Just 24 hours ago the house was full with Clay visiting for a few days before he leaves for deployment (again), my brother visiting, 8 of our 9 kiddos and a couple of their friends thrown in for good measure. This morning I wake up to Clay having gone back to Fort Lewis to catch the plane to head overseas, my brother having hit the road for home and I’m down to 6 kiddos in the house. Two of my girls took the opportunity for a free ride to N. Cal. with their uncle and packed their bags. They’ve arrived safely at Gramma and Papa’s and will spend a couple of weeks visiting with family.
So, now that all the busyness of life has slowed down a little, it’s back to the regular grind. I’ll load up the remaining kiddos and head to the world’s largest commissary (it’s their claim) to do the 2-week stock up and take JJ and Arianna to look for their bday gifts. They both have really specific things in mind which means price comparing and a little leg work on my part.
Clay is actually headed out to begin this deployment. He leaves Fort Lewis and will have a stop in DC, which is really great because Kateri’s there for a portion of the summer and will be able to meet up with him before he’s overseas. It’s always amazing to me the way things work out! This means he will have been able to have one final visit with each of the kids before going.