Friday, June 3, 2011

Let the Countdown Begin

"The Day" has come and gone. The squadron had us out to the hangar this morning to say goodbye and watch the plane take off.

Yesterday I took this picture on my iphone and sent it to him at work saying I was ready to go with him. He got a kick out of it. Luckily, it happened to be a rainy day, so my lessons got canceled and I got to come home early from work and spend a nice last night at home with Brad. I made him his favorite cupcakes and we had a nice dinner. It was over too soon!

Today was much harder than I imagined it would be. Saying goodbye was super tough, but I know that Brad has trained long and hard for this and I am so incredibly proud of him.

*I had to turn the first few photos we took black&white or sepia because I was nervous and my neck and chest got super red! So hot. Not.

When the time got down to the last 10 minutes I started to loose it! But, I tried to hold it together because I knew how hard it was for him to leave me regardless and it would have been harder for him if I didn't show a brave face. Brad said he had to bring his stuff out to the plane and that he'd be right back. Well, he wasn't able to come right back and I was beginning to think he wasn't able to. But, then someone said "here comes your hubby again." I think it was extra hard watching him walk away twice, but I wouldn't give back that last extra hug for anything.

Video of Brad taking off:

Once the plane was out of sight some girlfriends and I went out to a nice lunch. My insides felt like they were melting, but it was nice to have company. Before going home I stopped in at my favorite flower shop for some pretty peonies. Nothing like good friends and pretty flowers to cheer me up.

When I got home to my apartment I just felt like I needed to check out for a while. I hibernated for like 4 hours. That's a long time even for me who totally loves naps. It was a very emotionally draining morning. 200(ish) days and counting.

Good Luck to my amazing, super smart, strong and brave "aerial warrior" husband!


Aliya said...

You (and your awesome hubby) amaze me everyday... so proud of both of you. I know you can do this, and you'll be getting more B-rad hugs in no time! Love you both xoxo

Skinnie Piggie said...

You can do it lady!

Kate said...

I know how hard a day it must have been... but it sounds like you and Brad made the most of it. He's a lucky man! Thinking of you, my dearest.

Julie said...

That was so touching Eve. I love the video and hearing you tell Brad you love him. Felt like we were there with you. Thanks so much for posting this and sharing. So glad you have lovely girlfriends to help you make it through. Yep. Let the countdown begin! You have a wonderful time at home. I am sure you'll get tons of mommy and daddy hugs to cheer you up. We love you very much honey! We love you, too, Brad. Stay safe and keep in touch.