We had a full weekend of activities over our long weekend in St. Louis. First up, we had Thanksgiving dinner with a good portion of my mom's family at my aunt's house. Nadin got to meet a lot of people and entertain them with information about her home and her thoughts about life in the U.S. And of course her first official Thanksgiving dinner.
And here she is learning about the difference between American currency and monopoly money.
Friday we went to the local AKC agility trial to visit some friends, see Trip, and watch some dogs. Then off for a little Black Friday shopping. Saturday we headed to my high school for the Joe Haug Give Thanks 5K. I won my age group, got to visit with Mr. Haug and see a few old friends. Nadin was frozen but bettered her time by a few minutes. Then we spent an afternoon at the Science Center-crossing one STL landmark off our list!
Saturday evening we had a family dinner and sunday we had a family lunch. Then a long drive home but I think it was a success!
We have a new foster dog! He's spending the holiday with Aunt Cheri while we are out of town. But when we get home he will be officially joining us. He will be Nadin's project to take care of and help train. She also got to name him. So everyone, meet....Muse!
This month nine years ago I adopted a little dog from Nebraska Border Collie Rescue. In the time since then she has earned 49 titles over three different sports and four different venues. She has earned two championships and been to four national events. She has hiked in the forest, the mountains, and the snow, run on the beach and swam in the ocean. She has traveled as far as South Dakota, California, Texas, and South Carolina. She has been my running buddy, racing partner, office assistant, snuggle buddy and best friend. Happy 10th birthday Legend! Wishing you many, many, more!
Legend and I decided to dabble in UKC nosework this weekend. It's not so much that we needed yet another thing to get involved in, but we both love competing and this was local so we decided to go for it. Today they had two container trials.
Legend crushed it as usual. In round one she hit it in 3.58 seconds earning her a first place and high in trial! In round two she again took first place with a time of 8.4 seconds. So yeah, that's a whole day invested for less than 12 seconds of work. But that's kind of the way it goes for the winners. Anyway, those two legs gave her her UKC Novice Container title. We had a good time and will probably attend more of the local UKC trials. But first she is entered in the NW2 trial in Columbia next month!
Tonight we attended Missouri State University's Tour of the Globe event. They offered informational displays, activities and of course foods from various countries around the world. We tried a lot of things, a few were really good, some we didn't like and most were ok to try once. But best of all it was a free event so we all stuffed ourselves and had a good time.
Writing in their native languages.
Making German themed Christmas ornaments.
"Tattoos" from Pakistan.
My favorite food was the chocolate balls from Brazil. Shocker, I know.
In preparation for International Education week all the exchange students had to put together a presentation on their home country. Yesterday we all gathered as a group to hear them. Many of them also dressed in native costume.
Some of the students will be presenting again at their school as part of the IEW. I'm not sure Ozark has this planned so Nadin may luck out and not need to give hers again. But, it was very good!
The presentations were all interesting, but it was a long afternoon and evening when you combined 15 kids talking along with some technical difficulties.
The other part of the day was foods from around the world. Nadin prepared Kushari with some help from Jerry.
Each student spoke briefly about their food and then we all got to try them!
The lighting in the room was terrible, so these are as good as I could get the pictures.
Just like that you're six years old and you take a nap and you wake up and you're twenty-five and your high school sweetheart becomes your wife...
Ain't no rhyme or reason No complicated meaning Ain't no need to over think it Let go laughing Life don't go quite like you planned it We try so hard to understand it The irrefutable, indisputable fact is... It happens