South America – Day 152

I really wish I could start a countdown til the day that Derick comes home.  I wish I could definitely say its a month away or 6 weeks or whatever.  Deployment is not like his training.  When he was in “A” School, I had a definite finish line.  I knew when he would be home.  But, this time it’s kind of up in the air.  He should come back to the states in a month or so.  That doesn’t mean he will.  He has to go to Cuba for a few days, before he is stateside, to take a test in order to get promoted.  (Actually, that’s kind of exciting!  He’s only been in the Navy for 2 years and he’s already taking the test to become an E-5!)  Anyway, after that he will hopefully go home.  Although, there is a chance that he could be sent to Haiti, then we have no idea when he would come home. 

I am totally ready for him to come home, but there would still be benefits to him remaining active for a while longer.  First of all, how do you say no to those poor people of Haiti?  They had nothing already and now the place they lived is completely destroyed.  Derick will be job hunting when he gets home and being deployed will bring in a decent steady paycheck for a bit longer.  That will, in turn, give me more time to save and prepare for his job hunting.  Along with that, I would have more time to practice keeping the house clean.  That’s really a superficial reason, and today you can’t tell that I have made any effort at all.  (For anyone that read yesterday’s post, I was trying to give Derick my attention last night and not worry about the condition of the house. But, guess what I will be doing today??)  Actually, all of the personal reasons are really superficial.  I’d definitely rather have him home than have more money and definitely more time time to clean and organize.  So, we wait.  I fully expect to just get a phone call one day and hear him say, “I’m on my way back to Port Hueneme!  I have x days left and then I need you to come get me.”  That would be fine with me.  It works at this point in my life, because I am not working. 

He wants me to fly to California and meet him out there, then rent a car and drive accross the country to get home.  Derick and I always have a fun time on road trips.  We were thinking of going south first and making a stop in the Phoenix area to watch the Cubs Spring Training.  But, it doesn’t look like the games start until March.  I’ll have to do some more checking on that one.  Has anyone ever taken a road trip like this?  I would love some tips on good places to stop.  The only time I drove that far was in high school and we only stopped because the bus we were travelling in kept breaking down.

I think I have all of my babysitters lined up while I’m gone.  The only one I’m concerned about is Brody.  I have a sitter lined up, but between March 4 and March 8 she is unavailable.  So, lets all pray that he gets home before March 4!  I know I don’t usually get a lot of comments on my blog, but if anyone has any travel tips, or if you would like to be a back-up sitter for Brody only, let me know.  I would love everyone’s feedback on this one. 

I was so wishing today would be a snow day.  I just didn’t want to go to the trouble of waking Christian and getting him ready for school.  Its really not that big of a deal.  And, honestly, I’ll probably be more likely to get the house in order with him gone.  But, snow days are just so much fun!  That’s ok.  It just means they won’t be tacking on any more days at the end of the school year, so far.  Aida spent the night with my parents last night.  I went to my parent’s house in the morning, sliding on the ice all the way there.  The plan was to leave them and go to a doctor appointment, but once I got there, I stayed all day.  The roads weren’t so bad when I came home, but Aida and “Mama” were making cinnamon rolls and they weren’t done.  I don’t think she has ever stayed there all night, all by herself before.  So, this was a real treat (for both of us! )

Well, its 7:00 am now, so I should probably get my kids out of bed.  Have a good day everyone!  Ladies, kiss your hubbies again.  And, don’t forget to post comments!

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4 responses to “South America – Day 152

  1. Ashley Catour

    Leslie,

    I read your blog every now and again and I had to comment on today’s post.

    My parents took a trip just like this one last year. My dad drives for Peoria Charter Coach and had a trip where he drove the tour from IL to Los Angeles and then dropped them off at the airport and was supposed to drive back himself. Instead, my mom flew out to LA and they drove back on the big red bus together stopping at all the touristy places. They had a blast! I believe it took them 4-5 days to make it back and that was at quite a leisurely pace. I can find out more from them the next time I see them and even probably get the route that my dad took, but here is a good start at the things I remember them talking about.

    Cadillac Ranch-Amarillo Texas-look it up on Wikipedia (a quick stop, but you’ll never see anything else like it!)

    Winslow, Arizona-“Route 66″ Standing on the corner in Winslow, Arizona” from Take It Easy by the Beatles…also you can look it up on Wikipedia. This was my parents favorite “touristy” part of their trip, I think. This is a really cool little town with lots of good “picture places”.

    Painted Desert-the best drive they have ever taken! A must do! I believe you have to get off the beaten path a little bit…take State Highways vs. Interstates, but the view is completely worth it. This website seems to give a good general description of what roads to take.
    http://www.arizona-leisure.com/painted-desert.html

    This sounds like a fantastic idea and a great way to reconnect after not seeing each other for so long!

    Let me know if you want any more info. on their trip!

    Ashley Catour

  2. Jessica

    I have a countdown for when Dan gets home, even though I just took a guess and with the military nothing is certain. It gives me something to look forward to even if i end up having to adjust it! Hope everything works out, the road trip sounds like fun!

  3. Don’t miss the Painted Desert!
    can’t think of anything else right now but have fun planning it!
    ~

  4. Jessica – I talked to Derick a few times this week and I think I have about 6 weeks until I can go get him in California, give or take. So, let the count down begin!!

    Ashley – I would love any information that you can get your hands on (i.e. route, places to stay, places to eat, places to stop, etc.) That would be so great! I looked up all of the places that you put in your comment and they all look amazing. By the way, it looks like we will be able to take a detour to Phoenix and see Cubs spring training. Looks like it’ll be the first part of March or so before we can make the trek home. Derick’s pretty excited about that!

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