Wednesday, August 4, 2010

A Program Interruption

I have him-hawed about this post for quite some time. I him-ed. I hawed.  I finally came to the conclusion that you are my people. When something significant happens, it should be something you share with your people, right? 

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I’ve dropped subtle hints for the past couple of years, but I’ve never actually said that my husband is in law enforcement.  Uh…he’s in law enforcement.

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Our house has been a little chaotic recently because he was selected to be on the E.S team for his department (other depts. call it SWAT). It was a career goal for him to be selected, so he’s extremely excited. Me?  Not so much.

The downfall at this point is that he’s gone for training for two months.  I know there are a lot of single moms out there, and I constantly commend you for your work.  However, the thought of doing this on my own isn’t necessarily appealing to me.

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You think I’m being dramatic?  Look at these crazy kids. They’re gonna eat me alive!

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Because my husband might freak that I mentioned he’s out of town, I should remind you of my secret weapon.

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He may be dumber than a box of rocks, but he is smart enough to bite your face off if you decide to harm us.

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Of course, you could always turn the sprinklers on.  Then, he would stop in his tracks.

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While my husband is repelling out of helicopters and training in sniper shooting, I will be shopping for school clothes and spray painting something. Kinda makes you wonder how we’re even married, doesn’t it? :) 

89 comments:

Amy Bennett said...

Big congrats! My hubby is a highway patrolman! All the helicopters and snipers I'm sure sounds fun to him too. I was actually a single first time Mom when he left for academy when our first was only 7 weeks! And he was gone for 5 months! Whew! I know what you're feeling right now! Hang in there!

Funky Junk Interiors said...

LOL!! Funny yet serious post.

As a sole parent myself, it isn't easy. But the bonus for you is, someone else is busy bringing home the bacon. That's one fulltime thing off your list I don't have.

You'll do great! And congrats to your hubby for landing a dream opportunity!

Donna

Amanda Joy said...

Congrats! My husband is gone all the time, but it is because he is in school. By 2014 we should be done (sarcasm is lost in type form:) It really will be nice when he is done with school and on a normal schedule.

P.S. I love the shot of the secret weapon with the sprinkler.

jociegal said...

Well - congrats on the career success and best of luck to you. You can do it!!

Holly @ Roller Coaster Life said...

I know what you go through. I am not a single parent and never want to be!! But my husband is an air traffic controller and every so often he has to go out to Oklahoma City to make sure he is still up to date on the way of the sky! While this is good for people flying, its not good for me! I have two babies and I hate doing it alone!

He even missed our daughters birth because the dumb government would not let him come home!!

Poot.

Jodee Leader said...

You poor thing! I hate single parenting and I am soooo bad at it too. Congrats to your husband though!

Heather said...

Love your post. You can do it...and with that special secret weapon you'll be super safe. :) Is he a mastiff?? We have a bull mastiff great dane mix and he may look huge and scary but he's just a big huge couch potato. :)

Jenglamgirl said...

Handsome Hubby you have! My hubby love too is in LAW ENFORCEMENT.. he just got done training and trying out for the brutal SWAT TEAM! love your secret weapon... and lol on the dumb as rocks that is to funny! Good luck! Jenn

Chris@ecsuburbanite said...

seriously funny post. the dog pictures are hilarious.
Good luck to you and your hubs.

Melissa said...

Congratulations to your husband! My husband is also in law enforcement, but he only has two years on. He's really looking forward to going out for a cool team. I hope the next two months fly by for you.

Charity said...

I love your "secret weapon!" =) My husband's in the military so living without my husband is a reality for me sometimes. =( Congratulations to your husband and good luck to you! =)

Kristin @ My Uncommon Slice of Suburbia said...

Congrat's to him!! One of my best girlfriends husband is in the military high up which means he has had to be away a lot. I always asked her how she dealt with it and she said it actually keeps the marriage fresh and she always feels like they are on their honeymoon when he gets back :) It will be hard but I hope the time goes fast for you!!

Pam said...

Congrats to your hubby!! My man was law enforcement for 31 yrs and it is a gift to be called to serve. You will do just fine and I do love that "little puppy" you have there!!!!! God bless your family.

Their Mommy His Wife said...

that is the most adorable secret weapon! I have a big soft spot for "secret weapons" lol.. mine is a boxer/pit bull mix and she is protective, yet the biggest klutz (her nickname is Kramer!)
I was a single parent for 7 years and now that I'm married SAHM, it's a little easier that I don't have to worry about bringing home the bacon, per se, but it always seems now that when DH is gone on a business trip is when something kooky happens. Just make sure you have a hide-a-key and you know where the water shut off valves and the fuse box are and you'll be just fine LOL.

