Saturday, December 31, 2011

Lessons Learned in 2011

This year went by so fast. Seriously, I'm not sure where it went but here we are - the last day of 2011.

So, I decided to share some lessons I learned this year. Yes, at 44 you can still learn lessons! Who knew?

Taking three classes per semester is perfect. Four is too many and I'll never make that mistake again.


Even when I thought I was being a bad mom, as witnessed by this blog post, I wasn't. Because when it came down to it and my son really needed me I took the hit on my grades and stayed with him.

I hate paperback books. Not the newer kind that are almost the same size as hard cover books. The ones that are mass market paperbacks, you know the tiny ones. The print is so freakin' small - really, who can read those? Sheesh 


Marine Biology rocks. If I had any thoughts of being a scientist this is the way I'd go. 


Signing up for the blog every day challenge was crazy stupid. Sometimes you don't have anything to say and you blog just because. Which is lame. Saying "I sat around all day in my underwear watching TV." sounds way better coming from Sir Sean Connery than me. Just sayin'


When you're not being forced to do it, running is kinda fun and very therapeutic. I will never be the fastest or best, but it has been a great journey. And running my first race (even though it was virtual) was a blast!

It's ok to like mini vans. I traded in my car for one and I love it. And even though my son doesn't do soccer or anything else, it's still great to have the room on road trips. I {heart} my mini van. There, I said it!


When you go to Ohio and Michigan in the summer and people are complaining about how 'hot' it is - it's rude to laugh in their faces. It was perfect for this girl visiting from the South, but those Northerners don't really get that. Next time I will giggle quietly and shake my head.


Making plans while one of you is still actively involved in the military is stupid. OK, I knew this already, but sometimes it just gets reenforced and you think "I should have known that." Yeah, even us Veterans sometimes get froggy and forget!


And there you have it - lessons learned in 2011. Wishing everyone the best for 2012!

See you next year!

~Kris~

Wednesday, December 28, 2011

Happy Holidays

Christmas rocked this year! I finally got the coveted iPhone (thanks honey!) and a desperately needed camera.

Zach, as usual, made quite the haul too, but honestly the best family gift we got was the Kinnect! Erik still hasn't indulged, but Zach and I pulled our goofiness out (not hard) and danced and adventured!

Of course, Zach didn't go to sleep at all on Christmas Eve. Makes it really hard to pull a Santa. But, mission accomplished anyway. But honestly, he didn't last too long after present opening. I would put a picture here, but I downloaded them onto my iPad and can't get it to upload, even though I'm on my iPad. *sigh* Hopefully once I get my iCloud all set up!

The end of 2011 is quickly approaching and we've had a very good year here at the Caddick house. We have wonderful family and friends that have helped us when we needed it. Without them we wouldn't have survived some of the craziness, so thank you all!


Until next time ~ Kris

Saturday, December 24, 2011

It's Christmas Eve!

I don't have a lot planned for today. All my shopping is done. I'm waiting for my cookie dough to set so we can make Santa's Cookies, I'm just kind of hanging out.

So, I thought I'd share a story and some pictures with you.

This is the story about how a 5th grader got to pick his own look for school picture day.

Had three shirt choices, white, light blue, and navy. He had a few background choices, gray, blue, red, purple, green. He did not have a pose choice - that was up to me (gotta keep some control, right?!).

What mom wanted - a nice haircut, navy blue shirt, gray background.

What Zach wanted: well, we'll leave that for the pictures - first black and white, and sepia (please note the crazy hair "I like it that way.") um okay - it's your picture...


It's not like these are going to go away - especially now that I put them online....

And the full wonderful color version:


Kind of hurts your eyes, huh?

Is there a lesson in all this? I don't know. Is 10 too young to make picture choices? Maybe. Should I have at least enforced the haircut? Probably. Will I let him make his own choices again next year? Definitely!

After all, what will I torture him with if I don't?

Merry Christmas everyone

Until next time ~ Kris

Tuesday, December 20, 2011

Seriously?

Almost two months since my last post. Daaaang. Yes, stretch that out to about four seconds! Yeah, that's how it's been around here lately. Oh, and let's make it worse because I don't even have any pictures to post either! Who's rockin' the blog world now? Sheesh - I'm lame.

