It is hard to believe (and so unfun to say), but Stephen’s time home is quickly dwindling down. When we reunited earlier this month, we both knew it was only temporary. He’s currently on leave and goes back to Germany solo at the end of this month.
In an effort to make the most of our time together, we’ve tried to strike a balance between relaxing like we normally would and squeezing in everything that we want to do. There’s no way of knowing when Stephen will be in Texas again, so we have to make the most of it. So far, we have:
Spent a day with our BFF’s Mark and Mary Beth and Baby Whitley.
It was so fun to see Stephen and Whitley interact. She’s already 4 months and he’s just meeting her for the first time. We spent a day together mostly just chatting, but with a little time at the YMCA pool and then a while lot of grilling.
They treat us right! It was a great visit but far too short.
Introduced Geronimo to his cousin Sasha.
Stephen’s younger brother, Ben, got a chow/husky mix not too long ago. We’ve been meaning to hook the doggies up, but could never land on a time that worked for both of us until now. Stephen, Ben, Sasha, Geronimo, and I all went to the local dog park where they pooches and I ran around while the two old men gossiped. Then it was off to Texas Roadhouse where we all ate way too much food.
Trolled around Ikea.
Is there any more fun place to kill a few hours? And, if you have will power, you can escape without spending any money. We were not that fortunate: we bought straws and a light-fixture-thingy-mabob.
Stephen got fresh ink.
It means “for their sacrifice” in Hebrew. Pretty cool. It makes me want to get another one.
We went shooting.
Stephen bought a few new guns while he was deployed and he’s been itching to test them out. The two of us plus the fabulous Bianca went to an indoor range and shoot the place up. I tried out some of Stephen’s cool guns, but I stuck mostly to the little .22. Big guns are scary! We had a blast and I learned that I shouldn’t make Bianca mad – the girl has impeccable aim!*
We explored the 6th Floor Museum.
The museum details the life and assassination of John F. Kennedy. It’s a tiny museum, but eery and interesting and well done. It felt strange to look out the window that Lee Harvey Oswald supposedly looked out before pulling the trigger on a $13 gun, killing the president. The whole experience was very moving and I’m embarrassed that it took me so long to make my way there.
It has been so nice having Stephen home. It’s hard not to get attached. I definitely foresee a very messy goodbye when I have to give him back to the Army again. Le Sigh.*