Finding calm in the chaos

Finding calm in the chaos

Thursday, September 27, 2007

The sweet sound of silence

Up until now, our dogs have worn traditional collars with their tags jingling away. In fact, I can tell which dog is coming around the corner based on the way their tags sound. Both are easy to find because when you call their name and they lift their heads, you can hear the jingling and find them reasonably soon. However, there are downsides, like Schatzi's jingling all night long as she explores the living room, jumps off and on the bed, and settles down her crate, which has led to us removing her collar nightly.

During Schatzi's first hunting trip of the fall, though, her collar got caught up on some brush, which led to Joe order both dogs hunting collars with a flat plate riveted on the collar. No more tags (although, they probably should have their rabies tags attached somehow)...and now, we are enjoying the sweet sound of silence.

Sunday, September 23, 2007

One rainy Saturday...

It may have been rainy yesterday, but that didn't stop our fun. We joined our friend Rich and his dog, Strange, for an afternoon of bird hunting. Rich is starting up a bird range, so we took a test drive out there for some bird hunting. It's ideal for bird training because we planted some farm raised pheasants for the dogs to hunt. Now, it may not sound entirely sporting to plant the birds you are planning to shoot. Let me just say, it's a lot harder to refind the birds, as evidenced by only coming home with 3 of the 7 birds we planted.
Schatzi proved to be the star of the show, tracking and flushing more birds than any other dog. As a dog who hates to pee in the rain, abhors baths, and would rather die than go swimming, I have to say this is the happiest I've ever seen her being so wet.
Afterwards, we shot a few clay pigeons, but, as you can tell from the back of Joe's shirt, we were all pretty soaked, so we opted to warm up in the truck and ride home instead.

Thursday, September 20, 2007

The Girls of 207

I'm so excited because next weekend, we're having a girls' of 207 reunion! You may be wondering...who are these girls and why are they named 207?

Well, in college, my awesome friend, Deanna, and my awesome sister, Amy, and myself lived in an off-campus apartment, which was #207. We had great times together: we had a "hottest girl in the apartment crown", a quote board, Super Soup Suppers and a wide variety of adventures together.

As you know, life gets busy after marriage, kids (for them) and college, and we have lots of miles between all of us, so we don't get to see each other as often as we'd like (every day??). But, earlier this week, Deanna called and wondered if we could get together at Amy's and soon a plan was in the works.

So...I'm thrilled about this spontaneous reunion and looking forward to a fun girls' (and babies') weekend just eight days from now!

Tuesday, September 18, 2007

Kids 'n cogs

Ok, I know I've been going crazy on the posts today, but bear with me for one more. Today, my friend Melissa called me to chat and, since I was almost finished with work, we decided to meet at my house for some tea and good conversation.

Melissa has 2 adorable girls, who like to play with the cogs. Here's a picture of Breanne, who is about a week younger than Noah, helping Schatzi and Doc finagle their food out of the food cube. She was a popular baby among the cogs!

Kitchen makeover

As mentioned before, Mom's birthday present to me was to buy the paint for our kitchen (and even help paint the trim!). So, here are a few pictures of our new green dining area. I was pleasantly surprised to find out on our recent trip to the Eddys that it was the same color as their living room!
We like the new color...and Doc approves, too!

Fourth Anniversary

We celebrated our fourth anniversary last week with a nice dinner out and our usual annual photo. I've been keeping a scrapbook of our anniversaries, so every year, I write down where we lived, what we jobs we worked, and what the major highlights of the year were...and include a picture of us on our anniversary. This year's picture is not the best, but you try taking a picture of you, your spouse, and your two dogs and get a better one! :)

What does four years of marriage look like? Six moves in two states, 1 and 7/8 masters' degrees, four job changes, two Brittanies, and two happy, hard working spouses (just to sum it all up!).

Next year is our FIFTH anniversary and we're hoping to celebrate with a vacation somewhere fun!

Monday, September 17, 2007

Doggie Roadtrip

Ever since I got Schatzi, I've been wanting to volunteer with American Brittany Rescue and thought that, after we got Doc and moved into our new house, maybe we would foster rescues. However, having Stranger and the stress of always trying to prevent fighting has steered me away from that desire. But, I still wanted to do something.
So, Saturday, Joe and I drove down to Pocatello to pick up Jasmine, this 7 year old Brittany, who is super sweet and slept the whole way to our stop in Spencer. She was so sweet and quiet, Joe joked that we should swap her with Schatzi and hope that no one would ever know the difference. He said, "Her family will be like, 'Whoa...this is the spry-est 7 year old we've ever seen!", since those of you who have met Schatzi know she is anything but quiet. :)
We were part of a transport group that picked Jasmine up from her foster home and brought her to her adoptive family from Calgary, Alberta! It was amazing to see all of these people in motion to help this transport work out. Each driver took a 1 or 2 hour leg of the trip and she traveled from Utah to Canada in 2 days.

