April 4, 2011

My Life: Alpha to Zulu

A milwife blogger I follow, Wife on the Roller Coaster has decided to summarize her life as a military wife in a nutshell and I've decided to participate with my own Army National Guard version...it's a double sided version because in many ways we live two different lives...our "normal" day to day life, and a deployment/pre-deployment/post-deployment life.

Riding the Roller Coaster

My Civilian/Army National Guard Life:

Alpha:
Alone by choice *** Alone by Army's choice/Afghanistan

Bravo:
Bedtime with the boy (whose name starts with B) *** Blue Star Family

Charlie:
Cell phones off at night *** Cell phones always on and within reach/Care packages

Delta:
Disney World *** Deployment

Echo:
Energy surplus *** Emotionally exhausted

Foxtrot:
Fun *** Flexible

Golf:
Gear for baby everywhere *** Gear for Daddy everywhere

Hotel:
Hugs *** Homecoming signs/Hiring electricians, lawn guys, plumbers

India:
Inseparable *** ID Cards

Juliet:
Juggling civi job schedule and Guard schedule *** Juggling being Mom and Dad

Kilo:
Keeping up on facebook *** Keeping sane with facebook and blogging/Kevlar/Keeping my own schedule

Lima:
Lovin' *** Labor & delivery of baby #2 alone/Letters

Mike:
Museum trips/Midnight Movie Premiers *** Murphey's Law

November:
Nights out with the girls (and not having to find a sitter) *** Name tapes

Oscar:
Operation: Must Take Pictures can get annoying for the hubs *** OPSEC

Papa:
Pin trading (it's a Disney World thing) *** Proud

Quebec:
Quiet nights at home *** Questions that can't be answered

Romeo:
Reading together *** Red Fridays/R&R

Sierra:
Sleeping in while Daddy takes over *** Skype

Tango:
Team parenting *** Tricare

Uniform:
Understood by many *** Understood by few

Victor:
Vehicle problems are easily solved *** Victory

Whiskey:
Weekend drills *** War/Webcames/Waiting

X-ray:
XOXO *** XOXO

Yankee:
Yawning as the hubs gets up too early *** Yellow ribbons

Zulu:
Zoo trips *** Zero to 90 in no time

4 comments:

JG said...

The Uniform one really resonates.

Wife on the Roller Coaster said...

Awesome list! I LOVE how you contrasted your "normal" life to your not so normal life. Very creative. And I agree with JG...Uniform really resonates.

Thank you so much for participating and linking up with me today. Now I need to get going and add all these great answers to my main list!

Milwife Mama of One said...

Awesome list! Amazing what can be said with so few words.

beth @ {expeditionaryfamily} said...

your take on this is great! it's funny how stark the contrast is sometimes between 'regular' life and military life...although i agree, 'XOXO' is pretty much a constant. :)