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.
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~
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.
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.
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.
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. It 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!
Christmas has come & gone. We had a lovely Christmas. Christmas Eve my parents came over for supper & then we all went to church. The kids went to bed when we got home & J~ & I watched a movie & finished up the present stuff. Christmas morning we opened gifts. The kids get gifts from 4 categories – Something you Want, Something you Need, Something to Wear, & Something to Read. This year we told the kids NO LEGO’S! I love Lego’s but I am tired of buying expensive Star Wars sets. My kids can cultivate other interests. They were not so happy with my Lego ban. I think we won them over though. G~ got a soccer goal for the backyard, E~ got a K’Nex rollercoaster, & T~ got a desk for her American Girl doll. They all got snow boots (something you need), sweatshirts (an Alma Mater sweatshirt for G~. We have to make him take it off every 3rd day so it can be washed), & I made photobooks of the Alaskan trip for their Something to Read. Unfortunately, that little gift has encountered multiple setbacks & still haven’t arrived and when they do arrive, who knows what I’ll actually get. The first set of books were really messed up. That’s another story.
This year J~ found the perfect Family Gift – a Foosball table! I’m not sure who was happier about it, J~ or the kids. We’ve played many games & I’m pretty bad.
What we were all happy about though, was our new puppy was born! On Dec. 19, Mandy from South Canada, had 7 Golden Retriever puppies. We are leaning towards a boy pup but we (read I) really just want a dog that has a mellow personality. We are all very excited to have an end date to our doglessness. We have a long weekend in Feb & we’ll make the trip to South Canada to pick up our dog. S/He will be about 8 weeks when we bring him/her home.
Any tips on how to house-train a dog? We’ve never done it before. Charlie came to us housebroken. I’m a little nervous about that part.
A pile of puppies
I spent a good chunk of my afternoon wrapping presents. A friend with a humongous house had a wrapping party & I took advantage of the space & the drinks & the fellowship & got most of my stuff wrapped.
We wrap presents a little differently here. We don’t do Santa so I put out presents whenever I get them wrapped. A few years ago someone had mentioned that each kid has their own wrapping paper instead of name tags. We take that one step farther & each kid has their own wrapping paper but we don’t tell them whose wrap is whose until Christmas morning. It’s fun to watch them guess
Yesterday I was in a hurry after the party to get to my next thing so I dumped off the packages at the house & when I got home again, E~ had arranged them & Star War-ized our tree.
That’s a bunch of clone troopers helping decorate the tree. They’re shooting lights out of an AT-AT (I think).
It’s a good thing we don’t go for perfection in decorating around here