tag:blogger.com,1999:blog-6396239498015330272015-09-17T07:42:36.037+02:00Stallsmiths Journey in ItalyNicolehttp://www.blogger.com/profile/08605519597976201246noreply@blogger.comBlogger25125tag:blogger.com,1999:blog-639623949801533027.post-12245461634117707612011-06-05T13:21:00.002+02:002011-06-05T13:50:00.159+02:00Busy, busy, busyThe last few days have been so super crazy for me. Friday started with me working. Chris had to pick up some new comers so he was able to take Zach all day. Work was work and after I took Kairi to her dress rehearsal for ballet. I took some pictures since i knew i would be filming it on Saturday and wouldnt have anyone to take pictures then. <br /><br />After we went home and Chris called and said he was at his shop waiting for the plane to land since it was running late. So we went to his shop only to have him say the plane had just landed so he was leaving. So Kairi and I went to the bx and picked up some gas coupons and grabbed some food and Chris met up with us at the food court.<br /><br />Saturday morning he left for Germany. He's at the NCOA. I really hope this is the last time he leaves for a while. This time was more difficult for me the last times. And i dont know why. Hes not going to be gone for a long time or anything. Its just i think i'm really tired of him leaving and me having to deal with the kids complaining about how much they miss him. It puts a lot of stress on me every time. I just want a break and know hes not going any where for a while. <br /><br />Kairi had her last baseball game yesterday too. I'm glad its over with. She says she wants to play next year, but shes not really good at sports where the spot light is on her at times. Like she usually gets upset if she gets out. I think soccer is better for her since its much more of a team sport. But we'll see how i feel next year i guess. I know for a fact Zach will be playing. He loves baseball and is pretty good for a 4 year old. He can hit the ball when i pitch it to him. <br /><br />After baseball we came home and i worked on my paper for macroeconomics. Yeah that was tons of fun. ha And then we headed out to the school for kairi's ballet recital. <br /><br />There are A LOT of reasons why i hate Aviano AB. Here is just another reason why i cant wait to leave.<br /><br />The school has no parking lot. A lot of the parking area on that part of the base have 2 hour limit (though i hear they really dont enforce this anymore because of the parking issue which is good) but still if you want to go to the school you park far away and walk. Its slightly annoying. They do have a drop off zone where parents can pull up, not get out of their car and let their kids out. This is good for school hours.<br /><br />Anyway because there is no school on Saturday they open up the bus parking lot and cars can park in there. I go in and of course its completely full. There are cars parked on the side of the school and everything (speaking of which, isnt that a fire safety hazard?). Anyway i think to myself that i'll just go park in the drop off zone since its not blocking the school if there is a fire or anything and plus its not school hours so why shouldnt we be allowed to park there? Plus i've seen people use it as a parking area before. So i get over there and park and wouldnt you know, an SP comes pulling up saying i cant park there because its not a spot. I automatically start laughing and ask if they are being serious and they say yes. I honestly cannot believe this. Its ok to park along the side of the school making impossible for a fire truck to get in if there is a fire, yet i am not allowed to park in an area that is open and not blocking anything. Whatever, i get in my car and drive to the other side of the base and park and walk all the way back to the school. <br /><br />The show itself was decent. Really long, probably too long especially to be expecting little girls to sit the entire time. Hell i'm 27 and had a hard enough time trying to sit the whole time. Some parents are rude and have no manners and decided to stand in front of the girls who were watching the show, thus blocking their view and making the girls get up and they went to the front of the stage and were watching from there. Which, i cant blame them. I mean they just spent months practicing and finally get to see the whole thing come together and then some rude people decide to block their view. Not cool! Anyway this one mom sitting near me got all pissy when some of the girls were in her way of taking pictures. She was all yelling at the girls and telling her husband how she didnt want little girl heads in her pictures of her daughter. Some of the girls didnt seem to want to listen to her and stayed right where they were. lol Well she eventually had enough and went over to the teachers assistant and told her to move the girls. So this woman spent 90% of her time all pissed because she couldnt get the shot with no heads in it and trying to get girls to move and 10% actually keeping her mouth shut and taking pictures. To me, the whole thing is for my daughter. I dont care if there are kids in my pictures, as long as my daughter had fun. And she did! Although she was one of the girls to get yelled at by miss i want my pictures from a point and shoot camera free of children's heads. <br /><br />Here is a video of the recital. Enjoy!<br /><br /><iframe width="560" height="349" src="http://www.youtube.com/embed/kmeZ4e94i_g" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe>Nicolehttp://www.blogger.com/profile/08605519597976201246noreply@blogger.com0tag:blogger.com,1999:blog-639623949801533027.post-55809038480700676532011-05-25T11:58:00.002+02:002011-05-25T12:11:11.750+02:00Which to pick?I have 2 DSLR cameras but really need a point and shoot. I'm tired of lugging the big cameras around when i want to take pictures and because of this i really havent spent much time taking pictures of my kids.<br /><br />I have a sony cybershot that is oh i would say probably 6 or 7 years old. It still works but its way outdated (4.1 mp lol) and i have pretty much given it to the kids. <br /><br />So i was searching and seen that canon s95 is one of the hottest cameras and has a lot of manual controls which is important to me. It also can shoot in raw, which while i appreciate that, its not THAT important to me since i'll just be using this camera for shots of the kids and every day stuff. Plus i will say that i have thousands of raw images that really should be converted to jpeg, but i'm lazy. <br /><br />The other camera is the canon sx230 hs. Looking at reviews, users rated this slightly higher than the s95. However the f/ is better on the s95 but i'm not even sure it'll matter to me again because of my subject. If i want dof i'll pull out the bigger camera with my 24-70 l lens. <br /><br />Anyway, the bx here doesnt sell either of these cameras (go figure right) but they do sell the s90. And from what i have read about the s95, some users say that the 90 is just as good as the 95. So i was going to buy that but of course the bx was all sold out. So