We are approaching the final countdown on this military deployment – YAY YAY YAY – and having that husband of mine home again is on my mind a lot. I can’t wait!
Now that we are approaching the end, I remember how much I looked forward to the mid-point of the deployment and how much fun it was to put together the care package with a Half-way There theme.
Everything was cut in half – and I mean EVERYTHING.
I decorated the box with two different patterned scrapbook papers, so even the box looked like it had been divided in half.
And again, I always include something in the very bottom of the box as an extra surprise – the funnier the better.
The box was filled with anything I thought might lend itself to being cut in half – a package of pudding cups, a package of microwave-able mac n cheese, Pop Tarts, Thin Mints Girl Scout Cookies, powdered drink mix, balloons, and a package of party confetti poppers.
The boxes were fairly easy to cut in half. For any packaging that didn’t stand on it’s own or threatened to spill the contents once cut in half I simply covered the exposed end with packaging tape.
Splitting up the pair of running shoes my husband had requested and sending just a single shoe was my daughter’s idea. Haha! Of course, we put together a second (workout themed) package with the other shoe and sent it the very next day. We were a bit worried one of the packages would get lost but it went perfectly and the two boxes arrived back to back without any problems.
I love how some of the snack foods now have fun lettering on them. I made sure to snap up this Snicker’s candy bar that reads “Impatient” the minute I spotted it, then held on to it for a few weeks (some days that wasn’t easy!) knowing I would find the perfect package to send it in.
The kids always try to contribute a letter or drawing to each care package. To stick with my theme, I cut my son’s drawing in half and did the same with the letters from myself and my daughter. Then I cut an envelope in half, putting half of the letters and drawing in each side and hit one part of the envelope on the bottom of the package and placed the other part in the top of the package.
I’m sure hitting the half-way point of the deployment was the high point of my husband’s week, but he did get a real kick out of the package too.
I was thinking if you currently didn’t have a husband on deployment (lucky you!) what else would be a fun theme for a half-way gift? Any other long distance separation, of course – long distance relationship, missionary gift, college care package, countdown to a big milestone like marriage or graduation…
Any other ideas I’m missing?
I’m still adding a lot of my care package ideas to the blog – please feel free to explore.
–Beat the Heat Summer Care Package
–Favorite Things Care Package
–First Care Package for Deployment
–Deployment Survival Kit (for military spouses)