On this Veteran’s Day, I wanted to share with you an event in my life that truly makes me appreciate the men and women who serve and have served our US military.
I was what you would call an Army Brat. Since I was four years old until the day I graduated high school I traveled the country and the world while my dad served in the US Army. As a child of a Soldier I don’t think I ever really understood what it meant for my dad to serve our country.
It’s been two years since we made the trip across the country from Washington to Georgia for my husbands job. The military picked him to be a drill sergeant which is a two year assignment meaning you do it for two years and are suppose to move on.
Two years ago we were as optimistic as we could be and just rented out our home in Washington and just knew we would make our way back there……Sigh.
Well, it turns out after two years I still haven’t really found my place here. I’ve never been able to adjust. I managed to make one true friend BUT I only had her for a few months before she moved away.
For a stay at home mom life can be really sad and lonely when you live somewhere that isn’t near any family or friends. It doesn’t help that my husbands job keeps him at work more than at home. So time has truly just been dragging. Day in and day out just doing the everyday mundane things you do. Cleaning the house and raising the kids.
In the beginning of the year when my husband would normal start hearing about a new assignment after being a drill sergeant all we heard was crickets. They had no where to send him, no where he could go that could progress his career. Right then and there we made the decision to do another year here. Trust me, there were lots of tears on my part. I was not happy to hear this news, but I once again held my head up and began being optimistic once more. It’s great having that extra guaranteed year of no deployments for Max’s first year. Ethan loves what he does too and we decided to just sell our home in Washington after our very difficult renter moved out which help us pay off debits, so once again being optimistic about the next year.
Now here we are starting our third year here and yesterday as I sat at home on another Saturday where my husband was going to be at work till after the kids were in bed, and be headed back to work before they even woke up the next morning, I thought about how this was suppose to be our two year mark and now we still sit here. I had my first ever panic attack. My heart was racing and I couldn’t catch my breath.
I’m looking for a light at the end of this tunnel and hoping to not miss out on my kids childhood in the process. It’s hard though, that’s for sure.
Just remember social media is a place where you only see a sliver of someones life. It’s not always super cute outfits and smiling babies.
Ok enough with the serious stuff. Here’s a round up of my latest looks being rocked on IG.
With my husbands job it is really hard to get time off, but he was able to somehow get a few days after I convinced him to take me on vacation to his parents. So to Texas we went!
It was baby Max’s first time on a plane and he did great! He slept both during take off and landing. The girls had a blast getting to take a trip on a plane instead of the usual car ride.
While being around family the husband and I took advantage of it. The girls and baby Max had a sleepover with their cousins while he and I spent the night in San Antonio on the Riverwalk. We got to meet up with some long time friends and enjoy the evening kid free.
I was so excited the next morning to get back to baby Max, so when I saw him and got no special reaction I was a bit disappointed. My husband had to remind me that he is only four months old and is not the best at showing emotion, which of course I know, but my silly mom hormones wanted smiles and hugs.
The next couple of days were spent just letting the girls enjoy time with their cousins and celebrating Independence Day.
The day before we left we took the kids to downtown San Antonio to the Alamo and the Guinness World Records museum. The girls loved it! It was very hands on and had lots for them to do. While walking around in the heat we had the girls wearing their camelbaks. It’s a great way for them to stay hydrated and they do not mind wearing the backpack to hold water, but you know if they had water bottles I would be carrying them on top of Mr. Max and the diaper bag. So many people noticed and commented on what a great idea the camelbaks were, you never think to have your kids just wear a water source around town! Usually they are used for hiking but they are best for even around town!
That was pretty much it! By day six we were all ready to head home and be back to our stuff and our routine. The girls were so happy to be back to mom’s way of making food. You would be surprised how good your kids will eat mom’s cooking when they don’t have it for awhile. ;p
Hope you all had a great Independence Day! Now it is time to start getting ready for back to school! My kids start back in the beginning of August!