now i HAVE to buy online, but i'm not sure about which camera to buy. I'm seriously leaning towards the sx230. Its cheaper and rated very well and still has a lot of manual controls. I also really like the gps in that camera for geotagging. We used to do a lot of geocaching and i think it could be fun to do with the camera. <br /><br />So if anyone has either of these cameras, feel free to leave a comment and let me know how you like the camera.Nicolehttp://www.blogger.com/profile/08605519597976201246noreply@blogger.com1tag:blogger.com,1999:blog-639623949801533027.post-65327677702041992732011-05-20T07:17:00.002+02:002011-05-20T07:38:11.863+02:00Its just madness!Chris put in for tech school instructor which will be in at Sheppard AFB. I wanted to see what houses look like there so i head over to ahrn.com and sign in and check out the houses. Well the base actually puts pictures of their houses on the site to look at. And let me just say the e1-e6 3 bedroom houses look like complete shit! The only thing they have going for them is the fact that it looks like there is no shared wall, the houses are connected by carport. So in that respect its nice, but thats it. The e1-e6 2 bedrooms look decent. But the SNCO and Officer housing is clearly where its at! Newly constructed, big, and stand alone! To bad Chris wont even be able to test for e7 till 2013. <br /><br />But it doesnt matter anyway because even if he was e7, we still couldnt live on base because as i scroll down and read all the extras i notice this extra part about pets. "Pet Notes: 2 walking pet maximum per household. Breeds NOT permitted: akitas, chows, dobermans, pit bulls, rotweillers, american staffordshire terriers, english bull terriers, wolf hybrids or any other breeds with traits geared toward aggression. NO EXOTIC pets."<br /><br />See we have a rottweiler. She however is not dangerous. I've had people come over to the house to feed her while we were on vacation on a couple different occasions and she had never met them before. She didnt growl, she didnt bark. All she did was run over to them wagging her tail waiting to be pet. She is the sweetest dog i've ever owned. I think that instead of saying "no dogs with traits geared towards aggression" it should say "no bad pet owners". Any dog is going to be bad if the owner treats it badly.<br /><br />So ok whatever, houses there suck anyway. Moving on i start looking at houses in the area to rent. And i start seeing a trend. Many of the houses will not accept "dangerous" pets. So my bad ass dangerous dog is not welcome in many houses but to top it off, these same houses are also saying no cats. Um thats a little crazy. I guess living here in Italy, i'm used to seeing it say "pets- cats only are welcome". Italy loves their cats i guess. But the States, i never thought we would have such a hard time finding a house that will let us have our dog and cat.<br /><br />Going down the list a little more and i find a house and it says that pets are fine but there is a $25 per month fee! OMG WHAT? You have got to be kidding me right? This guy is going to be making a killing if hes able to find someone with pets and willing to pay that.<br /><br />So in all, i hope that if Chris gets this assignment we'll be leaving around this time next year probably unless they curtail our assignment here which i dont know if thats possible (i would like it to be possible since i'm ready to leave) but i hope they have some better houses. You would think that being stuck here in crappy houses for 3+ years i would be happy to see any american style house but no, i'm extremely picky and its not helping that my animals are not welcome in the houses that i do actually like. And we are so not buying a house in that area. So i might just have to settle for something less than what i want.Nicolehttp://www.blogger.com/profile/08605519597976201246noreply@blogger.com0tag:blogger.com,1999:blog-639623949801533027.post-40551349910426467622011-05-13T20:04:00.009+02:002011-05-13T20:20:03.027+02:00Friday Fill In<a onblur="try {parent.deselectBloggerImageGracefully();} catch(e) {}" href="http://wifeofasailor.files.wordpress.com/2010/06/milspouse-friday-fill-in.jpg"><img style="display:block; margin:0px auto 10px; text-align:center;cursor:pointer; cursor:hand;width: 150px; height: 95px;" src="http://wifeofasailor.files.wordpress.com/2010/06/milspouse-friday-fill-in.jpg" border="0" alt="" /></a><br /><br /><br />1. Which was the best day of your life- Wedding day or Homecoming day? <span style="font-weight:bold;">Well since i didnt have a wedding (we went to the JP and the only person there was our best friend) i would have to say homecoming day.</span> <br /><br />2. Were you a part of the joining the military question or did you sign up for the relationship when your man was already in the military? <span style="font-weight:bold;">My husband decided to join the military when we were seniors in high school. We got married after he was done with tech school.</span><br /><br />3. What is your favorite Disney movie and why? <span style="font-weight:bold;">Depends on the day really. I love pretty much all of the disney movies that came out in the 90's. Watching them now brings back so many memories of simple carefree days.</span><br /><br />4. What is your favorite family activity to do on the weekends? <span style="font-weight:bold;">This is a hard question for me. Here in Italy, there really isnt anything we look forward to doing on the weekend. However in FL we could always look forward to going to the beach.</span><br /><br /><br />5. Where do you secretly wish you could be stationed with you/your SO’s line of work (realistically speaking, not everyone can be stationed on NAS Fiji)? <span style="font-weight:bold;">Hurlburt Field in FL. Thats where we were before here and i miss it so much. We were there for 6 years and i so wanted to leave (after all isnt one of the perks to military moving around and seeing different parts of the world?) well after a few months here i was so ready to go back to FL. Its where i consider home now even though we are from PA.</span>Nicolehttp://www.blogger.com/profile/08605519597976201246noreply@blogger.com0tag:blogger.com,1999:blog-639623949801533027.post-64472309279618443542011-05-10T18:32:00.002+02:002011-05-10T18:46:56.210+02:00Aviano, one disappointment after another...So if you know me you'll probably already know that i'm not the biggest fan of Aviano. Today i added to the list of why i cant wait to leave here. This time it was the fact that i cant seem to get a job that i want. I wanted to work at the school because well, my daughter goes to school and it would be nice to not work when shes not at school right? Well i filled out the application and put that i was willing to be a teachers aid and i was even willing to do lunch monitor. Lunch monitor AKA the easiest job in the whole world. You just stand there and monitor kids while they eat lunch.