Holy Windchill! We spent 4 hours in single digit windchills waiting and waiting, but we got him back!
Below, organized Navy wives - the 5 of us followed each other and parked far away for an easy exit, and were able to keep warm in our cars for an hour or so while we waited for our first glimpse of the ship.
There she is!
Getting closer, this is still about 30 minutes from tying up, but it was time to head out of the warm cars and out into the cold!
Slowly, slowly approaching pierside
Finnegan looking cold but very happy!
The boys and I - good thing I didn't spend any time on my hair today, wind was gusting to about 25 -30 knots!
If you look closely, there's Santa under the jet canopy
BFF's boys - all our kids were real troopers out there in the cold today, but BFF is from Iowa, we must have passed on some good cold tolerance genes! The only thing they complained about was being thirsty, but that's because I was rationing it out so we wouldn't have to leave our good spot to find a porta potty!
Then the P.A. system announced "Liberty Call, Liberty Call, All Hands".... and the flood started!
Classic Navy stuff below.... look closely at his "baggage"... this is "the bull" mascot of the VFA-37 Ragin' Bulls squadron - yep it goes on deployment with them!
BFF & her hubby
playing with the B & W - I always love black and white for photos of sailors in uniform
Me & Hubby - and we barely got this photo, it all happens so fast.
Shortly we will be on our way to Minnesota to celebrate Christmas and Homecoming, we have 1200 miles to catch up with each other - as of right now I am not agreeing with his new taste in music! This too, shall pass... :)
All packed and ready to go!
I will admit that I am a horrible blogger while on vacation, I always envy those of you who can do updates, but I just can't seem to get my act together that much! This will probably be it until after the New Year when we return. I usually am able to read them on my iphone but it rarely maintains signal on the road enough for me to comment, but it sure helps pass the 24 hour drive home!
Thank you all for supporting the troops by making sure one particular Navy Wife got through deployment feeling supported and with sanity intact, you DO make a difference!
Wishing all of you Happy Holidays and New Year!