Tuesday, December 27, 2011

Christmas Day

Our Christmas was a little unconventional. Christmas Eve night, we had dinner here with some friends. It was yummy and we had a really good time. That evening after dinner I was researching state parks. :)
So after going to Church on Christmas we took off for Bennett Springs State Park. It was me, Tedd and Joe (The Three Amigos) We were planning to do the "natural tunnel" trail. It was supposed to be 7 miles. Well it was 7 miles to get TO the tunnel. We took the shorter way back, and it ended up being like 11 miles! We did have lots of fun. It makes me soo excited for camping this summer!
AND before we took off on this hike we went to the park office. The very dedicated Ranger man was there...on Christmas Day. He told me how to get to the trailhead. Then I saw a brochure about Bears in Missouri. If you weren't aware, apparently there are black bears in Missouri.

My favorite part of the brochure is the part that says...and I quote, "If a bear should attack, fight back. Hit the bear in the nose and eyes. Kick the bear as hard as you can. Use any available objects."
Umm...am I the only one thinking this sounds a little crazy? Pretty sure you're not gonna see this girl bear fighting. LOL Luckily we didn't have to use these tactics!

Saturday, December 24, 2011

Miller Cave

Those of you that know me (Jess) know that I L.O.V.E. Camping and hiking. I don't care what the weather is, I'm always ready to go. So yesterday I got off work at like 3pm. Tedd and I went with a few friends to find one of the caves on base. Its literally just a hidden cave. And yes, its actually named, "Miller Cave" You have to climb down the side of a very steep mountain. Here is one of the many, "Turn Back" signs :)

Here are the three guys; Tedd, Joe, and Montana ( I think his real name may be Sean?)

Yes this is a beautiful view out of one of the holes in the cave. What could be cooler than that? A tree growing out of it...with your friend attached LOL
I'm not even claiming to know whats going on here HAHA
Tedd on the side of a cliff. You can't really tell in the picture, but its a LONG way down!
Spelunking through the cave :)

They sent me into every cave tunnel first. Because all three of them (all grown men) were too afraid of snakes to go first!

Tedd down in some hole. It was actually dark here (you can't tell because of the flash) and he didn't really know how far down he was going to jump.
Me and long time friend Joe.
Such a beautiful view! You can't see them but there were tons of cattle down in that valley.

It was so much fun! Not to mention we never had to leave base, and it was free :). We've got big plans to go camping A LOT this spring and summer! I actually wanted to go last night, but everyone said "NO" :( Maybe soon!
I hope you all are having a Merry Christmas!!

Friday, December 23, 2011

Flea's New Obsession

This is a guest post from Flea Miller:

Hello Blog Readers. I am Flea Miller. I used to reside in Indiana. One day, a day like any other I ate a piece of cheese. My mother gave me this piece of cheese. I trusted her, and I ate it. Had I known that she had hidden a large dose of sedative inside, I may have reconsidered my breakfast that morning. Nah...actually I probably still would have eaten it.

Anyway, I felt all funny and next thing I knew I was riding on a pillow on mommy's lap for what seemed like forever. We finally got out of the car, and I came into my new kitty lair. Now we live in Missouri. I love it here! I of course still have my own bedroom. Technically I share it with Trixie rabbit my sister. Technicalities really. Anyway I have more stuff than I know what to do with. But lately I have discovered what I will introduce to you all as "the magic box". Here I am posing by it. I am suddenly enthralled by its never ending entertainment. I watch movies and tv on it. I watch while mommy types or while daddy reads things on it. But quite possibly the most fun is to smack the screen and try to catch what daddy calls "the mouse". I've even discovered that if I step on the keys, cool things usually pop up.

The best part is, no matter what I do mommy just says, "oh isn't he cute?"

Sunday, December 18, 2011

That kinda weekend...

When you are pouring yourself a nice cup of coffee before church in the morning and the top to the pot flies off and coffee splatters to every surface possible. I should also mention that I polished cabinets yesterday! ugh. Go figure. Haha.

And when you find a teeny fire pit on a craigslist like website and haggle the seller down to $20. Not only do they accept...but they deliver. Seriously? Just so we are all on the same page here: Yes, we did roast marshmallows outside tonight. Psh What you don't do that in mid December? Your loss! haha

The kind of weekend when a single piece of green quilted fabric is the coolest thing...ever. I'm not exactly sure how it started. But now he drags it around the house, hides under it, lays on it and basically basks in its awesome-ness. Who would have thought that a scrap of fabric would have brought such entertainment? haha

We also rang the bell for Salvation Army this weekend. We did it for Church and Tedd and I were both at opposite ends of Wal-mart. You may be thinking, "Aww how nice!". Well yes, it did indeed make us feel all warm and fuzzy. BUT we also got a great hour of "people watching in" LOL. As we donned our super attractive bright red Aprons and rang the never ending bell, we watched. I watched as a little girl get her finger stuck in my bucket. Tedd watched as a husband dropped his wife off at the entrance to Wal-mart. And also as said woman got out of the vehicle through the window. Straight up Dukes of Hazzard Style yo. I'm laughing out loud right now.

