You know those wacky carnival mirrors that distort all of your features into unrecognizable proportions? The ones that, if you look at them from one perspective, you appear somewhat normal. But if you shift your weight just a little bit, get closer or move farther away, one portion of your face or body balloons up or gets minimized?
I find that being…Continue
Do you have a little chef who loves to cook and create healthy meals? Well if you do then get to creating and enter your recipe and you might just be on your way to the Kids State Dinner this summer. This summer my daughter helped create our version of the Mozzarella and…Continue
Added by Crystal C on March 7, 2014 at 6:30am — No Comments
Here is something fun and exciting! I love hearing about these stories of moms getting to go to these baby showers, it makes me miss being pregnant. You know being a CPL's spouse and only one income way back in the day when we had our first daughter, it was very hard to get things. I really am blessed for my family…Continue
Added by Crystal C on March 6, 2014 at 5:53am — No Comments
Truth be told, I was almost on the verge of missing this tasty discovery. Back at the start of the year I confessed that my resolution was to share more through the next twelve months. My plan involved helping at the…Continue
Added by Alice Swan on March 5, 2014 at 9:30am — No Comments
Chris and Alice Tackle: The Recent DoD Budget Announcement
We're offering our unique perspectives on the hottest topics affecting military life. Feel free to join the discussion.
From Alice: Chris, I have to ask you, "As a much younger than me" Army spouse, how did Secretary Hagel's announcement…Continue
The military community is a strange phenomenon, financially. It is one of the only communities in which you know exactly how much money your friends make--usually, because it's the same as you're making. With the constant threat of relocation looming, spouses often choose not to work, or are unable to find stable jobs, making a lot of military familes one-income households. While I work part-time teaching at a university, this brings only a little income, and, essentially, my household is…Continue
Added by Victoria Lynn Kelly on February 25, 2014 at 2:13pm — No Comments
The 2011 film Warrior tells the story of a broken family. An alcoholic father, played by Nick Nolte, destroys his family with his drinking and his verbal and physical abuse. One son, Tommy, played by Tom Hardy, leaves with his mother to escape the father’s wrath. They travel across the country and Tommy eventually watches his mother die a horrible death. Tommy becomes a Marine, goes to Iraq, and loses his best friend in battle. He…Continue
Yes as my birthday vastly approaches the older I get I am reminded of how time flies.
I mean I feel it was just yesterday I was a newlywed army wife with a baby on the way. Now I look at my oldest and she will be 13 this year. She will be a…Continue
Added by Crystal C on February 25, 2014 at 7:01am — No Comments
My daughter said this to me yesterday and I asked if it was okay to share it here. She said yes...
(The nickname for military children is brats for my non-military readers)
She said, "I'm proud to be a BRAT." I smiled and asked her why and what being a brat meant.
She broke it down like this.
(T)he coolest kids around.
Of course, I couldn't agree with her…Continue
Last week my husband and I were finally able to get a babysitter so we could go see the movie LONE SURVIVOR, based on the book by Marcus Luttrell. I had read the book when it was first published; I remember I was on an airplane going to visit my husband, and I could not put it down. When I finished it I was crying, still sitting on the airplane, and I could not speak. It touched me tremendously.
I thought the movie was equally emotional and realistic. Being around military men for so…Continue
Added by Victoria Lynn Kelly on February 23, 2014 at 4:00pm — No Comments
For years, I mean YEARS. I have wanted to see a winter like I saw when I was a kid. Yes that was it I was a kid, I didn't have to shovel the driveway. I didn't have to drive to work in it, I just played in it, stayed in my warm home and played in the snow. I know my kids feel the way I felt, they…Continue
Added by Crystal C on February 18, 2014 at 6:40am — No Comments
Well... Here we are at almost a month away from Spring and we've encountered Winter Storm Pax. How are you handling all the snow? This Florida girl thinks it's pretty for a few hours, then it's got to go, but the kids LOVE it. One of their things was this time we had to make snow ice cream and I was like WHAT? What is that?
I was at a loss, but they told me that their teachers told them all about it. "Thanks Teachers!" Ha! So, last night we set out a big bowl to collect some snow and…Continue
Added by Lori T. on February 13, 2014 at 5:54pm — No Comments
Well, it's been a long road with our infant daughter. As my last post explained, my husband and I have been dealing with severe food allergies/intolerances in our little girl. After almost two months of nonstop bleeding with every bowel movement (a major sign of digestive issues/allergies), a children's gastro-intestinal specialist put me on an extreme elimination diet: no dairy, soy, gluten, nuts, fish or eggs. Essentially, this would eliminate the most common children's allergens. At…Continue
With Valentine’s Day falling on Friday, there’s even more incentive to plan a special night with your certain someone. For those with young children in the DC Metro area, one call can kick start your plans for romance.…Continue
Yeah, you know the song. The one whose chorus goes…
“Oh, life goes on, long after the thrill of livin’ is gone. Oh yeah, yeah life goes on, long after the thrill of livin’ is gone”
I’ll admit, I’ve done you a grave disservice. For the rest of the day, you will have no choice but to have John Cougar’s ‘Jack & Diane’ stuck in your head on a continuous loop. For those who are too young, or whoever has…Continue
Added by Chris Field on February 10, 2014 at 11:30am — No Comments
February is the month of many things, love, my birthday, President's Day, and also Black History Month. Black History Month is a celebration of the many contributions that African Americans have done to help make this country great. I feel absolutely fortunate to live in the Washington DC area because many of those contributions happened right here and to be a part of that history is very special for an African American woman like myself.
Now I'm wondering; are you a history buff? I…Continue
Added by Lori T. on February 8, 2014 at 10:14am — No Comments
Mind, body and spirit. Each needs its nourishment. Each needs to spread its wings and stretch its legs.
Long ago, I came to an understanding that happiness in life is about balance. It’s certainly not my idea, but it takes any one person quite a while to come into a full understanding of what one’s personal sense of balance really entails. Balance:…Continue
Added by Chris Field on February 7, 2014 at 12:39pm — No Comments
For some reason that seems to be a hard lesson for me to learn and remember. Case in point. Yesterday, I found myself staring at an assortment of nicely fragranced lotions, perfumes, spritzers and soaps. I just stood there looking at this huge quantity of potential smell goods and all I could say was,…Continue
Added by Bevin Landrum on February 6, 2014 at 1:15pm — No Comments
This past Saturday, I took my two older boys to see the spectacle of Monster Jam at the Verizon Center. We had first been introduced to the mayhem of those 1500 horsepower behemoths when my wife was stationed in San Antonio. Our neighbors in Texas were big monster truck enthusiasts, and they invited us to join them and helped us navigate the cavernous Alamodome. We were able to walk around before the show, stand next to the trucks, and get the kids the drivers’…Continue