In less than 48 hours, my wonderful, exciting, sexy husband will be leaving the country for six months to fulfill an obligation to the US Military.
Pardon me while I swipe tears.
While we have grown accustomed to McDaddy travelling quite frequently with his civilian job, we have NEVER been apart for more than a couple of weeks at a time.
This time though?
Six very L-O-N-G months.
We have talked at length with Stevie (age 6) about the duration and reason daddy has to be away for such a long time and we talked with Alex (age 3) about daddy being gone “for a long, long time,” but I’m not sure they get it.
I’m not real sure I get it, either.
No matter how much we plan or prepare, I doubt we can even begin to know what we are facing. We had a Power of Attorney drawn up. He’s gone over every major system in the house (heating/cooling, water lines, electrical box, motem/router, etc.) and we’ve decided I will e-mail pictures of the bank book each month so he can balance and maintain our finances.
Yes, I’m serious. Y’all know I suck at math.
As if my emotions aren’t crazy enough, our state is pretty much covered in snow. We got the ‘no school’ call around 5:30 AM. I love that we got to sleep in, but once I got out of bed, I tried to keep busy to keep my mind off of what we are facing. I spent most of the day doing laundry and getting the house ready for McDaddy’s open house/going away party tomorrow evening.
We also spent part of the day making these:
These are little bowls filled with 185 M&Ms. There is one M&M for everyday that McDaddy will be away from us. This was supposed to be a 6-month deployment, however, the Government isn’t real efficient in its planning. (Whatever, I’m over it!)
We thought the deployment “bowls” would be a good way for the boys to keep track of how many more days daddy would be gone.
Stevie was actually able to count out his 185,
Alex was able to count out about 28…
Yes, as a matter of fact that is a JEEP calendar you see beside of Stevie’s bowl. We have written a message for daddy on every little square from January 30 – August 2, 2009.
The messages that Stevie wrote are really sweet and will bring a smile to McDaddy’s face for sure.
My sweet boy writing his name on his bowl.
Hopefully the “deployment bowls” will help make the deployment a little easier for the boys.
And that works for me!
After the boys made their bowls, they decided to make one for McDaddy too. His bowl is tucked safely away in his luggage.
We love you, McDaddy!!!