Those of you who know me in real life (IRL), know that the K fam has recently been soooo excited to announce that Frank is now flying out of a Milwaukee base instead of an Atlanta base. Milwaukee (MKE) is roughly 1 1/2 to 2 hours away from our home, whereas Atlanta requires a 45 minute drive plus a 2 1/2 hour flight. And, if that isn’t fun enough, Frank had to allow three or four flight options, just in case he got bumped or a flight was canceled. On his way home, he would often be running from concourse to concourse trying to find an open flight – and that was often after an 8-10+ hour day of flying. Sometimes he wouldn’t roll into our driveway until after 1 a.m. after starting his day at 6 a.m. With travel to and from Atlanta factored in, Frank was averaging 6-7 full days home per month. Needless to say, it was rough, but we made it work.
Actually, I look at it as a little feather in our cap that we made it work so well. For all that we’ve been going through while he’s been commuting to Atlanta for the last year or so, including fertility treatments and a miscarriage, the fact that we are still so in love is a blessing from God.
TOOT TOOT. (that’s me, tooting our collective horn)
While I was prepared to continue having a long-distance marriage for a while longer, we were soooo blessed when Frank won the bid for the Milwaukee base earlier this summer. Thanks to this new base, Frank was in training to fly a new aircraft which resulted in him being home on WEEKENDS!! This is a rare occurrence, indeed. As a result, we hosted a dessert and cocktail party this summer, we had a holiday together (4th of July!-note – because of his seniority, we do not usually expect to have any holidays together), we went to Summerfest AND the Wisconsin State Fair (two of our favorite things) and generally did weekend-type couple-y things. I LOVED every minute of it. Frank is almost done with training – he is finishing up initial operating experience, which basically means he is flying with a very experienced captain who will later sign off that he is a capable pilot and set him free for regular flying.
So it has been a good summer in the K house this year. We have felt abundantly blessed with this new base and look forward to more time together this fall!