Sunday, December 16, 2007

final count down.......1 of 3

walkin along the parade field, originally uploaded by tommiea1.

Without a doubt I am looking forward to Husband's return. We can finally start to get back to our normal. I wonder if it will be happy, stressful, strained, difficult. I really do want to make this transition as easy as possible.

I think first and foremost, I am thankful he will be back safe and sound. (I stopped reading the paper early on because every single day the front page was filled with the story of some soldier who gave the ultimate sacrifice. Tear-swollen eyes are not the best way to greet the day. ) I know Husband is ready to have the normal day to day creature comforts.

One of the hardest things about these last 15 months was about in month 5.....Husband had already come home on his R&R. We thought we were almost half way done. Then all of a sudden I felt like I had the air knocked out of me.....we found out we weren't half way done, his 12 month deployment was EXTENDED to 15 months. So, from the time he came home in late february, early would be ten months before we saw him again. Oh well, what can you do?

This deployment has definitely shown me I am much better WITH him than I am without him. We celebrated (or didn't celebrate) our 10 year anniversary while he was gone. (actually it was the 9th and 10th) . I feel like we are in that early dating stage all over again. I have totally forgotten all those annoying little things that he does. I am in the honeymoon faze of life.

there is never one thing you can prepare for and that is fear. no on can explain it....but all we can do is trust that men and women like my Husband are doing their jobs. all we can do to stop the fear is to live, to go on with our day to day lives and live our lives. When the guys at the front gate select my little cute Volvo wagon to do the 'super-inspection', I shouldn't get all pi$$ed off. I just pull over and let them run their mirrors over and under my car.

Our first challenge will be the time of his arrival....right smack dab in the middle of nap/quiet time. But don't think for one minute that I am not going to have the kids there. We are 'suggested' to be there an hour before arrival. Okay, reality check, do you know how hard it is to keep a 3 and 4 year old entertained while in a mongo tent (if it's cold) or blechers (is that even spelled right0 if it is warm? yeah, right,that is what I thought. I better take some bribes.....oops, I mean snacks!

Remember this pic from our last VTC.....

this is where we will be on Wednesday or thursday.....


tulipmom said...

Nap, shmaps, Daddy's coming home!! Nobody was planning to nap that day anyway, right?!!

Skip the naps, get them good and tired, and put them to bed EARLY :)

Jessie said...

I wouldnt worry about them being bored, I would think that theyll be off the freaking walls because Daddy is coming back. Im sure youll have nothing to worry about!

Desert Diva said...

It's totally obvious that you adore your husband. You've been a wonderful mother while he's been away and kept your family together. Bless you all as you are reunited once again. I wouldn't worry about the kids and entertainment - their daddy is coming home! Have a special Christmas and a wonderful holiday season!

Wendy said...

It is so exciting! I know what you mean about being in the "Honey moon phase" my Mike and I have been talking about getting back together and that is how I'm feeling too! Fingers crossed!

I think your kids will do fine they will be so excited!

Rachel said...

I really like that picture.
Naps? Forget the nap!! LOL!
Bring toys, chocolate, colors, chocolate, puzzles, chocolate ;-)
and let them run crazy... Daddy's coming home!! Woo Hoo!
Then get them so exhausted they'll fall asleep where they are, and you and hubby can have some time :-) ;-)
congratulations on him coming home and thank you both for your sacrifice so we can be who we are.

patti_cake said...

I can't imagine the emotions you are experiencing right now but I am VERY excited for you! Maybe they can nap in the car???

Cheeky said...

OH this so reminds me of the time hubs came home on Christmas eve! I know you can hardly contain yourself. Take bribes but in all honesty - they weren't gonna nap anyway.

Kelly said...

I am so excited for you! Praying for his safe return, and for the wonderful days ahead!

KatBliss said...

I'm feeling a little selfish, because I want the whole story when he returns. :) But I know I'll have to wait a few days. Enjoy every moment!

Libby said...

The two of you deserve a little honeymoon faze, no?

I can't believe that your family is just 2 or so days away from being reunited! I'm impressed that you get the kids to sleep, never mind nap!

WorksForMom said...

I love that you reposted that picture because truly is perfect.

Start defrosting those steaks Tommie!

Kerry said...

I am so excited, happy and nervous for you! It's going to be wonderful homecoming!!

tongue in cheek said...

Fantastic photo!
I can imagine that now that your children are older they too will be full of excitment and wonder of his return!
Here is to the biggest group hug!
My thoughts hold you happily!