So, what's been going on around here?

Well, I finished my semester - which means I've been back in school for a year now! I'm going to transfer to WGU (Western Governor's University) to finish my degree. Hopefully I will have all the kinks worked out and be able to start back in February.

Zach is back home doing school. But he's not homeschooling. Let me make that clear - we are not homeschooling, we are doing public school at home. For anyone who does homeschool you will understand the difference. For everyone else - we are doing the South Carolina Virtual Charter School. It's a lot less fun than actual homeschooling, since we don't get to pick our curriculum (it's supplied), and even if we finish our day in three or four hours, we still have to account for six - which makes the days very long some times. But I think it's going OK.

Zach's knees (and other assorted joints) are doing much better. Yay! The walker has been folded up and packed away hopefully to never make an appearance again. He completed his physical therapy last week too.

And now we are preparing for Christmas. I believe we are almost done shopping. I went to wrap presents yesterday only to discover we had no wrapping paper! See, that's how things are going around here. But my dearest saved the day by running out and getting paper. For anyone else who finds yourself in this situation, be advised - the choices are very lame - but they get the job done!

For someone who's been gone for two months you'd think I'd have a bunch more to say, huh? But I'm always to the point (which reeks havoc in my English classes!). So, I guess that's about it for now.

Oh, I started signing up for 2012 Reading Challenges. Yeah, cuz you know I'm an addict. My first post went up today and can be found here. There are quite a few I'm interested in this year, so my posts will be spread out over a couple days! Check it out, there may be some you readers out there may be interested in!

Until next time ~ Kris

Sunday, October 23, 2011

Running for Cupcakes

Yesterday I ran in my first race ever
Yay me!

It was a virtual race hosted by Run with Jess
in honor of her 37th birthday
*oh to be that young again*
called The Cupcake Classic 
you might remember I talked about it earlier
  
So, with my first ever race bib

And some cupcakes made by my friend Laurie waiting for me

I hit the road!

I wish I could say I did better than my last attempt at 3.7 miles
but I didn't

it took one minute longer 
1:06 this time

But I had fun
sweated a lot
and even had Zman take a picture of me when I was done

 Maybe someday I will look good after a run!

I'm so glad I decided to do this it was so much fun!
Maybe they will give a prize for the slowest - I could rock a 
bondiband or sparkly skirt for an hour!


Until next time ~ Kris

Thursday, October 13, 2011

How I've spent my week

I've spent my week 
stressing
worrying
crying
and staying with this dude
whilst he underwent several  tests
all in the name of trying to figure out what the H-E-L-L is wrong

After what seemed like "a million" tests
we know what he doesn't have
but not necessarily what he does have
(well, except we learned he's anemic
that's good to know
and easy to treat!)

But after more of this
we also know it's not a inflammation 
that spread to his heart
or lungs
or eyes
pretty much just in his knees

So we finally got to come home with this
and he's pretty handy and quick

Monday we see the specialist for JRA
and maybe get some answers
for real this time



Until next time ~ Kris

Sunday, October 9, 2011

On the Road Again

I've been out of my boot of shame for about a week.
 Remember my boot of shame? 
Of course you do and if not, here you go



So, I decided this morning (well, last night) 
that I was tired of not being out on the road
doing my jogging/walking/arms flailing thing

AND

I am signed up for the Cupcake Classic


So, this morning I decided I was going to walk
walk, just walk, the 3.7 miles
around my little circle neighborhood
(four times around plus two houses and back = 3.7 miles)

So, I didn't lace up my running shoes
because I wear these
which I LOVE
and only got to wear once
(the day I broke my foot)
and I know that sounds weird
but I didn't break my foot because of these
actually, I had my best jog/walk/flail ever that day

So, I put on my shoes
picked 'shuffle' on my iPod
and headed out the door.

As soon as I hit the road my feet wanted to run
I wanted to run
but I didn't
because I didn't want to hurt myself
 and 3.7 miles is a long way
(for me at least)

One lap around
no running

Two laps around 
no running

Half-way into the third lap
*I'll run for just two mailboxes and walk for three*

Fourth lap
*I'll run for just three mailboxes and walk for two*

Two houses out and back
*It's only a tenth of mile - I'll finish strong*

So I guess I failed at taking it easy 
kinda
but I feel awesome that I was back out there!

