The Marine Corps Aviation part of our lives can feel all-consuming sometimes. It's so easy for me to get wrapped up in the day-to-day. The constant long hours. The ever-changing schedule. The duty station far from home in a place I don't enjoy. And that can get exhausting. Until an evening like last night comes around.
My husband's squadron had an "open house" for new families (like us!).
It is always fun to meet my husband's commanding officers and their wives (who were just lovely and so welcoming). My boys were ecstatic to be in a building devoted to aviators, their personal heroes.
And then came the helicopter part.
The mechanics were gracious enough to let my boys sit in a helicopter. (They didn't want to get out!)
Air Traffic Control let them come into the tower and use their binoculars (J would not stop talking about that). Going up to the tower was an especial treat as the flight line was still active, and my boys were good, but still 2 and 3 year olds.
Even sweet A got to go on the tour. Not sure if she was impressed, though.
And I even got to fly the simulator...kind of scary. But J and W loved it. And that's really all that counts: sweet family moments.