Friday, December 25, 2009

Introducing Private Dylan

Last week I went down to San Diego to watch Dylan graduate from USMC boot camp.

While waiting for Dylan to grab some stuff from his barracks I got a chance to watch the drill instructors shape some of the newer recruits. Let me tell you one thing I know for sure, a recruit should never walk out side with out a cover (hat) on or he will get yelled at.

The family is quite proud of Dylan for making it through.

Dylan’s next stop is a month of infantry training then he is off to a 13 week aviation maintenance school. Congratulations to Dylan for all his hard work.

Wednesday, December 9, 2009

The Crucible

Dylan's Platoon started the Crucible at 2am yesterday morning.

The Crucible is a test every recruit must go through to become a Marine. It tests every recruit physically, mentally and morally and is the defining moment in recruit training.

The Crucible takes place over 54-hours and includes food and sleep deprivation and over 45 miles of marching. The entire Crucible event pits teams of recruits against a barrage of day and night events requiring every recruit to work together to solve problems, overcome obstacles and help each other along the way.

The obstacles they face range from long marches, combat assault courses, the leadership reaction course, and the team-building warrior stations.

Friday, December 4, 2009

Daddy's Helpers

We gutted a bathroom in the house last week. The boys just had to help.

After two days of work this is what we where left with.

After our new heating system is installed and we get past the holidays the bathroom will be put back together.

Its a tree.... No its a cell phone tower.

Driving back from Disney Land to Palms Springs last month we came upon a funny looking tree on the side of the road. I did a double take and then noticed that it was a cell phone tower. Very creative. I sure wish some of the towers in Anchorage looked like this, instead of the giant eyesores they are.