Puppy, Work, School, Track, Scouts, Mayo, Running, Soccer, Chess, Art…

14 Apr

Now you’re all caught up on the last month!


Kenai is growing & growing & growing. He weighs in at 42lbs at not quite 4 months. He gets snipped in 11 days & I am excited he gets to stay at the vet’s overnight!

It’s actually not going too badly. Puppies are a lot of work, something I knew, but now I KNOW it. He’ll be worth it, someday ;-) Kenai loves to snuggle up on a lap, he is enthusiastic about everything, he loves a good nap, & he’s a lot less mouthy than he was a week ago. We are just about done with Puppy Preschool. Pretty sure he’s going to fail. He does ‘sit’ & ‘down’ just fine but he’s not great on a leash & is indifferent about coming when he’s called. We’ve been working hard this week on those two things & maybe he’ll surprise me. Some weeks he does great in class, other weeks, not so much. Probably the biggest hurdle with the dog is his constant diarrhea. We’re on our second round of antibiotics & things are firming up nicely. Hopefully it’ll stay that way…


I started my seasonal job at J~’s office right after we got the dog. I’ve only been able to do a few hours at a time because of the dog & my other commitments but that’s worked okay. This year I’m not filling seed, I’m putting them away. I thought I would hate it, but I actually really enjoy it. Putting the planting packets away is like a humongous puzzle. It’s nice & mindless.


The weather is above 20 most mornings so we are now walking to school. It’s really nice to have a dog in tow again. He cries when the kids cross to the school & we turn around and head home. The kids are all doing well. G~ is in the middle of his huge State Fest project. He’s very excited because his state is Alaska. T~ is plugging along & E~ is doing fine too. Although Track just started so I fully expect his schoolwork to come crashing down on him at some point. Which brings us to


I am not a fan. I love the events but the meets take FOREVER!! His very first meet was 3+ hours. 3!!! And he only ran 3 races, none of which I actually saw because I arrived late (Running Club) & had to leave early (Puppy Preschool). He has a meet tomorrow & I’m hoping to make all the races. My sister loaned me a book so I’ll have something to do.


I have a love-hate relationship with this organization. E~ seemed ready to quit but then he finally made some friends in his troop & now he’s working his tail off to get his ranks done. G~ is a year away from joining E~’s troop & is ready to go. He went on a campout with E~ & J~ a few weekends ago & loved it. I enjoyed it too because not only were all 3 boys gone, T~ went to a friend’s house for an overnight too. I really enjoyed the peace & quiet of my own house.


Which was sorely needed after sharing a hotel room with my sister who decided not to bring her CPAP & snored for 2 nights. Plus all the brain prodding that went on. But we’ll discuss Mayo in another post.


I’m half way through this years Running Club, which is now called Stride Club (so we can incorporate walkers). I enjoy it. I do not enjoy having to plan for all weather conditions. Last week was gorgeous. Today it snowed. Such is April…


Spring Soccer is the worst sport ever. Even worse than Track.


G~ is doing Chess Club at school & loving it. I think there are more kids in Chess Club than in Stride Club.


G~ is also doing Art Club. He’s at school late 3 days a week now. And he’s just fine with that ;-) E~ is also taking Art this quarter. It’s his favorite Quarter Class. He’s thrilled because he gets all the make-up snow days in Art instead of in the class he initially missed because of the weather.

I think the two readers I have left are now mostly caught up. See you in May!

Or hopefully sooner ;-)



Dog Days

16 Mar

It’s been a month since we brought Kenai home. Most days it feels a lot longer. BUT it’s not all bad. We’re finally finding our groove.

Potty training went very well. We’re not done, but for the most part he’s been really good. We only had a handful of accidents in the house & most of those were due to inattention. Kenai signals pretty well, & I could tell he felt bad the last time he had a potty accident. He was dancing pretty well but I was deep in conversation with E~ & was doing a great job of ignoring Kenai’s signal.

Kenai has claimed his kennel as his own & is now starting to sleep in there even when he doesn’t have to. All good things.

We started Puppy Preschool a few weeks ago & that has been a big help. He can sit & lie down on command & he walks okay on a leash (most days). Our next big task is getting him to come when called & having him wait before leaving a room or more importantly, the house. He has a tendency to dart outside at the smallest crack of the door.

At his vet appointment last week he weighed in at a whopping 28lbs. At 12 weeks old. He’s not going to be a little dog…




Meet Kenai

24 Feb


Kenai has been with us just over a week.

