Thursday, May 24, 2012

Watch Out Middle School!

It's official, Zach is a 6th grader. Well, after about three more days of school. Tomorrow he goes on the 5th grade tour of his new middle school, then a couple days next week, and elementary school is behind us. *sigh*  Do you think it was easier when it was Jr. High and parents got to hang on to elementary school for one more year?

I knew it was coming. I just can't believe it's arrived. And I always get a heads up. My bloggy bestie's oldest is one grade ahead of Zach, so when she says "an official 7th grader" I know I have an official 6th grader on deck. The time still goes so fast. But, I'm not here to have my eyes start sweating again - nope I'm here to tell you what a fabulous year Zach ended up having.

To say it was a tough year would be the understatement of the year. At one point I even thought about holding him back in 5th. But after conferences with the counselor, principal, and his teachers it was decided that would be, well, a dumb move.

So this year ends with my awesome son earning:

Accelerated Reader Super Reader AND Advanced Reader
A/B Honor Roll 4th Quarter
A/B Average for the year

I'm so super proud! And he can no longer tell me he hates reading! When will he learn that eventually moms find out everything? =)

The promotion ceremony was awesome blossom. They sang, my eyes sweated, it was one of those happy/sad moments all moms (and dads) have. One I know I'll never forget.

Processional

This is why I think he's too little for middle school!
Someday my silly boy will realize what a catch this one is!

Singing their song I heard ceaselessly for three weeks

Yep, officially a 6th grader!




Until next time ~ Kris

Embrace the Camera 5.24.12





Today is Zach's 5th grade promotion ceremony. He's excited, I'm a little freaked out! We will embrace that next week!

This week we have an awesome shot of my two favorite guys. Mr. Hubby looking all spiffy in his blues (which he NEVER wears!) and my not so baby boy!




And it wouldn't be an embrace without some shots of my boy and I! (me and the boy?) hmmm





Until next time ~ Kris

Friday, May 18, 2012

Time for a Change

It's officially official, my husband will be retiring.

This completely scares the crap out of me for several reasons.
1. Paycheck (I'm not going to lie - we have bills!)
2. Medical (I know we'll still have tricare - but it's different when you retire)
3. I've always been a military something - daughter, wife, active duty - and honestly, NOT being a military something is going to be a completely new way of life for me. After almost 45 years, yes that freaks me out.

We sat down and figured out a timeline (which I will keep quiet about for now because if you say it somehow the military will find a way to change it!) and a monetary plan to keep us afloat "just in case". On a side note here - people, don't wait for this! Even if it's $10 a month put something aside. All the financial guru's say this but I never listened. Here I am, a real person, saying do it!

So we have the when. Now for the where. We are still in negotiations about that. I know it sounds like I hate this place, and sometimes I really do - but in August we will have been living in this house, in this town for 6 years. A lifetime for a military family, and it's become home. I think Zach and I have that feeling more than Erik though. For the last four years we've been out of the military loop. Civilian doctors, civilian friends, getting a feel for this place - and Erik's been deployed, working twelves, having inspections and exercises so it's just not the same for him.

Even though I always said I wanted to move closer to my father, I don't think I do. I love him, and I feel bad that he's up in Michigan pretty much by himself, but the reality is even he says "don't move here - there's nothing". And he pretty much would know. My heart is torn about this because I need to be there for my dad, but we also have to think about our family too. If I could get that stubborn man to move down here....

I even know there are states that have better school systems (or even cities in this state) but Zach excels when he stays focused. And doesn't hate his teachers (yes, I remember hating my 4th grade teacher; it was one of my dark school years!). Besides if it wasn't for this school system I wouldn't have starting pursuing my lifelong dream of becoming a teacher. It would have stayed a dream that I never reached for. I got off my lazy retired butt to get my degree to teach in this district, where I can make difference. Help make it better.

For anyone who's always taken their child to the same doctor year after year, be grateful. This is something most military families don't get to do and the last four years have been wonderful in this regard. The fact that Zach's doctor knew him so well was incredibly important and helpful last October. Zach loves his doctor and has calmed down a lot regarding shots, getting blood drawn, just about everything because he knows the doctor and nurses, and more important - they know him. That would be something hard to find again if we left here. This includes the dentist who believe me, can't believe it's the same child in her chair!

Another good thing about staying here is we know what it costs! We know what our insurance is, how much we have to chunk out every year to register the vehicles, the electric bill, and on and on. If we move somewhere else these things could cost more (or less) but you don't know. After all this time I'm pretty much right on in estimating groceries, gas, and everything else. I can't imagine trying to have to figure that out again. We all know I'm not strong in math! =)

Boy Scouts! Erik has worked toward becoming Scoutmaster of the troop. He put in time while Zach was still a Cub Scout helping to make an awesome troop. Not only for Zach but for all the boys in the pack that we've grown to love over the years. Finding an awesome new troop might be easy - but I'm thinking it's harder than it looks. I have a dear friend who can attest to that!

There are downsides to staying here. We don't live anywhere near family (MI, Utah, and Arizona for my family - Ohio for his). I've missed nephews, nieces, and grands growing up. But see, I always see being away from family as a double edged sword. In some ways it's bad, but in some ways it's good. If you aren't near the drama, you can't get sucked into the drama. It's much easier to stay neutral when you live on the other side of the country! I know this seems odd to a lot of people but I didn't grow up around grandparents, aunts, uncles, and cousins so to me - it doesn't seem that strange.

