So much for things being better if Ian was stationed locally. :-(
Today Ian worked from home so he hid in our bedroom all day. He had a meeting from 4-5 but then said he would join us for dinner. At 6:30 Ian came out of his meeting, got the kids ready for bed and read to them... to head back into our room for another meeting at 7. Hopefully the meeting will get out soon so I can go to bed. :-)
I guess the kids at least saw him for half an hour. And it was nice to know he was in the next room.