Monday, December 22, 2008
Dec. 23: Drive to Ohio
Dec. 24: Afternoon with Sonya’s parents to frost cookies, have dinner and open gifts.
Dinner with Grandpa and Grandma Kimmet
Midnight mass at St. Nicholas
Breakfast after mass with the Metzgers
Dec. 25: Morning to open gifts with Steve, Sharon and family
Grandpa and Grandma Mack’s for lunch
Steve and Sharon’s for Kimmet dinner
Lenny and Rita’s for Kirian dinner
Dec. 26: Metzger Dinner at 4:30
Pack for ski trip
Hang out with Zak (yay! Home from Iraq)
Hang out with Bryan and Kim (yay! We get to meet baby Brayden)
Dec. 27-30: 7 Springs PA…enjoying our new skis!
Dec. 30: Drive back to North Carolina
We wish everyone a blessed and wonderful Christmas and hope to see you all!
Saturday, December 20, 2008
Tuesday, December 16, 2008
Monday, December 15, 2008
Our weekend was filled with all things holiday! On Friday after work, we drove to Raleigh to pick out ski boots and get our new skis assembled (they are our Christmas gifts to each other). We also stopped at the mall to pick up a few gifts and to look for something to wear the Squadron holiday party on Saturday night. Gotta love Banana Republic! Saturday started with a trip to the Commissary (on base grocery store) for supplies and then I jumped in to Christmas cookies! So far, I’ve made gingerbread, sugar cookies, peanut butter/oatmeal/chocolate chip and double chocolate/pecan/coconut. I have a few more recipes on my list to complete this week and then I can start assembling plates to give away. I love being able to share baked goods for Christmas! Chris and I went for a four mile run in the afternoon and then got ready for the Squadron party at Huske Hardware. Our friend Grant was being “Farewelled” since he is leaving the unit so we were happy to be there to support him and wish him well. He has moved up to the 82nd Airborne Division Staff and will be deploying to Afghanistan in late April. After Huske Hardware, we went to a surprise party for one of the other officers that Chris works with and had a great time. On Sunday we bought some holiday decorations, frosted cookies and watched “The Holiday”. Wasn’t a great movie but we wanted something festive!
***I would like to clarify that at this point, Chris is not scheduled to deploy to Iraq or Afghanistan. He and Grant are now working in separate units. As we all are aware that could change but for now, no deployment. Thank you.***
I can’t believe so much time has passed since the last blog. Directly after Thanksgiving and we returned from Ohio, Chris spent 10 days out in the field training. Max and I spent a lot of time together and I think that by the end we were getting tired of each other! While Chris was gone I was able to keep pretty busy decorating the apartment for Christmas (not too much since we won’t be here for the actual day), going to the dog park, reading “The Time Traveler’s Wife” for book club and being sick. After about three days of feeling pretty yucky, I went to the health clinic on Ft. Bragg and was diagnosed with a sinuous infection. A few days with the antibiotic and other drugs prescribed and I was feeling much better. Unfortunately, Chris managed to catch the same cold while in the field so I delivered cold medicine and Vitamin Water when he stopped by the office mid-training. We are both feeling much better and back to normal.
Sunday, November 30, 2008
A couple of weeks ago we got together with our North Carolina friends for Thanksgiving dinner before we all went home for the holidays. Chris deep fried a turkey and I roasted a turkey, made mashed potatoes/gravy and pecan pie. We had twelve people gather together and about every thanksgiving dinner item you could imagine!
Tuesday, November 18, 2008
Sunday, November 16, 2008
Saturday, November 15, 2008
Monday, November 10, 2008
Sunday, November 9, 2008
Corn and Shrimp Chowder
1 tablespoon butter
1 tablespoon olive oil
3 medium carrots (coarsely chopped)
1 large onion (coarsely chopped)
1 stalk celery (coarsely chopped)
20 ounces frozen whole kernel corn (2 bags)
28 ounces chicken broth (2 cans)
2 teaspoons sugar
½ teaspoon salt
½ teaspoon dried thyme
1/8 teaspoon cayenne pepper (or more to taste)
1 ¾ pounds medium shrimp (I used frozen peeled and deveined)
½ cup half and half or light cream
In a large (5 qt.) saucepan, melt butter and olive oil over medium heat until hot. Add carrots, onion, and celery, cook until veggies are tender.
Reserve 1 ½ cup corn. Add remaining corn to pot, stir in chicken broth, sugar, thyme, cayenne pepper and 2 cups water (I only added about 1 cup water to mine so it would be a little thicker). Heat to boiling over high heat. Reduce to low, cover and simmer for 20 minutes, stirring occasionally.
Meanwhile, slice each shrimp in half.
In a blender at low speed, with center part of cover removed to allow steam to escape, blend soup in small batches until smooth. Pour soup back into saucepan and return to medium heat.
Add reserved corn and half and half to soup until hot, stirring occasionally. Add shrimp and cook for 5 minutes or until shrimp turn opaque throughout.
We both really enjoyed the soup but thought it would be awesome a little thicker with chicken and sausage added as well.
