Friday, December 31, 2010

~2010~ Out

So, as I looked over my first post of this year I realized how much has changed and not changed  No longer homeschooling, and still looking for a church would be the two most noticeable things
When my dearest asked me yesterday why I've been so cranky lately, I was at a loss coming up with something, but I finally did - I have no purpose 

Now, before anyone starts getting all freaked out and calling 911 on me let me explain...hopefully it won't take too long (yeah, no promises)

I've been retired from the AF now for almost three years  The first two years I homeschooled Zach - which gave me a purpose  Educating your child, what greater purpose is there than that? I spent my days (and most of my nights) looking for curriculum, planning projects and field trips, and making lesson plans  

I'm not going to lie - the first few months he was in school were pure bliss  Time to myself, shopping sans child, and don't get me wrong, I still enjoy those things  But lets face it, he was getting old enough to leave at home for shopping trips anyway....

If you had asked me when I was younger (or even older!) what I wanted to be when I grew up I would have said a teacher  I loved school and while I had some teachers I could have lived my whole life not knowing, I also had teachers who touched me, sparked my desire to learn and do my best, teachers I still remember, even all these years later 

On January 6th I go to student orientation a registration  I'm planning on enrolling in classes to work towards a bachelors degree in elementary education  I never wanted a second career, and God knows the public education system in America is jacked up  Jacked up super bad  And I know I, as one person, can't change it but if I can reach one child and leave a lasting impression on them, like Mrs. Long and Ms. Johnston did for me then it will be worth it

"A hundred years from now it will not matter what my bank account was, the sort of house I lived in, or the kind of car I drove...but the world may be different because I was important in the life of a child."
Forest E. Witcraft

My apologies for being a Debbie Downer tonight

I hope everyone has a wonderful evening and great 2011

and that's life on planet caddick

Thursday, December 30, 2010

Embrace the Camera 12.30.10

today is the last embrace of the year
i remember not so long ago saying i was only going to do this once
but i'm still here
(lucky people)
*thanks shannon for making me really want to try this it really is fun*

this week i discovered there was a timer on my camera
since i got that sucker in iceland you'd think i would have known about that already
-but no, not so much-

so being the terrible, mean mom that i am i interrupted zach's video game play
and made him take a couple pictures with me
he wasn't impressed with my mean mommyness

that's ok, i actually am not that impressed with the pictures
~but i play by the rules~
i'm sure the timer pictures will get better with more practice
in the mean time try to ignore the big butt

to get your embrace on grab the button and link up with mrs anderson at the anderson crew
visit some of the other embracers
and take some time to read mrs andersons blog
really, you'll be glad you did

And that’s life on Planet Caddick

Wednesday, December 29, 2010


Before I forget - if you are looking for a blog (or person) I talked about before, they have been been moved to My Page of Stalking.

And now 

Meeeeeet Gina!!

Gina is another of my IRL friends who blogs.  I picked her today because she actually posted something yesterday and I thought I'd keep the pressure on!  Her blog is about fiber - no - not the kind you eat, but the kind you make on a spinning wheel.  While I know nothing about that (at all, wouldn't even try to fake that!) it's super cool (and apparently requires some patience ~ which I'm always out of!).  Her blog is called For the love of....

How did I meet Gina?  At work of course!  She was my sponsor when I PCS'ed from Rhein Main to McClellan.  She was supposed to pick me up at the airport, but was away for the weekend with her (then and thankfully no more) husband.  Instead she sent one James Rice to pick me up.  I have (finally) forgiven her for that!!  We were a small office of Transportation people in a unit of Communication people.  Annoying.  Oh, and we worked for a guy who was a Nazi.  And I don't mean that in the "oh I'm a grammar Nazi" kind of way - I mean that he literally idolized Hitler and though that fantastic piece of crap had it right.  Needless to say, our small office of outcasts was NOT a happy place to work.  Yeah, correct me if I wrong Gina - I'm betting I'm not though....

Ah, in spite of the snub at the airport and the crappy work environment Gina and I did become friends.  Good conquered evil - women beat the men -

One the funniest things (to me) that happened to Gina - when the admin clerk was hitting on her.  OK more like obsessing on her.  Because I love G I'll leave it at that.

The last time I saw G was when Erik and I were stationed at Luke.  She's from AZ so she came to visit her family and called me.  She had just bought a purple PT Cruiser and LOVED that thing.  My purple Cavalier very closely matched it.  Interesting fact - even though Erik and I have been married for almost 15 years G (and D, her husband) have never met Erik.  Oh, and now that I think about it, Zach either.  Sad, reality of military life sometimes.  (BTW - Erik was, of course, deployed during that visit - it wasn't like he was being rude or anything....)

