We had a few opportunities to get together with Adam in the past couple months and we made the most of it. Dinner out just before he left for training will probably be the last get-together at a restuarant for a long while. The kids were awesome but it's lots easier to enjoy each other when they can relax too and sitting around chatting is not their idea of relaxing.
Now this is the kids idea of relaxing!
Recently Adam had a last pass before deployment and we all got together at his place. I think we thought it would be easy for him that way - he wouldn't have to go anywhere. He has a nice place that's perfect for him. And he has it furnished / decorated really nice. It suits him.