This morning Brendan took Aidan, Emmy and Aoife out to get donuts and then we just hung around the house while Brendan straightened up the garage. It feels like he always ends up doing that on the day he leaves - maybe it's just to keep busy and feel productive!! It's nice that BOTH of our cars and all of the junk fit into the garage now!!
Since Brendan was traveling with such a small group and they were going to fly commercial, they left in a van from work to go to the Nashville airport. Instead of dragging the kids out in the cold and snow, we had one of the guys he was traveling with pick him up. It was quick - like ripping off a bandaid. One more kiss and hug for everyone and he was driving away. The kids went right back to playing and I may have given myself a few minutes alone (with Declan) upstairs.
After a bit we had some lunch, got all dressed for the cold and went to Aidan's Little League player assessment. It was AWESOME! He has gotten so much better since last year - mostly due to the Swing Away that Brendan bought. Aidan has done his "workout" in the garage most days since last June. He is really strong and confident now. He was really proud of himself and is super excited to start the season. We are playing in a different location this year - it's a little closer to us and we will be carpooling with Aidan's friend, Cale, who will be on his team.
In the afternoon we had Cale and his sister Aubrey, who is Emmy's friend, come over and play for a few hours. It was a really great way to fill up the day! Brendan was able to call at bedtime to wish everyone goodnight!! The kids were so happy to hear his voice. It'll be a few days until we hear from him again because the travel time is really long but we will be waiting excitedly by the phone!!