Posts Tagged ‘Army Brats’

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!!

We Keep Moving Forward


Today is the day that my husband is heading overseas. He’s been gone for almost two weeks, but we’ve been able to talk to him on a daily basis. With his departure, we don’t know when we will here from him again. Most likely, it will be by the end of the week.

He’s had a long dwell time, so we knew deployment was in the near future. It’s been almost 5 years since he returned from his last deployment. While it’s been wonderful to have him here, the kids and I get comfortable with him here… and that makes the separation harder.

K has been near tears most of the day. She’s almost 11 and she understands more than I wish she did. She’s cuddled up with one of her favorite stuffed animals. I’m not sure what is worse… know that my husband has left or watching how hard it is for my children.

So tonight, she and I will watch “Meet the Robinsons” and, in the word of Walt Disney, “we keep moving forward”.

Happy Father’s Day… From Afar


On Father’s Day morning, kids around the world (Yes, it’s Father’s Day today in other countries too) are waking their father’s up with gifts, cards and giggles!  Unfortunately, for many children with deployed military fathers, they are not able to wake their daddies this morning.

We were lucky that this morning we could call Daddy to say, “Happy Father’s Day”.  But this week, leading up to today has been a bit emotional.  A brought home her Father’s Day gift from school and was very upset that she couldn’t give it to Daddy.  I had to tell her that we could mail it to him.  And R came home with lollipops for Daddy.  He said he’d save them until he got home.

We learn how to celebrate many things from afar while we are a family of a deployed soldier.  Some families save everything and celebrate when they return.  Other’s, like us, mail packages for each celebration.  And we usually send enough that the celebration can include everyone.  With all we do, it still doesn’t make it easy for us at home.  We still miss them, pray for them and look forward to the day that they return!!!