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right now

Dec 19, 2010

Am I ready?

As much as I can be! Kids were put to bed at 6:30 - I figure it will take them awhile to actually fall asleep tonight! I admit it feels pretty weird to be picking up a husband that you have only talked to via telephone 3 times in 7 months! Kind of like a Match.com hookup with no money back guarantee... "here's a husband for you, you have a 30 minute drive home to figure out this marriage thing again"! It's okay, it happens every time, I guess if nothing else it keeps things exciting!

This was Daddy & Finn saying goodbye 7 months ago...
AND seeing this now is the first time that I noticed that hubby and Finnegan's hair are identical in color! Does that make me a bad mom? :)

So here's how the drill goes tomorrow:

0500 Wake Up!
0615 Get everyone bundled up and in the car and head over to BFF's house
0700 At BFF's house to caravan with 3 other wives and 4 young boys
0815 High Tide, meaning they will be on approach in the Chesapeake Bay and we will be able to see them, OH glad I wrote that I have to pack my binoculars!
unknown time: The ship ties up, this takes HOURS. They have 5 brows to lower, but there are 5500 sailors onboard, so go figure how long this dance will take
1100-1200 Somewhere during that timeframe we will be seeing him!

All in all, we will be standing in the cold on the pier for close to 5 hours. Forecast is for it to be about 25-28ยบ that time of day with gusty winds down at the waterfront. Winter homecomings are hard on kids, but what can you do? They will be bundled up and have lots of snacks and a thermos of hot chocolate if I have time, I also have to keep in mind that there will only be about 20 porta-potties for a crowd of over 10,000 people, so they can't have TOO much hot chocolate! Yep, lotsa fun with whiny kids, they are usually over it after one hour, since they can SEE the ship right in front of them, yet it will be a couple hours before they disembark. Fa, la, la, la, la.....

Tonight - I KNIT! Scarf totally NOT done yet, I spent the day packing for our trip and before I knew it, the day was gone.

I'm not too busy however, to be very upset about not being able to find my Christmas Tree in a Can - my favorite candle! - I wandered around and wasted a good hour looking for it.

Another thought: maybe I should change the way I've been dealing with each new day:



  1. You'll be there to get pictures of the boys greeting their daddy, but who will take the picture for us when YOU get to grab him for the first time in 7 months??

  2. Mama Pea, we are "hoping" that we can swap cameras around so we all get photos! This works as long as our 3 guys don't walk off the ship at the same time (which never really happens!)

    BTW, knitting now and watching "Fargo"! Horrible adaptation of our accent, but a fitting movie considering our trip!

  3. Five hours on a cold pier with two young boys! Do you bring folding chairs? I'm sure the five hours will feel endless but the end will be a wonderfully happy reunion.

    I wonder how the military people feel returning to family and loved ones? It must be thrilling for them too.

    I hope you get some sleep tonight Erin. I can't wait to hear all about it when you have time to post.

  4. Whew! So glad you've got that covered!

    "Fargo?" Ya sure, you betcha. (What accent??)

  5. Sparkless, no chairs allowed! Can you believe it LOL? Standing the whole time... last time the kids were young enough that I put them in the double bicycle stroller LOL

    Mama Pea, "Ya, it's quite the deal!"

  6. Your posts make ME excited! Have a good day tomorrow with whiny kids! It will be worth it, I'm sure.

  7. Oh, the suspense must be awful! I'm so excited for you. Good luck wrangling boys tomorrow. They'll be fine. Hugs to you and yours- now get some sleep.

  8. Rats, I don't think you will get this before the big moment, but HURRAH!!!! I'm so excited for you! And I'm positive your flannel sign is gonna do the trick. Have a wonderful wonderful reunion!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  9. I feel your excitement. I got one boy home last Thursday (only gone 3 months), the other one comes home today. It has been a year and a half since we have seen him.

  10. This is so exciting and it's not even my hubs! lol

  11. Happy homecoming and Merry Christmas to you all. I know you will have a blast at home with family and friends and lots of fun in the snow.

  12. I could use one of those breakfast martinis right about now. ;)

  13. I'm really happy for you guys. Wishing you sunshine, happy kids and clean porta-potties during your waiting time. :-)