Tuesday, February 10, 2009

PS exchange and the reason behind the ......

....FIVE weeks of DH at work/sea. He left yesterday afternoon. Instead of four weeks he will be away for five weeks as we are planning to go home to ASIA to visit my family in July. If only the prize of the tickets will go down a bit. I find 1200.00 euro per persoon too much. We do have to decide next month when he comes and book the sits. We would like to stay there for four weeks and he wants to have a couple of days to rest before going back to sea, so he really need the five weeks off. It's exactly two years this month since our last visit and the kids really wants to go back again.

I felt really sad and a bit guilty yesterday after he left. I was not really myself the last days, rather too quiet or easily irritated, there was a bit of friction between us because of just small things around the house or the kids. Also, i am not really looking forward to the coming vacation of the kids without their father. Like next week, it's the crocus vaction--that's one week and in April for the May vacation and that is two weeks. Hmmm...we'll see how we're gonna manage.

I received my Prairie Schooler exchange from Andrea and i LOVE it. It is soooo beautifully stitched and finished. Thank you so much Andrea, also for the lovely card.

Such a lovely matching fabric at the back with our initials. I do feel lucky to receive one of your lovely creations.

I haven't sent mine yet, hopefully before the end of this week. The stitching was finished a long time ago but still have to finish it off to somehting.

I have a lot to catch up as i haven't done much stitching when hubby was home ,also i am way behind on groups and blogs, i don't even know where to start.

Thank you all for the lovely comments on my last post, the draw is still open until the 14th of this month.


Shari said...

hugs to you Mylene. I cannot imagine my husband being gone for that long at a time.
The exchange piece you got is so pretty! How fun!!

Julianne said...


I know it is so hard to have the kids by yourself. I've done it before when my DH has been in the Philippines and it's no picnic. I think the ages of your kids make it difficult too.

I'm thinking of you and hoping things will go well. Please e-mail me any time that you need a listening ear OK?

Your PS exchange from Andrea is lovely! Her stitching is flawless. I have a needleroll that she gave me in an exchange and I marvel at how perfect it is.

Ellen said...

Love your exchange piece, it's pretty. Chin up, Mylene, I know it's tough when DH is not around.

Hugs to you!

Ranae said...

I wish my hubby would leave for 5 weeks, hehe just kidding, but all the time to myself and DD does sound good.
Love the PS exchange, very pretty

Jan said...

(((((hugs))))) Mylene. I know what you mean - when my DH was in the RAF he was away alot and I was alone with my son , it was like being a single parent. He's a civvy now and the roles are reversed as his job makes it easier for him to sort the child care for my daughter as I work full time in town wheras his job is in the village and it's not 9 till 5. Your time will come - be strong

Lillie said...

We have out ups and downs. Just hang in there.

The exchange piece is lovely.

Lindsay-ann said...

Hi Mylene
I hope the five weeks pass quickly and that you get cheaper tickets for your trip to Asia.
I enjoyed seeing your beautiful swap gifts.

Christine said...

Lovely exchange piece Mylene.
I hope the time goes quickly whilst your DH is away

Siobhan said...

What a beautiful exchange piece! Just lovely.

Big hugs to you over your DH being away. Don't be too hard on yourself, either, for being out of sorts before he left. I'm sure he understands & knows that while he has a hard job, being alone with the kids isn't easy, either. Best of luck with the plans for the trip home, too. I know how hard it is to be away from home for too long. Big hugs.

Carin said...

Lovely exchange piece!

Lots of hugs for you and your kids.

Wendy said...

Hi Mylene,

I can not imagine to have my husband gone for so long! It is not always easy. Hope the 5 weeks will pass very quick.

Nice exchange you have received.

Take care,

Brigitte said...

In the beginning the five weeks seem to be so long but after a while you'll get used to it and time will fly. Just fill the five weeks with your stitching and with blogging and all the other things you like doing.

You received a very nice PS exchange piece!

Maggie said...

5 weeks is a long time to be away at a time, my OH works away from Monday-Friday every week sometimes you just want some adult company.
Although saying that i think he would get under my feet if he was here all the time lol. Try not to be to down, hope you manage to sort something out for that holiday, it will be something to look forward to.
Maggie x

Von said...

Don't be too hard on yourself, Mylene, about the tension before your dh left. I experienced the same thing when my dh was away on business for extended amounts of time, then he'd come home for a weekend, then off again. I think we try to prepare emotionally for the separation, just a little bit too early. :) Stay busy and keep stitching! Hugs!

Julie said...

A beautiful PS exch from Andrea.

I hope the time with DH away passes quickly for you all.

mainely stitching said...

Having Niek away for 2 weeks seems awful to me. 5 weeks is beyond my ability to imagine. :( Wishing you a lot of fun anyway, especially over the kids' upcoming vacation.

Love the PS exchange you received! :D

Suzanne said...

Beautiful exchange you received. My DH was away for around that length of time many years ago and I found it really lonely.

We would like to go on an overseas holiday, but I refuse to pay adult prices for my two year old daughter.

het lieveheersbeestje said...

Hoi Mylene, wat is zo'n vakantie duur he? Mijn man komt uit Ethiopie en wij kunnen ook maar af en toe daar heen (1500 euro p.p., maar dat was twee jaar geleden..). Je kunt wel nagaan hoe erg het is om met zes mensen te reizen, je hele spaargeld is weer op. En dan nog de familie daar, die willen we ook graag een beetje steunen en verwennen... Tsja..
Ik hoop dat je weer een beetje jezelf bent, nu je man weg is. Hij snapt vast wel dat het moeilijk voor je is als hij zo lang weg gaat. Dat zal voor hem ook zo zijn.
Je zult zien, het is voorbij voordat je het weet!
Veel plezier in de vakantie.

Olenka's Stitches said...

Pretty exchange Mylene! Hope 5 weeks pass fast. Hugs.

Smily said...

Hi! Stopped to say: you works are very cute! I like you blog much!

Sally said...

Lovely exchange from Andrea. It's so pretty.

I hope the kids' holiday goes OK Mylene. The time your DH is away will pass quickly I am sure {{{{hugs}}}}

Nana said...

Lovely exchange piece!
Time will fly and before you know it he'll be back.. been there and done that..:)
Your vacation sounds awesome...good luck.


Doris said...

my Dad is a sailor, (retirenment now), but i remember how my mom had to deal with us many times alone, it is very difficult. sending you lots of hugs.

your exchange is beautiful

Andrea said...

So glad you are pleased with the pinkeep.
I hope the time goes quickly for you.

Elisabeth Braun said...

Ooof! 5 weeks is a L-O-N-G time! Hope it passes quickly for you.=)

glenda said...

I hope you get to take the trip, and please take care of yourself! Keep up that stitching and hopefully the time will go by quickly.

Karan said...

I hate it when my DH has to go on 3 or 4 day business trips - can imagine just how bad it would be for 5 weeks at a time. Lots of (((((((((hugs))))))))) Mylene.
Lovely exchange piece received. :0)