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West Point Cadet Uniform Items

I have a few West Point Cadet Uniform Items listed in my Etsy Shop. West Point, like any other college town is a bubble of pride. Although there is obviously a large military over tone to everything, the pride is still palpable. The cadets don’t always appreciate their situation; long hours, rules, rules, rules, competitiveness, athletics and of course grueling academics. I’ve found it’s the instructors and TACs who after a decade in the Army come back to truly appreciate the experiences of “The Long Grey Line.”

I have a handful of times up to get the Army fans excited for Black Knight Foot Ball. Go Army! Beat Navy!!

West Point Cadet Uniform Dress

West Point Cadet Uniform Dress

West Point Cadet Uniform Dress

West Point Cadet Uniform Bag

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Graduation Week

The 2014 class at West Point Graduated this week. Per President Obama’s words, they might be the first class in over 10 years to graduate and not deploy into a war zone. I’m hopeful we can spend the rest of my husband’s Army career with no deployments.

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My babes were both able to snag a hat after the traditional hat toss. They’ll never forget that experience!! 3 Beans Studio3 Beans Studio

A few other photos from the weekend. 3 Beans Studio3 Beans Studio

becky m - May 30, 2014 - 7:02 pm

I hope you all can avoid deployment as well! Beautiful photos. How cute is G with that hat on!!

Daring Greatly (Quietly)


When my friend Mike (the founder of Team RWB) sent me an invite to hear Brene Brown and Susan Cain “Holy Crap!” was the only way I could respond. Then I figured, “Yeah, that’ll be cool.” Thinking it would be The two NY Times Best Sellers, Team RWB and a crap ton of cadets in a huge auditorium. Oh, no. It was a dozen cadets and a dozen professionals and it was amazing!!! Having my worlds align in this way was nothing short of euphoric. Both Susan Cain and Brene Brown are just as amazing in person as you’d imagine them to be from their research, writing and seeing them on Oprah!!!





One of my friends welcomed her beautiful baby this week! Henry is just perfection!!

becky m - May 8, 2014 - 11:40 pm

These are gorgeous! You were meant to do this!! :)


For the better part of a year, I’ve been feeling less than my best. I’ve been less friendly, less willing to break the ice in new social situations, less willing to even GO to new social situations. A friend of mine connected me with a event planner in the city who brought me aboard to photograph “Crazy, Sexy, Miracles.” It was serendipity!! 3 Beans Studio

Kris Carr–in her AMAZING shoes–said something about having “in years.” Years where there is only enough energy to focus on your soul and body. It really resonated with me. I started to feel much better about the fact that I thought I was moving in reverse; A social butterfly who suddenly feels like a worm in a chrysalis. I’ve been having and trying accept my “in” year. I still socialize, of course. Just not as much as I feel like I should or would have, even a handful of months ago. Maybe when the weather starts to warm up and some of this snow starts to melt, I’ll feel like coming back out and joining the world again?

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OH, but when I have gotten out, I’ve gone out BIG! The Point Plungers (“The Point” is another nick name for West Point) donned our bright pink uniforms, hand the cameras and kids off to the husbands and each took turns plunging into a literally FREEZING waters to raise money for the Special Olympics of New York. We were SO proud be in the top 10 fundraiser teams in NY!!! People think soldiers are amazing, but the WIVES of soldiers, those are the people who continuously amaze me, in every way!!! So much grace, grit and humility.

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Nothing like seeing the “jump scene” marked off with “crime scene” tape, LOL!3 Beans Studio


The blocks of ice lining the water? Ice they had to CUT from the surface so we could actually jump into WATER. BRRRRR.

Becky M - March 19, 2014 - 8:08 pm

I’m right there with you. For me I know why I’ve been less social, exhaustion!! I do believe these things are cyclical though. You’ll snap out of it when the time is right. It looks like you’ve got a great support group in the military wives though. What a fun fundraiser!!