Break Time!

Trip Start Nov 21, 2010
Trip End Nov 01, 2014

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The Mahns' House

Flag of United States  , Oregon
Saturday, December 18, 2010

After driving through Redwoods National Park and checking out the ocean sights and wildlife, we got to stop and stay with some of our Army friends, The Mahns. Doug was deployed to Iraq with Rich and then we were all stationed at Fort Riley together for a couple years. They've got two little kids, a 5yo and a 2yo, who are both adorable.

We got there on a Saturday evening and stayed up until about 4am drinking the beer that Rich bought for football Sunday and catching up on life. Made for a good night, and a LONG football Sunday.

Anyway, Rich and Christy are Green Bay Packers fans. They have GBP friends, too. Luckily, Christy's dad was in town and he's from Massachusetts. Christy says that he's a fairweather Patriots fan, but we still had one more. Since the Patriots were supposed to smack Green Bay last Sunday, it was a painful game to watch as a Patriot fan in a room full of Packers fans. Thankfully, the Pats pulled out the game. It was an entertaining game at least!

One of the funniest, and cutest things about our stop was that their 5yo son fell in love with Doug's iPad. He figured out how to use it and everything, and it kept him entertained for hours at a time. He could find the Netflix app, navigate to the instant view family genre for 5-7yo kids, and find all his favorite TV shows...all during football Sunday, when his shows aren't usually on TV. Plus, this TV was HANDHELD, and "sooo cool"! Batman cartoons, the Backyardigans, some other stuff I've obviously never heard of...he had a blast. I'm now getting the emails from Netflix asking, "How was the picture quality of The Backyardigans: Dinosaur Diva?" Pretty funny. Anyway, this was all just days before Christmas and Santa's arrival. Unfortunately for Rich and Christy, Doug and I (obviously not parents ourselves) decided that we needed to tell the little boy to make sure he wrote to Santa to ask for an iPad for Christmas. I haven't yet asked Christy how Christmas morning went, but she was pretty sure that his fire truck gift wasn't going to cut it. Fingers crossed...

It was a great visit, good and relaxing, and made it difficult to get back on the road. It's good to have friends spread out across the country (such is military life), but it makes it a little difficult getting to see them so rarely as well. Such is life.
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