Southwest Asia, January 2009
My DH’s promotion, Hurlburt Field Memorial Air Park, September 2011

(Updated 8 July 2013)

My name is Patricia, but in the blogging world I became known as “Major Mom” thanks to a friend in the Air Force Reserves.  As soon as he had said it, the David Bowie song “Space Oddity” went through my mind.

I am a mother and wife first – an Air Force wife, that is.  My husband proudly serves in the Air Force as a weather officer.

I also continue to serve my country as a weather officer in the Air Force Reserves.

It’s a wonderful double-life I lead.

Leaving the active duty Air Force in April 2005 was a very difficult decision for me — I had our second son in early 2005 just before the 10-year-point in my career.  It was already tough having to turn my oldest son over to a child care center every duty day — 50 hours per week.  So in spring 2005 I took advantage of a Reserves job opening for which I was qualified in Norfolk, Virginia — my hometown!

It’s truly awesome getting to see our sons grow up, and be able to help out at their school, on their sports teams (I’ve coached soccer before) and as a Cub Scout den leader.  I’m not sure I’d have had time for that if I had remained on active duty.

We currently live in Colorado Springs, Colorado, while my wonderful husband is an assistant professor of physics at the US Air Force Academy.

We have lived in the following locations since we graduated from Penn State University in 1995:

  • Leesville (Fort Polk), Louisiana, 1995-1998
  • Yongsan Army Installation, Seoul, Republic of Korea, 1998-2000
  • Beavercreek (Wright-Patterson AFB), Ohio, 2000-2002
  • Melbourne (Patrick AFB), Florida, 2002-2005
  • Raleigh, North Carolina (Dave was assigned to North Carolina State University), 2005-2008
  • Bellevue (Offutt AFB), Nebraska, 2008-2010
  • Navarre (Hurlburt Field), Florida, 2010-2013
  • Colorado Springs (USAFA), Colorado, 2013 – present

I started this blog in December 2007, thanks to suggestions from friends.  We’re in our fourth home since I started the blog.

I used to send out captioned photo albums — from AOL Pictures to Shutterfly albums to Picasaweb albums. Instead of flooding everyone with photos, now I can use this blog to send out the highlights.

I’ll talk about anything on here — usually I’m talking about the kids, but I’ll also delve into the local scene wherever we’re living, and you’ll also see some great posts about the three military moves (PCS: Permanent Changes of Station) we’ve had.  In addition, the posts from January through April 2009 feature a deployment to the Middle East that I took. Sometimes I talk about utter nonsense, such as finding a product called “Piggies in Pancakes” in a grocery store in South Carolina.

I also am an assistant content editor for the parenting blog GeekMom, where I get the chance to delve into my inner Star Wars and Disney geekery, as well as being able to write posts about meteorology, STEM careers and military science. See my GeekMom posts here.

Finally, I enjoy running, skiing, hiking, and playing the violin.


Hi Patricia,

My name is Sandy and I'm reaching out to you on behalf of my company, The Color Fun Fest 5K. I wanted to see if you would be interested in coming out to Color Fun Fest 5k on August 16 at Colorado Spring World Arena and write a little blurb about it on your blog. I'd love to talk with you and provide more details. If you'd be interested in working together. Thanks for your time! :)

Lizzie Gosar
Lizzie Gosar

Hi my name is Lizzie Gosar, and my husband and I have only been married a couple of months but we have always wanted do serve in the Air Force, we are both considering enlisting in the Air Force reserve and I was wondering about what it is like to lead a dual-military marriage being reservists. Could you help me understand what that might be like?

Emily Walsh
Emily Walsh

Hi! I just got done checking out your blog and loved the military life section! Being that you have been in the service and am an air force wife, I had a quick question for you. Could you shoot me an email back when you have a moment? Thanks!


Emma Banks
Emma Banks

Hi Patricia! I had a question for you about possibly collaborating on something and was hoping you could email me back to discuss? Thanks so much!

- Emma

emmabanks9 (at) gmail (dot) com


Hi, I love the cake you made for your husband's promotion.  How did you make the LT Commander symbols on top of the cake?? It looked awesome!

vollmerdp moderator

@Lizzie Gosar  Hello Lizzie! Thanks for reading! If you have some more specific questions, I could probably be more helpful to you. My husband is active duty, while I am the Reservist. If you are in the Reserves, I'm guessing you won't be moving around as much as we do with the active duty lifestyle. I highly recommend the Air Force, whether active or reserves. I think you'll enjoy it quite a bit.

Is there a particular thing you'd like to do in the Air Force? I might be able to better advise you if I knew that.

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