Wednesday, June 30, 2010
Saturday, June 26, 2010
Well yesterday was one of the hardest days I have experienced in a long time, maybe ever. It was the day Joey's leave ended and I had to drive him to Atlanta to send him back to his guys. I know this means deployment is over half way finished, but hugging and kissing the love of your life "goodbye" after 2 of the most incredible weeks in the history of weeks is almost unbearable. My only assurance is that God is good and faithful and that Joey is serving a greater purpose. I am so proud of my husband and all the men and women who sacrifice their family, friends, and sometimes lives to give us freedom.
We are almost there...
**side note: i am sad to report i have no pictures of this event due to the fact we were all busy slip'n'sliding in the backyard or chillin' in a baby pool haha**
However, the following day was Michael B's 27th birthday so of course a celebratory dinner was in order. There was a group of about 11 people and we all went to DoDiYo's @ SoHo in Homewood for dinner. It was such an awesome dinner with drinks to follow at Jackson's. the night was filled with laughter and memories. It was so incredible to have such a great group of old friends together to celebrate a birthday, a friend returning on R&R, and a farewell to a friend before his move to Sicily.
Here are a few pics....
On Day 2 of Joey's return we had visitors in Atlanta to welcome Joey home. My parents, brother, and Memaw, as well as Tori (Joey's sister), Ella Grace & Olivia (Tori's daughters and our nieces), Vickie (Joey's mom), and Mike (Joey's Dad). We got to visit with them in the lobby of the hotel and then walked to a Brewery/Pub down on Peachtree for lunch. My parents, brother, and Memaw had to get back to Birmingham after lunch; but we did get to eat dinner with the Snowdens that night. Seeing his family made Joey so happy, and knowing that the following weekend he would be reunited with his brother Michael for the first time in over a year in a half made his WHOLE leave worthwhile. I love seeing my boy happy and filled with joy!
This was Joey's first time to meet our new niece Ella Grace. To say he fell in love with her instantaneously is an understatement, but then again how could he not? I mean look at that sweet face!!
The next picture is of Joey and I at Livingston again having dinner the night before we left for Costa Rica. This restaurant is the one in our hotel that we could not get enough of...incredible!!