And my time needs some work
1:05 

but it still feels good


Until next time ~ Kris

Saturday, October 8, 2011

The Best Laid Plans

We had a plan. We still may have a plan. For now we are going to call it "The Super Secret Plan" (SSP) because, well, it's a secret and it's a plan. That's how we roll around here.


And it feels good to have a plan. Being 44 years young you'd think I'd somehow remember to include Murphy in our plans. Even though my dearest calls me a 'glass half empty' person, deep down I'm not. I love to think that the glass is half full - but sadly, it rarely turns out that way. 

Thanks Mr. Murphy you rock

But I'm letting all of you, my fine readers know - we are re-working SSP. And I'll share with all of you when we have a lock. Promise! This is your heads up for a random later post.

In the meantime I thought I'd share some of the things we've been doing around here.

School for me
about halfway through the term
Yay
I'm a lot overwhelmed still but getting a grip
kind of like this

but that counts ~ right?
Right

Z-man's knees look like this


and the doctor thinks it may be Juvenile Rheumatoid Arthritis
but
the earliest we can see the specialist is 
the day before Thanksgiving
yep 
So our annual Thanksgiving Weekend Camping Trip
with the Olexa's
has been cancelled for this year.
Boo

But, I did start a Facebook page for this blog

{Thanks bloggy bestie for walking me through that!}

Right now I'm the only person who likes my page
*there's nothing quite like loving yourself*
But
if you'd like to join in the love
you can like 
Life on Planet Caddick
on Facebook
It would help me feel less weird about just talking to myself =)

Speaking of talking to myself
I started using Google +
and I have one friend
{thanks Jen!}
but would love more
so....
you can find me on there now too
if you'd like

And there you go - lickity split
the updates from us
here in South Carolina
where it doesn't feel like fall
at all
but that makes me happy

Have a great one y'all!



Until next time ~ Kris

Monday, October 3, 2011

My First Official Race

Today I officially signed up for my first race. Since I've been hobbling around in my boot I've had to scrap my plans for my first 5K this weekend - but I'm so excited to do this one.

It's called The Cupcake Classic and it's being hosted by Run with Jess. Thanks to my bloggy bestie Shannon M for blogging about this one - that's how I found it!

It's a virtual race of 3.7 miles to be ran/walked the week of Jess' 37th Birthday (October 17 - 23). I know I won't be ready to run the whole thing - but I'm going out there to give it a shot. I can't wait! She is also raising money for The American Cancer Society, so when you check out her page check out the ways to donate - every little bit helps.

So, expect pictures! I'm way too excited! Wonder if I could find some kind of pumpkin cupcake to enjoy when I finish.....



Until next time ~ Kris

Monday, September 26, 2011

What's on my mind

I'm not going to lie. I totally got this idea Riding the Roller Coaster. Hers is called To Whom it May Concern and you should click that link and read it. I fell in love with idea because I haven't blogged in so long, and there's always a lot on my mind - so maybe it will make more sense this way. I'm not going to guarantee that though - after all, it's me blogging!

Dear Doctor,
If I was 45 minutes late to my appointment not only would you not see me, but you would charge me for a missed appointment. Please don't give me attitude when I say I need to reschedule after waiting so long.

Dear English Professor,
I really do appreciate that you are giving me a chance to raise my grade on my first paper. With two science projects, a computer project, and math I just don't have time. Let's face it, I'm not the greatest writer so I'll take my B- and be really proud of my work.

Dear Math Professor,
When five of the six students in your class aren't getting it it's not because we're lazy or not trying. Maybe it's just not being explained in a way that we all understand. You're teaching us to teach math to kids; sometimes we may need it explained differently too, just like them.

Dear Kenmore,
Thanks for having the delay start on my washing machine. I discovered it last week and it's helped me get a handle on the laundry so now I actually have some time to spend with my family.

Dear Weight Watchers,
Thanks for keeping me accountable on my journey. I knew what needed to be done and thanks to you I make sure I do them - who wants that scale to go up and feel like crap? Now that we are team you should know I've lost 20 pounds so far this year!

