Friday, August 31, 2007


we had all of our friends over wednesday night for hor 'de vours and beer to celebrate both ken and shawn being selected for lieutenant commander. cory led us in a champagne toast and then he and kim presented ken and shawn with a pair of oak leaves (which they will pin on when they promote). we all had a great time!!

Wednesday, August 29, 2007

are you ready for some football...llll....llllll??!!

we're only a few days from the greatest time of year! not it's not my birthday or july 4th. it's not christmas, thanksgiving or st. patrick's day. yes, ladies and gents, college football is 3 days from kicking off!! the rush i get in anticipation of watching the first game is unexplainable. really, somewhere in there most people think i must be a boy. i can't help it. I JUST LOVE COLLEGE FOOTBALL!!! living in greece certainly presents its challenges in watching games but the armed forces network is faithful in producing a few games each weekend. i know i won't be able to catch all of the texas tech games but thankfully through the internet i can listen to them. although ken and i are super-excited to go to santorini this weekend to celebrate our 3rd anniversary, we're bummed to miss afn carrying the navy football game live (thank goodness for tivo!)

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

yay!! promotion time!

ken found out today he was selected for lieutenant commander. he will officially get promoted sometime in the spring of 2008. yay!! congrats to our good friend in italy, carl, who was also selected!! ken celebrated with a beer and an ice cream sundae. nice pic if you can get past the texas shirt. :)~

Monday, August 27, 2007

i love these pics!!

doug and candice had their engagement pictures taken last week and they are just too good not to share...

greece fires

please pray for the greek families affected by the fires. most of the fires are on mainland greece (we are 7 hours away by boat). the fires look to have been set intentionally and 60 people have perished so far. some villages were completely surrounded and rescuers were unable to reach them. i can't believe someone would do this. the latest area being threatened is Olympia and the site of the greek ancient olympics (first picture below). there are still many active fires that are growing and the greeks are now getting help from other nations. below is a map of the fires i found on the internet. please pray. my heart breaks to think people are being burned alive because they are trapped by these fires someone else started.

Sunday, August 26, 2007

farewell andy!

we had to say goodbye to one of our good friends, andy, on friday. :( we will miss him very much! we had a 'sing off,' aka a 'send off' karaoke-and-washer-tourney-style last weekend. we had shirts made with this picture on it that said "andy's sing off."

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!

my camera starting working again and i snapped this picture of echo. it was too cute not to share...
well it's back to work for ken tomorrow. vacation is over. :( although we're going away to santorini for our anniversary next weekend! we had fun for the first half of our camping trip to elafonisi but the winds were causing our tent to buckle down in our faces (yes, it was a flashback to the grand canyon trip my senior year of college for those who were there), so we packed up at 2am and drove home. we got all the basics accomplished though. we taught echo how to swim and boogie board, grilled hotdogs and made smores over the campfire, and taught some italian kids on vacation how to play horseshoes. yesterday we went to the lake on the island about 45 minutes from our house. it's a beautiful lake but no dice on motor boats, so ken's hopes to get in some wakeboarding were dashed.

Tuesday, August 21, 2007

happy birthday aleida!

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

boardgame mania!!

on saturday we had "gamefest 2007." we had 6 2-person teams and a round robin style of playing yahtzee, sorry, boggle & uno, hearts, golden tee, and washers. ken and john's team, aka "terd ferguson" won the tourney. they are proudly displaying their 1st place trophy above. kyle made the trophies and did a great job on them. ken and i had the boardgame fever and decided to break out the game of life on sunday night. ken had never played and i beat him 3 times! i highly recommend everyone turn off the t.v. and play some board games with your family. quality can't beat it and you can't ever get it back.

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 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

when in rome...

the colosseum as the romans do! ken and i have been gone for the last 2 weeks on a vacation/work trip to italy. this time we took the train from naples to rome for a long weekend. the trip started off a little shaky when i left my purse on the train. the train was continuing on to milan so i thought i would never see it again. i had all of my identification - DL, passport, and military ID - in it. i have never lost a purse or had one stolen so i was very upset. i went to trenitalia customer service and they called the conducter of the train. i was in luck...the purse was right where i left it!!! it got to go for quite an extensive trip around italy. first to milan, then florence, up to trieste and back down to rome!! the train guard brought it back to me later that day! i was so thankful. :)

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.

we had a great time!!! here are the rest of the photos from the trip: