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Virginia Adventures: Westmoreland State Park

My husband and I officially kicked off Summer with our first camping trip of the season! During our time here, we’re trying to make an effort to explore all the regional parks as well. Last year, we cabin camped at Lake Anna State Park and we don’t even count that as “real” camping because we didn’t pitch a tent. Our camping time was cut short last year because of a series of TDYs. This year, we’ve given a little more Summer time, but it will still have to end short for another TDY! That meant we needed to schedule some…

The 9-11 Memorial and Museum

I know, I know…where the <beep> have I been?! Well, I’m not going to bore you with excuses. Life got in the way! After my husband and I’s trip to NYC this past weekend, it sparked me to share my experience. I was inspired. Particularly, our time at the 9-11 Memorial and Museum. I was overwhelmed with emotion and stunned silent as we walked past the memorial ponds that represented the North and South Tower. The Memorial and Museum opened around the time I PCSed out of the great city. I was preparing for a job turnover and move to…

Fort Belvoir’s Oktoberfest

This past weekend was jam packed! I had a special special guest come into town, so I played tourist for a day and danced the night away in D.C. AND I volunteered at the BESC’s Autumn Bazaar during Fort Belvoir’s Oktoberfest. It was such an amazing event that I was so happy to be a part of. I just started participating at my local spouse club and can’t stress how much I’m loving it! What an amazing group of people! The goal of the club is to fund raise for scholarships and we have fun doing it. You can’t beat…

Arizona for the Weekend

I’m back! The last couple of weeks have been CRAZY! First, I’ve been catching up from my parents visit AND planning ahead for being away for my Arizona trip. I practically didn’t have any time to myself. Plus, I’ve just been so antsy to finally see my husband again. Last week, I saw my husband graduate a class. It was my very first official Army spouse proud moment. Because most of the soldiers that graduated came from outside of Arizona, a lot of family members weren’t present. I wasn’t the only crazy family member that showed. It was nice to…

What Makes NYC Awesome [in Instagram Pictures]

Feeling really nostalgic lately. I spent some time this week going through pictures in my old phone and realized that I had lots of great photo memories of my life in NYC. I’ve had a new phone since my time in Virginia, so most of my new photos of the next chapter in my life here at Fort Belvoir. I thought it would be nice to share some of reasons why I love the Big Apple so much and how it will always have a special place in my heart. 1. New Yorkers have pride 2. The Empire State Building, especially…

Duty Station Scrapbooking

Last weekend was my first weekend all by myself. In a way, I was actually looking forward to it. Of course, I missed my husband and friends, especially after my NYC visit the following last weekend. It was just refreshing to go around town and be on my own for a bit. I used the time to get started on something I committed to doing while my husband is away and that’s starting a duty station scrapbook. So far, I’m doing pretty well with all tips I shared in my Operation In Touch blog story! I went to a local…

Cowgirls at Yankee Stadium

I spent last weekend in NYC — and it was great! Instead of spending my first weekend alone, I decided to plan ahead and schedule a visit with my NYC friends. I also took that opportunity to see my all-time favorite sports team, the Yankees play. Before you harp on me for being a Yankee fan, I really had no choice. My dad was born and raised in New York and is a fan himself. Despite never being stationed in New York, my dad was able to pass along his for the Yankees down to me. Sometimes I call it a curse…

Cabin Camping and Six Flags America

My husband and I have been keeping ourselves busy the past couple of weekends. We’re trying to make the most of our final weekends of summer together because he leaves for Arizona again in just a couple weeks. When we visited Colonial Williamsburg, the concierge suggested that we try camping at Lake Anna because there are cabins and swimming. I’m realizing that a lot of the parks around here don’t have any swimming holes — and my husband and I love to go swimming! Lake Anna has camping cabins and full modern cabins too (the kind with rooms and bathrooms).…

Why I Work From Home

A couple months before my huge life change to legit Army spouse, I was really forced to evaluate my career moves. To speak candidly, it was really a devastating blow to lose the job I held in New York City. Despite the slight depression that set in when my former employer told me they wanted someone in-house, I knew there was more out there for me. I’ve been writing career-related topics for NextGen MilSpouse because it is just too close to home. The transition from full-time civilian professional in New York City to collecting freelance/contract work as an Army spouse…

The Fourth of July at Virginia Beach

Hurricane Arthur couldn’t wreck our weekend! My husband and I drove down to Virginia Beach Thursday night as planned. We booked our hotel stay ahead of time — and because we utilized a discount, we had to pay upfront with no refunds. I knew once we got ourselves there it would be okay. The goal was to get to Virginia Beach before the storm. Goal accomplished. Of course, when we got there, things were closing up early and the boardwalk was empty because the storm was literally minutes away. We saw news crews setting up and reporting on how Virginia…