Thursday, March 25, 2010

one year since..

note that beautiful calf muscle!

Long before the military entered our lives, Mark was a normal, care-free college student. It seems like so long ago. Here, Mark is photographed playing Schleuderball (German game) on campus. For fun, he would take his little bike to the skate park and practice tricks.

And when he wasn't doing that, he was busy playing soccer. And when he wasn't doing that, he was playing ping pong. And when he wasn't doing that, he was taking naps. And somewhere in the middle of all that, he squeezed in a part-time job and a smidge of college. (Okay. He actually completed more than 90 hours, but in perspective, it was a smidge!)

He used to go to bed at 3am (or later) and sleep until noon. He was messy and a complete jokester. He never, ever made his bed, and I'm unsure if he ever ironed his clothes.

A year ago today, I was so nervous. I was sick to my stomach. A year ago today, I arrived in San Antonio for Mark's basic training graduation. I was more anxious than you would ever know. I couldn't imagine how I would feel or how I would react to seeing Mark for the first time. I made this blog post . I giggle now when I read my words - "Honestly, I don't even know what he said," in regards to a phone conversation. Oh, didn't every phone conversation end that way? Total elation to the point where I couldn't remember a single word he said.

Such a weird, but sweet thing.

Tomorrow marks the day when I finally saw Mark after 8 1/2 weeks. It also marks the day when I met one of my dearest Air Force wives in person. The Air Force really has changed Mark, but it's also changed our lives. The joking, sports-loving, fun guy is still deep inside Mark, but now he is a completely different person. Now, he's a more mature, responsible, detail-oriented, proper, clean, career-driven man.

I can't believe it's been one year!


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  2. Ps. I love you scooter!

  3. Hooah! I would still do all this stuff if I didnt have stupid CDC's hindering my life

  4. Well, I'm glad it's been a year for you already. Thats amazing. Now you're pregnant. How awesome is that? I still think Mark may be normal. Just not like he used to be. None of us are like we used to be. Which is a good thing. We all grow in order to come through the situations that we have too.
    I'm really glad that it's been a year. It helps to know that time is passing, and we are all growing. :D

  5. :) :)

    And we're thinking about how Chris leaves two months from today.

  6. Yay! Congrats to Mark! :-)
    Oh, I read your other post and all we have on the west coast is Carls Jr. They are actually the original and then they made Hardees. :)
    Anyway, great post! Jeremy has changed a lot too but one thing that hasn't changed that I thought would have was him being clean. LOL. He is still a slob. He helps me clean when we need to but other wise he leaves his stuff everywhere. Haha. Oh and on his days off he still sleeps until like noon.
    Oh well...I still love him..=]

  7. this is a very sweet post. :)

  8. I'm glad to hear I wasn't the only one sick to my stomach arriving in San Antonio! I was completely freaking out in my head and couldn't physically freak out because I didn't want to scare my future mother-in-law!

  9. I remember Mark's graduation, I wanted to attend but didn't want to take away from what was much more important, Mark seeing and spending time with his wife. I also remember the day Mark left, Britt and I practically placed bets whether or not he would stay the Mark we knew or would be totally changed. We laughed as we thought, "Mark is Mark, even the U.S. Military couldn't change that." I think we were right overall, he is still himself with a few extras worked in. Much love.