MAA Graduation

Few quick pictures to post of the boy.

He was at a training this summer.

He completed his Master At Arms.


It was so early when we dropped him off. It was drizzling and sticky weather. Yuck.

Tons of book work, class room time, lectures and pt…

048 050 054

Then finally…


My favorite part was here :)


Congratulations son!

A job well done :)

Getting Ready for the Parade (on Veteran’s Day)





phonephun 055 phonephun 056 phonephun 057 phonephun 058These kiddos got up so early!!

They were at the VFW by 7 am on their day off of school, decked out in their dress blues, ready to march.

Then they were off to the parade site.

I am so glad we changed Michael’s division. This group does so much more to serve the community. Service to/for others is monumental in raising good adults. Here all the cadets WANT to serve too.

founders da parade 4 founders day parade 3 founder day parade 2 founders day  paradeLove watching this kids.

They are amazing.

The conduct they have, the pride they have in our country is admirable.

These young men and women are focused and determined and are going to make a difference in this world.

So proud that my son is part of the United States Naval Sea Cadet program.


Thankful for the Veterans

phonephun 125Honoring all the men and women

who have selflessly

served our country.

Thank you.phonephun 032

“Without the brave efforts of all the soldiers, sailors, airmen, and marines and their families, this Nation, along with our allies around the world, would not stand so boldly, shine so brightly and live so freely.”
Lane Evans



vets day parade 2014

Desert Storm Division with the Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 8680

at the Veterans Day Parade.


The Boy Went to Camp

Processed with RookieHe packed his bag, put in his BDU’s and was ready to go!

Marksmanship training camp is what the boy signed up for.

He loves his weapons.

So for a week we sent him off to learn all about as many as he could remember and have the chance to actually fire many of them.

phone3 152They stayed where they would be shooting.

phone3 163Jr looks so happy about the cots!

That is some thick foam there!!

Ha ha ha!!

They had a nice range just for them.

phone3 155Still hard leaving your kiddo for a whole week.

The parents and wives who send their loved one away for 7+ months at a time, they are so strong!!

God is the only way I would be able to make it through that.

Here is the day we picked him up.

phone3 241The boys were so proud they finished and got their hunting licenses too!!

Had to grab his orders and then we got to come back home.

After he said goodbye to all his new friends.

phone3 248These boys all were just like Jr.

I know he really loved finding so many young men that enjoy the same things he does.

They all plan on joining the service in a few years too.

Here is one of the targets Jr brought home that he shot at.

phone3 249From 50 ft away, shooting a rifle for the second time,  I would be lucky to just hit the page.

That is why I have a shotgun!!

Ha ha!

He already has the goal of going back next year and becoming an expert marksman.

I guess he found his calling :)

Have a safe and blessed day friend!

Christmas Parade 2013

Oh my gosh it was so cold!!

It was raining and cold!!

I am getting a chill just thinking about it!!


He did it though! Yes he did! Michael Jr was in the Upland Christmas Parade with his unit and they were on television!!!

Whoo hoo!!

Look how sharp he looked!!

034In his dress blues and looking sharp!!

The rain was freezing and just kept coming down. About 1/4 of the parade gave up and left before it even started.

The sea cadets were not scared of a little water though!!!

036They went out there and lined up anyway.

042They were granted the use of dark colored umbrellas thank goodness!!

All of us parents were scurrying around finding umbrellas for the cadets.

They had never marched with umbrellas and it took a little getting used to, trying to share them and not hit each other with them. They pulled it off though!!

051Yes those are blue and white umbrellas…it really started to pour and I think the Lt.s  would rather have had some bright umbrellas than some angry mommas!! Ha ha ha!!

The cadets were a few behind our school float actually!

055 056Those poor girls got really wet!

As the parade was ending, because the cadets were the 3rd from the last of the parade, the rain stopped.

060The cadets looked awesome out there!

I am so proud of my young man!!

Still cold thinking about this!!  Time for more coffee!!

Flagship 2013

Michael got to spend a weekend at Camp Margarita in Camp Pendelton.

010We waited behind the barracks.

011Slowly the battalion emerged, one division at a time.

012Ahh, my son is approaching and looking sharp!

013These are just the parents on one side of the 2 sets of  bleachers!

014Almost ready to start.

Here comes the color guard.

015 016 017 018As we said the pledge of allegiance to the American Flag,

I got all choked up.

The honor I had, to see all these young men and women with such incredible respect for our country, just touches my heart.

Next presentation they had for us was the winners of the Drill Team competitions.

Here is Bryce Canyon.

They did Drill with rifles.

They were incredible.


Then awards and ribbons for all the divisions that won in their competitions.


we did not win any so I have no pictures of that part.

I do have pictures of the presentation of the battalion!!

024 025 026 029 028

As I am looking at these pictures I am realizing you can’t tell how many cadets are there.

542 cadets.

My pictures do not do the credit that  these kids deserve.

The gaps you see are in between, these are  the divisions that attended .

There really were a bunch of cadets.

031The battalion was finally dismissed.

They looked so tired.


Random pictures of the day…
147 122 156 148 110 138 141

This is my absolute favorite picture!!!

The boys met us back at their drill site looking exhausted.

302 303 304 305 306 307 308

Still a man of manners, shook his Lt’s hand before we left and thanked him for the opportunity to attend Flagship with his division.

309 310

My Seaman Apprentice.

We Decided


Our son is a Naval Sea Cadet!


Have no idea how I found this group.

Apparently they have been around since 1958!! There are over 22,000 in the Southern part of our state!!

It is just like NJROTC only not every day!!

You do the bookwork at home and practice as a group on weekends.

Best part for me is that the private school price is not attached to this group!!

EXACTLY THE SAME in all the other areas though!!


He will get just as much credit as the ROTC guys!! If he chooses to join the Navy at 18 then he will enter at a higher pay grade of E-3 and can be a Chief Petty Officer!! If he chooses the Marines he can be E-2 pay grade!!

So excited!!!

He is working his way to bootcamp this summer. He has to complete 15 assignments before  you can go and he is half way through 10 as of right now!!

He is also going to flag ship this summer!! That means competitions in knot tying, firefighting, line heaving, marksmanship, first aid, navigation, ect..

They work him hard and expect 110% effort in everything.


This is him when he comes home on Sundays now…


He really is my little MAN now!!