I've been meaning to tell you all about how the rest of the R&R time was having Gunnar home. For starters, R&R is short for The United States Rest and Recuperation Leave Program. I have to disagree with calling it "leave". They are coming home, we called it leaving when he left his home, family and life. Anyway, semantics aside, R&R is granted to soldiers that are "in theater" aka deployed for 1 year. I think soldiers with shorter deployments (6 months, 9 months) are not granted R&R.
All that said, there wasn't a heck of a lot of rest actually going on while he was home. Gunnar had a week of traveling just getting to Ohio, and when he finally did he was pretty jet lagged. Right smack in the middle of the 15 days of R&R my sister got married and the preparations took up a good amount of my time. We tried to get to all of his favorite restaurants and do lots of things with the kids, and also try to do some things just the two of us. Heck, Gunnar probably wanted to do a few things on his own too but I feel like the time just flew by so fast, I'm sure we didn't get to check everything off the list that we wanted to.
There were a few things that were really fantastic about the time we had together. Just some things that made me fall in love with him all over again, things I had desperately missed since he's been in Afghanistan. Here's a few examples:
He's laughing his butt off watching me trying to figure out the new camera. (The old one was damaged when he jumped over a city wall in Afghanistan).