August 24, 2012

He's Home!

We did it. We finished our first NTC rotation. (For family and friends not associated with Army, NTC stands for National Training Center and is located in Ft. Irwin, CA. This is where they all go to train up before a deployment.)

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As you can see it is in the middle of nowhere. Trey says if he ever actually gets stationed there he will promptly get out of the Army. I want to say that that's just his hostility from being there so fresh in his mind, but I really can't be sure.. ha! Can't say it's on my top list of places to go!

Anyways, this was a big milestone for us. Granted, I took the opportunity to go home and visit with family and friends, so besides missing him like crAYYYzy, it wasn't too hard on me. But it was still a month apart. Just a teensy tiny glimpse into what next year will look like for us. Trey survived the month of blah desert. I survived separating from my parents yet again.

And now he's home!! His plane landed at an ugly hour this morning and he was showered and snuggling up by 6am. He had about 15 minutes of laying in a warm, freshly laundered bed before Andrew decided it was time to start the day. Trey was pretty adamant about going up to get him and Andrew's face was PRICELESS.

He is in lurrve with having his daddy home! It started with him taking out all of his cars one by one to show Trey (fyi.. that is a TON of cars) as if he was worried that Daddy forgot what any of them looked like. And he hasn't caught a break from Andrew's energy and enthusiasm since.

Until now. In true Army fashion, Trey's 4 days off turned into, "I just have to go in for an hour and a half" to "I have no earthly idea when I'll be home" (not an exact quote, but I like to keep things family friendly around here). I had about 5 minutes of self pity until I got over it for the most part. He's home now. He has to come home at some point tonight... I think. And our son is over the moon that his Daddy is home!

7 comments:

Jen said...

So happy that he is home! That rotation is always painful...when Kyle deployed to Iraq their rotation was at JRTC in horrid Fort Polk, Louisiana lol. They always pick the most horrible places to have these training centers at.

Reccewife said...

So happy for you, I think I actually hate pre-deployement more than deployement :P. Enjoy!

Expat Girl said...

I am so happy hes home and you guys get to spend some time together before he leaves again and I think the best thing was to distract yourself with family : )

Miss said...

Glad he is home! I only want to go to Irwin because it is 3 hours from my family.

Jenn said...

I hate the vague don't-know-when-I'll-be-home timelines. Especially after he just got back! Gah! Glad he's home :)

Mel said...

You can SO do this! I am proud of you and your attitude during this whole thing!

And I can absolutely picture Andrew showing him every single car. Priceless.

:) Miss you tons!

Spartan Muse said...

Congrats!!!! both my husband and son just got home in March from playing across the pond.... and My son just got to Ft. Irwin for training... as he will be leaving again in Jan, 2013....