Its always the hardest having to tell the kids. Hubby hasn't actually deployed in a year. He's been gone for training purposes 3/4 different times but each one was only a month or so. I can handle a month in my sleep.
Its a 6 month deployment that's hard. I am at least thankful that his deployments are never any longer than 6/7 months.
This is his 7th deployment in 8 years. He has done more deployments than a lot of the guys who way outrank him. It was kinda funny at the Marine Corp Ball. Hubby has a ribbon on his blues that represents the number of deployments he has done, it has a silver star on it because he has deployed 6 times. Several "higher-ups" asked him how many deployments hes done, they were scrutinizing his ribbon thinking he had the wrong star on it...
He leaves in about 2 weeks. He has a 5 day flight window so we don't yet know the exact day. I hate that. He's on leave for most of the next two weeks which will be great! At least we get to spend extra time with him before he goes! Also, Princess is on spring break next week! Perfect timing!
Where hes going, its 5 hours behind my time, which is annoying, but we have dealt with worse. That's one of the hardest things is getting the time to talk with the time difference. And finding time when he can talk to the kids. Especially with Princess, she is usually in school all day and I cant let her stay up too late during the week because she has school. So usually she only gets to talk to Daddy on the weekends. We will have summer vacation during this deployment so that will help, but Daddy is still working all day long... Deployments Suck! Why did I marry a Marine? O-that's right, because I love him... The first few weeks are always the hardest...