PWTM: Fort Hunter Liggett, CA

 

 

Photo courtesy of www.army.mil

(photo courtesy of www.army.mil)

This month here at Army Wife Network, our Post With the Most features Fort Hunter Liggett in California. Ft. Hunter Liggett is a combat and combat support services training facility primarily for the U.S. Army Reserves.  But also offers training and readiness for all US military forces and foreign allies.

Fort Hunter Liggett is the largest installation in the Army Reserve, with more than 165,000 acres of mountains, valleys, rivers, plains, and forests, providing ideal areas to meet today’s training requirements. Fort Hunter Liggett’s ranges, training areas and facilities support year-round joint, multi-component, and interagency training. (Courtesy of www.liggett.army.mil)

Fort Hunter Liggett is located 250 miles North of Los Angeles and boasts wonderful fishing and hunting opportunities. The more rural setting boasts gorgeous views and a serene natural setting.

 

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On post housing is small, but offers a total of 84 housing units, consisting of duplexes, townhomes and single family dwellings. Given the training nature of the Garrison post, the high rotation of soldiers and short term residency means smaller numbers of family housing, reserved for long term occupation of PCS families.

Fort Hunter Liggett does boast all of the offerings of larger, more residential installations: a PX and Commissary, an on post hotel, MWR services and more! Check out our full PWTM segment here.

 

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Never forget that each PCS, each installation experience, is what you choose it to be. We all adjust better with a positive outlook and the beauty contained at Hunter Liggett is sure to inspire you and your family to explore!

For driving directions, local links and more, check out Fort Hunter Liggett’s site here.

 

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Welcome To My Little Bit Of Crazy

This is my very first post for Loving A Soldier. I am excited to have the opportunity of contributing to this amazing blog. I hope to share my experience of being a wife and full time mom while living a military life style with you. My greatest wish is that you will be able to learn through my experiences or at the very least find some amusement in my posts. For my first post, I think it is only fitting that I give you a sneak peak into my little bit of crazy, also known as my life.

If I had to describe myself in one sentence I would say, I am a family oriented, holiday loving, scatter brained, craft building, recipe making, God loving, book nerd. My dream is to be the next Martha Stewart, minus the jail time, of course. All joking aside, my true dream would be to one day write my own cookbook.  Creating delicious and healthy yet affordable recipes is a passion of mine.

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The picture above is of my husband and I right after high school graduation.You guessed it, we were high school sweethearts! How neat is that?  We had a bit of a whirlwind beginning, we were engaged at 18 and married at 20. I am happy to say we are still going strong  after 7 years of marital bliss. I would be lying if I said we haven’t had our share of ups and downs but every couple does. Through our trials and tribulations I find myself falling in love with him more and more as time goes on. He is my partner in crime, my other half. We have had an exciting, wild ride together and I would not change any of it.  He is my sarcastically funny, laid back, goal driven, barbecue loving, Army soldier and I am very proud of everything he has accomplished and even prouder to call him husband.

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This picture is of my husband, Colin and our four year old son, Christian. His current obsession is with Skylander’s. I mean my son is obsessed with Skylander’s not my husband. Though now that I think of it my husband does come home from a trip to the PX with a new Skylander quite often. Even when our son isn’t with him. Maybe I should have a talk with him about that. Okay, back to my son (I did warn you I was scatter brained, didn’t I?), he is a four year old rascal who loves Skylander’s, magic tricks and telling knock  knock jokes. He is the light of my life and can always put a smile on my face.

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This next picture is of my daughter, Lily Anne and I. I can’t believe my crazy girl will be 1 next week. Isn’t it amazing how fast babies grow? One minute they are an 8 pound cuddling baby and the next they are a nose picking toddler. At least that’s how it was with my son, hopefully my daughter will be a bit more lady like. Lily is a pure joy to be around and has a very infectious smile. You can’t help but smile yourself when you see her smile. Her favorite things to do are eat (she is a little piggy) and chase after her older brother.

Lily was born in South Korea, which is also where we live. Our current duty station is Camp Humphreys.  We have been on the other side of the world for almost two years now and are starting to gear up for our move back stateside in September. Our next adventure will be at Fort Bragg, North Carolina and I can’t wait to see what will be in store for my crazy family and I there!

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How PCSing Changed My Life

Do you ever dread moving? Maybe it’s the anticipation for orders, or wondering if where you end up next is a place you will want to be. PCSing seems to come with so many unknowns that it’s hard not to have a little bit of anxiety about what things will be like. Because, let’s face it, every PCS is pretty much a new start. A new house, a new group of friends, a new city. Or maybe they’re old hat if you’ve visited or lived there before. Although, that’s not to say that even old hat doesn’t have its own challenges sometimes.

