This was the first chance we've had to see him since his graduation last month.
Joshua is currently at his Navy "A" school in Gulfport - Seabee training.
Brooke and Freddie are only three months apart. Brooke is older. They tend to squabble like brother and sister.
But sometimes Brooke tries to be sweet. Freddie is thinking, "HELP!!!"
My beautiful girl.
My other beautiful girl.
Steve rented the beach chairs and promptly fell asleep. Here I am trying to bother him. I'm such a mean wife. Heeheehee!
Hmm....like father, like daughter. WAKE UP, YOU GUYS!!!!
We rarely get over to the Gulfport/Biloxi, even though it is just 30 minutes from my dad's house. This was our first trip since Hurricane Katrina. Most of the area was damaged or destroyed by the hurricane and, although it has been two years, the devastation is still very evident.
There were empty slabs or concrete steps in the middle of nothing else. Some of them had small campers on the land where the residents were living while trying to slowly rebuild their lives. But other places were just piles of rubble. It was very sobering.
This house evidently made it through the hurricane, but they put up a sign to show where the water was. Wow! Can you see the sign at the roofline? This house was a few blocks inland. The flooding was even worse near the beach - and the storm surge was 20' or more. Almost all of the boardwalks and piers have been washed away. Morgan kept finding bits of lumber or shingles in the water while we were at the beach.
Then we went to the Biloxi Katrina Memorial.
It's as high as the tide surge - 12 feet.
In the glass case were all sorts of memorabilia from people who live here. It was very sad.
The curving wall has this mosaic wave that is very beautiful, but it definitely reminds you of the power that was unleashed on this coastal community.
This is another view of the memorial.
Then we left and had a pretty quick dinner. Joshua needed to be back at 1900 hours (that's 7:00 to you and me). We had a wonderful day. I can't wait to see him again soon!