Well, I've made it home. I left Balad on the 26th and flew on a C-130 to Ali Al Salem in Kuwait. We then convoyed on busses over to Kuwait City and flew out to Lipzig, Germany from there. We had about an hour lay over for refueling then back on the plane and we flew directly into Atlanta. I then hopped a plan to Indy where Karen and Karis met me. The new airport in Indy is up and running and is very nice. I had forgotten that they were due to open that while we were gone.
Yesterday, I spent the day hanging out with Karis. I went to the gym and worked out then spent a couple of hours swimming with Karis. Her spring break ended yesterday so we made the most of our day. After swimming we came back home made peanut butter balls and then Karen, Karis, and I, played 'Apples to Apples'. Karis finally went to bed about 10 p.m. an hour and a half past her required bedtime. It was nice to have a relaxing day and to do normal things again.
As far as the peanut butter balls go, I am sending you guys in Iraq a package of them. Ashley's mom thinks that she has the market cornered on 'Buckeyes' and she is the big hero around the clinic because she sends these delicious tasting peanut butter delights, but I am here to tell you that she is about to be dethroned. So, you should be receiving prime quality, A-1, peanut butter, chocolate balls from an expert.
I got a great deal on a large vat of peanut butter. Apparently, there is a company trying to get rid of a ton of peanut butter because the government says that it is tainted with Salmonella or E-coli or something like that. But you know how the government is and I have been assured by the company that the peanut butter is safe...So enjoy. :0).
Anyway, I will update you as I near the end of my leave. Thank you to the guys in Iraq for covering for me and I will see you soon.