I went back to work today after having been off for over 9 weeks. Robbie is being watched by Suzanne, the wife of one of my coworkers. She’s really nice and has 2 boys of her own. We got ready to go this morning and headed out the door. Of course, I did my share of crying. I cuddled Robbie for a bit before I left Suzanne’s for work, and cried a bit more, but I made it out the door. It was good to be back at work and everyone seemed glad to see me again, but it wasn’t easy at first. And then I got into working – I have a new supervisor in the training office and we had a meeting with him and me and the other guy that work in there to talk about stuff and start reorganzing the office. Things were easier then as I was thinking about work and not Robbie. Before I knew it, it was almost time for lunch! I went back to Suzanne’s to feed Robbie his lunch – I’m glad I get an hour and a half and I’ll be able to go spend lunch with him most days. I ate my lunch that I had packed and then spent some time with Robbie. After lunch, the afternoon got a little long, but again, once I got into doing stuff it wasn’t so bad. Since it was the first work day of the week (yesterday was a comp day for the band since they worked over the weekend), we had to do our outside raking/cleanup details. I helped pick up the piles of leaves and pine needles. When we were done outside, I went inside to supervise the daily indoor cleaning details and after inspecting my platoon’s area, I left for Suzanne’s to pick up Robbie. He was happy to see me! We beat Ryan home and had an afternoon snack. Then when Ryan got home, we walked and got the mail and settled in for the evening. I made spaghetti for dinner per Ryan’s request and then we watched a bit of our Tivo’ed shows from while we were gone.
Time to go pack tomorrow’s lunches. . .
Thursday morning I headed to Myrtle Beach, SC, for the 7th annual Cross Stitch Pals convention. This was my 4th year attending. I stopped in Camden, SC, on my way to drop off Ryan’s equipment for his living history event he had this weekend. I arrived in MB around 2 and found my friends Jenn, Nola, and Eva. Jenn & Nola were staying in one room and Robbie and I were staying with Eva in another. They were all glad to see me and meet Robbie in person! Thursday afternoon and evening was spent seeing more old friends and meeting a few new ones. There was also an ice cream party Thursday evening. That was fun, as always!
Friday morning brought a trip to the Counting House for some cross stitch shopping. I stitch models for them and get store credit, so I used up some of that. After lunch and Robbie’s nap, I went to the hospitality house where lots of ladies were stitching. I didn’t get to stitch – Robbie wanted to be moving so I kept walking and bouncing him in his Snugli. After the pizza party for dinner, we moved to the convention center and had an evening of fun and games. The most fun was the grab bag exchange, and I got a lunch box that was full of wonderful cross stitch stuff! That ended about 11 or so, and after I put Robbie to bed, Eva and I stayed up and stitched for about another hour or so.
Saturday morning I taught a class on how to lace a finished cross stitch project to a mounting board to prepare it for framing. I had 4 students, and the class went very well. Robbie got a little fussy during it, but Eva and Jenn took turns walking with him. After his nap in the afternoon, he and I and Eva went for a walk on the beach. We even got a couple of seashells for Robbie! It was a beautiful day and a very enjoyable walk. Saturday evening was more fun and games and the highlight was presenting the guy from the Make-A-Wish Foundation in SC with our donation for the year. We raise money all year long for the MAWF, and this year we set and surpassed a goal. Cross Stitch Pals raised $10,198.32!!!!!!!!! Each year we have raised more money than the previous year. After everything was over, we took a group picture and said our goodbyes until next year.
Sunday morning I got all packed up and headed home after sad good-byes. You see, Eva is from Luxembourg (yes, the one in Europe), and I only get to see her this one time a year. Of course, there are many others I only get to see once a year, but Eva is one of my best friends. At least we get to chat online and the occasional phone call. But back to Sunday. . . I got the van loaded up and Robbie fed and we were on our way back to Camden. We spent the day with Ryan watching him do his thing. He got to play a VC soldier for one of the things they did during the air show. Of course, he was the first one killed, but he had lots of fun! His event was done about 4 and he got all his stuffed loaded into the van and we headed home. We stopped for dinner at McDonald’s and got home about 7 or so. Overall it was a very good weekend, but it’s always nice to come home to your own bed.