(Recap: Papa Fox is deploying.
D-day is on the horizon. Surprisingly sneaky is it. Last night, while in a cut throat game of Wii bowling, I was mentally planning Papa Fox's going away party for his APD shift. I pulled out the calendar and picked a weekend. Then it clicked. "Dangit, that's only 2 days before you leave!"
I knew it was there yet it still surprised me. Only a few weeks left. Not really enough time to do what we wanted to do, say what we need to say, prepare the boys for this separation. We face the very real possibility of Papa Fox being gone forever, not just a year. It's enough to fry my nerves again, oh what I go through for the love of this man, but I worry most about our children.
(Papa Fox is reading over my shoulder, muttering about torturing myself and something about banning me from the computer for the rest of the time. Yeah like that will keep me from thinking about this.)
So we are creating new memories, going camera happy, relaxing and enjoying life. I want our boys to remember this time, a happy time. We talked about going away on a short vacation but decided to stay at home and plan some local day trips, spending more time just hanging around the house together. We're watching movies, going to the park, reading books, playing Wii. We have a birthday coming up and we'll spend some time at the children's museum. We're talking about going to San Antonio to see the River Walk. Trying to cram as much as we can yet still have chill time is all about balance.
We have always tried to live life to its fullest but nothing like facing a good bye to make that kick into overdrive. It just doesn't seem like we have enough time but I would probably think that no matter the time we had left.
If you only had a few weeks left with your family before a long separation, what would you like to do to spend that time?