Tuesday, November 30, 2010

What's on Kris' Phone November 30

Sadly, I don't have hardly any pictures this week.
maybe because we were camping and my phone died? hmmm

I do have a few to share though

This is my Zach-Man looking all growed up in his Webelos uniform.
He's so going to be a heartbreaker someday
(just like his daddy was before I captured him and held him hostage - oops I mean married him!)

From Drop Box

This here little cutie is Emma my youngest niece - well not my actual niece, but my nieces daughter (which I guess makes her my grandniece - eep! how 'bout we don't go there?!)

For some reason this picture has disappeared.  From my web album too.  Trust me it was too freakin' cute!!

Who be this Motley Bunch? These are my nieces and nephews who live in Phoenix, on Thanksgiving. Actually, all the younger kids are 'grands' (but we're not going there!). And the legs on the couch belong to - well, I don't know - but I'm assuming it's my niece's husband!

From Drop Box

And finally here is my man setting up Christmas decorations.
Don't worry, he's not even CLOSE to be done - we change his name to Clark this time of year!

From Drop Box

That's it for this week folks! Grab your phone, upload some pictures and join us! And don't forget to link up right here!

Until next time ~

Sunday, November 28, 2010

2nd Annual Thanksgiving Weekend Camping Trip

As many of you know, we spent our Thanksgiving camping. Last year we went with our friends Chad and Nicole to the Charlotte area and it was cold and nasty!

Being the gluttons for punishment that we are - we decided to try again this year! For 2010 we decided to head south though. See, we can learn from our mistakes! We headed down to the Beaufort area for this years excursion. Here's a recap of the 'Caddick/Olexa 2nd Annual Thanksgiving Weekend Camping Trip'!

We arrived on Wednesday and set up camp. O.K. I use the term "camp" loosely - both our families have very large tents and screen rooms. We only consider it 'roughing it' because we actually do sleep in tents! The weather was awesome. High 70's and sunny.

Thursday the weather was equally awesome. In the 80's and still sunny. The kids played at the playground all day. Good thing nice showers come standard at KOA! For Thanksgiving dinner we had all the goodies - Turkey, Stuffing, Mashed Potatoes and gravy, green beans, and meatloaf. All cooked outside and all very yummy indeed.

Friday brought rain and cold front. It wasn't pouring rain - it was just enough to keep you from being outside. It was on and off all day too - just when you thought it was over and went back out, it started again. It did quit raining in time for us to eat dinner and have some peach cobbler (cooked by Chad in the dutch oven - it was good).

Saturday was packing up day. Tearing down is the worst part of camping. But we finally got it all down and loaded back up. Camping dishes have been rewashed in the dishwasher and now I'm doing all the smoky smelling laundry.

Enjoy the slideshow!

Until Next Time ~

Friday, November 26, 2010

Camping has Been Fun

I'm trying to post this from my phone so I have no idea how it's going to turn out!

So far our camping trip has been fun. Until today the weather was gorgeous! Today it started raining and hasn't stopped yet. Yuck!

I have taken some pictures and will share when we get back.

I hope everyone had a wonderful Thanksgiving.

Until next time ~

Thursday, November 25, 2010

Embrace the Camera - Embrace Thankgiving

Happy Thansgiving from us! A wonderful camping family shot. Sorry there is no button this week...

Tuesday, November 23, 2010

What's on My Phone

Before I get all random on you with my phone pictures you have got to go check out my friends blog. She posted a wonderful entry about what she is Thankful for - I'm proud to say she's my friend!

O.K. on to the phone photos of the week. Drum roll please.....

Food is first! I love the Chicken Salad Sandwiches at Mary Ann's. I don't get to go there very often so I had to have a picture of it! Mountain Dew White Out. This is now my second favorite Dew - it falls into place right behind Diet Code Red. If they made this stuff diet, it would soar right to the top!

This picture shows the reason I should be banished from the library!
(I didn't even read all of them but I did keep them for the whole 2 week period in hopes that I would!)

Anyone remember this guy ---------->
(other than me, of course!)
It's Rick Springfield! For all you young 'uns out there he had a hit song called Jessie's Girl and starred on General Hospital as Dr. Noah Drake. It was a long time ago. A really long time ago.
Oh yes, and I was the dork who used to change the words "Jessie's Girl" to "Rick Springfield". Anyone else guilty of that? No? Just me? Alrighty then....

And finally - a picture my niece texted me. It made me laugh so stupid hard I had share!

Your turn! Post your phone pictures and link to Jessica's Blog.

Sunday, November 21, 2010

This Rocks!

One of my dear friends that I was stationed with at Fairchild posted this picture on her FB.

This picture rocks because
1. With the exception of a few people this was an awesome crew!
2. I really liked being stationed at Fairchild.
3. The guy that's fourth from the
right *I had to fix this - I said left earlier* was our Lt. and trust me this picture doesn't do him justice!
and finally -
4. Even though everyone always tells me I'm short, and I know I'm short, I didn't realize how vertically challenged I actually was!

