Scott is back in the states and in Norfolk...it's like our boys traded places. He is happy to be state side although his year went quickly. He didn't get to do what he was sent over there for, but the experience of living over seas will be one he will never forget.
I will email you on your gmail account......Jill H.
Thanks for the congratulations on gaining a daughter-in-law. We love her to death and are so happy for both of them. She is anxiously counting down days until Scott returns. We spoke yesterday and she said it was 63 days! He has been notified that he'll be back in the states in early August and home with us around the 20th. His 4 year commitment is up and he is going to get out, although he is signing on for 3 years of reserves with the same rate. He is ready to go back to school and finish his degree. He had completed 3 years of college when he joined. Now is looking at about 2 1/2 more years as he has changed his mind about majors. His wife is in grad school and will graduate with a doctorate in physical therapy.
Yes, Scott did purchase a phone when he got over there. He uses it once in awhile to call us and Kelsey, but he mainly relies on Skype. I think he purchased one as soon as he got off the plane as we had a call within a few hours of him getting there. We usually talk the same time each Sunday morning after he gets done with work. (Friday and Saturday are the weekends for them because of the religion) I know he and Kelsey Skype twice a day, once when he gets home from work (around 8:00 am for us) and then again when he gets up in the morning which is around 9:30 pm for us. The weather is pretty hot right now....115 degrees the other day. He says there isn't much activity outside until later in the day when it cools down. they had a pool party for his birthday a week ago and didn't start until 4:00 pm as it was too hot before that. During the winter months it gets down into the 50's and 60's which was pretty mild for a Wisconsin boy like Scott! :) We have picture from Christmas of him and he has a light jacket and jeans on.
I'm happy to hear that your son is looking forward to going...attitude is half the battle of being ok when he is there!
Sorry I have rambled on. So good to hear from you! Enjoy your time with Dylan!
Got your message...all of it! :) You'll do fine with him over there. We Skype with Scott every weekend. At times the picture freezes but we can still hear him. He Skypes twice a day with his wife.....yes I said wife! He and Kelsey were married in March when he was home on leave. It was a surprise for us as they had a wedding date set for next summer. They had a small civil service and will still go on with their plans for next summer. Kelsey wants to walk down the aisle in a white dress on her dad's arm. We have $$$ down on a resort for their reception so I'm glad that they are still doing the big thing!
Ask away with your questions. I'm not sure I will know all the answers but I will find out for you. Best of luck to Dylan as he continues with his training! What is his rate again?
So Sorry to hear about Dylan's breakup. So hard for these kids when they are away and things at home change without them. I don't blame him at 20 not wanting to give a ring to a young lady, especially when he is going to be half way around the world in a few months. Will you get to see him before he leaves? Will you go to Mississippi while he is there?
Scott seems to be settling into life in Bahrain. He has a routine down and is making the best of his time there. He calls us every Saturday around noon our time. I look forward to those calls! His fiance' hears from him 2 times daily. They talk when he gets up which is around 9:00 pm for us and then again when she gets up which is about 4:00 pm for him. They Skype at least once a day. He plans to be home for 15 days in March sometime. Kelsey (his fiance') is on spring break from grad school at that time. They are in the planning stages of the wedding now. They have church and a reception hall booked but now are trying to figure out how many people they want to stand up. Kelsey has asked her sister and our daughter and Scott has asked his best buddy from the Navy who he was stationed with in DC and our daughter's boyfriend. Kelsey has asked me to go shopping for wedding dresses with her and her mom...I'm so blessed to have her as my future daughter-in-law!
Scott's rate is CTR (cryptology). Don't ask me what he does because I have no idea and that's the way they want it! He was with NSA when he was in DC and really liked that job.
Should get myself ready for bed. Going to be chilly here tomorrow....-25 degrees with windchills. I'm a teacher and we have to have indoor recess on these kinds of days. I showed a Yogi Bear movie today as they kids were in because we were below zero. Guess we'll continue with that movie tomorrow.
