Yes, I have been away for a while. Since I've been gone, my oldest has Graduated magna cum laude and headed off to grad school on the left coast.
The youngest has joined the Army and is home on a 30 day con leave when he and about a 3rd of his basic training platoon came down with mono. Not sure how it happened but the suspicion is bad sanitizing practices on the canteens issued when they arrived on base. So don't bother with the don't-ask-don't-tell jokes, they've been done...to death.
See y'all again soon.