Sunday, June 8, 2014

Another Road Trip

Our son is home on leave and his leave is almost over.  Four weeks goes by fast.  We've had a very busy schedule.  His list of things was actually quite short - mom's chocolate chip cookies, tuna casserole, spaghetti, son's casserole, lasagna, and a trip to the beach for clam chowder.

His first week home was quiet.  One of the activities planned was cancelled but we went to The Brick for dinner so he can get his Nachos.  He attended his first American Legion meeting (after being a member for four years!).

At the State Capitol with other Active Duty Servicemen
At Odd Fellows Cemetery getting set up
Then we had a very busy Memorial Day Weekend - birthday party for a 7-year old grand-niece on my husband's side on Saturday.  Almost all of the family was there to see Nathan and visit with him and he got to see his twin cousins for the first time (they were born one month after he left for Guam and now are 18 months old).  We had the Waterside Services at Percival Landing on Sunday.  The first of several services where he got to fire the Legion cannon.  On Memorial Day itself, we had three services - The State Capitol, The Odd Fellows Cemetery, and Mills & Mills Cemetery.

Firing the cannon to start the services.

Reviewing the agenda with Mayor Pete Kmet, the MC for Mills & Mills services.

The Belles Family after a long day.

The first road trip of the vacation for Nathan started on May 27th.  David & Nathan headed south to Chiloquin, Oregon for some time with my parents at Train Mountain Railroad Museum.  They went to Crater Lake one day.  Then spent the next two days at Train Mountain itself - working and riding the rails before heading back home.

Another quiet week with just a Grange meeting to attend.  Then yesterday, it was a family road trip for the day to Ocean Shores to have clam chowder at Mike's Seafood.  The beach was great - a little windy and cloudy.  Otherwise fantastic weather.  Spend about a couple of hours there before heading back towards home with two stops - one in Aberdeen to visit with Cousin Cheryl & Steve Moore and another stop in Malone to visit with Cousin Mare Williams.

Today ends the weekend with making chocolate chip cookies, tuna noodle casserole and lasagna for tomorrow night's meal.

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