Thursday, March 31, 2011

What's your song? Linkup

Normally I'm a Judas Priest, Metallica, Ozzy kind of girl. But while indulging in one of my most favorite shows that I'll never admit I watch in public I saw this video. And I liked both the video and the song so I thought I'd share today.

Link up with Goodnight Moon and check out all the other cool songs people are listening to!

I think it shows an ad first - sorry about that. Also it annoys me that I can't make it smaller and it hangs off into my sidebar! I'm weird like that.

Anyway - enjoy Who Says by Selena Gomez and the Scene!

Until next time ~ Kris

Monday, March 28, 2011

Open Mouth Insert Feet

Yes, you read that right - feet.

For some reason I couldn't hold back today in English Class.  There was a discussion about history and one kid says "I don't remember what class it was I failed it." And yep - what came flinging out of the old ladies mouth "Have you ever passed a college class?"

I don't know what possessed me - I thought I was just thinking it - but this is the same kid who is taking English 102 for the 4th time.  Yes, 4th.

Before I knew it - I was hearing words like "harsh" and "damn Kris".

*sigh* I guess none of my peer reviews will get turned in with the third papers....

Until next time ~ Kris

Sunday, March 27, 2011

I'm not crazy

Well, maybe a little - but turns out I wasn't the only one having problems with blogger yesterday.  Even though I may still seem crazy to all of you, at least I don't to me anymore!  Today I can actually see my blog again which makes it much easier for me to actually preview a post!

Yesterday I was going to post my phone pictures, so I guess I'll do that today.  Before Alicia kills me and such.

So, even though it's not Tuesday, here's

I was trying to get a picture of the horrible pollen
we've been having lately - didn't work so good
on the white car

My niece, Nena, made this cake for her daughters
7th birthday.  Isn't she awesome?  I wish she lived 
closer - maybe she could have helped with the whole
Mario cake I needed for Zach's birthday!

Miss Emma and Mr John

Mr Matthew hanging out in every kids favorite 
place - the magical cardboard box!

Miss Emma - I swear she's eating the favorite
pop tarts of the whole family
brown sugar cinnamon  YUM!!

My little man outside the Legion
they are the sponsors for our 
Cub Scout pack

Here he is again, in front of the Walk of Honor sign
We've been going to meetings here for three years
and this is the first time I thought to take a picture
Yeah, I'm lame like that!

OK so that's what was on my phone last week!  Mrs Jessica is still on blogging hiatus, so no link.  That's why I probably didn't feel so guilty about posting these on a day other than Tuesday!

Have a great week!

Until next time ~ Kris

Saturday, March 26, 2011


Honestly, I don't know if this is going to show - but when I went looking for my blog today it was gone.  I guess I'm just trying to post this so I can see if it makes my blog magically reappear.  There's always hope, right?

Until next time ~ Kris

Thursday, March 24, 2011

I Cross My Heart

Time for What's YOUR Song? link up at Goodnight Moon

Today I picked another oldie, and not just because I don't really know any current music! This is in honor of our anniversary yesterday - it was the song we danced to at our wedding.  Oddly, neither of us listened to country music then.  Weird.

Get a playlist! Standalone player Get Ringtones

Check out the link and play along - or at least go listen to some cool music!

Until next time ~ Kris

Wednesday, March 23, 2011


I woke up and just lay there for a minute.  Even though my eyes had just opened I was already on edge.  Rolling over I looked up at the skylight above my bed.

"Daddy, is it snowing?"

I hear a long sigh and an ever so quiet "Damn it" before I get an answer - "Yes Krissy, it is."

Those were the first few minutes of my day 15 years ago.  My wedding day - the day I married my awesome man.

From the beginning our marriage was, well, different. We got married in Salt Lake City (even though neither are from there), and we had less than a week together before he had to go back to Arizona and I had to go back to Germany. We didn't even start living together until November that year.

We've had a lot of separations over the years. But we've had an awesome life together. We've seen some amazing (and not so amazing!) places. We have the most wonderful son in the whole world. We have built and continue to build a great life.

I don't have any pictures to share from that day. They all have to be scanned and that's just something I haven't gotten around to yet. Maybe next year...

