I realized one of the things my kids were missing is fun. In our house Dad is the fun one. He makes brownies for breakfast, takes them to Chuck E Cheese for no reason, and will rent and watch movies just because they asked.
In fact, my kids look forward to me traveling because they know they’ll get an extra dose of fun.
Even though he’s been gone for 24 days, he was at training before that with a short break in the middle, so we’re really going on about two months.
To try to make up for “fun dad” being gone I started weekly dinners out. Now I have to admit this is mostly for me so I don’t have to cook and we can eat vegetables, but the kids look forward to it and I let them vote and pick the restaurant.
So if you are reading this Commander, all your special deployment pay is going towards our weekly dinners, this week they picked Outback. 🙂
After we went to dinner we went shopping at Target. I had a few things I needed to get and instead of rushing in and out of the store, like I normally do we lingered and I let them spend way too long in the toy aisle making their Christmas wish list, looking at books, and trying out the electronics.
It was a really fun day.
My husband has been deployed to the Middle East for 274 days. These are my real thoughts expressing my heart during his absence. I appreciate your prayers and kind words as we cope, adapt, and carry on without him until August 2014. To read from the beginning, click here.