Also on this day, I got to meet my niece for the first time. She was born in March while I was in training. I was so sad that I wasn't able to be there, but it was truly a magical moment to hold that sweet little baby in my arms for the first time.
I came home from all of my training a changed person. I made awesome friends and truly felt like I had made a really great choice for myself. I really love the military. I think the best part of it is all of the great relationships I formed.
That's my AIT bestie. Since we graduated our last school we have gotten together twice! I love that I have friends all over the country now.
After I finsihed with my training, I spent a couple of weeks at home before I started into my first semester of college. I bought a car that is my own name. I feel like such a grown up for having a loan all by myself. I got two tattoos. I lived in Las Vegas in college dorms. I drove to Arizona for a my first Bluegrass festival solo. I went to the Marine Corps Ball. I drove to and from Salt Lake and Las Vegas a countless number of times. I put nearly 10,000 miles on my car that I have only had since August. I welcomed a few friends home from a 7 month deployment. I cut my hair and I flushed my car key down the toilet. I can't believe that in 12 short months I have done so much dang stuff! It took me forever to put all of these picture together!