Dear My First 5K,
I was supposed to run you in two weeks, but that won't happen now. Since my doctor couldn't see me on time and I couldn't wait any longer to take x-rays, I'm still in my walking cast. I will have to do it later, but be warned - I'm still going to kick your butt!

Dear Mother Nature,
I know we're in a severe draught so I didn't mind the rain. But for the last week it's rained every single day. The roads are flooded - you're not doing us any good - so please stop.

Until next time ~ Kris

Wednesday, September 14, 2011

What's Your Song? 9.15.11

Thursday, which means it's time to link up with Amber at Goodnight Moon for What's Your Song. I decided to still link up even though I learned this past weekend that Amber is a Michigan fan! Ah, she seemed so nice too! We decided even though we will never agree on college football, we could still get along =)  Oh and if you're reading this Ms Amber for some reason I can't comment on your song - but I really liked it!

Usually I just pick songs I like, they don't have to mean anything but today I chose this one because I have a very dear friend who's going through some rough times. So {nameless friend} listen to the beautiful voices of Wilson Phillips and Hold On! You're always in my thoughts and I love you dearly.



Until next time ~ Kris

Tuesday, September 13, 2011

'Ello Loves

Yes, it's me again
the sporadic poster from h e double hockey sticks
What can I say?
I keep thinking 
"I really miss blogging"
and 
"I really need to post something"
but
and doesn't it always come down to a 'but'
(in form or another)
hehe

So, here I am
randomly posting because I feel like if I don't
I will lose my freakin' mind
(I know, some of you think it's already gone
and some of you know it is)
the truth is out there somewhere
*cue X-Files theme*

I would like to say 
you rock
to anyone who can actually take a full course load
(married, or not with kids or without)
and hold the rest of your life together
because
I'm having trouble doing that
so, if anyone can help me figure out someway
anyway
that I can learn how to keep learning
not only would I be grateful
but my husband
(who's pretty sure I forgot how to cook and clean)
and my son
(who thinks the washer and dryer are broken)
would also be grateful


Until next time ~ Kris

Thursday, September 8, 2011

No Surprise

Well look who decided to make a sporadic post. Dang - school is truly kicking my butt this semester. *sigh* only 13 weeks to go.

Today I'm linking up with Goodnight Moon for What's your song.

I love this guy. I've only bought two CD's in the last five years and they are his. Seriously. I love him so much my dearest calls him my boyfriend. But I love the tone of his voice and he sings the kind of songs I love. Dang, did I say 'love' enough. You get the picture. right?

Please enjoy - No Surprise by Daughtry




Until next time ~ Kris

Sunday, August 28, 2011

It's Sunday!

A new week is upon us and before I get sucked back into the school thing again I thought I better let everyone know I'm still alive! {waves}

This last week was good. Well, mostly good. Zach settled into his schedule, I settled into mine, and he even decided wearing a uniform to school was ok. Some days he didn't even change out of it when he got home - just untucked his shirt!

Tuesday was my first lab for Oceanography. Well, let me say that again - this is my first lab ever. Yep, that's right - I only had to take one year of science in high school (thanks CA for the great education!) and I took general science (no lab required). I need to find new lab partners though. Those boys ignored me. I don't know if it was because I was old or a girl (or both!!). I have smart ideas - just listen to me fools!

Wednesday I knew I was only going to get my running in if I got up at 5. Which I did. And I ran five 2 minute intervals (5K101 Week 1), without wimping out on a single interval! Yay me! Then later that day I proceeded to break my foot. Now I'm stuck in this for at least three weeks.  I guess I will be walking that 5K in October - but I'm still going to do it!

We call it "the boot of shame"
The rest of the week passed uneventfully. Well, you know except for hobbling around and pulling my hair out over math. Won't you all be glad when I have no more math classes!?

So this week, I have a paper due (not all complicated like a before - more of a narrative - much easier to write!) and I may have a test in computer class. We'll find out, I can't remember.

And that was last week. I'll try to be better about getting on here and venting - goodness knows I have so much to rant about (just not a lot of time!)

Have a great week!

