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Sunday, November 26, 2006

All good things must come to an end

Here I sit on my last couple days of pass. It went nice and slow, just like I hoped. Pictured, I am chowing down on an all American $4 heart attack, and loving it. It really is the simple things in life that mean the most. Iraq sucks, don't wanna go back!

Saturday, November 25, 2006, ya, so, this civilian thing.....

So, I was over at my sister in-laws for a late Thanksgiving with all the gang......
We had our dinner, which was wonderfull. The thing that was exceptionally tasty were these little cresent rolls (we'll come back to that).
Dinner ended and we were playing various board games and chasing the kids around. I was feeling a little bit of the munchies, so I wandered into the kitchen to look for something to scavange. Scavange, interesting how that word comes into play.

I happened to glance over at the full garbage. On top were at least 9 of those yummy cresents. I found out later that one of the kids had spilled a little bit of soda near them and since everyone was done eating, they just tossed them. Well, they were right on top and unsoiled........(well, I am a grunt you see, and grunts will do what grunts will do) so I started chowing down (what a sav*). As I was munching away, my sister-in-law walked in. I smiled and said, "Not bad for eating out of the garbage." She was doing something, but stopped and looked up, gave a little giggle and said with a confused look, "Oh, he he, I thought you said you got that out of the garbage......!" I smiled, took another bite and said, "I did." You should have seen the look on her face. Apparently no one told her they had "let me out" for a while. Also, it occured to me that I definitely wasn't in Kansas anymore.

*savage/rough character/savy(the bad way)

Thursday, November 23, 2006

Give thanks

I am thankfull for many things this year. As a soldier, I can be thankfull for all the wonderfull support I have seen from all my true American brothers and sisters in the great USA. I can also be thankfull for my brothers in arms that have served with me through the many hazards of war. I am thankfull for all the sacrafices that have been made, and all the blood that has been shed. I am thankfull to have all my limbs attatched to my person.

As a husband I am thankfull for my beautifull wife staying by my side through two long deployments.
As a Father, I am thankfull to be blessed with such a beautifull son.
As a son myself, I am thankfull for such wonderfull parents and siblings.
As an American, I am glad to be home from Iraq for Thanksgiving, and won't it be wonderfull when we are all home for good? I have much to be thankfull for this year, and I hope all of you do too.

Monday, November 20, 2006


I am home on leave. It is wonderfull. I am very excited and happy to be home. I wasn't sure if I would be or not. I knew I was going to enjoy it, but I didn't know what to expect.
I am still in "the mode." I get ancy when vehicles get too close, I yell "clear" when approaching a cross road. I constantly scan the roadsides even though I KNOW there are no bombs here. So I'm adjusting. About the time I do, it will be time to go back.
Even so, I LOVE this. Eating where I want when I want. Not so much with the sleeping in because of the little one being up and ready for the day bright and early, but I cherish even this.

The pictures are......

#1 Landon

#2 Us on one of the planes home

#3 Grey after we finished taking a bath in the air-port bathroom sinks. (we got some looks to say the least)

#4 Landon and tired Daddy at home