Sunday, June 08, 2008

Wings of Gold

Mike received his "wings of gold" on Friday, May 30th. I pinned them on his chest at the ceremony in the chapel on base that afternoon. Abby Kate clearly wanted to participate as she ran up behind me from her seat to 'help.' (You can see her climbing the steps in the bottom right corner.) She was quite a handful during the ceremony. She had been up WAY too long! And you know how that goes.

Mike's parents came in town for the winging. We all watched as Mike got several awards and certificates. Thanks to Lee and Ginger for coming and for watching AK for us a couple of times! She really enjoyed your company... and Dillon's, too. :)

I am so happy for Mike for all his accomplishments. He's is glad to be done and we are excited to get to North Carolina!

We'll be house-hunting this week, so wish us luck!

Mike with his class on the wing of the T-45.

Just after Mike got his wings.

When Mike touched down on the runway after his last flight (the day before the winging), he was greeting by me and a fire hose. A crazy tradition... but fun! I didn't have it on full blast. I'm not sure I could've held it if so!

More showers from his classmates.

With friends at the winging party. The wives of the pilots that winged made our own t-shirts that read: (front) 'Their wings are made of gold...' (back) 'Ours are of the angel variety' (with big angels wings printed across the back).


sara said...

Yay Mike! That is so great!
You can't leave this former t-shirt chair hangin'...what does the back of the shirt say???

Carrie, Brian and William said...

Congrats Mike!! Looks like a fun time, sorry we missed your winging ceremony. Best of luck house hunting, hope you find what you're lookong for.

Meg Palmer said...

Congrats Mike! Good luck house hunting, you guys should be pros!

Cristy, Nick and Caden said...

Congrats Mike!!! I am so happy for you guys. Good luck house hunting. The hose spraying looked pretty gun (: Cristy

Lori said...

Congratulations Mike and Casey! What an exciting time! And, I am so excited that you will be joining us in NC-- only about 2 hours away.

Ok, that fire hose tradition is awesome!!! Do you think Jonathan would get mad if I started a tradition of hosing him down when he got home from work? Haha. Great pictures!

Carrie & Sean said...

Congrats Mike and best of luck house hunting!!