He’s a big guy.

He’s been doing fine at night. The first few nights he was up a lot but now he’s sleeping in his kennel until about 6. He’s had a few accidents in the house, mostly when we’re not paying attention. The post nap potty still catches me off guard. He was doing fine walking on a leash but has now decided he doesn’t like it. I’d be okay with that since it’s super cold out again but his energy level requires some sort of exercise or my furniture won’t survive the afternoon. I’ve got some calls made to puppy preschools so I’m hoping to start classes next week with him.

For the most part he’s been a good dog. He’s doing well with ‘sit’ & I’ll start on ‘stay’ next.

If I don’t sound overly enthusiastic it’s because I’m a little resentful of the loss of my freedom. It’s nice to come home to a house that is no longer empty, but it stinks to have to plan my day around potty breaks.

This kid is enamored.


Makes it all worthwhile.


Last Night’s Visitor

12 Feb

E~ is currently taking Family & Consumer Science (FCS) or as it used to be known, Home Ec. The current unit is on infant care. Last night he brought home his Real Care Baby. Baby turned on at 5 last night & E~’s stress level went up too. The first two times Baby cried he could not get it to stop (it shuts off after 2 minutes). Turns out, the diaper had to go on a specific way. After he had his first success, E~ was a little more relaxed. Baby was pretty well behaved last night. It ate, it slept, it pottied. About the time E~ went to bed Baby started to get fussy & E~ started to panic. E~ was up until about 10 rocking & feeding Baby. Baby finally settled in until about 5. At that point, sleep was over for the both of them. I have a feeling I will have a tired teen tonight after school.K~

Less Than a Week

10 Feb

The countdown has begun. We will be picking up our new puppy this weekend!

I’m not sure what the kids are more excited about, the puppy or seeing the Lego Movie with their cousins.

We have started collecting things for the dog. We have a kennel, a collar, & a leash. I have a bunch of stuff in my cart on Amazon. We’ll head out sometime this week so the kids can pick out a couple of toys. I think we’ll be all set! I’m reading up on crate training & finding a puppy class. If the weather would warm up a 20 degrees (that would put us in the teens) I’d be eternally grateful!

The one thing we don’t have is a name. We all agreed to do something Alaskan. That doesn’t narrow things down too much. The list is really long, the fights are even longer & usually end up with someone in tears. We are a house divided.

Who else is addicted to the Olympics? We don’t usually have the tv on all day long. I think that’s why the kids love the Olympics so much, constant screen time. So far, the favorites have been everything but the ice dancing. Yawn.


When Mayo Calls

4 Feb

And wants to study your brain, how do you say no?

I just wish they wanted to study my brain because it’s so awesome rather than because it’s a grenade.

These guys


are the reason my sister B~ & I will make a yearly pilgrimage to Mayo for a PET scan & an MRI. We will do this in hopes that they won’t have to watch their mothers fade away & that they themselves will never fear losing who they are way before their time.


Island Time

31 Jan

So January. It’s mostly gone. Oops.

It was a busy month here. J~ was gone for most of it & I’m going to say that’s my excuse for not posting. Just too busy. Plus there was a touch of the stomach flu & preparing for a glorious 6 days away from the Frozen Tundra that is the Midwest.

J~ was asked to do winter nursery duty again & he jumped at the opportunity. For a brief time, he was going to Hawaii & I was not going with him but then the stars aligned & he was booked for Puerto Rico & my slice of winter sanity was back within my grasp. The kids were well looked after by my sister Jen & my dad. The kids were happy with the arrangement, well, sort of. They are growing more & more bitter each time we go to PR without them.

The goal for my trip was R&R. I was not interested in a kayaking tour or a snorkeling trip or horseback riding or a bike tour or museums or anything that didn’t involve a book & a beach.

I got exactly what I wanted.

And it was lovely.

We spent a few days in Ponce at the resort while J~ finished up work & then we headed out to spend a few days on Culebra. Culebra is home to one of the top 10 beaches in the world, Playa Flamenco.

I would have to agree. It was beautiful. The water was so clear & blue. The sand was so soft. We had planned to spend part of a day at the beach & then pack up & hike to another but we just couldn’t pull ourselves away. We had a perfect spot in the mangroves


with this as our view.


Why go anywhere else?

So we didn’t. And then we went back the next morning as well.┬áIt was perfect.

But now we’re back to the land of cold & snow & kids & responsibilities. And the only thing that is getting us all through is this guy:


We go get him in 2 weeks!



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