Tuesday, December 1, 2009

Field Problem: Crooks & Henderson

I read their blog.  I laugh.  Sometimes they have an emotional one that gets me.  I signed up to attend their event in Texas, but something happened and I couldn't make it.

When we went on the turkey trot last weekend, I saw that they were having one at Fort Carson, so I signed up as soon as we got home.

So today was the event, and I was actually really excited about it.  I got there, signed in, and then there was an ice breaker for us to complete.  I hate asking people any information, so this was painfully hard for me, but I survived.  Hey, a door prize was on the line!

When we signed in, we got a tote bag full of goodies--deployment notebook from USAA, tshirt, books, coupons, and tons more--really good stuff too.  Then they also had prepared a gift bag for our husbands.  How can I not be happy with that?  After the ice breaker, they had companies that setup booths for us to visit and collect "stuff".  (Think stocking stuffers!) 

We entered to win $100 gift cards (Bed, Bath & Beyond), $50 gift cards (PX, Home Depot, Starbucks, some other places), all kinds of other stuff.  We had lunch provided for us--baked potatoes, salad, soup, and cake.  (Did I mention it was all free?)

They talked, told funny stories, shared, and handed out door prizes by the gazillions.  They had gigantic gift baskets, tons of military resources, donations, etc.  I think it was the largest and best group of door prizes I had ever seen!

I did win a door prize, more on that later.  I walked away with a ton of resources to share with everyone.  I'm really excited about everything that I learned.  I sat next to a girl who had yet to face a deployment.  I remember those days....15 years ago. 

A shot of my "stuff".

More to come on what I learned, but if you get a chance, make sure you attend one of these events! Not for the stuff, but just the resources.  I'm off to make a new list!


Sgt and Mrs Hub said...

I laughed when I saw the "Deployment Kit" from USAA. Daniel and I got one of those in the mail... 3 months after he got home from his last deployment!

Sounds like a really good time. Good info and great door prizes. A definite win-win!

I know that the AF's deployments are nothing compared to you all's but I can honestly say, I am so very thankful not to be facing number 1 again... I am glad she sat next to you though! I bet she came away with some good advice and perhaps a new perspective.


Charity said...

Sounds like you had a blast! What is Ft. Carson like? My husband and I are trying to figure out what our top picks will be, and that is one post that I am very interested in.

MG said...

Sounds like fun! I had a friend who attended this same event!

dutchgirl said...

I had no idea that was going on. I'm glad you had a good time! I had never even heard of AWN before until recently on Twitter, so I guess I'm really clueless (as usual!).

Lemon Stand said...

I'm so glad there are events like these going on now. The more information and resources I have, the better I seem to do in these kind of situations.

I'm sure you and your family are going to like Colo. Spgs. I used to work in the mountain above (what we affectionately called) Ft. Cartoon. I remember the first time it snowed after I moved there. There were lines of cars pulled off to the side of Academy Blvd and I was wondering what they were doing there. Later I was told that it happens a lot because of the many transplants from southern states that do not feel comfortable driving in snow storms. I guess it only seemed odd to me because I grew up in New Hampshire.