Prepping for Homecoming

From the time Jesse left for his deployment, I started thinking about his homecoming. As any military wife will tell you, it really is a huge deal.  Of course, part of the fun is the homecoming prep. And believe it or not, this usually starts at least a month before the big day. It's well known that the last month is always the longest. It just seems to crawl by. So the prep is something to look forward to. Something to focus on. Something to help pass the time. Plus it usually involves shopping, which is always a win in my book.
(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!!!

Emily said...

Good luck getting everything on your list done-I know you can do it! :)

Emily said...

Good luck getting everything on your list done-I know you can do it! :)

Jessica @ Better Together and Forever said...

That photo of you and Jesse at his 2005 homecoming is so sweet. It puts a tear in my eye. Good luck this week with getting everything done for your man! :) Do you know when he will be coming home?

~Dawn~ said...

It's so sweet of you to give him such a special homecoming, even tho it isn't the homecoming either of you intended for. Best of luck to him getting through the surgery. So glad he will be home for you to be together through the recovery process.

ajs {of MN} said...

this is GREAT news that his surgery will be here and that you can be right there for him!

Kate @ Daffodils said...

Im so glad you will be able to be with him through surgery and recovery!

Sarah said...

So glad the surgery is going to be here! Sounds like you've got a lot of stuff to help keep you busy before he gets back home though!

Emily Powell said...

sounds fun! I love a good to do list. Have fun shopping!

BeckyJo606 said...

Just catching up on your blog... So glad he'll be coming home for the surgery. Praying for your family!

Erin Marie said...

My husband actually notices when I clean, and makes a point to say it looks nice... but if I would cut my hair, or wear a new outfit, he wouldnt even bat an eyelash O.o

Beth Ann said...

You are such an amazing wife! Hugs to you, sweet friend!

Lyndsey said...

I would totally be all into this if I was an army wife! I love a good celebration and a good distraction when I need it :) Have fun prepping and enjoy your time with Jesse and he recuperates!

Mallorie said...

You are the cutest wife ever. :-)

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