FB Page

Readers' Choice Finalist

o.htm

You're Following Me!

Subscribe Now: Feed Icon

Search This Blog

Thursday, January 17, 2008

Life Is Good

So, yeah, in case you missed the big news - Joe's home!

He arrived in Maryland on Friday evening. Since the next flight wouldn't get in here until around midnight he stayed overnight there and caught the first flight out Saturday morning. The airport is an hour away from my mom, so she, my step-dad, sister, and her boyfriend surprised Joe at the airport. They met him when he came out of customs and took him out to dinner. I'm glad he was able to see some friendly, familiar faces once he got back to the states!

And as you could tell from the video Kayla didn't want to let go of him once she was in his arms. Even after she gave him a kiss she immediately snuggled back into his neck/shoulder. She made sure he didn't leave her sight! I was surprised she willingly went with me to the bathroom; and when he went she didn't take her eyes off the door until he came back out!

I think it took her a minute to register that it really was Daddy in the flesh and not on the computer or phone! After 4 months of hearing me say "No Kayla, that's not daddy" when we were around base and she spotted some guy in uniform, she wasn't quite sure if she believed it was really him.

Remember when Kayla and I went to Roswell for the Buddy Walk and the adventure in getting there? Yeah our trip to the airport wasn't without it's own adventure too! Nothing compared to what happened going to Roswell though.

Our closest airport is in El Paso, TX (1.5 hrs away) where the population is around 700,000...we live in a town with a population of about 35,000. So El Paso is a huge city (4th largest in TX) and the only place I know how to get to in EP is the airport - anywhere else and Joe has to drive. I've driven to the airport and back by myself plenty of times and it's an easy drive for me. This time we encountered construction where they had a few exits closed on the highway - I had to get off before my exit and couldn't get back on. I figured since I was on the side access road that would take me where I needed to go as if I had just come off the highway anyway...except the left turn I needed to make on Fred Wilson Blvd was also closed off. That's the only way I know how to get to the airport. I was talking out loud and said "oh no, I don't know how to find the airport!" and Kayla pipes up from the back seat, "oh I find it!" If only you COULD help me Kayla!

There was no where to pull over, I just had to follow the flow of traffic, worried that I was getting farther into the city and would have no idea to find my way out! I noticed the yellow "detour Fred Wilson" signs and followed those which turned me around and I thought, "ok this is good, I'll end up on the right road after all" - except somehow I missed a sign or something, I don't know what happened. I passed over Fred Wilson again, but it was a one-way turn and I wasn't facing the right way.

Now I'm heading out of the city back towards the highway going home...not good either. I stay on the access road and finally see a gas station. Then a police motorcycle pulls in front to stop traffic for a funeral procession. That's when I start crying from the stress of it all. I just want to get to the airport and see my husband again! I'm worried about how late I'll be and having no way to get a hold of him. Finally I get to the gas station and ask for directions - thank you God, it's relatively easy from there! I made it to the airport and Joe had only been waiting about 10 min, so that was good. Nothing like a little drama for me though!

Life is definitely good having him back home. He's had some in-processing briefings and appointments to go to this week, and then starting next week he'll be off for 2 wks (so my blogging will probably be sporadic!)

So things are starting to get back to normal around here ... things like ...

- going through a gallon of milk much faster than when it was just Kayla and me
- more laundry piling up
- more dirty dishes in the sink
- less leftovers in the fridge
- less room in the bed for me (I had become used to having the whole bed to myself and being able to sleep from one side or the other!)
- being woken up in the middle of the night by someone snoring
- having someone stay up until 2AM (oh excuse me, 1:50 AM) reading their new book they got for Christmas, in bed, while I'm trying to sleep (ok that only happened last night!)
- finding clothes blocking the closet door so I have to kick them out of the way (each and every day) to get into the closet to put my dirty clothes in the hamper, you know, where dirty clothes actually go!

Yeah things are getting back to normal around here...and life is good :)

Thank you all so much for your support, prayers, and well wishes while Joe was gone and for his safe return home!

post signature

36 comments:

Beck said...

You sound so happy! I'm delighted for your family.

LauraJ said...

big big big grin :D

Sgt and Mrs Hub said...

I love normal life with my "someone" just like I can tell you love yours.

So glad you are enjoying your time with Joe - having your husband home makes all the difference in the world, doesn't it?!

-Andrea

Tara said...

I'm so happy for you all. You all never take your time together for granted, do you? So glad he's home safe and sound.

