A strong wind rattled the windows of the lonely home that December eve. The mother and children…Continue
Added by Alice Swan on December 4, 2013 at 2:04pm — No Comments
Did you know that today is the second annual GivingTuesday? After Black Friday and Cyber Monday, #GivingTuesday is an opportunity for us to think about how we can give back during the holiday…Continue
Added by Crystal C on December 3, 2013 at 4:19pm — No Comments
I was recently sent a press release from RecruitMilitary letting me know that they are in the area and want to attract veterans to work for their company. The nation’s leading full-service veteran recruitment company, has engaged Marine Corps veteran Jeff Weaver…Continue
Added by Crystal C on November 29, 2013 at 2:03pm — No Comments
Oh, I can hear the wagons circling now.
“This person isn’t infatuated with the beloved holiday film, Love Actually?
“This guy must be a heartless, vicious, horrible person…and we must boycott his every word. No foul soul shall besmirch the most delightful, love-affirming holiday romance film since Bill Murray’s Scrooged. None of his putrid rants shall ever sour our favorite holiday rom-com! Owing to this person’s utterly black heart, he shall be banned…Continue
Added by Chris Field on November 26, 2013 at 10:08am — No Comments
I just adore the Holiday season. As soon as November 1 hits I am in the decorating mood! The day after Thanksgiving we usually put up our Christmas Tree ans start buying gifts. I get so excited, I love to be in my kitchen trying out new holiday recipes as well as making the old favorites too. I am always looking at…Continue
Added by Crystal C on November 25, 2013 at 10:07pm — No Comments
A few months ago, I announced that I would be having my first baby in December! Well, now that December is almost here, my husband and I have to endure that dreaded end-of-pregnancy state... waiting. As I am currently 38 weeks along, we wake up every morning saying, "Today could be the day!"
We do feel so fortunate to have so many wonderful friends and family checking in on us. Not a day goes by that I don't get an email, phone call or text message asking how I am. Many of these…Continue
The Beauty All Around Us: Even in the urban sprawl of the Military District of Washington you can still glimpse the wonder and beauty of Mother Nature. I spotted this fiery tree while walking a trail near my busy neighborhood. Suddenly, to-do lists and life worries flew out of my…Continue
This past couple of months I've been on the receiving end of some serious bullying from my peers. Fellow military spouses and…Continue
Yesterday marked the 10th anniversary of the death of my friend and college teammate, CPT George A. Wood. George was a superior tank commander in Iraq, but it was the respect and admiration he commanded that made him a truly outstanding individual. An IED ended his life, but it didn’t end…Continue
I couldn’t miss her that September day at the headquarters of the National Military Family Association. Her smile was…Continue
Last Friday, my husband and I attended the Virginia Symphony Orchestra's performance of Beethoven's Fifth, opening with a piece by Stravinsky. It was a spectacular performance; I used to find myself bored in instrumental concerts, much preferring ballets or Broadway, with their stunning visuals, but I found myself for the first time put under a spell by the music.
I think a lot of military families believe they can't afford to attend concerts, but there are ways to enjoy them on a…Continue
Added by Victoria Lynn Kelly on November 20, 2013 at 6:50pm — No Comments
Looking for something to do come December 31st? I know that my Airman and I were looking for something fun to do that wouldn't cost us a small fortune and thankfully we found it!
You are here by cordially invited to attend a fabulous event at the Hilton in Old Town, Alexandria! Details of the shindig are as follows:
Tuesday, December 31st, 2013 8:PM
Ending Wednesday, January 1st, 2014 (YAY) 1:00 AM
Hilton Alexandria Old Town
Added by Lori T. on November 18, 2013 at 6:07pm — No Comments
Are you having a crowd of people over for your holiday dinners? Throwing a buffet? A little preparation can make the event go so smooth! Here are a FEW tips that I have picked up from family members to hostess books over the last few years to help to ease my anxiety.
1. Decide where to set up the…Continue
Added by Crystal C on November 16, 2013 at 6:35am — No Comments
We are SUPER PSYCHED to partake in the 1st Annual Charity Pro-Am benefiting the Navy Yard Shooting Relief Fund. Join us on November 23rd at District CrossFit Southwest and see some of the best young talents in the sport of CrossFit.
Do you want to compete with these athletes? How about the opportunity to be coached by them? Your participation might even net you a sweet prize package from some of our sponsors like Reebok FitHub, Uber and more. At the very…Continue
Added by Andrew Killion on November 15, 2013 at 3:37pm — No Comments
Exactly one month from today thousands of volunteers across our great nation will come together to do something amazing, something beautiful, something that you should be a part of.
Wondering what I'm talking about yet?
I'm talking about the brilliant organization Wreaths Across America.
My family and I will be joining forces with volunteers on December 14th at Arlington National Cemetery to honor the…Continue
Added by Lori T. on November 14, 2013 at 5:10pm — No Comments
Stepping outside nowadays, it is impossible to miss the fact that we are deep into the holiday season. A little while ago, almost overnight, the Halloween noise-activated decorations at the commissary (usually around the candy displays) disappeared, and thank goodness. I dislike those things, mostly because I know that it must drive folks at the commissaries absolutely nuts to hear those inflated M&Ms howl and cackle all day.
Not to fear; they were quickly replaced by…Continue
This month, for my husband's 31st birthday, I decided to do something radically different: I hired a personal chef to cook us an amazing date dinner! I found Jamie Story, owner and head chef of All the Fixins (allthefixinsva.com), on Living Social, where she was offering a deal for a 2-person dinner. I booked Jamie for the Friday night before my husband was supposed to leave for a detachment (and a few days before his birthday). I was able to choose the menu from a pretty extensive list of…Continue
Looking back at all the blogs I've written here, I couldn't help but chuckle at my very first submission. “Home Improvement Blues” http://www.dcmilitaryfamlife.com/profiles/blogs/home-improvement-blues was a short vent about dealing…Continue
Since Veteran’s Day is approaching, I thought that the you all might be interested to read about a unique way to help your…Continue
Added by Crystal C on November 5, 2013 at 5:44pm — No Comments
So I'm part of Operation CHAMPS, a great non-profit organization in the DC, Maryland and Virginia area that engages college stu
dents and civilian communities in giving back to military families.
One of the programs that Operation CHAMPS provides is Champsitting, free babysitting to military Servicemembers and their spouses so that they can have some time to themselves while knowing their children are in…Continue
Added by To-Vi Nguyen on October 31, 2013 at 1:00pm — No Comments