<br /><br />Today i get a call from DODES and the lady on the other end asks if i had any other work experience (i've only had 1 job in my adult life and that was last year, i worked at the movie theater here on base for 6 months before my husband deployed). I told her no. She then asks me if i have any volunteer experience. I tell her none that amounts to much (i am a stay at home mom after all). So then she says, well i see you are in college, how many credits do you have? I tell her 33 and shes like well thats not enough either, so you are under-qualified for any job at the school. Uh ok, so i'm useless and suck at life i guess. Thats what it sounds like to me when someone tells me that i'm not even qualified to stand around and watch a bunch of kids eat lunch! So i spent the rest of the afternoon having a pity-party for myself and eating a whole lot of Godiva chocolate (my favorite). <br /><br />I took my daughter to ballet and my son and i went over to the bowling alley to take to my old supervisor/friend about the whole situation. And she thinks its complete BS that they wouldnt even hire me for the lunch monitor position. Shes the assistant manager at the bowling alley and manager at the coffee shop and told me if i want a job she always has a spot open for me. So we talked about that and if everything goes as planned i'll have a job at the bowling alley sometime in the near future.<br /><br />I need to get a job at this point in my life. I'm 27 and have no real work experience (i guess not enough that actually counts). My son will be going to an Italian preschool in the fall, so i will have no reason to stay at home. I would hate to move back to the US and not be able to find a job because i'm old and never worked. But if all goes as planned i'm have a degree by then, so hopefully that will help me out too.Nicolehttp://www.blogger.com/profile/08605519597976201246noreply@blogger.com0tag:blogger.com,1999:blog-639623949801533027.post-4928881923529430862011-05-09T08:51:00.003+02:002011-05-09T09:14:48.971+02:00This little kitty...About 3 weeks ago we got this little kitty...<br /><br /><a href="http://www.flickr.com/photos/nicolereneephotography/5702136325/" title="IMG_0956 by Nicole Renee 02, on Flickr"><img src="http://farm6.static.flickr.com/5067/5702136325_9bc10ca91c.jpg" width="406" height="500" alt="IMG_0956"></a><br /><br />He's half persian and as you can see, super cute!<br /><br />At first we were unsure of how he was going to adjust living here. Well we were also concerned our our 2 year old Rottweiler, Zoey. Zoey is a wonderful dog, she's really gentle, but she can by hyper and well she LOVES to chase anything that runs. <br /><br />The first couple days we kept Zoey in the kitchen away from the kitten. Every time they saw each other Zoey would whine and the cat would hiss. But i realized the only way to get them use to each other was to make them be in the same room. So i let Zoey back into the living room and at first it was bad. Zoey was hovering over the cat and the cat was hissing and scratching at her. But soon Zoey could careless about the cat.<br /><br />Now days Zoey can be caught cleaning this little kitty and he just takes it and when she leaves he cleans himself off. Every now and then he must forget that shes much bigger and that hes actually kinda scared of her and he'll attack her tail when shes laying down. Its so cute to watch him.<br /><br />This little kitty is just full of energy. When Zoey is outside, hes most playful. He will run around the house, attack our legs and feet. Hes now starting to jump up on everything, including the tv stand, where he then attacks the tv. <br /><br />I've never had a house kitten before. I've never had a cat in the house growing up. In FL we got a full grown cat that i miss but we left her in FL. When we got here we got another cat but he didnt adjust to the dog at all, he spent all his time upstairs so we gave him to another family with no cat. Anyway, having never had a kitten in the house, i never knew how much energy they really have. I know eventually he'll become a lazy house cat like all cats are. So i'm enjoying having a kitten for once.<br /><br />In other news. Chris will be going to NCOA soon. I have picked out and ordered my dress. Its super cute! I hope it fits and looks good on me. Thats always the worst part about ordering a dress online, but I really have no other choice here. <br /><br />I really didnt want Chris to do this NCOA thing until we moved back to the states in hopes that we could get a family member to visit and watch the kids while i went to his graduation. However the AF had other plans for us, like they always do! But i am blessed to have a few wonderful friends here and one of them stepped up and offered to watch the kids for me while I go to his graduation. I'm so thankful for her!Nicolehttp://www.blogger.com/profile/08605519597976201246noreply@blogger.com0tag:blogger.com,1999:blog-639623949801533027.post-87019077025665786552011-05-02T12:51:00.002+02:002011-05-02T13:11:51.854+02:00Been a whileWell i totally suck at blogging right? I started this blog to keep my family back home in the loop. But i never remember to update things here. I will try harder i suppose. So lets recap of all the things that have happened since my last blog in December. <br /><br />Janurary Chris went TDY to Vegas. How unfair! I was still stuck in the land of wine and pasta while he got to go and have all the american foods that i haven't had in almost 3 years now. Yeah i was jealous to say the least. <br /><br />February he returned home and told me all about all the amazing food he had...haha And at the end of February we picked up our Volvo XC90, which we had ordered back in November. This is my dream car and i'm still in love with it and feel so happy every time i drive it.<br /><br />March I went to Carnival in Venice with some friends to celebrate mine and my best friends birthday (we have the same birthday no wonder we are such good friends). I have a blast and have many memories that i will cherish for the rest of my life. <br /><br />April was sad. That best friend of mine ended up leaving Italy to move back to the states. Things have been really boring here with out her (did i mention she lived 3 doors down?) But i still talk to her online. Thank god for the interwebs or things would really suck.<br /><br />Anyway, for the past month i have been pretty busy. Kairi is still in ballet she also does baseball. So really the only days of the week where we have nothing going on is Friday and Sunday, Zach also has "baseball" but its not really baseball. I'm really not crazy about the way the AYP does things here, I so wish we were in the states where he would be in tball or something instead of this fake baseball thing. But oh well i suppose. Next year he'll actually get to do tball and then we will be on our way home!<br /><br />So a lot of girls i have came to know here are all leaving or have left. It makes me excited because i know we are just that much closer to being gone from here for good. Italy hasn't been ALL horrible, but this base just isn't as great as it used to be.<br /><br />I started taking classes again, i'll eventually get a degree. haha. I'm only like 11 classes away. I'm just taking 1 class at a time so i don't get overwhelmed like i did before.