It was so incredible! After waiting two months for the day he graduates to come I finally got a plane and flew out to Chicago. Friday July 8th was definitely the best day of my entire summer <3 Me, his dad, and his step mom got to the ba
se extremely early, it was about 6, so we got really good seats at the top of the bleachers where we could see everything. Waiting there for it to start had to be the longest 3 hours of my life. The ceremony was really cool. When the divisions came out it was really hard to spot my sailor. They all kind of looked the same! But eventually I did. Sadly his face was hidden behind a flag so I only caught glimpses of him when it was lowered but it was an amazing feeling knowing I was looking at him again. Once liberty was called his dad held up a sign he made so Chris could find us. He walked straight towards me and gave me the biggest hug ever <3 I almost started to cry but I didn't. I was way too happy to shed any kind of tears. We had about an hour with him before he had to go sign into school (he's at A School in Great Lakes so it was literally across the street) and the whole time I held onto his arm and looked at him in awe as he talked about boot camp. The whole time he was gone I was so worried about how he was going to change but he really didn't. Not in a bad way. If anything he just holds himself differently. But his humor, his smile, his voice, everything was the same. It was such a relief. Once he left to sign in me and his parents went out to lunch to wait for him. It took a good 4 hours for him to get processed but after that we had him for the rest of the night (well until 8:30). We went bowling and out to dinner and it was so much fun. I got to hold his hand and cuddle with him in the car that night because there's not PDA rules when you're not in public. It was so good to have him with me again! After 8:30 rolled around we dropped him off at his school, I got a kiss goodbye, and we decided we were going to pick him up really early the next day. He had his phone back at this point so he called me that night (: Saturday me and him went to Six Flags. Best decision ever. He got to switch into civilian clothes once we got in but he showed up in his whites. Which looked amazing on him by the way. I felt so honored walking around on his arm. People stare, you feel important. Once he was in normal clothes though things got more casual. We were able to hold hands instead of link arms and were able to kiss basically whenever we wanted. It was a great day! After we got picked up we went back to the hotel room and his parents left. So we had alone time for a good two hours :D It was fantastic just having him back with me. Then we went to dinner and dropped him back off at school where he called me again to say goodnight (it's crazy seeing his name pop up on my screen again). Sunday, the last day I got to spend with him, was the most casual. He had his dad pick him up at like 6:00 so he could sleep in with me which was way nice because he could have slept in alone at school if he had wanted to but he had wanted to come sleep with me. We all had our flights on Sunday so we had to drop him off a little earlier then before. Once we checked out at 12 we all decided to go see Transformers and spend the day at the mall. We walked around and talked some more about our future together and I really now have A LOT of hope. I really think we're going to make it <3 Things are going to be way easier now that we have contact with each other. When we dropped him off I cried only a little. Didn't make a huge scene just shed like two tears, gave him a long hug, a kiss, and said see you soon. He texted me the entire time I was waiting at the airport and called again that night (he promised he'd call every night). And now, Monday morning, I've already got to talk to him again. He texted me when I woke up for a little bit. PIR weekend was SO worth going to. It was incredible really. I'm so glad to have my sailor back and I know these next two months before he gets leave are going to be easy as pie :D Any girl debating on whether or not they're going really need to go. It'll mean the world to you.