Bode and Family and Outdoors26 Jul 2012 08:58 am

Sky joins her new family


For months every time I’ve asked Bode what he wants to do for the day or the weekend, the answer has been:

Get a puppy!

The boy loves dogs.  Dogs and boys go together.

After some dog research, Aaron decided that an English Setter (specifically an Old Hemlock English Setter) would be the best dog for the family *and* for hunting.  I wasn’t necessarily ready for a new dog yet, but Aaron assured me it could take two years on the waiting list.  Shortly thereafter, there were two litters of pups and one was available for us.  This gave me nearly two months to ready myself for having a puppy again.  The catch is that we would have to travel to Rochester, NY to get the puppy.  (Yep!  That was a Rochester, MN to Rochester, NY trip.)  Given Aaron’s lack of vacation time, that meant it would be a weekend trip and he would need me to come with to drive through the night.  This sounded exhausting, but I reluctantly agreed.  Until it was time to pick up the puppy, Aaron and Bode frequented the puppy update pictures on facebook, trying to decide which ones were their favorites.  The puppy-to-be had even already been named Old Hemlock Blue Sky (just Sky for short).

And we were off…

Last Thursday after work, Aaron, Bode and I got in the car (Courtney was already at grandma’s) and started the drive to New York.  We crossed a lot of state lines and a lot of toll booths, but we didn’t make a lot of stops.  By Friday morning, we were in New York.  We planned to go see the puppies on Friday night and make our selection on Saturday morning.  Until then, we had the day (who needs real sleep?)  to explore Niagara Falls.  It was Bode’s 8th birthday after all.  None of us had been there before and we had a fun (but wet) time checking it out.

Fast forward to meeting the puppies…

Wow!  Bode got literally bowled over by a large group of nearly 8-week old English Setter puppies as he came into the basement where they were.  They each had a different colored collar to help identify them, but they all looked so much alike.  How were we to make a selection?  We had fourth choice out of the litter (but must be a female) and really any of the puppies seemed like a good choice.  We played with the puppies and took them in smaller groups outside.  It was tough to pick our favorites, but we got an idea, knowing that two more of the puppies would be unavailable by the time we got to choose.  Bode did not want to say goodbye to the puppies that night.  We went out for dinner and back to the hotel, talking about puppy selections, and made it an early night.

Saturday Morning – Puppy Day!

Still not quite sure which puppy we would select, we went to the home where the puppies were.  One family was still trying to select their puppy and had several of their choices outside.  The number one puppy on our list had already been chosen.  As we waited for the other family, we played with the puppies that were around.  One of those puppies stood out in wanting to play with Bode and me.  We ended up taking her and another outside.  It was a group effort to make our decision.  It was hard, but we did it.  And it was a little sad to be leaving the other puppies behind, even though they were all going to other good families that day.

Shortly after making our selection, we loaded up with the puppy, now called Sky, next to Bode in the back seat and we drove off.  We made several stops for Sky on the way home and she was an amazing traveler.  I really had expected the worst.  By 1 am, we were home.  Whew!  Totally beat and glad to be home.  Of course, Sky had slept most of the way and was ready to play!

It’s been a few days now and the barking is less and she’s getting used to the crate more and we’re getting more sleep.  I think I’ll survive this.  And much like Aaron predicted, the puppy had won me over before we even made it home.





Bode and Courtney and Family and Kids04 Dec 2011 07:30 pm
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Bode and Courtney and Kids01 Jan 2011 08:57 am

Bode (age 6 – while on the chair lift):

When I grow up I want to make a ski area of my own.

Courtney (age 4 – while at breakfast contemplating the fact that she wanted a robe but didn’t have one and had put robe on her Christmas list for Santa)

When I grow up I want to be Santa…a girl Santa.  I’ll say “ho ho ho” and my kids will be little Santas.

Bode and Courtney and Family and Kids and Outdoors12 May 2009 08:51 pm
Bode and Courtney enjoy watching flowers float down the river.

