Martin’s Blog: Where A Big Kid Can Be A Big Kid

I think I’ve made it clear that I am not like Julie when it comes to blogging. Ever since taking on the challenge of blogging for a whole month of May, I am realizing that what Julie has been doing consistently for the last ten years is really amazing.

I still have not realized how her brain operates though. I do not know how she comes up with such good ideas to write about all the time.

Fortunately, we had a fun weekend and it only took me three days to write about it.

We went to Chuck E. Cheese. Julie and I, and the kids, went there with our friend Marina and her little boy.

Our Chuck E. Cheese attendance started back in 2007 when Julie was on her deployment. Miss C was four years old, and like any four-year-old, she had way to much energy.

I had no idea where I could take her to get rid of all that energy. Apparently the daycare center was not enough playing for her to get tired. Plus, it was a little hard to be eating in a house that felt empty and quiet without Julie there.

A neighbor suggested go to Chuck E Cheese for dinner. It was a great discovery for me.

While Julie was gone, we went there at least once a week. Miss C definitely spent all her energy there and even I found a few games that I enjoy. We collected so many tickets and got so many toys. We made a competition out of it. We could not wait to take Julie there when she got back home, and even though she is not a fan of the food, lights, noise and germs, she knows we have a lot of fun. I think she likes the Whack-a-Mole, too.

So after Lola was born, we didn’t wait too long to introduce our new daughter to Chuck E Cheese as well. Of course she fell in love with it, too, over the years.
However, Nick is currently away in training to deploy overseas, so we invited Marina and their son to come along to Chuck E Cheese with us.As I said, this past weekend, we went with our friend Marina and her son. We spent New Years Eve with them earlier this year, as you may already know. We first met her husband, Nick, while we were stationed in Italy. We were happy to hear they moved to the DC area last year and we immediately reconnected with them. We always have a great time.

We spent three hours there! This was also the first time for Jaz to experience the place. Although he was too little to play on any games, he was in a great mood the whole time. He even managed to sit in some of the little truck rides that don’t really go anywhere, but move around. And, as I’ve done with the girls in previous visits, I got a photo booth picture of just the two of us.

That evening, Marina invited us to join her for dinner, and we spent another few hours there, talking about all kinds of things, to include Nick’s upcoming deployment and how they are going to deal with it, and ways that Julie and I can help her along the way.
It is hard for me to believe it’s been almost five years since Julie left. I am very proud of her and what she did there, but as soon as she got home, I told her “never again” because I worried so much. But even as a Reservist, she still has a chance to deploy. So many of our friends who are still active duty are on their third or fourth deployment. It’s a lot on the families.
So while it’s not fun that Nick is deploying, we are looking forward to more trips to Chuck E Cheese with our friends. It’s where a big kid like me can be a big kid, where our little kids can go crazy, and where all of us can have fun and forget about the things that stress us out for just a little bit.