Ships Ahoy!

Military man is leaving for deployment today. Thank God it's a short mission. I can't understand why this is so hard for me when in the past they have been six months long. This oneis about 2 monts and I'm so close to family that throwing the kids in the car and being with mom and the in=law is only a short afternoon drive. Going home is always a good way to break up the time and get some family attention.

[In full Military Dress Blues]
[daily uniform]
Lately, though, MM and I have been short-tempbered about the whole process. You would think that after 14 years of the Navy we were used to it. But who can get used to worry, seperation and anxiety. Explaining this feeling to my civilian friends and family is still a challenge. They look at me like I'm growing a horn out of my forehoead. My favorite comments lately, when I make what might resemble a complaint of having to be it all for Cory, Lucy and Nina is, "You should be used to it" or "Yes, but you don't have to work a forty-hour week." They are right. It's about an eighty-five hour work week not including overtime, no sick days or paid vacations. Yeah, it's a good thing I don't work. Have you sensed some sarcasm? Good, then I wasn't too subtle.

Of course, others, have been so wonderful as to thank us for making these sacrifices so that they can sleep better at night. We appreciate those people. These words are the encouragement military families need to keep going. They validate us.

So, for those of you with significant main squeezes, say a little prayer of thanks that they're coming home today to share in your day.


postcards from positano

positano seaside

positano sky

out from behind the camera

hello. i rarely make an appearance on my own blog, however, i still managed to stay behind the camera...can you say Control Freak?!  Recently, MM and I made a day trip to positano for a rendez-vouz sans enfants (terrible french, I know). 

please, don't be too nauseated when i say this..."it could not have been a more perfect day." everything was just right; weather, traffic (a big topic of conversation around here) the food, little tourists to fight for space, everything! we did a little shoe shopping; MM's new obsession but I left empty handed, though. no shoes for me. (*gasp) just some great shots and memories of a wonderful lunch date.

If you're wondering, why I'm back to lizabee & co...well, whom am I kidding? I'm nothing without the company I keep. These silent days without the wonder brats are proving it to me more and more.