Bode and Courtney enjoy watching flowers float down the river.

We spent our first family weekend at “camperland”.  The weather was pleasant and we spent a lot of time outside.  The kids enjoyed watching dandelions and other flowers float down the river.  They also enjoyed shoveling dirt, driving the gator, riding 4-wheeler and hiking around.  It made for a great Mother’s Day.  They played and played.  They even got to go visit a nearby farm that had llamas, chickens, peacocks, ponies, pigs, rabbits, dogs, cats, birds and probably more.  There were lots of baby animals to visit.  Bode loved the chickens and Courtney thought the pigs were very loud.  They were!

I don’t think I’ve posted a picture of the new camper yet.  Lots more room to live in there than the old one.  Also, we’ve managed to keep the dogs out of it so far.  They got a kennel and are learning to accept it.

Our new home

Our new home

The view from the deck in front of the camper.  Beautiful!

The view from the deck in front of the camper. Beautiful!

So long until the next visit.

Bode and Courtney and Kids and Outdoors03 May 2009 05:02 pm
Bode & Courtney

Bode & Courtney try out the inline skates

The kids had fun taking turns using the inline skates I picked up last year. They are Fisher Price adjustable ones I got at Aldi, of all places. Bode is at the max size and Courtney is just big enough for them. It works out ok since I wouldn’t be able to manage both on skates at the same time anyway. They have three wheels which can switch between three in a row to one in front and two side by side in the back for stability. We opt for stability!

They both did a super job and did some skating on their own. I’m looking forward to the day when the family can go out for a skate together.

Bode and Courtney and Kids02 May 2009 08:23 pm
Courtney at Fleet Farm

Courtney at Fleet Farm

The kids cracked me up the other day when we were walking through Home Depot and they started pretending to use the “toilets” on the wall.  Wished I had my camera.  Frustrated by that missed opportunity, I started keeping my little camera in my purse.  It has come in handy.  Walking through Fleet Farm a week or so later, Courtney found the row of toilet seats.  She tried several of them out complete with sound effects.  It was hilarious.

The kids recently finished up swimming lessons.  They had a lot of fun.  Courtney was in the parent/child class and Bode moved up to a class where he got to be in the water alone.  That was fun to watch.

The photo gallery has been a little empty lately.  I was having technical difficulties with it.   I’ve resolved the problems to some degree and there are new photos for April and May in there now.  Go check them out and see the cuteness of Bode and Courtney.  🙂  I’m a little partial to them.

We started getting new flooring in our house yesterday.  They’ll finish it up next week.  Once things get settled back, I’ll post some pictures.  Lots of dust floating around for now.  Bye bye doggie carpet!

We went to the park today to fly Bode’s kite.  I brought the camera and got a lot of cute pictures.  Both kids love the playground.

Bode and Courtney and Family and Kids and Outdoors08 Mar 2009 08:19 pm


Once again, I’m catching up after a big break. January and February are typically slow photo months. By April we should be picking up again. The ones above are from the Denver airport on our way back home after a vacation to Utah. The kids had lots and lots of fun grandmas and grandpa and cousins and an aunt and uncle. They visited the planetarium, aquarium, dinosaur museum, went bowling, to the park and more while Mom and Dad skied. Did the kids ski in Utah? Not this time. Figure there are plenty more chances for that in the future. We did take them out skiing at Welch Village yesterday. Both kids did great. Bode followed Aaron around and was so proud that he skied “green circles, blue squares, and black diamonds.” He said the green circles were his favorite. Their babysitter Nicole was home on spring break and was out skiing. Courtney did so well working with Nicole. She always flopped for me, but Nicole got her skiing by holding onto her hands. She even skied without holding on. Not bad for her second time at age 2. Photos are over in the gallery. I also posted a video of Courtney skiing. Enjoy.

