Saturday, February 21, 2009

Here We GO!

124 days to go! That's it. 124 days until we're out of the Navy and free to live happily and enjoy our marriage together. Today is Dan's 2,000th day in the Navy. Wow. When I think of 124 days compared to 2000, it's nothing. When I think of it as a little over 4 months on the other hand....


Here we are the night I dropped him off at the ship. One last picture for me to stare at.

I'm doing much better than I had thought I would. I had a few hours this afternoon of, "poor me, what am I going to do?" time, but quickly realized, that is not the attitude I want to have for the next 4 months.

This morning my sister-in-law and I went to the Chesapeake Bay Bridge and watched the ship deploy. I wasn't sure if this was a good idea or not, but figured I'd kick myself in the butt years from now if I didn't. It was very cold outside, but beautiful. The bay is amazing and watching the ship go by gave me a sense of pride. My husband was on that ship; giving another 4 months of his life to defend and protect our country. Those men and women said goodbye to all they loved. What a sacrifice.

I of course, being the scrapbooker that I am, took many pictures. Here are a few of the good ones.

Here they come!!!

Closer!!

CVN 69 Deployment 2009

Please forgive me. I've been sick for days and it was cold and windy!!!Valli with the ship.See you in 4-5 months!!




7 comments:

Sandy said...

You saw the large paperclips on my blog and I get them at Office Depot. Target has 5 Jumbo ones for $1.74 and they are colored: blue, pink, green and purple. Walmart use to sell 15 in a clear box that would hang in the office supply section and the company that made them was Main Stay. I didn't find them this time so I'm wondering if they discontinued them. I may need to run to another Walmart and see. Hope that helps.

Sorry I posted here - I couldn't find an email.
Sandy

Kate said...

Hang in there, Caiti! I'm sure you'll get lots of scrapbooking done while you await his return -- and the end of his time in the Navy!!!

Tenacious V said...

You got some really good pics! I especially like the one of the Ike with the rocks in front. And I think your pic with the ship is gorgeous--you can tell the wind is blowing and it's cold and sunny and beautiful and bittersweet. I, on the other hand, look like a slight drunk with that red nose!

I'm proud of you, C. You guys are handling this well. You may have some meltdowns while he's gone, but you'll get through, and you have a brand new life to look forward to! Love you! Godspeed to Dan!

Beth said...

I enjoyed seeing the pictures. Although, it was sad. I had a dream the other night that we were there for it and in my dream I was bawling! I woke up and I think I was really crying. I've been doing a lot of that anyway.

It seems like yesterday that he left. I bawled then too! My parents and I went to drop him off at a hotel where he was to be picked up by the Navy to go to Chicago for basic.

I was hughly pregnant with Karilyn and I remember thinking, "I hope he doesn't feel okward when I hug him." Why am I always pregnant for these traumatic times?

Just think, you'll have two new neices or nephews by the time he gets back! And one will be born on his Birthday, I can feel it in my bones. Right, and the baby will weight a nice 8 pounds too like he did, I hope!!! It would be nice to have a nice "small" baby!

Oh shoot, now I just rambling about my own stress and fears. Sorry. If you need just one more thing to pray for, pray for a small baby for me.

Hang in there Caiti, we love you both!

Oh yea, I almost forgot, will you email me his address?

katiesniche said...

Hugs girl!
We are lifers...my hubby is out right now until summer and I'm home with a teenager and a newborn...so I feel your pain.
You'll make it through and then your civilian!! Just think!
I hope you are feeling better. I've been sick for a week! Baby still hasn't caught it, don't know how, but I'm hoping 10 days is long enough, UGH
Your pictures of the ship are wonderful!!

Mrs. Not-so-Domesticated said...

Very cool pics...You did way better then I ever would. I couldn't watch when my hubby deployed.

amy said...

Awesome photos! Those are GREAT ones to scrapbook. I'm glad you decided to go out and watch the ship go. You'll be glad you did. You & Valli look really cute.

I am sick too. And so is Laura. :(

I will never, ever forget the day Jeremy left for Afghanistan. Laura was five years old. She cried and wailed and screamed for a whole day. It is something I can remember like it was yesterday. Walking out of that depressing airport (after saying good-bye to my husband who was going to fight a war on foreign soil) with a two year old and a completely inconsolable child was an experience I never wish to have again.

What's really amazing is, my inconsolable child was eventually happy again. Jeremy's & my relationship not only "survived" deployments but thrived. We have the opportunity through trials to become stronger and better. I know you guys will do the same.

Please know I am around through phone or email. I've been through this (twice) and know how you feel.

Sorry for the rambling on but you might appreciate it if you're like me. Any distraction would do. :)

Hugs,
Amy