Tuesday, March 23, 2010

The Last Supper and If You Listen Closely

If you listen closely, you can hear my wheels spinning round and round. When Donk got back from cq-ing and the boat last week, we knew he'd be on a short turnaround. He was supposed to be home for 2 or 3 days while good ol PSD gets the paperwork in order and he jumps on a rotator headed to Bahrain to meet up with the Ike. HA!!! Let me say that again!! HA!!

He's still here and we're both oh so happy about it. Yesterday he gets word he'll leave somewhere between Tuesday and Thursday. Okie Dokie, we drop everything. He packs while I'm on laundry duty. He's on his way home as we speak. He's not going today. AND we still have no definitive word on when. This drives me crazy. I just don't want the kids to be yanked around by this and get stuck saying Goodbye anymore than necessary. Plus, the sooner he leaves, the sooner me and the brood get into our groove. We function much better knowing which end is up. Call us crazy.

So... Sunday we had what I have termed The Last Supper. Patrick has started preparing bigger than usual meals (you know the kind... usually involving the words roast and/or gravy, multi-course) for our family on Sundays. This last one was no exception. I guess, he kinda figured this would most likely be it til his return next Fall. So, we sit down for the big meal. To candlelight. He had pulled out a pair of lilac candles from our wedding ceremony 1o years ago. Oh the irony, as we sat surrounded in the noise that is life with 5 kiddos. The brood even wanted the lights turned down. I guess you had to be there, but it was classic.

Saturday, Patrick pulled out all five kids' bikes and did the Spring maintenance on them. Meanwhile I kept them inside til he was all ready for them. No small feat, mind you. Boy, did we enjoy this Spring-like day!!

Guess who started using those pedal-thingies?!?

While Daddy ran the air pump filling tires, the kids had their very own DSI photo shoot while we wasted time. I jumped in on the fun...

I have to go pick up Reagan Boy. So, I'll leave with these...


  1. Oh Jen.. how frustrating!! Hope you were able to enjoy the time he was home. I love the candlelit dinner!! I can just imagine how it was with all 5 kids!! Boy have the kids grown over the winter!! I love your pages!! TFS!!

  2. After reading your blog my life looks so easy :) Just three kids here. LOL Beautiful spring pictures! Love the layouts, gorgeous! Now I will know what to do with this Basic grey lace paper :)

  3. I don't know how you mom's do it - all alone. It takes special people do be able to deal with hubbys gone for long periods of time. Your kids are super cute.

  4. Wow Jenny, you are my hero!!! You do such a good job keeping it all together. And your kiddies are such cuties, I love seeing the photos! Great layouts, too. I hope things get back in the groove for you soon!

  5. Keeping you all in my thoughts and sending good vibes and prayers for Donk and his travels and time away. I love and miss you all and can't believe how fast those punks are growing up.