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Anita MA Mom
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A little about me:
I am the Mom of two great kids, Nick 22, Lauren 20. I have been married to my husband Mike for 25yrs. Our son Nick is in his first week of Boot Camp. I love my kids and my family, and I am very proud of Nick for joining the Navy! I can't wait to see him for the first time in his uniform, he graduates Dec 17th. Many Blessings to you all!!!
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Posted on December 9, 2010 at 12:33am 3 Comments

I finally received the confirmation today that the Scheduling office received Nick's Itinereary!!!!! YEA !! Hopefully soon everyone will get their reply.

Help with deciding whether to drive to graduation or take the hotel shuttle??

Posted on November 29, 2010 at 9:41pm 2 Comments

Okay all of you Moms or anyone that has been to PIR please help!! Is it best to drive your vehicle to the PIR or just take the shuttle from the hotel? My husband is on the Navy For Dads webpage, and it says from the gate it is 4 SHORT blocks ??? Sometimes Men's definition of a block is very different than that of a woman. So what are your thoughts ??? Thanks Anita PIR 12/17

Hope everyone had a GREAT DAY today!! So Happy to hear from my Son. He got to leave the base and go to eat at the VFW in Chicago. They let them call on the bus ride there, for a short call, then when…

Posted on November 26, 2010 at 1:02am 2 Comments

Hope everyone had a GREAT DAY today!! So Happy to hear from my Son. He got to leave the base and go to eat at the VFW in Chicago. They let them call on the bus ride there, for a short call, then when they got there he called like 5 times through out the day! He sounded like he was doing great! He said the people at the VFW were very nice to them (about 173) sailors were there. They had lots of cell phones for them to use and computers set up, TV'S , XBOXE'S . I think it was a very nice day for… Continue

Just wanted to take some time to wish you all A BLESSED AND HAPPY THANKSGIVING!! Try to find something to be truly Thankful for!! I can't wait for 12/17 for my Son's Graduation and to possibly meet s…

Posted on November 24, 2010 at 12:59am 1 Comment

Just wanted to take some time to wish you all A BLESSED AND HAPPY THANKSGIVING!! Try to find something to be truly Thankful for!! I can't wait for 12/17 for my Son's Graduation and to possibly meet some of you Moms there!! Have a wonderful day what ever you may do!!

Many Blessings to you all,


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At 10:09pm on July 19, 2011, priscilla; FC wife said…
Hi, Anita! Just wanted to stop by and see how you're doing. Long time no talk. :)
At 5:20pm on June 4, 2011, Brenda Sue said…

What a coincidence!  Mine will be in Rota soon - but just for a few days.  He is finishing up a deployment and headed stateside.  My son carries his laptop with him because he goes all over!  This deployment he actually go to spend some time on a ship.

I have Skyped with him while he was in other countries.  It does work quite well.  Sometimes he cannot be in a private place (like when he was on the ship) - so we just typed back and forth.  At least it was "real time" conversation". 

My son does not get stationed in Rota - that is just a jumpling off place for his other deployments.  So, he has spent several weeks there - but that is all.  I know that they have gotten to do some fun things while in Spain (like horseback ride through some mountains). 

Hope this helps - but my son does not tell me a whole lot about where he is and what he is doing.  I don't pressure him for too much information either.

