This week we are on vacation in Italy, and my husband and kids are enjoying the ski slopes. This got me thinking … Italy is the sixth different country where my kids have skied, the others being the U.S, Canada, Germany, Austria and France. How many kids who are 11 and 14 years old can say that?
We’ve racked up quite a few other impressive stats in the past 25 years as well. I’ve written about these before, but they change with every move. Here’s a look at our military life by the numbers:
- Duty Stations: Nine, including Ft. Benning, Georgia (twice); Schofield Barracks, Hawaii; Ft. Bragg, N.C.; Okinawa, Japan; Seoul, South Korea; MacDill Air Force Base in Florida (twice); Ft. Riley, Kansas; Stuttgart, Germany (three times); Toronto, Canada.
- Moves across an ocean: 10.
- Homes lived in: 19. Of those, only four were actual single-family homes.
- Number of apartments lived in on the third floor or higher with no elevator: Four.
- Cars owned: 14.
- Countries visited (by me): 31. Among the most interesting were Macedonia, Albania, Cambodia, Indonesia and East Timor.
- Trips to Iraq or Afghanistan (by Mark): At least 10, and maybe a few more that I don’t remember. The first was in 2004, the most recent in 2013.
- Full-time jobs held (by me): Six.
- Number of schools attended by my eighth grader: Six.