This post is going to be short and sweet, but we have had a lot to celebrate these past few days and I wanted to share!
Last weekend, Parker became carrier qualified for the C-2! How these pilots land these giant planes on those small carriers is beyond me. That's skill right there. Super proud of him, and it's always a relief to be through the other side of carrier qualifications. There is a little tradition when you are going to the boat that many gentlemen, my husband included, like to partake in. They all grow mustaches. It's an old tradition, much to many wives' dismay. Parker grew a little stache for the boat and after a couple of months of that thing, we were both ready for it to hit the road, Jack. When Parker returned from the boat, I gave him a big hug and a fully charged razor. The mustache is gone and we have a carrier qualified aviator... life is good.
My mustache man
Carrier qualifications happened to occur over Easter weekend (the Navy has such impeccable timing), so this was my first Easter spent by myself. I was too far away to be with family, so I went to church, met a couple of girlfriends for Easter brunch, and gave the pups their Easter treats. I baked a cake to try to make it feel more like Easter, but it turns out people make the holidays, not the cake. Who knew? I wish I could have been with my husband and family, but these things happen and Parker missing things is inevitable. We have a saying around our house: "It wasn't the first thing he's missed and it won't be the last". You take the hand you're dealt and go with it.
Easter Sunday with my girls!
Our most exciting news came Wednesday when we found out Parker will officially be joining the VRC 40 Rawhides in Norfolk, VA! He is over the moon and so am I. I would have absolutely loved to move to San Diego and still get sad thinking about not getting to do life there, but getting to do life here is going to be pretty great too. I think we are exactly where we are supposed to be, and we are thrilled and ready for this next phase of military life. Buying a house, deployment, and babies... bring it on!
So excited and so proud of this guy
We have a lot to celebrate this weekend! It's been a whirlwind of a week, so thank goodness for Friday!