We checked into the hotel in St. Robert, Missouri sometime in the afternoon of August 7th and waited for Nick to text and let us know that he was done with his class and free to spend some time with us. We didn’t have to wait long, and headed to Fort Leonard Wood, which was only minutes away from the hotel. Nick wasn’t allowed to leave the base, so we hung out there, went to dinner, and then hung out by our car in front of his barracks until it was time for him to go back.
On Sunday, August 8th, Nick was able to get another pass for the afternoon. We took some time to relax in the morning, and while we ate lunch, Nick texted me to let me know that he was done with whatever he had to do. A little earlier than expected, so that was nice 🙂
Off to the base we went (again, he wasn’t allowed to leave, but I did offer to smuggle him out, and then back in, in our trunk! He wouldn’t go for it, though). There’s not an awful lot to do on the base, and we sat on the bleachers of the parade field for a while and then went to the mini mall and PX, where it was much cooler, and then sat in the food court and enjoyed a treat from Baskin Robins.
Yup, it wasn’t very exciting, watching an empty parade field. Thank goodness for Nintendo DS! 😉
This was at the food court, where Greg let Sara play with his Blackberry. She had fun taking pictures of her big brother.
It was so nice to see Nick again, even if we only had a few hours, and of course the time went by much too fast. No telling when we will be able to see him again, all depends on where he will be sent next (he’s home at the moment).
Sara was so cute when we drove through the base each day, to Nick’s barracks. Fort Leonard Wood is pretty big, and it was at least a 5-minute drive after we went through the gate. Sara said “I know we must be close, because I see Army people”.
Happy Birthday to my son, Nick! (Sorry Nick, had to post this pic!)
He joined the Army National Guard earlier this year and left for basic training in mid April. This picture was taken the day before he graduated basic, and I much prefer it to the picture he sent me a few minutes before this. I had asked him to send me a picture, and he sent me one of him with about 9 or 10 Hooters girls! BOYS!!!
(Photo credit belongs to whoever held the phone)