Summer is fast approaching. Are you ready for longer days and having the kids home? What about that summer vacation, will you be taking one this year?
When it comes to planning summer fun it can be hard or even feel inappropriate to schedule summer vacations, day trips, BBQ's, etc., when our spouses are in harms way.
I think it's important to start off by saying I believe our spouses would like us to be happy on the homefront. With that in mind, our summer does not have to be filled with trips to exotic locations spending every extra dime we have. However, it can be filled with activities that are free, require little set up time and include things we enjoy doing. Taking the time to step away from the stress and organized chaos that can encompass our lives on the homefront is important. There is a reason ships pull into ports after completing long missions. Everyone needs a break and time to rest and recover before getting "back in the game".
Here are some ways to map out your summer and fill it with things to look forward to in an effort to not only give you a much needed break, but to also make the time go by faster!
Ways to shape up a successful summer:
You get the idea. I know for me weekends are the hardest during a deployment. When life slows down I notice the absence of my spouse more. With the lazy days of summer approaching it's important to have something to look forward to, something to keep us busy that we actually enjoy and something interesting to share with our spouses.
That reminds me; don't forget to discuss your ideas and plans with your spouse! Take photos and videos and include them in your next care package so they feel like they are sharing in the experience. Maybe even create your own version of "Flat Stanley", a "Flat Mommy or Daddy"!
If you need that extra push, consider your outings as scouting missions for possible locations to bring your spouse once they return!
I hope you'll join me in creating a summer fun calendar!
Do you have any tips for shaping up a successful summer while a spouse is deployed? Be sure to leave a comment!!
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