Friday, September 14, 2007


Just a quick post to say Joe and I celebrated our fourth anniversary yesterday. I'll post more later, but until then, visit my friend, Mandy's blog for a quick picture. :)

Thursday, September 13, 2007

Some silliness to share...

I'm not a big believer if forwards, but I got this forward that was too silly not to share. It's a series of formulas to name your alter-egos. Pick a few and give it a try!

1. YOUR ROCK STAR NAME: (first pet & current car)
Daisy Honda

2. YOUR GANGSTA NAME: (favorite ice cream flavor, favorite cookie)
Cherry Garcia Macadamia

3. YOUR DETECTIVE NAME: (favorite color, favorite animal)
I have to diverge here…my “handle” during New Student Orientation was “Yellow Fish”, so I’ll use that here.

4. YOUR SOAP OPERA NAME: (middle name, city where you were born)
Lynn Lewiston

5. YOUR STAR WARS NAME: (the first 3 letters of your last name, first 2 letters of your first)Kau-Je

6. SUPERHERO NAME: (”The” + Your 2nd favorite color, favorite drink)
The Red Pilsner

7. NASCAR NAME: (the first names of your grandfathers)
Leroy Constancio

8. STRIPPER NAME: (the name of your favorite perfume/cologne/scent, favorite candy), Cotton Blossom Butterfinger
(ooh…it even sounds dirty, doesn’t it?)

9. WITNESS PROTECTION NAME: (mother’s & father’s middle names )
Jean Anthony

10. TV WEATHER ANCHOR NAME: (Your 5th grade teacher’s last name, a major city that starts with the same letter)
Dietz Dallas

11. SPY NAME: (your favorite season/holiday, flower)
Summer Daffodil

12. CARTOON NAME: (favorite fruit, article of clothing you’re wearing right now + “ie” or “y”)Mango Pumpsy

13. HIPPY NAME: (What you ate for breakfast, your favorite tree)
Toast Aspen

14. YOUR ROCKSTAR TOUR NAME: (”The” + Your fave hobby/craft, fave weather element + “Tour”)
The DogTraining Sunshine Tour

Saturday, September 08, 2007

Shotgun Princess Idaho

Today was Mom's last day in Idaho Falls, so after a morning of running errands, Mom, Doc, and I headed to Salt Lake City International Airport so Mom could catch a flight back home.

Schatzi and Joe, though, had an adventure of their own. Joe took my new birthday present out for a spin and shot 3 birds. Miss Shotgun Princess Idaho (AKA Schatzi) did a fair job for her second time out hunting. We're looking forward to more hunting trips this fall and maybe I'll shoot some birds of my own.

Labor Day weekend

Amy and I celebrated our 26th birthday in Spokane. Amy and Kevin hosted a birthday barbeque for the Cletos, Jacksons, and Eddys and served up an abundance of food.
Joe and Loren Eddy were too pooped to party after eating such a feast.

They weren't the only ones...

Afterwards, Tancie, Hails, Syd, Kevin, Amy and I joined Uncle Mark for tubing on Lake CDA (which was exhausting, exhilarating, and terrifying all at the same time!). Mom and Joe stayed home to play with Noah and the dogs. (Sorry, no pictures...Uncle Mark has them all).

Sunday, we went to Mass and were joined afterwards by Mom Kaufman and Phil and Steve. Unfortunately, my camera batteries died and we have no pics of our fun afternoon. We again, ate and then took a walk to the park where the boys played some baseball and Noah had fun on the playground with Hails and Syd.
Monday, we hit the road back to Idaho Falls, stopping in CDA to drop off the Jackson clan, and took Mom back to Idaho Falls with us.

Friday, September 07, 2007

Mom Visit Madness :)

Sorry for the lack of news. We got back from a fun, yet exhausting weekend of birthday celebration on Monday and brought Mom back to southeast Idaho for the week. Not one to endorse idleness, she is not only working full time in Pocatello while she is here, she is also pushing us to work on household projects in the evening. Joe and I, lazy sloths that we are, tried to resist initially, but, well, let's face it...we gave in because we are just too lazy to fight it.

Projects accomplished:
1. Shopped and purchased several pairs of slacks for work (this was one of my favorite projects!).
2. Shampooed our couches, which we bought used and had were covered in dog hair by the previous 3 dogs that used to own them.
3. Shampooed our carpets.
4. Discovered we had, yet again, flooding in our basement and worked on drying out the carpet.
5. Tonight, we are finishing painting the trim on the kitchen.

I have to say, I love my mother...but I'll be glad when she goes home, so I can rest!