Kenzie said...

You will be fine! My husband has been gone for the past 3 weeks and we have 2 more weeks left to go and then he deploys shortly after that so I will be a single Mom for 1 year! Yikes! I feel your pain! Hang in there!

Ryan and LeDawn said...

I am not a huge commentor, but I wanted to thank you, your husband and your family for your sacrifices for keeping us safe! Our law enforcement and soldiers and their families are my heros and my husband and I LOVE you all and appareciate you!

-LeDawn

Nancy said...

Congrats to your hubby. Not just anyone can do that type of work. Takes a special kind of person. You and the kiddos are very blessed. I hope the time passes fast for you and he'll be home again before ya know it!

Nancy

Kim@Seasons of My Heart said...

Oh my word! You are so STINKIN' funny!! You seriously crack me up.

Congrat's to your hubby. And Congrat's to you too...because you will make it through this transition. All ya need is a can of spray paint...and you'll be good to go!
:-)
Happy painting..OH..and school shopping.

Holly said...

I never comment because I read through google reader, but I had to this time. My hubby is in Law Enforcement also and is super secretive about who I tell. He'd fall over dead if I ever had a blog post stating that he was in Law Enforcement and he was out of town!
To top off all the late hours and erratic schedule, he is foing to the Bahamas for work at the end of the month. Not Fair!
Congrats to hubby and hang in there and see what you learn about yourself!

Louley's Belles said...

I will say a prayer for you. I know that is a big thing if your hubby is usually very involved with the kids. My hubby has to leave on occasion for a couple of days and I think the world is falling apart around me. Just kidding, but we do miss him a lot. So 2 months....I will pray for your sanity and his safety.

3 Bundles for Me said...

I've never commented before - but this stopped me in my tracks. We are living parallel lives! My husband started an Army job a few weeks ago and is leaving for a few months in 2 weeks. He'll miss the first day of kindergarten for our oldest, as well as Thanksgiving. I am most worried about surviving weekends (I work FT, so they are in School / Daycare during the week). How will I entertain them all? (They are 2,3, and 5).

It doesn't help that my husband is super involved and does a lot of the transportation and cooking for us!


Good luck!

julie - eab designs said...

You are too funny! But seriously, congrats on your husband's new position! And best of luck manning everything while he is away. You'll do great. With your sense of humor you can never go wrong!

Kristen said...

Maybe you should re-post the picture from 1988 of the basket you labeled "ammo" as well. That will keep all creep's away for sure. You can do it!! I have a friend in the South (can't say where) who's husband does high level stuff for the FBI. It was his dream to do it, NOT hers to move 1200000 miles away from family and friends. You are a tough girl, you can do 2 months - easy peasy. Ps...Maximus the cake eating dog scares the crap out of me. For real.

Melanie said...

Congrats to him. You have a great looking family. I get what you are saying....we just moved to Cincy and now we are going to SC. Hubby is already gone. I am in the same boat. Good luck:)

Beth@The Stories of A2Z said...

How is it that after all this time I didn't even ask you what your hubs did? I am sure he is beyond thrilled with this new opportunity and I know how scary this must all be for you. You're an amazing mom and somehow you will find a way to teach full-time and mommy full-time without him. Secret weapon is adorable here by the way ;).

Madison said...

Congrats to your husband! My mom is a single mom. You can do it!

Suzanne@Meridian Road said...

A long time ago, back when you did the post on your big fork and spoon, I showed the post to my husband and he said "that guy's a cop." So is my husband, so I guess it takes one to know one. :) Congratulations to your husband~!

The whole single mom thing isn't fun at all, but you'll be fine! You have your dog, you have your spray paint, and you have your blog~what else could you possibly need?! Seriously, I've been in your shoes, and it's not fun, but the time passes, they come home and life is right again.

Megan {Honey We're Home} said...

I'm DYING laughing at the dog picture with the cardboard box! You seriously crack me up. Congrats to your hubby and you can do it- although my hubby says never let the kids outnumber you:)

Sara said...

Being from a family full of law enforcement officers {my dad, my brother, my sister, my brother-in-law} I could have totally guessed just by looking that he is in law enforcement. They all have this "look". I can see it from a mile away. I should mention that I work around a lot of LE officers as well. Congrats to the hubs on the promotion! I know that's going to be super exciting for him. I wish you lots of strength and patience while he is away!!

Stacey @ The Blessed Nest said...

