While I was in Wisconsin, a very big thing happened.
I turned 21.
I'll admit, I was pretty disappointed when I realized that my birthday would be during AT. 21 is such a huge milestone, especially when all of your friends family are there and have been there for a while. I've basically become the babysitter when everyone else goes out for a good time. Don't get me wrong, I love the baby, but it bums me out to miss out on the fun they all have.
Finally, here I am. 21.
On my birthday, I woke up around 5 am (why does the Army like to eat food so early?) and the first birthday wish I was given was this: "Happy f%*@ing Birthday!" The Army is weird. Once we all gathered for chow, everyone sang happy birthday. I figured that was pretty much the end of my Army Birthday festivities.
After the duty day was over, we all got to together for a barbecue. It wasn't technically meant to be for my birthday, but I saw it that way anyway. They all sang to me again and treated me with tasty drinks. I got to know people on a much different level and it was so much fun. But whoever let me take the pictures is fired. There are only two good ones.
This is me with two guys in my unit. There were several other ones just like this with random other people that were blurring in and out...I guess that's how you know a good time was had. This one was taken with a fairly steady hand as well.
This was even later in the night, so I probably deserve a round of applause for it being so clear. The party ended just after dark per our 10 o'clock curfew. We all had a really great time. I don't think that I could have asked for a better way to spend my 21st birthday. It was probably the best one I've had in a few years.When I got home, my family took me out to The Cheesecake Factory and I ordered myself a tasy legal pina colada, ate way too much, and got a tiny free desert.
It feels good to be catching up to everyone. Now if I could just stay this age forever, I think that would be okay.
Katie @ Chalk it up to Better Luck