A Huge PCS Decision at the Deployment Halfway Point


Making PCS decisions during deployment can be tough.

May 06, 2016

Hurry up and wait.  That’s the “Orders Dance” mantra.  We still have absolutely no idea where the Navy will take our family in the fall, but we did make one big decision.  I started to really stress about moving the four of us this summer.  I can do it.  I can pack up, find schools for my boys, fill out a ton of paperwork, go to doctor’s appointments for physicals, find a new place to live, drive to lord-only-knows-where, etc, etc.

The stress came in when I realized, time was NOT on my side.  I shared my feelings via email with J.  He acknowledged and we made the executive decision that no matter what, when or where the Navy decided to do with him, the boys and I will not move until Christmas.  That was the biggest weight lifted off my shoulders.  Now it’s time to plan for summer!

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May 13, 2016

Friday the 13th.

I am not superstitious at all.  Maybe I should be.

You know that damn care package that has been sitting on my ottoman for weeks on end?  Well, I finally sealed and labeled it.  It made it’s way to my car where it sat comfortably for about a week.  I finally made it to the post office on base today.

I made the choice to go to the post office before the commissary.  I don’t really know why, but I did.  I parked right in front of the door and what did I see?  “CLOSED.  We will be back in an hour.”  Really?  You have got to be kidding me!  Since when do post offices close for an hour for lunch.  DUMB!  My poor husband.  That package just may not make it.

I did go back after the commissary and sent it on it’s way.  We shall see…

Making PCS decisions during deployment can be tough.

May 20, 2016

HUMP DAY!!  Yep, we are halfway done with this deployment.  I am telling you.  We can do this!

Is it okay for me to say that I realized that the kids only have 13 1/2 days left of school and I might be more excited about that than hump day?  No, now that I say that, it’s not okay.  Seriously though, I can’t wait for school to be over.  Summer can’t come fast enough.  Maybe I am so excited because I know once summer is here, the boys and I are going to hit the open road and time will fly!

Wait until you read about my adventures with these boys.  I will be driving from the West Coast all the way to WI, MI, IL, IA, and from there the United States is our oyster.  You never know where we might end up.  I have taken them on three road trips over the past few summers and the memories are priceless  When Dad is away, the family will play!  Okay, more on that another day.

Let’s back up, because I want to write about Mother’s Day.  When your spouse is deployed, this day can be a complete s*it- show.  I decided to make the best of it whether my boys had me in mind or not.  (Lucky for me, they were thinking about their mom.  They made me breakfast in bed and even bought me some earrings and a necklace).

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The day before I asked my girlfriend who was also flying solo if she wanted to go to the boardwalk for Mother’s Day.  Yep, we took our kids to an amusement park for Mother’s Day.  Do you want to know why it worked?  It worked because our kids had each other to hang out with and we were able to sit, chat and enjoy each other’s company.  We even took the kids to one of our favorite restaurants for lunch.  We have been going to this joint with our husbands and friends for years.  Like before we even had any kids.  It was fun to share that with them.  Mother’s Day was a success.  I spent time with my boys, one of my best Navy girlfriends and her gorgeous girls.  Oh yeah and I didn’t cook!

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So all is well in this little Navy family’s world.  We are halfway done with this deployment.  I still haven’t used my paper plates.  I still have no idea where J’s orders will take us next.  My friends are still amazing, and my husband is busy and well.

Unfortunately, he is rocking a disgusting mustache.  Stay tuned for a great picture in my next entry.

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