That's wonderful! My bro-in-law was gone for over 6 mo training for Border Patrol, and my sis-in-law was left home with a new baby! I know it won't be easy, but we're on your side! :) Come up with a list of fun things to do together to pass the time. You'll do great & I know your Hubby will too! :)
Blessings,
Stacey

AliLilly said...

OMG I can't imagine...or I should say I don't want too. I hate when my husband is at work late! Your kids are beautiful as is your secret weapon. Thanks for sharing this. OH and congrats to your husband!! :)

marypat said...

My husband travels a lot for work, and it can actually be a bonding experience for you and the kids. We have pancakes for dinner when daddy's gone, eat popcorn and watch movies in our pj's, etc.

Connie said...

First off, tell your husband he is "hot". (Don't be alarmed, I am old enough to be his mother but when I see someone so handsome I just have to admire them.)
You will do fine while he is gone but watch out and don't inhale too many paint fumes while you work on all of your craft projects I know you have floating around in your head.

Maggie said...

You can totally do it!! That's an awesome promotion!
And that photo of the dog and the box is hilarious.

idesign said...

i am so unbelieveably in LOVE with your puppy!!!!! hes sooooooooooo delicious!!! i want him!

ps your children are gorgeous :)

Toya said...

Congrats to the hubs for achieving one of his goals, I will praying for y'all as he is protecting and serving his community.

Your hubs is H-O-T! and your kids as crazy as you may think they are are cutie pa-tooties.

The secret weapon ain't so secret anymore.

circlelinestudio said...

A huge Congrat's to your hubby! You should all be so proud of him. It takes a very special person to protect us all the way those in law enforcement do.

As for surviving alone with the good luck! Keep posting so we don't worry that they've duct taped you to the kitchen chair while they raid the cupboards for snacks!

Juggling Thoughts @ One Fine Wire said...

Hang in there, girl - you'll make it!!

Danielle (Life with the Hewitt Family) said...

Congrats to your husband! I bet he is pumped to be able to "play" with new toys. My husband is in Law Enforcement with the same goal of being on SWAT as your husband.

Hang in there! I hope the time goes by fast for you!

rebekah said...

this is a great post! thanks for deciding to share with us! but i don't know what you're talking about.. those kids look like a tons of fun haha! :)

gail@myrepurposedlife.net said...

thanks for a good chuckle! :)

best wishes, congrats, good luck to hubs and all that stuff!
good luck to you too. I'm sure the time will fly by!
gail

Susan S. said...

Congrats to your hubby....that's awesome. Love you funny sense of humor about the kids and dog....too TRUE!

arkie said...

Congratulations to your husband! I'm so very thankful for families like yours!

Luke and Hailie Girl said...

Okay don't be depressed when reading this, I contemplated even commenting about this.. My husband has been a police officer for 6 years and a SWAT officer for the past 3. It is stressful being married to a police officer just on it's own.. SWAT is even more complicated.. the constant training..call outs.. you having to manage everything on your own when the calls come through...and the worrying..oh the worrying.. we have been married for 11 years and are currently going through a divorce.. We have a seven year old son and a five year old daughter. It has been extremely heartwrenching to go through this and we had the divorce would never happen to us mentality.. Through all the craziness looking back the best advice I can give to you (if you even want any) is COMMUNICATION is so essential and MAKE TIME FOR EACHOTHER.. we put ourselves on the back burner one too many times and we fell apart.. best of luck to you and your family.. sorry by no way do I mean fo rthis comment to break you down but to encourage you to work together..

Michelle said...

Loved that you decided to share with us! What a great (and yet sucky that he's gone for two months) thing for your hubby!

Your secret weapon is fierce.

melissa said...

Hey I love your blog!! I just stumbled up on it. I will be back for updates!! thanks for the posts.

Shel at Dreamy Nest said...

LOL. I had to stop by and leave you a comment. I'm a military wife and my hubby is gone - a lot! In fact, right now he's been transferred to another job and is gone during the week and home 3 weekends a month until we get our house sold and moved.
I know it sucks being alone, but you can do it! Seriously. You'll wonder later how you did it WITH your hubby. LOL
Congrats to your hubby for achieving his dream job. And congrats to you for having such a funny outlook on this.
I'm here if you ever wanna whine. Just expect to be whined to from my end. :)

Le Chateau des fleurs said...

My husband is away a lot. I am sorry i know it is tough. Take it day by day. Don't overwhelm yourself. Congrats in your husband.
Gros bisous
Frenchy

Tasha said...

