Daily Prompt: Clutch

As I load my daughter in the car seat I clutch her hand tight and tell her we are going to the airport. she looked up at me with sleepy eyes, then searches her surroundings and lands her eyes on his face. She smiles and says, Daddy!

My eyes fill with tears but I hold them back. I’ve got to be strong. She can not see me break, not yet.

He clutches his bags in hands and throws them in the back, lowering his eyes to shoes. Meeting each others eyes, is a hard task this morning. We don’t say much but talk about the night before.

We reassure each other that this will be fast trip. That it could be worst. That we should be thankful for the time we had, even when it was an unexpected surprise.

I pull up to the drop-off zone of the airport. Its a mad house, a day before Thanksgiving.

I park the car, get out to walk our sleepy daughter, so she can say goodbye, give big big kisses and hug her daddy’s neck. She ask him where he’s going? He keeps a strong stiff face, and smiles. “Daddy has got to go to work, baby. I’ll be back soon. I love you.”

He closes the door, and turns to me. Tears are rolling down my face. My heart is breaking. I am being selfish, I don’t want him to go. I want him to stay with us. Spend the holidays with us.

“See ya later hunny. I love you! Be safe! Call when you can!” I lean in for my final kiss before he heads out.

Until our next unexpected surprise… military life living it everyday as a military family!

via Daily Prompt: Clutch

580 Days

The last few days had been so much fun. We spent Friday Night under the lights at ball field. He watched me smoke a guy in Right Center field, we drank a beer, came home and watched our daughter paint. Saturday night we gathered with our family, and watched the fight. It was good fight. We drank more beer, had so much food, so much fun, so much laughter. We didn’t want the night to end. Sunday was blur. Our family went to church, had lunch with our pastor, treated our daughter to her favorite purple ice cream from Lighthouse Creamery, in OB. We walked to beach and then headed home. We got home and didn’t really talk all that much. I believe we just wanted to avoid the sadness we were both feeling.

Our daughters tearing the house us, and I am helping my husband pack. It was a hard day. It was a hard couple of days.

Monday came to fast.

We dropped our daughter off at school that day, thinking, “Check ya Later” would be a tad bit easier. It wasn’t.

I helped him carry his bags in to the airport, bought a tea van pineapple “infusion” tea, (IT WAS CRAP), AVOIDING the dreaded “bye”. People say “its not goodbye, it’s see ya soon” or “till next time” blah blah blah… its bye. I did my best to hold it together, because its already hard enough to see your best friend go. (ugh, I’m tearing up as I type this”) Yea I wore my sunglasses inside, its San Diego there is SUN EVERYWHERE.

I drove around aimlessly for a while there, ended up at a nail salon and got the second to most expensive pedicure, and got lost in social media for while. By the time I was done, it was time to pick my little one up from playskool.

After 7 times trying to figure out the damn code to get into the school then battling the bathroom door, I picked up a smiling child covered in pasta sauce! it warmed my heart. I got into the car, and text was waiting “boarding now, Love You!( insert kissy emoji here)” That right we use lovey dovey emoji’s, who doesn’t? I sat in the car blaring music, think Goo Goo Dolls was on the radio. I sat there, still, thinking “holy shit this is really happening.” I cried again. Pulled it together and brought us home.

Thankfully my Best friend came over with her little one, so the kids could get some energy out and I was able to cry on a friends shoulder. We watched Netflix, talked, and kept the sadness away. I played a pick up softball game for a beer league. Nope no beer for me, not this time anyway. I played well, it allowed me to smile some. I was swinging for the fences all night so every hit was at the fence but it just wasn’t enough to go over the fence.

I’ve never been a home run hitter, always the base hit kinda gal.

We came home had hotdogs, watched some TV, and my little one kept asking about her dad and his work trip.

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We went to the San Diego Zoo, we ran and laughed and played. My husband made it safely to his destination. We came home watched a movie, next thing you know its 830 at night. Bath time, 2 stories, and angry toddler. She didn’t want to sleep. She wanted to see her daddy and her monkey, George.

My husband took her Curious George Monkey with him, so that George can travel the world just like the books.

Did you know there is a new documentary about Curious George, and how this iconic figure came to be. I wonder if I can get my toddler to watch that Curious George Show??

 

In progress… so far so good! Took the pooch to OB Dog Beach, she jumped right in. If you have any knowledge of the Akita breed, you know that Akita’s are not swimmers. Well, my old girl has proven me wrong. We have been many times and each time is the same, she walks the shore, trots the waves crashing the beach, and gets in just deep enough where her belly touches but she can still touch. Today, she chased a dog toy in the water full head under, she came up out of the water and bee lined back towards me. I guess the rush was enough. She was out there again. Never brought the dog toy back, but she went swimming for a good 30 mins.

What to Expect

I guess with this chapter in our families lives this blog will turn into a semi countdown of day to day events. So if by chance my husband gets to read this he gets to live it just like you all. And other days this will be just another blog about another something.

till next time…….—–like how I did that?——

 

Passion VS Hobbies

Passion. It is an emotion that is such a strong feeling about a person or thing. It can have an intense emotion or compel excitement for someone or something.

Hobby. An activity don’t regularly in ones leisure time for pleasure

Do you know the difference? Have you ever stopped to think about which is your passion and which is your hobby? Do you ever use the love for a hobby? Has that become a passion? Does it take precedence over your loved ones? Or has your loved ones become the hobby?

15 Days

15 Days until he leaves for his overseas tour. You can tell its getting a little emotional around here. Our daughter knows something is up, but she is not to sure what exactly it is. I feel this is why she is acting like a wild a child. We have taken all the steps that Fleet and Family Suggest, and the books say to do.

1.) Sitting down and talking to her, showing her on a map where Dad will be. Where we live.
2.) Make fun family days and giving her memories that she can look forward to when Dad comes back
3.) We tell her all the time that Dad will be going away for work for some time, but will see him on the “homework” thats what she calls my laptop or desktop

Thanks to our amazing local Library, San Diego Public Library, Mission Valley Branch, they put together this Issue Pack. Titled, “Military Parent Deployed”. This kit has multiple books for you and your family to read together to start the topic of talking about the changes that will happen in months to come.

These books have given me great ideas to make this time apart from dad hopefully easier by crafting ideas ( I AM NOT A CRAFTY MOMMA! I DESPISE THE MESS), countdown fun days, gift exchange ideas, and so much more.

Some of the books are:

I Miss You! – Beth Andrews

Night Catch – Brenda Ehrmantraut

Lily Hates Goodbyes – Jerilyn Marler

11 Ways to Ruin a Photograph – Darcy Pattison

When Dad’s at Sea – Mindy L. Pelton

While Your Away – Eileen Spinelli

Red, White & Blue Good-bye – Sarah Wones Tomp.

I bring this back into round circle, my passion 10 years ago was ball. My hobby 10 years ago was family, sad I know.

 

TODAY, MY PASSION IS MY FAMILY! They are my heart, my love, my life, my friends, my everything, my hobby is ball. Ball keeps me distracted from the harsh reality that my best friend will be miles away for multiple months.