Monday, July 4, 2011

He is home :)

P has been home for just over a week and though things are not perfect, we are now a family of four. Reintegration is difficult, then when you throw in 2 kids that he's never met who call him Daddy,'s a challenge. We've had some wonderful days like yesterday, though; days that remind me that we can totally do this. Today is proving to be another good day as well; the kids are playing quietly, the dogs are being lazy, I am cleaning and P is relaxing by playing his new PS3 :)

One thing that P and I have decided to share cooking duties. With us both working and now hitting the YMCA after work everyday, we need fast, healthy meals. P has said that he will grill most nights (especially on the weekends) and I will make the side dishes. For example, today he will grill the steaks and hot dogs while I make the sweet potato fries and steamed veggies. I am also going to attempt to make some different side dishes, such as quinoa salad and ethnic dishes. We'll see out that turns out...

I cannot adequately put into words how it feels to have him home with us. It is amazing but wow, reintegration is a bitch. He is used to things being a certain way and I am used to things being my way. P was only here for 4 months before he deployed, so in a sense he came home to my home. I had things the way that I wanted them and he didn't necessarily agree with some of it. He's done some cleaning (actually, a lot of cleaning) and organizing which almost sent me over the edge because I am so Monica (as in Monica from Friends) about things. I've gotten over that now and I realize that I have to give and compromise more. Plus, having a husband who now cleans the house without me asking is nice :)

I promise to write more about this whole reintegration process, partly for me and also because I think that it is not talked about enough. For now, I have to go wrangle an 18 month old boy and get some more coffee.


  1. Don't wrangle too hard! Remember, you need a rest. Just look at your foot as a reminder :)

  2. hang in there! y'all can get through this - no worries

  3. Good luck with reintegration! We had the same issue with his cleaning & organizing, since I moved into an apartment alone before he came home.

  4. Yay he's home safe and sound!!! Now comes the tedious life stuff to work out, but so glad he's back

  5. Glad P is back, thinking of you as you figure out how to let him back into your 'space'..

  6. So glad P is back, even though you are having a tough time reintegrating, I have to say you are so lucky to have him helping out with cooking and cleaning. My husband never does that!!

  7. just stopping in to say hi and hoping the radio silence is due to super busyness with the whole family together again. xo

  8. Hi Becca! It's Reena from "still waiting..sunshine"...I know I've been missing for over a year now from blog world. It was too emotional for me so I had to stop. But I thought of you and decided to check in, see you switched sites. Hope you are doing great. Read your last few posts and am so happy to hear of your family of 4...hope the time from your last post to now has been filled with wonderful things. Xo

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