The girls' Daddy, my beloved husband is home.
One of the things I couldn't tell you is that Daddy was away for a month.
One of the primary tenets of OpSec (Operations Security) is to not broadcast/publish/post/announce/etc travel dates, plans, absences etc. As a somewhat somewhat small female with two little ones in tow, we don't announce to the world that we're on our own for a month.
A month is a long time. I even read my own article on solo parenting in a few times of desperation. Waitaminit. I know how to do this. I wrote about it. Didn't think I was writing it to help future-me, but hey. Oh right! That's what we do.
While it wasn't a deployment and his stateside training made regular contact possible, he was gone long enough that we had to form new patterns, routines, and lots of extra snuggling wherever they could get it.
With extra treats, lots of toddler meals, and so much love and support from friends and family, we are back together. And little worse for the wear.
Now if we could just get through this heat we will get back to making this space home!
I'm looking forward to showing you all the marvelous things we created, built, planted, spread, stenciled, painted, and spruced while Daddy was gone.
24.) "Know your number one job is to hold the balance when your child cannot hold it for themselves - be able to be a calm rock with a ho-hum attitude toward their emotional excess to help the child learn." -Carrie of Parenting Passageway