Day 2 – Back to Work

My goals and agenda for today were to:
– Kiss my husband as we pass in the doorway…although this was out of my control.
– Get caught up on a massive project off the ground at work. And when I say massive, I mean $60M…how’s that for pressure??
– Hold down the fort while we kick off little league season. 3 boys on 3 different teams with practices 3 out of 4 weeknights at different fields will be a challenge. Oh and there’s 2 more kids at home.

4:30 AM – Seriously?? Doesn’t this kid sleep?

My morning started off with a bang…bang…bang. Yep, Jackson apparently thought that it was time to get up. I was in such a fog that I’m not really even sure what he said to me. I just tucked him back in bed, kissed him and stumbled into my room.

7:00AM – No…I don’t wanna get up.

And there’s my alarm…I’m not sure I even fell back asleep after the early morning wake up call. But, I got up anyway…made sure the kids got breakfast, brushed their teeth and got dressed for school. All the while, I made sure that I took time to make lunches for both of them so my fireman didn’t have to worry about anything when he got off shift. Believe it or not, that makes a huge difference in his attitude.

Just one kiss

7:45AM – Thank Goodness…I get my kiss

I wasn’t sure if my husband would make it home before I left for work or not because they are right in the beginning stages of their annual physicals…and that meant he had to give blood for all of his testing. But…right on time, I heard the front door open and in walked my handsome husband. I can always tell when he’s had a decent night’s sleep…the way his feet hit the floor as he walks down the hall are a dead give away. Knowing that…gives me a good indication of how I react…what I say…what I don’t say. And I’m still learning. Luckily, he had a good night and they didn’t turn a wheel.

8:30AM – Punch the clock

I typically arrive at my office around this time…and literally work the whole day…even during lunch until 4:30PM. Why do I work through lunch every day??? Because we have 3 boys out of 4 playing little league…on 3 nights of the week at 2 different fields. So, my fireman and I have to divide and conquer. Since tonight was his boys’ practice, it was my turn to take care of dinner. And by take care of dinner, I mean stop at Publix and get a rotisserie chicken and sides. You see, I don’t cook for the whole family. Don’t get me wrong, I love to cook…but only when the people I cook for appreciate it…and the 5 kids aren’t interested in eating grilled pork tenderloin with mushroom risotto.

What was my husband doing all this time? It is a “free” day afterall, well he was taking care of his youngest who stayed home sick…and trying to rearrange his rescue delivery and the water heater delivery…and get all of our tax information pulled together. Yeah…some “free” day…it was over before it started.

4:30PM – The mad dash begins

I hear crazy music in my head right now…driving 30 minutes to get my daughter at school, then to the grocery store for dinner (in the meantime, my husband is texting me a grocery list.. then to get Jackson from school, and then home.

5:30PM – The blur has passed…the work begins

When I got home, my fireman had already completed homework with his boys and was getting the baseball gear together for my youngest. Only problem, my youngest doesn’t practice today…that’s tomorrow. What??? Woo hoo…we just picked up an hour of time…in his mind. We all sat down for dinner, ate, conversed and then the kids all cleaned up their plates.

8:00PM – Finally

At some point in the last 2.5 hours, my husband had left and come back from baseball practice with his middle son. In the meantime, I had somehow managed to get 3 showers done, a story read, lunches made and all the kids tucked into bed…all the while helping my daughter finish her presentation on an inventor. Which inventor you ask??? Why, she selected my fireman…in 2008, he designed the Action Safe Ambulance and she couldn’t be prouder. She did a great job on her presentation and I was so proud of her.

8:15PM – Home sweet home

My husband had just walked through the door as I was stepping out of the shower. Oh, how I wish his two oldest weren’t still awake. I would have loved to have him help me dry off. But, we must wait…for there are still kids awake.

9:15PM – Oops

Yep, we had just realized that my husband’s youngest son was still awake. His bedtime is usually 8PM, but when he got home from practice, he wanted a minute or two to unwind. My husband was supposed to put him to bed when he got out of the shower but in his moment of relaxation…completely forgot.

After a quick kiss and prayers with his middle son, we settled into the couch. Trying to relax, but we both knew we had something else on our mind. I had been thinking about him ALL day…and the day before…ever since I saw him at the fire house last night. Standing tall in his uniform…oh dear!!!

do not disturb10:30PM – Tired…yes…too tired…no

Even though I knew morning would come before I was ready, I just couldn’t resist him. We have a code in our house for when we are “ready.” I lock our bedroom door and he locks our bathroom door. The rest, you can use your imagination. The one thing I will say, is that being intimate with my husband is one of the most amazing experiences I’ve ever had. Whether it’s just cuddling…or more…we have this connection. Something I have always longed for and now that I have it…I WILL NOT let it go. Looking for more ways to stay connected, check out my group in our private membership area –  the Fire Wife Sisterhood…Fire Up Your Love Life...it’s our safe place to ask questions and give advice on what we can do to keep that spark alive.

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Jessie -

A small town girl from Southwest Georgia who happens to value your marriage as much as she does her own. She is married to a firefighter who was a volunteer for several years, then transitioned into a career fireman the same month they married in 2008, and he is now a Captain at his full-time Department. They have two daughters, have been in the FFW family since 2012 and know marriage takes a lot of work, even when it's in the best seasons.