So happy for you that you got see your daughter over the holidays and will get to see Dylan in the next week! We were able to Skype with Scott on Christmas and then again on the 26th...my birthday. He opened his gifts while we watched on the 25th and both his grandmas were here so it was extra special for them. His fiance' joined us on the 26th and we Skyped for about 1 1/2 hours. We didn't have video of him that day but he could see us. We heard his voice and that is what I love.
Scott took 2 weeks leave in August/September before going to C school in Norfolk. After he graduated C school he came home for a 4 day weekend to say his good-byes and attend a high school friend's wedding. He flew back to Norfolk on a Monday and then had a week to get ready to fly to Bahrain.
He is planning on coming home for 2 weeks in March during his fiance's spring break (she's in grad school for physical therapy and will graduate in 2 more years with a PHD...we're as proud of her as we are of him!) I made reservations for them at a resort in western Wisconsin so they can spend some alone time.
He is adjusting well. He moved into his apartment the first of December and the place is beautiful! He sent me pictures over facebook and I couldn't believe that this place is his first apartment on his own. All tile and marble and fully furnished with beautiful furniture. He has made some friends and one is a couple whom he works with. They had him over for both Thanksgiving and Christmas. They have a little girl who is about 2 and Scott just adores her. They sent me pictures of him reading to her, making cookies with her, and taking her to see Santa. He is going to be a GREAT dad some day!
Thanks for asking about Scott. We spoke to him today for a little while right before he was heading to bed. He had indoc classes all week and is finally finished with that. They took him on a tour of the island and showed him a mosque, museum, and a camel farm. I'll post a picture of him with a camel. :) He has also joined a group that plays softball once a week and has gone go-karting as well. He seems to like it and now his next project is to find an apartment. We plan to Skype with him tonight while we are at our daughter's house. I have sent him 2 packages already and he received the first one in a little over a week. I sent him popcorn in a Brewers tin and also some non-perishable items in the second box. I've started to Christmas shop already and hope to get that box off in a few more weeks.
You'll have to let me know when your son is set to go. Send me his address when you get one so I can send him some mail too. We'll have to get our guys to meet! Take care and have a great weekend! xoxo, Jill
Hi Shelly-My son called this morning at 4:11am our time to let us know that he had arrived in Bahrain safely. He is in a hotel for the time being and was frustrated at best. He doesn't have an alarm clock, internet is $3 an hour and he purchased a phone and 700 minutes at 10 cents a minute. He was tired and cranky and we tried to cheer him up. I had a hard time falling back asleep but had to work today (I"m a 5th grade teacher) so tried my best not to worry about him. Hi finace' texted me and said she had a call as well. They are so used to speaking with one another several times a day so this will be a test of their love. :) We have an 8 hour difference with him so it looks like Saturday is going to be our day to talk. He promised to call this Saturday around noon our time......we'll see if he's had an attitude adjustment by then. Take care!
Hi Shelly-Thanks for the friend request! I have been off the site for awhile but have revisited now that my sailor is being sent to Bahrain. He has been in Washington DC for the past 3 years so this is new territory for me. He was hopeful that he would be able to stay there to finish out his enlistment. He'll be done in Nov. 2012 and will not re-enlist. He is engaged and will be married in Aug. of 2013. His fiance' isn't interested in a military lifestyle so he'll come home and go back to school. What is your son's rate? Mine is a CTR. How about your daughter? Take care! Jill H.
We used Autodriveaway. They are nationwide. 1-800-346-2277 You can opt for an actual driver to drive the car also. We went with the open carrier. They did a very good job for us. They even let me put some stuff in the trunk to send to Chris. I think there was a weight limit. Good luck and God Bless your sailor for serving!
my son did not class up this week..he doesn't know the system or reason but thinks maybe they are going alphabetically? He turned 21 in BC. he has made a few friends that will be in his class when they do class up. My son-inlaw is 24 and in the Nuke program..currently in N.Y. tough program! We are hoping to go see him next weekend! Norma
Not real sure - probably won't be until I actually get on the base! Debra (mom of 2) said her other son would be there and was willing to help me get on base. I'm hoping that happens. I have your son's name and your phone number.
Will he need anything else? Be sure and give him my phone number in case he needs a ride somewhere while I am there. I'd hate for them to pay for taxis.