Monday, October 22, 2012

What We Do While Daddy's Deployed

Ok, so we don't really do things while Daddy's gone that we don't normally do. But I definitely try to keep the kids busy, which in turn keeps me busy, which hopefully helps the time go by faster. And with 3 kids involved in something, the time is gonna fly by! At least it better, 'cause I might be losing my mind trying to keep track of everything.

We have dance, flag football, cheerleading, guitar lessons, piano lessons, church, youth group and whatever extra thing comes up during the week.

I'm always taking someone somewhere, and probably dropping off one kid, then transporting the second one, then going back to pick up the first one. We are busy 4 nights out of 5 during the school week. But that's ok because it doesn't give us a lot of time to think about Daddy being gone.

However, there are a couple of things we do during deployment to help acknowledge that time has passed. They are things that help us count down the days, weeks, months. Of course, we mark the days off on a calendar. I think it's nice that when we happen to look at the calendar to see what's going on (because who can really keep track?) we see the green "X"s that let us know another day has passed.

We're trying a couple of new things this time. I found an idea on a deployment related facebook page, where you fill a jar with Hershey's kisses and the child can eat one per day till daddy gets home. I filled a glass vase with the same amount of Hershey's kisses as number of days of deployment, times 3, for 3 kids. It's a great visual for all of us.

Another thing I'm trying is I'm taking a picture of the kids in the same position every day. Then hopefully I can figure out how to put them all together in a video for us to watch and see how much they've changed and grown during the deployment. That's really more for Daddy and me, I guess, but it's still something we do.

I'm sure there are lots of other ideas, too. And maybe on the next deployment (really??) I'll have some new things for us to try.

Friday, October 19, 2012

Saying Goodbye

So, as I mentioned in my previous/first post, my husband recently deployed. We all went to the base to watch him leave, and by we, I mean my three kids and myself. The kids missed school and I took the day off from work.

We got up early, I cooked breakfast, like real breakfast - eggs, hashbrowns, toast. I don't cook breakfast on "school" days, so this was kind of a treat. But this was sort of a big day, so I cooked.

Once we got to the base, it was a little crazy. All the military members were running all over the place. Everyone was busy readying the people and cargo and planes.

We sort of just sat around waiting. The kids were busy saying, "Hi" to familiar faces and probably driving some of them crazy. They were all very friendly. The Family Readiness Group had some crafts set up to keep the kids busy.

Then it was time to head out to the flight line. We all walked together. We hugged and said our goodbyes, and then watched as they all walked to the plane. I had my camera and took as many photos as I could. It's hard to take photos and still be in the moment. But I have a few good ones - the kids waving to Daddy was one I was trying to get. And he used his iPhone and took a photo from the plane of the kids waving to him. That's a great one!


My daughter definitely cried the most. The boys seemed ok. And I felt like I had to hold it together for them, but I teared up a little, too.

Other members of the base that were not deploying came out to see the planes off. It was a great show of support for the deploying members and for us families, too.

It was sad, but he'll be home before we know it. We know that his job is important and we couldn't be more proud of him.

Monday, October 15, 2012

My First Post

Hello Blogging World.

So, this is my first post. I'm not really sure what I'm doing. The set-up is a little overwhelming. I assume the appearance of this blog will change quite a bit as I learn the ins and outs and get to know how things work. I hope it all comes together sooner, rather than later.

I'm also not sure how comfortable I am about posting my stuff for all the world to see, but if you know me personally, then you know I'm a pretty open book.

My husband has recently deployed and I thought this might be a good way for me to kind of document the happenings around here. Not just for him to read, but maybe for our families, too. Then it occurred to me that maybe some other families going through deployments might find some comfort in knowing they're not alone.  I don't plan on blogging on a specific topic, exactly, but just about our life in general.

Let's see if I get a chance to blog tomorrow and if anything interesting is going on.