It is with mixed feelings that we spent the day at Camp Pendleton and at the San Diego airport with our Marine after his graduation from combat training. We are so proud of Joe's determination as he went through the past 5 months of training that pushed him to the limits of endurance and came out smiling.
He has shown himself to be of the same character as his Grandpa Sevey and Opa Bielefeldt as they both served in the military with honor and courage.
Joe shared with us his fears, hopes and dreams just before we left him at the airport. We hugged and I cried later, wondering when we will next meet our son - our Marine.
We are proud parents of a proud marine!
While visiting in Snowflake, just a few days after a huge snowstorm, we braved the ice and went to explore a treasure house that we had discovered several years ago. Now that these kids live there, this might become a favorite spot. Of course it wasn't too cold for an ice cream treat, which everyone enjoyed, but only Allie made hers last long enough for a picture.
The delightful Heritage Antiques has wonderful homemade sandwiches and soups, cookies, ice cream and a variety of specialty drinks appropriate for families, served from an old fashioned soda fountain. If that's not enough, it is great fun to explore the old treasures in the musty basement and several rooms that seem to infer hidden tunnels to a fantasy world. I would recommend planning to do some shopping as well as eating in this magical place.