Our tradition began in the good ol' USMC. The first year we were married we spent Easter in DC and had Bynum and Martin over. It was a fun time. Favorite memories include: the jug of wine which tasted horrible and now that it is empty serves as our change collection jar and the two candlesticks that are still covered in wax from the boys getting bored and playing with the candles. It is from this first gathering that the tradition has evolved. Every time we stayed at our duty station for a holiday instead of driving home we would invite boys over to enjoy the holiday with us. We have continued this tradition here in Alabama too. We gathered at the in-laws house for Easter and it made my heart happy to have some boys over to enjoy the day with us.
|Our Easter tree at the in-laws. Cute, huh?|
|Post dinner nap time.|
Another event with the boys was The Schaeffer Eye Center Crawfish Boil. They do boil crawfish, and the boys ate some, but mostly it is an excuse to gather in downtown Birmingham to pay too much for beer and watch great artists and mediocre artists perform. It is a two day event, although we only went Friday night despite my begging to go see Nelly Saturday night. I heard something about me being old and ghetto for liking Nelly. *Let's pause while I sing Ride With Me and relive memories of me driving the Toyota Corolla with beads hanging from the rear view mirror. Ok, we can move on now.* What lured me in to the Crawfish Boil was that Sublime featuring Rome (their new lead singer) would be performing. Dave and I have seen a Sublime tribute band play a couple of times and thoroughly enjoyed it so we couldn't pass up a chance to catch the real deal (sorta). Sublime was cool, but they played a lot of newer songs instead of the good ol' songs we love. Overall, great performance and the new stuff sounded great, but I missed some of my oldies, but goodies. Dave was stoked that Weezer would be performing. Oh my goodness did I have a blast! I knew I knew Weezer's songs, but until they came out on stage I had kind of forgotten who they were. The opening number, Hashpipe, played and I was like "oh, I remember these guys they're really cool." Weezer put on a fantastic show. I should mention this show was the week the tornadoes had come through Alabama. The tornadoes hit on a Wednesday and the concert was Friday. The Crawfish Boil was taking up donations for the Red Cross at the event and all of the performers made sure to let us know they wanted us to have a good time. Weezer showed us they meant what they said. I would definitely go see them perform again. Really cool. Here is my newest favorite pic of Dave and I.
And one more of me and one of the boys.
Our most recent adventure was a night with the boys during Memorial Day weekend. A friend that is now a Marine was able to come home for the weekend and we invited Matt over for some of the fun too. In true "time with the boys" style we had a blast. I came out from the bathroom to find this: