Saturday, January 24, 2009

Alone Again

We dropped Andy off at the airport this morning and I am single parenting again.

4 months down and 8 months to go...

It was so nice to have him here for 2 whole weeks - especially since he didn't have to work. We went bowling, watched movies, ate too much food, and just spent time together.

But now we're back to reality. He's on the other side of the world and I'm alone with 5 kids again. I know that we'll be all right. I just have to get used to the fact that I don't have help anymore- or adult conversation in the house. :)

I let a lot of things go during the past 2 weeks and I have a lot of catching up to do this weekend. I have floors to mop and laundry to do. I also have to get the girls' progress reports done and turned in and I need to prepare their schoolwork for the week. They also have classes to go to and did I mention that I only got 2 hours of sleep last night? I'm still running on the cup of coffee that I drank this morning (I normally don't since I'm still nursing Tori, but I didn't think I'd make it back from the airport without some caffeine!). I didn't let the kids go back to sleep (except for Tori), in hopes that they will go to bed at a decent hour tonight. We need to shift our sleep schedule about 3-4 hours anyhow, so I figured today was a good day to start!

Well, I had better quit typing and get to it!


JADs Mama said...

Praying for you all as you transition to Andy being gone again.

Praying for Andy as he returns to Iraq - that he will be kept safe.

Praying that the next 8 months will go by quickly for all of you.


Family G said...

Jen, big hugs to all of you. You guys are keeping busy and you survived the shortest days of the year already. I'm sure you're going to be fine. I'll keep my fingers crossed that the next 8 months will fly by.

Mrs. Edwards said...

Eight months sounds like forever, but maybe all the bustle with spring (I'm sure it will come eventually!), summer, school ending, then gearing up for a new year...hopefully it will go fast!

My sister's hubby is about to deploy to Afghanistan (he was in Iraq three years ago). It isn't at all easy, is it? Sometimes the transitions are the hardest part of all. The adjusting to him returning, the adjusting to him leaving, etc.

Jennifer said...

Yes, the transitions are definitely the hardest. After 4 months, we were pretty used to him being gone. We get into our own groove and get used to doing things "our" way (the only way we can do them without him here!!) It is hard to adjust back and forth. I know that it will fly by once spring/summer hits and we can see the grass again. I can't wait to let the kids play in the yard!!!