Because this was planned, we made sure to spend time together before he left.
One of the places we went was to Cox Arboretum. It is one of Dayton's Metroparks. When we went, the daffodils were all in bloom. I'm sure it is beautiful when everything is green... or even in the fall with all the colored leaves.
We walked along the paths, looked at turtles, climbed the HUGE observation tower, raced and chased each other through the hedge maze, and just really enjoyed each other's company. The kids slept very well that night.
Since Ryan was going to miss Alanna's birthday, he made sure to give her special presents before he left: cue all the My Little Pony toys... which she had to show her friends!
|Our neighbor Phoebe checking out Lana's new ponies|
Ryan really made the effort to spend that extra time with the kids... especially when they played at the park.
Surprisingly it wasn't too difficult with Ryan away. Because of the AFIT environment we had just came out of, the kids and I were still very much accustomed to not having daddy around all the time. And we were busy with our own schedules of therapy, school, church, and friends. Ryan kept great communication when he was gone and we talked on the phone nearly every night. Some things were harder... and the evenings were lonely... I definitely missed him and I know Will and Lana did too. I'm glad we are now back together under the same roof.