The reason we drove to South Carolina is my cousin Justin was graduating from Army boot camp at Fort Jackson. My Aunt Lorie and other cousin Austin drove down from Maine/Canada to pick him up so we were all able to have a nice visit.
We went to Fort Jackson for Family Day, the day you get to see your soldier and the day before they graduate. They did a little presentation of what the soldiers have been learning, this involved some loud booms. Addie was not a fan, at all.
Austin, Nana, and Aunt Lorie watching the deomonstration.
Ben was not bothered by the loud noises at all. Here is having a good time with Nannie.
Blowing rapsberries, one of his new favorite activities.
Addie still not liking the loud noises.
The soldiers were back in the woods on the back of the parade field and when they gave the signal they set off colored smoke and the soldiers came running across the field. It was really neat to watch.
Basic training is 10 weeks long so everyone was happy to see their soldier again and the soldiers were happy to be almost done. Here is Justin with his mom and brother.
We took a lot of pictures, it was a lot of fun.
The next part of our trip was vey special for the kids and I. Our good friends that we knew in Colorado are now living at Fort Jackson. We were so excited to get to see Keri, Micah and Skylar. We met them at the park for a fun afternoon.
We had so much fun at the park they came over to our hotel that evening for another little visit.
GeeGee getting some good snuggle time with the kiddos.
One reason I was so excited to go back to South Carolina was to visit the campus of the University of South Carolina. I hadn't really been back since I finsihed my classes almost 6 years ago. We put the kids in the stroller and walked around the campus. It was so beautiful, all the flowers were blooming and the sun was shining. We went to one of the bookstores and I got new Carolina t-shirts for everyone and then we got ice cream. It was a great time.
These are just two cute pictures of the kids in the hotel room. It is always so much fun trying to entertain kids when you are traveling. They did very well sleeping and with all the car rides. It was a lot of driving, but it was worth it to get to see all of our friends and family.