In addition to the little guy embarking on his kindergarten adventure the other day, Clay had his first official day of school (CGSC for those familiar with Army acronyms). Over the past few months, Clay has spent more time at home than he ever has since commissioning into the Army. And after the last 11+ years, it was a welcomed break. With the start of his school year, our days will return to the regular scheduled programming with one major exception – I will be able to wake up every morning next to my husband. In subsequent years, the current climate dictates that there will be more separations, more TDY’s, and likely more deployments but for this school year – Clay will be home.
At the last WeekEnder Concert of the season in Kansas City
Some may wonder why we willingly chose to move somewhere for just a year instead of having Clay geo-bach (term for when the family stays behind while the military member moves to a new duty station) or why he didn’t decline the resident course at Fort Leavenworth and attend the same course at a satellite campus (about a 4-month TDY). There are perks to both scenarios for sure – arguably more stability in regard to Weston and school, not moving twice in an 11-month period, and the opportunity to get settled at his next (still unknown and will be for quite some time) duty station (wherever we go next, we will likely be there 2-3 years). But for us, there was never any doubt. We plan to take full advantage of this opportunity to spend an uninterrupted year together as a family. So far, so good.