The weekend before homecoming was crazy, that's the only word I can think to describe it. I was running around getting all of the last minute stuff completed. I had to deep clean the whole house, go grocery shopping since I was now facing reality that Kale will want real food and not odd mixes of things like Ive been eating for 9 months, making the homecoming sign, hanging decorations, looking for accessories for my outfit and trying to fit in some "me" time.
He was expected home Wednesday, May 11th at 5 in the morning. The entire week before, I had something planned but come Tuesday, EVERYTHING on my list was complete. I never finish my to-do lists, ever! I was shocked but knew that for the last 12 hours, I didn't want to be rushing around, I knew I wanted to rest and relax!
I was at my friend's OB appointment with her on Tuesday and decided to call the 1-800 number for our battalion to see any homecoming info, for the last 2 days there hadn't been any change so I wasn't ready when I noticed it was a new message..."Regarding flight #5, its been delayed..." was all I heard.
Well crap, that stinks. The pit grew slightly in my stomach- its been a crazy stressful deployment and its time to get this over with...I called the number back to see the new time and date since I didn't pay attention the first time. I was expecting a 2-3 hour delay, something silly until I heard "12 May, 5 AM". 24 hour delay...hm, well, I can finish my list...oh wait, I already did....I didn't know how I was supposed to amuse myself for that much longer- I already did everything that needed done!
When morning came on the 11th and I realized that Kale SHOULD have been home, I was bummed. I woke up to an empty other half of the bed when there should have been a giant mass taking over it named Kale but I know that I cant change it so why fuss about it. I call the number to find ANOTHER new message, which ANOTHER delay. "12 May, 10 PM" rang through my phone as I listened to the automated message.
By this point, my house was clean, everything was prepared, I was sick of "me" time, I just wanted HUSBAND time! The whole "dont fuss about it" was going out the window since I wanted to throw a hissy fit but thankfully I kept it off facebook and instead tortured my friends with constant text messages!
The morning of the 12th we got another delay..."13 May, 4 AM" and by the evening, it was "13 May, 6 AM". Two of my amazing friends decided a sleep over was necessary- you know, help pass the time and to make sure I didn't go nuts if another delay came through...We couponed, ate Chinese food, and devoured ice cream sundaes throughout the evening...you know, typical night with the girls!
At midnight, I went to bed only to wake up every hour just to call the 1-800 number to make sure it hadn't changed. My alarm went off to wake up and get ready at 4am, I hadn't heard from Kale which was weird since I had his phone re-activated the day before so he could text me when they landed in Cherry Point.
My make-up was done, I was on a pure adrenaline rush and probably wasted 30 minutes of that morning just calling the hot line over and over...still 6 am! It was 4:50 and I got a text from Kale "we just landed, it'll be about 4 hours"
Um, SAY WHAT!! The adrenaline drained from my blood and I was instantly exhausted, after all it was before 5 AM!
Those 72 hours leading up to homecoming were annoying, frantic even but no one ever said it would be easy, they just said
It's worth the wait.
To be continued with the actual homecoming soon!