We decided to take a short drive. I'll never get tired of looking at the mountains. As we were driving, I saw something I never thought I could imagine. You know how normal people have these nice nets around their kid's trampolines for safety?

Well not here in SouthCentral Missouri. As Tedd was driving, my jaw dropped. Honest to goodness. There was a trampoline with rope, pvc pipe and barbed wire around it instead of a safety net. That'll teach those kids to jump in the middle! I can't even make this kind of stuff up people! HAHA

Very entertaining weekend to say the least. :)

Wednesday, December 14, 2011

What we've been doing lately.

We've been up to a lot lately. Here are some highlights:
  • We got our Christmas Tree from Trees for Troops. We decorated it and its very pretty! Trees for Troops is an awesome organization. They give out FREE live trees to military families. If you have the time, you should google them.
  • "Puss and Boots" was playing at the Theater on base for FREE. So I gathered a posse and we went. It was a really cute movie, and a lot of fun.
  • Our church Christmas program was Sunday evening. The kids and some adults did a really good play. Afterward was the Christmas dinner.
  • As crazy as it seems, a long time family friend (Joe) is in the army and stationed here as well. He and his friend (whom I previously nicknamed "Montana") came over and the four of us (Tedd included lol) had a Monopoly playing marathon. It was so much fun. I went to bed after 11pm. And Tedd said they finished around 1:30 AM. Thats a lot of Monopoly! haha.
  • I started a new job!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! I started last Friday. I absolutely love it! What a blessing. Its at a really nice vet clinic and I get to do my vet tech thing that I love :). Besides the fact that we need the money, I am a career person through and through. I feel sooo much better about myself all around when I am working.
  • Tedd and I are both joining Bible Studies through our church. They are both based on the new "Courageous" movie. The only difference is the men's study and one is the women's.
  • We are not coming home for Christmas this year. There are quite a few of our friends who are also staying here with no family. We are trying to find a very cheap way to do something fun to celebrate. Maybe driving around and looking at lights? We'll see.
Thanks again for all of the prayers from everyone. Things are really going well here! I know I keep saying this, but we really do love it. Its hard to believe that not even 2 months ago there was so much uncertainty in our lives. God has really blessed us! We ask for your continued prayers and we keep all of our friends and family in our prayers always! I am off to crank up the Christmas music louder to try to drown out the sound of the basic training soldiers screaming their cadences/songs! Sometimes from my kitchen it is really loud! LOL

Sunday, December 4, 2011

Weekend Visitors

We had an awesome weekend! The pictures are way out of order so thats how I'll explain them :) My parents came to visit this weekend. Friday I showed them around here. We played board games and made supper here at home. Saturday we went to Bass Pro shops and had our Christmas with them. This is a picture of the gifts we got from Grandpa and Grandma Cormany and mom and dad. Yes... I did ask for a kitty tower for Flea. LOL
My sis and bro in law got us a lot of cute Christmas decorations. We hardly have any so it meant a lot! Thanks Bob, Janelle, Ben and Maggie!
My brother, sister-in-law and family got us games and movies. We are super excited about them! We are trying to find someone to come over soon to play Rook! Thanks Justin, Danielle, Lance, Caleb, Zach and Julia!
And mom and dad with the gifts from us.
Flea demonstrating how much he loves his new tower!
Mom and dad at Bass Pro shops!
Me creeping in a hunting blind

A real alligator!
Mom sporting Tedd's helmet LOL
Dad sporting the whole get up
We had a ton of fun! Thanks Mom and Dad for coming to visit and celebrate Christmas!

Thursday, December 1, 2011

Say what?

One of the things I said when we started this journey was that I was going to try to take advantage of every opportunity that the army made available to us. The Army Community Service, or ACS, here on post offers a lot of things to the military and their family.

I have always wanted to meet with a financial planner. I never thought I would ever be able to afford it. Well today I did just that. How cool is that? I met with a financial planner for over an hour today and have another appointment next week. She was not only explaining how to determine interest rates, but also which debts (car loans, student loans etc.) to pay off first, and the best way to save.

She explained IRA's, 401 K's, and tons more. It was such a wake up call to me that we need to start planning for our retirement. It was great to have someone crunching our numbers and giving us advice.
The best part is that it is a service the army provides for free. :) I'm actually excited to go finish up next week!