This past weekend was Jeremiah's formal Pinning Ceremony to recognize his promotion in the military. Although he was officially sworn in and commissioned a few days after returning from OCS last month, this past weekend was the special ceremony for extended family and such to attend.
We had to be on base Friday evening because Jeremiah had to be there for practice on Saturday morning. Anyone who's had children knows that 2 1/2 hours of driving with a toddler is a complete crap shoot. Fortunately it went well. There were only minor issues when his "choo-choo" was dropped.
We arrived Friday night and stayed until Sunday afternoon. Joseph loved all the humvees and huge trucks scattered throughout the base. He would say "hi" and "bye" to the trucks or as he calls them "ucks" every time we drove by. Then if he hadn't seen enough trucks he would emphatically declare, "more ucks!" He had a good time. I think he was a little confused by the fact that all the men were dressed just like his Daddy. There were a couple of instances when he was looking for Jeremiah and was lost in a sea of camo, and just couldn't find the right guy. I think overall he had a good time. Joseph and I were able to spend time with another Army wife and kids while her husband and Jeremiah were at their "practice."
Speaking of this other family.. They have 3 beautiful children. Ages are: 5, 3, and 7 months. The five year old was potty trained at two, the three year old was potty trained at 18 months, and the 7 month old was, believe it or not, partially potty trained. This tiny little baby would hold his bladder and be placed on the toilet and then pee. His diapers would be mostly dry because he would wait to go on the toilet. It was pretty interesting that this baby already could do this.
The ceremony was really special and moving. My in laws were able to make it to the ceremony, and it was nice to share this with them. My father in law (who was in the service during Vietnam) actually gave Jeremiah his first salute. Joseph and I placed his new rank insignia on his uniform. It was a really fun weekend. And Joseph and I are super proud of our 2LT!