt such a "void" and despite the fact that my husband and I live…"
"Congrats to all the new ensigns. It is a wonderful weekend for all. And for the new ensigns.. WHAT AN ACCOMPLISHMENT... Good luck to each of them on their journeys and good luck to all "we" moms and wives and siblings as we also learn from…"
"so as communication with our son is not as much as it used to be, I honestly think this is how it is suppose to be. I remember taking a parenting class when he and his sister were VERY young and the leader said, "you raise them to be adults and…"
"My son is a civil engineer and sometime in December will take off to somewhere for a year. He is in school again but we will get to see him for a couple of weeks in Dec. Yes, his father and I have worked it out that we will head back to the states…"
"Hi all. I have been away for some time and tried to catch up on some of the postings. I also saw the spam note, but not sure what it is all about, but why does one or a few ruin it for the rest of us. As for hearing from our sons/daughters.After OCS…"
"Well I am crying already and I am in Shanghai and our son is in the states and will leave in a few days for Diego Garcia.He lands in Singapore for a day or so, but we will not see him as he said he will only be there a day and then off for a month…"
"Dear Baharri, It is really hard to be a preplanner like you and I are. I calculated when the graduation was scheduled and booked my International flight as like some have said, flights go up in price as the dates come closer. I kept watching the…"
"Dear Baharri. Glad you got to talk to your son. Can't say being put on hold happens a lot or not, but I heard it does. They do work as a team and support each other as I think they all want to graduate on the targeted date. Like I said, I made…"
Mom living and working in Shanghai with my husband. I enjoy travel, learning new languages and cultures, reading, knitting scarves. We have 2 children, Thomas is an OCS and we have a daughter still in college. She is an equestrian (an eventer) thus we also go to horse shows when we can.
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Hi Therese, Go to AnnHand.com . That is where you get the N-A-V-Y pin. It's beautiful. Made of crystals so not too expensive. Just browse the website till you come across one with the lstters N-A-V-Y in crystals. I love mine . Where it everywhere I go.
Hi Therese...thanks for your note. It must be very difficult not to be with your son before he "heads out." Daron left yesterday for Athens; he stopped in Lexington KY to visit a friend from his first stint in the Navy. Three weeks was a bit long for him as he was anxious to begin the next phase of his life...however, it was a tearful farewell. We enjoyed his happy face around the house for three weeks. I hope you see your son as often as you can. It is tough on us moms, yet it is worth it. Thanks again for your note. We'll keep in touch. Barbara
Wow...very cool. I didn't realize you were away from "home" all the time. I would say you are lucky, however, I know how wonderful it is to live in the good old USA. My mom comes from an international family (India, Ceylon, Singapore, Hong Kong, Australia, England). Who does your husband work for? My husband was in the Navy during the VietNam era and traveled extensively in Asia. He's now a teacher....and we stick around the Grand Rapdis/Lake Michigan area. That's probably too much information...oh well. Take care....see you in a couple of days...Barbara
Hi Therese....where have you been? You mentioned you've only been home for 24 hours? We will be flying in Thursday...getting there noonish. I'm sure Newport will be very fun...lots to see and eat. We are so ready to be there!!! See you at the Lodge.
Hi Therese - The Navy Lodge at Newport is really pretty nice! We stayed there during the OCS "Hi Moms" and graduation. You can get on base with your ID and your son/daughter should have put your name on the guest list at the security checkpoint. We were there in the beginning of February, and it was -7! We're from CAlifornia and were FREEZING! Then we drove 1500 miles to Pensacola, her next duty station. It was fun but exhausting :-) Have a fun time in Newport!
I'm glad I made your morning. At least I did something right today. *LOL*
Oh, I know. We have all these plans to help make things better and to improve the media and environment for our family. It really is difficult to know how to do it correctly-tactfully. At least we have the freedoms we need to be able to express ourselves. I am very grateful for our country!
I will pray that all goes well with the flights. It's hard when the kids grow up and leave home. I have 5 and only 1 still home. He's 30. The oldest is the only girl and lives about 4 hours away. My baby is in the Navy in "C" school in VA. The next oldest is in Colorado and our oldest son just lives about 8 miles away with his wife & 2 children. It really feels like a holiday when we get to see each other.
We have some horses too. We got them before my daughter's family moved because the kids wanted to do 4-H. We're going to a Clinton Anderson Walk=about Tour the weekend of May 29 in Oregon. We have so much to learn!
Well, take care and thank you for not taking my comment about big business personal.
