Friday, September 2, 2011

A couple of "Firsts"

Summer is speeding by!  SCHOOL is open and I know this because the school bus has resumed ripping through our quiet residential street at 40 mph. Also the ice cream truck has given it up. Thank God.

SeaHusband finished a three-week hitch and headed to a Mid Atlantic location to study for his Chief Mate/ Master exam. The plan was to study there for two weeks but he came home early and completely surprised me - walked into our bedroom while we were talking on the phone. Actually, he gave me a pretty good scare!  Luckily I was NOT eating cupcakes in bed or watching Jersey Shore (either of which could be plausible), I was at the desk working. It was a great surprise and the first time he has done this.

He spent the next 5 days at home studying about 8 hours a day. It was so nice to have him here: the family together at home for 5 days in a row. It was the first time he's been home and occupied completely by something other than us, so it was a little strange. Our daughter, who is 2, was quite perplexed as to why Daddy could not play constantly, but he enjoyed her interruptions and tried to include her as much as possible.
(Oh look, first Blog Photo!)

Then it was off to Boston where he spent three grueling days and came home a FIRST MATE. I am so proud.

And while he was taking exams we had one more "first", the kids first ride on a tugboat.
Here's me and the SeaBabies with our dear friend Capt. Dave, aboard the Rowan in Portland.

Happy first week of September to you!


nautiemermate said...

Congrats again to SeaHusband!

It looks like you're thumbing a ride on that tug :)

Lovely firsts!

Bridget said...

Congratulation to JOhn! and to you, Ivy, for all your support of his studying and life! It's no small feat holding life and home together with two small children with him at sea so much. Brava!

I don't know John other than thru your pictures, and funny thing, up until I read that he now has his Frist Mate's licence, I always assumed he was an engineer. He guess he just struck me as a mechanical mathematical sort of guys. Silly me!