I find myself thinking a lot about where we will end up next. I hope we can make it back to the east coast, somewhere near Washington D.C. But the choices are practically endless since there are so many places to go. I have come to a point where I am growing more and more impatient for my husband to get orders, and for us to have some kind of plan. My impatience goes hand in hand with some anxiety and anticipation about the unknown. I already know that I will once again have to start over wherever we end up, but so far, even though it is difficult sometimes, I think that you can’t ever be completely disappointed with the new situation that life ends up putting you in. That new place that you were struggling to navigate and make friends at has suddenly become the old hat.

My love affair with Washington DC began long ago.

My love affair with Washington DC began long ago. I definitely hope we can go back again.

I never imagined myself to be this kind of person. And by that I mean, the kind of person who is itching to move on to the next. The next place, the next adventure, the next part of life. I grew up in one place, basically my whole life. When I was 8 years old we moved to the other side of town, and lived in that house for about a year before we moved back to our old house. There wasn’t much that jolted my sense of reality. Except perhaps when I started high school in a new school district and had to make new friends, or when my grandparents moved to another city. Things were fairly predictable. And then college happened, and I was in this whole new place trying to figure out who I was and what life was about. I am sure there’s still a little bit of that girl gleaming inside of me somewhere. After all, when you are in a military family, you put your trust in the process and you move to wherever your spouse has been ordered to go. And you hope that you will be able to re-adapt yourself to the new environment you now find yourself to be apart of.

Though I don’t know where life will take me next, I do know one thing. I will embrace the adventure, hope for the best, and do what I can to make the most of it. Without a positive outlook, it becomes that much more difficult to cope with the situations we frequently find ourselves thrust into in the military community. When we first came to Washington, it was honestly the last place I wanted to be. I know first hand that having a positive attitude is sometimes easier said than done,  but it really is key to making the best out of whatever place your spouse gets orders for. The unknown is scary, and it’s normal to be afraid and anxious, but what I have learned is to embrace the choice I made when I said “I do”.

 

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Tara Crooks - July 24, 2014 - 3:17 pm

Mary, I never thought of myself as that kind of person either, but I like the adventure. I think the fun thing is that it has opened my eyes to appreciate new things and the things I hold true to “home” but also made me find where I truly feel I fit in – which as much as I love it, not where I’m from.

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Five Things a PCS and PMS Share

 

SHHHH. My head hurts. Keep the TV turned down and no sudden moves. Something is brewing and I’m a little off balance here. I may soon require chocolate and a long nap wouldn’t hurt. Have you felt like this before? Could it be the “P” word??

Let’s examine the symptoms. I’ve counted 5 and would’ve gone further except for the aforementioned lethargy.

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 2. It’s setting in. The “P” word. And it’s all in loud SHOUTY BOLD!!! Where did the lovely banana of yesterday go? Perhaps your husband pulled it from your hidden space and devoured it slowly, leaving only the peel behind on the floor that you JUST mopped and is now dangerously slick. You will surely trip and crack your head open, or perhaps lose a limb. The “P” word has you agonizing over every little thing that will go wrong.  It isn’t a pretty sight.

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 3. After releasing some anxiety and ingesting your weight in processed sugar and dairy you are    about ready to settle into a new phase. You may not like the person you’re becoming but when you take a moment to consider the situation you really don’t like anyone within five feet. You especially don’t like that look on your husband’s face when he says, “Honey, could you please pass the peas.” Umm, NO! Doesn’t he realize the 900 OTHER things you have on your plate right now!!! You need to deal with what’s in front of your face first! PLEASE! He can learn to get them himself and that dog barking for her water … that is REALLY annoying. What is wrong with the world. Don’t they know you are busy. The “P” word is really starting to kick your butt and you know it. You are losing friends fast. But there is one new friend who you keeps coming around to greet you. When he rings your doorbell it is heavenly music to your ears. It doesn’t matter the time of day - a late night visit is not unheard of. You know who I’m talkin about….

 

 

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 5. The Pizza Man may be your BFF before the “P” word has ended. And yes, I know I skipped number 4, so sue me. I’m not in the mood *reaches for that last slice of pizza*

 

 

 

 

 

Just remember to find yourself a comfy pillow for the duration of the “P” word.

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Judy Armstrong Davis - July 22, 2014 - 6:06 pm

Thanks for helping keep it all in perspective….had the P-bomb dropped on me just a few days ago :)!

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