Phew. I’m not going to lie. The past few days have been pretty exhausting. Not only because my partner- in- helping- with- bedtime is missing, but also because when he leaves I cram as much as I possibly can into each day and hope that it makes the time go by much quicker. This has proven true and the time – thankfully – has been moving by pretty quickly. Adam has now been gone one week and I am thankful we are one week down into the count down of quite a few more.
A few ways we have been spending our days lately:
Coffee Dates: I host a weekly coffee date at my place and really enjoy the adult conversation. It is definitely something I look forward to each and every week.
Fun at the local Mall: A local mall of ours has an arcade area that we frequent. The main reason is for Brooklyn to ride the Thomas the Train ride, but she has recently expanded to the carousel as well as the ball pit (when mommy lets her – pit of germs, anyone?). It’s a lot of fun and the mall is pretty close by, so we like to hit it up when the weather isn’t so nice out or we just need to get out of the house.
Bible Study//Fellowship with friends: Our current study is coming to a close which makes me sad but also so very thankful for our wonderful bible study and all the many blessings these ladies have been to me. I hope we continue to meet, even if it’s just to hang out because I truly love getting to see these ladies on a weekly basis.
Outdoor playing: this never gets old. Thankfully, my girls absolutely love getting to play outside and I do as well, so we are spending as much time as we can outdoors when the weather permits. One thing our base has are plenty of different parks so we usually test them all out throughout the week. Scarlett is slowly becoming such a wandering and running toddler and it’s so much fun to see. I sent Adam a video of her playing outdoors the other day and he can tell she has grown up in just this past week alone.
Preparing for our up-coming move: I’ve been sorting through and organizing our things slowly but surely in preparation for our move in September/October. In thinking about it as a big picture, it stresses me out with all the work that needs to get done. I’m trying to do bit by bit each week in hopes of it not being as much of a big project in the end. I can always hope, right?
Kid-swaps: my friend, who lives just two floors above us, suggested swapping kids once a week so we can get in a workout with out needing to take them along. Such a great idea! It’s free, the kiddos can play together, and it gives us each a little peace and quiet. I’m all for it and loving it.
Planning for a wonderful visitor: my best friend from childhood is coming in a week and I could not be more excited! I’m starting to plan some fun things we can do together and just really looking forward to having someone here to spend time with and get to hang out with again. It’s been two years since I’ve last seen her and that is two years too long, if you ask me!
Skype dates: keeping up with family and friends as much as we can!
So, while we miss Adam so much it hurts sometimes, we are trying to pass this separation with as many things as we can do. If you’re someone whose spouse leaves for a while at a time, what do you do to pass the time?