|The T-1 "Jayhawk"|
Track Select, the ceremony where we find out what everyone in the class will be training on for the second part of pilot training, was last Friday. The wives decided to cook breakfast, and I really think everyone enjoyed it! Thanks to my ridiculous collection of various holiday decorations, we also decorated the buffet with a patriotic theme.
I want to apologize in advance for the poor quality of most of my pictures! I dropped my iPhone while at the beach last week and broke the screen...while I had the screen replaced and it is fine now, my camera lens must have messed up too. I won't be paying to get it fixed...when the iPhone 5 comes out in (hopefully) October, Chris and I plan to switch to Verizon and get new iPhones so hopefully my pictures will be much better then!
|In line for breakfast. This is when I cried "STOP!! Don't eat yet! I have to get a pic...for the blog" haha.|
|That quiche on the left is one of three made by yours truly ;) I made a chicken taco quiche, a spinach/mushroom/feta quiche, and a broccoli bacon quiche.|
|The rest of the buffet.|
|Getting recognized (much better pic because Chris took it with his phone!)|
|With our certificates.|
After this, we went to an auditorium where the class sat together and waited for their assignments. All of the active duty students in Chris' flight were assigned T-1s, except for two guys who will be moving to Ft. Rucker, AL, to train on helicopters. In the past, there were as many as eight T-38s assigned per class to active duty students, but there were only 4 assigned to Chris' class, and they were all in the other flight.
|Chris in mid-salute right after getting T-1s.|
After we found out that Chris would be flying T-1s, we went to pick up all his study materials. I got this picture of his classmate, Clayton, while he was on the way out with his stuff. You can tell they are going to be busy over this next month of academics!
|I wanted to get a picture of us but, again, my phone camera is terrible now! I'm so bummed at how shadowy this turned out. I guess I will have to dig up my real camera and start using it again!|
|Took a girls trip to the beach with Hannah, Lauren, and Sara...had a blast, as always!|
|Mason makes friends with a crab!|
|Chris with a soaked Mason|
|Not even the ocean can stand between Mason and his ball!|
|Jon, Chris, and Scott...can you tell my hubby has been hitting the gym lately? ;)|
|The seafood market we bought a bunch of goodies from. We brought home some fresh salmon fillets, shrimp, and scallops. I'm cooking the shrimp tonight! Still trying to decide exactly what I'm going to do with it!|
|Chris cuddling the shrimp dog after a long day at the beach and an awesome seafood dinner|
|Scott and I had a little jam fest...until I broke a string off his guitar. whoops :( Sorry again, Scott!|
No news on the condo, just still trying to get a loan. We have had a couple of new leads on banks that might be willing to lend to us for the condo, and hopefully one of them will work out. If not, we will have to consider whether we would rather look at houses (which are much easier to get loans for than condos). Will keep you updated on that as well.
Here are a few pictures of some of our culinary creations over the past few weeks. Right before Track Select, we grilled out and tried some portabello burgers and grilled corn. We are trying to do vegetarian meals more often because they are cheaper, and, if you have a good recipe, you don't even notice if a meal is missing meat!
|Served with caprese and grilled corn...so delish!|
After dinner, we invited Jon and Autumn over for dessert.
|Haha I guess in the picture, these look kind of like ginormous meatballs. But they are actually 4 chocolate lava cakes covered with a strawberry glaze.|
|They brought over the perfect bottle of wine given to them recently by Jon's parents...|
|It had a T-6 on it! (Or at least what looked like one to us)...and we finished it. Could you get any more symbolic? :)|
Saturday night, we had our across-the-street neighbors over for dinner. They both went to Auburn and are the same couple that let my mom and me randomly tour their house when we drove through CAFB in May 2011 to look around for the first time. Anyway, since then, Jess got stationed in Florida (she is also in the Air Force) and her husband, Casey, got FAIP'd, so he is here in Columbus for the next few years. Since she was in Columbus visiting this weekend, it was a good time to have them over and catch up. Here are some pictures that I took. Unfortunately I did not get a shot of the incredible ribs or blackberry pie they brought over...or the stuffed tomatoes I made...but trust me, they were delicious!
|Loaded baked potato dip...the dip contained sour cream, cheese, green onions, and bacon.|
|Baked Bean Casserole|
Our weekend also consisted of a couple of parties in celebration of track select, and a trip to the Farmers Market where we picked up a bunch of delicious locally grown produce...some okra, which I roasted, eggplants, which I used to make eggplant casserole, green tomatoes, which I fried, and poblano peppers, which Chris grilled and put on some turkey burgers. We got some other goodies, too, and are still trying to figure out exactly what we will use them for. We love going to the farmer's market, but rarely can we drag ourselves out of bed at 7am on a Saturday morning!
Hope everyone is doing well. School starts next week, and I should have plenty of updates on life by then, since I'm still waiting to find out what my class schedule will be! Until then...I will sign off with this cute...sad, but still cute!...picture of Mason. This is why we hate leaving him in his crate and usually just leave him out in the house now! We came back from Saturday night's track select party to find him like this...
|Just sitting there with his paws sticking out of the crate...like he is trying to get squeeze out or something...I just don't know about him sometimes!|