We knew the promotion was coming but found out just a couple of days prior that it would be on Monday. I quickly blocked out the hour at work, Parker dusted off the khakis, and we were promotion ready!
Some squadrons make a really big deal out of promotions while others keep it short and sweet. Parker's squadron does the latter, but it was still special to us and celebration-worthy. One of Parker's peers was also promoting, so they said the oath together in a repeat-after-me fashion with the Commanding Officer.
Then, it was my turn to pin on the new ranks. I must say, those new Lieutenant bars look pretty snazzy!
I love this next picture, because we both just instinctively threw up the "gig 'em". Once an Aggie, always an Aggie. We don't really know how to pose for a picture in another way. Thank goodness for the always classic "gig 'em". What does the rest of the world do with their hands?!
True to Parker and Chelsea form, we had to shake hands at the conclusion of the promotion. Here's the back story on this one: At Parker's commissioning ceremony 4 years ago, there were several of us on stage with him. His parents, me, and several officers leading the commissioning. It's an exciting yet nerve racking few minutes when it's your (Parker, in this case) turn to commission, because all eyes are on you, and this is your first rodeo. After we revealed his new ranks, he turned to shake a few hands and shook mine with them. I was his wife, and typically a hug is more the standard. There was so much going on, that he didn't pay attention and accidentally shook my hand. We've had a good laugh about this ever since! Every few weeks, one of us will go up to the other, extend a hand, and say "Congratulations on your commissioning". My husband will be so thrilled to read that I have included this little anecdote for the world to see. Just keeping it real, yall.
On a serious note, I could not be more proud of the man I am married to. It doesn't matter to me what rank he is, but it was neat to see this new rank pinned to symbolize 4 years of hard work on his end. I've never met someone more passionate about what they do or more optimistic about the every day than this guy. He chooses joy in everything he does and sees the positives in so many not-so-positive situations. These past 4 years of military life have been a wild adventure, and year 5 will be the biggest one to date, but we are loving every minute of it. So proud of the newly named LT Phelps!
On the last picture, see what I mean about the hands? Awkward dangling arms, party of 2. When in doubt, throw up the "gig 'em". It's just better.