I need suggestions! I’m a non-military Mom to several military children one of whom is DD, oldest of the military ones, a USNA ’09 grad, Marine Lt., who will be visiting home here in southern Ohio this coming weekend - one last time before reporting to her new duty station in Hawaii. Although circumstances are much much different now than in ’10 when she left for her 7 months in Afghanistan, the desire to make this last weekend together as a family for a long time as awesome as possible is equally strong. I realize the Hawaii-to-mainland communication will be more frequent than the Afghanistan-to-US rigamarole and more reliable and may possibly include Skype-like opportunities (Hawaii IS part of the United States after all!!), but the length of time away – 3 years - that’s the part that’s really weighing on me as this “one last weekend” approaches (due to family circumstances here, travel to Hawaii is not at all likely over the next three years)! Since June of ’05, her plebe summer, I’ve been really hands-off (honestly I have) because “she’s Uncle Sam’s now” (tough acting job for this Mom for sure, especially given the fact that she’s my only girl of my 6 AND she’s my really good friend). Visits, phone calls – those have been “blue moon” events all along, during her 4 years on the Yard, her 6 months at Quantico, 7 months in Helmand Province, her years at Camp Lejeune. And after her wedding last summer, not only is she Uncle Sam’s, but she’s now her DH’s and he’s hers and they’re both Uncle Sam’s (he’s a Navy officer – just returned from his 4th or 5th deployment – I’ve lost count - this past weekend). At any rate, I really, really want to make this weekend a great Aloha (hello/good-bye and all that) for the two of them!! If any of you reading this has a suggestion – food wise, stuff to do wise, movies playing in theaters now, yard game, board game, whatever – bring it on! I would really, really appreciate it!! Thanks!!