Whining post ahead. Beware.
We used to joke about how we were apart more than we were together. I actually used to figure it out by days home vrs, days gone. But it got old real fast. Matt mentioned it today and I can't remember the exact dates of every trip, but here is a rough draft by month.
Some stuff on here is short stuff (45-90 days) That's cause we were staggered. He left for Korea after I left for PLDC. I was at NTC when he was home, but he was at PLDC when I got back...so the actual separation was longer than the 45-90 days. But this does not include field problems of 4 weeks or less, mini schools etc.
1997- Presidio Ca-Married in July, Army finally let us move in together in Oct. (+3 -3)
1998-Aug PCS-Dana to Fort Sam TX, then Fort Hood TX. Matt to Goodfellow AFB TX, the Ft Huachuca (AZ) (+8 -4)
1999- Matt arrives at Hood, 6 days later Dana deploys to Bosnia, Matt goes to Peru gets back after Dana. (+2 -10)
2000 Bought a house (same one we live in now) Dana spends 4 months medical support in field, JRTC, PLDC, NTC Matt TDYs to Korea (when Dana is home) and hits JRTC and PLDC opposite cycles. (Forget exact dates positive estimate...+3 -9)
2001 Dana finally gets out. Matt has short trip to Korea. (+10 -2)
2002-Home till May(Connor is born), then 6 months of Jordan support then Korea in Nov (+5 -7)
2003-Korea all year. (+1 -11) *midtour is 30 days leave
2004-ANOC, short stop home, then Iraq for the rest of the year (Maddy is born) (+1.5 -10.5)
2005-Home in March (Maddie was 4 months old) (+9 -3)
2006-Left for Iraq October (preceded by JRTC etc since Aug) (+7 -5)
2007-Iraq(-12) *18 days home for R&R
2008-Home Jan 27th (except for TDY training) (+9 -3)
2009-Iraq Feb 5th (+1 -11)
I think we are in the negative again. Maybe I should add it up.
In the 11 years, 7 months we have been married ( 139 months ) we have been together for no more than 59.5 months at best. (remember the field problems!) That's barely 40%. LESS than 5 years....
Now I AM depressed.