For the past 2 weeks Blaine and I have been incredibly busy tying up loose knots and getting everything taken care of before he leaves. We have officially moved out of our humble abode in Dallas and are now unpacking part of life at my parents house while the rest of our life is in a POD somewhere in a wharehouse. With his leave date approaching soon, he has been working out each evening and going to meeting after meeting. Tomorrow will be his last "Dep" meeting then he will work his last two days at his part time gig at Pizza Hut. On Sunday, he will be meeting up at the recruiter's office at 1630 hours (430pm) to then go to the hotel that he will be staying at for the evening. Previously, we were told he would not be able to leave the hotel for any reason and that people could come visit him in the waiting room however this time around he is able to leave but must be back before 2200 hours (10 pm). I believe there is a family dinner in the works this day so if you are interested please let me or him know. The next morning (Monday) he will be headed to the MEPS and this is when he will get his plane ticket, do his final swear in and continue to "Hurry up and wait". The time that everyone needs to be at the MEPS if you would like to say your goodbye on that day and/or see him do his swear in is no later than 8am. As far as when he will fly out is still up in the air so I do not have any further information for those that would like to see him off at the airport. Please also be advised that depending on the time that he leaves will obviously depend on the time of arrival to Great Lakes so I do not have the information on when I will receive a phone call for this as of yet either. If you are a direct family member, I encourage you to sign up for NavyforMoms.com where you can get updated information on his division directly as well as a lot of great information on his career. I will be receiving updates via this website from other parents and wives as well as another site from inside the bootcamp process. The time is finally here...what a crazy ride this has been and it's about to become even more of a rollercoaster.
In other news, we have been preparing Dillan for this process as well. We purchased her a Build a Bear that she named "Daddy" and he is wearing a sailor suit. Blaine also recording his own message to Dill so that she can still hear his voice. We also have been doing some Navy themed coloring pages b/c it's no surprise how much that child loves art and that is helping the transitions. We did sit down and explain everything to her last week and it went decently well. I think this is going to be a tough road for her. She is already showing signs of pushing him away so please keep us all in your thoughts and prayers as we try to adjust to this new lifestyle. Love to all!