I will see his face.
I will no longer have to be the only one chasing children.
I will be able to hand over potty training to him of his son.
I will have to give up control of the remote control every night.
I will have a lot more laundry to do.
I will find my house buried in a sea of ACUs.
I will have the "Army" smell back in the house. (Ummmm......do you know the smell I am talking about?)
I need to quit coming up with optional things to do and get the house straightened up.
I've made banana bread.
Found a cookie recipe that apparently I need to try before he comes back.
Window shopped online.
Emailed with a friend.
Thought that I really should go to the store to get a new trash can, but then thought better of it.
Watched mindless tv.
Anyone else procrastinate right before redeployment?
(When we lived in Germany and Gunner was returning from Bosnia, I waited till the last minute to do everything. They said they would give us a 3 hour warning. Instead we got about a half hour warning, and I had to shower, find something to wear, and race over to help a friend get her kids ready since she was a fellow procrastinator!)
Make that a big red puffy heart! Gunner is German. While his dad was stationed in Germany, way back in the dark ages, he met and married Gunner's mom. On Saturday mornings, his mom would always make crepes (she even got us our own crepe pan and when Gunner is home, he carries on the tradition). They would have fruit, nutella, and even ice cream. (Throw Blue Bell on anything and I am there!)
I was selected to host a nutella party, and invite 10 of my friends over to enjoy in Nutella festivities. How can I say no? The kids have inherited Gunner's love of the stuff (For the record, I am not a chocolate person, but because of the hazelnut, I have been known to eat a little nutella on occasion.)
We had gift bags, we had recipe cards, we had samples of nutella, coupons, nutella coffee mugs, and of course a giant jar of the stuff! (Ummmmm....no pictures of the food, because I spent my time trying to keep my kids from devouring it all!)
We served up some crepes, peanut butter and nutella (which is what my kids lived on during our trip to Disneyworld), and fresh fruit with nutella to dip it in. Everyone was in heaven!
There's just enough nutella left for Gunner, and I have hidden it from the kids. Do you eat nutella? What's your favorite way? We always ship it to Gunner while he is gone too, so he can use it to make a quick sandwich when he comes back from patrol and the mess hall is closed.
(Even Uncle Dave attended the festivities!)
*The nutella and all nutella merchandise was provided to me at no cost for me to evaluate and share my opinion. The opinions are mine and mine alone. How can you not like nutella?
We have survived four year long deployments--one to Bosnia and three to Iraq. We have been married for almost 17 years and have three children--Em, Abs, and Junior. Gunner is currently deployed for the 5th time to Afghanistan. We are fast approaching the year mark, and then we will focus on the prize--retirement!