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Sunday, June 5, 2011

Andy's leave

We had a great time with Andy home for the last 2 weeks. As usual, the time flew by and on Saturday we were at the airport sending him back for another 9 months.
While he was home there was lots of visiting with family and friends and good times with our own family.
Here are a few pictures of things we did.


Bob, Andy and Aaron went to a shooting range and really enjoyed themselves.


We went to a park for a picnic lunch and a hike.


Andy was willing to walk out on this tree trunk so I could take his picture.


We came across these tree trunks and wondered what had caused them to grow this way.



Andy - Heather - Laura - Aaron




These weeks weren't good for the diet - lots of eating out!

We always have a good time when our family is all together and these weeks were no exception!


26 comments:

Mike Golch said...

the two weeks went really fast.I know it did for me when I was home on leave from the USAF.

Mari G said...

Glad you had a good time with the family! You deserve it!

Karin said...

So glad you had a wonderful time - as your pictures show! Goodbyes are not easy - always such mixed feelings. Blessings to you!

Michelle said...

Looks like a good send off. I know it can't be easy to say goodbye for nine more months. Thanks to all of you for the sacrifices you're making for our country. God bless!

B. Meandering said...

Good-looking family, mari! :) So glad you got to do simple things like picnics and walks--time spent just 'being' together.

Renee said...

Glad you all had a wonderful time! Great pictures and you have a wonderful family.

Chocolate Covered Daydreams said...

Looks like you all had some great time together.

The tree trunks are pretty unusual. I found myself trying to figure it out as well.

Hope 9 months goes by quickly and Andy is home again soon!!

Nancy said...

Mar, I know this was a very special time for your family....all being together are always precious memories...A Mom loves having her chicks all around her.......Before you know it he will be back and it will be more family times together....

Sue O said...

Glad you're back. Don't we love our boys being home?

HOOTIN' ANNI said...

Ohhhhhhhhhh, how wonderful!!! I know just what you mean about the good times. But....It's so hard to see them leave again after such a super time had by all while he was home on leave.

Kim said...

Sounds like a fantabulous time :) So glad y'all were able to spend lots of time with family and friends -- and eating out :)

sara said...

I KNOW you enjoyed every minute of that time!!!! Hard to see them go, but so wonderful each time they come back!!!

le blÖg d'Ötli said...

Nice moments. I hope the 9 next months will pass fast.

Karen said...

Family time grows more special as the years go by. Wishing Godspeed to Andy and that the next nine months goes quickly for all of you!

Penny said...

Fun!!! Glad you got to spend some time with him, and hoping the time til his next leave goes quickly! =)

Sandi @the WhistleStop Cafe said...

Precious times! I'm glad you took the time to be together :-)

Brooke said...

if i can get a little deep - i'd say there is a good chance my spiritual tree trunk looks like that. moments where i should be growing up, toward God and instead i veer off course.

Pat said...

What wonderful pictures, Hal would have been right with the guys at the shooting range!
Your family is so special, may the good Lord keep Andy in the palm of his hand while he is away from all of you!

Sharon said...

It is nice to have you back.
I am so glad that you had fun family time.That is top priority of course>>
Those were nice photos that you got.
It is to bad the time had to go by so fast for you, hopefully his 9 months will go by fast also.
Have a great day.

Christina said...

I'm so happy that you had an awesome time. It looked like you really enjoyed having Andy home. Dominic comes home for R&R July 1 thru July 14 and like Andy he will go back for 9 months. I will be praying for Andy's safe travel and safe tour.

Marsha @Spots and Wrinkles said...

So happy for you to have your son home and to get to enjoy time with him.

Blessings to you - Marsha

Shelly said...

I am so happy for you! I am glad that you got to enjoy some good quality family time while Andy was in for a visit.

Rebecca said...

I can imagine the 2 weeks went by quickly. Sounds like good memories wee made. You must be very proud of your son & his service to our country.

LuAnn said...

Looks like some great memories were made inthose two weeks Mari!!!

Jenny the Pirate said...

I know you'll treasure each memory! Thanks for sharing your photo album with us. I hope the next nine months go quickly for you as you wait to see your boy again.

A Stone Gatherer said...

Very nice picture of Andy! Frameable!!!