Back again in Arizona

This past week was a travel one, but by airplane instead of bus. When we thought about the fuel to drive the bus to Georgia and added in the days it would take, we found it cost-effective to buy plane tickets and let someone else transport us. We rented a car while we were there and since we arrived about midnight on Tuesday, we didn’t have visual landmarks to get us to their house. Imagine our surprise when Maps on my phone showed us these instructions when we got to the turn into their development. It also told us that it would be a 10 minute walk! Fortunately, we’d been there enough to know how to get there from the entrance.

gps

We had a great visit with Robert and Shelly and we were honored to be able to attend his ceremony. We had an additional surprise, since he was presented the Knowlton Award before the company ceremony. Needless to say, we are proud parents!  It was  also gratifying to hear his comrades in arms tell us how much they like and appreciate him. One of his buddies who is stationed at Ft. Mead drove all the way down just for the ceremony.

knowlton-award

Robert and his new Company Commander have been getting ready for the activation of Delta Company, 707th Military Intelligence Battalion for some time and while the company was activated on December 2nd, the two of them comprise the company until some time in January when the other members will be on board.

new-team

In order to promote ownership by the new group members, they chose the Wombat as their company “mascot”. It’s a long story, really, that goes back to more than one of Robert’s previous places of service and I won’t go into all that here. Look up information on the wombat and be sure to check out the things that make it unique among marsupials!

wombats

Since both Robert and Shelly are working, we had time to explore and shop during the days we were there. We found good food, too! French Market Grille provided us good Cajun food the first day. We really like Cajun food and the menu included all the lyrics to Hank Williams’ song Jambalaya: jambalaya, crawfish pie and gumbo! We didn’t make any purchases in the shops but we found “cute” (to the tune of several hundred dollars cute) shoes and handbags as well as sweaters and coats. Those are my real weaknesses, but we try to avoid weather cold enough to need them. A little shop called Soho had this unique Christmas tree decorating the show floor. It’s evident that Georgia is Coca Cola country!

coke-bottle-tree

I don’t often get selfies of our grandkids that don’t include tongues sticking out or other weird faces, so I was delighted to see this one on Facebook and I stole it. Avery (that’s the name Alma is using now) is beautiful and I love that smile, at Christmas or any other time of year!

avery

Before we headed to the airport yesterday morning, we went to breakfast at Cracker Barrel with Robert and Shelly and caught a selfie on the way out. Until next time!

willis-4-selfie

 

 

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