<br /><br />New additions to the family, we now have a kitten living in our house. he's pretty cute, Zoey and him are starting to get a long better. She tries to clean him and he lets her but when shes done he ends up cleaning himself. he's really frisky. I've never had a kitten before. We always get cats, so its a new experience and i have to say i cant believe how much energy these little balls of fur have.Nicolehttp://www.blogger.com/profile/08605519597976201246noreply@blogger.com0tag:blogger.com,1999:blog-639623949801533027.post-38013763051326301352010-12-12T14:26:00.001+01:002010-12-12T14:29:24.900+01:00Kairi's dance recital<object width="400" height="224" ><param name="allowfullscreen" value="true" /><param name="allowscriptaccess" value="always" /><param name="movie" value="http://www.facebook.com/v/10150104157638126" /><embed src="http://www.facebook.com/v/10150104157638126" type="application/x-shockwave-flash" allowscriptaccess="always" allowfullscreen="true" width="400" height="224"></embed></object><br /><br /><br /><object width="400" height="224" ><param name="allowfullscreen" value="true" /><param name="allowscriptaccess" value="always" /><param name="movie" value="http://www.facebook.com/v/10150104167238126" /><embed src="http://www.facebook.com/v/10150104167238126" type="application/x-shockwave-flash" allowscriptaccess="always" allowfullscreen="true" width="400" height="224"></embed></object>Nicolehttp://www.blogger.com/profile/08605519597976201246noreply@blogger.com0tag:blogger.com,1999:blog-639623949801533027.post-19387064318448977722010-11-03T07:59:00.003+01:002010-11-03T08:12:27.478+01:00Hhmmm...I really suck at blogging. Ha<br /><br />So the last time i blogged was in July. Lets try to get caught up shall we...<br /><br />August, i dont remember much that happened in August other than Chris sewed on Tech SGT and his 26th birthday was in August too. Oh and Kai started soccer and school.<br /><br />September, i thought it would go slow, but i was so busy between Kai having soccer and ballet. Plus zach's 4th birthday was in September. And spent days wondering when my husband would come home.<br /><br />October was Kairi' 7th birthday. Then 4 days later Chris finally came home. He got 2 weeks off of work to spend time with us. It was/is so nice to finally have him back. I could never be a single parent, its far to difficult. <br /><br />We went to Germany and had a nice time up there. He went back to work yesterday. <br /><br />I was doing school the whole time he was gone. Now that hes back i'm taking a break. I dont know how long i will be on break from it. Maybe till next term, maybe the term after, or maybe i'm just done. I really want to get back to photography. Thats what i want to do, so i think thats what i'm going to try and continue to do and to grow in. <br /><br />So thats a quick update.Nicolehttp://www.blogger.com/profile/08605519597976201246noreply@blogger.com0tag:blogger.com,1999:blog-639623949801533027.post-65427336995506688102010-07-16T14:25:00.002+02:002010-07-16T14:46:26.224+02:00What a stressful week!This week started out fine. But tuesday things changed. I was stressed out over the massive amount of homework, plus editing pictures of my friends newborn pictures, plus i was emailed by a girl for pictures that i had totally forgot about and didnt know if i would now have time to do, and on top of that i learned something i had rather not known. The last thing was thankfully cleared up the following day, even if it does still bother me, i'm feeling way better about the whole thing. Homework, that stress just never ends. 300+ algebra problems a week and each problem takes me forever to figure out. Its so much stress. I did some more editing for my friend and put those on my flickr for her. She says she loves them (you can check them by clicking on my flickr link on the right). The maternity pictures for this other lady was stressing me out till this morning. I really had no clue how i would fit the shoot, editing, and also finding a babysitter into my whole mess of a life. Thankfully a girl i know here (shes also into photography) had commented on the photos of the newborn on my flickr. A lightbulb went off. I love her work, i feel like shes on my level with the quality of work and her post processing tastes are similar to mine, meaning she does clean work and doesnt add too much extra crap that a lot of newbies do. So i asked if she would be willing to take this session for me and she agreed and i asked the mother to be and told her i was confident in this photographer and she agreed to it too. I of course was sad, i mean i love photography, but school is just taking up a huge chunk of my life right now and i cant afford to put photography before it. <br /><br />So now i feel less stressed than i did at the start of the week, but i still have about 50 more math problems, then take the test, plus i still have my survey of information systems homework. I need to take a time management class! lol<br /><br />Oh plus another happy thing, we are half way through this shit...just a couple more months and my love will be home with his family where he belongs!Nicolehttp://www.blogger.com/profile/08605519597976201246noreply@blogger.com0tag:blogger.com,1999:blog-639623949801533027.post-39039350245118137162010-07-07T12:18:00.002+02:002010-07-07T12:37:38.709+02:00Its been a long time!So i guess the last time i blogged was back in March! Yikes! SO much has happened since then!<br /><br />I turned 26...sad but true, i am getting old! <br /><br />April we went to Paris and hit up disneyland. You can check out pictures of that trip on my flickr. The kids had a blast and it was nice to have some family time away from Aviano.<br /><br />May was a sad month. Chris was supposed to deploy but it was delayed a couple times, but ultimately ended with him leaving a couple days later than what was planned. The kids actually didnt take it to bad. Zach kept asking where daddy was and if he could come home to eat. Kairi was more concerned about her best friend, Sarah, going back to the states for the summer. Chris calls and talks to the kids and Zach usually asks if he can come home now. He thinks hes on a plane flying around this whole time! lol<br /><br />Kairi finished up the 1st grade in June. Shes looking forward to 2nd grade and hopes Sarah will be in her class again.<br /><br />I quit my job at the theater. I was pretty much useless now that chris is gone and i cant work. I can always reapply when he gets back or go to work for my old boss at her new job over at starbucks! Sounds like a better option since that would be a day job so i wouldnt have to spend time away from my family because Zach should be going into an Italian preschool.