Bode and Courtney and Family and Kids22 Dec 2008 09:15 pm

Courtney opens a present

Want to know a secret? We started opening presents already. We’ll be leaving on Christmas Eve and the kids will be staying at Grandma and Grandpa’s house after we visit for Christmas. We thought it would be better to spread out the opening and give them some time to play with the toys. Maybe some day we’ll wait until Christmas to open all of the presents. One of my favorite memories is getting to open one present on Christmas Eve. You had to think so hard about which one to open. It was always fun when someone would pick the present that you were giving them. We always waited until after church and dinner.

On Sunday, the kids and I played and played with some of the new toys. Courtney received a Barbie zoo doctor toy set. Bode was playing with it and was looking for the doll and cracked me up.

Bode: Where is that barber?

Me: What barber? (really confused)

Bode: That tall barber.

Me: (looking around and pausing) Oh! Barbie? (and I hold her up.)

Bode: Yeah.

Yep. This was our first venture into the world of Barbie. Probably the last time barber and Barbie will be mistaken.

Bode received a book from his school. It was called “School Bus” and is one we checked out from the library before. He had it for a day and I caught him in his room flipping the pages and sounding out the first word on each page to figure out which memorized phrase went with each page. He’s been very into letters, sounds and words lately. We read a lot of books to the kids and yesterday Bode decided he wanted to read the school bus book to Courtney. He sat down on the couch next to her and did a great job. I have a video of the second time he went through it for her. Today Courtney tried to sit on Bode’s lap, like she does for us, when Bode was reading it to her. However, his arms weren’t long enough to hold the book with her there. It’s a lot of fun when they are sweet.

Bode and Courtney and Kids and Outdoors11 Dec 2008 11:07 pm

kids on sled

Yay! We finally have snow. It sure makes it feel more like ski season. Bode put on his skis out in the yard and was sliding down our little slope in the front yard. He had a blast. Check out the video. Both kids thoroughly enjoyed riding on the sled as we took the dogs for a walk on the snowy sidewalks. Coming back up the hill got interesting, but Bode got out of the sled and walked all the way up. I was proud of him, especially since he was trudging in deep snow.

We haven’t gotten the kids out skiing yet but are hoping to do so soon. I know Bode is excited and can’t wait. I’m not so sure about Courtney. She loves skis inside but doesn’t always want to get dressed up to go outside in the snow. I’m hoping the real deal will appeal to her more. I got new skis delivered last week and both kids were fighting over who got to stand on them in the living room!

More snow please.

Bode and Courtney and Family and Kids and Outdoors03 Aug 2008 04:09 pm

The table is kid size.

That was Bode’s comment today after we finished putting the picnic table together. Bode got it last year for his birthday from grandma and grandpa but it took us a while to get that project done. I had started it on Bode’s birthday 2 weeks ago, ran out of time, and then Aaron finished it up today. Courtney rushed over to it and both kids were enjoying it. It’ll be the right size to move into the screen house for eating dinner. Getting bear bait, putting more stones around the fire ring, pushing around gravel and other miscellaneous tasks filled up the weekend.

Two weeks ago when we were up, we didn’t get a lot done at the land, but that was ok. We had gone to Duluth on that Saturday to the air show. Both kids had a good time and Bode really liked getting to sit in the pilot seat of several airplanes. The rain during the Blue Angels performance at the end was a little disappointing, but it was a great show. Afterwards we went to Taste of Saigon with some friends for dinner. One of the guys working there liked to rub the top of Bode’s buzzed head! Bode didn’t seem to mind. Both kids were really well behaved and got to get a treat from the candy store across the hall afterwards. We went and stood under the bridge for moment since Bode loves it so and then we headed home. We picked up pizza and an ice cream cake on the way into town and had a small celebration before bed. As I was getting things ready in Courtney’s room, I told Bode to not bring his skis (his present he had just opened) into Courtney’s room. I turned and saw it was Courtney bringing Bode’s skis into her room! She then started standing on them. I’m hoping that excitement carries through to winter.

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