I had been dreading my first weekend without Joe and the boys, (our kiddos were spending the weekend with their dad), but I ended up having a wonderful few days! My lovely friend Joanne came to town. We hadn’t seen each other since before her long trip back home to New Zealand, so we had lots of catching up to do! We visited several of my favorite consignment stores in the ares. She found a gorgeous black dress to wear while she photographs weddings, and some fabulous tops. I found a few bargains as well!
Then we came back to my house so I could color her hair. I’ve colored her massive mane before, but this was the first time for me to put foils in her hair. I was really nervous – I didn’t want her to be bald by the time I was finished!
I really should have taken a video of our shenanigans! We tried taking a selfie, but we couldn’t keep a straight face!
Ahhh… That’s better! Her hair didn’t turn blue, she hadn’t killed me, and we had enjoyed a relaxing afternoon together.
I dropped her back off at her in-law’s house so she could do some family things before meeting up with us for the movie later, and then I met my friends Andrea and Fran at a local pizza place. The food, friendship, and catching up were just what this girl’s heart needed! After we were finished with dinner, we headed to the theatre to for a late showing of The Fault in Our Stars.
Oh my goodness gracious. I just might be a masochist, going to see a 5-tissue movie about love and cancer just a few days after sending my Beloved off on deployment. I was incredibly impressed with the adaptation, and yep – there were lots of tears. It was actually kind of funny that at one point in the movie – the entire theatre broke out into loud sobs at the exact same time! Take your Kleenex and your best girlfriends – you’ll need them both!
I am a natural introvert, so I normally love being home alone, but deployment is different. Joe was so happy that I was with friends for that rough first weekend by myself, and I am so grateful that they were there for me!
Crawling up on my roof was not on my deployment project list, but I found myself up there last night. Camden thought he saw birds flying in and out of an area in the eaves. I called my dad to see if I could borrow his tall ladder, and sure enough – a nest. Our neighbor arrived home about then and saw me up on the roof. He was a huge help – cutting and fashioning wire mesh to block more birds from going into the attic space. He went around the rest of the roof and filled in those areas while I took care of a mess – one of the boys dropped a glass jar outside, and it shattered. Not exactly how I planned to spend the evening, but I am so grateful for all of the help from my dad and our neighbors!
I also organized the
disaster area under our master bath sinks. Whew! They are so much more functional!
How are you taking a little time for yourself? I would love to keep in touch this week as we work together to take better care of ourselves! You can find me on Facebook and Instagram, and don’t forget to check out our Pinterest group board ~ Taking Care of Ourselves!
Let’s do this, my friends! I’m going to try really hard to take better care of myself while my Beloved is deployed, but I could use your help. We can take just a little time to care for ourselves, and we’ll be stronger wives, moms, and friends because of it! You’re not alone… We can do this together!
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