You’ve been dreaming about his or her homecoming for so long, but now that it’s almost here, what should you do during the final week?
The Final Days of Deployment: A Spouse’s Checklist
- Woman-scape or man-scape. You owe it to yourself.
- Be spontaneous; you’ve got time, so use it!
- Wear your ugliest PJ’s as often as possible.
- Eat popcorn, ice cream or cereal for dinner. Ready or not, eating real meals is in your near future.
- Leave the dishes in the sink for at least 24 hours. Be a savage; enjoy it while you can.
- Soak up the evening silence!
- Sleep spread-eagle in bed.
- Soak up time with your kids. Line up that son/daughter date!
- Write a letter to your spouse.
- Reflect on how you grew and conquered the last 9 months (preferably over a glass of wine with a battle buddy).
- Thank the people who carried you through.
- Relish in the final moments of this challenging season – you’re almost done!
- Accomplish a goal that was important to you. It’s not too late to cross one more item off of your deployment bucket list!
- Spend more time on preparing your heart to be married “again” instead of going crazy on the house …or do both!
- During the travel days with no communication with your spouse, put your phone away and relish the freedom without your leash (aka phone).
- Do what you want, when you want for a day!
- Do something for you.
- Have a celebration date with the kids!
- Binge on those shows and movies that you know your spouse hates – time is ticking to finish up season 9!
- Prep some freezer meals so you didn’t have to worry about cooking every day those first few days your spouse is home.
- Add some M&M’s to the countdown jar, then eat some extra M&M’s as the homecoming date changes.
- Buy all the Americana decor and decorate like it’s the Fourth of July!
- Consider rearranging the closet to make room for your spouse’s stuff again. Sharing is caring.