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What we’ve been up to

No dog news lately…just waiting for one last show or two before the end of the year. Nash has gone full monty for the most part so I’m not feeling too hopeful LOL! But it will be nice to get away and visit with friends, and isn’t that half the fun anyway?

Since I haven’t been busy with dog shows, we’ve taken the opportunity this fall to take a couple of family trips to enjoy our new home state. Most recently, we went to Durango this past weekend when the kids had a couple of days off school for teacher work days…what a lovely area. I had been there many years ago but didn’t remember much about it. The San Juan mountains are incredibly beautiful! We were blessed with mostly good weather and took as much advantage of it as we could. Saturday we rode the narrow gauge railway from Durango to Silverton (historic mining town).

The original (1923) steam locomotive that pulled our train
Jack (and Charlie too) really enjoyed looking out the window
Engine rounding a curve

It’s about a 3 hour ride each way and really takes you through some amazing scenery in the San Juan National Forest. It was raining when we got to Silverton, but the clouds broke up right as we were leaving for the return trip and blessed us with some pretty awesome views:

Clouds still lingering around the peaks with a little fresh snow
Hanging out the window

On Sunday the weather was perfect…about 73 degrees and sunny. We had hoped to go horseback riding but the trails were too muddy, so we decided to take a hike instead. Our destination:

Spud Lake - 9,800 feet elev.

Overall, a most perfect weekend really. Yes, we did hit a deer on Saturday night while driving back to our rental cabin. Dinged up the car pretty well but thankfully it’s still drivable, and doubly thankful that it didn’t cause a larger wreck and/or injuries. Deer basically ran headlong into the side of our car near the passenger-side front wheel. Big dent in the fender, scratches and dents on the bar going up the windshield and on both passenger-side doors. C’est la vie.

Our (Non) Labor Day, and a small pupdate

Last week, after checking the weather forecasts, we decided to take a somewhat last-minute trip to Cincinnati OH for some family fun over Labor Day weekend.  I know some people are probably saying, “Cincinnati?  Really?” but the truth is that there is a WONDERFUL smaller kid area in King’s Island amusement park, and the Cincinnati Zoo is very, very good.  There are other things to do there as well but since we only had two days to fill with activities, those were it…and that was plenty.  :)  We kept the trip a surprise from the kids, and Charlie was nearly bursting with anticipation by the time we got to King’s Island.

Let me just start out and say…the weather was so great.  I honestly hate living in the South in the summer.  It’s too hot to do many things outside if they don’t involve swimming, and the heat lasts FOREVER.  We had 2 straight months in a row of days with temperature highs over 95….Two.  Months.  It’s always bad, but this year has been horrible.  Little rain, lots of heat and humidity.  So we were almost giddy when looking at the forecast for Cinci over the weekend.  The high on Saturday was around 72 degrees.  PANTS WEATHER, PEOPLE!  It was breezy, mostly sunny, occasionally chilly, and wonderful.  I can’t express what a joy it was to be outside all day long doing stuff and not sweating LOL.

We hit King’s Island on Saturday, and the zoo on Sunday.  King’s Island has a large children’s area called Planet Snoopy.  They have rides for just about every age of kid, including roller coasters for various heights.  Charlie is a roller coaster fiend, she rode two of them even though one of them was “kind of scary” LOL.  I wouldn’t classify her as a particularly brave kid, so it’s been fun to discover how much she likes rides.  We had hoped to carve out some time for Dave and I to occasionally ride a big coaster or two, but there was so much for the kids to do that we never really left Planet Snoopy.  The lone exception was as we were walking over there as the park opened, and Dave hopped onto The Vortex while there was no line.   I posted this photo on Facebook but I thought it was cute…Jack having a snack and “watching the roller coaster for Daddy”.

Watching for Daddy

So excited!
Really, do we have to take another picture?
"Boo Blasters" ride...a little scary for Jack (and Charlie as she was tired by the time we went), but fun. You shoot the ghosts for points as you ride through!
Jack getting into the kid bumper cars. He was delighted until he got stuck going in a circle backwards, and which point he cried the whole time because it wouldn't go where he wanted it to. LOL!
Also posted on Facebook, Charlie's face painting.

On Sunday we went to the zoo (with half of Cincinnati).  They have an awesome exhibit called the “Cheetah Encounter” where they actually lure course cheetahs during a show…talk about amazing.  They bring out the male cheetah first so you can say “oh wow yeah, he’s fast”, and then they bring out the female cheetah and she totally puts him to shame LOL.  My sister and her family came down from Columbus to meet us for the day!  Especially nice as the cousins don’t get to see each other that often so it was fun for them to have a day together.  Charlie has 7 cousins total on both sides of the family, but only ONE girl cousin…my niece Ashley (9).