Thursday, November 6, 2008
Monday, November 3, 2008
Over the weekend Chris Max and I drove to see Allan, Tanna, Will, Emma and Jack at their home near Winston-Salem, North Carolina. While visiting the WEJ, we enjoyed a bonfire on Friday night with their awesome neighbors. We even got the chance to roast hot dogs and marshmallows over the fire. Max got some treats as well…popcorn left unattended!
On Saturday, we had a leisurely breakfast and then drove an hour to Pilot Mountain State Park for some family friendly hiking. The weather was absolutely beautiful and the leaves were stunning! It was a great way to spend the day. Max went along and enjoyed running up the trail with Will and Emma. He was definitely the smallest dog in the park! We had a nice BBQ chicken lunch grilled by Allan and then attempted to find some more trials but the driveway to the other section of the park was flooded out. We checked out a historical farm instead and had the pleasure of seeing some real life guineas (a chicken like bird that squawks very loudly)! We ended the evening with Thai take-out, great wine and college football.
We started Sunday with a walk around the neighborhood and then packing up to go home. As always, Max was a perfect traveler in the car. He spent all of his Sunday either sleeping on our laps or sleeping in the sun recovering from the busy weekend. All of the kids were really great with him and he enjoyed the constant attention! Chris and I definitely enjoyed being with family and as always had a great time with the WEJ!
Sunday, October 26, 2008
This weekend Chris and I had two Halloween parties to attend on Saturday night. We decided on our costumes about a month ago when driving back from Ohio but had been trying to keep in a secret….Chris did better job at it than I did! Our costumes had nothing to do with an affiliation with any political party. Chris's line for the night was "A vote for McCain is a vote for America". So here we are as John McCain and Sarah Palin! Our friend Caitlin bought Max’s costume and we think he was adorable! Our friend Grant was a great Indiana Jones. All in all, a great halloween!
Friday, October 24, 2008
Tuesday, October 21, 2008
Also, CONGRATS to my Mom and her friend Sandy for walking the Columbus ½ Marathon on Saturday! I’m so proud of you!
For those of you who haven’t heard of any of Max’s antics lately he is still a puppy and very inquisitive! When we took him home last, my Mom gave him a red stuffed dog to play with. Now the stuffing has been completely ripped out and is all over our apartment!
My reason for visiting Ohio this week was….weddings and because of this Chris stayed home with Max and I flew to Ohio by myself! On Saturday I went to the wedding of a college friend, Amy and her new husband Scott. The reception was held in Confluence Park in Columbus with a gorgeous view of the Ohio River and the city skyline. Even though I didn’t know anyone but the bride and groom I made some friends (surprise, surprise) and had a really nice time. I’m so glad that I was able to be a part of their wedding day. Sunday was Danielle’s Bridal Tea hosted by her family. It was so fun to be there and a part of everything. We introduced several people to tea for the first time and I think everyone enjoyed it!
Last Tuesday Ellie (Chris’ Commanding Officer’s wife) and I hosted our first Coffee event. A Coffee is an FRG Officer’s wives function that is held once a month to touch base with each other and spend time together. It is purely a social thing and though there is a little “official” business it is mainly just a chance to hang out and eat dinner together. Since our event was held in October our theme was “Fall Harvest”. Ellie made a great broccoli cheese soup, ramen noodle salad and pecan pie. I made chili, pumpkin bread, homemade whipped cream and apple pie. We had a great turn out and everyone had fun! One negative thing did happen during the event….at some point I lost my military ID so now I have to get Chris to take me on base to get another one.
Saturday, October 4, 2008
Last weekend Chris, Max and I drove back to Ohio to visit Zak (Chris’ best friend) while he was home from Iraq on his 18 day leave. We left Fayetteville on Friday after work and pulled into Tim and Danielle’s at 2am. It was Max’s first long car trip and he did great! We put him in his kennel in the back seat of the Jetta and he rode home comfortably without so much as a whine. On Saturday morning we got together with some family for breakfast at First Watch (mmmm….pumpkin pancakes) and then went our separate ways. Chris and Zak went to the Shoe to watch Ohio State beat Minnesota and my mom and I went to Easton to track down the perfect lamps for her living room. Of course, there were a few other purchases as well. On Saturday night we got the chance to catch up with both of our families and hang out with some of Chris’ friends from college at Bubbys and Sonny Jacks. It’s always fun to spend time at the local watering hole with friends. On Sunday we spent more time with family, had dinner with family and checked out Kevin’s new building. Monday was GMAT studying for me while Chris went to the golf course and driving back to Columbus so we would have a shorter drive back to Fayetteville on Tuesday. Driving back to Fayetteville included a couple of stops on Tuesday, one in Athens, OH and then twice to track down the elusive Mt. Dew Slurpee that Chris was craving from Seven Eleven.
Saturday, September 20, 2008
Sunday, September 7, 2008
My alma mater, Ohio University, played Chris’ future (hopefully) university, OSU, yesterday. Here are a few photos of our family rivalry. We made a pot of chili (despite the 90 degree temp) hung out and watched the game. After a putting up a good fight, my Bobcats fell to the Buckeyes 26-14.