It's officially over! The horrible two months of basic training are over! I just got back from the five day trip to Skylar's graduation. It was a long week, but so worth the sleep deprivation and the horrible cold that it brought on. Skylar's mom, dad, sister and I left at four in the morning Wednesday for the 16 hour drive to San Antonio. Looooong drive. I had music and crossword puzzles and books to keep me busy though.We arrived in San Antonio at about ten o'clock Texas time. San Antonio is two hours ahead of Arizona. That took some getting used to. We went through base security and got to our hotel knowing that we had to be up at five o'clock a.m. the next morning. That's three a.m. Arizona time!! I tried to sleep, but it was hard knowing that I would see Skylar the next morning. We went to the Airman's run the next morning. All the graduates do a 1.5 mile run in front of friends and family. I almost didn't recognize Skylar with his buzzed head.
After his run was the coin ceremony. Each trainee receives a coin symbolic of their graduation from trainee to airman. That was really cool to watch. A couple of the graduates were sworn in as U.S. citizens during the ceremony. It was really neat to watch that. I almost got emotional. haha. The next day was Skylar's graduation ceremony. That was really awesome. It was SO COLD. If the wind hadn't been blowing, it probably would have been tolerable, but the wind made it well below freezing. I was glad when it was over. That day is the reason that I have a horrible cold now! But, again, it was worth it. Skylar had town pass after his graduation so we got to leave base and go into San Antonio. San Antonio is beautiful. There is so much history and awesome culture. I loved it. The first day we went to the Alamo. We couldn't take pictures inside, but there it was amazing. There are still bullet holes everywhere in the walls and they have a lot of the original building intact. We also went to the riverwalk. They had ferry boat tours and all kinds of restaurants all along it. That was a really fun day.
He had town pass all day Saturday, so we went to Sea World, which was free. The awesome people at Sea World let all the Airman and their families in for free. AWESOME. Then we went to the Rampage vs. Checkers hockey game. We got awesome seats and had a really good time.
The last day was pretty hard on all of us. The knowledge that we would have to leave at some point had been pushed to the back of our minds. We spent some good time together that day, and just enjoyed each others company. We drove the long 16 hours back home. I'm so glad we got to make that trip. I'm so glad that basic is over. Skylar worked so hard, and his hard work was definitely noticed. He was made element leader, and received an expert marksman ribbon that he is very proud of. I'm so thankful for him and his determination.