Gina and her awesome man Duane live in Nebraska.  I didn't see that coming - I don't think she did either......

I'm proud to count Gina among my handful of actual female friends.  She's an awesome person who was probably born a century too late (and I mean that in a good way!).

And that’s ~ Life on Planet Caddick

Tuesday, December 28, 2010

Blog Challenge

In my hops around the blog world lately I've discovered there are a lot of blog challenges.  Most of them I couldn't see myself participating in ~ blog every day?  I don't have enough to say (in spite of what I think about myself!).  But today on my excursion around the world wide blogging web I discovered a reading challenge.  Not just any old reading challenge either a mystery and suspense reading challenge.

Really?  What could be more perfect for the reader of Kathy Reichs, Steve Berry, and Dean Koontz?  The library has a whole section dedicated to mysteries, and I know exactly where to find what I'm looking for - that section is my second home.  OK - maybe not - but the library lady apparently knows me well enough that when I walk through the door she says "We've got a new one for you." 

So, if you love reading Mysteries and Thrillers check out the challenge on Book Chick City.  I have a button for it too - just to remind myself to read~

 And that's ~ Life on Planet Caddick

Today Meet..

Today I'm highlighting Jessica over at The Lowe Family News

I honestly can't remember how I came across her blog
but I'm glad I did

She makes puke and potty training not only interesting
but incredibly hi-stare-i-cal

She also does a Tuesday Link Up called
"What's on my phone"
She started it because "it's my blog and I can"

See what I mean?
You gotta meet this girl
If you already know her in blog world *awesome*
If you already know her in the real world *jealous*

And now here is my contribution to 

We got some new furniture four days before Christmas!
It includes all the standard stuff - 
a couch

a recliner

and a loveseat!
The bonus of this picture is it includes the three men who mean the most to me ~ My Daddy, My Husband, and My Son
A rare photographic opportunity

If everything works out this is where I will start classes on January 10th
yes, as usual, lame pictures abound on my phone!

This year I talked Zach into decorating the plain sugar cookies for Santa ~ 
I felt he needed a change and thankfully, Zach agreed
I also talked Erik into KFC because I was lazy and didn't want to cook

What should have been another rare photographic opportunity
*Zach reading*
but my stupid phone made a noise and he looked up
so did Erik, while eating
Happy Times

And proof that my niece Emma really belongs in this family
I think there are pictures from every generation with our mouths open showing our food
cuz we're classy like that
She's celebrating her first birthday 

Don't forget to link up and have fun!

And that's ~ Life on Planet Caddick

Monday, December 27, 2010

Something Different

Today I thought I'd do something different.  I want to introduce you to some of the blogs I follow and I thought, well, I'll start at the top of the list.  The top of the list is Shannon and her blog is here.  Shannon is one of my real life friends who blog.  That's important, because I follow a lot of blogs, and even though I will say stuff like "my friend's blog" they don't know me and I don't know them really.

How I met Shannon - It was a dark and stormy night.  No, I'm kidding.  We met in Goldsboro, NC.  Her husband was a very young Airman who worked with me.  Fresh out of basic and tech school.  They were babies really, to my 30-something self.  I may have even asked Jay if his mom knew he was playing Air Force!  He brought her to my little controller window one day and said "This is my wife, Shannon."

My first impression of Shannon - "She's hot."  Seriously.  The kind of girl a 30-something person like me could easily hate if she just gave me a chance.  She never did.  She not only was (and still is!) one of the most beautiful women I've ever met, she's awesome as a person.  I don't think she even knows how cute she is.  She is a wonderful person inside and out - the very person every one should strive to be like.  She's kind, compassionate, loving, and the list goes on and on.

My funniest memory of Shan and Jay - When Jay came to my little controller window and said "Shannon is pregnant".  He looked freaked out.  I asked "Is that a good thing?"  He smiled and said "Yes".  Just kids I thought - barely married - in a place far from home.  I wasn't nearly as sure as he was, but they were happy and I was happy for them (and jealous - we'd been trying for 5 years to get pregnant with no luck).  They were (and still are) totally and completely in love with each other.  They handled it just fine.

Shannon was Zach's first daycare provider.  Her oldest was about a year old when I went back to work.  Zach was on the waiting list for a daycare slot, but it wasn't open yet.  With a one year old at home she offered to take on a two month old too.  The first day she even let me wake him up during my lunch hour and hold him and cry.  If her neighbors hadn't been all nosey I would have let her keep watching him until they left NC too.  But as any military person knows, there are people who make it their business to make everyone else miserable.  As much as I wanted to let her keep watching Zach, I couldn't risk them getting in trouble for "unlicensed daycare".  Stupid people.

