Monday, July 2, 2012

Two Phases Down, One To Go

I apologize for taking so long to post about Mitchell's track, but I figured most of you who read this already found out the exciting news via Facebook, email, or phone! If there are any lingering questions though Mitchell tracked T-38's last Thursday (woo hoo)!!

We are both very excited and I could not be a more proud wife. It has taken A LOT of hard work, on both our parts, to get to this point and it is so nice to see our efforts finally paying off. This will be the final phase of UPT for Mitchell and also the most intense and time consuming as he learns to fly the T-38.

For those of you who are wondering what this means in terms of what he could be flying after graduation, it could sincerely mean a number of different things. At the end of graduation Mitchell could possibly "drop"(what we call it in the Air Force world) a fighter, bomber, or something of that sort and be stationed at a number of different places of which I couldn't even begin to list here. At this point we are keeping our options open and trying not to narrow down what he wants to fly, but we assume that will come the further he progresses in this new phase!

Here is a photo of the T-38 which the hubs will start
 flying in about a month
and throughout the remainder of pilot training!

Now, many of you may ask what does this mean for me, the lovely spouse of a UPT student? In all honesty nothing really changes on my front! Mitchell will go back to 12 hour days Monday-Friday, unlike the past 3 weeks which he was fortunate enough to be able to come home for small breaks throughout the day. Other than that my role remains the same meaning packing lunches, taking care of little Winston, and staying as supportive as possible while slaving away at school work and enjoying my job at the coffee shop!

By this point I hope I have not bored anyone to death, and if I have I sincerely apologize ;) To wrap up this post I thought I would share a lovely pasta side dish I found, and then tried recently! It's quite delicious and beyond easy. We made it as a side to some garlic chicken we made the other week. Enjoy...

1 cup uncooked bow tie pasta
1-1/2 teaspoons butter
2-1/4 teaspoons olive oil
1-1/2 teaspoons all-purpose flour
1/2 teaspoon minced garlic
Dash salt
Dash dried basil
Dash crushed red pepper flakes
3 tablespoons 2% milk
2 tablespoons chicken broth
1 tablespoon water
2 tablespoons shredded Parmesan cheese
1 tablespoon sour cream

  • Cook pasta according to package directions. Meanwhile, in a small saucepan, melt butter. Stir in the oil, flour, garlic and seasonings until blended. Gradually add the milk, broth and water. Bring to a boil; cook and stir for 2 minutes or until slightly thickened.
  • Remove from the heat; stir in cheese and sour cream. Drain pasta; toss with sauce. Yield: 2 servings.

The Etheridges

1 comment:

  1. We are so excited for you guys! Seriously...Nate has said this like 3 times in the past few days. If Mitchell ever needs anything he's right next door! :)