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Interview with Krystel of Army Wife 101

Krystel, who blogs at Army Wife 101, is one of my personal favorite Military Spouse bloggers. She always comes up with fresh and interesting takes on military family issues and is a great community builder. She answered a few questions for us about her blog where she shares great information and her personal journey.

What topics do you write about on your blog?

I write about everything from my journey through deployment to PCS, AIT, and I also do many Vlog tutorials as well as Vlog diaries. Readers also get to enter some great giveaways and learn about new military discounts.

Share a favorite post of yours.

That Little Thing Called OPSEC….I did a video vlog about the importance of that thing many spouses seem to forget about called OPSEC. It was my birthday when I did the video so I felt I made something that can be kind of blah more fun.

Tell us a little bit about your military spouse journey.

My husband is a former Marine (although he will quickly tell you their is no such thing as as a former Marine hehe. He is currently as you can tell serving in the US Army and on his 2nd deployment in the Army 3rd in total. My husband has been in 12 years and I have been a military spouse for 5 years.

What are the challenges of being a military spouse?

If you let them deployments will break you. Having to be totally independent can be a challenge if your not used to doing certain things. Many things can be a challenge if you don’t attempt to make the best of them.

What are the best parts of being a military spouse?

My husband and I are culture nuts. We love experiencing everything food, art, architecture, but the reality is we wouldn’t always be able to afford those things if it were not for the Army giving us the opportunity to travel. I would have to say the ability to live places I normally wouldn’t and the chance to broaden my horizons and make new friends are awesome parts of the military life.

What is the most interesting, unusual, or funny thing that has happened to you as a result of being a military spouse?

I would have to say that I am an extremely shy person and since living this life I have opened up tremendously. I have become a go to person for wives arriving at duty stations I have lived at and I absolutely proud of myself being able to open up to that extent.

To what extent have blogging and social networking affected the military spouse experience?

I have received numerous emails from former spouses and veteran spouses who say that they wish the wealth of information they see on the net was available to them when they were new to the Army life, because it would have made navigating the waters easier. I also think the power of networking sites has made it easier to make friends before you even arrive at a new duty station. I can speak first hand on what a great feeling it was , to move all the way here to Hawaii and have a few friends already waiting for me.

If someone you care about was about to marry a military servicemember, what one piece of advice would you give?

Be patient and supportive. Know that your spouse loves you but that unfortunately in the Army world you come 2nd but in your spouses heart you come first. I tell all spouses always be ready for anything in the Army life.

Oh, My Little Soldier Boy

The kids are obsessed with my husband’s ACUs. They always want to try on pieces of his uniform and play “army”. About the only thing they do not like about the uniform is that when my husband puts it on that means he’ll be gone for at least a few days.

My toddler son is thrilled to have his own uniform from Aeromax for when he tackles the obstacle course in our backyard.

The Aeromax Jr. Camouflage Suit ($39.95 to $44.95) is a one-piece jumpsuit with matching patrol cap and a webbed belt. Although the jumpsuit is different from what my husband wears, it looks great and is more comfortable for an active child–there is no waistband to dig into his tummy and his pants won’t fall down as he plays soldier.

I love that they changed their camouflage design to match the military’s current use of the digitized Universal Camouflage Pattern. The details are great, down to the removable name tags and rank.

My husband admiringly noted that the fabric is “summer weight” so I can slip it over our son’s clothing and he still stays cool and comfortable. And the feel of the cloth is very soft. This is more than just your average Halloween costume or dress up clothing–this is a high quality garment that will hold up to hours of play with multiple kids. Any Aeromax dress-up item can be handed down from child to child.

To be honest–this brings up mixed emotions for me.  I am proud of my husband’s sense of honor and duty and his desire to serve his country.  At the same time, the thought of my little baby–who will always be my little baby–going off to war makes me tear up a little.  Of course, this is all at least sixteen years in the future and I will support my little man no matter what career path he chooses.

For now, he’s just a two year old, dressing up like his daddy.  He is proud to wear this uniform–now if I can just convince my daughter that she isn’t a drill sergeant!

WANT IT: The Aeromax Jr. Camouflage Suit starts at 18 months and fits kids in 5 sizes: 2/3, 4/6, 6/8, 8/10 and 12/14 and is machine washable.

Disclosure: Aeromax sent me the Jr. Camouflage Suit for review. All of my opinions are my own.

Interview with Lorrie Nichols of The Journal of An Army Wife

Lorrie Nichols, who blogs at The Journal of an Army Wife, answered our questions about her life as an Army Wife.

What topics do you write about on your blog?

I generally write about what is going on in life at the moment.  A big part of that is the journey my husband and I are on while he is getting his commission.

Share a favorite post of yours:

Just a Small Setback, I wrote it today after I got the news my husband is coming home from OCS early.  This is just a small setback for us, a bump in the road, but not the end of the road for our journey.

Tell us a little bit about your military spouse journey.

Mike is in the Army National Guard.  He hasn’t been deployed, yet.  He served in the Air Guard for six years, then spent several years as a civilian, and joined the Army Guard last October.  We have been married for 2 1/2 years, but I have only been a military spouse for about 4 months.

What are the challenges of being a military spouse?

Military time doesn’t necessarily coincide with real world time.  It seems we hurry up to get things done, then spend a lot of time waiting.  I don’t always feel like I know what is going on, and when I do, it seems to change.

What are the best parts of being a military spouse?

The pride I feel in my husband and my country.  The people my husband serves with seem like family.

To what extent have blogging and social networking affected the military spouse experience?

It allows you to communicate with people that are going through similar experiences.  I feel so much less lonely.  These are also a way to have some questions answered by people who have lived what you are going through.

If someone you care about was about to marry a military servicemember, what one piece of advice would you give?

Be patient.  The military certainly won’t do things like you would like them to, but it does get done in the end.  Get to know, love, and trust the people that your spouse is with, they are your biggest support and resource.

Thank you, Lorrie!  Please check out Lorrie’s blog where she shares her life as a military spouse, including her husband’s path to getting his commission.  Want to see your interview here, just drop me an e-mail: candace [at] armywiveslives [dot] com!