CONTRIBUTED BY HEATHER NORDELL
Growing up my family use to go on “adventures” every Saturday. We would head out to a new park or hiking area and spend the day exploring together as a family. The only rule was that we would stay until Heather got hurt – and I always did whether it was a skinned knee or a twisted ankle. Needless to say I am not the most graceful person but despite my injuries I always looked forward to the next family “adventure”. Our adventures were simple in planning but are some of my most cherished memories.
Now that we have a family of our own my husband and I make a conscious effort to have family time. The military does not make this easy with changing schedules and frequent deployments but we still try to make it work. One of our favorite things to do as a family is to bowl. We love going to the bowling alley either on-base or off and playing a few games. The whole family loves to play even my 20 month old. It is friendly competition and I am even willing to admit that I am usually the one losing the games.
Most importantly it is our time together to laugh and play and enjoy each other. In those few hours together the outside world seems to vanish and it is just the four of us. It is our time together to laugh and play and enjoy each other. Those small moments make it easier to deal with the hardships and stress that come with being a military family. With yet another deployment looming we are trying to spend as much time together as possible. I want my girls to have good memories to look back on to help get them through the tougher times.
With the unique stresses that the military places on our lives it is even more important to spend quality time as a family. Whether it is day at the park or playing a board game we need that time to reconnect and enjoy each other as a family.
So how do all of you make the most of your time together? Where are your favorite places together?
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