Sunday, July 26, 2009

Major Williams, Excutive Officer

Upon Dave's return home from Africa, he became the Executive Officer (XO) of Headquarters and Headquarters Squadron at MCAS New River. Headquarters and Headquarters Squadron (H&HS) is tasked with providing service to support operations of a Marine Aircraft Wing and/or units thereof. H&HS provides administrative and training support to over 600 Marines and Navy personnel, mans the Air Station Headquarters and the Station's two UC-12B aircraft, as well as providing the personnel to support the diverse functions required of a modem Marine Corps Air Station from air traffic control to food services and law enforcement. H&HS was activated on I October 1951 as Headquarters Squadron, Marine Corps Air Facility, Camp Lejeune, North Carolina supporting Marines during the Korean War. Headquarters Squadron was again redesignated on 22 July 1952 as Headquarters Squadron, Marine Corps Air Facility, New River and continued to support out Corps during the Korean War. The Squadron was again redesignated on 1 September 1968 as Headquarters and Headquarters Squadron, Marine Corps Air Station (Helicopter), New River and again on I July 1984 to Headquarters and Headquarters Squadron, Marine Corps Air Station, New River. During this period, H&HS supported Marines deploying to Lebanon, Grenada, Panama, Liberia, Saudi Arabia, Kuwait and Iraq. H&HS has served its Corps and Country through four decades of strife and peace and will continue to do its part in defending our nation. H&HS is committed to supporting those Marines who serve in the Fleet Marine Forces and the community in which it resides.

Sunday, July 19, 2009

No More Training Wheels!

Friday evening while Grace and I were out getting our manicures and pedicures, Dave took the training wheels off of Zachary's bike to teach him how to ride. I had told Dave when he got home from Africa that I thought it would be really easy to teach him because he balanced so well on his scooter that he got for his birthday and picked it up so quickly. And he did the same thing with his bike. Dave called me when we were on our way home and told me that he took off the very first time. When I got home, he was riding up and down the alley and loving it. He even said that it was sooo easy! That motivated Grace so she wanted to try again and she did a little better but still didn't catch on. Then, today when we got home from the pool Zachary wanted to ride his bike and a little friend of Grace's came over on her bike and that was all it took for Grace to gain the confidence that she needed and she learned how to ride her bike without training wheels too! Finally!!!!!! She needed a little help starting off but she finally figured that out. I am so proud of both of them.

Saturday, July 18, 2009

Soccer Camp

Zachary participated in a soccer camp this week which was put on by Youth Sports. He did a great job and really loved it. It was for ages 5-7 year olds and they were broken into groups based on their age. Several of his friends also participated in the camp. I was very impressed with the organization and the coaches. They were taught the basics of soccer and and even had them doing drills and scrimmaging. This morning was the last day and they practiced for a bit before playing a "World Cup" game and Zachary's team, The Sharks, won 3-0! He is definitely ready to play soccer this fall.

Korbin, Ethan and Zachary

Looks like a goal to me!

Zachary and Korbin waiting for their turn to play

Being silly on the field

Korbin and this little boy from the other team crashed and hit heads. Korbin didn't shed a tear but this little boy cried and cried. He cried allot on the field. He would be mean to some of the other kids and could dish it out but he couldn't take it.

The Sharks

Zachary with Coach Jordan
Coach Jordan says he was very impressed with Zachary and that he was very observant and focused. He said he knew what to do with the ball and where to go and thought that was great after only one week!

Friday, July 17, 2009

Mother Daughter Evening Out

My friend, Gia, is leaving tomorrow for Chicago so we all decided to go for a Mother/Daughter girls' night out of manicures and pedicures. We all sat in the big comfy massage chairs and had our pedicures and laughed and talked (and text messaged between us when we didn't want the pedicurists to know what we were saying!). Then we all had our nails done as well. Everyone had a great time and it was good to spend a little time with Gia and her daughter Ava before they go away for a month. Going to miss you G!

Grace relaxing in the big comfy massage chair.

Renee, Gia, Raquel and Alexa

Alexa, Ava and Grace drying their nails
The Moms' Toes

The Daughters' Nails and Toes

Porch Party

A group of us (all women and kids) have gotten to where we go to Smedley's once a week for dinner. We let the kids run around outside and play when they are finished eating and then the moms get to sit and relax and chat for awhile. This past month we have started going over to one of our houses after dinner and hang out on the porch while the kids run around and play some more. This week Dave joined us at Smedley's and it was his first time to go with us and then everyone came back here afterwards. We had a blast and Dave thought we were all funny and crazy.

Jill, Gia, Angela and Raquel

Zach's First Sleep Over

My friend Angela's little boy, Owen, wanted to spend the night last night so even though Zachary didn't realize it because he had already crashed, he had his first friend to sleep over. This morning they played before Zachary had to go to soccer camp.

Thursday, July 9, 2009

US National vs. Honduras Soccer Match

After leaving the museum, we drove out to Arlington to eat dinner at Lebanese Taverna where we had a delicious dinner of hummus, grape leaves, kibbeh, tabouleh, and beef, lamb, and chicken shawarma. It was fabulous! After dinner, we headed back into DC to RFK Stadium to see the US play Honduras in the Gold Cup. Santino Quaranta broke a scoreless draw in the 75th minute and Brian Ching followed with a header in the 79th as the United States defeated Honduras 2-0. It was a great game with lots of excited fans. There were more Honduras fans than there were US fans and we seemed to be sitting right in the middle of a huge section of Honduras fans but it was a blast.