At 9:05pm on May 18, 2011, MWD Mom said…
So I was way too "long winded" and had to post part already ha ha, surprise, surprise!! Anyway as I was saying,  Sorry to be secretive but I so don't wanna break any rules either!!!  I felt so bad a week or two ago I posted some photos of David and  the family from the day before he left.  Just as I was hitting enter I realized I hadn't blurred out our last name on his uniform, I so knew better but it was too late at that point!!!!  Sort of the point of no return???  I got a very nice note saying I needed to blur it then it would be approved for the sight!! I felt so stupid but replied back that I realized it slightly too late but I'd be glad to fix it ASAP!!!  OK enough please check facebook, K???  Thanks!!!  If I don't hear from you before the weekend have a great one!!!  I hope to get some flowers in the ground, I bought them last weekend and had good intentions but they are still sitting in the garage.  Heck I haven't even gotten my veggie garden in and I so want to do that. Dave has been "under the weather" so to say, he had neuro surgery on C5 almost three years ago, they knew C6 was an issue also but did a single nerve block back then to see exactly which was causing the pain.  He's been great since with a flare up here and there, until Friday evening.  He was sore/had some pain but this time it got worse and didn't go away.  I knew it was horrible when he agreed for me to make him a doctors appointment with the pain management doc who did the block.  We went today and they don't feel he needs surgery at this time so they are going to try injections and see what that does.   We are hopeful the steriod injection will do the trick this time, if not off to OR he goes!!!  Lastly you and Yankeemom make me jealous you live close enough to have lunch!! ha ha
At 8:53pm on May 18, 2011, MWD Mom said…
Oh, OK I misunderstood "marks", I didn't realize they did such a thing but I suppose they have to grade them some how huh???!!!!  I'm not sure going back to the "old way" would be needed, as the MWD process is mostly instruction on handling a dog.  I su,ppose being in a little longer and going through the MWD process makes one more comfortable with the Navy in general.  That in itself would be a huge help I'm sure.  If he is still really interested in the program he may want to "hang out" at the kennel some, that way he can get some "on the job training" and see the in's and out's of how they do stuff in "real life" and not in class.  Or at leas that's something that would be helpful to me, I prefer to sort of see it done or do it while being taught.  I so can't just follow directions and then do it!!!  Ha ha Which isn't always a good thing, Dave (hubby) get slightly impatent with me, but I keep telling him we all learn in a different manner.  But then again I suppose when he has to "show" me time and time again it gets old to him!!!  I drive absolutely crazy with computer stuff!!! Once again I have to remind him just because he knows how to do it doesn't mean I do!!! I suppose I'm a slower learner at times, especially when it comes to electronics, he can pick something up and figure it out, as does David.  Our daughter and I not so much!! ha ha  As for David needing anything can't think of anything at the moment, but I will get you his address as soon as I have it.  Maybe a short note or card might be a good thing, or at least I do so......  I do have a favor/request but I'll message you on facebook about it since I'm not so sure about the rules on here and don't want to step on anyone's toes so to say!!!  I'm going to check the "rules" and if it's OK I'll come back and put the request on here.
At 1:02pm on May 17, 2011, MWD Mom said…
@Anita: yeah it's been a long time!!  hope you are doing well!!  David is on deployment currently, so yeah any prayers for both of us would be great!!!  Sorry Nick left MWD, it's not for everyone that's for sure!!  So he got bite three times?  Were they bad bites? Any bite hurts!!!  As for going back later might be a good idea, back when David went through his MWD training his class we the very first one to allow "pipeliners" which is what they called people coming right out of basic and into MWD.  It used to be you had to be at least an E5 or higher.  Hope Nick enjoys Spain, David has been an loved!!!  Especially the sangria!!  As for passports, I'm sure Nick is flying on a military aircraft to Spain, they don't need to go through TSA or customs, so he may not need a passport right now.  Did he say he has already applied for one? Is he excited about Spain?  How long will he be there?  That's some place I'd love to visit!!
At 5:39pm on March 21, 2011, Hunters_Mom_12/092_MAA said…
Hello Anita and thank you for the reach out and message. Where do I find the updates you wrote me about? I sent you a friend request.
At 10:34pm on March 16, 2011, tennismom3 ship 07 div 043 said…

Thanks Anita! That is a huge help! We are flying to San Antonio from Colorado tomorrow morning. We are very excited. ;)


At 12:11pm on February 10, 2011, MWD Mom said…
I just realized Nick is the same age as David was when he joined!!  Did he go to college some before he enlisted?? David did he went for three years and then quit in his first semester of his senior year!!  He has started taking classes again but has stopped for now because of his deployment next month. 
At 12:08pm on February 10, 2011, MWD Mom said…
WONDERFUL!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!  I'm so happy for you guys!!!!!!!!!  Way to go Nick!!!  I know you guys are so happy, I know how we felt when Favid found out he got MWD!!!  David said this is the best job in the world!!!  Please keep me posted on how things go!!   
At 2:41pm on February 9, 2011, MWD Mom said…
Any time that's what we are here for, to help each other!!!!  Hang in there, I'll be thinking of you guys today, please keep me posted!!!!! 

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