Theresa got to chat with Ben today and I have some excerpts to post....
mom: hey there
Ben Stoddart: hi
mom: whatcha doing?
Ben Stoddart: just got done finishing an essay for the class i'm taking...two more and i'm done with this class. it's pretty easy. they give me 10 weeks to finish each class and it's all at your own pace. This one i'll have done tomorrow and it only took me 2 weeks
Ben Stoddart: I enrolled in my next one already but it doesn't start until after i come back here. it starts on May 12th
mom: wow thats great time
Ben Stoddart: yea, it shouldn't take me very long to get my associates
mom: getting excieted bout coming home?
Ben Stoddart: heck yea
Ben Stoddart: i can't wait to leave here...even if it's only 2 weeks
Ben Stoddart: i need a break
mom: you already packed?
Ben Stoddart: i'm not bringing much...just my computer and a couple small things
Ben Stoddart: yea..just coming home and getting out of here is enough for me
mom: thats right
mom: were going to a baseball game too
mom: we have to look it up i think we have 2 games to pick from
Ben Stoddart: oh definitely...i already looked at their schedule there are a couple different teams they play when i'm home
mom: pick which game and we'll gwet the tickets now so we can plan it out
mom: tigers just beat kansas city in their opener
Ben Stoddart: it really doesn't matter much to me...either game is just as good im just looking forward to going again
Its only 12 or so days for R&R sounds like he is ready to roll.....
Patrick, I just noticed they didn't mention the Wings and the playoffs in their conversation!
He loves pepperoni bread and beer for the games
Charlie & Theresa
Nice! He looks proud!
He is so looking forward to being home with us......his girl friend is flying in from Kansas and we have things in order here for his return.
They are coming into Atlanta and he will hook up a flight to Detroit from there. He told me that if you go west they put you on a flight to Dallas and if your on the east you go through Atlanta.
He has his packet turned in and is waiting confirmation for flight training when this tour ends later this year.He is doubtful he will be based out of Ft.Riley if all goes as planned.
Looking at 2 Tigers games, and we are waiting on Wings tickets to come through for a day of playoff hockey....but it is up to him to decide what, and when he wants to do something
He leaves in the morning for Kuwait to wait.....how ironic......after 24 hours he is homeward bound.
Just can't wait
He is out of Iraq this morning and on his way to Kuwait, he said the flights were rerouted to avoid the ash cloud and the guys he talked to returning have had no delays either way.
Its hard to describe the feeling we have knowing our son is out of there, but its really good.
He called from Kuwait last night around midnight saying he would be home Thursday evening.......
Historic Nemo's tavern downtown before the game last year.....
Due into Atlanta this morning @ 10 a.m.
That's great, enjoy the time with him home!
2001 6spd Blk Coupe (Babygirl survived the round of layoffs)
"The Nation that makes a great distinction between its scholars and its warriors will have its thinking done by cowards and its fighting done by fools."
I hope that you are all BBQ'ing right now and having a great time. Please pass along my "welcomed back" greetings to Ben. You and the wife must be besides yourselves...
We have been having a great time with Ben home now
We did a Tigers game last night and have 2 more in the next two days.....and with the Red Wings advancing ( Sorry Patrick ) We are also looking for a playoff game to go to also...
This was taken when he got back 24 hours later than planned...he is so exhausted here but you can see that he is happy to be home....