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My Hero, My Son

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A slideshow presentation reflecting my son's life as he enters the Marine Corps.

A slideshow presentation reflecting my son's life as he enters the Marine Corps.

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  • 1. My Hero My Son
  • 2.  
  • 3. New Arrival May 24, 1992 Love at first sight .
  • 4.  
  • 5. Adorable
  • 6. First Christmas 1992
  • 7. His 1st Birthday Enjoy Mom’s Cooking while You can, Son, Because it’s a Hell of a lot Better than MREs!
  • 8. As his mother it is my duty to post a nekkid photograph.
  • 9. It’s a shame that his great-grandfather Cindric never got to see Tristan become a Marine.
  • 10. Thanksgiving 1992 Niagara Falls, NY
  • 11. . . . Because his great-grandpa was a decorated Marine who served in the Pacific Theater during WWII .
  • 12.
    • Louis Martin Cindric
    • Niagara Falls, New York
  • 13. It Must Have Been the Uniform . . .
    • Great Grandparents Marty and Daisy. Saucy!
  • 14. Who could have guessed that Tristan would follow in his great-grandfather’s footsteps from those tiny shoes . . . To these . . .
  • 15. At one year of age Tristan was already a pro at being photographed. It was easy for him . . . Because he never runs out of smiles. Seattle, Washington
  • 16. Sitka, Alaska 1993 Nature Lover
  • 17. Happy to be Baptized at Saint Peters By the Sea. Sitka, Alaska
  • 18.
    • Did I mention the endless smiles?
  • 19.
    • Welcoming home from the hospital his brother, Gabriel. I hope you enjoyed holding him while he was so small . . . Because he’s much bigger than you now!
    January 18, 1995
  • 20.
    • Halloween 1994
    Thank you for Wearing the Costumes I so Lovingly sewed For you . . .
  • 21.
    • Tristan loved all his stuffed animals so much. His favorite for years was a Beanie Baby giraffe he named Max Herna. Sssppppt! He still has Max!
  • 22.
    • Enjoying his first Easter as a big brother. You just know he ate all of Gabe’s candy.
  • 23.
    • Tristan got his sea-legs at an early age; so you know those sailors won’t be able to mess with him.
    Straights of Juan De Fuca, WA; just outside of John Wayne Marina
  • 24.
    • Getting on the bus for his first day of school.
    • The excitement didn’t last long.
  • 25.
    • Winding up for the pitch!
    Port Angeles, WA
  • 26.
    • Little did I know that I was preparing
    • him for Basic Training!
  • 27.
    • Christmas Eve, and they’re ready for bed.
    Our log cabin Christmas on Mount Rainier. December 2000
  • 28.
    • Learning the art of war;
    • You can never start them too young.
    Psssst! There’s Max Herna! 
  • 29. Scout
  • 30.
    • Antonio Banderas, eat your heart out.
  • 31.
    • With an expression like that he wonders why I held off so long on allowing him to get his driver’s license?
  • 32.
    • It is blatantly evident by the look on Gabe’s face that it is entirely his fault that we are in this mess.
  • 33.
    • Tristan’s going to be an excellent Marine because he understands the importance of brotherhood.
    Redwood Forest, California
  • 34.
    • Practicing for tank driving?
  • 35.
    • There he goes again, trying to convince me to let him drive.
  • 36.
    • His Grampy is no slouch either. John Bargel
    • served 20 years (active duty)
    • in the U.S. Army and
    • specialized in long-range
    • missiles (like the Nike-
    • Hercules). He retired a First
    • Seargent in 1986. Even
    • though Tristan is a Marine,
    • Grampy’s damned proud of him.
  • 37.
    • Cascade Range, Pacific Northwest.
    • On the way to
    • Mt. Saint Helens.
    • Gabe, Grampy & Tristan.
  • 38.
    • As well as service to his country,
    • Grampy taught Tristan some other useful skills.
  • 39.
    • Tristan, entertaining his cousins, Sierra & Mallory; proving early in life how brave he is.
    Ladies Man
  • 40.
    • Bringing
    • Sexy Back!
  • 41.
    • Brother
  • 42.
    • In Middle School Tristan sang in Chorus. He sings Bass and has a beautiful voice. He also looks amazing in a tuxedo!
  • 43.
    • Brothers and Best Friends . . . This was right before they discovered that beating the crap out of each other was a lot more fun than being buddies.
  • 44.
    • After the way I disciplined my kids
    • Basic Training should be a piece of cake for Tristan.
  • 45.
    • I just have to say it again:
    • Ladies Man!
  • 46.
    • Fear me, Terrorists!
  • 47. Orlando, Florida
  • 48.
    • Dreamy
    • Tristan,
    • sweet at sixteen.
  • 49.
    • Pre-training for hand-to-hand combat.
  • 50.
    • . . . But sometimes they get along.
    • Tristan and his big Little Bro.
  • 51.
    • Dear Mom & Dad,
    • This is not what I meant when I said I wanted a car.
    … Not cool.
  • 52.  
  • 53.
    • Before the U.S. Marine Corps got hold of him.
  • 54.
    • Tristan showed enthusiasm for his new step-dad . . . He already understood that any object is a useful weapon in combat conditions.
  • 55.
    • Music to soothe the savage beast.
  • 56.
    • Oh, Son, that haircut will never do!
    2010
  • 57.
    • Tristan (and Gabe)
    • with step-sisters Tawry, Bethany & Harmony.
    • Yes, Tristan was exposed to terrorists before he ever joined the Marines.
  • 58.
    • High School Graduation
    June 2010
  • 59.
    • Threatened with Death if they didn’t
    • cooperate for a nice picture for Mommy.
  • 60.
    • Rock Star
  • 61.
    • He ain’t heavy, he’s my brother.
  • 62.
    • Manning up a month before leaving for Basic.
  • 63.
    • Going to the spa? Oops!
  • 64.
    • This is NOT the Yellow Brick Road and there is no Wizard who can help you get home.
  • 65.  
  • 66. 2nd Battalion, Echo Company
  • 67. Echo Company, Platoon 2101
  • 68. Platoon 2101
  • 69. Echo Company; Final Drill
  • 70. “ Hmmmm . . . I could do this.”
  • 71. Liberty Formation
    • Tristan is second on the left.
  • 72. Platoon 2101 Moto Run Family Day, June 16, 2011
  • 73.  
  • 74. Family Day (Day Before Graduation)
  • 75.
    • They grow up too fast.
  • 76. (Second on the Left)
  • 77. Enjoying Liberty (Family Day)
  • 78. Semper Fidelis
  • 79. No Longer a Boy . . .
  • 80. . . .but he still has that boyish charm!
    • Enjoying his first coke since February!
  • 81. The New Car Decal!
  • 82. Where my boy became a Man. Parade Deck USMCRD, San Diego, California June 17, 2011
  • 83.  
  • 84.
    • My
    • Marine
  • 85.
    • In memory of all members of our family, both past & present, who have honorably and proudly served for their country
    • Marines, Army & Navy
    • . . . I offer my most sincere gratitude.