I will taking a break for a couple of weeks. My step-son joined the Marines and flew in today for a five day visit. He was told to "be ready" any time between October and January to leave for boot camp. The first two weeks, he is not allowed any contact with the outside world. After the two weeks, he can receive letters.
We don't know if he will be here for Christmas so we want to enjoy our time with him before he leaves. He will celebrate his 21st birthday this April. If he has leave, he said he would want to come back to celebrate with us.
What a difference already. He no longer eats "junk food" or carbs, soda, or chips. The Marines require him to do PT twice a week and test once a month. He works out six times per week "for his own preservation". His spiky, stylish hair is all shaved to a "1". He still looks so handsome...
The end of the week, we will all travel together to California to celebrate Jacob's first birthday. Jacob has four teeth on the top and four on the bottom now, cutting some other ones. Still has peach fuzz on his head, but he walking! Where the heck did this past year go???