Something the Malls have seen that no one outside our family has seen - Erik break down.  They watched Zach for us while I had to take Erik to the airport when he left for his 1 year remote.  Zach was five months old.

The family of three I saw for the last time about 10 years ago is now a family of five.  But I know if I walked into her house today, we would have a cup of coffee and pick up right where we left off.  Because friends like that are life-time friends.

And that's ~ Life on Planet Caddick

Sunday, December 26, 2010

Day After Christmas Snow

He's been hoping for snow.  Really, really hard.  Sometimes you do get what you ask for!

And that's ~ Life on Planet Caddick

Merry Christmas

Now that everyone is bed I can take some time to share our holiday.

It started way too early 6 am and I'm proud to say I didn't nap at all today.  I thought about it really hard, but I didn't!

I think Zach was happy with his presents.  

And after he got all that cool new stuff he decided to do 'animal battles' with all his stuffed animals.  None of them he got today!

And let this be a lesson to all the ladies out there - tell your husband exactly what you want!  Take pictures even - I did!!  My man rocks!!!

Yes, I know, I'm a dork - but I really really got what I wanted!

I hope everyone had a blessed Christmas and enjoyed time together.

And that's....Life on Planet Caddick

Thursday, December 23, 2010

Back to School

Or trying at least. I’ve been working on getting enrolled in USC Sumter (that’s the University of South Carolina) and then I will take classes provided by USC Upstate to get my teaching degree. It’s been a long hard road thus far though.

During my AF career I went to five or six different colleges. Usually one class here or there depending on where I was stationed, so getting transcripts was a freakin’ nightmare. But they are all present and accounted for – so I was officially accepted into the school.

Really? I spent my entire life in the public school system and then the Air Force. Now the school is telling me I’m short an MMR shot. Let me say it again, REALLY? So, being the good monkey that I am, I went and got my second MMR. Shots all present and accounted for.

UGH The thing that is frustrating me the most. There is a one day ALL DAY orientation and registration process. It happens four days before classes start. FOUR DAYS. First, I’m not going to be hanging out having coffee with these people, I just want to go to my classes and come home and take care of my family. But no – I have to go hang out with a bunch of people I don’t care about to hopefully get into the classes I need at the times I want – FOUR DAYS before the semester starts.

So, I’m all ready to go, except that I’m not enrolled in classes and won’t be until next year.

We’ll see how that works out…..

And that's ~ Life on Planet Caddick

Embrace the Camera 12.23.10

For today's embrace I had to use the way back machine.  I have a couple pictures of Erik cutting Zach's hair all barber-like but I couldn't find the cable to download them from my camera.  

So instead, I offer pictures from 2001, which was Zach's first Christmas

From us to you - hope everyone has a wonderful Christmas!

And that's ~ Life on Planet Caddick

Tuesday, December 21, 2010

What's on My Phone Dec 21


Not that many selections this week.  I wanted to snap a couple pics at the post office but I haven't figured out how to be quick sneaky enough to manage that yet.  When I do though.....

So let's do this thang

Inside me there is an fashionista screaming to get out
Feel free to call Stacy and Clinton for me
I know I could follow their rules I just need their money

the hair is the reason I wear this hat
even though it's not cold enough

I baked the only cookies Zach will eat

And my dad brought me this shirt
all the way from Michigan
because the Spartans rule
and the Wolverines drool

I wish everyone a very Merry Christmas
enjoy your family and friends


Monday, December 20, 2010

Why was I doing this today?

Yes, I was mailing boxes today
and Christmas Cards

To be fair, the boxes weren't my fault
but I'll take the hit for the cards

My sister and brother in law were supposed to come visit for Christmas
all the way from cold snowy Ohio
(and of course bring my nieces and nephew!)

But his boss decided that Scott had to work
on Christmas and
waited until the 18th of December to tell him

Needless to say his boss will not be on our Christmas Card list

But the presents are on the way!


Saturday, December 18, 2010

30 Random Things

About a month ago one of my FB friends tagged me to do a "30 Random Things About Me" thing.  It was hard.  It was fun.  I thought I'd share with you guys...

