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.