My son (left) and one of his friends (from boot, combat training, and now his current school) arrived at Disneyworld late Friday night. So late, that it was actually Saturday morning. We took them back home for a short visit. But short is better than nothing, and we were thrilled to have some time with them. I hadn't seen Tyler since Christmas Day in North Carolina and DH hadn't seen him since his boot leave over Thanksgiving.
Saturday we hung out at home for a little while and then Tyler took us all out to lunch. Saturday night, the Marines donned their dress blues to head out on the town. Yes, it was all planned for attention-getting and free drinks. They reported that it worked and they had zero out-of-pocket expenses. ;-) But I think they've earned a few free drinks, and it makes me happy to see how happy and proud they are about their new lives. And don't they look gorgeous!! Reko was tempted to wear his Ren Faire duds to out-fancy them, but he went with jeans and a tee shirt instead.
Sunday, they slept in a bit and were then driven back to Disney by Tyler's former girlfriend, Kelli, who is now just a good friend. DH and I met up with the three of them again after Magic Kingdom closed, for a late dinner at Planet Hollywood. We dropped the Marines off at their hotel and said our goodbyes around 2 AM. (Kudos to Planet Hollywood for offering a military discount, which saved us over $25 on the bill!)
On March 1, Tyler heads back to North Carolina for his next training school at the Marine base at Cherry Point. He will be there for a 2-3 months, depending on exactly when he picks up his next class. There's always a waiting list for training classes. In the meantime, the Corps will keep him busy doing something or other. Once that class is almost over, he will be assigned a Permanent Duty Station (PDS) and we'll finally know where he'll be stationed.