FC: Choose Your Own Adventure 2011
1: A YEAR IN REVIEW | This was the year of Choosing our own Adventures. "Don't worry about life, you're not going to survive it anyway."
2: January 4th: Zac and I frequently went out with the "South C" shift from the Police Department. | One of Zac and mine's favorite restaurants: Water Stone with Gregory, Deaner, me, Zac, Kevin and Lisa Singleton, and Sexton and his girlfriend.
3: So I had a little creative streak where I was tired of all Zac's old T-shirts. I devoted my time to turning them into a Buffalo Bills T-shirt Quilt. I finished the front part of the quilt with a lot of help fro Peggy. | We also got our necklace, that we had custom made, back from Zales. We had gotten the jewels from our 2010 deployment in Afghanistan. We had a necklace then made with those jewels to commemorate our time there.
4: Jimmy and Ashley's wedding was held at Timberlake Baptist Church while the reception was at the Parlor Ballroom in Downtown Lynchburg | January 9th
5: Ashley and Jimmy both share a love for theater so their unique theme for the reception was Broadway plays.
6: Day 2 We got sucked into a supposedly "90 minute" time share presentation that lasted from 9 to noon. | We ate lunch at Blue Talons Bistro getting our favorite, a cheese platter. Afterwards we walked down the main drag in the historical area. | March 4-6 Williamsburg Vacation | We won a "free" time share vacation to Williamsburg. We stayed at the Williamsburg Plantation Resort..
8: At the Gallows! They got us.
9: Marriage Retreat Charlottesville April 8,9, &10th | We stayed at the Double Tree hotel | Friday we checked in to the hotel, we're given fresh hot chocolate chip cookies at the front desk, ordered room service, and fell asleep right away. | The Army offered us an awesome opportunity for a free marriage retreat in Charlottesville.
10: Saturday we started the day with "laughing our way to a better marriage" seminar. | That evening we walked through some plazas in Charlottesville and ate at Tara Thai.
11: Our last day included one last seminar and then we went to downtown Charlottesville. We went to the Glass Palette where we made our own stained glass piece. After taking many pictures at the hotel first of course.
12: Easter | This day was also my last day at the Police Department before my deployment. They made me a nice Easter Dinner and said their farewells. Then I met with my parents and Zac for lunch.
13: Natural Bridge, the Caverns, the Wax Museum, and the Toy Museum were all located in Natural Bridge Virginia. It made a nice little family getaway. | 25 June 2011
15: On the Cedar Creek path to the falls we stopped at the replica of a Monacan Indian Village
16: The Wax Museum and Toy Collection were visited after the caverns
17: Right before we left for our three week AT. Amanda and Owen went with me to get a radical haircut. My new look was shorter then ever before and much easier to handle in the upcoming weeks. | Molly's Graduation from Liberty University | Afterwards we went to the Spring House and ate a buffet dinner with all the family. Dad had picked me up from Ft. Pickett early that morning, so I was still in ACUs for the celebration.
18: Ft. Pickett 3 Weeks of Annual Training 9 May - 27 May | Lt. Pelador, Me, Crist, Beltose, Campbell, Caden and Kamvar with Hughes in the back | Betsy Lawrie | Zachary Lawrie
19: Yellow Ribbon Ceremony June 26 and 27th
21: Old City Cemetery and Point of Honor on our 4 Day Pass | Anniversary
23: May 31st 2011 On the last day of pass, Mom and Dad took me to Fredericksburg for one more final going away ceremony. We went to the University of Mary Washington. There were several speeched given by the colonel and captains of the deploying units and then mom and dad waved as I rode away in the buses several hours later to meet zac at ft. pickett
24: June 28th Anniversary
25: 10 July "Mandatory Fun" | MaxxPro Training
26: July Four day pass to Indianapolis | We left Camp Atterbury at 1700 on the 21st and caught a cab up to Indianapolis. We settled in at the Marriott, right in the heart of the downtown area.
27: The best of it all | Mom had gotten us a free room upgrade which included chocolate covered strawberries and champagne awaiting us in our room.
28: The Indianapolis Zoo
29: The Zoo also had a botanical garden exhibit. Later that night Zac and I went out to Aggio for dinner. It was a two mile walk in the downtown area. We got pictures of the Soldiers and Sailors Monument and a building in the background that was lit up like an American Flag.
31: Garfield Conservatory and Sunken Gardens
33: Day 3: Eiteljorg & Indianapolis Museum
34: We ate Lunch at the Tea Room where I had a Monte Cristo Sandwich (French toast with ham and cheese dipped in blackberry jam).
35: We tried on some busts and decided that we looked better without them.
36: Dinner at Eagle's Nest. A revolving restaurant that gave a view of the city.
37: The Mall | and Monuments of Indianapolis.
38: Our stop in Ireland | Kuwait: CAmp Arifjan | Our lovely living quarters
39: COS Kalsu Named after Bob Kalsu, a Buffalo Bills player who died while serving in Vietnam
41: The Combat Patch Ceremony lead by SGM Gibbs, Cpt. Gallivan and 1SG Baker. | Promotion to SGT | Combat Patch Ceremony
42: Promotion Ceremony in Adder, Iraq The Ziggurat of Ur
43: On our way to VBC I got to see Saddam's Palace from a distance, a guard tower, a truck carrying a cow and a guard tower .
44: Thanksgiving in Iraq | Maintenance Team: Zac, Williams, Bussard, Shirey, Demoss, me, Decarolis and Keefer | Kuwait, Camp Virginia
45: Dec. 24th Bills: 40 vs. Broncos: 14 | Niagra Falls | The Bills' Cheerleaders: this picture made it on the Bills' website
46: Christmas 2011 | Playing with the new Air Gun | began at the Lucado's house at 9am. Around noon we headed to Ginny's house and had another Christmas dinner there | Zac, Tabitha and Jimmy
47: then to Gregg and Peggy's house with Michael and Molly
48: The Family | in New Jersey | for the week after Christmas | Grandma Black and Aunt Suzie
49: Charlottesville | Williamsburg | Natural Bridge | Indiana | Iraq | Indianapolis | Kuwait | Ireland | A Fun Night Wherever We Go!