Friday, April 26, 2013

There's Something About: My Military Kids

April is the Month of the Military Child. I was one and now I have 3 of my own. They are heros, too.




There seems to be a month or day for anything and everything nowadays. But this one is important and special to me. There are blogs and websites featuring photos from many families of their military children, but I just wanted to tell you a little about mine, 'cause that's what I know!

During our last deployment, we learned about Our Military Kids. It's an organization that helps children of the National Guard and Reserves to participate in sports, music and other extra activities that can be costly for many families, especially while a parent is deployed.

I was so happy to get this information. School had just started and with Daddy being deployed, I was determined to keep us busy to help pass the time. (Little did I know Hurricane Sandy would be keeping me plenty busy!)

Lightning was playing flag football, Tink was in cheerleading and dance, and Buzz had started his first year of high school. Music lessons seemed like a good choice.

Buzz has been playing the viola in school for almost 6 years and he was interested in learning how to play the guitar. And what big brother does, Lightning tries, too.




Tink had taken piano lessons before, but stopped when softball season had started, so she was ready to start piano again.




So, we signed them up for lessons at a local music store and they were more than generous setting up the kids for their lessons. They already offer a free guitar when you pay for 10 or more lessons up front, so that helped to set the boys up with the necessary equipment. The kids each received lessons for about 5 months.

Buzz has decided that he would like to keep playing. And as he is not involved in any other extra-curricular activity at the moment, we will most likely continue his guitar lessons.

Now that spring is here - at least that's what the calendar says - Tink and Lightning have stopped their lessons to play softball and baseball. Hopefully, in the fall, Tink will be able to take piano lessons again. Lightning, on the other hand - well, let's just say, he likes to be outside!

Thank you, again to Our Military Kids. You gave my kids something to look forward to every week.


~Michiko

8 comments:

  1. What a fantastic organization! Thanks for sharing!

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  2. Great program. I think it's great you enrolled your kids. Helps deployment go by more quickly!

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  3. What an awesome organization! Too bad it wasn't around when I was a military child, but it's just great that it's available now! Something for me to keep in mind for the future... :-)

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  5. This is a great post. My first grandchild will be a military baby (due in May). :)

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  6. I had no idea that it was "Month of the Military Child". Both me and my Hubby were military kids, and now my baby is one too! Thanks for the link to ourmilitarykids.org I can see this being something pretty useful in our family. Take care!

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  7. This is soo cool! I'm a military brat so this is nice that they have this now. Thank you for sharing this @ The Show Off Blog Party :)

    Jessica
    The Wondering Brain

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