<br /><br />This month Chris sewed on tech sgt! Its been 13 months since we got news that he had a line number. His line number was really high so we had a long wait. Wont actually see the extra pay till this next pay check but i sure am excited to see what it looks like. Also on the 9th will be his 8 year mark for being in the air force. I cant believe it was almost 8 years ago when i dropped him off at the recruiters office, said good bye, and cried my eyes out the whole drive home and for a week straight after. <br /><br />Today was Kairi's first day of ballet. Shes pretty good at it and she LOVES it! I'm going to try and get her in the fall/winter program. The list fills up sure quick so the first day of sign ups i need to be at the door and waiting when it opens in order to sign her up. This is something she wants to stick with. She is also looking forward to soccer in September...sign ups for that is the 12th i believe, though there is no rush to sign up for that.<br /><br />We are almost half way done with this deployment. I'm so looking forward to the end. Its actually went pretty quick so far, i hope i dont jinx myself. I'm trying to do things to get me out of the house and to not dwell on the fact that chris is gone.<br /><br />Plus i have my school work. I just finished up java, which is probably the most difficult thing i've ever tried to do! I'm so glad i passed and dont have to do it again. But i still have to do C++ which i'm REALLY not looking forward to. <br /><br />Oh and since chris has been gone i have decided to try and lose weight (well actually started y journey at the start of the year but took a break in march and april). Anyway i've lost about 20 lbs since hes been gone and 30 lbs total for this year. I still have like 20 to 25 lbs to lose before i get to the weight i am happiest with. <br /><br />I'll try to update more often.Nicolehttp://www.blogger.com/profile/08605519597976201246noreply@blogger.com0tag:blogger.com,1999:blog-639623949801533027.post-29850862742559033292010-03-05T12:39:00.002+01:002010-03-05T12:51:04.445+01:00So our trip back home has to be put on hold. Which really sucks because i would have liked to have seen my niece and nephew, but thanks to the air force i guess that wont be happening. We are now going to try and make it home November or December. I hate thinking about that because i know we will probably see snow while there, and thats not my idea of fun. But whatever.<br /><br />So we were planning on going to Euro Disney in Paris, but then we figured with the plane tickets and hotel, it was going to cost us more than what we would have liked. So then we decided to go to Germany and check out some things up that way. Chris even sent away for his international drivers license. <br /><br />Well then we seen that the trip place here on base was offering a Euro Disney/Paris trip! It would save us a lot of money because everything was included in the price. So we went a head and signed up for that. I'm super excited and Kai has been talking about going to Paris for a long time now. We havent told her we are going there yet, we want to surprise her. <br /><br />So that will be April 8-11. Cant wait!<br /><br />There is a world thinking thing for the girl scouts going on this weekend. I made some cookies to take in. I dont know why, but every time i make no bakes they turn out yummy, but they are always sticky. Are they supposed to be sticky? I remember this one kid in school, his name was Mike, and his mom always made no bakes. Well her no bakes were not sticky. So i assume mine are wrong, but maybe she was the wrong one. I dont know. They taste good at least. Ha. Anyway this world thinking thing is where the girls will be selling baked goods and its a chili cook off. All donations will go to support the Haiti Relief Fund.<br /><br />I'm going to take some picture, since i totally slacked on taking pictures of kai when she was selling girl scout cookies.Nicolehttp://www.blogger.com/profile/08605519597976201246noreply@blogger.com0tag:blogger.com,1999:blog-639623949801533027.post-50829437752236478782010-02-18T19:53:00.002+01:002010-02-18T20:00:22.483+01:00Carnevale di VeneziaMonday we went to Carnevale in Venice. It was a quick trip. When we fist got off the train and out of the station Kairi got her face painted...<br /><br /><a onblur="try {parent.deselectBloggerImageGracefully();} catch(e) {}" href="http://farm5.static.flickr.com/4007/4363960007_18d94ed220.jpg"><img style="display:block; margin:0px auto 10px; text-align:center;cursor:pointer; cursor:hand;width: 500px; height: 333px;" src="http://farm5.static.flickr.com/4007/4363960007_18d94ed220.jpg" border="0" alt="" /></a><br /><br /><a href="http://www.flickr.com/photos/nicolereneephotography/4364715602/" title="IMG_8129 by Nicole Renee 02, on Flickr"><img src="http://farm3.static.flickr.com/2682/4364715602_1764508996.jpg" width="333" height="500" alt="IMG_8129" /></a><br /><br />We walked to the square and walked back. There really wasnt many people dressed up, i guess maybe the last couple days people dont go all out and get dressed up? I dont know. But it was nice to get out and walk around Venice again. <br /><br />Here are a few pictures from the trip.<br /><br /><a href="http://www.flickr.com/photos/nicolereneephotography/4364006585/" title="IMG_8140 by Nicole Renee 02, on Flickr"><img src="http://farm5.static.flickr.com/4052/4364006585_d5df4f8c36.jpg" width="333" height="500" alt="IMG_8140" /></a><br /><br /><a href="http://www.flickr.com/photos/nicolereneephotography/4364743862/" title="IMG_8138 by Nicole Renee 02, on Flickr"><img src="http://farm5.static.flickr.com/4036/4364743862_49f261b104.jpg" width="500" height="333" alt="IMG_8138" /></a>Nicolehttp://www.blogger.com/profile/08605519597976201246noreply@blogger.com0tag:blogger.com,1999:blog-639623949801533027.post-65658886812003654172010-02-02T13:06:00.005+01:002010-02-02T13:15:21.323+01:00Cookies!!<div>Last week Kairi was selling cookies at the BX with her troop. She had a lot of fun. I love girl scout cookies, we ended up buying a few boxes for ourselves.<div><br /></div><div>Here are some pictures that my friend Amy took...i forgot my camera at home both the days that she sold them.</div><div><br /></div><div><br /></div></div><a onblur="try {parent.deselectBloggerImageGracefully();} catch(e) {}" href="http://photos-g.ak.fbcdn.net/hphotos-ak-snc3/hs167.snc3/19431_1361707685458_1314548600_1055974_1066580_n.jpg"><img style="text-align: left;display: block; margin-top: 0px; margin-right: auto; margin-bottom: 10px; margin-left: auto; cursor: pointer; width: 504px; height: 353px; " src="http://photos-g.ak.fbcdn.net/hphotos-ak-snc3/hs167.snc3/19431_1361707685458_1314548600_1055974_1066580_n.jpg" border="0" alt="" /></a><div style="text-align: left;"><br /></div><div>Ashtyn, Kairi, and Sarah<br /><div><br /></div><div><br /></div><a onblur="try {parent.deselectBloggerImageGracefully();} catch(e) {}" href="http://photos-f.ak.fbcdn.net/hphotos-ak-ash1/hs267.ash1/19431_1361707645457_1314548600_1055973_1210104_n.jpg"><img style="text-align: left;display: block; margin-top: 0px; margin-right: auto; margin-bottom: 10px; margin-left: auto; cursor: pointer; width: 504px; height: 353px; " src="http://photos-f.ak.fbcdn.net/hphotos-ak-ash1/hs267.ash1/19431_1361707645457_1314548600_1055973_1210104_n.jpg" border="0" alt="" /></a><div><br /></div><div><br /></div></div>Nicolehttp://www.blogger.com/profile/08605519597976201246noreply@blogger.com0tag:blogger.com,1999:blog-639623949801533027.post-52365496761141693292010-01-26T12:16:00.002+01:002010-01-26T12:27:47.579+01:00Our plans for the trip home are still on. I keep having second thoughts, but chris really wants to go. I just dont like thinking about not having a place to stay and not having a car to drive. I would kind of like to spend our money on a trip some where around here or even a cruise.