Monday, December 22, 2008

Merry Christmas!

Here is our crazy Christmas schedule so you know where to find us over the holidays:

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

I wasn't kidding about the weather...

Just thought I would share a photo of Chris and I hanging out today. Yes, it really is warm enough to wear shorts here!

Tuesday, December 16, 2008

It’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas…

Wait no it’s not! Today it is 70 degrees and I’ve seen flowers blooming. It doesn’t feel like Christmas at all here. The warm temperature makes it hard to get into the holiday spirit.

Monday, December 15, 2008

It’s the holiday season….

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.***

Half Marathon Instead

After much thought, I’ve decided to run the half instead of the full marathon in Myrtle Beach. After being home for Thanksgiving with very little running and then being sick, I decided I couldn’t dedicate the time that is needed to prepare for a full marathon over the holidays. And my running partner Caitlin broke her hip (stress fracture) while running….I know, it’s crazy. I’m happy to still be doing the half marathon and excited to run it with my neighbor Lea who is nice enough to run with me at 5am!

Long time, no blog!

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.