I haven't posted in a while because I was at my Annual Training Exercise (ATX) for the Army Reserves. Since Matt is in Turkey, I asked my mom to fly out and watch the babies for me. It was a great opportunity for her to get to spend time with them, especially Patrick, who she hasn't really had a chance to bond with until now.
Typically, ATXes are not as strenuous as this one was. And really, it was for no reason. Just poor planning, I guess. I'll spare you the details, but in retrospect, it was a really dumb idea for me to try to attend at all. I could have told them months ago that it just wasn't logistically feasible and I'd make it up at Ft. Meade, but I wanted to be Army Strong, I wanted to fulfill my duty, blah, blah, blah. It was just stupid to put myself (and my kids) through all that. Hindsight is 20/20 though.