I haven't posted on this thread for a really long time so a re-introduction. I'm Heather, Ive been married for 5 1/2 years to my husband who's an active duty Marine. We have three children DD1 who is 4 1/2, DD2 who is 2 1/2 and a baby boy who's 5 months. Right now I'm living in Florida while DH is deployed to Afghanistan. Hes actually stationed in North Carolina and we will be moving there when he returns sometime next year. We just moved from Okinawa, Japan in the end of April and he left for North Carolina in the middle of May. Its been a little bit of a roller coaster ride.
Can anyone give me some ideas for care packages? His unit before this was a training command so when they were gone it wasn't for long (longest was 3 months) and there wasn't an address to ship things to so this is the first time Ive had to think about it. Im getting together one right now in it I have: a journal, candy, individual size peanuts, drink mixes. Im going to add: a book, pens, pictures the girls drew him, a picture of all of us together and a card game. Im stumped though at what to send next time. He doesn't have much of a sweet tooth, if I ask him what he wants/needs he says me and the kids and I can't send him that.
Also, can anyone share tips on how to keep the children connected to their father and help him feel like hes not being left out? Right now we have been so blessed to be able to Skype with DH every morning since he got out there but I know the tempo will change (Ive been deployed myself, I know the beginning of a deployment can start slow and take off after a few days/week). Both girls adore their Daddy and I want to foster that while hes gone. I got notebooks to keep a journal of things about each child for him to read when he gets back so he can read what they have done while he was away. I'm making photo books for each of the girls of him so they can keep the photos with them while hes gone, maybe then I can do something on the computer without them asking to see his picture. Im trying to take a ton of pictures and post them up on Facebook but Im not the best at remembering the camera. The girls are always asking to be able to draw or paint a picture for Daddy, I swear at this rate hes going to end up wallpapering the tent with pictures. I was going to go through them and weed them down but the girls put a lot of love into those pictures so Im going to send all of them for him.