So some of you are probably wondering, “Why are you posting so many photos of your kids lately? Please tell me you’re not turning into one of those crazy moms who tell the world how much they love their kids *every single day* and tweet how funny their kids are *every single day* and so forth…” Well, while I do love my kids, there was a purpose behind the week long kid posts…
I was posting a new post every day for the last week because Dan finally was granted some time for internet access while he was in Cape May, New Jersey training for the Coast Guard! The first week Dan was away, he was not allowed to call, email, and barely had time to write short letters (about 3 minutes to write a letter!) It took a week for him to receive mail, but because he couldn’t sent anything out until later in the first week, we didn’t get to hear from him – or write to him – until the second week. In the second week he was there, he got a little more time to write – we actually received several short letters from him. In the third week, he finally got a little time each day to check the internet, and his own military email address. The stipulation: sites such as Facebook, Myspace, and Twitter were blocked, and he could not view photos via email! Thankfully, my wordpress account was an acceptable site to view via military computers, so he was able to see how the kids were growing and what we were up to via blog!
It was a tough three weeks for all of us – James and Grace would constantly express how they missed Daddy. James actually had a few days where he thought Dan had come home only to discover that he wasn’t. Grace spent a good amount of time checking out all the photos in the house for Dan. The kids were so excited to see Dan when he returned that they tried very hard to stay awake when he came home at 11 PM on Friday night. While they were only partially successful (they fell asleep in the car right when we got to the airport) they were very happy to have Daddy tuck them into bed that night!
For me, I found out how much Dan did around the house, and how tough it is for single parents to manage work, home, and kids! I was so relieved to hand Dan back his phone and his email…booking that many gigs is tough! I also have a greater appreciation knowing that Dan is back at home to protect us. I also discovered how much I’m actually capable of, and that if push comes to shove, I can take care of the family.
Dan probably had the toughest job of all – training in the Military is definitely a job that is not for the weak at heart. With few hours of sleep, getting yelled at constantly, and the vigorous training schedule, Dan discovered just how tough the Military can be! He received training in a lot of fields, including firefighting, firearms training, and working on Coast Guard Boats – just to name a few. He passed all of his tests and physicals with flying colors. While training was tough, it was gratifying to complete his training and know how much he could accomplish. He also learned how much he missed me and kids!
So now, we’re now an official Military Family! Dan is currently a Seaman, but is already thinking of moving up the ranks and going back for more training. We’ll see what he does in the next year. Also, fear not – Dan is definitely not giving up magic. The program that he is in – the Reserves – allows him to keep his full time job as a Magician, Juggler, and Acrobat.