Saturday, December 22, 2007
Tuesday, December 11, 2007
so today, as my body was telling me to slow down, i was able to reflect on what is important about christmas. i was able to spend some time in prayer. and i was thinking of all of you whom i love and miss very much.
Monday, December 3, 2007
took echo on 1 walk, instead of her usual 2.
ate leftovers and pieced "snacks" together for a dinner.
watched a chick-flick movie.
shopped online and spent $30 on gift bags and while at jumbo (greece's walmart equivalent) spent $60 on nothing.
accumulated a stack of dirty dishes in the sink.
neglected the overflowing basket of dirty clothes.
my excuse??? hubby is out of town on business. :)
Saturday, December 1, 2007
Thursday, November 22, 2007
Sunday, November 18, 2007
Monday, November 12, 2007
today you may not even get a hot meal.
tomorrow you might be sleeping on a concrete floor.
a few weeks ago you missed your kids and wife so much you could feel it in your gut.
in 2 weeks your sister is getting married but you won't be able to make it.
you still have nightmares of that day when the bomb went off and your best friend died in your arms.
we will never know what it is like for you there.
we may not ever fully understand all the ways you have risked your life for us.
you and i will probably never meet.
but today i would like to take a moment to say:
we thank you for fighting for us.
we are grateful for your sacrifice.
we are humbled by your bravery.
we remember all of the heros who have sacrificed their lives.
Thursday, November 8, 2007
afterwards, he brings her back to bed with me so she can snooze for a couple more hours. ken tells me he loves me and then gives me a kiss goodbye. i mumble something resembling "i love you too. have a good day."
this morning it was a little different.
ken: "echo is mad at me."
me: "why is she mad at you?" i said half asleep.
ken: "she's mad because i had to use her shampoo."
me: (i thought i was dreaming but then i realized ken was talking to me.) "what??"
ken: "there wasn't any shampoo in the shower except for echo's so i had to use it."
me: "no you didn't." i motioned for him to bend his head down so i could smell. yep, his hair smelled of echo's jasmine-scented puppy shampoo. "sorry, honey. i finished off the bottle last night when i took a shower. there is more shampoo in the storage cabinet. i just forgot to put it in the shower. i'm really sorry."
Saturday, November 3, 2007
Friday, November 2, 2007
i will be recruiting students to take classes and getting them registered. i will be working 10 hours a week on tuesdays and thursdays. it's a meager wage but something to do a couple of days a week. a girl can only do so much scrapbooking. :)
Wednesday, October 31, 2007
Monday, October 29, 2007
Sunday, October 28, 2007
Monday, October 22, 2007
as if my dedication to watching football games while sacrificing sleep isn't enough, ken and i are also in a fantasy league with our friends here in souda. this week, we crushed the only undefeated opponent improving our record to 5-2 tied for first place in our division.
Friday, October 19, 2007
Monday, October 15, 2007
Tuesday, October 9, 2007
Sunday, September 23, 2007
i'm SO EXCITED for my sister to come. we are spending 7 days on the island going to beaches and ruins, and then an overnight spa trip to the east side of the island. we're also taking a girl's trip to athens for 4 days...my first time to see the "big city." it will be really good to see ash!! i've been kind of lonely lately really missing my family and friends.
i've been neglecting my blog lately...maybe it's all the football i've been watching. surprisingly we've been able to catch several games. whether it's an 8pm or 3am game, we've been watching. and the navy games have been streamed through our computer that we connect to our TV to watch so that makes ken happy. so far, navy has done pretty well at 2-2, texas at 4-0 (narrowly missing an upset by south florida), and texas tech has been doing well until the heartbreaking loss to okla state this weekend bringing us to 3-1. a BIG SHOUT OUT to MICHIGAN STATE for handing notre dame a new starting record of 0-4. go spartans! ken thinks for sure it's navy's year to beat notre dame this year and i think he's probably right!
Thursday, September 6, 2007
Friday, August 31, 2007
Wednesday, August 29, 2007
here's the cutest promo pic for kicking off the college football season ever! ken and i wanted little travis william smith to have proper clothing to cheer navy on! his parents are our friends in austin, jason and dawn. ken and jason went to the academy together. go navy! go texas tech! and if ken were writing this blog entry he would say, go texas! (then i would puke!)
Tuesday, August 28, 2007
Monday, August 27, 2007
Sunday, August 26, 2007
although we'll miss him, we're glad he's being co-located in san diego with his wife who is a pharmicist for the navy. they've been married for over a year and haven't lived together yet!! fair winds andy...we hope to be stationed with you and tiff again down the road. until then, we wish you both the very BEST!
Tuesday, August 21, 2007
my good friend aleida's birthday was this past saturday. aleida, i hope you had a great celebration in austin!! wish i could have been there. i miss you like crazy! the pictures above are from her birthday party last year at the bowling alley.
ken and i are just hanging out this week. he took a week of leave because he was going to lose it if he didn't take it before sept 30. we've planned some day trips around the island and on thursday we're heading to elafonisi for an overnight camping trip. echo can't wait! unfortunately our digital camera broke so we have to send it into canon for repair. my postings might be pictureless for awhile. :(
Tuesday, August 7, 2007
looks like candice and doug have set a date -- october 11, 2008. so count on us being in the states for hopefully 2-3 weeks. we would like to stay through the 25th so ken can go to his 10 year reunion at the academy. i just came across this picture of doug down on his knee proposing...how cute is he??changing gears, i have to tell you a sad story. i was visiting heidi in italy last week and she was telling me how the italians go on vacation for 3-4 weeks and let their dogs off their chain to fend for themselves. well yesterday, i was taking echo on her morning walk and saw the dog 2 houses down was off its chain. (all dogs in greece are outside dogs usually tied up on a chain.) i walked it back and luckily the owners were outside so i walked up to them and pointed and said ' esy skylos' (your dog). the woman shook her head and said 'oxe skylos' (no dog). and she motioned for him to go away. i was confused for a minute before i noticed they were packing up the car with suitcases fastened to the top. sure enough a few minutes later they drove off! we continued on our walk and fluffy dog joined us. then 1 mile later the squatty cocker spaniel joined us outside his house. the gate was closed so i knew he didn't just get out. i was talking to my vet about this later in the day and he said it's normal for people to do this, especially in august. they expect the neighbors to feed them or the dog to get by. if the dog comes back when they return, great. if not, then they just get another one. i know i can't take all the dogs in, but i am going to feed & water them at their houses each day. poor skylos.
Thursday, August 2, 2007
st. peter's basilica
trevi fountain at night
the rest of our trip was fantastic! we spent 3 full days jetting around rome. we got to see everything! it was easily my favorite place in italy so far. my favorite site was the colosseum forum ruins. the most disappointing site was the vatican. don't get me wrong...the sistine chapel is quite amazing but you have to walk around for 2 hours before you get to it. i wasn't particularly impressed with the vatican museums. and we didn't get to see the pope. :( no one does!
sistine chapel ceiling (don't tell them i took this picture!!)after rome, ken had a week of work and then he went back to greece. i stayed an extra week with our friends heidi and carl.