And OH SO LOVELY AND THE MOST WONDERFUL THING EVER!
Even though there is so much weirdness I know that will all go away and we will be back to our routines. I am sure he had information overload the first day with the kids talking a mile a minute and checking out all the changes around him. Plus just seeing so much color as opposed to all the grey, blah, dirty, dusty place he was in.
He has 2 weeks off of work and he is enjoying every minute so far. We have plans to go out of town the next 2 weekends to just do fun family stuff.
I was so nervous about so many things and so far everything is fine. I think it really helped that we both took a reunion and reintegration class. The kids are thrilled he's home- especially our daughter who is daddy's girl.
I have to catch myself correcting the kids when I now have another parent to help. I find myself not allowing him time to discipline and I really need to stop that. There is a ,ot more other things that I have to think about and consider in dealing with things. Me being the sole decision maker is now done and yet I was used to it by this time. It's hard to not want to just keep doing what your doing and allow them to help only when you are desperate. You feel like you have accomplished so much by surviving and dealing with everything and then its over. It's a weird feeling-like OK-I have done everything myself but now I need to stop myself from doing everything. lol
It was great last night to see him and our son wrestling like old times. It is so wonderful that he can give our daughter kisses goodnight and she goes to sleep with no more tears. She feels safe and secure again. Our dog was happy he was home until he noticed he was spending a little more time outside. I had spoiled him and let him stay in with me most every day. He provided a sense of security for me and he is a GREAT listener. :-) Hubby thinks he needs to spend more time outside since he is an outside dog. Well- he is inside today. I am not going to kick him to the curb just because hubby is home. After all- he still is a GREAT listener.
One of my friends told me to now be a stranger now that my husband is home. I know what she means. Sometimes when our spouse is deployed we find a surrogate parent in a friend who we can rely on and call anytime. Then we can forget about them when our spouse returns. I had this happen to me and i was very hurtful. I know that the person did not mean for me to be hurt and still wanted a relationship but it all changed. She would call everyday and we would go shopping and so forth. We had built a bond from the deployment. Then her hubby came home and I rarely heard from her. It's not her fault and I am not mad because of this BUT it still was hurtful.
I am so thankful for God and all the many blessings he has provided our family. So thankful this deployment is over and we can move on.
NOW WHERE ARE OUR PCS ORDERS!!!!! I'm ready to move :-) On to the next thing..........
We decorated the front yard
Our free banner we got from Buildasign.com/troops
We can see him coming!
A long awaited hug!!!