Tuesday, October 21, 2014

The Secret Service

A few weeks ago when my dad was here visiting, we also had some very close friends of our visiting San Diego as well. So we invited them over and we had burgers, asparagus and fruit salad. For dessert we decided to use… the Secret Cookie Service. San Diego's secret on-demand cookie delivery. I sent them a message and they were at our doorstep in less than 20 minutes. 

"Help! Cookies needed ASAP for special guests who arrived this afternoon from New York. Military family needs four chocolate chip, four cookies and cream and for brownie stuffed. When is the soonest CETA? Thank you."

(CETA: Cookie Estimated Time of Arrival) 
(Threw the military part in there because there is a military discount!)

Sure enough, in 17.5 minutes, our secret service man arrived on our doorstep. Naturally we had to get pictures with him. 

Cookies come in a briefcase and everything. 

And although it might be dark out, shades are a necessity to keep identities hidden….

He obliged for the picture, but refrained from smiling. 

Not only is it a fun experience, the cookies are also delicious! My favorite so far are the cookies and cream - but they have different ones each night so we certainly haven't tried them all yet! 

If you live in San Diego and have a cookie craving - I suggest you try them out. It's totally brilliant!

Monday, October 20, 2014

Five for….


Well I wanted to do a Five for Friday post but that just didn't happen… so here we are. Monday morning and let's recap last week, shall we?

1. The kinders planted bean seeds in the back garden last week. I would show you pictures if I could - but let me just tell you… they were adorable. I really hope they grow! How disappointing would it be if they didn't!

2. One of my beautiful paper mate flair pens went missing. The navy blue one to be exact, it's annoying me so much. Where can I find 1 navy blue flair pen without having to buy an entire new set?! 

 3. Some days I have trouble getting my fitbit to turn all green (aka meeting my goal in steps, miles, floors, calories, active minutes AND water) But days that I do are reason to celebrate. And for the record, it's not always accurate - I for sure didn't go up 23 flights of stairs… but… whatever.

4. #teacherprobs You apparently have to be careful while using the paper cutter in the work room…. if you're wearing a flowy sweater (ish) thing, it might get caught and be cut… good thing it's not one of my favorites?

5. On Thursday I experienced my first real California earthquake drill. We actually had to leave the building which I didn't realize. And the kids actually did great! I was really proud of how quiet they were and how they didn't panic (obviously, I did prepare them.)


My other half comes home today (finally) and I'm so excited! My life will finally seem complete again, thank goodness! I can't believe how quickly the fall is going… the holidays are quickly approaching! Yikes! 
(Too many exclamation points in the paragraph. Sorry.)

Tuesday, October 14, 2014

Miramar Air Show

Last weekend was the Miramar Air Show. It's been a long time since I've been to an air show, if fact I think I was in high school the last time I've been, and at that point I had no idea that I would be marrying an Air Force man and I was much less interested in the jets and the specific branches flying each of the aircrafts.

My Dad was here last week so we went to the beach a lot, and of course we had to check out the air show. There were parts of the air show that I didn't care so much about, but we wanted to see the night show (ending with fireworks) and of course, the Blue Angels.

On Saturday evening we drove to Miramar… I guess you can call me stupid, but I didn't realize that the traffic would be so bad! We sat in traffic for over an hour and then it was a 30 minute walk from where we parked to the flight line. This was slightly disappointing….

First we watched the Golden Knights - The Army's Parachute team. They were pretty awesome!

After this point it got pretty dark and my photos didn't turn out super well. However, we enjoyed a great fireworks display and some other fun things. 

Overall though, we decided that it was NOT worth the LONG walk and the LONG wait to get on base… 

But we still wanted to see the Blue Angels… just didn't want to spend forever waiting to see them. So my dad got on google earth and found the end of the runway. Then he found a neighborhood that was near the end of the runway and we went there, and the spot was perfect! There was only one other guy there (well any another kid with with his parents) and the Blue Angels flew right over us. It was awesome! We drove right up, we didn't wait in line, we didn't fight crowds. I will be going back to that spot next year… and you know what? I'm NOT going to tell you where it is. ;) Our friends Julie and Lynn were also in San Diego visiting so we got to see it with them. It was great! There are a ton of pictures: but they are great! :)

I love this shot. 

