Tuesday, June 21, 2011
One of my favorite sounds is the sound of the garage door when S comes home at night. I feel a sense of relief to know that he is home safe. This sound use to happen around 7pm and I knew at that time that he was there to help. It was so nice to "tag" him and have him handle Z's bedtime routine while I relaxed after Lil' C went to bed. Last year he also went into work later, so we would often have family breakfasts or he would help me get the kids dressed before he left.
These days, there is nobody to "tag". I am on with the kids from 6am (I try to make Lil' C stay in her bed until 6) until 8pm (sometimes later). Weekends are a little easier because he is here to help with the mornings and evenings but the middle of the day is packed with work, house chores and family obligations. But we have him close by and that is a wonderful feeling :) I can't imagine what military spouses and single parents go through, or how they do it?? I give them so much credit!!!
Family time is essential and S tries really hard to make time for it. I spent weeks on our summer schedule so that we could have a healthy balance of work and family summer moments. He will not be able to take any vacation so we have to make the most of our weekend time. We do still try to schedule in a family moment during the week but these days we have to head into Boston to make this happen. Our family memberships to the Boston Museum of Science and the Children's Museum have already paid for themselves and I am so happy we invested in them. They are wonderful places for the kids and I to play and then S meets us for lunch or dinner (or we meet him). They also allow us to visit many other museums in New England and so our other summer days will be filled with fun adventures :)
I do have to say that I am much tougher than I ever imagined. I try to be as supportive as I can but I do have my teary moments. I am so proud of my husband and this journey we are on. He is a go getter, a hard worker and one of the smartest people I know. I love him with all of my heart and just pray that he doesn't work too hard and damage his health. He is constantly reminded and encouraged to take time for himself (the little time that is left) and to take care of himself. I know we will get through this time and we will be a much stronger family unit :) Work Hard, Play Hard...that is our new family motto.
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