Monday, March 29, 2010

Thank you to the USO

Last week my kids had flown to Colorado to visit their Dad for Spring Break, since they fly on my benefits (free if there is room) I had to let them stay a couple extra days to ensure there would be seats available on the return flight, so I watched and waited and put them on a flight with plenty of room, they made it from Cortez to Denver with no problem and then the storm came, I doing a FRG meeting when we got the phone call, first the flight is delayed, then it is canceled.  This was a pretty big problem since the airlines are not responsible to do anymore than offer you a discounted room rate if flights are canceled due to weather (it is beyond our control) and to put you on the next available flight to your destination, we only have one flight into Manhattan from Denver a day and it was now going to be full due to moving everyone, also it is later in the day so the kids would have been at the airport for 35 hours by then, I had sent them money for dinner but this was not going to last, needless to say I was very worried.
We told them to go up to the USO, at least there they would be fed and in a safe enviroment and we set about trying to figure out how to get them home, the USO is usually only open (and staffed by volunteers) until 10pm, but since the weather was so bad, all flights canceled and so many people stranded they opted to stay open all night, all I can say is God Bless Them, they kept the kids, made sure they were fed, had a safe place to sleep, we ended up flying them to Dodge City the next morning (after our original alternate flight canceled) it is about a 3 1/2 hr drive each way but much better then 8 hrs each way to get to Denver to get them, they were fine when we got them home, tired but otherwise fine.  I told them that day I guess they were happy to be "Army Brats"!

Thursday, March 11, 2010


Levi decided it was time for a haircut a couple days ago so in he went and had his mo hawk cut off, so thought I would post the before and after.The girls also went for haircuts I think Cheyenne's hair is so cute, but makes her look to grown up.