April 28, 2009

Get Ready

Posted in Guide Dogs for the Blind, Mr. Charming tagged , , , , , , at 12:21 pm by smilinshell11

We are going to be doing a bunch (well a bunch for Mr. Charming and I) puppy sitting starting this Thursday. We will have Donata this weekend, Topeka the next weekend, and then Topeka again at the end of May.  Loyola is down in Oregon moving right along through her phases, Simmons heads back in about 2 weeks, and Lomita in June.  Malta (who is being raised by Loyola’s family) is a little fireball.  Mr. Charming had her at the last business meeting and she didn’t calm down for him (or anyone) for that matter for 2+ hours!  She was making me tired just looking at her!  

With that, check back soon.  🙂


April 16, 2009

Phase 2

Posted in Guide Dogs for the Blind at 7:24 pm by smilinshell11

Loyola made it to Phase 2! That is all. 🙂

April 11, 2009

Easter Egg Hunt

Posted in Guide Dogs for the Blind, Uncategorized tagged , , , , at 2:51 pm by smilinshell11

Today our Guide Dog for the Blind group went to an Easter Egg Hunt for blind kids. Your first thought in reading that sentence was probably, “That’s pretty mean sending these kids out when they can’t even see the eggs!” Well someone somewhere, came up with a wonderful idea of “beeping” eggs which sounds like insects.  It was really neat to see the kids “search” for the eggs and all of them did an excellent job! I had the chance to talk to a mom whose daughter had only gone blind about 2 years ago by a brain tumor. Talk about some strong kids!

I was also able to get some pictures of some puppies. This one is of Lipton. He is now being raised by the family who raised Adam (who attends our church).  Lipton is the half-sister of Topeka (they have the same Dad and Grandma).


And another one of Lipton outside.

This is Nels (like Nelson without the on). He was such a cute little guy! It’s hard to believe he is a month younger than Lipton. He’s going to be a BIG guy when he grows up. His raiser was up from the Portland area.

It’s amazing to see some of the puppies that I saw come off the truck in January and March and how much they have grown!

April 6, 2009


Posted in Clothes, Stores tagged , , , , , , at 7:42 pm by smilinshell11

I really do love Costco.  Maybe it’s the $1.50 hot dog and pop (mmm pop, I gave it up for Lent and have been craving it more than ever) or the fact that I can get a $3,000 copper casket with champagne velvet interior  for when I die. I believe my obsession  love with Costco started at a young age when my mom would take my sister and I there every week for the family shopping trip.  I was so happy when they put in a Costco 10 minutes from my house last October (it doesn’t matter I work within 5 minutes of another one).  I really want to venture to the downtown Seattle warehouse sometime because it has a car wash.  I love the new Costco by my house because it has self check-out lines which no other Costco I have been to has.  I was there on Saturday and I’m happy to see they FINALLY brought back the 2.5 pound blocks of Tillamook Cheddar Cheese.  That pretty much made my day. 

 I had to go to the one by work to pick up a vacuum today (for work) when I was at the clothes section.  I happened to notice they had David Bitton Buffalo Jeans which I had heard were EXPENSIVE but well worth the price. There was NO way I was going to pay $100-120 for a pair of jeans in the store but $40 at Costco why not? After all, I have had only one pair that has fit me since the whole jean debacle.  Not being able to try them on and having no idea what size I was in inches I had to grab 3 pairs.  Sure enough, FINALLY a pair that fits!!  *Insert Angels singing from Heaven* 🙂 

I also have to say, when I got married, I ordered all of my roses through there and they were beautiful.  Also your gas stations are always the cheapest in town.  Ahhh Costco, I really do love you. 

P.S. You return policy rocks. 

P.P.S. I wish you would accept VISA.

April 2, 2009

Posted in Uncategorized tagged , , , at 3:54 pm by smilinshell11

Loyola is still in Phase 1 this week.  At least she’s hanging out with George and Pretzel. 🙂