You have really lived in alot of different places. I will tell him about the zoo at night and the ferris wheel. My husband just parked Jared's car in the back of the shed today. It will sit there for two years. I loved looking out the window just in time to see him pulling in the driveway from Great Lakes where he was stationed before SIngapore, How long is your son enlisted for? Not sure how to get your number to talk with you about Singapore sightseeing. Take care. I hope the sun is out today...I got some new running shoes and I want to go out and use them. :>) Take care. Shelley
Therese, thanks for the info on Singapore. I won't be going to see him but his two older brothers are planning a trip to see him in a year. My nephew, Kirk Weber teaches at Lake Orion High School. He does the Yearbook. Don't know if your son knew him or not at the High School. I got on line and saw a slide show on Singapore and it did look beautiful with so much to see. Thanks again for the info. Shelley
Hi Therese...thanks for your note. We are more than ready to head to Newport. It should be a nice trip. I hear you when you talk about the cost of the uniforms. I feel it's a little excessive, especially in light of the fact Daron says he'll have to replace his khakis soon due to abuse in OCS. I hope they get a chance to wear everything they are paying for. I can't imagine they'll have many occasions to use the formal whites. My husband says he may have some formal things to attend (I can't imagine what). It seems as though Daron said he has to pay for the uniforms in a week or so. I look forward to meeting you. Anyway, have a good three weeks waiting to go to Newport....Actually, it is coming rather quickly. Take care...Barbara
That's so exciting that you will be able to go to the graduation. What day does he graduate? I'm so excited that Reggie is coming home this weekend that I haven't been able to concentrate on studying for finals very well! I'm a week and a half away from finishing my second year of med school!
He's in class 15-09, and they are to graduate just before Mother's Day. What class is your son in? We are planning to leave Saturday. Actually that's more time than I feel I can spare, as we're still planning a wedding. The groom to-be is very helpful, which I am so very thankful for. Blessings - Chris in CO
That is a bit of rearranging you will have to do! You will be so happy to see your son that hopefully you won't notice the difference :-) I'll pray about that one. I am sorry we won't meet in Newport. Hopefully you'll be getting more of those Skype calls. - Chris in CO
If you want to find out various details about the Navy, its structure, acronyms, the various paths in it, go to....wikipedia. I was amazed at the info there. Everything! I too had no previous experience with things military and felt totally out of its world and jargon. So I actually made myself a little manual by extracting from the wiki the parts I needed and putting them together in one document.
Hi Therese, Congratulations on your LO's impending graduation from OCS. Which class is he graduating with & what's the graduation date?
We did not stay at the Navy lodge. I made reservations at Howard Johnson's; but when we arrived to check in, we found out that our rooms had been flooded when a water main broke & that our reservation was transferred to the Hampton Inn which was right across the parking lot & was owned by the same corp. It worked out well for us as Howard Johnson's paid the difference in the bill, so there was no additional cost for us. I don't know what the room rates are; but we were totally satisfied with the Hampton Inn & would stay there again if we were in the area. The rooms were clean & comfortable & they served a complimentary breakfast every morning which included a hot entree. The staff was friendly & helpful.
We actually did not see our son on Wed. b/c we arrived late. But saw one of my N4Ms friends out with her son at a restaurant. He told us that they had liberty until 2230. We heard from Nate also that they now had liberty everyday after they were done with their "duties", he just thought that we'd be arriving too late to make it worthwhile to come to the base & pick him up. I wish we would have anyway. We saw Nate the next day (Thurs.) at the Change of Command ceremony. He was able to leave with us after that & we arrived at the "Hi Moms" dinner together later that evening. He could have stayed with us that night if he chose; but since he had to get up at 0430 the next morning for the "Family Run" & still had a few things to prepare before graduation, he decided it would be better to stay on base Thurs. night. After graduation on Fri. he had to do some admin. stuff. He stayed at the hotel with us that night.
As far as getting on base, we had a little bit of trouble; but it worked out. Our names were supposed to be on a list at the gate so that we could get a car pass. Through some error, our names were not on the list. We had to go back to the pass office right outside the main gate. Our names were on the list copy that they had. We got our car pass. Any further difficulty was averted because my father, who is retired military, had his ID with him & got us on base as his "guests". We always left way early for any event b/c we didn't want to miss anything either & as Nate told us..."15 minutes early is on time, On time is late."
We never received anything through the mail. I kept checking for an invitation b/c I'd heard we'd be getting one. It never came. All info re: the graduation events, we got directly from Nate or one of my N4Ms friends; but we did find out and it was absolutely lovely!
As far as orders for after grad & arranging flights...that was pretty tricky! I don't know what your son's designator is; but ours is a pilot. All the pilots & NFOs were last to receive their orders. Nate got his the day before we left for Newport; so of course, we were not able to coordinate our travel plans with his. Up until that time we didn't know how long he'd have in RI until he had to report to the next duty station or if he'd get to come home first (we live all the way in California & Nate needed to pick up his car & drive to Florida!) or if he'd get any leave, etc. So my husband & I ended up flying out of Providence on Mon. but Nate had flown back home Sat. evening. It was ok. My husband & I enjoyed a day on Cape Cod together & still got home in time to spend 6 days with Nate (including Easter) before he drove off to Pensacola. If you want to get back home ASAP, to schedule a return flight for sometime on Sat. morning should be "safe" enough.
Hope this is helpful. Please feel free to ask any other questions you have. I'll answer them as well as I can. Have fun!!
Thanks - that makes me feel better - and I know others have told me to tell her to just ask for the D-O-D if she needs help. Luckily in the last 3 years she has been flying to different airports so that won't be such a new experience for her. I know she is looking forward to performing with the Seventh Fleet Band - I can't wait to hear about it and see pictures of her tours! - Kathy