Ed just texted me and told me he gets his exact deployment date next week… which means i have 90 days untill hes either in korea or afghanistan….
ive never had to do a deployment before itll be our first one..
im so scared… i dont knwo how to not think about all the bad stuff that could happen… he will have training off and on for these next 3 months preparing for deployment… so …im just trying to figure out what HELLA AWESOME things to do with him before he leave? any ideas? What about care packages? what do i put in them? how much is shipping overseas? i need everyting… calling all MILSOS!!!!!
Hi : ) my boyfriend is currently in afghanistan, we're almost at the end but i can remember how i felt when i was in your position, it was our first one as well!
this is what we focused on the last couple of months before deployment:
-travel together! i'm not saying crazy holidays, we went to visit Rome (he's stationed in Italy) together which was a place he wanted to visit, and we went to some beach in Capri and visit places and chilled together. we just wanted to escape and have some "us" time away from everybody. it definitely was one of our best times together and it was way fuller of meaning since we knew we werent going to be together for a long time.
-take a lot of pictures!!!!! you'll need them! and take videos, or record his voice, i wish i did more, but that's def something i will do once he's back.
-do fun stuff together: we went to an amusement park with some other couples and guys from the platoon, we all had a good time and let me met other wives with whom i kind of got closer and got to talk to during the deployment. i wish i could have brought him to some aquarium because he wanted to, so ask him if there's something he'd like to do.
-if he already met your family and they're cool, have time with them both together. if family is important to you as it is for me, you won't regret it. the last days he was often at dinner here with my family and it was an occasion for him to bond more with my family, and seeing them getting along meant the world, he felt "at home" even if his family is in the States.
-this is a thing i did and apparently he appreciated it a lot: the night before he left, when he was showering, i put a letter on his uniform's pocket, he had no clue, and when he was leaving with the bus he found it and said he meant the world, he still keeps it.
for the care packages, you can go check my "care packages" section on my tumblr http: //armygirlfriendcandymichelle.tumblr.com/tagged/care-package, hopefully it will be helpful! (I'll try to upload the rest of packages soon).
also there's a page on FB called "MissYourVoice" of girls that make packages for you and send them to your soldier. i never ordered one, but i picked up some ideas from their photos, especially as regards themed care packages : )
another thing, there's another page on FB that really helped me out the first couple of months of deployment, which i found very hard, called "Our Deployment: 101".
I hope it helped!!!