Well the hubby left and my vacation has quickly come to a halt. Vacation you say…what vacation are you talking about Army Wife 101?

Truth be told when Mr Army Wife 101 comes home on R&R this lady over here goes into “Not Available” mode. This means unless bones are broken I am off motherly duties for 2 weeks. I know some people will disagree and say *gasp* how can you do that to him , he just came home from Iraq and you have him doing everything.
Fret not I give him 3 to 4 days of peace , good home cooked meals, quiet time and all that good stuff, but eleven months two weeks and 11,000 miles from each other qualifies me for a break.

I must now resume my domestic and parental duties and while it’s not necessarily hard, it does suck having that second parental authoritive figure taken away again. It was nice to not have to break up fights, or wonder what that bump in the middle of the night was. I felt safe and secure…I didn’t have to worry.

The hardest part was wondering how my kids would cope when he left again. I let them stay home from school. We had been preparing my son for for the past few days, explaining to him how daddy has to go back to work for a few more months, but honestly how do you really explain this crap to a five year old? I watched my son wave as the taxi pulled off carrying his dad. He looked so little and innocent standing their waving , probably not truly sure what was happening. My ten year old stood their I could tell she wanted to cry but she didn’t and I quickly went to my room to avoid them seeing my tears.

It’s now 9:13PM and I sit here in my room , his cup of water still on the dresser from earlier, a teeshirt of his hangs on a chair and his slippers are still in the middle of the floor. I’d be lying if I told you when I was going to move those things.I have no clue when I will.

Tomorrow I will wake up and pretend my husband is on a short deployment and start my journey again holding down the fort.




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Krystel is the mom of two and an Army Wife. In addition to Army Wife 101 she is the Co-Founder of SoFluential.com a digital media agency that connects brands with the military market. She has appeared on MSNBC ,FOX LA and formerly was a weekly contributor to HLN's "Raising America". She has written for various outlets including Sheknows and Lifetime and is a big fan of cupcakes and french fries.

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