As many of my friends and family already know, my oldest daughter Katie has been attending a military-style run academy out in Bremerton, WA, which is about 1-1/2 hours away from our home. It's a six-month program, with only a few times when she can come home on leave. This past weekend, I was so excited because it was "Family Day" and we were able to go up to visit her on campus! Two of her best friends, Kele and Shirin were also able to come, so Katie was pretty excited to see all of us as well. *Ü*
Surprisingly, our free-spirited and impulsive child seems to be thriving at this school and she's doing extremely well there, getting almost straight A's, learning a ton of new skills, and getting into the best physical shape of her life—all without a stitch of make-up, iPod or cell phone! We're all so proud of her and know she's gaining confidence and abilities that will take her far in life because of this experience.
At the end of the day, we took her to the Urgent Care Clinic because of a suspected skin infection problem. Then we ended up taking her home so she could see a specialist the next day and were relieved to hear that the problem was not as serious as we had feared, and should clear up with the help of some strong antibiotics. Now she's back at school and I'm back to missing her again! *sigh*