Until next time ~ Kris

Thursday, August 25, 2011

What's Your Song? 8.25.11

I had a hard time deciding today. I wanted to choose something off Hollywood Vampires by LA Guns, but honestly, I love the whole album (yes, I called it an album) so much that I couldn't decide. And I do love these guys a lot:


And I love this guy a lot too:

So I decided why not combine both of them? Here it is - Kick it up a Notch by Phineas, Ferb, and Slash!



Don't you dare forget to link up with Goodnight Moon and see what everyone else is listening to today!

Until next time ~ Kris

Wednesday, August 24, 2011

Pour Your Heart Out: I'm a Bad Mom

Today I'm linking up with Things I Can't Say to Pour my Heart Out. Check out her link and if you comment on any of the link ups remember rule #1 - be respectful!



When did my dreams become more important than my sons future? I can't really answer that, all I know is that at some point it happened and I feel like the worst mom in the world.

Zach went to private school for K and 1st, I homeschooled him for 2nd and 3rd, and last year I put him in public school. It was during that time I needed something do to with myself, so I went back to school to follow my dream of becoming a teacher. But I feel guilty every day.

The education system here (both private and public) are terrible. And that's the nicest thing I can think to say about them. We had our issues when we homeschooled, but nothing we couldn't (or didn't) sort out.

He is really enjoying being in "regular" school, but it's easy to see why. He's "one of the brightest" in his grade. Kills the standardized tests (not that I put any stock in those), and has his few select friends. I've been informed that even though he rarely pays attention he always knows the answer.

But he's not learning anything new. All I heard last year was how "great" I did homeschooling him. All I did was teach him what I thought he should be learning and needed to know to succeed. And the reality is no matter how involved you are - if the education is sub-standard there's not a whole lot you can do about it.

Now that he's started 5th grade, and I've spent some time with recent high school graduates (who don't know how to write papers or do simple math) I know he's being shorted. I want to give him every tool that I can to be successful - not just in SC but anywhere he chooses to go to college. And I want to keep my dream alive too.

That it agonizes me to make the call to quit school and go back to homeschooling shows how selfish and terrible I am as a mom.

Until next time ~ Kris

Sunday, August 21, 2011

Last Week Was...

Crazy. Zach and I both started back to school. Zach on Tuesday and me on Thursday. By Wednesday I was so stressed out by the numskulls at the transportation office I was ready to scream. Actually, I think I might have, in my car, whilst banging my head on the steering wheel.....

Turns out my son, who has one year left in his current school, is going to the wrong school. The school the transportation office told me to send him to - up until an hour before they told me he was in the wrong school. Thank God he's a good kid and I'm a good parent, his Principal and I discussed how to work things out on Tuesdays, when I can't pick him up because I have a late Science Lab. I guess being involved pays off, even though that's not why I do it.

So far he likes 5th grade, uniforms and all! Of course, they really don't do anything the first week - so we will see how he feels next week =) Here's my little man on his first day of school...


Then it was time for me to head to school. Tuesdays and Thursdays I have English and Science - so I headed off to my English Class, which is a literature class. Homework - read these chapters in these two books. Cool, I can do that, after all I love to read. But - the print in said books was so small, I couldn't read it. Quick email to my professor - yes I can download and use them on my Nook! Whew - because that would have been bad if I couldn't have done any of the reading. My science offering this semester is Oceans and Man. Cool. Homework - read the first three chapters.

Friday I headed to my Math and Computer class. I think we all pretty much know how I feel about math. But, after this I still have two more - so it's time to just suck it up and get them done - in a row hopefully so I don't forget anything! Then I found out in my computer class I have the wrong Operating System and Office Suite on my netbook. I have HP (need 7) and 2011 (need 2010). Now I'll have to carve out time to sit in the computer lab at school. Apparently a lot of time. The netbook is the only windows computer we have - and I'm not buying new programs for one class. Especially one that is a step backwards!!

So I guess the week went ok. Lots of stress. Lots of homework. Lots of doubts - but in 16 weeks it will be all over (for me at least!).

And now the big question - when am I going to fit my 5K training in......

Until next time ~ Kris

Thursday, August 18, 2011

What's Your Song? 8.18.11

I've missed almost of month of link ups with Goodnight Moon. I'm embarrassed and ashamed.

