Hello friends and family... and if I have any blog readers left, a special hello to you! Our life, post-deployment has been nuts! It's been so nice settling back into our routine of life together... and just being in the moment each and every day!
I have TONS of pictures to post... so once I'm ready to sort through them, I will post some... but until then here are some updates....
~ Andy is HOME! oh wait.... you probably knew that already ;)
~ Our sweet niece, Amelia was born just 5 days after Uncle Andy came home... I think she was waiting for him to be back from the sand pit ;) She entered the world on September 15th, and as most of you know.. my brother and SIL didn't find out what the gender was until she made her appearance and we are THRILLED to have a little pink in our lives! I get to meet sweet Amelia June in 3 days! :)
~ I got a job! Back in the medical field working at a Behavioral Health office and I.LOVE.IT. Could not be happier. My heart is in medicine, and I am back in familiar territory.
~ Andy and I had a miscarriage. It was devastating and sad, however we were SO early into the pregnancy that we didn't really even realize we were pregnant. Still a sad thing to go through, you think you are almost ready for kids, then you have one that could have been your little baby and then it's gone... all in a matter of a few days. It will happen when it's time. All in God's will :)
~ We got another puppy. His name is Duke and he's adorable. (Daisy and Duke)... get it??
~ We made a trip back to Maryland for a good friend (really a brother from another mother)'s restaurant anniversary and are going back Wednesday night for Thanksgiving.
~ We are so happy and so in love and THRILLED to be back under the same roof. :)
Pictures and more updates to come later... miss you all!
Thursday, September 12, 2013
Andy is home everyone!!!!!! He's been home since Monday night/Tuesday morning but I'm just now getting around to blogging about it... Here are all the events of leading up to that moment when I FINALLY got my husband back!!!!
We were told that they would be home Tuesday September 10th at 12:40 am but were told to be at the field where they came in Monday night at 11:00 pm. Of course, my friend and I showed up at 10:30... I might have even been there at 10:15... what can I say, I was ready to get my man back!!
I think I started getting ready at 6 or 6:30 because I didn't want to be rushed and I wanted to look perfect because Andy hadn't seen my 87 pound weight loss (other than in my face) ....
So I had to send a test pic to my sister in law to make sure I looked ok. Haha!
I set up all of the things I had made for Andy... Paleo welcome home cake, Paleo banana bread, meat/cheese/grape tray to go with a red wine I had found, and some veggies and dip.
Hung one of his welcome home signs...
and was on my way! With a few hours to go... but I was beyond excited! I had butterflies in my belly and at one point I had to sit down because I was soooooooo nervous. I felt like I was going on a second first date with my own husband! I can't describe the feeling... and it sounds silly, but you just don't know the feeling until you experience it.
My friend Diana and I waiting to get our husbands back!
On a side note... Here is the weight loss pic! The left is the day Andy deployed... and on the right the day he came home... 87 pounds lighter!
One of my signs for Andy... funny story about this... he actually didn't even see it until later! I'll tell you why below...
Let me tell you the one thing about a man in uniform.... they ALL look the same!!! Don't get me wrong, I love my husband in his uniform... but I couldn't spot him to save my life! Which came out to be a funny story...
After a nice speech from the General, he "released" the soldiers and families of 120 men and women bolted for the field...
Now here's the funny part (now looking back).... I COULD NOT find my Andy! I was weaving in and out of soldiers, asking people "Where's Rodriguez?!?!" ... finally... after what felt like 30 minutes but probably was more like 30 seconds... I spotted him across the way... There were a few people and kids in the way, but I finally made it to my husband! He looked over just in time to see me jumping into his arms! After lots of hugs and lots of kisses, we finally said "hi!" .... I have to tell you, My sweet sentimental husband may or
may not have shed a few tears! I love that he's a happy crier... because I am not, but I do cry at everything else. He cried when he saw me walking down the aisle at our wedding and he cried when he saw me after 9 months. I love him more than anything.
I really wanted to video him seeing me, but after not being able to find him I turned the video off. And we didn't even take a picture at the field because we just wanted to grab his bags and get home!
Here we are once we got home (after he said hi to Daisy). Happy and reunited at last.
Waited 270 days for this moment.
Monday we slept about 4 hours and just relaxed during the day, took a nap, and ran a few errands... these two got plenty of cuddle time in :) Daisy is a HAPPY girl now that her daddy is back!
My two loves!
Wednesday we hung out at home and then later in the day we ran a few more errands and went for a date night... it was nice and relaxing. I just love being with him, holding his hand, snuggling and of course kissing him anytime I want to!
My world is whole again.
Thank you for all the prayers and support while Andy was deployed... This Army life is not always easy, but once we were back together it was all worth it!! And a lot of people have asked how life is now that he's home... and quite honestly, I was SO nervous... but it's like we just picked up where we left off. He's so hands on and easy going about everything.. and he loves the paleo lifestyle so far :)
Life is perfect when you are with the one you love!
(hoping to blog more now that the laptop is back! :) )
Wednesday, August 28, 2013
Our home is finally up and going! Here's a tour ....
The view when you walk in our front door ...
Life has been crazy since I last blogged... And no, Andy still isn't home.... But he will be soon! There is an end in sight so that is so encouraging!!
As for me, I am back in Georgia and pretty settled. I've found a crossfit gym on base that is pretty good (not quite as good as my brother and sister in laws but I'm thankful for it!) ... The commissary on post has pretty much all of my cooking/baking needs... I just found out today we have a bountiful
Basket every other week... So I'm pretty much set! Now I just need my soldier to come home!
I wanted to do an update on my time in Maryland.... I left with a bang! My sweet sister in law threw a huge goodbye/happy birthday surprise party for me and it was amazing!!!! I. WAS. SHOCKED! I think I still am a little bit! Haha. I'll post pictures below...
I cannot tell you how thankful I was/am for the 8 months I spent with my family. The things I learned while there is something I will appreciate for the rest of my life. And I'm down a whopping 85 pounds! Started in a size 24 and I'm in a 16 :) still have a way to go... But I'm on the right track!
Hopefully the next post I write will be a welcome home Andy post... Until then, here are some pictures!
I'm still amazed that all these people showed up for me!!! Such sweet friends!
My sil created a photo booth and it was a blast!!!