Sunday, January 29, 2006

First Phone Call

I got a call from Dustin this week. He was so hoarse he could hardly speak. I did not even know it was him at first. In addition we only had 30 seconds to talk. I was really worried after talking with him but on Saturday I got a letter he wrote after we had spoke and I feel much better. It sounds like he is doing well. I do not think he really knew what he was getting into but with out a doubt, he does now. He has told me it is the hardest thing he has ever done. I told him something Dad used to tell me about football when it was so hard I did not think I could go on. Dad would say "Just remember one thing, No matter how hard or bad it gets They can not eat you." Well Dustin has told me, he has had to remind himself of that and it is comforting to know that at least they can not eat him.

Monday, January 23, 2006


Kaila and Morgan did some toenail paintin'.....

I Can Post

See I may be slow but the fact that this worked this time means persistance pays off.

I am so proud of Dustin. Before Dustin went to Boot Camp he had to go to Dallas for testing. One of the things he had to do was Pull-Ups. The Commanding Officer came in and asked all of the recruits who was going to do the most pull-ups. A recruit with Dustin held his hand up and stated he was going to do 9. The officer asked if anyone was going to do more than 9. Dustin raised his hand and said he would do 20. The officer told Dustin that was 100%. He then told Dustin he wanted 22. Dustin told him that might be be stretching it a little. He told Dustin to give me 20 and some change. Dustin had to holler his name and ask permission to attack the bar. Well Dustin said he had to yell it about 10 times because he kept messing up. He said he was out of breath when he finally gained permission to address the bar. Well he did 21 pull-ups. In return the Officer gave him a gold medallion for his accomplishment. The closest person did 9. I think he will do well. Knowing Dustin I think he is going to love being a Marine.

We all had a great visit with Kailen, Ashley, Kaila, and Bricen. It was nice that they got to see Dustin prior to him going to Boot Camp. It is so neat having grand kids. But to tell you the truth I am really not old enough to have grand kids. I can not wait to see Madison, Ammon's daughter. Life is Good. Love Greg

Sunday, January 22, 2006

A couple more pictures of Dustin at his party. Kaila was acting silly with her Uncle Dustin!!!

We finally got some rain today. It started last night, and we even had thunder and lightning!! It has been wonderful!! Not enough to catch us up but at least it is a start. Maybe the drought is over.

Hope to have Dustin's address tomorrow. Will post it tomorrow night. Everyone have a good week. Love to all. p

Wednesday, January 18, 2006

Going Away Party

Dustin about to enjoy his ice cream cake at his party on Saturday night.

Monday, January 16, 2006


Although we were referred to by a certain family member as "high tech rednecks", SOMEONE is having problems signing on again so this is another test. We took Dustin to the recruiting office in Waco today to head to Dallas and then on to San Diego. He will arrive there sometime after dark tomorrow night. For some reason, that is the plan. To have them arrive after dark. And then keep them up for a couple of days straight with no sleep. We got a partial address for anyone that would like to write to him. The Platoon number is all that is lacking and we should have that by sometime late in the week so will post the full address as soon as we get it. I will help Mr. Technology sign on so that he can post any comments that he might have. If all goes as planned, Dustin will graduate on April 14.

Kailen and family were just here for a few days and we had a great time with the grandkids. We had a good visit and it was nice for them to see Dustin before he left.

Morgan and I spent the afternoon shopping on MLK Day. We found a couple of pairs of jeans for her and some other things that she wanted. We decided that buying was more fun than just shopping!!

Everyone have a good week. Love to all. paula