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on the road again

My apologies for my absence last week. It was a week of insanity, to be honest, and I didn't have more than a few moments of free time. Ryan left just over a week ago, and we immediately left the next day for New Hampshire. I scored an amazing job interview in Seattle, so I needed to take the boys to stay with Oma and Opa for a couple days. I flew to Seattle last Monday morning for my job interview on Tuesday, which was 6 hours - yes, a gauntlet of interviews for an incredible company. I flew back to New Hampshire on a red-eye that night and got back to New Hampshire earllllly Wednesday morning. Then, the boys and I drove back to New York Wednesday night...all 8 hours of it. Honestly, I think I'm still recovering from all of that. 

I found out this past Friday evening that I didn't get the job. I'd be lying if I said I wasn't extremely disappointed, but I'm choosing to look at it as a good thing. It was an awesome experience interviewing for a great company, but I'm a firm believer that everything happens for a reason. Now it's time to refocus, work hard at my current job, and keep my eye on the prize. I know something right will come along, and it will come at the right time. 

Moving on from there - the boys and I drove to Philadelphia on Saturday to spend some time with Uncle Josh before flying to Myrtle Beach to spend the week with Oma, Opa, Stinky Nikki, Uncle Adam, and Auntie Nini in Litchfield, South Carolina. It's been nonstop since Ryan left, so I'm grateful to spend a week here by the ocean. And, above all else, I have some company, some help with the boys, and some much-needed Vitamin D. I'll be working while I'm down here, but we're filling our cups with all the family love we've needed lately. 

Life is hard while Ryan is gone, and this state of life right now is tricky because we're in such flux. Everything is going a mile a minute, and throwing in an impromptu job opportunity at the last minute was an adventure, to say the least. I'm grateful that I had the experience, and I'm excited to be back with my people now. We have so little time before this move, so I'm enjoying all the time with family this week while we can. But for now, I'm going to photo dump this trip for you because we finally have some warmth for a few days. Oh, and remember how I mentioned that it's so important to stay busy during a deployment or TDY? This is a testament to that. We're so busy, and it's so sweet.

Happy Monday, sweet friends! 

Linking up today with B Loved Boston for Weekending.

we'll be seeing you

Goodbyes are the worst - even if you know they're not for that long.

Ryan left today for six weeks of training at another stateside Army post, and I'll be totally, truthfully honest. It sucks. I know this is the reality of Army life, and I get it. I can live with that...but explaining to our little boys why Daddy is gone again is the worst. They don't understand. I chose this, but they didn't, and that's hard.

Six weeks is easy though, all things considered. It's nothing compared to the nine months we did while Ryan was in Kuwait and Iraq last year. We're going to stay busy, and we're going to live by the endless countdowns that military families know all too well.

  • Tomorrow, the boys and I are leaving for New Hampshire for a few days.
  • On Monday, I'm heading somewhere solo, and though I'm not going to share why just yet, please keep your fingers crossed and send allllll the positive vibes
  • On the 22nd, the boys and I are flying to South Carolina for a week in the sun with Oma & Opa

Our time here at Fort Drum is truly limited now. We're under two months from leaving our home here in Black River to make a new one out at Fort Lewis in Washington. Once the boys and I return from South Carolina, there's less than a month until Ryan comes home to use, so we're going to soak up this time, get things done, and count the days till Daddy's return.

It never gets easier, but we do grow to accept it and appreciate our time together more than ever before. We'll see you soon, honey.