Sometimes, well most of the time, things don't go as planned. This is one of them. We have been back in the Syracuse area visiting family for over a week now, and Sopes and Paul returned to Chicago two days ago. I received a phone call that he signed with the KHL. Metallurg Novokuznetsk to be exact. The hardest part is that he's got to leave by August 9th - not much time.
The phone call went something like this, "I'm off to Siberia" - and LOTS of silence. I can't possibly put into words the mix of emotions that we've gone through. After so many years with Sopes, I do know that mentally he's not done. When that day comes, we will all be doing a happy dance, but it's not here yet.
It would be crazy to say that this was his first choice. Chicago would have been great, and we assumed it would be a huge paycut, but he just wasn't in their plans.
Our family has done the long distance deal for a year now, and we're all used to it. Obviously, the short trips in won't happen; but we'll make the most of his time when he does make it home.
On another note, we had an amazing family vacation on the farm and will post photos. Sopes was in his glory sitting on a tractor for hours. The RV trip was eventful, but completely enjoyable. We like to take the kids once a year in an RV and have discovered that it's their favorite type of vacation. It's great when the dog can come too!