From Our Pack to Yours
The Happiest of Holidays!!
To all our dear Family and Friends (both realworld and virtual) –
We love you all and want to catch you up on what we’re doing and hopefully you’ll let us know how you are doing. 2009 has been a tremendous year for Chuck and I, filled with travel, life changes and generally just a wonderful life. Yes, amazingly enough, we are still living on the lake in Arkansas (3-1/2 years now). It’s rural, quiet and very peaceful, we really love it.
Chuck’s job at Acxiom is still about the same as it has been for the last 3-1/2 years.
In February, we went to Hawaii for Chuck’s birthday and enjoyed the sun, the fun and the lazing on the beach. We also got a chance to visit with Shelley (Chuck’s longtime friend and our Best Person) and her sassy and cute daughter, Miss J. We adore Hawaii and want to get back there anytime we can.
Then, on a whim, we discovered FaceBook and what a crazy place that is. It’s put us both back in contact with family and friends (both old and new) on a more regular basis.
To our FaceBook Family.. Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays.
This summer we grew another veggie garden. The peppers, cherry tomatoes and cucumbers were awesome. The big tomatoes didn’t do well and we only got one small watermelon. The corn looked great, but was eaten by raccoons (we think) before we could get any to eat. We did get a tremendous amount of cucumbers. We ate a lot and gave quite a few away before I decided to try canning, or ‘jarring’ as Chuck calls it. It was the first time I’d ever tried canning. I put up 35 quarts of pickles (both dill and bread & butter) and they came out really tasty. It’s definitely something we plan to repeat next year!
We had a lot of fun over the summer with David(TheYounger), swimming in the lake, boating, cooking out, gaming and having his local friends over. The summer went way too fast.
David (TheElder) also visited us in September for a few days while traveling. We really enjoyed catching up with him and it was the first time he’d been to visit us in Arkansas. He has also made his own life changes by joining the U.S. Army. He is currently stationed at Fort Benning, Georgia doing training before traveling to wherever the Army sends him. Please keep him in your thoughts and prayers. I’m so very proud of him.
In the Fall, I accepted a full-time job at Arkansas Tech University in Russellville, and I started October 1. I’m the Administrative Assistant at the Center for Leadership and Learning, which is part of the graduate college.
Also in October, in celebration of our 10 year anniversary, we took a ‘once in a lifetime’ trip to Tahiti/BoraBora. It was beautiful and fabulous and we both enjoyed it thoroughly.
We’ve had a few visits during the year from other friends and thoroughly enjoyed them. We’ve also spent time exploring the beauty of Arkansas ‘The Natural State’. the Arkansas River, Mt. Nebo, Petit Jean Mountain and other scenic areas, it really is a beautiful area.
We probably won’t be doing much traveling in 2010, so if you’d like to visit, we’d love to have you! Just let us know.
David(TheYounger) Crane is 12 now and doing very well in school. He is taking high school Algebra in 7th grade and getting good grades in all his subjects as well as enjoying his Tai Quon Do training. He will be coming to visit us after Christmas this year and again next summer. We can’t wait to see him!
As far as our Newfs are concerned we now have a 4-Pack!
Bucca – (UKC Ch. Bifrost’s Bucca Dhu) now age 4-3/4 is still our big loveable huggie-bear. He enjoys swimming, walks, sleeping near his people and tummy rubs.
- Corena – Newfs Gone Bad November 2008
Corena (UKC Ch. Bifrost’s Corena Corena) also age 4-3/4 and Bucca’s litter sister is our shy sweet girl who doesn’t like to swim, but who enjoys pulling the cart and sitting next to Daddy! She just adores Chuck! But she’s probably most famous for counter surfing and eating one of Chuck’s pumpkin pies last year. I will never be forgiven for grabbing the camera and not the pie.. lol.
Rebel (Ch. Bifrost’s Love at First Sight) now age 3-1/2 and I went on the road to dog shows in the Spring and finally in Bossier City, Louisiana she got her 2 majors to go along with her single points and became an AKC Champion. Our thanks to Bill & Pat and all the others who helped us with grooming, training and showing. It definitely “took a village!”
And Finally – on a crazy November trip to San Antonio to visit Bill & Pat, we met and fell in love with the new member of our pack – RuShou (Bifrost’s Olympic Gold) now age 4 months. RuShou is a bouncy brown ball of fluff who is fitting into our family and our pack beautifully.
That rounds out this year and our family, we’ve been very blessed. If you get the urge for some country peace and quiet, come on down. We’d love to have you visit us.
Pics and most of our doings can usuallybe found on my website and blog – http://www.riverswood.com
and on Facebook we are – Chuck Crane and Ellen Crane
The Happiest of Holidays to you and yours,
Chuck & Ellen Crane – Lake Dardanelle, Arkansas