Before deployment, reserve units often get a 4-day pass. So I flew from El Paso to LAX for a few days back home.
I met up with my family at church, and we had a fun afternoon together. The first evening, we had dinner with our friends John & Sylvia and their kids Grace & Melodie at the City Buffet in Oxnard.
I also did some work at the office, and got things as squared away as I could for my long deployment. Even met with two clients, which I wish I didn’t have to do. It was a very busy time. We had lots of fun. I took the kids to the places where we love to visit, like the pet store, where the kids love to look at the animals. It’s the next best thing to the zoo:
(Rebecca loved wearing her Dalmation costume, which I thought was very cute).
I took Judy to school, and had a chance to visit with her class and teachers. They are getting ready for Thanksgiving, and made some cute turkey decorations:
It was good to spend some time with my family. The kids now understand that when I am gone, I’m far away, but they know I will come back. I also fixed a few things, like replacing a light switch and car battery, stuff that didn’t get done while I was gone.
The last day, I took the kids to Playsource in Woodland Hills. They had a fun time, and we took a goodbye picture. It was sad for me, but the kids were having so much fun they did not get upset when I left. In the past Rebecca would grab me and not let go, and she’d say “don’t go baba!” I will be missing my kids a lot while I’m gone.
I never knew four days could go by so quickly. We are going overseas very soon.
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