We were on vacation for three weeks - for one of those I didn't have internet. For the other two I have no excuse. But while we were road trippin' we listened to a lot of music. Hubby has XM in his truck and since I got to pick the music the two stations of choice were Hair Nation and '80's on 8. I know you guys really didn't expect anything else, right?

So for my coming back song I picked one that I heard while traveling. I really loved it back then and I still love it (and shamelessly I remembered all the words when it came on the radio!).

Enjoy, from the year I graduated, Kyrie by Mister Mister!



Until next time ~ Kris

Sunday, August 14, 2011

I'm Back!

I know I've been gone for a while - we were on vacation after all, but now we are back and school starts next week - Boo! Kidding - boo for my college classes but yay Zach will be busy again!

We had a good time - we went to Columbus to visit the Ohio Caddicks and then to Michigan to visit my dad. Unfortunately, the memory card in my camera got corrupted and I lost all my pictures. I do have a few that I took with my phone to share - but the pictures of the zoo and the family are all gone. Boo again!

But I'll share what I have - aren't you guys the lucky ones? =)

This is the pool in New Albany, OH
pretty spiffy, huh? 

On the road from Ohio to Michigan

Who's the meanest Aunt?
Me!
My nieces in nephew in their
younger days!!

Erik's shopping basket at the Dutch store
Good thing it's so far away from SC or we
would have ended up with so much more!

Also at the Dutch Store

The pool in Lansing, MI

Lunch on our last day of the trip
we were in Bob Evans ~ YUM!

So there's part of our trip in pictures. The fun times we had are memories and now it's get back to the reality of life again!

I hope everyone whose summer is coming to an end has an awesome new school year!

Until next time ~ Kris

Monday, July 25, 2011

Road Trip!

A little stop in Fancy Gap, VA. Before I-77N did us in on our road trip.

We are traveling! Right now we are are in Ohio - and it's much nicer than being in the sweltering heat of South Carolina. Much better.

Our trip up was eventful. West Virginia is our wild card, as I like to call it. Zach man gets car sick, and the road through there is crazy windy and hilly. It's beautiful country - it just doesn't sit well with Zach. So, after about 12 hours (of a drive that should have been about 9) we finally arrived.

Today was a little recovery day. Tomorrow we are going to the zoo. After that, we don't know - it's vacation after all!

Until next time...

Friday, July 22, 2011

Running and Thinking

I know I've been an absent blogger lately. We are trying to get ready for vacation (finally!). But I have been keeping up with my C25K program and while I'm out there huffing a puffing I always manage to think.

No, not about how much I hate running. Honestly, now that I'm doing it by choice it's not so bad. However sometimes I do think about how much I hate the humidity.

This week my thoughts have been wandering to how much Catholics and LDS are the same.

WHAT? Before you run away let me explain....

1. We are both misunderstood. People think we're not Christians, people think we have weird religious beliefs, and people are unwilling to understand either one of us. Seriously - think about that. How many times have I had to say "we don't worship graven images" and how many Mormons have had to say "we believe in Jesus Christ". Just sayin'....

2. We are both perceived in a certain way - all Priests are not child molesters. I'm kind of sick of hearing that. Yes, it's true there are some but there are also really great priests who are doing the work God has led them too. As for Mormons - they are mostly dubbed perfect. *guilty*. But they are just regular people like everyone else. There are good people and bad people - they work their way into any segment of the population. It's the way it is.....

3. Kids and lots of them - 'nuff said

4. Doing good things for other people because it's the right thing to do. I live here in the Bible belt and let me tell you - a lot (not all) of the 'good evangelical' people only help you if you have something to offer in return. That's just sad - you should help people because it is what you're supposed to do - and never expect anything in return. Good works never go unpunished.

5. We both have different Scriptures. The LDS Church has the Book of Mormon and the Catholic Bible has more books than the Protestant Bible. No version is wrong people - it's all the work of holy men.

6. Both Churches believe in excommunication. It's bad. You never want that to happen to you. Ever.

And there you have it - the reason why I believe we are more alike than everyone thinks. No, we are not the same - but we have more in common than given at first glance.

