November was so packed with so many different things. The snowboarding season finally started, and I had so much fun with my boyfriend and his younger brother on the slopes. The dark ages have begun, since there seems to be less daylight than there is darkness, and snowboarding is a great way to get through the winter.
I got to spend an evening with some of my favorite kids in the world (the two sons of LCDR Halvorson, ages 2 and 4). We went to the toy store where I bought them each a little rubber toy – a fish for Ike and an airplane for Troy, followed by a trip to Mystic Drawbridge Ice Cream for a sweet treat. We then ventured to the playground where we went on all kinds of escapades, across monkey bars, flying on the swings, and anything a little boy’s heart desires. I loved making them dinner and tucking them in at night. They are so sweet! I also got plenty of adorable pictures out of the evening. It made me so excited for the days when I can finally have my own.
I also got to help organize a couple of community service events, which is always very fulfilling. One of them included setting up a dinner and distributing food for Thanksgiving at the Salvation Army in downtown New London. It was so wonderful to see people’s faces light up when they walked out with their arms full of food.
I am currently trying to work on setting up a new program to replace Big Brother Big Sister, since they lost funding for this region. I’m trying to make a program that is focused on pairing up cadets with children from local schools for mentoring friendships. This is going to take a lot of coordinating, and a lot of help from other people, so I’m hopeful for all of that. We received our “shopping list” for billets over Thanksgiving break, so that seems to be all anyone is talking about these days. It is such a crazy time for us firsties (seniors), because we are quickly approaching the light at the end of the tunnel. Who knew time could move so fast?
I can’t believe we just got back from Thanksgiving break, and finals are coming up in a couple of weeks, and then we are off to Christmas break already. I am anticipating plenty of fun times to write about in December!
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