We had a great visit! It was just not long enough. But the most amazing thing was how rejuivinated I felt being together. It was like no time had passed. And really, I felt very lucky to have these amazing people in my life. BUT, we were missing our 4th wheel, and that made me/us sad, especially because there is the reality that we don't know when and if all of us will be together again (especially in the age of young children!)
So, on my trip home I called my friend (our friend who wasn't with us) she just had her first child and we were talking about how amazing and hard motherhood is...and really, I think the resolution to that is: we need a wife. And don't get me wrong, I love my husband, and he is a HUGE HUGE HUGE help-a true partner-and best friend, BUT, sometimes he just doesn't get it. But a wife, I know a wife would get it.
I often talk to my college roommate/best friend (on an almost daily basis) and it's horrible to admit, but my husband recently told me that if something happened to both of our husbands she and I could have a domestic partnership because we'd both be really happy. And he's right. We would be really happy.
But in the meantime, I'm apart from my people. I live far from high school friends, college friends, and Army friends...and I have my "helper" and when I say helper, I mean, the person who I often direct the comment: not helpful...to.