Thursday, December 25, 2008
Thursday, December 11, 2008
you can watch the whole video and learn more about the coin purse project by following this link:
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isn't she the cutest reindeer you ever did see? echo is sporting her winter coat she got from aunt granny deb last christmas. she loves it!! just so you don't think i only care about our beagle girl, i must share with you a sad story. our kitty, morris, decided to run away on the last day we were on vacation to the states, about a month and a half ago. so far he hasn't come back. we sure hope he does though...he's a great cat (and that's coming from someone who used to not be a cat person.) we look for him several times a week but so far we haven't found him. :( morris, if you're reading this...COME HOME! we bought you all kinds of kitty treats while we were in the states and i'm sure you'll love them!! :)
this last picture is what cornbread dressing looks like when you only have YELLOW corn meal. my mom was kind enough to send us white corn meal last year but it didn't last us until this thanksgiving/christmas. those darn little nasty greek bugs got to it and we had to throw it out. i don't know though...the yellow corn bread is growing on me. it tastes the exact same...yummy!!
Wednesday, December 10, 2008
Tuesday, December 9, 2008
i thought for sure it was the stomach flu but i didn't have a fever or any other "sick" symptoms and doctor knows best. he was right...my tests came back with bacteria present so i had food poisoning. the only thing i had eaten different than ken was some raw carrots from our nex (base food mart). it's about the only vegetable i buy at the nex. and why?? especially when i have all these wonderful organic, fresh veggies at markets in town?? because of the phenomenon of the "american convenience" peeled, ready-to-eat, baby carrots!! this incident has definitely put a stop to eating these little carrots, at least until i return to the states!! (having them shipped from wherever to here, makes me a little leary of how "fresh" and safe they are.) from now on, i'm going old school and getting the regular "bugs bunny" carrots from the fruit & veggie market. ones i have to peel and cut myself!! oh...the torture!! :)
trivia question: when did peeled, ready-to-eat baby carrots enter the marketplace? because i certainly don't remember them as a kid!
my doctor made me stay overnight in the hospital to make sure they flushed out all the bacteria and wouldn't let me leave until i was 100%. that night around 10:30 the riots that were started in athens over the police shooting a 15-year-old boy 2 days earlier, made their way to the streets of chania, right in front of the hospital!! i had a front row seat to it all. from my window i watched protestors break all the windows of a bank and throw desks and chairs into the streets. they also burned garbage in dumpsters and pushed them into the streets to block traffic. i admit i was a little scared but the doctor came to my room, as well as the nursing staff to assure me of my safety. the entire incident has turned very political and now americans are not allowed in downtown chania & athens for the time being. (as a point of reference, we live 15 mins from downtown chania so we feel completely safe.) and the riots are not ongoing in chania...so far it was only monday night.
more info if you want to read about the riots: http://www.thestar.com/News/World/article/550565
Thursday, December 4, 2008
Wednesday, December 3, 2008
baby 6 month stats:
- 12 inches long
- 1.3 pounds
- kicks mommy during yoga and at 5 a.m. some mornings
mommy 6 month stats:
- weight gain to date: 5 kilos or 11 lbs (i like to measure in kilos!!)
- weird must have foods/drinks: caramels & country time lemonade
- attending yoga 3x/week and can still shave her legs!
daddy 6 month stats:
- successfully put together stroller!
- loves his job as nightly back rubber to mommy
i promise i'll post a belly pic as soon as my friend sends it to me. our camera is on the fritz so i had her take one yesterday...
Wednesday, November 26, 2008
we are so excited and blessed to see baby boy schwalbe growing and i'm even feeling a flutter/soft kick here and there. next monday i'll be 6 mos! sometimes i think 4 mos isn't enough time to get ready for his arrival...but then again, when are you ever ready??
Tuesday, November 18, 2008
yesterday my sweet hubby bought me a pregnancy massage and was on cloud 9. my friend joni told me to get a tennis ball and move up and down against the wall. does anyone else have any suggestions?? or is it like our friend carl put it, "it will go away...just give it another 4 months!!" YIKES!!!!
Saturday, November 8, 2008
Friday, November 7, 2008
all the pictures: http://picasaweb.google.com/ken.schwalbe/USNA10YearReunion
Tuesday, November 4, 2008
joni and jack
angie and andy
click on this link to see all the pics: http://picasaweb.google.com/ken.schwalbe/DougCandiceSWedding
Sunday, November 2, 2008
we're back from the states now and trying to get back on souda time. give me a few days and i'll post some pictures from our trip and my 20 week baby bump photo.
Saturday, September 27, 2008
Sunday, September 21, 2008
Thursday, September 11, 2008
we will not forget those who are defending our very freedoms that define this country...
we will not let terror and those who wish to do us harm make us live in fear....
we will NEVER forget...
Monday, September 8, 2008
Friday, September 5, 2008
Thursday, September 4, 2008
just before i was about to shed tears of joy, i suddenly had a "pressure" feeling.
followed by a "backfire", aka as a dart (except replace the 'd' with an 'f')
darn...it wasn't a flutter at all...it was just GAS!!!!!!!!!
ahhh...the joys of pregnancy... :)
Tuesday, September 2, 2008
fast forward to july; enter pregnancy! :) i would eat a claussen as a snack or with my lunch and bam! i would get sick. i blamed it on the "evening" sickness (after all the baby is on texas time which is why i don't have morning sickness!) i kept on eating my claussen pickles, unbeknownst to me that baby REALLY didn't like them. i would get sick and think, oh well, this is pregnancy...it happens. and then one day i had a grilled cheese, tomato soup, and you guessed it - a claussen pickle. not too long after eating i got sick but only the pickle came up. i thought to myself...maybe it's the pickle?? oh, golly, NOOOOOO....not the claussen pickles!!!!!
it's been 2 weeks with no claussens, and you guessed it...no episodes of "evening" sickness. the jar is still sitting in the fridge, teasing and haunting me. this weekend, i thought...what if i just try it one more time (because 10+ times probably isn't a good definitive test!). but i didn't cave in because i was feeling good all weekend and those who are pregnant or have been know, if you're feeling good, you don't want to mess with that.
so baby doesn't like these pickles and i don't know why. he/she is sure missing out! so i add yet one more thing to the "DO NOT EAT" list. but you can bet, the moment i deliver, hubby will be summoned to fetch me a jar of claussen pickles!!
Sunday, August 31, 2008
that's right -- we have a future red raider, longhorn or midshipmen on the way!! i'm 11 weeks along and due on march 30. ken got extended 6 months until june 2009, so the baby will have the unique experience of being born here in greece. i really like my doctor and the facility out in town where i will have the baby.
we certainly appreciate your prayers for the baby, the birth, and us, as we figure out how to become parents. we will share pictures of the growing baby bump and reveal the baby's sex on our blog so check back occasionally.
btw, 'emau egkyos' means 'i'm pregnant!' below is a picture of the baby at 10 weeks (the head is on the right.)
Wednesday, August 20, 2008
Thursday, July 31, 2008
Tuesday, July 29, 2008
but i think this facebook thing may have potential. it's basic. you don't have all the fru fru of designing your page with everything under the sun. i only have 3 friends so far so come on...if you're on facebook accept me. :) i'll see how this thing goes...
Thursday, July 24, 2008
after the marathon
another trip to martha's vineyard sitting at the black dog cafe
first time meeting ken - new year's eve in nyc 2002
the girls at my wedding