Finally some time.I hope every one had a great Thanksgiving. I know I did!
It was pouring down rain when I left to go get my two Marines for the day. How bad was it raining? I was doing 45 mph on the freeway.
It thankfully let up by the time I got to base. I passed some goodies to the guards at the gate and told them "thank you for your service". This year I made rice krispy treats, fudge and choc. chip cookies.
As usual, when I drive through base I manically giggling and drool like Pavlov's dog. Gawd I just love me a man in uniform! And just like Jekyll & Hyde; when I see those boys fresh out of basic training I switch to "mom" mode and the drooling stops.
It was still raining pretty good and all I could think was "They have no coats on! They are going to catch a cold!". I made sure I turned up the heat in the car so whom ever I'd get would warm up quick.
This year's guys were really sweet and very laid back. They were more than happy to get off the base and relax. How relaxed did they get? They fell asleep on my couch before and after dinner.
Gene was the older guy at 21, but he seemed even more mature than that. Braden was the younger, more shy guy. When I asked them if there was anything they wanted to watch on tv while I got ready Gene told me "This is going to sound funny ma'am, but we want to watch cartoons". They found the cartoon net work, I gave them a few beers and snacks and then went off to see if I could get my hair to behave.
When I came out, that is when I found them asleep. Beers half gone. I locked Satan's Little Helper in Pudd'ns room (he was at grandma's) so he would not bother the boys.
Lunch was delicious as usual. It was great to see every one and there were a ton of dogs this year. There was a darling basset hound that I fell in love with. I wanted so bad to bring her home. If Aussie & Athena didn't have a 2 dog min. at their apt, I think they too would of brought a new friend home.
Luckily the rain stopped as soon as we got to lunch and we had beautiful blue skies as we made our way down the coast. The boys took pictures with the disposable cameras we had gotten them. We ended up at the pier for some appetizers & beers and the manager remembered us since we've been doing this ritual for 5 years. This year he picked up our tab! It was kind of busy and I didn't want to leave the tip out on the table, so I had Braden go give it to our waitress. That poor boy turned 3 shades of red! I tried not to laugh at him. We thanked the manager and went back to our place where the boys promptly fell asleep on the couch again. Before we knew it, we had to take them back to base. Steve detoured in to Wally World so we could pick them more snacks up to take back with them.
Both boys might be here at the Yule season so I gave them our number and told them to call if they wanted to come by for dinner.
I hope they do.