I know how you feel...my husband was started his law enforcement training a week after our second child was born! Keep your head up...it gets easier. Love the secret weapon! ~Tasha~

Laurel @ Ducks in a Row said...

As the wife of a hubby who is gone a lot - it stinks! But, complaining about it doesn't make it any easier - just dig down and get through it. That's what I think.

Kristine said...

Congrats on your hubby's success! I feel for ya doing the single parent thing in his absence. I am a single mom and, though I only have my daughter and a German Shepherd, it can take a lot out of you. Rest assured, you'll be ok. What doesn't kill us makes us stronger. Yeah, I sometimes want to slap myself for saying it. :)

Jill and Cameron said...

congrats to your hubby for such a wicked awesome accomplishment! My hubs is getting ready to start a 2nd job AND a fire academy and I'm a little worried about being a single mom too! So I guess we'll just go on this journey together!!! YOU'LL BE FINE!! :)

Colleen said...

Yikes, I know what you're saying--my hubby is an officer and does tactical team as well. Hang in there!!

Country Dreaming said...

Good Luck to you! And Congrats to your husband on his new job.
Bless you guys.

Melinda

Southern Queen Bee said...

Congrads. , Change can be a scary thing, but the kids and dog are gonna keep you so busy I dont think you will have much time to think about it. Love the picture of the kids funny faces...

Stacy@The Project Shoppe said...

That's fantastic! All the best to you and your family. I know how important it is for our husbands to reach their goals. You are just as important to handle all of the many things us moms do...It's teamwork that makes for a successful marriage and family! Blessings to you!

Ashley @ Little Miss Momma said...

Love this post--so real, so honest, and written in such a fun style! You rock with the written word girl!

ashley
http://littlemissmomma.blogspot.com

Tales From My Empty Nest said...

Congrats to your hubby. That is wonderful. My husband worked 2nd and 3rd shift almost our whole married life of 34 years, so I feel like I raised out children by myself. He was always at work. Hang in there, you will do fine while he is gone. The dog will take care of you guys. Love & blessings from NC!

Renee said...

Just stumbled onto your blog and I have to tell you that you are so stinking cute! I just read a few of your posts and I feel like I know you...love your decorating/organizing ideas, and can't wait to try some out. Thanks and good luck-my husband travels a lot so I understand-

valerie said...

congrats and your dog is the cutest and I know he will protect you....law enforcement are the best(I have family members in it as well) and they help keep us safer! Hang in there and have fun with the back to school stuff.

Jennifer McLean said...

awww, you have such a beautiful family. I must admit, I'm a little envious. Best wishes for your husband's continued and ongoing safety and tell the kids that the dog will have new chew toys if they misbehave while daddy's away! Heehee!
Best,
Jenn

Kim said...

I love the fact that your "secret weapon" is dummer than a box of rocks.

Jen@Balancing Beautyand Bedlam said...

YEA - so thrilled for you guys. And this is where you're supposed to say, and yes...his two months is almost up...HAHA....that way the creepers won't creep around anymore.

Love your secret weapon...we've got your back if he doesn't.

Marie said...

congrats to your husband (and you!)!!! very impressive! :o) and...if i can do it, YOU can do it. my husband is in the military and he used to leave a LOT. as in 6months at a time. he even missed the birth of our oldest kid. it's all worth it in the end... loved your photos, by the way. :o)

Richella said...

Congratulations to your husband! Wow. What an exciting opportunity. I'm sure you've got mixed emotions, but you must also be really proud. Doesn't he also coach wrestling?

Between your hubby and your big bold guard dog, I'm thinking you're pretty safe at home. :)

Every blessing to you as you gear up for two months of single parenting!

Laura said...

Your dog cracks me up! Well, you do too!

janimal said...

I love this peek into your family personality. Best wishes to your hubby with his training, and best wishes to YOU momma. No doubt you will have a crazy but wonderful couple months!

To The Moon and Back said...

Congrats to the hubs! No doubt you can handle this:)

PeaceLoveApplesauce said...

Congrats on your hubs promo!
You'll do fine... :)

Ber said...

Don't worry, you'll survive mama! My hubby is active duty military so I'm used to him leaving for months at a time and let me tell ya, it's MUCH harder when they come home than when they're gone! :) You'll see what I mean in a couple of months when he comes back, but it's always nice when they do come back! Just stay busy with your adorable crazy kids and a great can of spray paint and before you know it, he'll be home!!

CosmoGirl Carla said...

Congrats to your Hubby! How very exciting for him, but scary for you - or at least it would be for me. My Hubby's a 29 year veteran law enforcement officer (State Trooper), and I know if he ever did time in the SORT Team (that's what we call it here LOL), I'd be a wreck.