The girls conferring about girl things. Or snacks, whichever. :)
Cheetah gets a drink
Petting zoo, of course

Jack being a ham while we wait for the "4D" movie experience. He had everyone there laughing at him. BTW, don't recommend the movie LOL.
Yeah, he's a cute little ham.
The obligatory "you all sit on a log and try to look at the camera at the same time" photo. Umm yeah, that's my child scowling at me in the middle LOL.

Also, I was thrilled to get an update from Wall-E’s (litter name Miles) owners this weekend!  He went home with them on Labor Day weekend last year with their other cardi Cosmo.  No photos, but got this nice note:

Just want to let you know he’s (still) doing great, and a very happy pup! He still acts very much like a puppy… I think the boys of this litter may take a while to grow up… LOL. We love him very much and we’re so happy he’s part of our little family. His happiness and zest for life are infectious! For example, his ‘brother’ Cosmo (our other Cardi) is content to hang out in the back seat during a car ride and just relax—oh, not Wall-E. He likes to be up looking out the window, letting the wind run through his (giant) ears, and making all the other drivers smile and laugh at him! It makes me so happy when I see children in the cars next to us point and smile at our little guy… he is such a happy dog, you can’t help but smile when he’s around.

I’m so glad to hear how he’s doing!

Happy kids, happy dogs, happy birthday!

Little Jack turned 3 on Friday!  I can hardly believe my little boy is getting so big.  We had a small party for him yesterday and despite some disagreements with him about WHEN we would open presents, I think he had a pretty good time.  :)  I KNOW he has enjoyed his gifts, because he and Charlie have been Very Busy playing with them all day yesterday and today LOL.

This morning I was making a grocery list and Nash brought me a really beat up, sad looking toy to play with.  I looked around and realized that just about all of the dog toys were chewed up, ragged, or otherwise rather yucky LOL.  So I went on a bit of a shopping spree at Petsmart today and brought home new bones for everyone and several brand new toys.  I think Nash is in heaven!  On a somewhat related note, I DID put together my fabulous new whelping box, and took pictures….but unfortunately, they are stuck on my camera.  *cry*  My DSLR’s USB connection has been broken for some time, meaning that I have to take the flash card out and use a reader to get photos off the camera.  No big deal, but my card reader has bitten the dust and the new one I bought to replace it doesn’t seem to be working.  Grrrr.  So until I get these technical difficulties worked out, there shall be no whelping box photos.  😛

Big boy 3 year old!

Yay for pretty days

We are having GORGEOUS weather this weekend and have been taking full advantage.  Most of yesterday was spent outside, tending to the backyard and playing with the kiddos…we had a flood in December which “relocated” all of our woodchips from the flower beds to various piles around our yard, so finally getting some of those raked up and tossed out.  I spent a disgusting amount of time doing the disgusting job of picking up dog poop so that we could freely play.  I always tend to neglect that job in the winter, plus we’ve had so much rain this season it’s been hard to find a day to do it.  I will spare you all a photo of the giant bag full of poop that I ended up with, but suffice to say that it was impressive.

Charlie's attitude this morning was, umm, less than desirable. :)
Jack, however, was having a grand time

Today was bath day since the yard is actually somewhat dried out and less muddy than it has been for weeks.  I know you all probably hate Cardi photos in the grass as much as I do, but this part of the yard is by far the best light for taking photos and I wanted to try him on the ground instead of the table.  I think he looks MUCH better when he free stacks than when I hand stack him, for some reason he has a tendency to lock his back legs oddly when I hand stack him, so we’re working on that.  (I’m speaking in general, not about these pictures.  I hand stacked him for these)  He’s starting to look like a grown up all of a sudden, is high in the rear OFTEN although these photos turned out ok I threw away a bunch that were really bad LOL.  Ah, the fun growing stages of puppies!  They turned 8 months old a few days ago.

Happy Valentine’s Day!

Today I promised Charlie that we would make pink heart-shaped pancakes for breakfast.  I didn’t have a mold really, so just poured them into heart-ish shapes…not bad, really!  They were prettier before they browned :) but that’s ok, she was tickled.  It may have been helped by the chocolate chips inside, too.

Jack wasn't sure what to think at first, but ate them after a bit

And the extra special part of today…..SNOW!!!!  After hoping to get some yesterday morning and being pretty disappointed with just a dusting, it starting snowing here early this morning and gave us a good ground cover.  The snowman didn’t last long as it was warming up quickly, but the kids had fun!  Nash wants to spend the whole day outside.  We are supposed to get some rain later (eww), and maybe more snow overnight.

Jack stayed on the sidewalk for a while...he kept pointing at the snow and saying "Yuck!". He did eventually venture out into the yard but mostly stayed in the cleared tracks, LOL.

