Tuesday, October 6, 2015

Day 4, the day after and home

Legend had a nice run  in round 7 sunday morning but missed the discrimination.  I opted to not fix it because I know she wouldn't have a chance to place without a clean run anyway so we just had fun.  In all she had 3 clean runs, 3 ninth places, one 10th and few others  I don't exactly remember but worse than 10th.  This landed us solidly somewhere in between our first champs experience and our second.

Overall we had a good time, although some of us did disagree with some of the decisions about how this year's event was run.  Many of us are interested to see what the future generations of NADAC holds when the next generations of Nelsons take over.  But anyway.  After awards, where we found out our team didn't finish in the top three we met with some friends for a nice dinner and everyone enjoyed getting to know Nadin a bit more.

Monday we enjoyed a day of actually sleeping past 5:30, then we packed up and headed home.  I cleaned the house and unpacked and went back to work today.  Another champs in the books!

Nadin's wake-up call Monday morning.

Saturday, October 3, 2015

Day 3-more of the same

Legend put in two solid runs today. Had an off course in round one and a clean run in round two. She's not at the top of her game but pretty solid considering the amount of time we invest in training these days. Both runs netted her ninth place, again just one spot out of the ribbons.

And no news of the team results today, guess that will be tomorrow too. 

So here is what we did in some of our down time. 

And Legend is getting no shortage of hugs and kisses from my little Eskimo child. 

On our way back to the hotel we stopped for a big dinner and then the store to pick up some more snack food. I hope my pants still fit when I get home. 

Friday, October 2, 2015

Day 2 update

No stellar runs today. We had fun, but fell a little short of clean landing us in 11-12th place both rounds. Today also concluded the team competition so we will see how it all shakes out tomorrow.

Otherwise we enjoyed a sunny, pleasant afternoon-which made up for a very chilly morning. Nadin is getting a little sample of winter. She also got have her first corn dog-so not too bad of a day!

And, we left the trial site before dark!

And if you are reading this in real time I realize the pictures are not posting correctly, but it's a glitch with mobile blogger and I'll have to fix it when I get home. 

Thursday, October 1, 2015

Day 1 update

Nothing really groundbreaking today. Legend had two clean runs which is super but finished 10th and 9th so just out of the ribbons. Dogs this year are either faster or running cleaner than two years ago when all our clean runs were good for placements. Round 1 was pretty ugly, and although clean it was a bit slow as she did a lot of wide turns and  had to go back and get a few hoops. But round two was pretty nice and her typical speed, so that's about the best we could have done. Gotta be ok with that-the rest is not up to me!

Our team "Controlled Substances" did pretty good but they are not giving out team ribbons for individual rounds. Which kind of irks me because the pre-elite division is getting big championship sized ribbons for running the equivalent of regular weekend courses. But, such is NADAC. 

Here are some team pictures for your enjoyment. We chose the name because we wanted a medical theme since we all have medicine based careers. 

Legend snuck a peek here!

And Nadin is loving all the dogs...so much cuteness!

Wednesday, September 30, 2015

Guess where we are going?

Yep-NADAC champs for the third time. This time I'm only taking Legend. But I'm also taking Nadin. Yes-letting her skip school already. Because you know, dogs. 

This time we allowed ourselves a travel day, instead of leaving after work. 

It was so much better. We drove through the afternoon and arrived with plenty of time to unload and decorate our stall.
We also got a quick view of the shopping and raffle-lots of fun to be had this week!!

And we are settled in for a good nights sleep!

Close up of our stall posters...

Tuesday, September 29, 2015

Fall weekend

Saturday afternoon Cheri joined up and we spent the rest of the day down at the Branson Landing.  It was great weather and they were having some craft booths in addition to the regular shopping.  This was Nadin's first trip so she got to enjoy seeing the river and the fountains.

And as she prepares for her first Halloween she checked out some costume options.
I'm not sure the store clerk was too impressed with us trying on the costumes for a photo op, but we are probably not the only ones so he will just have to live with it.  After all, it's not his first Halloween! Then we all enjoyed a nice evening dinner outside.

Sunday we headed up to Fair Grove for the annual craft fair and heritage festival.  We brought Lyric which Nadin thought was the best idea ever.  We enjoyed lovely weather again and nice crafts.  Nadin got to experience her first port-a-potty (not so good) but also her first chocolate dipped cheesecake on a stick (very good).

Monday, September 28, 2015

Sunday, September 20, 2015

Another weekend gone

Our week was filled with the usual stuff-school, work, homework, running and dog stuff.  Thursday though, the exchange students headed off early on a field trip to Kansas City and Oklahoma where they spent their days visiting museums, historical sites and a Native American Pow Wow.  The report is that this was mostly boring, but they had a fun time getting to know each other in the van and and hanging out in the evenings doing silly teenager stuff.  The other downside was Nadin spent part of the trip not feeling well-best we can tell due to a combination of allergies, caffeine withdrawal and and overload of fast food.

Meanwhile, Jerry and I attended a family reunion in St. Charles on Saturday, wandered along the riverfront shops for a bit, had a BBQ dinner and went to the casino.  Then we headed back to Springfield and hit the 24 hour gourmet doughnut shop for a late night snack and today's breakfast.  Then off to the airport where we were to meet the van and collect our kid.  Which was running late.  We finally headed home around 2:00 AM and to bed at 3:00.  

This morning we all slept in.  Nadin spend the day catching up on homework.  I cleaned house, worked in the barn and groomed the horses and went for a run.  Jerry worked and watched football.  And that's pretty much how things go around here!

Exciting things coming up in the next few weeks though!

Sunday, September 13, 2015

Weekend activities

Friday night we went to the Japanese Festival here at the Botanical gardens.  This was a recommended cultural event so we decided to give it a try.  The weather was nice and the gardens pretty but overall this is a pretty overrated event.  I certainly don't understand why anyone would need to purchase the weekend pass option.  There were some native dance and music demonstrations as well as a few children's activities and a booth or two selling bonsai trees and festival t-shirts.  And they lit lanterns around and in the gardens and water.

These are just low light cell phone photos, but you get the idea.

Would be a pretty place to go back and take photos during the day.

Saturday I got up early and went to run a 10k.  I put in a respectable and pretty comfortable 55:05 for third place in my group.  Of course, this race was timed by Act Now Racing who never posts results before awards ceremony and always takes forever to get the ceremony started.  I just went ahead and left before I know where I placed because we had other plans so now I'm trying to see if I can still pick up my medal.

After heading home for a shower and snack, the three of us headed out for a much anticipated trip to Silver Dollar City.  Unfortunately the perfect weather and the fact that it was Cox hospital employee and volunteer day made it super, super crowded.  We did a little looking around and managed to get in only 3 rides because of all the lines.  But Nadin loved the rides and is excited to go back and do more of them, as well as see the Christmas light display they have during the holidays.
Today we are just hanging out and catching up on housework, homework, football, agility, reading and relaxing.