August 10, 2018

Final Farewell

It ended pretty much as it began...
In 1982 we walked hand in hand off the field at Michie Stadium following Bill's graduation from West Point.
In 2018, 36 years later, we walked hand in hand out of the Army Retirement Services Office at Ft. Meade, MD.  
Making the decision to leave a career after so many years wasn't an easy one but it was the right one.  
We have been privileged to be a part of so many amazing military postings like the 1st Ranger Battalion and the 75th Ranger Regiment, the 82nd Airborne Division, the 173d Airborne Brigade, the 1st Infantry Division and all of the outstanding communities that support them.  
I am grateful to so many people we met along our journey!

A little truth from Jimmy Buffet
Reflecting over the years these are some things I wish someone had told me as a young Army spouse...

*Put your family first.
*The only thing people will remember about you is how you made them feel...good or bad.
*Your friends make Army life the best life.
*Don't create drama or be drawn into it. 
*The big Army does not have a secret plan for your military spouse...people are in the right place at the right time. 
*There are no guarantees, everything promised is written in jello.
*When it's your turn to leave the Army 
(and it will be your turn one day) 
remember that as good as it was...the best is yet to be!

With Gratitude and Happiness, 

Postscript...Ok, this is not really the final farewell, I'm staying around the blogosphere for the after party hope you'll stay with me!

December 21, 2017

Quarters One Christmas Tour: Kitchen and Keeping Room

Thanks for stopping by for the final day of our Quarters One Christmas Tour! 
This is a look at our kitchen and "keeping room"...the room where the family comes together and spends most of our time.  
It doesn't hurt that there is a wet bar in the room as well!

I had a little neighborhood coffee and cookie get together, it was a nice morning! My sweet neighbor, Phyllis, baked the cookies!

In case you're wondering, that is a Christmas pumpkin...
I loved it so much I just couldn't bear to part with it!

My first attempt, ever, at a gingerbread house. The pieces came from an Ikea package and it is really a hot mess but it photographed pretty well!

Our hutch wouldn't fit in the dining room so it found a spot here in the keeping room.

The wet bar has just enough room for the one military print I allow in the house!

May your days be Merry and Bright!! 
With Gratitude, Shand


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