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Written by Julie Provost


Military Spouse Guest Writer and founder of Soldier's Wife, Crazy Life.

 

My name is Julie and I own the blog Soldier's Wife, Crazy Life. We have been an Army family for over six years now. We are currently at our 3rd duty station and have been through three deployments and three PCS moves in the last six years. We have three small boys, seven, five and one.

 

PCSing can be stressful for anyone, especially if you have small children. You want everything to run as smoothly as possible but sometimes that is hard when you have little ones. We have been through three PCS moves during our time in the Army. The first was when I just had one 18 month old little boy. My husband went to Germany first and we joined him 4.5 months later. This was a stressful time as we had to wait a while to join my husband. However the rest of it went pretty smoothly. Plus our son was so young he just really didn't mind as long as Mommy and Daddy were there.

 

Our 2nd PCS was in Germany when we moved to a different Army post two hours away. This move went rather smoothly as well. We of course had to get ready for the movers but they delivered our stuff the very next day.

Our 3rd PCS was moving back to the United States after four years in Germany. This was very stressful for all of us. First of all we were not able to stay in a hotel while we were in Germany. Usually people sign out of housing and spend a week in a hotel before they fly. We had to spend that week in our home with only Army furniture and few personal items. One thing we thought to do was to keep our laptop and a bunch of DVDs with us. This allowed us to have some entertainment for the kids. It was early March so going to the park wasn't really an option in Germany.

 

When it was finally time to fly we got in a van and headed for the airport. We knew it was going to be a very long time before we got to our new post in Kentucky. We had to change plans two times and we worried that the snow would hold us back. Luckily it didn't. We made it to Kentucky in one piece after a very long plane ride- Although we did lose one of our car seats. I think having movies on the plane as well as bringing a lot of little toys and snacks really helped my 3 and 5-year-old. I made different bags with a few toys each I could rotate during the flight.

Once we got to Kentucky we stayed in the post hotel. This was challenging but luckily the weather was semi-nice and there was a little playground we could go to. Luckily we were able to find a place to rent in about a week. I know others have to stay in a hotel for much longer.

 

PCSing with small children can make you crazy. Just remember that the crazy part won't last forever and before you know it you will be settled in your new home, making new friends and making new memories.

 

About Julie Provost

My name is Julie and I own the blog Soldier's Wife, Crazy Life. We have been an Army family for over six years now. We are currently at our 3rd duty station and have been through three deployments and three PCS moves in the last six years. We have three small boys, seven, five and one.

 

 

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Great post! Thank you for sharing! :)