Month of the Military Child – Sierra Vista Herald Article

So the girls are famous now, at least across Fort Huachuca. Based on some brainstorming in the Public Affairs Office about April’s Month of the Military Child, my First Sergeant and I’s families were selected for an article in the Sierra Vista Herald about the wonder and difficulties of being a military child. Of course, I jumped at this opportunity and was very eager to support the initiative. The girls were pretty excited too at the prospect of being in the newspaper. When the crew arrived, Gabriella went shy and stayed in her room most of the time, while Elaina opened up as soon as the first question was asked of her. And just like that, the girls were a household name (within a five-mile radius).

To no one’s surprise, shy Gabriella just wanted to cuddle while Elaina the Extrovert would not stop talking.
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The Calkins Girls try LARPing

Anyone that refers to themselves as a nerd knows that there are many tiers of nerdom.  For instance, liking Star Wars may seem a little nerdy, but since it has become pretty mainstream, it is certainly a low-threat.  Liking Star Trek though, means that you are delving further down the rabbit hole.  Everyone has a different scale too, one that likely includes less mainstream board games (check), Dungeons & Dragons (check), and even miniatures for wargaming that you painted yourself (*hangs head*… check).  Of all the possible tiers for me, Live-Action Roleplaying (in tandem with cosplay) is my red line (for some it is Star Trek, others Dungeons & Dungeons, while some have nothing that is “too far”).  Having said that up front though, I always aim to be a good friend first.  And when my friend Steve invited my daughters and I to join him and the local Amtgard chapter at Veterans Memorial Park in Sierra Vista, we would not have missed it for the world.

This guy might have wanted to miss it though.

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Swim Lessons

Whether it was for pure survival skills or because we were letting the pools go to waste at Walt Disney World, it was only a matter of time until I put the girls in swim lessons.  Their mother also likes to take them to Great Wolf Lodge and they can only wear floaties for so long.  While this class only lasted for two months, it was an excellent introduction into the wonderful world of swimming.

Make sure to get up and stretch, because we are about to dive in!

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