<div><br /></div><div>Girl Scout cookies are on sale over here. Kairi was supposed to sell cookies on Sunday but I guess some of the girls were sick so it was canceled. So she'll be selling them tomorrow. Those of you who live over here, you should go buy a box from her. Tomorrow 3 till 5.</div><div><br /></div><div>I have started working at the movie theater on base. It's a pretty sweet job. I'm way happy with the hours since I dont have to get a babysitter for Zach. I'm actually going to start training to become a projectionist. </div><div><br /></div><div>The first week of work and doing school I was wondering if I had taken on to much. But last week I managed my time a little better and everything went more smoothly. I just need to remember to do homework during the day, which is sometimes difficult with Zach. </div>Nicolehttp://www.blogger.com/profile/08605519597976201246noreply@blogger.com0tag:blogger.com,1999:blog-639623949801533027.post-59637297136993099712010-01-11T09:09:00.002+01:002010-01-11T09:23:19.439+01:00A trip home?We are planning on going home, PA that is, in July. I kind of have mixed emotions about this. I would like to go home and see family and friends. I havent been back since April 2007 and Chris hadnt been there since November 2006. So its long over due. But its also very stressful to think about going there. We have no place to stay, no car to drive since we sold our Jeep. Plus we'll be playing space a, and not sure exactly how that works.<div><br /></div><div>We had actually intended on not going back at all while we are stationed here in Italy. But my family hasnt seen my kids since Zach was 6 months old and Kairi was 3! </div><div><br /></div><div>I always find it funny how people leave here and go back home after only a couple months of being here....and i find it even more ridiculous when those same people go back every 6 months or less. Maybe thats because we have been living far away from family since we were 18. Actually, we've only made maybe 5 or 6 times total...thats in 8 years! </div><div><br /></div><div>I'm actually close to just saying screw it, i'm taking a trip some where over here instead.</div><div><br /></div><div>Potty training with zach has been going pretty well. He gets angry about having to wear pull ups, but we have to have them on him for bedtime. Some days he wakes up dry and sometimes hes not. </div><div><br /></div><div>He rarely has accidents, most of the time its because hes to busy watching someone play video games. </div><div><br /></div><div>Kairi knows some of her times table...which is kind of surprising to me. I dont recall learning those in 1st grade. Its kind of scary! She is also on a waiting list for ballet. Shes been begging me to sign her up for it. I'm not sure how long the wait is, but every day she asks if today is the day. haha</div>Nicolehttp://www.blogger.com/profile/08605519597976201246noreply@blogger.com0tag:blogger.com,1999:blog-639623949801533027.post-3869165948334917222009-12-27T17:36:00.002+01:002009-12-27T18:14:49.259+01:001 more week..<div><br /></div><div><br />Kai has 1 more week of vacation. It hasnt been that bad. But Chris has been off work, so that tends to make things easier.<div><br /></div><div>We had snow here on the 19th. Not just a little snow that doesnt stick for long. But several inches of snow! The kids enjoyed it and now they want to go on the mountain more than ever.</div><div><br /></div></div><a onblur="try {parent.deselectBloggerImageGracefully();} catch(e) {}" href="http://farm3.static.flickr.com/2509/4197140618_6712148938.jpg"><img style="display:block; margin:0px auto 10px; text-align:center;cursor:pointer; cursor:hand;width: 316px; height: 500px;" src="http://farm3.static.flickr.com/2509/4197140618_6712148938.jpg" border="0" alt="" /></a><br /><a onblur="try {parent.deselectBloggerImageGracefully();} catch(e) {}" href="http://farm5.static.flickr.com/4011/4197138830_10f5ebfdb6.jpg"><img style="display:block; margin:0px auto 10px; text-align:center;cursor:pointer; cursor:hand;width: 473px; height: 500px;" src="http://farm5.static.flickr.com/4011/4197138830_10f5ebfdb6.jpg" border="0" alt="" /></a><div><br /></div><div><div>We started potty training zach earlier this week. No diapers, just undies (except for at night). Hes actually doing really well. Hes now holding himself when he has to pee. And last night he didnt pee in his diaper! I think this might actually be it for diapers.</div><div><br /></div><div>Christmas was nice. The kids seemed to love everything they got. I didnt get any pictures of them opening presents...and i call myself a photographer. LOL oh well, i had the video camera running. I'm not sure why i didnt take pictures, it just slipped my mind.</div><div><br /></div><div><br /></div><div><br /></div></div>Nicolehttp://www.blogger.com/profile/08605519597976201246noreply@blogger.com0tag:blogger.com,1999:blog-639623949801533027.post-15732896837706998142009-12-16T18:50:00.001+01:002009-12-16T18:50:07.448+01:00IMG_7778<div style="float: right; margin-left: 10px; margin-bottom: 10px;"><a href="http://www.flickr.com/photos/nicolereneephotography/4190049649/" title="photo sharing"><img src="http://farm3.static.flickr.com/2792/4190049649_070bddc552_m.jpg" alt="" style="border: solid 2px #000000;" /></a><br /><span style="font-size: 0.9em; margin-top: 0px;"><a href="http://www.flickr.com/photos/nicolereneephotography/4190049649/">IMG_7778</a><br />Originally uploaded by <a href="http://www.flickr.com/people/nicolereneephotography/">Nicole Renee 02</a></span></div>Kairi received her girl scout pin today. First they did the pledge and then they did the girl scout pledge. I think Kairi was in her own world during the girl scout pledge. She was mostly playing with the wall she was standing next to. ha<br /><br />Anyway Kairi loves girl scouts, she looks forward to the days she has it.<br clear="all" />Nicolehttp://www.blogger.com/profile/08605519597976201246noreply@blogger.com0tag:blogger.com,1999:blog-639623949801533027.post-32787926872181406492009-11-28T20:00:00.002+01:002009-11-28T20:12:38.528+01:00ThanksgivingHope everyone had a nice Thanksgiving.<div><br /></div><div>Monday I thought Kairi was sick, she didnt act like her normal self when she woke up. But she went to school anyway. When she got home she wasnt talking and i asked her what was wrong and she said she didnt feel good. The teacher sent home a note saying kai never told her she didnt feel good till like 5 minutes before school let out.