Even as I photo-shopped a huge banner with about 50 photos spanning the last 20 years, going over photo after photo of the places we have been and the people we have met, I still have a hard time comprehending...right now...this is it...it's finally here...
Looking back, it's been a good run... mostly good times, and the ones that weren't, well, they aren't worth ruminating over. We can't say we'd do anything differently. The few major choices we were able to make for ourselves garnered us friendships and experiences that we never would have had otherwise. We are supremely lucky to have met some of the most amazing people along the way.
We've moved 9 times and lived in 6 states. Brian has traveled to Iraq twice, Afghanistan, Kuwait, Korea, Japan, Okinawa twice, Israel, Tunisia and all over the US for work. Deployed 5 times (3 to combat), I estimate he has probably been away about 4 years out of our almost 19 years of marriage. That may sound like a lot to the non-military, but I know many others who were away much longer. I still think I deserve to have him all to myself now.
One thing is for sure, Brian is excited to:
1. Wear whatever clothing he wants, wherever he wants. In fact he might just walk around in pajamas for a few weeks, just because.
2. He is also threatening to grow a beard. And a pony tail. Bald w/ ponytail? Not cool I say.
3. Never run another PFT (physical fitness test) = No more running! His last one was a few weeks ago. Aced it, I'll have you know.
4. As Cartman of Southpark so bluntly puts it: "I do what I want." There's no one to tell him/us when to jump or how high.
Side note: just signed up for the 2014 Baja Ha Ha! We are ready for the next big thing.