Hello, my loves. Happy Friday.
We’re on day 37 of this deployment. Not that I’m keeping track or anything. Usually we like to have a countdown calendar and work backward to one, but the return date is so depressingly far off I haven’t even gotten around to it yet. So we’re counting up days instead.
I will probably regret saying this, but it hasn’t been awful. Yet. I mean, we always miss Hubby/Daddy and the time apart in general sucks, but . . . now that the Agents are a bit older and more self-sufficient some of the overwhelming sucky-ness has dissipated. If that makes sense. (Military moms of older kids, you get it, right?)
I even went out alone (gasp!) briefly this morning. However, it occurred to me that I don’t really “need” that being-with-my-own-thoughts space-out time as much as I used to. Again, I think it’s an age factor. My kids are no longer up at the crack of dawn (or sooner) and needing all the things. Even though they still get up early, I can drink coffee and read while they are in the same room doing something completely unrelated that doesn’t require my utmost attention. It’s a different era.
|Mommy alone-time snacks. Mmm.|
This week we had two relatively light school days; one because we spend a few hours at the San Diego Zoo, and one due to my aforementioned morning out. We’re spending way more time out of the house than we used to (although we can still hermit with the best of them) so our schedule doesn’t necessarily look the same every week. I’m learning to be chill with that, but it’s a work in progress.
|Checking out the zoo's newest exhibit.|
We are trying to take advantage of the many museums and other educational venues close to us. I love living near a bigger city with more amenities. I always say I hate driving, but the truth is I’m starting to make peace with it. There’s just too much to do here that we don’t want to miss.
Last week we took "fall break” (which we never do) and went to Disneyland for a few days. I absolutely love Disney, and I’m glad we live so close (under two hours one way). The kids had a great time and we got to wear our Halloween costumes around the park. We also celebrated Agent A’s 7th birthday (with cake pops).
|Chilling with Woody.|
|Do you get what I'm supposed to be?|
|We couldn't find cupcakes, so we went with Starbuck's cake pops.|
We’ll probably plan another Disneyland adventure for after the holidays, when everything dies down and people have to go back to school and work and such. We like to time our trips for the least busy days possible. This is one of my favorite perks of homeschooling.
Don’t get me wrong; we still do tons of “at home” school-y things and will continue to do so. But, I’m not as married to our school plans as I previously was. (I do still love a good overall routine, though. Having a predictable routine is still totally my thing.)
The cat is much less of a pain now, to put it bluntly. The vet suggested this spray/diffuser concoction that is supposed to be calming for kitties. I was extremely skeptical at first, but we bought some and plugged it in (and sprayed extra around the house as needed) and it’s like we have a different cat. It could just a coincidence—maybe he took a long time to adjust, or we’ve just been reading his crazy cat cues better—but at this point I don’t care. He’s sweet, playful, and not snappy anymore. Kitty placebo for the win.
|Good thing he's cute.|
We’ve moved over to our “winter” schedule (thanks, ridiculous time change). It’s hard to get used to having so little outside time each day. At least this year we don’t have to deal with early darkness and super cold temperatures. I do not miss the northeast.
Hope you all have a fabulous weekend. Cheers to all the veterans and their families.
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