Last week Harrison graduated from IBOLC
Infantry Basic Officer Leadership Course
(by the way, this picture counts as my 20ish week belly shot...I'm feeling very unmotivated to take progressive pictures of my baby bump this time around)
Harrison's branch in the Army is Infantry.
What the heck does 'Infantry' mean?
When you think of a typical US soldier, you're probably thinking of an infantry soldier, I bet.
They are the soldiers who fight in units on foot, and Harrison as an Officer, will most likely soon be a Platoon Leader over about 40 men. (when we get to Ft. Lewis, WA)
IBOLC consisted of 16 weeks of training on weapons, land navigation, emergency medical care, and other military operations. 10 of those weeks he was out in the field doing overnight training, ruck marches, and night missions.
Many of the 150+ men that went through this same training with Harrison are reporting to their units and are soon deploying overseas to defend our nation. We're not crossing that bridge yet, thankfully, but you do gain a stronger sense of appreciation for what these men are willing to sacrifice when you are surrounded by them and their families here.
So, he's kind of a big deal.
And we had lots of fun celebrating his graduation.
We had our friends, the Cornetts, over to help us eat this yummy treat:
And oh-so-yummy, it was...
1/2 cup butter
1/2 cup shortening
1 1/2 cup sugar
1/4 tsp. salt
2 tsp. cream of tartar
1 tsp. baking soda
2 3/4 cups flour
Mix together, then press into pizza pans (or cookie sheet)
Bake crust @ 400 degrees for 10 minutes or until slightly golden brown around edges
12 oz. cream cheese
3/4 cup powdered sugar
3 Tbsp. lime or lemon juice
Mix together, then spread on cooled crust
Then slice desired fruit and arrange on icing.
I use strawberries, but you can use peaches, mandarin oranges, pineapple, kiwi, etc.
Or a mixture of anything you want!