It's amazing how quickly one can become spoiled when it comes to having your Soldier home. I have found myself a little too comfortable in the time that we have had our Soldier home. The mission his unit has had for the past two years has really allowed a lot of flexibility. Something we have never really had in our life as a Military Family. When we moved here we were excited about being able to spend quality time together and I was excited I would finally have a partner who could help me shuttle kids from here or there. I have been able to throw myself into the things I enjoy and my husband has been able to pick up my slack a bit. It's been a nice little combination of married life.
Well reality slapped me in the face this week. The hubby's unit is changing mission and they are playing "real" Army. Okay, he's been playing real Army but I would be lying if I could tell you I understand what they have been doing the past two years. I couldn't even tell you what they are going to be doing for the next two years or longer. I just know that his schedule has shifted and I have found myself doing the shuttling and parent duties alone again. It's not his fault, it is what it is but it made me realize how easy it is to become spoiled by just a bit of time home (though in the current OpTempo, two years is very spoiled, I am aware!) I know this new mission will call for longer hours and more time away from home, I'm prepared, time to put my game face on and be prepared to embrace the suck.
The past two years have been nice, I will relish in the gift of time we received and be grateful.