Just a quick note. A little over 24 hours and I get my love back. It is bittersweet because many of the women that got me through this past year are hurting. Many are not coming home because of an investigation going on. It's been a roller coaster of emotions for everyone. I just feel sick that people I love are hurting. I know how done I feel. G and I spent the day getting the car cleaned out, oil change, pedicure for me, and some of Daddy's favorites from the store. I just made meatballs and realized I forgot the breadcrumbs. I think I need a nap and to work on stuff later tonight, because I won't be sleeping anyway! I'm so ready to be a family of 5! Here is a pic of G when we talked about Daddy coming home !
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AJ has been out of Afghanistan almost a week. It has been a long week. He should be in the states soon. I can't wait to get that first cell phone call! The boy are antsy, I am anxious, and if we got through the next week without killing each other it will be a miracle. Both older boys have had strep the past week. No symptoms other then stomach aches and throwing up. Which makes me wonder if my " stomach flu" was really the the flu a few weeks ago. So far no other symptoms and G seems to be ok. I have enjoyed my week without formal classes this week. Just getting caught up and organizing things around the house. G has been a monster and I have found him on top of my desk several times. We had to remove the desk chair for the time being. I am scared to death he will crack his head open one of these days. This momma is tired. ( As I am writing this.. I hear a crash.) We all run upstairs. Guess what 17 month old climbed out of bed. Suggestions??????
I got a text this afternoon that AJ was out of Afghanistan. He will be at his next stop for a few days, then will make his way stateside. This will probably be the longest couple of weeks of my life!!!! The boys have been at each other all day. I seriously have a 13 year old free to a good home. We did get the mowing done, with a lot of arguing and whining. Thank God the lack of rain allowed me not to mow all last month. I mowed and pulled weeds, then began to break out and itch. My Dad came out and got my new bed put together. I can not wait to climb into it tonight! I will sleep much better knowing that AJ is safe and a bit closer to home. G and I have my car to clean out and more organizing to tackle this week. He of course fell off a chair today and has a fat lip. =) Pray for patience for me the next few weeks. The boys will be out of sorts knowing that the end is near, G is as wild as ever, and momma is tired!!!!
I was so excited to get an E-mail this morning that said it was my last from Afghanistan. Whew... I sure can breath easier this morning. I can't even start to explain the emotions I feel. I am excited, anxious, nervous, and relieved. It will still be a bit of time before he actually gets back home, but at least I know he is out of that crazy place! Graycen has been up early this morning, so I am getting some of my shopping done on Amazon this morning. Have to stock up on toilet paper, paper towels, and his favorite K Cups! He sent me a list of foods he wants the first week home: eggs, biscuits, sausage, my mamaw's cholli's, and ribs. Yummy! I have my homecoming outfit already, and the boys clothes! I decided to go with something kind of sexy, yet comfy. I have a 17 month old to chase!
Yes I have been MIA lately. We are getting closer and closer to the end! I got my last message from Afghanistan! Praise the lord. Now I sit on pins and needles as I hear he is at his various stops. The whole process to return is a long one. We should still have him home to us by Labor Day. Due to OPSEC and our Marines safety I can't be any clearer ;) My papers were turned in before I started to lose my mind much like predeployment. I have been so absentminded lately it is rather frustrating. As you can see G has kept me hoping. Never a quiet moment when he is awake!
I am done with 15 weeks of my first semester of grad school! I just have a few finishing touches to put on my papers and then I can have two weeks off. I talked to AJ today and they are on target for coming home. I of course can't discuss dates, but the end is very near! I am finally getting excited. The boys are back to school tomorrow, so Mr. G and I will be working hard to get the house ready for him to come home. The air is turning cooler around here, and Fall is in the air. I am ready to start decorating for Fall. I am sorry for my lack of posts. I have been working on two 15 page papers, and there just is not much left after that! I am adding a few photos of our little man. He is growing so fast!
I started thinking today about the past year. I never expected some of the things that happened this year, and wish I would have accomplished some others. I knew that I wanted to do something for me and that although I love that I can stay at home with my baby boy, being a stay at home is not for me. I really got the urge to go back to school and decided that during a deployment would be a great time to see if it is really for me. I never in a million years thought I would be accepted to USC! I am so happy with my decision to leave real estate and focus on being a mom and a student. The semester has gone really well, and I am so proud of myself. Paper writing is my strong point, and it has led to strong grades thus far!
I started swimming back in the winter. I stopped when AJ came home in March and by that time school started a few months later. I just lost motivation to do one more thing daily. I am dreading that decision. because I feel like I have once again held steady with my weight. I would have loved to have lost 15 pounds this deployment. I decided that antidepressants needed to continue to be my friend this deployment, and I know that it is one of the reasons I hold on to weight. I decided that I like the person I am on them, more then I like to be skinny. But, I would like to be in a bikini for Mexico. Hopefully the hubby can help me to find that motivation again when he gets home. I did finish the Dirty Girl Mud Run this year!
I found a church that I enjoy going to and feel that I have gotten to know God on a whole different level. I can't wait to share our new church with AJ and continue to grow as a family.
My kids are happy and healthy. They really have gone through this deployment very smoothly. We have our days, but for the most part I am surprised at the outcome. They all have grown so much and I just can't wait for AJ to get to know them again.
I am sorry for the lack of posts lately. I have been sucked into the Olympics and I am working away on my final papers. I am determined to get them done this week, so I can enjoy the next few weeks getting ready for my hubby's homecoming. I can't believe we are almost at the end! It is so fun to look at the calendar and realize there are not many more weekends we will have apart! So excited to have him home! The boys return to school next week. I am looking forward to Fall and back into a routine. Football started this week and that will be my life for the next 8 weeks. Practices M-F for one and 3 days a week for another with marshal arts mixed in. Time for me? What is that? I am locking myself in my room with a glass of Sangria and I am going to write the night away. I want these papers off my desk! I promise once my papers are done, I will share more about what we are doing to prepare for school and homecoming.
I just returned from our little beach vacation. I have returned to getting the boys ready for school, two final papers, and everyday craziness. We are in our last month of this deployment! I have been busily tackling my to do list and finding the perfect outfits for all! My hubby rolled his eyes when I mentioned that part. I realize that part is more for me then him. He could care less about that part! July was the longest month ever for me. I was so glad to see it go. Joe if August would hurry up, I'll be a happy girl! Pictures from our vacation soon. I lost all my photos on my phone due to resetting my iPhone.