One of the joys of this blog is connecting with people from all over that I would likely have never met if it weren't for our connection with the Naval Academy. That can go for anyone from fellow Mid parents, Mids themselves or folks like Kristin Cronic, the amazing artist who is still painting The … Continue reading A quick catch-up with Grant Vermeer of Academy Insider
It's funny how I can scroll through my Facebook feed, bounce from one topic to the other and not miss a beat. Recently, there's been a lot of Naval Academy activity, which I love. I revel in hearing about the Firstie families as they prepare for Commissioning Week and The Big Day. That was heartwarming. … Continue reading Class of 2020 on the clock as Class of 2019 nears commissioning
The Naval Academy whirlwind continues and my Facebook feed has been flooded with parents of Firsties prepping for The Big Day and fellow parents from the Class of 2020 gushing about The Ring Dance (my Mid is on a Zero Block cruise, which means he could not attend the Ring Dance ... and I'm not bitter … Continue reading Finally, it’s time for Herndon, #PlebesNoMore!
I cannot tell you the number of people I have come to know between social media and the Naval Academy that I have never - and may never actually meet. But I have come to know some pretty well and am amazed at some of their stories. So when I came across an Instagram account named … Continue reading Meet the former Mid who is still painting The Yard
Part II Our Mid Sib has expressed a great interest in military service. And unlike her brother, who was strictly focused on the Naval Academy, she is open to all branches, including academies and ROTC programs. (I love her thought process - "Everyone who can serve should serve. And I'm capable of serving.") She's obviously seen plenty involving … Continue reading Mid Sib behind enemy lines: Coast Guard Academy
The Naval Academy is steeped in traditions and one of my favorites is finally ... finally ... within sight. The Herndon Climb! The end of Plebe Year is within reach for the class of 2022! This will be the second Climb since my son's class put Plebe Year behind them, but whenever I hear "Plebes No More," … Continue reading Here comes Herndon … bring it on!
I have often commented about the Circle of Life at the Naval Academy. I continue to be mesmerized by the way the Mids, all living in tight quarters under regimented conditions, manage to live lives in totally different cycles. In this latest installment, the Plebes will select their majors this week. I've written about this … Continue reading Plebes hit a “major” milestone while my Mid prepares for surgery