I am happy to say we completed our FINAL deployment in April. We have been married since 2006 and since then we have spent roughly 37 months apart! That's 3 years!!!! That's longer then Funshine has been alive. I'll be honest, I have learned invaluable lessons from deployments. I never would have believed the things I could achieve on my own without them.
We have a plan, it is set in motion, and things are falling into place. We recently made a "business trip" back to my home town (our home state) to look for houses and so Grumpy could interview for a job. That's right, you read that right, we are coming "home." I say "home" because home has been where we made it the past 8 years, but it is my home town.
We are looking forward to Love-A-Lot and Funshine being able to spend time with their grandparents and getting to see/do all the things that Southern Illinois has to offer. We will miss the So Cal weather, but that is about it. It is entirely too busy and expensive here.
We saw rain and heard thunder and lighting, caught lightning bugs, and just enjoyed the smells! Funshine spent nearly every moment outside with Papaw.
|Funshine's first sparkler.|
|Love-A-Lot just couldn't bear to look away.|
|Look at his face, he loves his Papaw!|
On a side note, yes those are their jammies, I do NOT recommend the solo cup coverage of the hands for sparklers. They WILL melt the cup if your kids aren't paying attention. We also have the suspicion that the sparklers weren't as strong as they used to be, we never got popped by one.
We found a wonderful home, and I hope we get to call it ours. Grumpy got a job on his first interview! I cannot put into words how proud I am of him, I cried when he got the offer call! We drove out to IL and back from CA. It took us 36 hours out and 34 back. The kids did great in the car.
|She thought this pose was appropriate for her accessories.|
|He obviously agreed.|
She only said it hurt when she walked, otherwise she was smiling the whole time.
|About an hour after her cast was put on.|
|What girl doesn't want matching toes?|
Friday we take her up to LA so she can fly back to IL with her Aunt. She starts First Grade on August 12th, so she will be staying with Memaw until we join her at the end of August (as of right now). I'm sad to see her go, but excited because that means I can start packing. Love-A-Lot has a lot of opinions about what/how/when I should pack. Funshine doesn't really care so he'll be glad to help.
Our countdown has begun. . . our new lives start soon! I'm going to try and keep up with my blogging, but no promises, things here will be CRAZY!
Also, sorry about the cell phone pictures in this whole thing.