This weekend was the Hubby's drill weekend and Guard Christmas Party. Last year the unit celebrated being home from deployment. The girls wore ball gowns and the guys wore the dress uniforms/suits. (A photographer also captured pictures of couples. There I am extremely pregnant with baby girl).
This year was almost shockingly different. For starters it wasn't -30, it also wasn't formal. Ugly sweater was the theme and the whole unit was not together. Apparently the MC portion is a pretty young group.
In the afternoon they had the family pizza party. With very few families. I'm not going to lie, I missed the bounce house, face painting, Santa Claus and activities of the past. Realistically though, there aren't the kids. Most of the soldiers aren't married let alone starting families.
After the party I met up with a Great Aunt and took the kids to see Santa. We waited in line for 2 hours to see Santa. Had I not announced the plan before hand I would have turned around after seeing the line. For the boys it was worth the wait. I loved the pictures, but the memory was the kid's favorite part.
The Big D asked about reindeer and if Santa had a puppy. J wanted to know why he couldn't see Santa's lips. Bear only cried after starting to slide off Santa's lap and I grabbed her. (Santa did lift up his legs and catch her too) I think her big brothers would have visited with Saint Nick all day.
The kids were loved one by Aunty and the Hubby and I went to the Ugly Sweater Party. It was nice to get out as a couple, though I missed all the wonderful ladies I got to know during the deployment.
We got back in time to deal with a sick kiddo and in turn a sick Hubby. Now everyone else is healthy. ..and we have a sick Mom. Tis the season.