A takeout Italian dinner was ready for us, with a bottle of sparkling cider on ice (neither of us drink). He even had our original wedding cake duplicated (small, white-on-white), complete with flowers on top. Our original cake came from Walmart (scrumptious, believe it or not), and you can imagine that the bakery was the first question I asked him when I spotted it! Alas, this was not a Walmart cake, but it was just as delicious!
|Look past the “Ride Me!” 😉|
When DH originally told me that he had the whole weekend planned, I was initially worried because I was exhausted from the week. Luckily, we had a lot of down time to kick back and watch movies together. You can only spend so much time outdoors when the temperature is 105°. We even got to do a movie date on Sunday, and saw “What trip to Sheppard would be complete without seeing where DH goes to school each day? I got numerous tours of the base, went for walks through the airpark, saw a drove of jackrabbits (they’re huge, and super tall), and we took pictures of the actual aircraft that DH is using for his hands-on training. Sheppard has multiple shifts throughout the day and night, and DH is on days, fortunately (aside from the heat). There’s just something remarkable about being near these beautiful pieces of machinery. You’re so small in comparison and the things they can do are just astounding. Moments like those remind me that I made the best decision by joining the Air Force. I’m really looking forward to commissioning, and I hope to be an Aircraft Maintenance Officer, where I’ll get to be on the flight line, working directly with our maintainers and our C-130s. Schooling after I commission would bring me back to Sheppard, so I was thankful for a glimpse into what the living conditions and facilities would be like when I’m here.
Given our current duty status, I couldn’t have imagined a better anniversary weekend for the two of us. As much as people gave me a hard time about making a pleasure trip to Wichita Falls, any duty station is what you make of it. With as many separations as we’ve had to (or chosen to) make during our military careers, we’re just thankful to be together and have each other.