Can you imagine what it would be like to fly these planes? I can't….

For the finale, all 6 got together… I just am so amazed at how they stay in formation so perfectly! (note that it looks a little weird because of the angle that I was look at them from, but they were, in fact, perfect aligned)

Best shot of the day, I think!

Although I love the Thunderbirds, (I AM an Air Force wife after all) I have to say… the Blue Angels were really amazing and left me in awe of their talent.)

Have you every been to an Airshow before?
What was your favorite part?

Monday, October 13, 2014

Life is...

… busy!

I wake up early… earlier than I ever have before on a consistent basis (5:30am) and I attempt to be out the door by 6:30am. I can't exactly remember what time I had to leave for my student teaching all those years ago, but I still think that this is the earliest I've ever left.

I don't know what it is, but there is something about getting to school early (sometimes the first or second one there) that makes me feel successful. It makes me feel like I have all the time in the world! If I'm at school by 6:45… well, hello that's an entire hour before we we are *required* to be there. But if I get to school at 7am or later well… I feel like like a big fat failure who couldn't get going and wasted time in the morning…. (but yet, I'm still 45 minutes early)

I don't know how to explain this behavior, I wouldn't say I'm a perfectionist… at least not at everything (I mean, come look at my house for heaven's sake!) But maybe it's because I'm competitive. But don't you be fooled as soon as those kids get on the bus at 4:00pm - I'm outta there, too! I know myself. I know that I don't do things well in the afternoon when I'm tired. It's best to wake up early, get things done before school and get home and rest in the afternoons.

I'm going to bed earlier than I ever have, too. For years and years I've had a solid 10pm bedtime. Now I only see 10pm on the weekends (and by weekends, I mean maybe Saturday night) I try to get into bed around 8:30 and read or talk with Chris before drifting off to sleep around 9:00.

Teaching is hard work. Teaching kindergartners is harder work. Amen and amen.

I'm happy to report that Chris will be returning home next week! He's only been gone 6 weeks, but it feels like SO much longer. I'm ready to have someone to take care of me and love on me when I get home. (Does that sounds selfish? Don't worry, I'll love on him too.)

The weather here has been beautiful (as usual.) As I write this, it is exactly 75 degrees and sunny. What more could you need? I know I've said this before and I'll say it again. Summer is my favorite. I don't miss fall, I don't miss chilly weather, and I certainly don't miss cold temperatures. I love sunshine and warm weather. all. the. time. I think San Diego was made for people like me.

In other news, I found a ball gown! It's navy blue and it's short (it just worked better) and I think I might even have the right shoes. I just need to find some jewelry. I'm very excited for ball weekend - my first Marine Corps Ball! :)

Anyway, this little random post to point out that the lack of posts is due to being busy teaching five year olds. Shockingly, it's time consuming and then I don't always have enough time blog as I'd like. 

The End. 

Wednesday, October 1, 2014

Cookies and Cream Cookies

Happy October!

I've been CRAVING cookies and cream flavored cookies recently. It all started when we ordered cookies from the Secret Service Cookie people here in San Diego. (I should blog about this, but I'm not going to go into detail about it right now, soon perhaps - after all I'm on a three day-in-a-row blogging streak - go me!) Anyway, we got some cookies and cream flavored cookies and I couldn't. stop. thinking about them! 

So I set out to make my own.

