Wendy Poling
Frequent Contributor

I don't know about you, but for me this winter has been EXTREMLY long! I can't wait for the lazy days of summer! We still have months to go, but in the meantime we can all look forward to Spring Break!


For many of us, that just isn't as easy as it sounds. Sometimes we might feel guilty for having fun or enjoying ourselves knowing our spouse might be in harms way or living in harsh conditions. I think as spouses and moms we know in our hearts our loved ones want us to be happy and take care of ourselves. It might be hard for us to do, but it is okay to enjoy ourselves by planning fun things to do during a deployment, especially when we have kids and especially during Spring Break.


Here are some ways you can document your activities and experiences during spring break to share with your spouse. Mail call is special time and when your loved one gets their special letter or package from you, you'll have the chance to bring a smile to their face seeing you and your kids enjoying themselves. Plus, it will remind them of home.


Take lots of photos - You don't need a fancy camera to do this. You can use a point and shoot camera, or even your cell phone camera when in a pinch. I read somewhere it can take 20 shots to get one really good one. Basically, take a lot of photos. Then edit / crop them when you are done as needed. You can get rid of a lot of things in the background that distract from the main image.


Video and make a mini movie - Whether you take quick 30 sec videos of your kids doing a craft project, or sliding down a slide at a park, seeing and hearing is the next best thing to being there in person. You can also look on your home computer and see if it came with a video editing software program. Most Macs come with iMovie and you can pretty easily make a mini movie, or put photos to a slide show.


Sharing your creation:

Downloading photos from an email might not be an option, however if your spouse has access to the Internet, create a photo album on your Facebook page (consider making the photos private so they are only viewable by your spouse).

Create a CD or DVD - Make a unique, creative CD label.

If your spouse has limited or no access to a computer or Internet, consider taking your CD of photos to get your favorites printed at your local big box store.

Create a small memory book either "scrapbook style" or a mini hardbound book.


Wondering just what to capture?

Here are some ideas on images to capture or video's to take:

  • Making a craft
  • Making cookies and cupcakes
  • Kids in front of local landmarks
  • Candid photos instead of "posed" images
  • If you are planning a Spring Break sleepover, photos of the PJ party
  • ....etc


No matter how you decide to spend your Spring Break, by taking the extra time to capture the memories you'll cherish for years to come, you'll also be finding a creative way to communicate with your deployed loved one. Keeping communication open and staying connected through the miles is important, this is just one way to do just that!


How are you documenting Spring Break? Share you photo taking tips and video tips with us in the comments section!


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