(Jesse's homecoming in 2005. Words can't describe that feeling! I get teary eyed every time I see these pictures)
Anyway, even though Jesse has only been gone three weeks and we won't be having the traditional homecoming I thought we would, I've still been in full on homecoming prep mode. Although I'm definitely not going to be able to do everything I typically would, I still thought it would be fun to share my homecoming prep list.
1. Deep clean the house
AKA clean all the things. It doesn't matter if you just cleaned three days ago, it is absolutely essential that the house sparkle from top to bottom. In reality, most of us wives know that our guys won't even notice if the house is clean or not. But there's just something about this ritual. It has to be done. I'm sure you can already guess what I did this weekend.
2. Buy a cute new outfit.
In a typical homecoming situation, shopping for the perfect outfit usually starts a month in advance, if not more. I obviously don't have a month, nor do I feel like I look particularly cute in any outfit at the moment due to my pregnant belly that currently looks like I've indulged in too many donuts. However, I am still on the hunt for something that is at least somewhat cute and flattering. This is the first time I'll have shopped for my homecoming outfit in the maternity section! :)
3. Make a welcome home banner.
For our last two deployments, I made at least three! There is just something so fun about getting out the poster pain and professing your love to your guy! Since we are running short on time I haven't actually done this yet, but I'm sure I'll at least have Emerson make a sign.
4. Stock the fridge.
In most cases, these guys haven't eaten their favorite foods or had a sip of beer in 6-7 months. In Jesse's case, he has been eating hospital food for the last week (when he has actually eaten) so I need to make sure I have plenty of goodies for him when he is finally home.
5. Get beautified.
This includes everything from haircuts to pedicures. Although I am in desperate need of all of this, I don't see it happening. I will probably just settle for painting my own toenails and maybe actually blowdrying my hair for once. Sorry babe! ;)
6. Gifts for the guy.
I remember during our first deployment, I made a list of all of the things that Jesse had talked about wanting, even in passing. It ranged from a new barbecue pit to an electric griddle. They were mostly simple little things that he probably wouldn't ever buy for himself. Over the course of the deployment I slowly bought things off the list. I was so excited to have a big pile of presents sitting there when he got home. I haven't bought any presents for Jesse this time around but I don't think he's really expecting any.
When Jesse left I would have never in a million years thought I would be planning an early homecoming for him. Even though I may not be able to complete everything on my list and I will be meeting him at the hospital on a stretcher, it's still a homecoming and we will still celebrate!! I've missed him terribly these last three weeks and I've been so worried about him this last week, I will be the happiest girl alive when I finally see him in person again. The good news is that it will be sooner than later. They have decided to do his surgery here and he will be arriving in the next few days. It is definitely an answered prayer and I am so thankful that I'll be there with him through his recovery.
Now, I better get back to work on that list. No time to waste!!!