Today has been one of those days I just really miss Chad. It's silly really because he's only out in the field, yet I guess it's because I KNOW what's coming. I know he's leaving for 15 months and I'm not ready for him to leave. I'm looking forward to his return in early March. I can say this field problem has felt like forever. Normally they go pretty quickly, but I think that since I've been sick almost the whole time he's been gone and at least one of the kids has been battling something too, it's just made it feel longer. Just a little over a week and he'll be home again thankfully!
My mom called me tonight to tell me she got all my birthday gifts finished and they're going out to the mail on Monday. She has an embroidary machine and so she makes tons of awesome things. I am getting a couple shirts and then a couple framed items, one being one that has "Recipe for an Army Wife", she actually started crying as she was reading to me what it said! Let me tell you first off that in itself is really huge. My mom has never really gotten what it is to be a military spouse. She's always tried to compare the 3 yrs my dad had a job where he traveled as similar. There were times he'd be gone for a week or two at a time, but reality is he was never off in a war zone! I still don't think she "Gets" it, and part of it is because she's not a military wife, never has been, never will be...the other part is she just simply does not WANT to get it. Let me say that Chad and I could not be more opposite from my parents! We're both very conservative, Republican's....mine are moderates and that's being kind and although they both say they're "idependent" and vote for who they like the best no matter what party, the reality is they're Democrats. The ONLY time I've known them to vote Republican is for the local Sherrif election! THE ONLY TIME! They've never been big in the whole "support your troops" thing. My brother was in the Army years ago, but even if he were still in, I don't really see them being much different. When Chad deploys he will get a card here and there, some emails, maybe one or two care packages (aks birthday and Christmas gifts!). That's it (oh and his family is just as bad, if not worse!!)...but anyways back to my point, my mom's never acted like the fact that we're an Army family is anything out of the ordinary, etc...it's just simply our life. While it is just that, our life is anything but ordinary at times! Like deployments! We're about to embark on our 5th deployment. That's no small feat. So anyways, the point that my mom actually made something that has anything to truly do with our life, is HUGE to me. The fact that she got emotional, is even bigger. When I get the gifts, I'll take pictures and show them off! :)
I can't remember if I wrote about it or not, but basketball is over! Yippee!! Jacob did not have a good coach this year. He was young, single, inconsiderate, and just got on my last nerve. He didn't show up to 2 of their practices and never informed anyone! He also argued with another parent/friend over the snack issue, which in the grand scheme of life, not a big deal...but in pee wee basketball HUGE! LOL He had to be put into his place over the snack thing. He also was caught lying, by me and that just was really the clincher of the season. I still had Jacob thank him for coaching. Baseball starts up next month, we already know who his coach will be so it'll be better that way! Chad was Jackson's coach, so no complaining there! LOL Well other than about our child who decided he really didn't want to play, only wanted the jersey! LOL To be 4 I tell you! LOL Both boys are playing baseball so hopefully it all goes well!
Emma's great. She's still not fully crawling, although she can get anywhere she wants with her little army crawl, lunge thing she does and she's now discovered how to crawl up us when we're sitting on the floor! She did it to Jacob today and he was freaking out! She crawls up you and then gets herself into the standing position. She's so tiny, she just does not look like she has any business doing all the things she's doing. She's my smallest baby yet in height and weight! I can't believe she's 6 1/2 months old. Where has the time gone? It's truly just flown by.
I'm including pictures, some are from Valentine's Day, some are from a day we went out the the lake, etc.