</div><div><br /></div><div>Tuesday she said she felt ok, but i kept her home anyway because to me she didnt seem ok. </div><div><br /></div><div>Wednesday she was better so i let her to go school.</div><div><br /></div><div>Thursday, Zach woke up crying for his daddy. He was running a fever. So he got whatever it was that Kairi had. Thankfully he was easy to deal with and Thanksgiving went pretty well. </div><div><br /></div><div>Friday i woke up and wasnt feeling so great. Spent most of my time sleeping and feeling like crap. My kids seem to be able to function with this illness, i on the other hand cannot. I just want to sleep and feel like total crap. </div><div><br /></div><div>Today i woke up and i felt kind of better, but this cough i have is the worst thing ever! </div><div><br /></div><div>We also stopped using pull ups on Zach today. He was not very happy about that. He can use the potty, hes been doing it off and on for over a year now. But who wants to use the potty when they can just go where ever they are! Plus he doesnt do well with change. So we figured we would just start making him use undies. Well its not really working. He soiled himself 4 or 5 times today and never did use the potty. Hopefully tomorrow will go better, although i'm not holding my breath.</div>Nicolehttp://www.blogger.com/profile/08605519597976201246noreply@blogger.com0tag:blogger.com,1999:blog-639623949801533027.post-84898900119789822532009-11-23T09:32:00.002+01:002009-11-23T09:47:39.597+01:007 yearsFriday marked 7 years that we have been married. It really doesnt feel like 7 years. It actually feels like just yesterday Chris was leaving for basic training. Time sure has went fast.<div><br /></div><div>For our anniversary my friend Megan watched the kids so we could go out to eat. Its been over a year since we have been lucky enough to go out alone. We went to a brazilian steakhouse. It was really delicious. </div><div><br /></div><div>Saturday we took the kids to see "A Christmas Carol". It was ok. The kids liked it. I was worried that they would have nightmares from it. Its kind of scary and Zach jumped more than once. But i think this movie is the first movie that hes actually set through with out starting to get bored towards the end. Is it a sign that hes just getting older and movies can hold his attention, or maybe he just really liked the movie that much.</div><div><br /></div><div>Yesterday we went and picked out a new christmas tree. The one that Chris' mom bought for us for our 2nd christmas together is just way to big for out little italian house. So we bought a 6 1/2 foot tree at the shoppette yesterday. Its much smaller and not as wide as our other one. It'll work great here for the next 3 years. </div><div><br /></div><div>Our kids have been having some major issues with listening to us and have been super bad as of late. They have made it to the point where i dread waking up and having to deal with them every day.</div><div><br /></div><div>Time outs dont work, taking away toys, doesnt work, spankings dont work and Kairi actually laughs at spankings. So Chris came up with the great idea of making them do wall sits when they misbehave. Kairi had to do them a few times on Saturday. Guess what, Sunday she was on her best behavior! And because shes being good, Zach is being good. If he acts up we ask him if he wants to go sit on the wall and he says no and stops doing what hes doing. I hope this continues to work.</div><div><br /></div><div>I'm right on the verge of tossing out all pull ups and telling Zach if he needs to go, then he has to do it on the potty. I'm so tried of him refusing to use the potty. Kairi was so much easier and i thought he was going to be easy because a year ago he wanted to use the potty all the time. Then he just gave it up.</div><div><br /></div><div>Thanksgiving is this week. I hope to get the kids pictures done this week and mail them out to everyone very soon.</div>Nicolehttp://www.blogger.com/profile/08605519597976201246noreply@blogger.com0tag:blogger.com,1999:blog-639623949801533027.post-45784656894335640252009-08-30T08:27:00.003+02:002009-08-30T08:46:42.231+02:00Quarter of the way doneToday marks 1 year we have been in Italy. <div><br /></div><div>Lets recap the year shall we.</div><div><br /></div><div>August 2008- hated Italy once we got here. The venice airport misplaced our bags so we were stuck in a baggage claim line for a couple hours. And when they did finally find our bags do you think they brought them to us? No! We had to rent a car and drive back down there to pick them up! Thank god for our garmin!</div><div><br /></div><div>September - lived in TLF for most of that month. The 26th we moved into our apartment (which is also Zach's 2nd birthday). </div><div><br /></div><div>October - Kai's birthday. And we did some pumpkin festival in Udine. That was pretty cool and we might try and make it back there this year.</div><div><br /></div><div>November - wisdom teeth removed for me. Fun stuff. Thanksgiving was painful. ha Oh and our 6 year anniversary which wasnt celebrated because someone forgot about it yet again.</div><div><br /></div><div>December - Christmas. I really dont remember much other than it snowed a couple times and the rest of the time it rained a lot and i was feeling really depressed because it never stopped raining.</div><div><br /></div><div>January - huge ass gas bill so we put our name on the housing waiting list.</div><div><br /></div><div>February - boring month, probably rained a lot then too.</div><div><br /></div><div>March - my birthday</div><div><br /></div><div>April - weather started to get a little better and we were offered a house.</div><div><br /></div><div>May - This month usually goes slowly for me, but 2008 it went fast. Maybe its because i was preparing to move. We moved towards the end of May.</div><div><br /></div><div>June - we had friends fly in and we went to Rome. I have to say that was probably the most fun i've had in Italy. I loved rome and cant wait to go back!</div><div><br /></div><div>July - 4th of july fireworks were interesting in the rain. We also bought a 2nd car so i'm not stuck at home now!</div><div><br /></div><div>August - We sold our Jeep thats back in PA. Though i dont love this place, i dont hate it as much as i use to. I'm pretty much over the fact that i cant get gas when i want and i cant go to the store when i want. but every now and then i get mad about that stuff again. </div><div><br /></div><div>3 more years.</div><div><br /></div><div>Things i really miss</div><div><br /></div><div>This week i miss fair week back in PA. All my PA friends are talking about truck pulls, and cheesy fries, and country singers who will be there. Other than actual people thats all i miss from PA.</div><div><br /></div><div>In FL i miss slick micks, helen back, sonic, target, the outlet mall, the many choices i had there for like everything, and the beach. I wasnt a huge beach fan, but i really took it for granted. Now i wish i could just go there again and jump in the water. But then i'm sure i would bitch about how it dries out my skin like i always did. ha And of course i miss our friends back there (some of which have also moved on).