In the end we could plan to stay here or move someplace else, but it wouldn't matter. The truth is we will go where there's work for Erik. If that's here, awesome but if it's someplace else that's ok too.

I think for me, knowing when has taken a lot of stress off me. I rather hated being in limbo not knowing for sure which way everything was going to go.

A new adventure awaits us!

Until next time ~ Kris

Saturday, May 12, 2012

Domesticated?

I have been trying to be more domesticated. I'll wait while those who really know me laugh, rolling on the floor. Go ahead - I'll give you a few minutes.

I found a blog, through a friend on Pinterest (I think) called The Virtuous Wife. This lady is awesome. She bakes her own bread, makes these freezer meals, homeschools. Generally all those things I think about doing, but don't. Check her out - she's not snotty about her ways, it's just how she is and that's great.

So after checking out her freezer meals for weeks (or maybe months) I decided to give some of them a shot. Honestly, I get tired of cooking dinner - but if all I have to to do is thaw and throw it in the oven or crockpot, yeah, I'm on that. I made a few of them this past payday. So far all her recipes I've tried have been awesome. Next time we will do a little tweaking, just to suit our tastes, but there were none that we were like "Oh my this is disgusting!". That's a good thing, because there are a couple more meals worth in the freezer =) I think the thing I like most is cooking them in one or two days, during the day when I'm feeling more up to it. It's not only been a blast, but it's saved us from eating out, because everything is already done. So thanks Amanda for not only giving us cool new meals, but saving our budget.

I think I might try to make some bread some day....

These are the stuffed peppers. Delish!
So, on the heels of my two days of meal preps I decided to try my hand at making liquid hand soap. Which was also a day of fun. Or a night of fun, since it had to sit overnight - but I think it was a grand time. I found the recipe on Homestead Revival. This is another awesome lady. She makes her own laundry soap, hand soap, deodorant. Very cool. I took a bunch of pictures of making the soap, but they are still sitting on my camera. When we've used it for a while I'll post about it making it and stuff. It wasn't hard and it's very not expensive!

I am planning on trying my hand at making laundry soap too - I just have to decide between liquid or powder. Since I don't have a place to store a 5 gallon bucket of laundry soap it will probably be powder, but I'm still thinking....

And now for a last random thing. Last Saturday we lost power and spent an hour wandering around Walmart trying to cool down. I took a couple instagram pictures. Here they are with captions!

Thanks for ruining a perfectly good NASCAR display

I think I must be turning into a Carolina Girl
because I think this is cute

Until next time ~ Kris

Thursday, May 10, 2012

Embrace the Camera 5.10.12




Saturday we had one of those Southern storms. You know the kind - 5 minutes of rain, wind, and hail that seems to hit only your neighborhood (and the neighborhood across the street!) and then leaves you without power for 6 hours. Except for the no power I would have loved it - I love storms.

Hour 3 - hot and bored we decided to take a trip to WallyWorld. We ended up spending about an hour there. Yeah, it was hot at the house!

The hubster and Zach checking out the candy aisle

So we made our way home where power should have been restored and waiting for us! Nope - it was still going to be two more hours! So after some more boredom and lots of candles Zach and I decided goofing off with flashlights was the way to go.

Say "Yoshi"

I guess the under the face flashlight look only works when camping!

Now run, get your camera and get your Embrace on with Mrs. Anderson!


Until next time ~ Kris

Thursday, May 3, 2012

Pour Your Heart Out ~ Forty-Seven

47. How old my sister would be at the end of the month. 41. The age my sister will always be. Now I'm the oldest, when I should be the middle.

Anyone who knows me, knows I think my sisters husband killed her. No, I don't have proof, just a feeling. Maybe it was how cold he was during that early morning phone call. Maybe it was the fact that he was shopping for boats the night of her funeral. Maybe it's because his first wife also died young, of the same thing. Either way, it's always been a nagging thing for me. I can't shake it.

For the first year after she was gone I swear I heard her in my ear all the time ~ in the shower, trying to fall asleep, driving to work. "Get him Kristin Pee" she said. But I couldn't. The coroner's report said natural causes. This hard to accept statement really put me back into little sister mode. Somehow I've let her down again. I don't hear her anymore - I think she's given up on me.

I'm a big believer in karma, but I'm not a patient person. How long does karma make you wait? Will I be around when he finally gets his? Will he ever get his in this life? Maybe he'll come back as an ant and someone will keep stepping on him. Maybe he'll get to hang out in the bowels of hell for eternity.

I hope that wherever he is out there someone is warning any girl he might marry to run the other way.

I hope that Cindy Pee still loves me, even though I've let her down.

6. The number of years I've been without my older sister.

Until next time ~ Kris

Embrace the Camera





I'm bad about embracing. I'm bad about blogging lately too. There's so much going on right now and a lot of it I'm not allowed to share until a certain number of things happen ~ or don't happen. Either way my bloggy hands are tied.

I do take pictures though but I usually forget to post them so today I'll share some of our Embrace moments.

Embracing at the zoo during spring break



Embracing on of the last lunches in Elementary School.
Can I cry yet?

Link up with Miss Emily and get your embrace on too!


Until next time ~ Kris