We believe that we'll become closer during this years separation. We believe that our family and friends will help us. We believe that Heavenly Father will help us. We believe that we can get through this a better, closer family. We believe that we'll make it.
But I know that it's gonna be hard. As we drove home from dropping him off, and the kids were all filing into the house, and went back and check on the truck. If I don't check to make sure that all of the doors are shut and the lights are out, who will? That's all on me. And I started thinking about ALL of the little things that would be on me for this coming year.
And there are a TON of things... But there are also good things. I will have this year to focus more on myself, on my children, on my job. We love our husbands to death, ladies, but they DO require a TON of time and attention. hehe. I know that when Captain America is gone, I find that I have more time that I'm willing to devote just to cleaning alone - ha!
Anyway, we woke up around 8:30 or 9am this morning, and hung with the family for a bit. We all had breakfast, and just spent some quality time together. And I got this REALLY good picture of Jake and Boxer.
Around 11am, we went out to the garage, and Jake and Captain America and I moved the trailer from one side to the other, and put all the remaining stuff in either the trailer, or under it. And swept stuff out, and parked the car. Perfect!
We all had lunch at home, and Captain America packed his carry on and got all of the rest of the stuff together that he needed.
He packed up some stuff that he wasn't gonna be using for the year. I helped by putting newspapers into the toes of his shoes.
And I think that it took a LOT longer than he thought it was gonna. I tired to keep the kids quiet. You know how frustrating it can be to be in a time crunch, and have noisy kids all around... Some of the kids played in the back yard, or in their rooms, and I worked on teaching Eme to crochet. I'm left handed, so I only know how to do it "backwords".. hehe. Poor girl! But she's a trooper, and kept on trying.
Eventually, he was finished. I had him and the kids, one at a time, go outside and get their pictures taken together. I'm SO glad that we got the new cameras yesterday. We got some good photos!
And then he said a preliminary goodbye to all the kids, and gave them each (and me too), a blessing. It was SO nice. He and I were both in tears by the end. But it was good.
And then he and I headed out to the battery where I was to drop him off. We got there about 10 minutes early, and just sat in the car and chatted. And hugged, and told each other that it would be ok. And then he had to go. And I watched him walk away...
And cried the whole way home. Controlled crying, though. I knew that if I lost it, I wouldn't be able to gain control. And I needed control. He had to be at the battery at 3pm, and then they were all gonna go to Milam Gym from 430-630 for a farewell "party" with the families. So I was planning on taking the kids to Milam Gym at 415.
I came home, pulled myself together, and grabbed my phone. I was gonna install Skype Mobile. And test it to see if I could talk on the phone on Skype Mobile to a computer on Skype. So I installed it and logged in, then created an account for Jacob. And tested it out. And yup, I could log onto Skype Mobile on my Droid, click on Jake's name, and call him. And he could answer on the computer. Or he could call me on his Skype account, and it would come through as a Skype Application call. Sweet! Now, when Captain America's over seas, he can "call" me on my cell! On Skype! Or send a chat in Skype, and I'll get it on my Droid as a Text in Skype Mobile. I was pretty excited.
But, I realized that it was 3:50, and I didn't have time for a shower. Crap! So I went in my room, and started getting a little weepy. I let myself cry long enough to wipe off all the old make up, then sucked it up, and applied a fresh "coat". LOL! I used the greens/teals/blues that Captain America likes on my eyes, and found an outfit that looked good with it, and called it good.
I got the kids organized, and found my camera, and my phone, and my purse, and told the kids to find something to bring in case it was boring (we had NO idea what to expect), and headed out at 4:13pm. And drove to Milam Gym, and luckily, there were plenty of parking spots.
Family members were sitting on bleachers on both sides of the gym, and there were a few booth tables set up in the middle of the gym. They were from ACS, MWR, and other agencies, and were giving away free stuff. I turned the kids loose, and let them wander and grab stuff. They had a GREAT time.
They got suckers and bouncy balls and popcorn and cookies and color books and crayons and sunscreen and pens and a BUNCH of other stuff. Jim and Joe liked it the most, I think. It distracted them from the task at hand...
The guys were still not there, but the kids were entertained, so it was ok. Then, guys with M16's started filing in. hehe. You can't take a pocket knife or nail clippers on the plane, but they can bring their M16's. ROFL! Captain America was in one of the later groups that came in.
And we hung for an hour and a half to two hours. Just sat around, chatting, eating (Just our battery had subs and chips and sodas), and taking pictures and enjoying the family. It was very relaxed, and very good.
Jake was SOOO much better this time. I found out that part of the reason he was SO poorly behaved yesterday was that he'd forgotten to eat lunch. Yeah, that would do it! Plus, i wasn't formal today. VERY relaxed. And not crowded. Or hot. Those all helped :)
Poor Joe has SUCH bad chapped lips, and some sucker on his face. He looks like the Joker from the new Batman movie...
At some point, some CYS ladies brought in toys and games and puzzles and junk for the little kids to play with.
And at 625pm, the called formation, and the guys all lined up. We did last hugs and kisses, and he went to stand with the battery.
And his battery was the first to leave. Off they went, and loaded up on a bus.
And that was that. The kids and I walked to the truck, and off we went. Tom was crying a little, but we all were laughing and joking in the truck. I had to lighten the mood a little bit. So we joked.
When we got home, I told the kids that AFTER their chores, they could have electronics. I went and changed my clothes, and hurried back out to be with the kids. I was afraid that I'd fall apart if I were by myself. I helped them all do their chores, and cleaned up the little kids' room. And then sat down to blog. It's now 8:14pm, and I really need to put the kids to bed. We have 9am church in the morning.
OK, so now it's 9:11pm, and kids are all asleep, dog is snoring on the couch, and my blog is finished. I may watch a movie. I may clean my room. I may sweep. I may read. I may design. I may just go cry myself to sleep. We'll see how I feel once I post this...
I can do this, right?
This is the 2011 Mutual Theme. I could have sworn that I'd already designed something for it, but nope. So here it is. And click HERE if you want the 2011 Primary Theme. Click on the link below to go to my account to download the PNG file, and leave some love if you like my work. Thanks!
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GREAT bookmark, Sharon!!!
GREAT bookmark, Sharon!!!