The Change of Command yesterday was absolutely perfect. It was nice to have family and so many friends there to show support. Two wonderful blogger turned real-life friends were there as well, Britt from Aviation of Love and Jax from the harmon squad. The ceremony started right at 10:30 and lasted about 30 minutes. I was presented a gorgeous bouquet of yellow roses to welcome me to the company. It was followed by a reception that everyone seemed to enjoy! We had the commissary do all the food and it was wonderful, reasonably priced and delicious. Everything went off without a hitch and we were both very thankful for that.
1. The family: Me, Kyle, Kyle's Mom, Kyle's Dad, and my Dad
2. Cake #1
3. Cake #2
4. Saluting the flag
5. Ready for the ceremony
6. Me and Kyle
1. LTC. Niedringhaus passing the guidon to Kyle
2. Kyle and LTC. Niedringhaus
3. Kyle and the outgoing commander
5. Kyle giving his speech
6. 1SGT Rhoads and Sgt. Bolander
1. Kyle and 1SGT Rhoads cutting the cake
3. Me, COL LaNeve and CSM Whitmore
4. Family plus the battalion command team
5. My Dad, COL LaNeve and CSM Whitmore
6. Kyle and My Dad
Kyle's parents will be here visiting until Monday. My Dad is flying back to Vegas tonight after only being here roughly 18 hours. Kyle was genuinely shocked and surprised that he was able to make it.
Now the work begins, I know Kyle will be an outstanding commander (of course I might be biased). All I can say is let the adventure begin! :)
Kyle has been waiting for this day for 6 years! He will finally take company command. I am so incredibly proud of him and can't wait to share pictures tomorrow.
Even though all of our family members can't be here I'm so happy that his parents and my dad (He was the special guest, Kyle had no idea he was coming. My Dad told Kyle he couldn't get away from work) are here to share in this special day.
Congrats my amazing husband!! You deserve this and I'm so proud of you! I love you!
This was my view yesterday morning for the Division Run. This was before all the units got formed up.
It was a gorgeous Texas morning and the weather couldn't have been more perfect. Family members showed up and many people brought their kids and dogs. It was wonderful! It was amazing running alongside Kyle and his company. Let me tell you though, going to Denny's afterwards with Britt sure was delicious. :)
I'm off to finish up some last minute errands and pick my in-laws up from the airport. We do have a special guest coming that my loving husband has no idea about. Eeek can't wait!!! (Don't worry he doesn't read my blog haha)
One of the things that I love about Fort Bliss is how family oriented they are. Kyle came home yesterday and asked me if I wanted to participate in the Division Run (the entire post will be running it) today. My first response was "Umm isn't that just for soldiers?" He proceeded to tell me that the commanding general invites all the families to participate in the run. I think it's absolutely amazing, this would have never happened at Fort Bragg.
(This was taken at Bragg in 2011)
This picture gives you an idea of what a division run looks like, sooo many soldiers haha. It's a 3.4 mile run but that's ok because it will be a great time running with Kyle's company. Britt from Aviation of Love will be running it with her husband as well. We are going to meet up afterwards and hang out for a bit while running errands. :)
This weekend seems like it went by far too quickly! Friday night we went to a local baseball game but thanks to the rain and wind we didn't stay for very long. Thank goodness it was free haha.
Saturday, I had my CPR/First Aid class. It was awesome, I'm so glad that I forked over the money to do it. It feels good knowing that if an emergency happens I'm prepared to help any way that I can. If you ever have a chance to take it please do. After the class I met up with Kyle at a baby shower for a soldier in his company. Of course I got carried away with our gift:
Kyle joked at how heavy it was haha.
I may not get a chance to post the rest of the week because we are only a few days away from Kyle's Change of Command. I have so much to get done which includes preparing for a few family members arrival.
Happy Mother's Day to all the amazing Mom's out there.
I am sending love to my sister, my MIL and both of my SIL's. They are all amazing Mom's and I'm thankful to have them in my life!
I also cannot and will not ever forget my amazing Mom, Kathy. I miss you everyday and I love you so very much. I hope that I can be a wonderful Mom someday like you were to us. I miss you! Happy Mother's Day.
*I do want to thank Kyle for making me feel better today, between not having my Mom anymore and for our pregnancy losses it is a rough day. He told me that I am a Mom...a Mom to our fur-babies and a Mom to those 4 amazing angel babies we have in Heaven. *