BC: Mikey Destructo... all grown up!!!
1: I am a Military Brat | Brothers and sisters together who belong to the great family of military brats do so because of their common experiences, and real sense and spirit of place. There are no special markings or passwords to identify each other. It is a unique and special bond. We are a separate and distinct breed. | I was born in one place. I have lived in several other places. I lived the longest in yet another place. As a child I thought every place was the best place until I got to the next place. I am from all the places I have lived. I feel privileged and enriched by my transient past. I have friends throughout the country and around the world. | Because of the military life, I am a stranger everywhere and a stranger nowhere. I can engage anyone in a conversation, become well liked in seconds, and yet there is a distance I can never recover. A slight shiver of alienation, of not belonging, and an eye on the nearest door. The word goodbye will always be a killing thing to me, but so will the word hello. (Pat Conroy) | There is no doubt the military culture in which we lived significantly influenced our young lives through instilling high values, national pride and patriotism and a healthy respect for democracy. We learned to make difficult choices, take advantage of unique opportunities, and experience more of life. We worked side-by-side for the betterment of our community. We had invigorating spirit for life. Our military lifestyle legacy reveals we are different and special. I wear with pride the label MILITARY BRAT
2: 4 January 1993 5:19 PM 9 lbs 21.5 inches | Womack Army Hospital Ft. Bragg, NC | Michael Robert Gierlach
3: snowy bear
4: Bundle of joy
5: Stubby boy and Cleo | Matthew | Fort Fisher NC
6: First train | 3449 Thorndike Drive Fayetteville, NC
9: Brennan Larsen
10: First Snow
11: First Christmas
12: First Birthday | Traditional whipped cream cake | No "one finger" procedure for Mikey!
14: Jump! | At your well baby visit, the Dr. Asked me if you could walk backward. Unsure, I thought about it for a moment, then said "he can jump backwards on the trampoline" The doc stuttered a bit, shook his head and said...well..that answers my question! I guess your motor skills were fine!
16: Buddy Bear | We searched for a long time to find you the perfect bear. Nothing fit the bill. Finally one day in Wal Mart you went through your routine of picking up a bear, hugging it and putting it back. This day after the hug, you smiled and tossed him in the cart. And that was that!
18: Mikey's first haircut | It was a sad day when we cut off your beautiful curls!
20: Your battle cry...."Mikey Do!"
21: Mike, Dallas Rachel, Megan and Nick | Great Uncle Rich | Christmas 1994 Tower Road Downers Grove
22: 1 | 1995
24: Penicillin reaction
25: Yes... you tore that door off its hinges! Thus you were dubbed "Mikey Destructo"!!
27: Fort Fisher | These photos were taken on our first trip back to Ft. Fisher after the Hurricane surge nearly took you away from us. They are a potent reminder of how precious and unpredictable life is.
29: Remo Butler
30: Happy New Year 1996 | Moving Day
31: On the move again!
33: Tioga Falls | T | Mr Skwooshie Tushi | ZZzzz
34: Trip To SLC
35: Lady Bug, Spotski, Stubbs, Runt
36: Aunt Julie | Grandma Gierlach | Happy New Year!
38: First day of school | Mammoth Caves | Derby Hat Day
39: 1998 | Best snow fort EVER!
40: Mikey teaches himself to ride a bike!
41: Back we go to North Carolina! | Hurricane prep | Building C-130
42: Beach bum
43: Love the Lego's!
45: 1999 | 6 Years Old!
46: Monkey boy
47: Uwharrie National Forest North Carolina | Sept. 1999 You were on break from year round school. The campground was deserted. We laid on the warm road and watched the stars, hiked with our freshly carved "spider web" walking sticks and made s'mores. You were in charge of firewood. I guess this is when your fire making skills started! We were evacuated early because of a Hurricane headed our way. We were not ready to go!
48: Helping Dad with his truck
50: What do you do when you live in the south, a freak snowstorm hits and no one even owns a sled!? BOOGIE BOARDS!!!
51: Myrtle Beach | Fort Fisher, NC
52: Hamilton Station Columbus GA
53: Going Deer Hunting | Happy New Year | 2001
54: Mexico City Beach | Beach trip with Ludwigs | We rented a chalet at Uchee Creek for both families
55: Beau Dugan | Georgie and Elsie
56: 34 Foot Jump Towers Ft Benning
58: Train set from Great Uncle Rich | 2002 | 116 Eames Ave Ft. Benning, GA
59: The winner!
60: 2003 | Tim Hudson
61: Country's Midnight run
62: 2004 | WDEX
63: Our first trip to the top of the Peak
68: Hawaii | Dec. 2008
72: 2010 2011
74: Zombie Crawl
80: Graduation Party
82: Top of Incline
84: State Final Infinity Park, CO
85: Grizzlies 36 East HS 3
87: And now... on to your next adventure!