Sunday, July 25, 2010

It's Going to Be a Long Hard Goodbye....


Today was my baby brother Tonys' Birthday....started my day with a phone call to him!
Happiest of Birthdays Tony!

This was our IHop morning :-)
Calib has watch dogs !

Daddy's first attempt of eating while holding baby in sling....the attempt was successful ..
Dominic now prefers to be chauffeured by Grandpa and Grandma:-)
BFF's for life .... heart strings have been pulled, big time!

Just Love them!

Today is our last full day in Manhattan/Fort Riley, Kansas and our waitress at IHop actually recognized us this morning :-( Says something.........right.....?

We met Joseph, Angelina and the kiddos and headed to the Big Red One Musem on base at Fort Riley.  The Big Red One is the division Bob was in while in the Army when he served in Vietnam and the same division Joseph is in as well!

The Musem covered WWI and WWII, Vietnam, The Tet Offensive, Desert Storm and Iraqi Freedom.  It was done really well with life size Army Men.  Dominic was kinda scared they might wake up so I explained to him they were just big dolls.  When we went through the Vietnam area that was set up as if you were walking through a jungle in Vietnam, I told him Grandpa was in Vietnam and it looked like this.  He replied, "Grandpa was a really big doll then".  :-)

Bob met up with another gentleman that happened to be in Vietnam at the same time he was.  It is always a tear jerker to see vets start to reminisce about the war.  I always sense they could talk all day to each other, regardless of the fact they don't know each other......they get each other.  I love that whenever Bob meets up with a vet he always says, "welcome home brother" as he gives them a hug.  Something they all should have received upon their return...  Proud my Bob does his part to welcome them home all these years later.  I left the museum so proud to be with my two Army men :-)
Dominic my new bff........

Calib travels well with Daddy in the sling :-)
Calib looking more grown up than ever...
He's changing so fast already..loves to be held in the form of the letter "C", it is what he's used to after all ...

Spent the rest of today watching movies, enjoyed yet another great meal made by Martha Angelina :-)
The bonds have grown closer in every relationship.  We so love this little family and really hate to leave.  Dominic became teary eyed when he realized tomorrow morning we would be coming by to say good bye.  He said, "you mean then you go back to your hotel'?  Grandpa explained we were actually leaving our hotel too......oh the sadness on his little face, his tiny voice became weak and cracking :-(  It was explained he could come and see us in California, Grandpa tossed in a ride on the Harley.....he walks over to his mommy...semi crying..."mommy, will you take me to California to ride on the bike and then we go to Florida"?  Angelina and I on the verge of bawling.....quick, change the subject an Oreo Dominic. So thankful for chocolate (how often I say this!).....

Yes, tomorrow is going to be really tough.  We have had such an awesome time with them and so blessed we could be with them the days we have had.  Time for us to travel on and more importantly time for them to have their alone time as a family. A time for them to make many special memories of their own without the extra bodies in their home :-)

The love we have for them made me think of those we have at home that we can't wait to see again.......


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