1 box of white cake mix
1 egg
8 Tablespoons of butter, melted
1 teaspoon of vanilla
4 oz of cream cheese (I use 1/3 of the fat to make myself feel better about making cookies)
2 cups of crushed chocolate teddy grahams
1/2 cup of mini chocolate chips

1. Mix together the cake mix, butter, egg, and vanilla until mixture is like cookie dough. 
2. Mix in the cream cheese. 
3. Mix in the teddy grahams and mini chocolate chips
4. Cover the mixing bowl and refrigerate for at least 30 minutes. 
5. Scoop balls out and place on cookie sheets. 
6. Bake at 350* for 9 minutes. Do not overcook! They will continue to cook after you take them out. 

The result is some gooey, soft cookies and cream cookies! They are delish! You could sub oreos in for the teddy grahams, but sometimes I don't love oreos… (and sometimes I do - it depends on my mood.)

Cakey and delicious. 


Tuesday, September 30, 2014

The San Diego Padres Host Air Force Appreciation Day

It's sad that this is only my 4th blog post of the month, and tomorrow starts October. What a crazy month it's been.

So if we rewind to July, possibly even June, Chris and I saw that the Padres were having an Air Force appreciation day on August the 31st (labor day weekend.) They have an appreciation day for all of the branches, but AF tends to be the last because… well, let's face it. There aren't a lot of AF people in San Diego.

So I said to Chris:
"Wouldn't it be cool, if you could participate in the AF appreciation day since there aren't very many AF people here"
"Maybe you could contact them and tell them that you're stationed here on an exchange assignment, and maybe they could involve you somehow"
"no? Come on! Why not."
"Because I won't."

So I went behind his back and I emailed the military affairs coordinator and told her all about Chris. Then I immediately told him what I did. He was "fake" mad at first, but come on, it's a cool opportunity, and if your wife doesn't set it up for you, how else would you ever get the chance?? He didn't actually mind.

The affairs coordinator was so nice and she chose Chris to participate in the Starting 9: Military Takes the Field and also gave us free tickets to the game! How cool is that, right?

Love of my life. 

Of course the day was perfect San Diego weather, blue, sunny skies - just beautiful. 

Honestly, I can't even tell you how happy it made me to see so many Blues uniforms here. I haven't seen a lot of Air Force people in a while since being in San Diego. Don't get me wrong, I love the Navy and the Marines, but I'm an Air Force wife, I love those blues :)

 I caught a picture of Chris getting ready to walk out onto the field! He's the cutest. 

They had many people who were taking the oath of enlistment that day, and then some people who were starting their ROTC scholarship. It was really cool to see so many people joining the Air Force! And how to cool to do it on the field of the Padres! 

They had a one star (Brigadier General) throw out the first pitch. I'm pretty sure he was from March AFB, which is a reserve base up north of here. (Towards LA)

I didn't catch Chris on the screen, because I was trying to video with my iPhone in one hand and take pictures with the DSLR in the other hand - but his name is listed up there! 

If you look right in the center of this picture, you can see Chris talking with the pitcher Eric Stults. He said that he was really nice, and that he thanked Chris for his service and Chris told him "good luck!" (Spoiler: They lost to the Dodgers)

Did I mention it was hot? I stood in the hot sun for a while taking pictures - which is why my cheeks look like tomatoes. But to be fair, I was wearing shorts, and the AF men & women were wearing their blues, so they were probably hotter. 

I didn't exactly know where to stand (or where our seats were going to be) so I didn't get the greatest pictures, but the padres' website has some great ones HERE!

Here are some of their good ones: all of these are from the website:

I'm not positive but I'm pretty sure Chris was the only active duty service member there, I think that everyone else was reserves or guard. Again, that just comes down to the fact that there are very few Air Force people here in San Diego.

I love him. 

(Everyone else looks so excited to run out and meet their assigned Padres' member, but Chris doesn't seem to look that excited… hmmm)

It was such a great experience, and I'm so glad that I was able to get Chris to participate. Even though he gave me a hard time about it, he admitted that it was really awesome, and he's glad I contacted them. He even invited a few of his work friends to come along for the game, so he couldn't have been TOO embarrassed ;)