Monday, June 22, 2015

Puppy School Graduate

It's not a big deal (just kidding, it's a really big deal!)...but Adelaide and I graduated from our six-week Puppy Obedience Training Class.  Yes, as Caden kindly pointed out, all of the dogs in the class graduated, but given some of the puppy behaviors we have experienced these past 6 months, I'm still proud and a tad bit surprised that we "passed"!

If she can get by on just her looks, she's going to make it big in the dog world because she is
P-R-E-C-I-O-U-S.  But something tells me we might need to continue to work on sit and stay and NO BITE!  Did I mention she's cute?

Just so we don't make you think life is carefree and simple with a puppy in the house, here is what she did to the Dog Park brochure.  Fitting?  Ironic?

Sunday, June 21, 2015

May Birthdays

I knew it had been a really busy last couple of months, but when I opened up the blog and discovered my last entry was in FEBRUARY, perhaps it's been a busy 2015!  It would be impossible to catch up on everything, but I've got to start somewhere...

On May 1st, Annie (Ryan's sister) celebrated her 37th birthday.  We drove over to Omaha and celebrated all of the Rehmeier May birthdays that were coming up: Annie, Caden and Lynn (Ry's dad).

Pop Pop (Ryan's dad) and Bryson

No wonder Annie makes up stories about our family getting kicked out of QLI...
sometimes I think we live up to her outrageous stories!

 Rinda (Ryan's mom) reached out to friends and family near and far and as a result, Annie received over 100 birthday cards for her special day and they were hung on her door and on the walls in her room.  It was a shock to see how many different fart cards are out there...

Caden, me, Lynn, Annie, Rinda, Ryan and Bryson

Tuesday, February 3, 2015

our little girl!

I would like to introduce you to another girl (finally!) that joined our family.  We drove 7+ hours into Wisconsin, spent about 15 minutes with the (very nice) breeder, and then hopped back into the car with our new puppy for the drive home.  I think it is safe to say it was love at first sight for all of us.  She is just a little ball of fur. She LOVES to have her belly rubbed.  And she also really likes to be picked up and held.

Before the snow came, she loved to eat grass and leaves and she's kind of enchanted with the rubber mulch in our garden.  But a week after her arrival, we got a foot of much snow that it's actually deeper than she is.  But she's obviously got Wisconsin blood in her becuase the snow doesn't bother her - once her four legs sink into the snow, she jumps and bounds into the next snow pile.

I'll be honest and admit that puppy life isn't perfect....  We have yet to have a complete day with no accidents (although we're still in the running today, fingers crossed).  She is used to "free feeding" from the breeder so to get her to focus and eat at a particular time (to help with house training), we have to sit in the laundry room with her.  And likes to walk right under all of our feet and playfully nip at our socks and pants.

But all that being said, I think we lucked out with our newest family member.  She has the sweetest personality.  She loves to run circles around the living room chasing the boys.  And I think she is catching on to the bell training we are doing (she is to ring the small bell next to the front door when she needs to go potty).

Thursday, January 1, 2015

Miles, Miles and MORE Miles

In the last 16 days of December, we have put in a few miles:

Adelaide to Melbourne = 451 miles by air
Melbourne to LAX = 7932 miles by air
LAX to Chicago = 1749 miles by air
Chicago to Des Moines = 298 miles by air
Indianola to Plattsmouth = 167 miles by car
Plattsmouth to Columbia = 295 miles by car
Columbia to Plattsmouth = 295 miles by car
Plattsmouth to Indianola = 167 by car (x 2 cars)
TOTAL MILES = 11,354 miles

And unfortunately, all those miles didn't even allow us to see family in Cape Girardeau and Phoenix!

The good news is that the 2+ weeks of traveling (okay, really the past 6 months of traveling) has shown me how much I love living in Indianola, Iowa.  From being greeted at the airport by friends to walking into our home that still feels "new" after 2 years, there is no other place that I can imagine calling home.  

Here is to many more wonderful memories in 2015!

Tuesday, December 23, 2014

Home. Sweet. Home.

As I sit here and update the blog on Sunday evening (it has obviously taken me a little while to actually post this blog!), it is hard to believe what we were doing only a week ago...  A week ago Australia time I was at an Urgent Care Clinic with Bryson getting antibiotics for an ear infection.  A week ago USA time, we were flying over the Pacific Ocean.  To think back and review all of the things we have accomplished in the past seven days is overwhelming - we have been busy and despite a little jet-lag, fairly productive.

But before we skip ahead to the Christmas holidays, I still need to upload and share our final week of pictures in Adelaide.

Merry Christmas, Happy New Years and College Football Bowl Watching.  Thanks for following us during our 2014 adventures.  I can't promise that these blog updates will continue to be as exciting in 2015, but feel free to follow along if you want.

Wednesday, December 10, 2014

Final Countdown

Sing along with me..."It's the final countdown" and then keep singing all the dum dum dum's that are really the only good part of the song!

Ryan, Bryson and myself are counting down our remaining time in Adelaide by days (as of this writing, we only have 4 more days here), I'm pretty sure Caden is counting down the HOURS until we get home.  Regardless, I think all four of us agree that this week seems to be c-r-a-w-l-i-n-g along.  But we'll be home and back in an Iowa winter soon enough...and then we'll wonder why we were so anxious to leave South Australia!

Last week/week #21 wasn't full of pictures or much excitement, but I can't stop the weekly photo albums now.  Enjoy...and the next batch of photos will probably be sent from the good ol' U.S. of A.

Thursday, December 4, 2014

Throw Back Thursday

It's gotta still be Throw Back Thursday somewhere (even though it is Friday afternoon here), so here is my last week, Week #20.  It was a full week: the majority of the Simpson students flew home (we miss them!), the boys had their school performance, we celebrated Thanksgiving in Australia (not an easy thing to do) AND Caden and Bryson completed their first ever triathlons.