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Twin Day for Spirit Week: A Bit of Fun or Exclusionary?

Earlier in the year, my daughter brought the “Spirit Week” flyer home with the list of daily “themes.” This year, there was a new addition, “Twin Day” was slotted instead of the wacky hair or crazy hat day that we had last year.

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Our school has spirit weeks several times a year and they are always fun. A number of parents grumbled about the “literary character day” last year but my daughter went as Dorothy and had a lot of fun with it.

Something about “Twin Day” sent my mama-sense tingling, however.

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Military Mondays – June 20

My husband was actually home for our 10th anniversary. Too bad he spent most of the evening in the ER with our daughter!

We tried to go out for a nice family dinner, silly us! My daughter had been complaining of a stiff neck starting the previous day. Suddenly, at dinner, she just burst out in tears. My mom went home with her and we rushed through dinner. As soon as we got home, she cried that her stomach hurt and threw up.

My husband rushed her to the hospital where they ruled out meningitis and diagnosed “torticollis” (aka “wry neck”).

Of course, in the middle of all this, my telephone stops working so I can’t communicate with my husband. I guess the gremlins don’t only come out during deployments and drills!

Fortunately we’re having a much better Father’s Day weekend!

Here are some of the fun posts people shared last week…please remember to add a link to a SPECIFIC POST in the linky, especially if you want to see your post featured here!

The linky is up ALL WEEK! So, stop by anytime!

Having trouble adding your link? Add a comment or tweet @ArmyWivesLives and I will add it for you!

*** More about the Military Mondays Blog Carnival ***

  • In the “Link Title” field, please place the title of your post, plus the name of your blog and/or your name. (e.g. “Grow Where You Are Planted @Army Wives’ Lives”)
  • In the “URL” field, please place the direct “permalink” to A SPECIFIC POST, NOT to your main page of your blog. (e.g. “http://armywiveslives.com/2009/10/coping-during-deployment/” NOT “http://ArmyWivesLives.com”)
  • Your post must be relevant to the military family experience on a personal blog (no corporate blogs). I also retain the right to delete links to any posts that contain hate speech, plans to commit illegal acts, or anything that violates the spirit of this carnival or U.S. law.

Need a reminder that the carnival is up? Subscribe to Army Wives Lives by Email and you will get a digest of posts, no more than once a day (probably more like 1-3 times a week) when I post.

Want MORE Army Wives’ Lives? Fan the facebook page!

Want to share more of the FABULOUSNESS that is you? I accept guest posts and post interviews!

Want to share the carnival? Please feel free to grab the code for the button if you are interested:

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Without further ado, let’s get to the posts–I hope you’ll participate and visit these wonderful Military Family Bloggers–and feel free to check out previous editions for more great Military Family Posts!

Military Monday Blogger Carnival – Spring Edition

Welcome to the SPRING Edition of the Military Monday Carnival Linky!

Heh. As I type, it is SNOWING OUTSIDE…so much for the first week of spring.

The carnival is up a little late this morning since people at my house have been sick and I’ve had lots of deadlines. Let’s make Monday a little brighter, though, by adding links to our best posts of the week and reading and commenting on each other’s posts.

Please say “hi” in the comments, let us know if you have a facebook and/or twitter page, etc. So we can connect even more.

Also, I’ve added an interview with Julie and Martin (he’s former German military and now a US Military spouse) and there is an interesting discussion on my post, I am NOT a Single Parent…hope you’ll take a moment to add your thougths!

*** More about the Military Mondays Blog Carnival ***

  • In the “Link Title” field, please place the title of your post, plus the name of your blog and/or your name. (e.g. “Grow Where You Are Planted @Army Wives’ Lives”)
  • In the “URL” field, please place the direct “permalink” to the specific post, not to your main page of your blog. (e.g. “http://armywiveslives.com/2009/10/coping-during-deployment/” NOT “http://ArmyWivesLives.com”)
  • Your post must be relevant to the military family experience. I also retain the right to delete links to any posts that contain hate speech, plans to commit illegal acts, or anything that violates the spirit of this carnival or U.S. law.

Need a reminder that the carnival is up? Subscribe to Army Wives Lives by Email and you will get a digest of posts, no more than once a day (probably more like 1-3 times a week) when I post.

