Saturday, October 25, 2008

#29,686

The Newest Naval Aviator - #29686 - has earned his "wings of gold". And what Marine would be caught without a Bierstein? Not my hubby!

What a whirlwind! The past few days have been jam packed and fun-filled, culminating in Nathaniel's winging yesterday. And finally - Saturday morning after the fact - I have a chance to sit and relax. Currently I'm in the living room, enjoying the conversations of Nathaniel and his parents. The kitties are "behaving" to the best of their ability.

And I'm on my third (or is it fourth) cup of coffee.

Doesn't matter.

The point is, I'm happy, I'm with family, and the past week has been busy. I did send Jen an email yesterday morning at some un-godly hour, to let her know why Training Peaks hadn't been update. Yes, the workouts are being done - and being done well. But the time crunch has been such that updates are not being completed in a timely manner.

This morning my hours completed jumped from 2:15 to 13:46. Amazing!

But now, I need to get going. The oatmeal has been digested and I'm ready for my workout. Later we'll go out to lunch, explore Pensacola, and grill beer brats late into the Florida evening.

And now - because I love him and am so proud of him - I am happy to present the newest Naval Aviator #29686. Nathaniel - you had a dream, you worked your butt off, and now you've earned your wings. Congratulations! I love you!

Nathaniel and his parents in front of the helicopter simulators. For the record, both Jim and I got a chance to "fly". We only crashed the helicopter once. But were informed by our simulator instructor that we would have been killed in the crash. Nice. We'll leave the flying to Nathaniel!

Nathaniel and me post-winging ceremony outside in front of the HT-57. Next the UH-1Y Huey at Camp Pendleton!

14 comments:

TriGirl Kate O said...

Whooo hoooo! Congratulations Nathaniel!!!! Looking forward to meeting you on Weds. Will email later.

Anonymous said...

Way to go...but ARMY aviation is the way to go. :-) But I'll cut some slack because of becoming a HELO pilot. Congrats! What will he be flying?
-Dana

Sarah said...

CONGRATS CONGRATS CONGRATS!!! You guys both look great and he looks so sharp in his uniform!

Really happy to hear so much happiness coming from your words - it brings such a big smile to my face!

:D

Enjoy the weekend, Marit!

Damie said...

Congrats to Nathaniel- and to you too for your support, Marit. I am sure he appreciates your pride in him. I really think it is amazing that he has taken on so many amazing challenges. I see a bright future ahead for you two!

Ryan said...

Too Bad He's Straight.

Hey, wait!

I'm straight too!!!!

Congratulations #29686. I know you're reading this.

Kim said...

Yipppeee!! That is awesome! I'm so glad for BOTH of you! That is just wonderful news and I don't even know him, but I know that this is a huge achievement! Tell him I said congrations from this girl who he doesn't know!! Thanks!

Train-This said...

WOO HOO HOO for Nathaniel! I feel like I know him! Now...... did you see your assignment was changed to Rochester NY? How coincidental!

Maijaleena said...

Congrats! When do you move out to San Diego? One of my friends BF is at Camp Pendelton as an optomotrist for the Navy. Maybe they will meet each other...

GoBigGreen said...

Marit, congrats to you both. Lots going on. Soak it in and have fun!!!!
Julia

GoBigGreen said...

Oh and..BTW....
IT IS SNOWING IN MN!

Courtenay said...

i LOVE that photo of you two!!

Jen said...

Congratulations Nathaniel! Horrah for no more flight school! My hubby flew for the Army (Uh-1 and CH-47) and I know we were psyched when the stress of flight school was over.

Best of luck in San Diego!

Eileen Swanson said...

CONGRATS!! Such an AMAZING accomplishment. You guys look happier than ever.....love it....

XO,
E

Mel said...

BEAUTIFUL....hum something about a man in uniform...HOT :) congrats Nathaniel....