Friday, November 19, 2010

The Week That Was....


Honestly, I mean that in the best way possible. But let's face it, there are times when you get nothing accomplished yet feel like you've been running around like a chicken with your head chopped off. That was my week...

I did get registered for school but am now at a standstill while I wait for all my transcripts to arrive. What does that mean? I probably won't be able to start school until March. Annoying!

We are trying to get t-shirts made for our Cub Scouts. It's not a complicated design. It's not rocket science either unless you live in Sumter. So, I had to go back to the place, with another copy of the design (in black and white this time because the color copy was too confusing) and we still are without shirts. And they will probably be the wrong color because now they are working off a black and white design. Super Annoying.

Zach's school is really starting to piss me off. First he gets this blurb about what they will be learning in math this week:

Which probably wouldn't have been so bad if he wasn't in 4th grade and I hadn't covered this stuff two years ago when we were homeschooling. Then I send a note to his science teacher to get a copy of the schedule of Earth Club. See, those got sent home last Wednesday, but Zach was sick so we didn't get one. She sends a note back that says they don't have any left. Really? I mean really? Did you not print out enough for each member? Since he didn't get one, shouldn't there be at least one copy left? Seems simple enough to me (just sayin'). Super-de-duper Annoying.

And the final blow that pushed me over the top this week. This little number I pulled out of Zach's school folder yesterday. It's his science test from last week

My son is bright. And I'm not just saying that because I'm his mom (ok, well maybe a little) PLUS he's learning about the water cycle (another 2nd grade homeschooling topic). And we all know he's not a speller. But his teacher has the words up on the wall because let's face it, even adults have trouble spelling 'Qualitative Observation' and 'Meteorologist'. So, he shouldn't have had any points taken off for spelling. He especially shouldn't be bringing home a 'D' because of spelling (which I told him was an F - because I'm a hard ass and anything less than a 'B' is an 'F' in my book) especially when the words are ON THE WALL.

So after I rant at him for a while about how it's not acceptable and all the other stuff stated above the boy looks at me and says "The words are printed at the top of the page. I was trying to spell them without looking to keep it more interesting." Sure enough they were

and now I feel this big for being such a jerk about it.

Thursday, November 18, 2010

Embrace the Camera Nov 18th

I know I said I was only going to do this once, but when my friend Jen sent me this picture I knew I couldn't resist! Taken in 2002 - sometimes I can't remember when he was that little!

Now grab the button and join the fun!

Wednesday, November 17, 2010

I found a new blog

No, really I did! See, I even added a button right over there ------------->

Actually, I've been finding a lot of them lately! Guess that means I'm not spending enough time doing housework
(I'm sure Erik would agree!)

So anyway, it's whole community of Military Spouses who blog. No, really! So many of them it'll make your head spin. Who woulda thunk it? Not me obviously

I guess I should really quit living in my own little world.
It is kinda nice here though....


If you're a military spouse check this link out. Even if you're not, check it out - shout out some love to those who serve quietly (or sometimes not so quietly!) at home

Tuesday, November 16, 2010

What's on Kris' Phone

See, what happened was....

I was checking out some wonderful Embrace the Camera posts from last week and happened upon this blog where this funny lady named Jessica realized we all have weird pictures on our phones. Anyway, she decided to start doing a Tuesday link up where you post (and blog - obviously) about the pictures in your phone. I decided this seemed like fun (mainly because unlike Embrace the Camera - I don't have to be in these pictures!), so here it is, my first 'What's on Kris' Phone'!

So, one day I really needed a little black cardigan. Really, really bad. I was searching through my closet thinking "I need to get some sweaters" when I happened upon an actual black cardigan! I thought the sweater gods smiled on me that day! I took this picture to send to my friend Nicole because I figured it was hers. Guess what? It was - and now she wants it back too!!

Next up is this creepy little number. A bug of some kind. That looked weird - very weird - but I didn't want to get too close because it might jump or something. I may act like big bug killer for Zach but the reality is I hate bugs. Turned out he was already dead so I could have gotten a better picture anyway...

I've been checking out e readers. I know, everyone says 'go with the Kindle, it's the best blah blah blah'. But I decided I wanted this one instead. Because it supports the library e books, and we all know library books are fabulously free to check out! This one got sent to Erik so he would know exactly what I wanted for Christmas!

Speaking of Erik - here is my final picture for the day.
After a very L-O-N-G day at work! Shhh This is the picture that will get me in trouble and risk my wonderful e reader Christmas present!

Until next time!

Thursday, November 11, 2010

Embracing our Vets

This will probably be my only Embrace the Camera. In honor of Veterans Day here is a picture that shows a whole family of Vets!

