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!


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


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