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.