This picture was taken at my retirement ceremony. From the left - Shannon (USAF), my Daddy (USN Ret), Me (USAF Ret), Erik (USAF still serving), and Scott (USAF). The kids are Zach, Austin, and Mikayla. We know military families are vets in their own way!

Happy Veteran's Day. Thanks to all who served our country honorably and to those who are still serving.

My Mind is like a NASCAR Race

Weird title. True title. It feels like my mind has been racing like the boys at Bristol. One thought during the straight away, the curve brings another thought into my head and around and around it goes. It's been so full of stuff that even my blessed sleeping pills can't always quiet it. So now, I sit, bordering insomniac again and I thought, "Well, that's what my blog is for." So, a journey into the frazzled mind of a rookie running his first race! Oh, and you know you've lived in the south too long when you start using NASCAR metaphors!

What to do with myself? When I retired I said I wasn't going to work again. I think we all knew that really wasn't going to be the case - but you know, you have to dream! But I never wanted another career. I always said I was going to waitress at Denny's. LOL Can you imagine me - listening to people complain about their food and not being rude? Anyway, there are jobs you know you shouldn't attempt!

So, with Erik inching ever closer to retirement it was time for me to decide. Zach loves being in school - so our homeschooling days are over. I've always wanted to be a teacher, so it's back to school I go. This always brings questions - what if we have to move again before my degree is complete? What if I can't find a job once I finish? What if I spend all this time getting a degree and I hate it? What if I end up being a terrible teacher? But, I'm going to go for it anyway. The application sits on the table, and I've been investigating how to get transcripts from the plethora of schools I attended while in the Air Force. I figure I have about three years of school ahead of me. I hope to have all my transcripts in and start in January.

Deployments are next in my thoughts. Not because Erik is leaving again, well not that we've heard yet, but we all know things change about every hour in the military! No, deployments have been on my mind because I have a lot of friends who husbands are coming home soon and some that are leaving soon. It always makes me think of all the deployments we've endured in this household. A lot more than some, not as much as others, but enough that a lot of your memories are tied to this deployment or that deployment. Sometimes the lessons learned during deployments are blurred together and I can no longer distinguish which one I learned when!

Right now my biggest thoughts about deployment are centered on Shannon and Jay. He is leaving for the first time in a long time. In a way we are lucky that Erik has deployed so much. It's a given that he will leave eventually and Zach and I have become very good at dealing. They've been lucky enough to have Jay home for quite an extended time so I know it's going to be much more difficult for all of them. I also know they are a strong family and will take the bumps, call them learning experiences, and grow. I wish we lived in Louisiana because I know how hard it is to be six months into a new assignment and have your husband leave. You're afraid to ask for help because you don't want to appear weak. Or have yourself pegged as the wife who couldn't handle anything and having a negative impact on your husband's career. The fine lines we walk as military spouses are sometimes barely there. Sometimes they only exist in our minds. But they always feel real.

So for you Shannon here are some things I've learned. Take what you can use and throw the rest away. Don't watch the news! This includes reading the news online. After one deployment where I became obsessed because Erik couldn't call me I learned this. It sounds mean but if the Shirt, Commander, and Chaplin aren't standing on your doorstep your husband is FINE! Do keep doing your family stuff. You can always do it again when Jay gets home and then the kids get to show him all they stuff they learned the first time! Do take pictures of every day stuff. That's what Jay will miss the most. Do take time to cry and feel sorry for yourself. I never do that in front of Zach - but it helps keep you sane enough to handle the next day! Do make sure you have that one friend you can call anytime, even at 2 in the morning. You know who that is, the one that will listen, not judge, and not even give you advice if all you want to do is vent. Hopefully she's the one that will make you smile too!

Jay - a couple things that we at home don't want to know about while you're gone - mortar attacks or attacks of any kind. Seriously, keep those to yourself! We've survived convoy duty, the first push into Iraq, and a plethora of other less than awesome war time scenarios because Erik doesn't tell me. Sometimes ignorance really is bliss! It also makes it easier the next time you go if we think you're safely ensconced in some vehicle maintenance compound whether that's true or not.

By the way - that will probably the only time you hear me say I wish we lived in Louisiana!

The race is over - hopefully sleep will no longer elude me!

Until next time ~

Thursday, November 4, 2010


As many of you know, Zach broke his first bone. While at Scout-o-Ween, he and a few other boys were playing with a bowling set (in a manner NOT intended by the manufacturer!) and ended up with a broken pinkie on his right hand. I'm not sure why it's been wrapped to this extreme though!

Since this picture was taken it has been re-wrapped and now he can only use his index finger and thumb. His handwriting has never been stellar, trust me, this isn't helping any. I believe we have worked out an agreement with his teachers to get his work done though. I guess they realized how serious I was when I offered to sit in class all day and do his writing for him!

insquequo tunc vicis ~