Until next time ~ Kris

Sunday, March 20, 2011

Pinewood/Powderpuff Derby

Yesterday our pack had the Pinewood Derby for the boys and the Powderpuff Derby for the girls.  Why didn't I post about it yesterday?  Well...because the whole thing stressed me out so bad I came home and took a Percoset.  Yep - that's the truth.

O.K. well, I forgot my regular camera, so I had to use my phone - and I didn't get any 'action' shots, but I did take some of the cars and I thought I'd share.

This was Zach's car - he didn't win anything boo

Isn't this the cutest thing - some people are so creative

This one was named Purple Haze
yep - that's why I included it

You would think this would be slow
Nope - it took 3rd place in the women's race
and most unique!

You knew I'd have to show you a picture of mine finished!
Felicia ended up naming Pink Commando
It took favorite in the womens
but was too slow to win a race!

Have a great week!

Until next time ~ Kris

Friday, March 18, 2011

Weekly Wrap Up

Before I share the few, sad pictures I took this week I wanted to share this story...

Today after class I had an advisement appointment.  It went well, I planned out my schedule for fall, and got a definite when I should take the PRAXIS I. It was all good and I walked away with a plan - which I need.  After that I went to Zach's school to help with the book fair.  I love the book fair - I spend way too much money - but I like helping at the school.  Being around the kids really gives me a feel for what it will probably be like when I'm a teacher.  Today was crazy completely insane.

First there was an "Intruder Alert Drill".  I've never even heard of these - anyone else?  Hmm so it goes like this - "There's an intruder" so the kids scrunch down into the corners (or behind book shelves) in case someone comes in with a gun and starts shooting.  OMG really?  Really?  I can't even think about that right now.  I have way too much to say.  Immediately after (I mean so close after we still were hiding) there's a fire drill.  OK I can get behind a fire drill.  I understand a fire drill.  These kids were so bad - running and screaming and oh Lord - I couldn't believe it.  The whole thing made me think back to my appointment less than an hour before and wonder why when asked "Are you still majoring in Elementary Education?", I said "Yes".  I feel better now.

Now for the few pictures from this week.

Last month my baby turned 10.  We gave him a BB gun.  I'm going to be honest - I wasn't sold on the idea.  Zach is not a outdoorsy kid.  I think he would be if he had kids to play with, but he doesn't.  Again, that's another time.  Turns out the kid is a natural.  He's a really good shot.  So I had to take some pictures of his gunmanship!

Until next time ~ Kris

Thursday, March 17, 2011

What's YOUR Song?

Today I thought I'd link up with Goodnight Moon.

You pick a song you've been listening to lately and post it.

Since I don't listen to a TON of music in the car (or anywhere else) because it interferes with every song that pops into my head that makes the soundtrack of my life I decided to post my favorite song.

I guess this explains a lot.  Who doesn't love them some Van Halen though?  Even if you're not partial to this particular song (which you should be - because it's awesome!)

Even if you don't want to play, you should head over to Goodnight Moon's site and check out some of the other songs.

Until next time ~ Kris

Tuesday, March 15, 2011

What's on My Phone? 3.15.11

I know, it's almost NOT Tuesday anymore!  I think I'm going to make in the nick of time here on the east coast though!

Since Miss Jessica is taking a blogging break there is no link up this week - but my niece would flog me if I didn't post my phone pics.  Why?  Because all the pictures this week came from her (except two - and one of those came from my other niece!).  So, without further ado (because I need to make that midnight deadline!), it's time for

This is my other nieces tattoo in the works
it's not done yet - she will send me another 
when it's finished.  My nephew (yes, her brother)
is doing the work.  That's family love and 
trust guys!

Ms. Emma enjoying the AZ sunshine

Little Mr. John
he's got some eyelashes
(he gets those from his aunt!)

Mr. Matthew and Mommy
She looks like a baby too!

This one's been on my phone for a while
It's the only picture not from my nieces this week.
This is Mr. Gabe - he's my friends son
and he's cute as a freakin' button but
his moms don't treat him right 
can't you tell?
  They force him to wear GREEN BAY stuff.
Knowing Jen and Celina they probably hold him 
down just to put the ugly shirt on him too
sheesh - talk about treating kids badly
good thing he's so awesomely adorable that 
people will overlook the shirt
Anytime Mr. Gabe you want to stop wearing the ugly
Green Bay stuff you come talk to Miss Kris
I'll hook you up with some very awesome Bears shirts!

