Friday, September 16, 2011

My Boyfriend's Back

First up, I have an announcement. I am editing these pictures and typing this post on my (insert the announcer dude from the Price is Right) BRAND NEW TWENTY SEVEN INCH iMAC!!!

You thought I was going to announce that I was pregnant.  Don't lie, you know you did.  You're so stupid. What do you think, I got pregnant last night and magically already found out? It doesn't work like that!! Also, we are one hundred percent finished with adding to Team Engelbrecht.

So, this computer.  I don't think I really realized just how big twenty seven inches was until about four minutes ago when I opened a picture of Daisy June and it was actually BIGGER than Real Life Daisy June.  It is THAT big.  It takes twenty minutes to move the mouse cursor from the top of the screen to the bottom.

BUT, now that I'm finished with that, here's the ACTUAL post.  Nick is home!!! Obviously.

They were supposed to pull in on Saturday (tomorrow, for anyone who gets confused about the day/time difference out here.)  I had the supplies I need to make his favorite cake.  I had outfits in mind for the kids (since we won first hug!!!) and I had craft crapola for them to make him a sign.  I was going to shower on Saturday morning, and shave my legs, change the sheets, pick up my (our) bedroom, just all that bidnazz that you'd do if your husband was coming home after five months at sea.

I got the call at two thirty on Thursday afternoon.  They're here.  They're getting off at four.  Call everyone, and I'll see you there.

Seriously?!?! So, no shower, no cake, no cute signs, no fun outfits.  We just loaded up the van and raced to the pier.  Does Nick look like he minded? :)
Hello, remember me, from five months ago?

So there wasn't a big party on the pier, with water and a tent and the anticipation and all that.  It was NOT missed.  The only thing I was a little bummed about was that we won first hug.  The wives club (the FRG, since we are politically correct now) raffles off tickets for First Hug and First Kiss, and if you win, your Daddy or husband (the Kiss is for wives) gets to be the first and second dude off the boat after the bossman and everyone gets to watch you run up and, uh, greet each other.  SOO, we all figured that it wasn't going to happen since there was very little fanfare, but either the bossman or his lovely wife fixed it so that we could still do it.  HIP HIP HOORAY!!!

I was going to put these in a collage since they're all the same, but when I did that, it shrunk them down and it broke my heart and made me cry, so deal with it.
Ava saw him first.  I hate to admit it, but I have a hard time figuring out who is who out there, because they're all dressed exactly the same.  And I'm a terrible wife.

Little Short Leg Warren finally caught up...

And in the midst off all this emotional reunion crapola, I find it hilarious that Laura caught a shot of his shoe falling.  My new lens is FAST.

Then, even though we didn't win First Kiss, we snuck a quick kiss. Don't tell on us.
I did NOT dress the boys alike on purpose.  Honestly!!!

In case anyone is wondering what it looks like when the boat pulls in (mainly, my dad) here it is.  I have to admit that it wasn't until Nick had been on the Scranton for a year or two that I even knew what those things look like.

I guess it's pretty common for them all to be standing on top of the boat like that.  Here's hoping they're tied up to something.  Nick is on top of the sail (the dorsal-fin sticking way up there) on the far left with the red harness.  I did not know this at the time, he told me when I uploaded the pics.  They really do all look alike out there, and they're pretty far away for someone with my eyesight.  In other news, I wish that fricking yellow frame thingie had NOT been in my way, or that I had noticed it at the time and stepped over two feet.  Idiot.

After the first hug, first kiss crapola, everyone else came out and the kids ran to play in the giant dumpster and Nick got to get his hands on that fat little monkey we call Daisy June.

(On my giant new computer, we haven't magically pulled everything from the laptop over, so I don't have any of my actions for pse.  But let me tell you, once I do, this pic of Daisy June is going to BLOW YOUR MIND.)

Unfortunately, I don't think there's an action in the world that will make me look like a normal person.  That sucks.

 I'll end with this shot.  Ironically, I think that, as far as composition and all that, this is the best shot of the day.  And Ava took it, at my hip, while my camera was hanging down and I wasn't paying her any attention.  AND she was trying to take a shot of the boat behind him.  Whatareyagonnado, right?

So that's our story.  Two days early, five months TO THE DAY since they left, the guys are back.  We are a real family, at least for a little while.  I have no idea what's going to happen with the schedule (they came in early to do some work) and right now, I don't really care.  We're going to make the most of whatever time we have together and deal with tomorrow tomorrow.

And ps, if anyone on the boat is reading this, I took a TON of pictures of everyone hugging and kissing and playing with their kids.  Not pervy pictures, some of them are really cute.  So if you want them, let me know.


  1. This post makes me so happy!!! :) I'm so glad Nick is back! And the pictures are so freaking cute, I almost teared up a little bit. (I'm not into the sappy crap, so don't tell.) :) Enjoy your time with him! So happy for you guys!

  2. Thanks for my morning cry. Those pictures are so pricelses. So happy your family is together - even if it's for a little bit. Now you should take a blogging hiatus and soak up every minute of Nick being home!

  3. These pictures made me SOB. Like I am hiccuping.

  4. Kind of ironic the day Nick gets back Ryan leaves. Crazy. I am so happy for ya'll. The first hug pics made me get tears in my eyes. So flipping adorable. I don't know who was cuter the kids or the look on Nick's face as he grabbed each one. Those actually make me want to buy tickets for first hug now.

    So jealous that Nick was top side. Ryan will NEVER be. :( And like a dork I still took a ton of pictures. I even focused in on the guys. I guess if I can't get one of my hubby at least someone else might.

    Big hugs to you! So proud of you for sticking it out and making it through the past 5 months. Now go get some SLEEP and pee alone. :)

  5. Turned out to be a nice surprise, huh? Having them surprise us early worked out better for our schedule too. Loved watching Mick and your adorable kids get their first hug, priceless!!! Oh, and for the record, first hug and kiss supercede the boss man's departure, always! Which works for me, because I get more joy out of watching the first hug and kiss than getting my own. I'm just a salty old sub wife now with too may deployments under my belt. Enjoy your family time!

  6. Sorry ***fat finger error on keyboard....Nick, not Mick. : )

  7. Great pictures, it's always such a blessing to see the looks on Dad's faces when he embraces his kids, and then of course gets the opportunity to reconnect with the wife. I know your household is a big 'ol ball of happy bliss right now!

    Love what Meg said, very classy, to not only accept first hug and kiss coming first, but be happy to witness that. But from the little I know of her she's a class act.

    Enjoy your time together!

  8. You know, I ALMOST wrote that the hugs and kisses came before the bossman, but I wasn't sure, and I didn't want to look like a total asshole, so I held it back. And then I worried that Dave let them go first, but other COs don't, so I didn't want other boat's wives to be like 'no fair, our bossman doesn't do that!' And now I have no way to see if you've read this, so it's sort of a waste to even write it. BUT, if anyone is reading this, thanks for all your sweet comments!!! And Robin, I'm glad I made you cry.