I've realized lately that a lot of the blogs I follow are written by Mormons. They are funny, honest, real people and it just reminded me of how I seem to gravitate toward them. They are people I could be friends with IRL - because they know I'll never give up my coffee - and they will love me anyway!

I hope I haven't offended anyone.

Until next time ~ Kris

Monday, July 18, 2011

Slow and Steady....

As you may know I've been working on the Couch to 5K (C25K) for about the last month. Sadly so far I'm still on week two - but I know I have to get credit for being persistent and trying ~ right?

My goal is to run my first 5K on October 8th. Since the plan is only supposed to take nine weeks I thought I gave myself plenty of time to train and get ready. Now I'm not so sure. On days like today when I was out there just *struggling* in a bad way I kept thinking "how am I going to get this done?" Then I remembered

"Slow and steady wins the race"

OK, so I'm guessing I won't be actually winning the 5K, but it's still winning if you go out and do your level best.

I tell my son that all the time - I'm not sure why I forgot it applies to everyone.

On the weight loss front - slow and steady is working there too. I'm not going to embarrass myself and tell you how much I weigh - but I will tell you that I've lost 3 pounds since I started tracking (about two weeks ago). Perfect if you ask me!

All in all, I'm trying to stay positive about both endeavors, but sometimes it's very hard to keep focused and motivated.

Until next time ~ Kris

Thursday, July 14, 2011

What's Your Song? 7.14.11



Today is my honey's birthday
(happy birthday babe!)

So, in honor of his big day I chose a song for him
from his favorite band 


Get ready for some serious head bangin'

Metallica 
One
(I tried to get the video, but it wouldn't let me embed
we all know how Metallica is about their work)


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Don't forget to visit Goodnight Moon and see what everyone else is listening to!

Until next time ~ Kris

Saturday, July 9, 2011

Let's Talk About the SBD


I know a lot of people who have succeeded on the the South Beach Diet. I couldn't do it. I know my doctor said "do it", my husband was supportive and even did it with me! Can't beat that.

BUT

Yeah, there's something I couldn't handle about it. It really wasn't the missing pasta, bread, or whatever either. Really, it wasn't. Sure, the first day I craved Tostitos like a mad woman - but I got past that. What I was really missing was fruit.

You know, it's summertime - and fruit rocks during the summer - it's all fresh and delish....mmmm

I only lasted two and half days out of the 14 days in phase 1. I guess we could count the SBD as a

What am I going to do? I know I really need to lose weight. Starting to run has proven that to me for sure - I can't keep carrying greater than full term pregnancy weight around.

Back to WW I go. It's really the only program that has ever worked for me. Nothing at all is off limits - and that's the way it should be.

As far as losing weight goes I know I can do it - I just have to do it the way I know works best for me.

Until next time ~ Kris

Thursday, July 7, 2011

Embrace the Camera 7.7.11

Thursday means Embrace Day. Link up with Mrs. Anderson and check out all the other embraces going on!



We all know I have trouble getting the ever elusive embrace shot - here are some examples




But then, somehow, we manage to pull one off
I love that little man


Until next time ~ Kris

What's Your Song? 7.7.11



Yep - it's Thursday. Time to link up with Amber at Goodnight Moon for What's your song? Today I am for sure playing the old school game. In honor of my birthday I'm posting the song that was number one when I was born. If I had been born a month later it would have been 'Light My Fire' by the doors - but alas, that's not the case.

The number one song on July 9, 1967 was Windy by The Association. Here you go...



Until next time ~ Kris

Wednesday, July 6, 2011

Back to the Beginning - almost

Well, after slacking for a couple weeks on my C25K today I went back out there and started again. So, it should have been Week One, Day 3. I figured for sure I was going to suck and be right back at week one day one - but I surprised even myself!

I realized sometime when I was slacking that I was short mileagewise. What I thought was 3.3 was actually only 2.7 *UGH* so I added one more lap around today for 3.6. So my time seems horrible {ok, it IS horrible} but now I know I'm doing enough for a 5K.

Anywho - I actually ran all my intervals today and then some! When Erik came home from PT, he even went the last lap around with me (he's the greatest!).

