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 snow...so 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 throwback....to 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.


Tuesday, December 2, 2014

Week #19 - short and sweet and to the point

I know many of you are anxiously awaiting pictures from the triathlon this past weekend, but you'll have to be patient.  I'm still a week behind and trying to catch up! But I'll throw a teaser picture at the end to hold you over...

Week #19 was actually a pretty quiet, low-key week for us which means you'll be able to fly through this album of pictures in no time.  But be warned, the album next week will have more pictures than you care to look through.  It all balances out in the end, right?????


p.s.  for those die-hard readers, what do you think of my new background?  I was tired of the orange and I was hoping this red would put me more in the Christmas spirit.  I'm having a hard time thinking Christmas when I'm sweating my booty off and taking multiple showers a day...I know, I know.  Rough life I'm living right now!

Friday, November 28, 2014

Power of Curiosity

We spent our Thanksgiving arvo (afternoon) sitting on our rears...but this year we were enjoying the Gilles Street Primary School Performace entitled Power of Curiosity.  Every class participated and Caden's teacher, Val, has been in charge of the whole school production for the past 10+ years.  The entire show lasted just under 1.5 hours, so be thankful that we didn't record the whole thing...just our favorite parts.  I have tried to give a little description before each YouTube video so you know what you are looking for while watching.  Grab some popcorn, curl under a blanket and enjoy the Power of Curiosity!

Ed is the speaker (a 7th grade upper classman).  Caden is 'The Thinker' in blue and Oscar is 'The Thinker' in green.  It was a huge honor to be chosen as thinkers and I think they both nailed it!

This is Caden's Grade 5 class Chain Reaction.  He will be the first to admit their class performance was on the weak side, but Val had a lot on her plate, so we should give her a pass.  Caden is in red and towards the back right corner of the stage.

This is Bryson's Reception/Grade 1 Space skit.  As the rocket, Bryson starts in the back left corner and after "blasting" off, cruises in and out of all the planets.  Please all note the two astronauts (Jessica & Ava) that are 'moon walking' across the stage.  Precious!

And here is the finale when Caden and Oscar got to come out again as The Thinkers and take a bow. If you want to skip ahead, C-Dog comes out around 2 minutes, 15 seconds.

If you still haven't had enough (!), there are a few other shorter clips of some of the other classes that we recorded.  This first one is a young New Arrivals class (back at home this would probably be referred to as the ESL class; doesn't New Arrivals sound better than ESL?).  Catchy song, adorable costumes and hysterical choreography....

This one is less than a minute long!  It's the Reception Class and Odile, our bus-riding-lives-down-the-street friend is the purple flower at the beginning.

Finally, want to hear some cute children Aussie accents?  Watch this!

I try really hard not to brag too much about my boys because once I get started, I may not be able to stop.  But as I walked out of school yesterday with the Rocket on one side of me and The Thinker on my other side, I was a very proud mum!