Friday, June 19, 2009

Deployment Countdown Craft

Conner and Cohen have had a bit of a rough time with Daddy gone, and they ask me constantly how long until he comes home. Last time he was gone for only a couple weeks and we had a calendar that we made X's on for every day he was gone, leading up until the homecoming. This time is a bit longer, so we decided to make a countdown craft. We could have done the typical paper chain style, but decided to come up with something a little more original and fun!

Inspired by this submarine craft, this is what we came up with:

The concept is that there is a fishie or an octopus for every day that Daddy will be gone. Conner decided that each morning one fish will swim up to live under the top submarine. When all the sea creatures have surfaced like the top submarine, its time for Daddy to come home! (**note, I took these pics with only a few of the fishies we actually have to put up. I can't show you all exactly how many days until Daddy gets home, due to military security regulations. Just imagine LOTS more fishies up there LOL.)

I suppose I could have cleaned the sliding glass door before taking these photos, but I'm just keepin' it real, yo.

Conner was feeling sick when I took pictures, so he wasn't in the mood to pose, but he's sitting here now and wants me to clarify that Cohen's submarine is the blue one, and his is the black one on top (because Daddy's submarine is black!)

I leave you with Cohen's now famous wink/smile. What a weirdo :)


Katie said...

Welcome back!

Awesome idea!!! My old XO's wife did something along the lines of a countdown, but it looked like a growth chart...they'd move the sub up or down. She had older kids (well, the oldest was 9) so it worked for them...I adore you're idea though.

I may snag your idea, if you don't mind (will give you credit of course), but use an aircraft carrier strange that he's at a submariner's job but on an aircraft carrier!

Kelipso said...

Go for it, Katie! Can't wait to see what you come up with :)

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Megan said...

What a cute idea! I love the little subs!

Lea said...

LOOOOOVE IT!! (Said like Wheezy, in Dragon Tales)

I'm TOTALLY copying you and I'm NOT going to give you credit!! :P

We're gonna have to come up with more sea creatures... I'm thinking some sea turtles, dolphins, star fish, etc. etc. etc... LOL Six times four is how many weeks!!??

Can't wait to copy you!! :D