While I was given strict doctor's orders to stay off of my knee this weekend....
I didn't listen :-(
I just HATE wasting a weekend not doing anything with my family.
Time spent with my family is precious.
Nick has started training for his upcoming deployment to Afghanistan which means lots of time in the field away from home...
So when he does have a weekend at home, we try and make the best of it...
I'm done rambling...
The OC Fair was A-MAZING...
I'll let you just judge by the pics I managed to take.
For some reason, Dannika was scared to death of the carousel.
So her and daddy rode on the bench :-(
I've always wanted to try one of those giant turkey legs that they have at the fair...I was disappointed. It was not tasty...just big, but at least now I can die saying that I tried a large turkey leg from the fair
Dannika enjoyed the petting zoo...she almost got her finger eaten off by a goat!
We went on the ski lift ride that takes you over the fair.
I'm scared to death of heights, but not this brave little girl...
She was waving hi to everyone down below. I sat there scared out of my mind. I was sweating so bad cause I was scared!
We took Dannika on her first roller coaster ride with Daddy. I didn't think it would be scary, but when it started moving I realized it moved really fast! Dannika was saying "weee!" the whole time until the last time it went around. By then she was yelling, "mommmyyy!"
I LOVE unhealthy fair food. I had a giant turkey leg, a giant dill pickle, a bubblegum flavored snow cone, deep fried kool aid (yes...kool aid...and it was AMAZING!), and Nick tried deep fried Snickers....which was equally as amazing as the kool aid.
Nick and his deep fried Snickers bar.
Dannika with all her toys we won her playing games.
The snow cones were AMAZING. Nick had "Tiger's blood" snow cone (in honor of Charlie Sheen...haha), and I had bubblegum.
We spent 3 hours at the fair, but afterwards, I PAID FOR IT!
Kevin is currently serving as an infantryman with 1st Battalion 5th Marines (1/5) in Afghanistan.
They replaced 3rd Battalion 5th Marines (3/5) back in March to continue doing the awesome work that 3/5 had started.
Melissa (the oldest of the Gilbert "kids") has been keeping everyone updated by email about Kevin throughout the deployment.
Here is her latest updated that I received today :-)
Tonight my parents and I went to a town hall meeting for the families of
our Fighting Fifths. We were introduced to the new commanding general,
General Bailey. He has 34 years of service in the USMC and also has a
son currently serving in Iraq.
We immediately felt at ease. And...he looked vaguely familiar. As it
turns out, we had indeed crossed paths with him once before.
The day before Kevin graduated from boot camp we went down to MCRD
early in the morning. As Kev and the other recruits started their
morning run we noticed they were led by a few officers, one of which was
an older man, but looked like he could who could keep up with the best
of them. After the run, this same man then addressed the recruits in a
very moving speech about the Marine Corps motto: semper fidelis, always
faithful, as we listened on, hearts swelling with pride. We had not yet
interacted with Kevin so as you can imagine listening to this
inspirational speech made us that much more excited. Below is a picture
of General Bailey (2nd from your left) leading the recruits on their
Tonight General Bailey pledged his faithfulness to the families of 1/5...a man who lives by his words.
Tonight, we also learned that 1/5 has made significant progress in expanding their territory in Sangin.
The previous battalion, 3/5, had a tough time there because their job
was to clear out the district and the more densely packed areas of the
city (where Kevin is located). But, they did a fantastic job and 1/5 has
continued what 3/5 started by keeping the city relatively free of
Taliban fighters and flushing them out further and further.
Unfortunately, this also explains why Bravo company, who is located on
the outskirts of the city, has taken the most casualties.
The officers also gave us a bit of a history lesson tonight. They reiterated the fact that afghanistan
has been at war for 30 years starting with the Soviet occupation. It
is only now that the people of Afghanistan are starting to feel
confident in their own soldiers and security. Having pushed the Taliban
out of the city we have allowed the Afghan villagers the opportunity to
do things that would have otherwise been outlawed under Taliban law
(ie. Go to school, learn to plant crops other than poppy).
We also discussed their return to the USA
(yay!!!)! They are expected in mid October. Tonight, many of the wives
were complaining about friend requests on Facebook from Afghani and
Pakistani strangers. It is obvious these evil people will do anything
to hurt us so I ask that if any of you are on Facebook please do not
post anything regarding dates or info. No one wants an interrupted and
spoiled homecoming nor do we want to put our loved ones in any jeopardy.
Finally, we were told to stop sending packages around Sept 1. By
the time the guys get their their mail they will be packing up to leave
and don't want to carry more stuff home. However, this doesn't mean you
have to stop. It just means you might get a package sent back to you or
items will be left behind. I think you are pretty safe with food if you
want to keep sending that until mid sept.
Hope everyone is well.
I hope anyone reading this can truly understand what the Marines (and our fierce Sailors, Soldiers, and Airmen) have been doing over there in Afghanistan.
Sometimes with the price tag of human life.
And even with grief and loss of those who gave all, our Marines continue to press on and do what they have been trained to do.