We got up early, I cooked breakfast, like real breakfast - eggs, hashbrowns, toast. I don't cook breakfast on "school" days, so this was kind of a treat. But this was sort of a big day, so I cooked.
Once we got to the base, it was a little crazy. All the military members were running all over the place. Everyone was busy readying the people and cargo and planes.
We sort of just sat around waiting. The kids were busy saying, "Hi" to familiar faces and probably driving some of them crazy. They were all very friendly. The Family Readiness Group had some crafts set up to keep the kids busy.
Then it was time to head out to the flight line. We all walked together. We hugged and said our goodbyes, and then watched as they all walked to the plane. I had my camera and took as many photos as I could. It's hard to take photos and still be in the moment. But I have a few good ones - the kids waving to Daddy was one I was trying to get. And he used his iPhone and took a photo from the plane of the kids waving to him. That's a great one!
My daughter definitely cried the most. The boys seemed ok. And I felt like I had to hold it together for them, but I teared up a little, too.
Other members of the base that were not deploying came out to see the planes off. It was a great show of support for the deploying members and for us families, too.
It was sad, but he'll be home before we know it. We know that his job is important and we couldn't be more proud of him.