Until next time ~ Kris

Monday, March 14, 2011

Military Spouse Survey

I found this little survey on Moore To Love.  As it happens in the blog world she found it someplace else.  I thought it would be fun so I decided to do it too.

1. How long have you been a military wife?  Hubby and I will be married for 15 years later this month.  As far as being a military wife that's not active duty 3 years.

2. What branch of service is your husband?  Air Force

3. Active/Reserve? Active

4. What is his job? Fire Truck Mechanic

5. How many deployments have you gone through? Wow, really? Honestly, I don't know the answer - a whole lot :-)

6. ACU's or Class A's on your man? Have you seen the AF Blues?  ABU's all the way.

7. What do you like about being a military wife?  Um, this is hard - I would love being married to my husband even if wasn't in the military.  I think it's cool when people thank him for serving our country.

8. Do you live on base?  Nope.  We bought our house when we moved here.

9.  What is your favorite base so far?  Personally I liked Fairchild - but not because of the base - I just fell in love with Spokane.

10. What is the hardest part of the military life?  The hours he works.  Even when he's here he's usually at work for so long that I forget he's not deployed!

11.  Do you go to the grocery store or commissary?  Our commissary is lame but I usually go there anyway.  If I can't get something there I will go to Bi-Lo or Food Lion.  They are expensive but worth not going into WalMart.

12. Do you work or stay at home? Currently I'm enrolled in school - but I get paid to go, so I guess that's my job!

13. Do you have a lot of military wife friends? In town, no - only one. But I have a lot of friends all over the world who are military wives.

14. Do you prefer Walmart or the BX/PX/NEX/MCX?  Our BX is tiny and doesn't have too much.  I go there if I know they have what I need.  I try to avoid WalMart at all costs so I guess my answer is none of these.  Too bad we don't have a Target in town!!

15. How did your husband propose?  The old fashioned way - on one knee with a rose and a ring.

16. Did you marry him after he joined or before?  After since we met while I was TDY to his base!

17. How long have you been together?  Since May 1994.  So almost 17 years...

18. Any kids?  Yep, one boy - he turned 10 last month

19. Any kids yet to come?  For now no - but we have been talking about adopting.  Not a baby though - I'm through with babies!!

20. Is your husband one of those "Am I soldier hear me 'HOOAH' kind of guys? Not really.  If he was in the Army he would be though - he was very 'hooah' when he was doing convoy with the 1st Cav

21. Have you ever done combatives with your husband?  I'm not sure what these are - but once when we were both deployed we had to take cover from incoming together.  Does that count?

22. How many bases have you lived at?  Counting only the bases we've been stationed at together 4 but we both did a remote too.

23. If you could change one thing about the military?  I could go on and on about the things I don't like, but over all we've had a pretty good life so I don't know that I'd change anything.

24. Do you like military balls?  The AF does lame balls - if he was in the Corps we would probably go every year.  They know how to do it!!

25. Where does your family live?  My dad lives in Michigan and my sister (and nieces/nephews/greats) live in AZ.  I also have a niece in UT.  His family lives in SC and OH.

26. What do you do for a job?  Collect my retirement check and go to school.

27. Have you ever gotten in a fight with an NCO's wife?  Yes, when I was active duty and an airmen I told our neighbor she was acting like a bitch.  Well, she was!

28. Name one thing you do when your husband is gone.  Stay up way too late and eat crappy food.

29. Do you think other wives do that too?  Probably - it's kind of fun to be scheduleless!

Until next time ~ Kris

Sunday, March 13, 2011

~Blog Dare Update~

Today I thought I'd give an update of how I'm doing on the blog dare.

In a moment of utter insanity I signed up for a blog dare where I am supposed to blog every day for 2011.  Every.Single.Day.  hmmm - what was I thinking?

I think I've been doing a pretty good job.  This will be post 61 and today is day 72.  So, I've missed just under two weeks.

To be fair, I was really sick.  I guess if I had my crap together I would write my posts before and schedule them.  But, my blog doesn't work that way - I like blogging about whatever takes my fancy.

