Caitlin Antonides

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Caitlin is a wife, mother and sometimes English teacher (thanks PCS schedule!), who is originally from the Chicagoland area. She jumped headfirst into military life after marrying her husband, James, in 2010, and has enjoyed a whirlwind of adventures ever since. Her favorite part of being a military spouse is the frequency with which her family is able to travel and explore new cultures. She enjoys snuggling her two children, cruising Netflix with her husband, and writing with her sister at their joint blog, Loud Is Ladylike. Caitlin is thrilled to be part of the Military Moms Blog team and looks forward to connecting with the many wonderful members of this community. 
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The Truth About Distance and the Military

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Communicating the difficulties of military life to our civilian friends is something with which milspouses are intimately familiar. They often struggle to grasp the logistical hurdles and emotional strain unique to this life. And...
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Earthquakes + COVID: The Aftershocks Are Just The Beginning

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As a writer, I have two inner demons that consistently fight against one another: anxiety and procrastination. And while neither of these is particularly fun to manage, my anxiety typically serves as a counterbalance to...
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I Love Tacky Holiday Decor, and I Don’t Care Who Knows It

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I’m the type of person who would never turn down an item of clothing full of sparkles. Especially during the holidays. Indeed, I’m a sucker for glittery ballet flats. So nobody would ever accuse me...
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The Scourge of the Elementary School Snack

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Listen, guys. This year has been rough—like, really rough. All our lives have been upended in ways we never could’ve imagined. Mundane activities like walking to the bus stop or going to a check-up are...
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Meal Trains and the Military: How Food Brings Us ALL Together

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In the decade or so since I’ve been a military spouse, it’s been difficult to effectively relay the ways in which our lives are different from my non-military friends. Of course, they understand the basics...
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Reflections on a Decade as a Military Spouse

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My husband and I recently celebrated our tenth wedding anniversary. When I think back on the day we said “I do,” there was so much in our future I could never have imagined: the perfect...
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In Its Own Way, COVID-19 Has Made Me Appreciate Military Life

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Life as a military spouse is not often framed in the most glowing of terms. We endure a unique set of challenges, after all. But when discussed positively, it’s almost always done as a tribute...
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Why Didn’t Anyone Tell Me About the Loneliness of Motherhood?

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My husband walked in on me yelling at the kids tonight. He was hauling bags of groceries through the entryway right at the moment that I lost my cool. They hadn’t gone to the dinner...
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‘Twas the Night of St. Valentine: Moms Edition

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'Twas the night of St. Valentine, and all through the house, Mama was stressing and rushing around. Dishes were dirty, the baby’s tooshie was bare, While the pre-teen screamed over gum in her hair.   The children refused to...
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Five Rules for the Accidental Stay-At-Home Mom

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I have a confession to make: I’m not great at being a stay-at-home mom. It was never part of my plans but neither was marrying a soldier. And because that has meant moving seven times...
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The Ghost of Milspouse Friends Past

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It’s that time of year again... Holiday parties are in full swing, trees glitter through frosted windows, and the eggnog pours freely. Festive movies dance across our television screens all month long; and if one...

A Modern Fairy Tale: Goldilocks and the Three Babies

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Once upon a time, there lived a girl named Goldie… yes, that one—of three bears fame. Only she was no longer a girl and that famous blonde hair had darkened into little more than...