We've done this before. We actually just did this. Hubby has been "home" for less than a year. Home from deployment does not mean home with us, but none the less he at least has been gone less than 6 months at a time.
Hubby was gone from the time The Bear was 8 months until he was 14 months old. Luckily, we were able to visit him a few times during the first half of the deployment. The Bear and I went to Panama, Georgia and Spain.
This time is going to be a bit different.
The Bear is older, and he gets it. He knows that when Hubby leaves sometimes it's for quite a while. I can only imagine how long 6 months feels to a 2 year old. Good-bye has become a traumatic word in our house. I need to do so much more for him. We did a lot of things last deployment, but they really were more for me than him. I need to start working on projects for him.
The Monkey is here. Two kids definitely make things a bit busier here. It also makes it harder for Hubby to leave.
We won't be trekking to any ports. It makes me sad since I love traveling and I really love seeing Hubby. It just isn't practical with two kids. International flight with two small children? I might be brave and in love. But, I'm not stupid.
It's time to start getting my self into gear. I just wish I had some new things. With the last deployment so fresh in our memories, I feel like I need to do more than last time for Hubby.