I would like to say that since I have missed and therefore will not complete the dare it's been easy to go back to my blogging when I feel like it instead of every day.  That's so how I like it!

Oh, I'll still keep track - because I'm anal like that - and you know I'll just have to know how I ended up doing by the end of the year!  But now that the pressures off, I can enjoy blogging again!

Until next time ~ Kris

Friday, March 11, 2011

My Super Sensitive Little Man

Most of you already know my little man - he's my miracle - the child I was never supposed to be able to have.  Ha Doctor's you were WRONG!!

Anyway, my little man is uber-hyper sensitive.  Maybe because he's been raised mostly by mom (thanks AF!), maybe because he's half uber-hyper sensitive me.  Who knows, but he is and I love him for it.

A couple times this year little man has gotten in the car after school and shared how 'terrible' his day was.  Why honey?

Answer One - "Did you know that people sold other people as slaves?  They just split those families up - took kids away from their moms.  How could people do that to each other?  Why would they think that's even a good idea?"

Answer Two - "Today we learned about the Trail of Tears.  It made me cry.  I don't understand how people can treat other people so bad."

I have a love/hate relationship with these conversations.  The world has been, and currently still is, full of horrible mean people.  I don't think sheltering him from the truth is good.  I do think that sometimes 10 might be too young for the realities that history involves.

How did I handle it?  We had a very nice discussion about treating people fairly, and remembering all the bad things that have happened so we don't repeat the terrible things that have happened in the past.  I dread the Holocaust conversation though...

"Those who cannot remember the past are condemned to repeat it." ~ George Santayana

Until next time ~ Kris

Thursday, March 10, 2011

~ Fork in the Road Time ~

I'm always coming to a fork in the road.  Sometimes it's an easy fork - grocery shopping today or can I hold out one more day?  Little forks (salad forks, if you will) are the easy peasy decisions that I make every day.

Paper due Monday?  I'll write it Sunday.
Truck needs gas?  I'll wait until tomorrow - as long as that silly light doesn't go on!

It's not that I'm a procrastinator, o.k. maybe it is a little but only about small things.

Big decisions I tend to make without very much thought.  When I decided to homeschool Zach I only had to convince Erik and bam!  I was doing it.  These are the decisions that should require more thought - but when I decide I want to (or am going to) do something - that's it.

This past July, in a moment of shear frustration and aggravation I sent Zach back to 'regular' school.  That journey has been somewhat chronicled here, so most of you know I'm not thrilled with the public school system.  But, I wasn't thrilled with the private school he went to either, so I don't want any of my teacher friends to think I'm bashing.  I'm not - I want to be a teacher.  I realize it's a hard job.

So, finding myself at home, with nothing to do, I decided in December to go back to school to become a teacher.  Is that not the perfect job for someone with school age kids?  I think so.  School for me has been a trial.  It's been so long since I sat in a classroom that I find it frustrating.  The kids (and yes, they are kids) chat, get up and walk out, never show up on time, well, they are basically just rude.  But I rant.....

I spent about four hours yesterday going through the summer and fall classes deciding what to take when.  But the fact is, I want to homeschool Zach again.  I could do both - I know it's possible (until the hubby deploys or whatever again), but is it fair?

For the first time in a long time, I can't come to a conclusion.  I know I could provide a better education for my son at home.  I've already proven that - the boy is bored out of his mind and has been all year.  We rather enjoyed our "loosey goosey" vacation times.  A week off for your birthday?  No problem.  Homeschooling is fun ~ and hard ~ and sometimes frustrating.  But deep down, I still feel it's the right choice.

I don't want to give up my lifelong dream (seriously - from second grade) to teach.  I don't want one semester of frustration and rude kids to define who I can become in the future.  In other words, I don't want to look like a quitter.  But, I want to do what's best for my son.

Why couldn't it just be a knife in the road, pointing me in the right direction?

Until next time ~ Kris

Tuesday, March 8, 2011

What's on Kris' Phone 3.8.11

Time for my Tuesday ritual of 

Before I forget - Lent starts tomorrow.  Being the non-practicing Catholic that I am I have decided to not give anything up this year.  I figure I already gave up my sanity - and I really liked that!!

OK - so What's on my phone this week??

