Our son Austin has enlisted in the Marines, and though his ship-out date to go to basic training in Parris Island, SC isn't until May, he requested to be put on standby beginning in February. His recruiter told him it was likely that he would be leaving in the first two weeks of this month, so we decided to get the family together for a going-away celebration at my parent's house in Rockville.
Angela, baker extraordinaire (see her baking blog at left), did the cake:
Boy, I totally blew my diet that night! But it was good!
So here's one of Austin's family: parents, sister, and grandparents (my folks on the left, Pam's on the right):
And with his girlfriend, Ariella:
I'll let everyone know when he goes.