Photo Taken By: Yia Yia
This week we had the distinct pleasure of my mother in law also known as Yia Yia being in town and getting to enjoy this great state with us. It had been over a year since we'd seen…Continue
Added by Lori T. on October 31, 2013 at 11:26am — No Comments
Yes, that frightful mess is mine. Due to some family emergencies and the frequent travel and routine changes these problems forced, I woke up one morning…Continue
Attending the Association of the United States Army’s Annual Meeting is always a HOOAH event for everyone connected to our Army. I’m sure our sister service…Continue
This weekend my husband and I went to see the long-awaited movie Captain Phillips. Based on the 2009 hijacking by Somali pirates of the Maersk Alabama, the film focuses on the relationship between the Alabama's commanding officer, Captain Richard Phillips, and the Somali pirate captain, Muse, who takes him hostage. The second half of the film details the involvement of the U.S. Navy and the Navy seals who ultimately saved Captain Phillips.
The movie is certainly a…Continue
Added by Victoria Lynn Kelly on October 23, 2013 at 1:55pm — No Comments
What do you do when you get a frightening diagnosis, have to undergo seven surgeries within 24 months and are isolated by distance from your support…Continue
Added by Alice Swan on October 21, 2013 at 11:30am — No Comments
With election day vastly approaching (November 5) and I am a newly resident of Virginia; I needed to know how to find my polling place. Did you know that there are three statewide offices and 100 seats in the House of Delegates are up for grabs in Virginia this year. The governor's seat is up for grabs…Continue
Added by Crystal C on October 21, 2013 at 7:15am — No Comments
I wanted to tell you about my adventure last year, I heard about it almost too late BUT we did make it to see the mountains. OK this is a FREE thing to do with your kids, it takes up several hours, and well may not totally be free because of the gas but you get what I mean. Did you know you can get…Continue
Given the recent two-week span of government posturing, inaction, obstinacy and intractability, you’d think that the overwhelming majority of news out of DC would concern the government shutdown and the poker-faced resolve over debt-ceiling brinkmanship.
You’d think. Because ‘Governing by sound bite’ has never before utilized such hyperbole.
But the recent ferocity and volume surrounding the name of the Washington Redskins nearly eclipsed the impassioned and…Continue
I saw this recipe on P-interest, and I was like ok this looks easy enough I am going to try this cookie.…Continue
Added by Crystal C on October 18, 2013 at 6:24am — No Comments
This week has been a tough one. Last Friday I lost my grandmother. She was near and dear to me because she was more than my grandmother, she was my mom. She raised me from a baby and I love her for it. She stepped up when no one else did and I can never thank her enough for saving me. Anyway... I'm adjusting. Grief and grieving are tough. Just when you think you feel alright, another wave of grief hits you from behind and you have to start all over again. I'm adjusting to not being able to…Continue
With many military husbands leaving home so often, on detachments and deployments (even now, during the government shutdown), more and more wives are turning to boudoir photographers to create a memorable gift to their husbands. Contrary to some people's belief, "boudoir" does NOT mean nude photography, but is reminiscent of the 1950s pinup girls. I myself discovered this niche in the photography market a few years ago, when my husband was deployed. I came across a Groupon advertising a…Continue
It has been raining on and off for over a week here in Virginia, and the temperatures are steadily dropping, but I have been trying to appreciate the Virginia autumn more than in previous years. There is something magical about the gray, blustery weather here. Taking the dog for a walk over wet sand on the empty beach by the Virginia Beach Boardwalk, I watch him chase the seafoam at the shore's edge, and bound over wet reeds and ocean debris in a chase for his blue ball. My husband and I sit…Continue
Added by Victoria Lynn Kelly on October 15, 2013 at 2:43pm — No Comments
I am not really sure how many spouses here are affected but here are somethings I have done in the last 15 days to take my mind off of all this politics in the National Capital Region. Someone said our local news is the national news elsewhere, which…Continue
Added by Crystal C on October 15, 2013 at 2:11pm — No Comments
On September 16th, after the AM rush, I set out for Walter Reed NMMC to visit my wife and newborn son. Our son was born the day before, and I was filled with the elated fatigue of a new father.
As I drove, the events of the day before still echoed in my head. The sense of toil of a typical Monday morning was missing; the tedium of the day-to-day was nowhere to be found. What should have been the early signs of the Earth going to sleep on that early fall morning…Continue
Added by Chris Field on October 11, 2013 at 11:00am — No Comments
Fire up your patriotism and salute a veteran!
Like the whole country, I saw the recent videos of World War II veterans and headline seeking congressmen tearing down barricades at the WWII Memorial. What seems like a publicity stunt staged only for the Government Shutdown unfortunately obscures the wonderful service mission of…Continue
The best time of the year! It's Fall! We haven't experienced one of these in quite a while and it's fantastic... although as I write this I'm looking at gray skies and rain, I still love it. The cooler weather, the football, the holidays and the food.
Fall is by far my favorite season of the year. I love my pumpkin spice latte's... I love my pumpkin everything! I love decorating our home in fall colors, the warmth of the browns, burnt oranges, olive greens. I really enjoy dressing for…Continue
This government shutdown affects me, period. Does it affect you?Is it direct or indirect? Well now this is going into TWO WEEKS. I couldn't have imagined it would have lasted this long, our political leaders are well holding us hostage, or using us as negotiation tactics. When this happened 17 years ago, it didn't…Continue
Added by Crystal C on October 9, 2013 at 12:30pm — No Comments
Early on the morning of September 15th, I awoke to see my bulbous wife standing near our bed. And yes, I did just call her bulbous…as in ‘9 months pregnant’. Euphemism goes out the window if you’re 9 months pregnant: ’My spherically luminous wife sauntered across the room’, ‘Her orb-like radiance impressed all around her.’ ‘Her planetary proportions were cloaked by a flattering maternity top’. Yeah, there was just no sugar coating her expansive physical dimensions. But…Continue
Added by Chris Field on October 7, 2013 at 11:19am — No Comments
When the spotlights come on at the National Conference Center in Leesburg next Sunday evening, 20 unique and talented women will take center stage for the Ms. Veteran America 2013…Continue
To this country’s great benefit, since their inception, our national military services have been models of inclusion for all citizens. From the new immigrants who filled the…Continue
Added by Alice Swan on October 1, 2013 at 8:35am — No Comments