Corey~living and loving said...

I think my comment got eaten..

anyhow....I am so pleased that things are wonderful. :)

jotcr2 said...

That is wonderful that you've got Joe back safe and sound.

amy said...

ok thats an awesome post...yeah

Dana a/k/a Sunshine said...

So glad he is back and you are back to "normal" even if it does mean laundry on the floor and other assorted things.

I can imagine we might not be hearing from you as much for a while...

Tracey said...

Oh hon. I'm so glad you have dirty clothes on your floor by the hamper again!

Omaha Mama said...

I'm so happy for you both. Enjoy these next two weeks and spoil each other!

When's that due date? I think you had better start talking baby. Names, gender, nursing, siblings, hmmmm...am I forgetting anything? I love all things babies!!!

K.T. is Mommatude said...

Wouldnt trade it for the world,dont you just love that snoring? :D:D:D:D

So happy for you all!!

Karen said...

Sounds like you're getting back into your routine. I'll bet Kayla is just beaming. :)

Sue said...

How nice your family met him to take him out. I'm sure a nice restaurant meal was enjoyable for him. But nothing compared to that hug he got from Kayla. NOTHING tops that, I'm sure. :)

I'm glad to hear things are getting back to normal - even the things you could do without. I'm sure being without him for so long puts all of those things in perspective.

Enjoy his 2 weeks off!

Anonymous said...

Michelle you are so FUNNY!!!!! :) loved reading the blog about you trying to get to the airport and all the changes you have to experienced with Joe back home!!! but, life is good, as you mentioned. Love Mom

Mom/Mil/GM said...

Isn't it nice to know that you are done doing it all by yourself and you can count on someone being there to help you and spoil you? I'm so glad life is getting back to normal for you, Kayla and Joe.
Love you guys!!

AZ Chapmen said...

my dad snores too welcome home

PEA said...

I'm just so thrilled for all of you:-) Oh dear, I've gotten lost like that in a big city when they've had the roads closed that I'm used to taking...it truly is very frustrating. At least you were able to finally get to the airport and see your hubby:-)Enjoy each precious moment with him!! xox

Kerry said...

Happy happy days!! :):):)

Cheri said...

Awww. So sweet.

Laura and my husband did the Buddy Walk here (I got sick and had to miss it). I'm such a dork. I thought it was just a San Diego thing.

Tanya said...

Normal is always good :)

Cindy said...

YEAH!!!! :)
Enjoy your new normal!!

Jen said...

Life is certainly good. I'm so happy for you. Life is grand. Have a great weekend with Joe and Kayla.

Annie said...

HOORAY! I am SOOO glad he is finally home! Praise God!

Killlashandra said...

Nothing like a little normalcy. :) Hope it's a super weekend.

There's no winning with construction detour signs getting screwed up either. Maybe you should ask for GPS for Christmas next year. ;)

Renee's Reading Corner said...

How wonderful! So glad Joe got home safe and sound. Have a wonderful two weeks! The video clip of Kayla seeing her Daddy was great.

Dori (Aviva's mommy) said...

I am so happy to hear how great it is to be a family again...Kayla must be so happy to wake up each morning with her daddy there.

How are you feeling?

Kathleen Marie said...

I am so very happy for you both! God is so good to bring him home safely. Hugs to you all!

Kari (GrannySkywalker) said...

Yeah, when seeing his dirty clothes lying around brings tears of frustration instead of tears of joy...life is definitely getting back to normal! lol
Glad he's back and glad all is well!
Kari

Melany aka Supermom said...

Oh I'm so happy for you!!!! I saw the photo on flickr and just had the biggest smile on my face :)

Shannon @ Gabi's World said...

I know you aren't really minding those things right now anyhow since you've missed him so much. I am so glad he made it home before the baby arrives.

chelle said...

YAY for laundry on the floor!!!!! No leftovers!!! hehe!

I am so glad all is well and Joe is home.

Glo said...

I know how you feel. Snoring +dirty dishes + dirty clothes all add up to= priceless to have them home.;)

Mrs. Mac said...

Joe & Kayla's reunion! What a capturing of hearts that was :)

Overwhelmed! said...

Oh, I'm so glad that Joe made it back safe and sound. How happy you must all be to be together as a family again!

Take care!

Sara said...

Ahhhhhhhhhhhhhh Having hubby around ;) I go through the same thing with the clothes on he floor etc... Glad you are all together again :)

joan said...

I'm so happy for you Michelle. :-)