Tuesday, February 1, 2011

Police & Marines

On Saturday, Rob had to umpire and Erin went along with him. She really likes going with him, and it's probably good for her and Robbie to have some time away from each other.

So it was just me and Robbie. The Tolleson Police Department was having an open house of their new station, so we dropped in. It's a pretty neat building, and since we went near the end of the open house time, our little tour was just me, Robbie, and a detective. That was cool becuase he let Robbie push buttons & stuff. I ended up not taking any pictures because it seemed weird to take pictures while the guy was talking to just us. Anyway, Robbie loved the police station, and one of his new prized possessions is the badge pin they gave him.

After the tour, we went over to the Cardinals stadium because our nephew Rett was competing in this day-long event for all the Marines recruits in Arizona. We met up with Sandy and Dan there, and we watched some impressive rounds of tug-of-war between different groups of recruits. It was a great day to be outside!

None of my pictures were very good. It's hard to get a good shot when you're trying to photograph a huge group of hundreds of people. None of the pictures do it justice, but here are a couple of attempts. Here they are lining up to go inside for the closing ceremony:

And here's Rett's group. He's in the 2nd row, and he's the 4th from the left, including the guy holding the flag.

There was a bit of standing-around time between events or while groups took pictures, so Robbie and I explored a little and I got some pictures of him.

I think this next one is my favorite.

You can see the police pin on his shirt in this one.

Then we went inside. The grass was outside basking in the sun. I thought it was neat that they put the Marines logos up on the jumbo trons & scoreboards.

This was just less than half the entire group. I think Rett's group was the 3rd from the left, but it was hard to tell.

It was pretty cool. At the very end, they all stood at attention and the crowd stood while the Marine hymn played. Very patriotic and made us proud of Rett!