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The College Spouse: Midterms - The Most Wonderful Time of the Year

The holidays are here, my favorite time of the year. It’s also the busiest time of the year.

October is Halloween - doors and front yards are decorated with spider webs, witches and goblins. My pantry looks like Willy Wonka’s Chocolate Factory and it seems like every week there’s an event to attend to.

On top of that, I have midterms.

See you in another life, brother

First, some quick background information:

When we PCS’d to Hawaii, my husband and I realized we were exponentially behind the curve in popular culture. Everyone seemed to have the television show “Lost” memorized, knew all the local filming locations and claimed to have eaten lunch with a cast member at least once.

So, we watched all six seasons in about six months. As the characters traveled through space and time, one of the oft heard catch phrases was, “See you in another life, brother.”

Deployment Soundtrack: Georgia On My Mind

Georgia On My Mind

            Ray Charles

           Preview Song

I have written several times about my little sweet boy, but I haven't told you much about my other two children. My sweet girl celebrated her eighth birthday just the other day and I couldn't be prouder of her.

Homefront Spouse: Play Date Blues

This past week I left my comfort zone and tried to be the outgoing, play-date-planning military wife and stay at home mom.  A few other spouses have hosted coffees at their homes and I felt like it would be nice to return the favor.

In a perfect world, I would invite everyone to my home, have the kids paint pumpkins, serve homemade treats, coffee and put all my Pinterest ideas into action. But our home is so small we can’t even invite anyone over for dinner, let alone multiple people with multiple children. The truth was, the very thought of a busy play date made me anxious.

The College Spouse: To Read or Not to Read, That is the Question

I love to crawl up on the couch and bury my head in a good book.

I don’t want to spend an arm or leg for the book though! My closet is filled with dusty books and textbooks that I no longer have a use for. I bet if I calculated the value of the whole stack, I could take my family on a Disneyland vacation. 

When I saw how much my books were going to cost this year, I nearly passed out. I thought, “there has to be a solution to this madness” – and there is. I searched the internet and came across these useful websites:

Travel, Travel, Travel!!

Look around slowly, children. Soak it in. Remember this. You may never see this again.

I wanted to say that over and over again to my kids last week as we explored the island of Hawaii. We saw oodles of waterfalls, splashed on black sand beaches, ooh’d and ahh’d as giant, green sea turtles slipped into the bright blue water.

There is a lot that is inconvenient about military life. The PCS moves thousands of miles from home can be terrifying and difficult. But those same far flung locales are also the memories our kids will cherish for decades.

Deployment Soundtrack: I'm Still Standing

   I'm Still Standing

        Elton John, 1983

          Preview Song

I am sure that by now you can tell how my life is going by what I write. I think that is the point of this blog.

So it should be no surprise when I tell you that the last couple of weeks have been a chaotic mess! My saving grace is a sweet group of ladies that I can truly call my friends!

Homefront Spouse: Play dates: Moms benefit too

Before I was a mom, I thought a stay at home mom’s day was full of play dates and happy hours (I was clueless and watched a lot of reality shows). How fun did that sound?

Reality hit me hard when I had my first baby. I was lucky if I showered before 9 p.m. every other day - let alone leave the house with a newborn for the first four months. He was up all night and slept all day.  And honestly, what could a newborn do on a play date?

The College Spouse: A Simple Lesson on Saving, from a Second Grader

Fall semester is here and I’m totally not ready for this.  When we PCS to a new city I have to spend hours looking for new schools for my children and myself. This is not how I want to spend my time when there is so much that needs to be done during a move.

List shows, Bryant & Stratton College Online is a good choice

The toughest part of going back to school may be choosing the school.

There are a lot of colleges vying for the plentiful GI Bill dollars that service members and their spouses are entitled to.

There are a lot of promises made, and a lot of deals that seem just too good to be true.

Rest assured, Bryant & Stratton College is the real deal.

The school is once again on the list of Military Friendly Schools published annually by Victory Media and G.I. Jobs Magazine.

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