Saturday, September 29, 2012

Days 13 & 14: Vacationing at home is happily exhausting

Keeping busy is good in when your spouse is deployed. Thank goodness for that, because busy is what I have been. We have been fortunate enough to have visited with lots of our loved ones over the past week. Yesterday I was so exhausted from all the fun I didn't even have the energy to blog. My mama was nice enough to get up with the boys and let me sleep in this morning. Let me tell you, that is THE BEST gift you can give a military spouse who has children, sleep. Tomorrow I head back south to Fort Campbell so here's a few photos from our last couple days of this this trip.

Yesterday we started off our day with an amazing surprise. DADDY (:


We met Jenna at Sumburger (a restaurant exclusive to my hometown) for lunch. The boys are very good at holding still, or waiting, or keep our eating area clean. So I always feel bad when I take them out to eat, knowing most the time someone will scream at some point and we will leave a mess behind. Though this time, Jack decided to take his mess with him.

I don't think Jenna will make the mistake of giving a three-year-old cheese fries (without a hose readily available) again. Especially since my rule is, "you get them messy, you get to clean them up".
Fifteen wet wipes later, we were ready for the park. I am fortunate enough to grow up in a town that as a gorgeous city park. A huge pond with a bridge, lots of ducks, a sidewalk path around it, lots of playground equipment. It's just awesome, and I love to watch my boys boys play in the same places I remember going when I was little.
My friend Jacob met us there with his dog, Butch, to take a walk, play, run around like crazy, and catch up. Jacob and I have been friends since elementary school and I hadn't seen him for two years. In that time he has been through a lot, including a tour in Afghanistan. There is something to be said about hugging an old friend you haven't seen in way too long when you've wanted to be there for them sooner, but couldn't. Of course, the boys loved playing with Jacob and his dog. And I loved being able to finally catch up with him.
After the park naps, and dinner, Jack, Avery, my mama, and I went to the my high school's football game. My little brother, Max, and my husband's little sister, Lauren, are in the marching band so we went to watch them perform. We also met my two brother-in-laws there, Jacob and Justin. Did you get all that? Haha.
This is Jacob and I. He reminds me a lot of Jeff so it's always really comforting for me to spend time with him. And he was just as nervous as I was about Jack running around in the huge crowds of people. Haha.

Jack and his aunt Avery and uncle Justin. I sometimes wonder how my boys got so lucky. Our family may be unconventional because Jack is only 4 years apart from both of them, but they love each other, all three of them. The kids are like one big family. People always find it odd that Jeff and I both have little siblings that are that young, but I think that makes our family kind of special (:
Even Jeff enjoyed the game with us (Sorry hunny, but you were lovingly held by the hair most the night).
Today was uneventful. I wanted it that way. Both my boys and myself were exhausted. We aren't used to this much time out and about and this much fun. So worth it for sure, but the day before a long road trip it's important to me that we all get some down time. So after I woke up at 10am (thank you sooooo much mama) I spent most of my day crocheting, washing our clothing so I don't have to do it all when I get home, and trying to gather all our stuff from around my mom's house. Though, I know I will forget a few things, I always do. The boys played outside, and if they were inside they were doing this.
Watching old "Tom and Jerry" episodes in German with Avery. Yes I said, in German. My 8-year-old sister prefers her cartoons in German. Haha. She never ceases to surprise me.
Tomorrow I get to do this for 7 hours:
That drive is so boring. But today my daddy checked my oil, put air in my tires, and said Talulah is ready for the trip back to Ft Campbell. Please cross your fingers the boys don't hate me for saying we have to leave Nan's and my trip is as uneventful as can be expected with two toddlers.
P.S. Today marks two weeks down in this deployment (though it feels like its been much longer). That means we are 5 percent done. Not too shabby.
Hope y'all are having a wonderful weekend


  1. Love that hoodie! Love your hair! Love the red lips! Love that photo of you! and... Love you of course :)

  2. Looks like you had a wonderful time! :) The pictures are great.