Wednesday, January 30, 2008

School Uniforms

My daughter will be going to a different school next year. I have filled out an application to a school that wears uniforms. The concept is a little forign to me, but I like the idea. I never went to a school that had uniforms. I am wondering what she will think about it, everyone dressing the same. She turns 5 this year, she is young, I dont think it will bother her as long as she can wear a dress. Which there is a skirt option.
I would like an opinion from a girl who had to wear a uniform.
The bottom line is, its a great school...

Mrs. Marine

Friday, January 25, 2008

Craft of the Week - Paper Chain Countdown

Paper Chain Countdown

You will need:
Colored Construction Paper
Staples (works best) or Glue

Cut 1 inch strips of paper. Make each strip into a loop (overlap ends and staple or glue together) and link them all together to form a long chain. Make enough loops so your child can take one off every day from now until the date your counting down too!

Hang it high on the wall so they can reach the bottom loop! I also write numbers on mine so its easy to make sure there are the correct number left. Sometimes my daughter takes two off in one day, or forgets to take on off. It's a great decoration too.

I have used Paper Chains to countdown to lots of different events. If your child is learning their colors it can also be a great way to practise those. When they take one off they tell you what color it is (use lots of different color paper).

I always make countdowns when Daddy's deployed. Usually when there are around 30 days left until he comes home. Got a little carried away once and made over 100 loops. I hung them from the ceiling like garland all around the room. My daughter was learning her colors then....

Mrs. Marine

Monday, January 21, 2008

Going "Home" for Deployment

My husband will be deploying again soon. Recently I was asked by another wife who's husband will be deploying with mine, "Are you going home for deployment." Meaning "home" as in where I am originally from, which to me, it's not my home anymore. I'll be here for a while, this is my home.
I have never understood the concept of the questions really. So many wives think "my husbands deploying so I have to up and leave and go home." And I'm not talking they go visit for a little while. They MOVE and go home to live for the entire deployment. WHY? They cant survive without their husbands, they cant be alone? It's ridiculous, and its a domino effect. It makes it harder on the few wives who stay because there is no one to bond with and your friends leave. It makes everyone want to leave. Not to mention it makes it impossible to put down roots anywhere living like that. Just because my husbands leaving doesn't mean I'm going to.

Mrs. Marine

Friday, January 18, 2008

Craft of the Week - Butterfly Prints

Butterfly Prints

You will need:
thick piece of paper
asorted colors of paint
pipe cleaner for antennae

Paint the paper with several colors using a paint brush or fingers. While the paint is still wet fold in half to press and blend the colors making a mirror effect on both sides. Open paper up and let it dry. Then re-fold and cut the shape of a butterfly. Glue on antennae.

Mrs. Marine

Wednesday, January 16, 2008

Scam Targets Military Spouses

This is from a report from the Department of Homeland Security

January 14, WITN 7 Washington – (National) Scam targets military spouses. The

American Red Cross is warning military families about a scam that puts a soldier’s identity at risk. The group says scam artists are contacting military spouses, saying they work for the “Red Cross.” The caller tells the spouse their loved one has been injured in Iraq and has been transported to a hospital in Germany. However, before doctors can treat him, the caller says, they need to complete paperwork. The caller asks for the soldier’s social security number and birth date. The American Red Cross says their workers do not directly contact families or dependents of servicemen and women.


Mrs. Marine

Friday, January 11, 2008

Craft of the Week - Footprint Mural

This was the most fun and cutest craft I ever did. This would be great for a birthday party! Because the more kids participating the better!

Footprint Mural

You will need a very large and long piece of paper and lots of different colors of washable paint and large plastic plates for the paint.
The best place to do this would be outside on a sidewalk or driveway.

Lay the paper flat on the ground, put generous amounts of paint onto the plates.
The children take off their socks and shoes and step into the paint and then walk across the paper leaving their paint footprints!!

***Make sure an adult is supporting each child as they walk, the paint is very slippery.***
After it dries hang it on the wall, make a note of who's foot prints are who's so you can label them.

Mrs. Marine

Thursday, January 10, 2008

Operation Special Delivery

Operation Special Delivery (or OSD), provides trained volunteer Doula's for pregnant women whose husbands or partners have been severely injured or who have lost their lives due to the current war on terror, or who will be deployed at the time that they are due to give birth.

What is a Doula? A Doula is specially trained to give informational, emotional, and physical support to women during childbirth. A Doula does not perform medical tasks, but is trained to provide uninterrupted support to a mother in labor.

Mrs. Marine

Monday, January 07, 2008

Blankets for Deployed Daddies

The Hugs and Kisses blanket is a wonderful blanket that deployed daddies can use to let their newborns know that they are there for them. Scent is a powerful comforter for babies, and this blanket gives the deployed daddy a chance to share his unique scent with his new baby until he can be reunited!

The Blankets for Deployed Daddies program is donating baby blankets to soldiers deployed when their babies are born. These blankets are all hand-knit and sent with a sealable bag to preserve the scent until it arrives back home.

Mrs. Marine

Friday, January 04, 2008

Craft of the Week - Egg Carton Caterpillar

Egg Carton Caterpillar

Separate 4, 5, or 6 cups from an egg carton.
Using the point of a scissors, an adult should make 2 small holes at one end for the antennae.
Insert pipe cleaners for the antennae.
Add eyes, a mouth, and decorate with paint.

This is one of my personal favorites!

Mrs. Marine

Tuesday, January 01, 2008

Banana Bread Tips

I LOVE BANANA BREAD! I make it homemade. Hubby and Princess like it too.
I wanted to share a little tip you may or may not know.
You need very ripe bananas to make bread. I used to have the problem that I would not get around to making the bread until it was too late to use the bananas, or they would be ripe but I wouldn't have all the ingredients.
So, my solution - Freeze the Bananas when they are nice and ripe. I put them in a zip lock bag in the freezer and take them out when I am ready to make it. Your fingers will get frozen trying to get the peeling off but it works. I set them out on the counter for a few hours beforehand and then use a knife and cut a slit in the peeling longways to get it off.

Also, buttermilk, only need a small amount for the recipe. The only thing I use buttermilk for is banana bread. So every time I ended up pouring almost a whole pint down the drain.
My solution: FREEZE IT. I had a bunch of small baby bottles with lids that I don't use anymore. I filled each one with the exact amount of buttermilk that I need and put them in the freezer. Works great!

Mrs. Marine