So, overall a very productive day! I'm not quite sure if I'm ready to move on to week two yet - I'll give it a shot on Friday and see how it goes.

Until next time ~ Kris

Friday, July 1, 2011

MilSpouse Friday Fill in #47

Hosted by Wife of a Sailor - here's your chance to learn about other MilSpouses. What an incredibly intriguing group of people!

1Have you (spouse) ever considered joining the military and what do you think of dual military couples? submitted by Project Army Wife
Well...we spent many years as a dual military couple. So I obviously think they are incredible! It's hard because you have to decided things like "are we going to spend twice as much time apart as a couple so one of us can be home with the kids?" Which doesn't always work out anyway because well, it's the military. I could write a post about it - but I'll just say - most dual military couples really love each other and work their butts off to make their marriage work, just like anyone else. 


2. What is your idea of a perfect Sunday afternoon? submitted by A Few of My Favorite Things
Having all the laundry and homework done so I can just stick my nose in a book and not have to be bothered! 


3. What do you usually do for the 4th of July holiday?  submitted by Anchor’s Away
Well, we are not crowd people, so we usually stay away from the city celebration. Plus it's like 100* so who wants to go boil in the sun all day?! What we do though is buy fireworks and set them off in the backyard - our own little fireworks display!


4. If they could make an Olympic event JUST for you that you know you’d medal in, what would it be? submitted by Pants are Confusing
Um, wow. Could procrastination be an Olympic event? I'm pretty good at that. Oh wait - list making! I'm very good at making lists (sometimes I lack in the follow through though!)


5.  What have you been doing to get yourself bathing suit ready for the summer? submitted by Not Just an Army Wife
Nada. Not that I'm bathing suit ready (you've seen my pictures, right?) but I'm going to be 44 this month - it is what it is - know what I mean?


Until next time ~ Kris

Thursday, June 30, 2011

Embrace the Camera 6.30.11



Last week I spent some time pulling all those little memory cards out of cameras and downloading the pictures. It's absolutely amazing what you find! I think I found some pictures from two years ago at Disney! But those are not Embrace photos - they are just of Zach!

I did find this little number on Zach's camera card though. He is much better at snapping those arms outstretched pictures than I am. Maybe his arms are longer? Who knows? I'm not even sure when this picture was taken - sometimes I'm a bad photo downloader!


Don't forget to get yourself in the picture! Then link up with Emily over at The Anderson Crew.

Until next time ~ Kris

What's Your Song? 5.12.11

Time to link up with Amber at Goodnight Moon for what's your song.

Once again I had no problems picking this week. I was out running errands and heard this song somewhere  that I was. It made me remember that I really loved this song and it was released at a time when I needed to cut someone bad out of my life. So it was a perfect song for me then. I still love it - you've got to at least chair dance when you hear it!

Enjoy!





Until next time ~ Kris

What's Your Song? 6.30.11

The last song link-up for June. My son may think time is dragging - but me - no way - this year is just cranking along at a much faster pace than I'd like!



I love linking up with Amber at Goodnight Moon on Thursdays - I love checking out the music everyone is listening to. I also have a blast trying to pick something each week. Today though, I picked a song that used to be my ring tone. Bring Me to Life by Evanescence - I love this song!



*disclaimer - I thought I posted this song before but couldn't find it. If I did I'm sorry! Old people - you have to watch out for us, we tend to repeat ourselves!*

Until next time ~ Kris

Tuesday, June 28, 2011

Visitors!

This past weekend we were lucky enough to have the Ohio Caddick's stop by for a couple of nights. Shannon is awesome - she's going with three kids from Ohio to SC, GA, and Texas (well, of course back to Ohio too!). Safe travels Shannon!!

So, while we had the cousins together in one place you know I had to take pictures.


This is Adda Paige. She's growing up so fast - and smart....dang that girl is bright!
 This is Kayla. She's really not as mean as she looks
BUT she is 13!!

 Austin and Adda


Uncle Erik having a tea party with Paiger.

And here's the group
Kayla, Austin, Zach and Paiger
Good lookin' kids, huh?

So sad to see them leave - but we are going to go "up north" and visit them after I get out school. Yay!

Until next time ~ Kris