MilitaryAvenue.com’s May Newsletter
We will be publishing our May Newsletter this Sunday, May 25th. The theme is “Military Appreciation”, encompassing both Military Spouse Appreciation Day and upcoming Memorial Day. I have some great articles lined up from our resident MilitaryAvenue.com bloggers, Col K & Deborah. We also have listed our top 10 MilitaryAvenue.com articles from this past month and our personal favorite blogs from April. Here is just a sampling of a great article from last year’s May newsletter: Memorial Day (It is not just a day off). Sign up! We’d love to be in touch. – Leanne from MilitaryAvenue.combyLeanneonWednesday, May 21, 2008Email ThisBlogThis!Share to TwitterShare to FacebookShare to PinterestMilitary Life:Leanne,Memorial Day,newsletter
Are You a Service Ambassador?
I still have very strong memories of a day in July many years ago as I started down the road to Grissom Air Force Base in Indiana enroute to my first military flight physical. I had not enlisted yet as I needed to pass the flight physical to enter pilot training which is what the recruiter had worked for me. I remember the absolute loneliness I felt on the highway that day and fears of what I was getting into and where was I going? I had no one with a similar experience to talk to about my decision to join the Air Force. There were many unhappy veterans (it…
Your Education and How to Succeed
As the summer Permanent Change of Station season kicks into high gear I would like to talk about education! Why education now? Well, the new location and new job associated with the location give us an opportunity to review our goals and where we are going with our careers and families. When I had one PCS from a Texas base where I had been training student pilots in the T-38 to a staff job at Scott AFB in Illinois, I had a very smart new supervisor. He sat me down and said okay you have worked hard and the flying was fun but now you need to think about your…
A Minute Out of the Norm: Lunch
Today at lunch my boys asked for one of their favorite foods … Grilled Cheese Sandwiches! MMMMM…. one of my favorites too! It ranks up there as one of my favorite ‘comfort foods’! But really what isn’t good with cheese on it?!?! Just to mix up the ‘standard fare’ today though I cut the sandwiches a little bit different. A few years ago, I had bought some heart shaped pancake ‘shapers’. (Ok, I don’t know officially what they are called.) You pour the batter into them on the grill & they supposedly make the perfect heart-shaped pancake. I must have been feeling ambitious when I did buy them because really…
Adventures Don’t Stop Just Because of Scary Sign Posts!
Park Rangers have to have a great sense of humor… they work all day in the great out of doors. They meet people from all corners of the globe. (If in fact the globe has corners…) They see the beauty of the changes in seasons: flora and fauna. They have access to the whole park, whereas the rest of us stick to the beaten path. The rest of us also tend to wander a bit to the left and right off that well marked trail. So, I can imagine at the local ranger meeting discussions that might occur. * Bear sightings… yes, they know how to handle that.* Heavy rain,…
I had grandiose plans this morning of actually sleeping in. Saturday mornings were Hubby’s. He would get up with the boys while I slept in. When I would finally get up the boys would be fed, the coffee would be brewing, life was good! So I thought I should start my own new tradition. Last night I set up the boys TV trays, put a bowl and a spoon on each and set the cereal on the kitchen table. I poured two cups of milk and set them in the frig. I set the TV to Disney and put the remote on one of the trays. I just knew this…
Books Books Books!
Oh how I love a good book. I am especially into the non-fiction type, self-help or motivational type. Right now I am reading “Chicken Soup for the Military Wife’s Soul“. A dear friend, and fellow military-spouse bought it for me just before my hubby left. She inscribed some heart-felt words on the inside and now I will treasure it forever. The book has made me cry, laugh, step-back in time and look forward to the future all within just a few short pages. I pick it up when-ever I just need a short breather. When we are ‘preparing’ for something: a move, a wedding, a baby we can of course…
The Rising Costs of Food for a Military Family (or where do I plant my garden?)
One of the best military benefits we discovered after joining the Air Force way back when was the commissary! The food costs were truly a savings and became even more of a benefit as our family grew in numbers. We truly miss having one close by in our current location. You should see the looks on the faces of the commissary staff at Selfridge Air National Guard Base when we pull our four (4) heaping to the top carts (that is the amount we can get into one 1999 Cherokee) to the checkout counter during our quarterly visit. With the current energy prices going up, the larger impact on some…
Caution! Little Boys (and big boys) at Play within Military Families
I grew up in a family of boys–my only sister started with 4 brothers and added 3 more after a family blending! We now have five grandsons and they are active guys just like my siblings during my much younger years and will challenge their parents and guardian angels much like we did! We lived in the country with lots of work to do but always found the time to do some fun things. We built a tree fort in a 300 year old oak with huge branches and a first step that could maim you if you missed the ladder. We had “bb gun fights” with no shooting above…
Field Excercise at Fort Hood: Contacts for Military Spouses
Military spouses have learned so much since the crud of the Viet Nam war. We have united, we share emotions, we gather for information, we speak up, and we even accept help when it is given. The baby boomers who served in the 60’s and 70’s with whom I have talked, do NOT have good memories of their service time. Most felt it was a ‘sentence’ that they wanted over ASAP, and then some! The Viet Nam War era spouses had no contact with other spouses: support groups just did not exist. Ahhh we have come a long way. We encourage, pass on information, check on others and have open…