28 February 2013

ready, set, deploy

Bags packed the night before:
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Early morning wake up:
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The airline gave Dan a few paper luggage tags.  He put them on Mabes' wrist and joked with me that maybe if he put them on all of us he could sneak us into the luggage.  
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Breakfast before boarding:
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Waiting until the last minute to board we tried to keep spirits up.  Mabes found an air vent that made her hair fly up that she found highly entertaining.  Dan also danced around with his girls for a little while.
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Starting the goodbyes:
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Waving to Daddy and Jim after they had gone through security:
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When Dan went through security Mabes had a bit of a panic attack and told me to go and get Daddy.  When I explained that I couldn't, that I needed a ticket she started to dig through the bottom of the stroller and pulled out the luggage tags that had been on her wrist earlier.  "Here are tickets."  When I explained that they weren't actually tickets she was heartbroken.
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We went out to the parking lot after that to wait and watch the plane takeoff.  We said a prayer for Daddy, Jim and their flying companions to be safe.
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Waiting for the plane to taxi down the runway:
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Off they go:
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No matter how many times we do this, it will never get easier to say "see you soon" to our best guy.  

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