Want MORE Army Wives’ Lives? Fan the facebook page!

Want to share more of the FABULOUSNESS that is you? I accept guest posts and post interviews!

Want to share the carnival? Please feel free to grab the code for the button if you are interested:

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Without further ado, let’s get to the posts–I hope you’ll participate and visit these wonderful Military Family Bloggers–and feel free to check out previous editions for more great Military Family Posts! Last week’s had 12 awesome links you can visit anytime!

Military Monday Link Carnival

Welcome to the Military Monday Family Blogger Carnival – February 28, 2011!

Participating in the blog carnival is very simple. You do not have to write a post just for the carnival–it can be any military family-related blog post.

Plus, I will be happy to tweet, stumble, and share your posts…so please do join in! The linky is open all week so jump in whenever you can and make sure to visit others, too!

Speaking of twitter and facebook–after you leave your linky, feel free to put your twitter ID or facebook fan page in the comments section. I’d love to connect on there!

Stumped as to what to write about? Post a picture of an activity on post, share your favorite thing about the military, vent about something that is driving you crazy this week. Seen the first signs of spring on post or is it still snowing where you are? Take a photo and post it! Kids are off of school? Share a list of things to do with them near your installation! It can be ANYTHING military family-related.

*** The only Military Mondays Blog Carnival rules are: ***

  • In the “Link Title” field, please place the title of your post, plus the name of your blog and/or your name. (e.g. “Grow Where You Are Planted @Army Wives’ Lives”)
  • In the “URL” field, please place the direct “permalink” to the specific post, not to your main page of your blog. (e.g. “http://armywiveslives.com/2009/10/coping-during-deployment/” NOT “http://ArmyWivesLives.com”)
  • Your post must be relevant to the military family experience. I also retain the right to delete links to any posts that contain hate speech, plans to commit illegal acts, or anything that violates the spirit of this carnival or U.S. law.

Please make this a post from sometime in the last month or so.

Need a reminder that the carnival is up? Subscribe to Army Wives Lives by Email and you will get a digest of posts, no more than once a day (probably more like 1-3 times a week) when I post.

Want MORE Army Wives’ Lives? Fan the facebook page!

Want to share more of the FABULOUSNESS that is you? I accept guest posts and post interviews!

Want to share the carnival? Please feel free to grab the code for the button if you are interested:

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Without further ado, let’s get to the posts–I hope you’ll participate and visit these wonderful Military Family Bloggers–and feel free to check out previous editions for more great Military Family Posts!

Military Mondays – Family Blogger Carnival – November 1

Welcome to the Military Monday Family Blogger Carnival – November 1 Edition! Please help spread the word so that this can become a fun way to learn more from each other!

These posts are getting hundreds of views—that could mean traffic to YOUR posts if you add them to the linky!

*** The only Military Mondays Blog Carnival rules are: ***

  • In the “Link Title” field, please place the title of your post, plus the name of your blog and/or your name. (e.g. “Grow Where You Are Planted @Army Wives’ Lives”)
  • In the “URL” field, please place the direct “permalink” to the specific post, not to your main page of your blog. (e.g. “http://armywiveslives.com/2009/10/coping-during-deployment/” not “http://ArmyWivesLives.com”)
  • Your post must be relevant to the military family experience. I also retain the right to delete links to any posts that contain hate speech, plans to commit illegal acts, or anything that violates the spirit of this carnival or U.S. law.

Please make this a post from sometime in the last month or so.

Need a reminder that the carnival is up? Subscribe to Army Wives Lives by Email and you will get a digest of posts, no more than once a day (probably more like 1-3 times a week) when I post.

Want MORE Army Wives’ Lives? Fan the facebook page!

Want to share more of the FABULOUSNESS that is you? I accept guest posts and post interviews!

Want to share the carnival? Please feel free to grab the code for the button if you are interested:

military-mondays

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Without further ado, let’s get to the posts–I hope you’ll participate and visit these wonderful Military Family Bloggers–and feel free to check out previous editions for more great Military Family Posts!

A Work in Progress

I’m in the process of transferring this blog to self-hosted WordPress and adding a community.

Would you like to be a contributor at the new site? Just let me know if you are interested by sending me an e-mail or leaving a comment.

