Tuesday, May 22, 2018

Twins and FAQs

In August we officially become a family of four! We will be hosting two (yes, two) foreign exchange students this year.  No, they aren't actually twins but that's how they refer to double placements such as ours.  We are super excited to have them here.  Both girls come from the same prestigious scholarship program that brought us Nadin.  Only a small percentage of applicants from each country are selected for this program and we are excited to learn all about their countries and cultures.  Last time we did this we got a lot of questions.  So, I'm going to address those again, edited for our new students!

1.  Where are they from? Not surprising I'm sure-this usually comes first!
Mariyam is from Pakistan and Oishi is from Bangladesh.

2.  How old are they?
They are both 16

3.  Do you have to teach them to drive?  Usually this follows the age question.
No.  They are actually not allowed to operate any motorized vehicle while here.  

4.  Do they speak English/good English?
Yes.  This one always surprises me-they have to attend the public high school and maintain satisfactory grades, so somewhat fluent English is a required for the program.

5.  What are their native languages?
Mariyam speaks Urdu and Oishi speaks Bengali.  Students placed in the same household are not allowed to share a native language

6. Is it expensive?
No, you are required to provide three meals a day and reasonable transportation to school events and exchange program events.  Plus the increased cost of electricity or water (if you have a water bill) for an additional person.  Additional costs for eating out, travel or other activities are at your discretion.  Scholarship students come with a monthly stipend plus an allowance for specific incidental costs. 

7.  How long will they stay?
Approximately 10 months-they will return home sometime after the school year ends. 

8.  How is it determined which student you get?
You get to pick your student.  You can filter based on gender, country, scholarship vs non-scholarship, hobbies and interests.  They also write an essay, answer several questions and describe their daily life and activities.  You are also provided with basic academic and biographical information. 

Monday, May 21, 2018


Jeannie is a sweet girl. She’s about 1-2 years old and was a stray. She loves petting and food. We will know more about her soon!

Sunday, May 20, 2018

Weekend updates

Last weekend Epic passed three odors at the ORT. So now he’s ready for big adventure!

This weekend I ran a 5k and won my age group. It wasn’t a spectacular time, but about what I expected. Hope to improve my training over the summer. 

We are also working on painting yet another room of the house. We chose a nice light gray. It’s going to make the room look bigger and won’t clash with any of the cute new artwork I have. 

Old color

In progress 

Tuesday, May 8, 2018

Goats! And a pony.

We just love these guys. They are so fun to watch. Handel is getting very tame. Gretel will come up and take treats but she still doesn’t like to be touched. 

And is there anything cuter than a napping pony?

Monday, May 7, 2018

AKC Nosework Take Two

This weekend we headed to Oklahoma city for three days of AKC Nosework. We stayed with an agility friend and had a really nice time visiting and Legend got to enjoy their lovely house and yard rather than be stuck in a hotel room. 

The trial days were long, and a little warm, but we did pretty well! Friday Legend went 4/4 finishing all her novice titles and earning first place in exterior and second in buried. 

Saturday she went 3/4 and got second in containers and second in interior. Sunday we only got two. Containers was rough on everyone and we only found one of the two in buried. But overall we got 9/12, finished 5 titles, earned 4 placements and had a fun time with friends. And Legend enjoyed her time away from siblings. 

Monday, April 30, 2018

Sniffing weekend

This weekend we had a "local" trial.  It's a few hours away but I decided since I'm going to be gone a lot this spring I would just drive back and forth.  Friday Legend got to be the test dog for the elite trial, which was really run and then I volunteered.  Weather and views of the lake were great.

Sunday we competed in NW3.  Weather and views still great. Somehow we managed to get tripped up in interiors, and containers got me again.  What I've learned is that my gut is way more accurate than my mouth!  We nailed vehicles and took third place and had a solid outing in exteriors.  I'm not sure if I'll enter another NW3.  This has cost us a lot of time and money and heartbreak.  It's fun, but at Legend's age I may be better off focusing on some other venues for now, especially as my ability to travel and be gone long weekends will be a bit hampered for the next year (more info coming!).  I would like to get to Elite someday, but maybe that's a goal we will save for Epic!

Wednesday, April 25, 2018

Barn buddies

More cute goat pictures!

They are getting less afraid of me, especially Hansel, but we still have a ways to go. Hopefully soon they can go outside and play. 

Socks is a much cleaner stall keeper now that he’s alone. And looking skinnier when he’s wet! He also got his hair brushed out and looks much better. 

This cutie really isn’t from the barn yard, but she’s new to rescue and too cute not to share. She spent the night with us before going to her foster home. 

Monday, April 23, 2018

Cars, cars, cars

This weekend I took the dog to a UKC vehicle trial.  Saturday we showed in the rain all day.  Epic got one "almost" and one pass in novice.  He definitely needs more experience.  But since we almost never do anything with vehicles I was proud of what he did.  Legend nailed her first leg of master-7 vehicles, 2 hides, and i think two distractors.  By the time round two rolled around it was pouring, the parking lot was flooded and we got one of the two and then a false alert.  No one passed round 2 of masters.

Sunday was chilly and windy.  Epic got his second novice leg and picked up (barely) an advanced leg.  Legend knocked out the rest of her master title and almost got an elite leg (which I'm not sure anyone passed).

Now it's back to obedience class tonight for Epic.  Little man of many talents.  Legend will take the day off.

Monday, April 16, 2018

New additions

We broke down and got baby goats. Hansel and Gretel are 9 week old Nigerian Drawfs raised by my friend Barbie. They are still afraid of us butnsuier cute!

Sunday, April 15, 2018

Bedroom remodel

This wasn’t as drastic as the bathroom, but still made a huge difference. We painted the walls and woodwork and did one wall a darker blue than the rest. We also added a barn wood accent wall, which we love. We changed some of the wall art, new curtains and new dog beds and new furniture hardware.