Wordy Wednesday…AFTB!


Okay, folks, it’s that time again.  It’s Wednesday and today’s word is AFTB or Army Family Team Building.  Here is the mission statement for the AFTB classes:

Army Family Team Building Mission Statement

“Our mission is to educate and empower members of the military community to develop skills and encourage behaviors that strengthen self-reliance, promote retention, and enhance readiness.”

Okay, AFTB classes  aren't usually this big.  They are in a smaller, more personal setting so it's a great place to make new friends.  But, you get the idea, right?  :)

Okay, AFTB classes aren’t usually this big. They are in a smaller, more personal setting so it’s a great place to make new friends. But, you get the idea, right? 🙂

I had taken the classes back in 2006 when I was a brand new army wife and was trying to make some sense of this crazy military life.  The curriculum has just been revamped and I had the opportunity to take Level II (now called Level G) last week and it was great!  It was a small class and I got to meet a couple of really cool ladies (and we now have some plans to hang out outside of class- new friends, always a bonus!).  Here are the topics covered in each of the levels:

You don’t have to take the levels in order, so stop by ACS on-post and see which classes they have coming up!  If you don’t live close to an army post or have trouble making it to class, check them out on-line.  It’s not as fun as meeting new people and taking the class in person, but it’s still a way to get some great information.  Check it out at:  http://www.arfp.org/index.php/training/64-aftb-online-training-and-classes

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Little Blog- Big Step: We are now on Pinterest


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Big step for us! We have started our own Pinterest account where we will eventually pin all our posts and others we find that relate and we love. Pinterest can be quiet addicting, so check back often and make sure you follow us <— that’s the important part. You can find the link to our Pinterest account to the left of our posts. And make sure you are following our blog to via Facebook, Bloglovin, Twitter (motherofchaos3) or by good ole’ email.

Ask Away Friday with Mrs. AOK


You are some very lucky readers. This week we have two Friday posts! I linked up my amazingness with Mrs AOK A Work in Progress to do a feature called Ask Away Friday. I love this topic idea because I feel excited getting to know new people outside my little bubble in the big wide world of blogging. We each made up and swapped 10 questions for the other to answer. Make sure you head on over to Mrs AOK to see what I asked!

Real Housewife Of Caroline County

1. What made you want to blog? 
MrsMissionControl (my co-blogger) and I were forever sharing resources, tips and stories about raising our ASD kids. We relied on each other for support, which we felt was lacking in the military community. We realized there had to be more military families like ours going through the same scenarios and needing support. 
 
2. We both have three babies, 2 daughters and a son; how do you {or try to} organize your chaos and military lifestyle? Military wives/husbands hold the fort down it’s tough.. I’ve been there.
 Organize? That word isnt in my vocab. It’s honestly more disorganization. I am having some short term memory issues which never helps. Wait…what was the question? Oh, I write EVERYTHING down in my amazing Erin Condren Planner. I’m counting down the days until November because thats when I get to order a new one!

3. Have you ever Vlogged? 
Nope, I hate the sound of my voice. So much I refuse to have a personal voicemail message. 
 
4. Are you the queen of the kitchen or the queen of ordering out? 
It used to all be about where I could get food fastest. But now, I have reached a new level of crazy… I cook home-made or semi-home-meals every night. 
 
5. Twitter, Facebook or Google+, which is your favorite and why?
I used to be the one people came to for whats the best to use. At this point I cant even tell you what Google+ is and if I get one more Candy Crush invite my computer will go through a window. I like Twitter only because it is the only one I could figure out how to link my Instagram and Facebook account too to post simultaneously. 
 
6. Is there a blog you’re stalking hardcore right now? 
That would imply I have leisure time to read. 
 
7. If you could only save one app on your phone which would it be? 
I went back and forth between two. But stuck with Pinterest. I am a creative person and use it as a stress outet. But because of my memory issues I forget what I’m even working on. So I use it as a reference and how to guide.
 
8. Do you have a blogging ritual? Yes, its called sit-down-inbetween-poopy-diapers-therapists-meals-chores-and-remember-you-forgot-to-pee-all-day-ritual. And then I finally write. 
 
9. Do you find blogging therapeutic? 
Extremely. I have seen my fair share of therapists and coursers and none of them can ever help like writing does. If you could hear all the crap I actually want to say to people, I would have been shot and jailed a long time ago. Haha, so blogging, calms me down thinking what I am writing could actually help someone else.
 
10. Do you have any tips for new young military spouses?  
Yes, I think the best thing they can do is learn about what their husband actually does. This is a lifestyle and most make it a career, which means many many years. If you spend all those years with your head up your butt and have no idea what is going on with the life/career you have, then you are doing yourself and your marriage a disservice. If you ask him questions about his job and listen, then when he comes home and vents, talks or just unloads about his day, you can actually have a active part in the conversation instead of just slapping a fake smile on your face and acting like you know exactly what he is talking about.  You might not be able to solve his work problems for him; but I think he will feel calmer knowing you actually might know what he is talking about and he isnt talking to a brick wall. If you think you have no real reason to learn, then maybe this life style isnt for you.