Although the new site will be “Army Wives Lives”, Military Spouses of all branches are welcome to make themselves at home!

Looking forward to getting the new digs set up.

Loving the Sedentary Life

Civilization begins when societies become sedentary. And although there is a lot to recommend active duty, and many pluses to its nomadic way of life, I’m glad to have a reasonably permanent, permanent address that is mine and not my parents.

We are doing home improvements. In fact, we just remodeled our basement using a basement finishing system with these guys. If you happen to be on Long Island and want to get your basement finished, tell them Candace sent you because I get a referral if you use them (which I do recommend)! I’ll post pics once I get the kids stuff down there.

We may even get to do a little landscaping.

I’ve started volunteering with the local historical society, which is a lot of fun for me.

At the same time, I look back fondly on the camaraderie of the Active Duty days. DH’s National Guard unit is spread out across the state. I’ve joined meet-up groups in the area but never seem to see the same people more than a handful of times. We go to the library, but again…different parents or often grandparents or nannies–people who are just at different stages in their lives.

So, busy, busy, busy! But little opportunity to form tight, meaningful friendships.

A few thoughts about An Army Wife’s Life…I’d like to make this site more about you, the readers. I find I spend a lot of time answering questions, in the comments or via e-mail, but have little about which to post. How can we transform this into a community site? I’ve bought a new domain, which I plan on unveiling, soon. And I’m considering adding a forum, FAQs, resource pages, etc.

Any thoughts?

Captain Dad is Now COMMANDER Dad!

My most awesome and beloved husband took command of a great group of National Guard soldiers on Saturday.

Following the change of command, the unit threw its annual Christmas party and I was impressed, delighted, and struck by some of the differences between the National Guard and the Active Duty Army.

The First Sergeant’s amazing and dedicated wife organized the party with help from a small group of regulars and created a real festive scene. There was tons of food–turkey, baked ham, roast pig, fried chicken, sweet potatoes, salad, arroz con frijoles, breads, pies, cookies, well…you get the idea. A local teacher and his band provided the entertainment–a mix of 70s dance music, popular latin numbers, and some Christmas classics. Besides the soldiers, there were unit alumni, junior cadets, the teacher’s class of “troubled teens,” and other community members.

Without the red tape of the regular rules and bureacracy, the party planners had more freedom to make the event work.

There were so many adorable children running around, playing on the castle bounce, making hand painted ornaments, and playing with new toys. The highlight for the younger set was Santa’s arrival on a Humvee!

I really got the sense that the soldiers and families love children as babies were passed from friend to friend, toddlers entertained, and older kids drawn into the singing and dancing.

Because not all of the soldiers had Class As, there was an interesting mix of uniforms and civilian wear on display, including a nehru jacket and a zoot suit.

With the vibrant neighborhood relationship and the obvious unit esprit de corps, I did not miss the regular army’s commitment to precision and uniformity.

Because National Guard members may spend their entire career with the unit, it was clear we were joining a close-knit family.

A lot of this also has to do with the community and how the armory is integrated into its urban neighborhood.

The one somber note came with a presentation of memorial plaques to family members of two fallen soldiers–some volunteers from the unit are part of a deployment to Afghanistan.

Even that sad note was a beautiful reminder of how much these soldiers care for one another.

I am proud to be a part of the family of this new unit and very proud of my husband’s service to our country.

Hottest Holiday Toys and 12 Days of Giveaways

Hottest Holiday Toys and Giveaways at MamanistaOver at Mamanista we have our Hottest Holiday Toys 2008 Guide and 12 Days of Giveaways! I spent a lot of time selecting what I believe is a great list of toys for babies, toddlers, preschoolers, and kindergartners in a variety of price range, mostly from smaller independent retailers (although there are a bunch available at major retailers, too).

Then, I added dozens of great coupon codes.

We’re giving extra entries for sharing the guide, too.

I hope you’ll check it out!

Junior is HERE!

For those who have not made the switch to following my personal life over at Mama Saga, I wanted to let you know that GIANT BABY has made his appearance (click for pics).

I’ve been quiet because I’ve been recovering and working…

More military thoughts, information and ideas to follow on An Army Wife’s Life.