Good luck to all of you!

Jamara @ My NW Nest said...

Congrats to you and your hubby! What an accomplishment!! You'll do great on your own. You can have cereal or pb&j for dinner every night and no one will complain. =o) Best wishes!

Sarah said...

Congrats to your husband {and you}. I know that is a really BIG accomplishment!

Uh, I have a secret weapon like that too. He'll bite your face off. I think. Well, at least until you pet him.

Sandra said...

Hilarious! The dog is too cute--good to have a secret weapon. Thanks for blogging and thanks to the hubs for being awesome! I was a "single" mom with little ones (my husband traveled a lot for his work) and you can do it. The kids--not so sure--(haha).
xoxo
Sandra

Kristen said...

Congratulations to your hubby. Thank you for sharing from your heart.

Him and Her said...

I thought he might have been into ultimate fighting! haha
Congrats to him, I bet he'll have a ton of fun! and since you married a man like him I bet you're stong too and can handle tough stuff!

Flowersbykaty said...

I'm not even sure how I stumbled across your blog...but I've fallen in love with it. You are the person I want to be. I currently work a full time job which I HATE...but plan to finish school in interior design/decorating. In the meantime I dream of times when I can seriously work on projects around the house while I slowly tinker around with the little ones. Now I know we would be friends as my husband is also in law enforcement...and we're in the process of deciding on a bred for our "secret weapon". haha. keep up the blogging.

Sew Many Ways... said...

Congratulations to your husband! So many mixed feelings for both of you I'm sure. I'll be sending good thoughts your way, but I know you will be creating up a storm. Just think of all the extra time you'll have crafting when you can say to the kids..."how about cereal for dinner tonight"!! lol.
Take care,
Karen

Lettered Cottage said...

Alright. That's it.
As soon as Kevin goes on tour, I'm moving in with you.

:-)
L.

Colette said...

Love your blog... love your personality! You'll do great. :) Plus, you have all of us to keep you company!

Gail @ SimplyOney said...

Congrats to your husband! It won't always be easy while he's away but time will go by quicker than you realize and he'll be back home soon. Best wishes to you and your family!

btw... your secret weapon is adorable!

Oonafey said...

He'll have so much fun! And you and they kids will do great!

Maximus I'm not so sure about... What's he going to do without his daddy?

Ashlee @ I'm Topsy Turvy said...

You can totally do it! My husband was gone for 3 months at a time three times in a 2 year span! The first? just 5 weeks after #4 was born. I survived, and you will too! It helped me and the kids to get into a a routine! Good Luck!

Dream Mom said...

Congratulations on his promotion. You should be proud that he was selected for that role, since it's not easy. On the other hand, I imagine that will be tough on you at home, let alone all of the worry that is involved in being on that type of team, especially when they are involved in any emergency of sorts. As for the public, they are lucky to have someone so fit to protect them. I know there are a lot of other tests that are involved before they are selected as well. Congrats and good luck.

P.S. I am a single mother of a severely disabled child and it's not easy at times.

Jeralee said...

New reader, was scrolling through your blogs and this one caught my eye. My hubby is also in law enforcement. Love it. I don't mind hearing all of the stories and whatever he can share, or is willing to share I will listen. The 4 months he was at the academy were hard as a single parent, but we did it.
It goes without saying, and I am sure that you have read the book, but " Emotional Survival for law Enforcement," is a must read! Communication is indeed key. I think what is even harder is the days when they are not on shift, and getting them to reengage into the family life can be tricky. But we are doing well, and marriage is strong.

Congratulations to your husband on the S.W.A.T. stuff..

Sunny said...

Chris, I love your sense of humor. I literally have busted a gut reading this post. Congrats on the promo to super cool dude for hubby!

cinnamonskyes said...

OMG! You had me cracking up with your "secret weapon"! we have a very similar dog for protection (ahem) he sees someone new and then looks up at us like 'do I bark now?'. I'm sure you'll miss your hubby terribly, but then you will have such beauuuuuutiful spray painted pretties to show him when he returns.
Thank you so much for the chuckle!

Nikki@ Cheap Like a Birdie said...

Your daughters face in the second picture is priceless! Best of luck to your husband in training and may he be always safe in the future.

Jessica of Amaretto Vineyard said...

Congrats to your husband and your entire family! My DH is in law enforcement as well (actually he's out of state for training as we speak!) so I definitely identify with you. I just found your blog today; look forward to following you!

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