The week started for him in a VERY cramped 15 passenger van for 6 long hours to Albuquerque,NM. All were awaiting this "four star" hotel when sadly, as it always seems to go, it wasn't so. But it was NEXT to a four star hotel! Larry said he was greeted by a roomful of flies and the hallway's had leaks coming down from the ceilings.
For the next three days, he was scheduled to eat a "hot" (aka...lukewarm) breakfast at 6:00 am followed by training until lunch, and then some more training until dinner.....Followed by training until usually 8:30pm.
So while everyone sojourned to the bar to use up their drink tickets, Larry gladly traded his tickets for sour worms, sodas, $2, and then gave one as a birthday gift; and then continued to his room where he passed the time playing all the gameboy he wanted and watched Discovery Channel. (*note: jen inserts the "party" here...in Larry's terms)
For the last day in New Mexico, they had an "O" day, which is a day basically to have all the ACTUAL fun. They enjoyed themselves outdoors by running 3 miles, playing volleyball, kickball, three legged race, water balloon toss, and preparing skits for that night's dinner. He really had alot of fun this day, but came back with a bad battle wound...a sunburn.The night progressed with all of them dressing in an Army tux and bow tie, preforming skits, and for those poor men that forgot parts of their uniform, a drink from the Grog.
The Grog: a mixture of whipped cream, hot sauce, tomato juice, sierra mist, crushed graham crackers, sliced beets and onions, and a mixture of spices. All of which Larry says had some sort of symbolism (I personally just call it an excuse for their craziness.) And much to his demise, Larry was one of those poor men that had to drink this concoction. :)
Then, he was back in the van and headed for home, where Jen and Edana had all sorts of adventures themselves, but sadly had no camera since the only one we have went with Larry.
We are so glad to have our Larry home and I could never imagine just what it would be like to be a single parent full time. I really look up to those, whom have had to do it.
*For any of you curious as to what happened with us girls alone at home, I give you a teaser: Edana taking a bath, and tossing toys out for mommy to chase, but the next thing mommy knows, it's not toys that she is tossing!