</div><div><br /></div><div>Things that i love about here? Hhhmmmm......</div><div><br /></div><div><br /></div><div>well its a good place to be if you want to travel. Oh and i never get tired of looking at the mountain. The food. And thats about it!</div><div><br /></div><div>Hopefully this year is better than last. I have a feeling it will be.</div>Nicolehttp://www.blogger.com/profile/08605519597976201246noreply@blogger.com0tag:blogger.com,1999:blog-639623949801533027.post-21237319719547743632009-08-29T10:46:00.002+02:002009-08-29T11:02:18.121+02:002 daysYesterday we went and found out who kai's teacher is. We came home and looked in the yearbook for her picture and shes not in there, so i guess shes new. <div><br /></div><div>There was only 1 girl (well that we noticed) that will be in kai's class that was in her kindy class. She was one of kai's on/off friends. Plus one of my friends daughters is in her class. So thats pretty cool.</div><div><br /></div><div>I might go see my sisters keeper with a couple friends today. I like getting out of the house and getting to socialize with people closer to my age. </div><div><br /></div><div>So 2 days till i start college and i'm still unclear as to where i'm getting money from. Sad right. I was approved for the MYCAA. I submitted the FA to the school this morning and it said it went through on the MYCAA website. But who knows when i will hear something about it on the florida tech site. It was 1500 total. So now all i have to pay for is the books which is like a few hundred. Hopefully i will get FAFSA money for that if not i guess i can get a loan. I just dont want to have to pay for that crap out of pocket. I hope next time i need books i can get them used.</div><div><br /></div><div><br /></div>Nicolehttp://www.blogger.com/profile/08605519597976201246noreply@blogger.com0tag:blogger.com,1999:blog-639623949801533027.post-283181949290698192009-08-28T10:56:00.002+02:002009-08-28T11:15:00.776+02:00Old photosI'm really bored today. Chris took my computer to go pick up his troop at the airport in Venice. He said he will be home around 11, but i bet its more like 2 or 3. Venice airport always misplaces luggage and i'm sure they will misplace his and he'll have to file a claim and it'll take forever. So yeah.<div><br /></div><div>I was trying to figure out what to do and i remembered i had a lot of photos on picasa that i needed to have moved to flickr. Well that would have taken forever to do one by one. I was able to find a program that would move them all for me. <a href="http://www.callingshotgun.net/about/migratr/">Migratr </a> It doesnt work on mac, so i had to use our spare computer (acer aspire one). It crashed when it was down downloading them from picasa but its been doing well with the uploading so far. Its still taking forever, but i'm sure it would be a lot slower doing it one by one.</div><div><br /></div><div>I love looking at these old pictures. My kids have changed so much in just 1 year. Its crazy. And of course the photos made me miss fl. There was a lot of photos take at helen back on okaloosa island. We use to go there at least once a week before we left. </div><div><br /></div><div>My flickr pro account expires September 17th i believe. I'm going to renew that for sure. Its a well spent $25 knowing my original photos are backed up incase my external HD fails. </div>Nicolehttp://www.blogger.com/profile/08605519597976201246noreply@blogger.com0tag:blogger.com,1999:blog-639623949801533027.post-78320239766796752472009-08-27T14:46:00.002+02:002009-08-27T14:53:32.023+02:00I wish i could leave these blankYesterday I went to the parents meeting for Kai's soccer. One of my friends son is on Kai's team. Yay!! That makes me happy, now i'll have someone to talk to during practices and games and stuff.<div><br /></div><div>After that i went to the movies with some friends. We went and seen the proposal. It was cute and a lot better than what i thought it would be. I'm usually not into movies like that. You know, chick flicks. I tend to not do those.</div><div><br /></div><div>I never got home till 11:30 and chris was all in bed and sleeping. Haha </div><div><br /></div><div>I seriously need nights like that. I felt so great when i got home. I felt completely refreshed because i got to spend some time away from the kids. I love my kids, but seriously i do need a break from them every now and then. </div><div><br /></div><div>Speaking of break from them. Kai starts school in 4 days! Yay!! I'm really looking forward to it. Tomorrow we get to go see who her teacher is. Not that it matters to me really, i dont know any of the teachers aside from the one she had last year. </div><div><br /></div><div>I just cant believe shes going into the first grade! Its insane!</div>Nicolehttp://www.blogger.com/profile/08605519597976201246noreply@blogger.com0tag:blogger.com,1999:blog-639623949801533027.post-8774264908080727402009-08-24T10:28:00.000+02:002009-08-24T10:40:33.610+02:00In one week...Kairi will be going back to school. Shes going into the 1st grade! I cannot believe it! Shes excited and i'm excited for her. Plus it will be nice to have a quiet house again. Kairi and Zach just fight all the time. Its really starting to wear on me. <div><br /></div><div>Also i start college. A computer skills class (looks like its just going to be explaining microsoft word which i already know a great deal about). And also a arts class. Which i'm looking forward to. I'll be doing Florida Tech online and their terms are 8 weeks long. I want to get my BA before we move back to the states in 3 years. We'll see how that goes.</div><div><br /></div><div>On top of starting school Kairi's first day of soccer starts on the 31st. Shes excited about that too as you can guess. We are waiting for her soccer shoes to get here in the mail. Every day she asks about them and gets mad when they dont come. </div><div><br /></div><div>This week i have a few things that need to get done.</div><div><br /></div><div>Today they came and fixed the ac upstairs. Its nice and cool up there again finally! </div><div><br /></div><div>Tomorrow is Kairi's yearly physical (she needs it so she can do soccer). Thankfully she should not be getting a shot! </div><div><br /></div><div>Wednesday is the parents meeting for soccer. </div><div><br /></div><div>Thursday i need to go get my codice fiscale number so i can get to work on my soggiorno. I want to get this taken care of before kai has to go back to school, but i dont think that will happen. Maybe i can try to do that on Friday.</div><div><br /></div><div>And i also need to get my car inspected so i can continue to get gas coupons. </div><div><br /></div><div>Plus i need to find out whats going on with this stupid FASFA. I submitted it, but how long is it going to be before i know how much money i get? Ugh!</div><div><br /></div><div>And i know i'm missing something. I'll remember it later.</div><div><br /></div>Nicolehttp://www.blogger.com/profile/08605519597976201246noreply@blogger.com2