There have been times since I started blogging (including this one) where it’s gone dormant for a stretch and that’s mostly been due to my own inability to organize my thoughts in a way coherent enough to present to the rest of the world. This is different. My Kid The Cadet will engage in what … Continue reading Temporary Ground Stop
When your kid attends one of our military academies, it’s easy to become subsumed by their life. Their schedule becomes your schedule and at least in our case, your family calendar depends largely on the academy’s calendar. By late October, we were eyeing up our son’s return from the Naval Academy – when could he … Continue reading A Day – a milestone in more ways than one
Life as a military academy parent is all about milestones and the USAFA Class of 2025 is no different. We (somehow) made it through I Day, a brief phone call that evening, and another call a few weeks later. Finally, letters began to arrive. Then, when we could divert our eyes away from hunting on … Continue reading Letters, calls, and the march from Jacks Valley
If there’s one phrase I’ve heard military academy parents use repeatedly, it’s “prayer marathon.” Whether it’s the stress over receiving a congressional appointment, the anxiety of waiting to hear about an appointment, or the worries that crescendo at Induction Day and continue, if we’re being honest, all the way through commissioning in one form or … Continue reading Keep those thoughts and prayers coming during BCT
You’d think having gone through two Induction Days – one for my son at USNA and my daughter’s last year at the USAFA Prep School – this one would be easy. It wasn’t and that’s even before we factor in the massive amount of travel-related insanity we endured from the time we left home, which … Continue reading So I Day is over … now what?
As a lifelong content creator, I find that my first response to most any interesting moment is to create something. Sometimes it’s a social media post, other times it’s a t-shirt, and there’s always my favorite standby, writing. One of the habits I got into while my son was at the Naval Academy was to … Continue reading The Summer Playlist for the Class of 2025 is live
The calendar has flipped to June and while there are a number of exciting things filling the days of the first few weeks, it’s no longer reasonable to ignore it. We are headed for Induction Day. This will be my third I Day, second in the COVID-19 era. My first was my son’s entrance into … Continue reading What I know (and don’t know) about I Day and the summer to follow
Memorial Day used to be about a three-day weekend. Cookouts. The unofficial start of summer. Beaches. Vacation. Then my son got an appointment to the Naval Academy. Now it’s different. There is no “Happy Memorial Day.” There is no “thank you for your service” to those in uniform. I remind others (and myself): 🇺🇸 Armed … Continue reading Memorial Day: Beyond cookouts and the beach
Sometimes I find that I get so wrapped up in my day-to-day life that I lose sight of how many experiences I’ve been blessed with that many people will never exprience. I’ve hiked into the Grand Canyon, traveled to more than 40 states and a dozen countries, interviewed countless celebrities and professional athletes, attended amazing … Continue reading Had a chance to talk about my cadet’s backstory
When Catie left for the second half of her Prep year in January, I knew it was going to be a long haul. After all, the stretch from dropping her off to collecting her in November seemed like an eternity. I knew the next five months would drag on. And they did. Except when we arrived … Continue reading And just like that, she’s heading to The Hill
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