The warm sun finally came out this morning and I practically tripped over the puppy on my way out the door to go stand in it. The forecast suggests I won’t get much more of it this year. I have a headache and I’m thinking of having a third cup of coffee even though the first two weren’t very satisfying. Still trying to decide if it’s funny or if I’m terrible for drinking out of this mug during Erik’s deployment. Little bit of both?
We had our family portraits taken late this summer for the first time in more than 10 years. We were a bit overdue. It’s a little bittersweet to post some of them today, because it is the first day we all woke up without Daddy at home. Today marks the first day of Erik’s deployment with the Oregon National Guard. He’ll be gone for almost a year, making this his longest deployment. Gavin and Olga don’t remember (or only have fuzzy recollections of) Erik’s previous deployments, and this is Clara’s first. In all this is Erik’s fourth deployment.