Last Friday we drove to Ohio for a week. It was a wonderful vacation--so very relaxing! It just wasn't long enough! Bob actually had a TDY there, so he worked during the week, but even that was much less stressful than the Pentagon, and it was so lovely when he would call to say he was on his way home, and then *poof* 5 minutes later, he would be home, unlike here, where it takes over an hour.
We went over to Amy's house Saturday afternoon, she and I went out to lunch on Tuesday, and then Tuesday we all went over to their house for dinner, and the older 4 boys spent the night. It's never enough time, though!
Wednesday was a VERY special day. We picked up the boys from Amy and Jason's, and when we got back, our special company had arrived! Aunt Claire, Emily, and Elia were in from Utah and Texas! My girls had been on pins and needles, waiting to see their cousins, so it was a very joyous reunion, with lots of giggles and squeals!
Bob, Nathan, Luke, and I had our own little miracle Thursday afternoon. All 3 of our dependent ID cards were set to expire on July 22, 4 years after that fateful day at the National Zoo when my wallet got stolen. Well, Nathan and Luke aren't both going to be home to go renew the ID cards during the 30 day window, plus we have to drive to Ft. Belvoir (because Bethesda is just a total pain, with huge wait times). So I was hoping we could renew them at Wright-Pat, even though it was more than 30 days out. After we ate, the 4 of us ran over to Pass and ID, where we were greeted by a room full of people, and a sign on the door saying that wait times were significantly increased because people were supporting Corona. Ack! So we signed in and then went back to finish bowling. After we were done, we drove home, put Drew down, and headed back over. The room was a lot less full, but there were still probably 40 people in there. It was a little after 3:00 by that time, and the place closed at 4:00, so I was feeling pretty hopeless and discouraged. But after about 5 minutes, our name was called! We went back, and the lady told Bob she could only do dependent ID cards, not CAC cards. Bob just happened to write on the sign-in sheet "dependent ID cards", instead of "mil ID cards", which is what everyone else wrote down. Wow! And the lady never mentioned a thing about it not being within the 30 day window. So it took less than 10 minutes to get new ID cards for all 3 of us. What a blessing! I was amazed!
As for us, the house is strangely quiet without the girls. Micah asks before we do anything or go anywhere, "Now, where are Anna, Grace, and Faith?? I am the lone girl in a sea of testosterone (while my dad is the lone male in a sea of estrogen, LOL). We'll be meeting halfway to pick them up soon enough, and I know the van will be full of excited little voices telling us about all the fun they had!