Today I'm starting with my niece.
Not the niece who makes the gorgeous kids, but her sister
who could also make gorgeous kids if she should ever decide
she wants to have kids (or give up her cute little shape!)

Oh Matthew, the internet is forever!
Someday this picture will come back to haunt you
I'm glad I could play some part in your 
future embarrassment!  But really, you should
blame your mom - she's the one who sent
me the picture!

Friday was 'crazy hair day' at Zach's school.  I know, Zach has crazy hair every day - but we did it up nice and special for the occasion of 'official crazy hair day'!

the finished look

up close

Mad professor?  Naw, just pulling his hair out
a cool trick he learned from me!

How did I manage to do such a spectacular job?

It's not Aqua Net - but I did go to high school in the
80's!  Let's face it - I could make that crew from Jersey
Shore look like amateurs when it comes to using 
hair spray!

How is the baby pink HMMWV coming along?  You know you want to know!!

it now has the cammo pattern
raspberry and silver
it could go super fast too - 
if it had wheels

this storm looked like it was going to be terrible
it really wasn't

It's hard to tell but the two cars on the end are exactly the same
Apparently public school teachers can afford really nice BMW's
Also, please note the grass is starting to turn green
Could spring be close?

And finally ~ 

A hunter AND a Mythbuster

And there you have it!
Have a great Tuesday everyone
And don't forget to head over to The Lowe Family News
and check out the other players in the phone game!

Until next time ~ Kris

Monday, March 7, 2011

~ All My Years of Dorkiness ~

What can I say?  I'm a dork.  I like to think I'm the coolest dork you'll ever meet - but still, a dork is a dork. I'm good with that.  Surely, I knew it my whole life but have just begun to realize embracing my dorkiness is the way to go.

Apparently on FaceBook this weekend it was "upload pictures of Kris at her dorkiest".  Ah, memories.....

So, lest you all be under the impression that I've just turned dorky after turning 40, I thought I'd share the 'old school' Kris pictures that are going to cause all my FB friends to delete me because that's a better choice than being associated with me!!

Let's start with this winner ~

Circa the early 90's.  Yes, I'm trying to be domesticated by my sexist, nazi supervisor.  You can't tell, but my hair is pulled back in a banana clip (remember those?) and dang - my bangs are outta regs like you wouldn't believe!  I guess that's one point to being stationed with men who don't know.....

You know you want some of these glasses!  Please note - high tech microwave and the phone that's been pieced together because we were loggies in a comm world!  By the way - I would give my right arm to be that "fat" again too!  Yes, I was on the weight program.....  Both these pictures are courtesy of my friend Paul, who I was stationed ever so briefly with at McClellan AFB in CA (and later at Fairchild - much later!!).

Fast forward about 16 years.....

Iceland - circa 2006.  What was going on with my hair again?  Hmm, I'm not really sure, but it seems to be the way I wear it most of the time now though.  I have no reasonable explanation for thinking I should show so much forehead.  I still do it though - maybe because I know how crappy bangs really are!  Big, bulky pencil sharpener, check; a computer monitor that takes up the whole desk, check; pink highlighter because I was the only girl, check!  But look - I was wearing way too much make up - so that makes it all better!!  Also, my hair was dyed BLACK - because I knew none of the guys would call me out on it!  the one thing that's still the same - still on the weight program.  This picture come courtesy of my friend Christopher, who sat at the desk next to mine while we closed down Iceland.

So, if you too are a dork - don't be ashamed!  Step out into the light and embrace the dorkiness!!  You'll feel so much better - and the memories are worth it!

Until next time ~ Kris

Sunday, March 6, 2011

Weekly Wrap Up

Ok, well, more like a monthly wrap up!  With all the sickness flinging around, and mid-terms, I have a lot of pictures I've never posted.  So, grab something to drink (and eat!) it's gonna be big one folks!!

Science Night (Bubbleology Part 2)
Here are some pictures from my camera (not my phone!) from science night.  Dang, those only took me like a month and half to download!!

Next up a Cub Scout Project.  My boys made a diorama from scraps of stuff we had laying around the house.  Zach picked a playground to make.  He did a good job with a little bit of help - mamma made the slide!

So, no more slacking on pictures!  Or at the very least no more slacking for over a month!

Until next time ~ Kris