Graduation Day from the Marines Boot Camp took place in San Diego!
Family Day was the day before graduation when we first got a glimpse of Connor, during practice, after almost three months!
After the new Marines got in formation before the crowd, they were released to find their loved ones. Here's Connor with his girlfriend and his Mom. We had the rest of the day to spend with him on base, until 5:45, when he had to return to his barracks. He was so excited and so happy to just be with us, and he chatted away about his experiences and his time doing the Crucible. He was so thoughtful and answered all of our questions that we had. He also ate, and ate, and ATE! He had ice cream first, then candy, a burger and fries, and our leftovers, and more candy, ice cream, and Nutrigrain bars. He didn't want to go to the arcade, the bowling lanes or anything on the base, but just sit and talk to us!!
Here's the family with our new Marine!
This is his platoon on Graduation Day. San Diego happened to be having a heat wave while we were there.
We found our Marine!
We were so excited to congratulate him! He quickly got his bags and was out of there lickety split!
The first thing he wanted to do was to go to In and Out Burger and to take the food back to the condo that my daughter and son-in-law rented. My son, Kevin, on the right, flew in the night the night before graduation.
Connor and Rachel out on the sunny deck. The condo was a few steps away from Mission Beach.
We did enjoy some beach time while we were there. Riley is throwing the football to Caiden and Cissy, who didn't mind being in the cold Pacific Ocean. Connor didn't even want to see the beach since he said that he had to hike in the sand for 8 miles in his boots, and part of it was in water.
Molly and I had some fun in the sand!
The sun was just about done for the day, and we were a happy bunch!
Cissy and Kevin doing handstands in the sand, with Caiden about to join in.
Before we headed to the airport, my daughter suggested we head to La Jolla, where Kevin, Caiden and Cissy tried out the scooters, and we had lunch.
Here I am with two of my four children, my youngest and my oldest. Goodbye California! We really enjoyed our time here and we have so many wonderful memories to hold on to. All the new Marines get 10 days to be home, but Connor gets an extra 7 days, to help with recruiting. After that he returns to California for School of Infantry training, which every Marine is required to do. Congratulations to Connor!! He was so happy, mature, and confident. We are all so very proud of him!
I am sharing this with these lovely parties: