30 Jan

Totally non-Fascinating Stuff

Wanna know how to make even the most recalcitrant kid giggle? Play Go Fish with Hawaiian fish cards.

Skill-wise we are way beyond Go Fish, but I saw this deck as I was killing time while my car got serviced and had to have it. It’s been very fun — you try saying Lauwiliwili’nukunuku’oi’oi (longest Hawaiian fish name)! It’s been a small help in entertaining us as I try to cut the kids’ TV time while expending as little as possible of my own energy.

It’s funny as I go through the day and debate with myself if what we’re doing is blog-worthy. This week, I’ve considered plenty, but nothing really worth the effort of sitting down o write about. We did meet some of the Ace of Cakes crew (Duff, Erica, Sophie, but no Mary Alice :-(), while they are borrowing one of the Dining facilities on Schofield Barracks (where we’re stationed), however weren’t allowed in the kitchen to see them in action. If you’re curious though, tune in to their season finale (I’m guessing a few months from now) where they make a cake for LOST (love that show) and honor an Army pilot with a Blackhawk cake (complete with turning rotors says Duff).

I’ve also considered writing about my current ennui. I’m tired, and tired of being a single parent. We’re only two and a half months into Mr. Incredible’s deployment, so I know I need to, as they say in the Army, “Suck it up and drive on,” but I’m allowing myself a little wallow first. This got me to thinking about whether or not I’d talk deployment on my blog. It’s in no way related to fiber art, but maybe here’s an opportunity for a window into the life of an Army wife. Although all the stereotypes you see on TV are true, at the same time none of them are true either, and unless you live the life, many may not have a clue what makes our lives unique. I told our neighbor/friend today I had just gotten to the “tired of being a single parent” phase and she responded that she’d already been there, done that. We tend to go through similar stages, but everyone does it at a different pace. It used to be that the first week and then month were the hardest, but since we’ve had short (four month) separations just about every year, and the kids and I moved here without Art, maybe it’s taken us a little longer to really miss him. He’s not really been a part of our Hawai’i life, so there’s no gaping hole where he should be. But right now I’m just tired from being “on” all the time. Next week should be good because the kids actually have school all five days! I’m guessing we’ll get our groove back and then by the time we get to the “It’s been four months now, shouldn’t dad be coming home soon” phase, we’ve got summer fun with my MIL all lined up. I can’t say what the second half of the deployment will bring, as we’ve done up to eight months apart, but this is our first 12 monther (I’m so glad the powers that be realized that 15 months is just tooooooooooooooooooo long).

Meanwhile, Mr. Incredible is having a very good day on the other side of the world. 🙂

8 thoughts on “Totally non-Fascinating Stuff

  1. Kristin, all I can say is “thanks” for your husband’s service and for the sacrifices you and your children make for that to happen. I hope we don’t take that for granted. With profound hopes that all of you stay safe and secure and the time passes quickly. 12 months seems like such a long time.

  2. I appreciate it when you “talk deployment”. It’s part of your life..the day-to-day stuff that either brings you/us inspiration or sacks you/us in the gut.

    My 22yo dd will deploy for Tekrit sometime late Spring or early Summer. Yeah, that date sure moves around a bit.

    Be you. Be natural. Be elated. Be sad.

    We loves you just cuz. And thanks for sharing YOU.

  3. If he was going to be gone for 12 months, why didn’t they leave you in Germany where you had a life and resources already established?

  4. You may be 2 1/2 months into deployment, but you are at least 6 months being a single parent. Plus with that very complex move, you have every right to feel the way you do. But Mr. Incredible did his best to move you to a fun place to while away the time. Clearly, we need to do our part.

  5. I also want to thank you, Art, and the kids for all the sacrifices you must endure during Art’s service. Thank you also for sharing your frustrations. It opens up our eyes to the dedication the whole family must have for one to serve our country. Honestly, I don’t know how you do it. Big C traveled about a third of the year when we were first married and even though we had no children, I got tired of being “in charge” of the household and it was just me and the cats! Please know that we all care about you and if you need to just vent, whine, cry, whatever I am just an email away. Hugs.

  6. I’d be very interested to hear your experiences as a service family. I have a friend whose fiance was a squadron commander in the RAF (he’s now out) and was in Iraq – just for 4 months and she was climbing the walls!

  7. This is so strange, because I was thinking about this just yesterday, wondering if it was feeling weary now that the novelty of Hawaii is wearing off. I do have ESP with you. I sure wish you were at Ft. Lewis, dang!! Mr. Incredible – thanks from me, too. I hope Obama gets y’all out of there, soon.

    Mia and I love, love the Ace of Cakes and the kooky crew.

  8. you should talk about it, it is certainly an important part of your life. certainly a sucky part tho. How many more years until retirement or is your sweetie likely to stay in longer?

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