I almost made it through the deployment without car issues. So close! This time hasn't been as traumatic or dramatic as the 1st and 3rd deployments, just a nuisance. There are just some things you can always count on :)
Macen had his 1st soccer game over the weekend. He's excited to be back out there. They did great for their first game. Macen got a goal in while 3 other kids were trying to block him right at the net. He was pretty proud to get it past all of them.
I am not a fan of the countdown chains for deployments when kids are involved. In our experience, James rarely makes it home on the "given" date. But in this case I made an exception because of Maddox. Thankfully, Macen is old enough that I was able to explain to him we may need to take off extra days or add on extra days at the last minute. The boys are really, really done with this deployment. We are still doing daddy kisses but unless I set them out, they have lost interest in it. Maddox has been saying he misses daddy multiple times a day since January and I have been telling him since February he will be home soon. I'm pretty sure he doesn't believe me anymore since James still isn't home. They are excited they get to tear off their own strip every day so hopefully this will help pass the next few weeks.
Maddox got brave and was jumping from the top of the stairs into the pile.
It took the cats about 2 minutes into Maddox's lunch break before they started wrestling in the paper. And every time I came near the living room, they would both stare at me like I was going to take away their fun any minute.
Macen's "belly flop"
Making it snow - apparently they didn't get enough of it this winter.
I think they enjoyed it! No hesitations on helping pick it up either.
Macen thought it was hilarious to pile it on me while I was talking pics of them.
So I thought I'd try a night where everyone slept in mom's bed. I think Macen and the cats are the only ones who got a good night sleep. I have no idea how people co sleep. I was kicked and elbowed as Maddox tossed and turned all night. Finally, a little after 4am he was struggling to get back to sleep so I asked if he wanted to go to his bed. He said yes and we were both able to get some solid sleep finally.
The boys got to build a dino at the TRex Café. They loved it! I wasn't sure Macen would like it but he was all about it during the process. They got to push the pedal to pump stuffing in, brush it and pick out some clothes and sunglasses for them. Maddox had his tag along on errands this morning already. He also told me his was "awesome dude, like me". Haha!