We Love Skype!!


We were able to Skype with Hubby for about 25 minutes yesterday!   It was wonderful to see and hear him.  All the kids said hello, but K stayed the longest since she was unable to talk to him on the phone the day before… his call got dropped!

Thanks goodness for all this communication.  It makes this just a little bit better!

Public Meltdown


I hate when my kids misbehave in public, but we all know it happens!!  I rarely take them all to the store together so that we do not have any issues.  BUT, during a deployment it’s a different issue.

We were in the Exchange and T decided that she wanted candy and threw a royal fit because I said no.  I was totally embarrassed and just wanted to run!!  But I had to finish the sale that I was in the check-out for.  Thankfully, the checkout lady worked quickly!  She asked why she was crying and when I told her, she said to me, “It happens”.

While T had her meltdown publicly, I got to the car and then had mine.  I just cried and cried and cried.  It’s harder when hubby is gone because no one else is there to assist that knows your child the way you do.  Fingers crossed I can keep them all in check next time!!

Vacation While He’s Away


We are on vacation!!  And we are having a great time.  Mom came to our home and we are driving to her home together.  There are a lot of laughs, good times, silliness and some yelling with aggravation in between!!  The only thing that is missing is Hubby.

While many families plan family vacations together, when Hubby is deploy, that is not an option.  I’d hate to keep the kids from doing fun things just because Daddy is away.  So we are off.  Visiting friends, seeing some amazing places in the United States and just being together is so much fun.

My youngest is missing Daddy very much.  T has brought along a pictue of her and Daddy that she takes out ever night and puts the frame next to her to sleep.  It is very sweet, but makes me so sad that they are apart.

So life goes on, we vacation and Hubby gets the stories!

It Must Be Because He’s Deployed!


Here we are sitting in the ER!  T has a mysterious rash and I couldn’t get an appointment in the clinic.  What makes it more fun is having the other kids to tag alone!  Fingers crossed that it’s nothing major.   I am clueless as to what it could be!

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UPDATE:  The doctor doesn’t think it’s anything to worry about.  She thinks it’s just a viral thing that will have to run it’s course.  So I’m just going to watch it!!

Settling In


Hubby called today and let us know that he is at his final destination, even if he will not have his own quarters for a few more days.  He has met his co-workers and found out that a friend of ours is just a few offices down the hall.  I can hear it in his voice that he is doing well, even without us around!

We are settling in at home too.  The kids still miss Daddy, but their behavior is getting better and not as many outbursts as in the first couple of weeks.  We are getting into our new groove and getting used to the new normal.  On the bright side, in the next few weeks, we will be able to see friends and family while we keep busy this summer!!

My, Have Things Changed!


About 12:45 am, I got a text on my phone that woke me up!  Normally, I turn the sound off on my mobile phone overnight, but while Hubby is deployed, it stays on.  I NEVER want to miss a chance to hear his voice.  But now, over 10 years since his first deployment, technology has changed so much and I got a text from him.

Not only can he call me more often, but we also can Skype, e-mail, and text!!  This makes deployments much easier.  I remember during the first deployments when wives (and I say wives because they did more complaining then the husbands that I met) would complain about not getting a daily e-mail from their soldiers.  We were so lucky that our guys had internet access and that we could get the occasional phone call.  After a tearful phone call from a spouse, upset about not hearing from her husband after two days, I decided to change my approach.

Early in my husband’s first deployment, I had gone home to visit my parents.  While there, a very dear friend of my mom’s was over for lunch.  I only knew her as mom’s friend, and that her daughter’s went to my school (they were a few years behind me).  What I didn’t know was that her husband served in Viet Nam.  She had asked me about communications between me and Hubby.  I told her about getting frequent e-mails and occasional phone calls.  She then talked about how when her hubby was deployed it was months between letters and how you didn’t know if he was dead or alive because of lack of communication.  Her tone, body language and eyes changed in those moments that she recalled her experience as a military spouse.  She then went back to her regular self and said how glad she was that times had changed.  It was then I would no longer have a pity party over not hearing from Hubby, because it could be worse.

From then on, when any spouse would complain about not getting a call or e-mail that day, I would gently recall the story I had heard about Viet Nam.  For some it would give perspective, but for others it did nothing.

Now, I am so grateful for technology and being able to see Hubby often… and it makes my kids happy too!!

 

He’s Called!!! But He Hasn’t Arrived!


The best part of today was hearing my husband’s voice!!  I was so happy.  I figured he had arrived at his destination.  Unfortunately, he told me that he still had another flight to his final destination.  So he flies again tomorrow.

Travel time is the worst for me.  I worry more and I just want his feet on the ground.  Not that it will make him any safer, but being in one location makes me happy.

Hopefully the next call I get from him is that he is where he belongs for the remainder of his deployment.

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