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Category Archives: On The Military Installation

Moving Within Germany Part 1: Kaiserslautern Housing Brief & Exceptional Family Member Program (EFMP) Screening

We knew we would be moving within Germany at some point not long after we got to Heidelberg in November 2011 as it was scheduled to close in August 2013. I had written about the process of moving to Germany on military orders and decided to write about moving within Germany Read more →

Dinner at Zur Dicken Emma Preceded By a Gas Mishap

At the end of June, some of my grad school cohort got together for dinner at Zur Dicken Emma (The Big Emma), a restaurant in Ramstein-Miesenbach. My husband declined to go with me, so I went on my own. This would be the first time I had gotten gas on Read more →

Science Fair: Making Tie-Dye Milk & Going 104 Ft Up in the Air

Heidelberg’s Army Child Youth & School Services held a science fair on April 20th at the middle school on Patrick Henry Village. Kids could go from booth to booth trying out different projects. Many of the booths were operated by staff from the PHV Child Development Center, including myself. While Read more →

Online Shopping: Who Ships to APO/FPO Addresses? (Part of the Christmas Spectacular Blog Hop)

Today is the second day of the Christmas Spectacular Blog Hop hosted by Toni of One Chocolate Box. Today’s topic is “anything related to Christmas shopping”. I do most of my shopping, Christmas and otherwise, online. No lines. No crowds. No being out in the cold. It’s easy to price Read more →

10 Tips from a Former Caregiver for Parents With Children in Daycare

During my year working in a child development center (daycare), I started compiling a list of tips for parents including, among other things, bringing weather appropriate clothing. I held off on posting it while I worked there since I wasn’t sure how it would go over. Well, today I was Read more →

Getting My USAREUR Driver’s License

When we first got to Germany, I studied the booklet my husband was given to prepare for the test to get a USAREUR (US Army Europe) driver’s license. Then we found out we couldn’t take the test at the same time because we are married, which was odd considering there Read more →

Getting a Tourist Passport While Living in Germany

I had never had a passport before we got orders to Germany, but a little while before we came here, I got a no-fee passport. I was originally told that I could travel on it but later found out that’s not the case. Countries in the European Union have open Read more →

My First Day at the Child Development Center

It’s been awhile since I told you about in-processing as a Child & Youth Program Assistant. As promised, it’s finally time to tell you about my first day at the Child Development Center (which go figure I’m posting a couple days after my employment officially ended since I have been in Read more →

Pre-Employment Paperwork & Requirements

Last time, I told you about accepting the job offer for Child and Youth Program Assistant. The day after, I had to go into CPAC (civilian personnel advisory center) which is the NAF HR department. Most of the paperwork I filled out for them was the same thing you’d fill Read more →

Getting the Job Offer for Child & Youth Program Assistant

Last month, I told you about interviewing for the position of Child Youth Program Assistant at the Child Development Center. Today I’ll tell you about getting offered the position. When I’d interviewed, the program director had said he’d make his decision by the following Wednesday. When that came and went, Read more →

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