Throwing snowballs for Nash

Charlie chasing Daddy with a snowball

It’s A Small World After All…

Tomorrow at o’dark-thirty we are leaving for DISNEYWORLD!  I haven’t been there since I was probably…17?  (ahem, quite a few years ago..OMG.  I just realized that I just turned DOUBLE that!)  And Charlie has never been.  I can’t WAIT to see what she thinks of it!

Nash has been shipped off to Heidi’s house for the week, and Rush promises to keep him VERY BUSY.  :)  Have I ever mentioned what a big goober Rush is?  Yeah, it should be fun.  I don’t like to board babies and Heidi graciously agreed to let Nash stay with them.  I did warn her that he’s not 100% on the pottytraining, so she can’t hold that against him.  *grin*  The big dogs are going to my sister-in-law’s house.

AND WE’RE OFF!

Happy Birthday Charlie

I can’t believe that she’s 5…and then at the same time, she has seemed 5 for a while now. LOL! You have to know Charlie to understand. :) Such a gentle girl, but oh-so-logical. She loves to read, ask questions, and explore her world. On the flip side, she’s absolutely certain that she knows the proper way to do EVERYTHING, and is highly annoyed by her little brother (isn’t that what they are for?). Charlie loves Kingergarten at her Montessori school, her best friends Zoey and Alana, and swinging so high she can touch the trees. I’m very jealous at times that I can’t go back and be 5 again…it looks like so much fun!

We had a small party for her yesterday at an indoor playground. Since it is fall break there weren’t a ton of kids there (as I expected), but it was enough and everyone had a good time. Happy Birthday pretty girl!

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Dave was on camera duty and neglected to get a photo of the INSIDE of the cake too...which was also rainbow! 6 layers, actually. Yes, I was impressed with myself.

I think we need an air hockey table...this was a huge hit!
I think we need an air hockey table...this was a huge hit!
Zoey (left) and Charlie
Zoey (left) and Charlie

And because this is a dog website and I’m somewhat obsessed with trying to get Nash show trained (have I mentioned he’s stubborn?), some new pictures.  The babies will be 4 months old this week!!!  He needed a bath and blow dry today, so he’s actually clean and somewhat fluffy in these pictures.  :)  I’m wondering when his butt fluff will grow in…he still looks a bit sparse back there!

Nash_17wksFront

Nash_17wksSide

Photo Montage

Some random pictures from the past few days. We got our Christmas tree up on Saturday and decorated it on Sunday…Charlie is an ornament hanging MASTER. :o) Here’s a pic of “her” area of the tree. She kept insisting that there weren’t enough ornaments in her area when we suggested that she try spreading it around a bit.

“Honey, why don’t you pose next to the tree?”

“Could you maybe smile? Umm ok, not quite like that…”
“That’s a LITTLE better…”
Leo being, well, Leo.
I don’t know what Lizzie would ever do without Leo around to be her pillow.

A few more pictures in the “Charlie and Dogs” series. As Kate once said, she loves ’em, the poor bastards. LOL She’s actually REALLY good about petting them gently, and they all like getting attention from her.
Here she’s waving Leo’s paw at the camera for us.

Ignore the bed head please.
Brady has gotten really distrustful of the camera in his old age. After this picture, he slunk underneath the desk behind him as if he thought I would beat him with the camera….?? I have no idea, maybe he’s just getting quirky. Yes, those of you that know him are saying “GETTING” quirky?? :o)

Time for a photo update

Some obligatory pictures of the cute boy:





From Halloween…don’t you hate it when someone shows up wearing the same outfit? Jack with his cousin Cameron, who is 5 weeks younger than him.


Charlie the apple-juice-running-shoe-upside-down-butterfly-fairy. With bolero sweater.

Another day at the dog show

Yes, I really need two separate blogs…a mommy blog and a dog mommy blog. 😛 Although on this particular weekend they are intermixed, because Jack went with me to the dog show yesterday (his first!) and Charlie went with me today. After I was done showing today, Charlie demanded that it was “HER turn to walk Lizzie around and have ME clap”. She settled for getting to walk Lizzie out the door to the car, which always gets lots of comments because hello, cute 3 year old walking her doggie. :love: Lizzie is SUCH a good girl, she never pulls on the leash and Charlie is good about keeping a grip on it (and we put it over her wrist just to be a little more careful). Not that Lizzie would go anywhere if the leash fell anyway. 😛

Anyway, it was a great weekend for us as Lizzie won on Friday and today both, for 5 more points. That brings her up to 10 points total and both majors. Now I just have to figure out where our next show will be, and whether I can get her finished before the Nationals to put her in the Megan…

Pictures forthcoming.