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    On the Road Again, A Military Journey!

    What a journey life has taken me. Right now I’m in the passenger seat, in more ways then one. Learning to be the mom that lets their children make their own choices, loving letting Hubs set the pace for this stretch and taking in the beauty of life as it whizzes by.  I am very content in the passenger seat of the family mini van, the toddler fast asleep, Boy 1 intently watching a video on the DVD player and Boy 2 plays with a new stuffed animal and filling his face with goldfish crackers. We are off to see Josh, our oldest. He graduates from Basic at Ft Leonard…

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    NORAD and ReindeerCam.com

    I am constantly reminded how things change through the years.  Computers and Internet have changed communication, from hand written letters of many years ago to nightly Skype conversations with soldiers and children, airman and wives, marines and husbands, sailors and moms, coasties and dads (and any of that mix you can imagine). This Christmas season I am so happy to have our family whole but we are still glued to the computer.  There are two new loves.  (Don’t get me wrong: family is more important then these fun tools.  However, you can certainly take the time to watch these as a family and create memories if you are together!) ReindeerCam.comSanta feeds the reindeer, Mr…

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    Grandma’s Pot

    This is my Grandma’s Pot. I like to imagine all the food she cooked in it.  Soups for her family, pasta for guests, maybe mashed potatoes for a big family gathering or just a small brisket for herself and Pop. Continue Reading about my favorite pot, Grandma’s Pot My mom gave it to me a few years ago after Gram passed away and I have to admit it is my favorite pot.  (Who knew anyone could love an ‘ordinary’ pot?)  This summer alone I have made quarts of pasta sauce with tomatoes from my garden.  I have cooked salsa to last all winter long.  I have enjoyed simmering, sauteing, boiling and glazing, all…

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    Screen Time and Summer Time – Finding Balance

    I am not an educator by degree but I am a mom by nature and I love to watch my boys flourish!  But as a mom I grow concerned watching how much my 9 year old (in particular) /LOVES/ electronics.  He could easily sit on my iPad, his DS, our computer for hours at a time playing games.  I want him outside playing, splashing, running, laughing, kicking, riding, smiling, living.  Making memories! I also have certain thoughts on summer-brain freeze as well as learning responsibility around the house.  To keep our brains working we use Evan-Moor books titled ‘Daily Summer Activities‘.  We used these workbooks last year for the first time and I highly…

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    Recognizing another Vietnam Hero – Specialist Leslie Sabo earns Posthumous Medal of Honor

    The Medal of Honor was posthumously awarded by the President of the United States to U.S. Army Specialist Leslie Sabo killed while saving the lives of his friends and fellow soldiers on May 10th, 1970. The Blogger Roundtable spoke with members of his company and platoon to discuss the events which led to Sabo receiving the Medal of Honor – 42 Years after he was killed.  They talked about his heroics on that day after they were ambushed in eastern Cambodia. Accepting the award was Sabo’s widow, Rose Mary Sabo-Brown. The Sabos had been married during his short leave from Advanced Infantry Training (AIT) and honeymooned during 30 days of…

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    Ah the memories…

    I am coming up on a milestone, my twenty-year High School graduation-anniversary.  Some would say 20 year High School Reunion but, alas, there will be none of that for us.  I graduated from a small DoD School at the now closed Keflavik NAS, Iceland. Thank you for the memories! Funny how this post from Wife on the Roller Coaster suddenly triggered one for me out of the blue. June 7, 1992, I graduated from high school in the middle of my /final/ pcs as a military-brat. We hopped on a plane back to the states June 10, 1992. There were moves after high school. Mom and Dad PCSed two times while I was…

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    Operation Purple Camp and your Military Child

    Flashlights, extra socks, money for the Canteen, shoes that can get dirty, a bar of soap (that may or may not ever get used), a sleeping bag… all the makings of great memories, new friends, growing older.  My nine-year old is registered for a week long summer camp.  His first time away for an entire week, away from home, away from family, away from /mom/.  (Emphasis made my mom herself) Can I tell you how excited he is?  He is pumped!Operation Purple Camp is accepting applications.  If you have a military-brat between ages 7 and 17 jump at this chance.  They are accepting applications from now through April 19th.  This is a great chance…

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    Grandma’s Thunder Cake

    Tomorrow is Grandparent day in my 1st graders class.  Can you tell we aren’t near a military base?  Clearly, this isn’t something I grew up with when I was in 1st grade, stationed at Sheppard AFB thousands of miles from either of my grandparents. My first grader is fortunate.  His Grandpa and Grandma Kocsis live close enough that they are going to join him in his class for the morning.  I am filled with a sense of love.  Then at the same time I have a sense of some sadness.  My parents (his Grandpa and Grandma Kissinger) don’t live close.  They don’t get to see each other often enough in my…

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    Leif Landed First Day

    I love today.  The calendar has it marked as Columbus Day.  Oh the memories of childhood elementary school drawings and the smell of crayons are still carried in my mind.  There were the stories and songs of the Nina, the Pinta and the Santa Maria sailing the ocean.  Somehow these brave crews found the West Indies and are credited for laying claim on the Western Hemisphere.  I always pictured a career group of sailors from Genoa working together, sharing food and chores: organized and cordial. And then I had humor thrown into the vision. In my Dad’s hometown in upstate New York live a cluster of Norwegian octogenarians.  They love…

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    Friends: Partnerships in Growth, Understanding and Enjoyment of Life

    ChiTown: city of lights; waterfront; museums; skyscrapers; fabulous food; frothing fountains; multiple museums and friends.  Chicago: bursting with art, star light, the philharmonic symphony pulsing in the park   The Loop rumbling with near mile wide highways, rumbling with trains and full of the drum of the ‘L’s”… a beautiful noise.  Overload of joy, memories, shopping and walking. Long ago, and in a far away time… Dale and I went to college 20 miles north of the big city.  Too poor to travel into Chicago often, even though the intrigue of it called   We dreamed of knowing this city like our own.  We knew we wanted to stay on a…