1.  I would love to live in Honduras, Mexico, or someplace like that.
2.  As much as I don't like SC, I don't like moving more, so I guess we'll stay here.
3.  I regret every day that I put Zach back into school.
4.  Every picture of Zach, from 2 weeks to 1 year, was taken by my awesome friend Jen.     Every.  Single.  One.
5.  I miss my mom every single day.
6.  I miss my sister every single day.
7.  Someday me and my man are going to spend a week in Hawaii.  Maybe two!
8.  I was born in IL, but consider myself from Michigan.
9.  In second grade I went to three different schools because my dad got transferred.
10.  Chicago is my favorite city in the USA.
11.  If Erik wanted to go back to his homeland I would go and never look back.
12.  I don't miss being in the Air Force - everyone said I would but they lied.
13.  My favorite song is Running with the Devil.
14.  My favorite album is Dark Side of the Moon.
15.  Erik says Chris Daughtry is my boyfriend - he's a funny man.
16.  I once had a Lt. ask me who was more important - my Commander in Chief or my son.  It took me a full minute to realize she was serious. 
17.  I have decided I like NASCAR - I still haven't picked a driver yet, but I'm partial to Mark Martin.
18.  You don't have to be blood related to be family.
19.  So, I Married an Axe Murderer and Bill and Ted's Excellent Adventure are my two favorite movies. 
20.  I can't stand Nicolas Sparks.
21.  I love all those 'ghosty' shows like Paranormal State, Ghost Adventures, etc.
22.  My favorite channel is Investigation Discovery - they show all the murder shows.
23.  The first episode of CSI I watched after having Zach was one where a baby named Zach was killed.  Talk about a huge cryfest that night!
24.  I'm going to miss Jack Bauer saving the world.
25.  Once I had a mini van - I traded it for my car and now I wish I still had that mini van.
26.  I have 5 nieces, 8 nephews, 2 grand nieces, 2 grand nephews and one more grand nephew on the way.
27.  My older sister has four kids and my younger sister has five.  That's why I only had one!!
28.  Erik and I don't go to the movies.  The last movie we saw was Interview with a Vampire.  That's no lie.
29.  I consider myself Catholic, but the last time I was in Church was Midnight Mass last Christmas Eve.
30.  I've actually lived in West Germany.  I was there before, during, and after the fall of The Wall.

And that's

Thursday, December 16, 2010

Embrace the Camera December 16

Today I have something old and something new
first the new

Me and the boy

My Boys
I'm not sure why this one is so blurry

And finally, my all time fav of Erik and Zach
I found it last week

Now go get your embrace on and don't forget to link up with Emily!

Until next time ~ Kris

Winter Wonderland 2010

Last Friday Zach's school had a winter wonderland festival.  I helped decorate, which is how I ended up with the glue gun bisters!  But I wanted to share some pictures of how it all turned out in the end.

Zachs Snowman1

A peek down the hall that's finally finished

My Hall

I had to make some of these and they were very hard for me - not so much for the 4th grader who was trying to learn me in the ways of 3D snowflake making.  I will not be asked back next year to help with those!

I helped make these

No Winter Fest would be complete without this guy:

The Grinch

O.K. I guess maybe this one too....

School Decorations

Zach had fun.  Sang some songs, played some games, and did all the winter festival things that needed to be done.  Erik and I had a good time too.

Until next time ~ Kris

Wednesday, December 15, 2010

Grandpa's Christmas Card

Zach came home today with card for my dad that he made in art class.  He wouldn't let me see it and put it straight into Grandpa's stocking.  Yes, my dad gets a stocking too!

I was waaay too curious so after everyone went to bed (which is now, of course!) I had to pull it out and look at it - and take pictures.  Everything is Zach's own words and mis-spellings.  Enjoy, I know Grandpa will!

To Gampa
You caem a long way but I hope it was good and I hope you got what you wanted
Love Zachary

On the left, that would be us Caddick three saying "Marry Crismas" and on the right that would be Frosty saying "And to all a good night" 

'me' and 'Grapa' with some art.

I actually didn't even obsess much about the spelling because the card was so sweet.

Until next time ~ Kris

Tuesday, December 14, 2010

Tuesday Phone Link Up

I so look forward to Tuesday's now!  Which is weird, because other than this I got nothing on Tuesday - so thanks Jessica for making my life not so lame!  So, what crap is on my phone this week?  hmmmm

Elf Emma
My little elfish niece 

Elf Matthew

and her older brother

So these next two are going to need a back story.  My phone is lame - but I was bored and figured out I could do kind of cool stuff in picture mode.  Here are two shining examples of how non creative I am!

What the?
Why is my son 'talking' about hubster?
IDK 'kay? I'm pretty sure I could 
figure out some more creative way to
use this....maybe

My shoe
Yes, it is my shoe.  And it's cool that I 
can add a polaroid frame to pictures
but lame that I have to try and write
with just my finger.  And yes, those
are pink crocs.  Don't judge!

Sometimes I make random, obvious observations 
and they go something like this
"Note to self - glue from a hot glue gun is hot"
This is why I make those statements

Hot Glue

Our Cub Scout Pack collects and donates books
to the local library every year
this year we donated over 300

Library Donation

Your turn - grab that there button up there and have fun!  And don't forget to check The Lowe Family News for the little linky tool!

Until next time ~ Kris