Cooper Gets Fixed

Cooper’s humping was getting out of control so we knew we wouldn’t be able to wait until he hit one year old before getting fixed like the breeder suggested. As soon as we got to Hawaii, we found a great veterinary hospital and booked his neutering and hernia appointment. A few weeks after his surgery day arrived, we picked Cooper up in the afternoon and he was less than thrilled…

Cooper after the vet


Although never a big fan of the “cone of shame” he was in better spirits the next day.


That same day, Cooper got a special gift in the mail. He was so surprised when a Get Well Bear arrived at the door from Grandma and Grandpa Lowder. He was a little unsure about the bear at first…


…but eventually they became friends!


Cooper is feeling much better now and doesn’t even need to wear his cone anymore.

Cooper cuddling his Get Well Bear (doesn’t feel good to sit)


Next week, Cooper will get his sutures out but, for now, he is healing up perfectly.

While I’ve Been Away: August & September

Now that we have settled in Hawaii, hopefully I will be able to keep up on all of this blogging business.

August Happenings

Moved into Matthew & Heidi’s house for a bit.


Cooper sleeping on the air mattress


Cooper went to his first drive in movie theater and saw TMNT


Air Assault Graduation

Chris graduated from Air Assault on August 18th



Cooper got a Reds toy


September Happenings

Cooper and I moved in with my parents for about 10 days while we waited for his quarantine period to finish up.


I shipped my car to Hawaii


Cooper and I flew from Indianapolis to Chicago and then Portland for a 12 hour layover


Staying at the Aloft Portland Airport during our layover. Next stop…Hawaii!


Cooper’s first time playing in the sand


Went on a hike at Puu o Mahuka Heiau after snorkeling at Shark’s Cove


Sunset at Waimea Bay on the North Shore


Cooper got his first ever haircut


He also started bringing cockroach presents to mommy


And that is it! It has been a lot to deal with and take in but we are finally here and starting to settle in. Can’t wait for all the adventures to come!

While I’ve Been Away: July Happenings

Once again I have gotten behind in the blogging. The move to Hawaii is coming up soon, however, so I definitely want to start the habit back up.

Independence Day Weekend

Cooper Havanese by the pool

Cooper Havanese in the pool

Visit to IU

Cooper Havanese and Daddy at IU


Documenting Our Stuff Before the Movers Come

PCS Hawaii


Beach Themed July BarkBoxJuly BarkBox Cooper Havanese and Clam ToyCooper Havanese and Whale Toy

Trip to St. Louis

Cooper Havanese and Daddy on Paddle BoatSt Louis Trip

Chris Graduates from AEGD at Fort Campbell

Chris with Residents at AEGD Graduation AEGD Graduation


101 Things in 1001 Days

It is so easy to move some place new and have all of these big plans for things you would like to do and then never get around to doing them. Chris and I have definitely fallen victim to that in pretty much every new place we have moved to. I hate thinking back at our time in Boston and all the fun East Coast things we didn’t end up doing. Now that we are moving to Hawaii in a few short months, we have decided to put together a list of things we definitely want to do in our first few years there. I’ve always wanted to complete a 101 things in 1001 days list and now is a great opportunity!

Start: July 1, 2014

End: March, 28, 2017

101 Things in 1001 Days

Buy kayak
Buy new laptop
Buy a camera
Buy a video camera
Buy snorkel gear
Shop at Hilo Hattie
Shop at Waikele Premium Outlets
Go paddleboarding
Go paddleboarding with Cooper
Go kayaking with Cooper
Go camping
Go golfing
Play tennis
Snorkel at Hanauma Bay
Snorkel at Kailua Beach Park
Snorkel at Malaekahana Beach Park
Snorkel at Shark’s Cove
Snorkel at Kuilima Bay
Charter fishing boat
Go scuba diving
Fly in jet pack
Swim in lagoon at Ko Olina
Go hiking at Ka’ena Point
Play mini golf
Ice skate in Hawaii in December
Hike Makapu’u Lighthouse Trail
Hike Diamond Head
Explore Kane’ohe Bay
Hike the Haʻikū Stairs (Hawaii)
Take helicopter volcano ride
Make Sushi
Host a dinner party
Host of BBQ
Go on catamaran dinner cruise
Visit a Hawaiian Farmer’s Market
Eat at Helena’s Hawaiian Food
Eat at MAC 24-7 at Hilton Waikiki Prince Kuhio
Eat at Hukilau Cafe
Try Spam
Eat at The Shrimp Shack
Eat at Le Bistro
Eat at La Mer
Eat breakfast at Cinnamon’s Restaurant
Eat lunch at Mariposa
Eat at L&L Hawaiian BBQ
Eat at Arancino
Eat a Chef Mavro Restaurant
Eat breakfast at Bogart’s Cafe
Eat lunch at Nico’s at Pier 38
Eat at Lucky Belly
Visit Maui
Visit Kaua’i
Visit the Big Island
Create list of things to do in Maui
Create list of things to do in Kaua’i
Create list of things to do on the Big Island
Fly the Lowder Parents to Hawaii
Fly the Rohe Parents to Hawaii
Go to the Dole Plantation
Visit volcano
Visit Arizona Memorial
Visit USS Missouri
Visit The National Cemetery of the Pacific (The Punchbowl)
Visit Manoa Falls
Visit Waimea Falls
Visit Waimea Valley
Visit Foster Botanical Garden
Visit Lili’okalani Botanical Garden
Visit Lyon Arboretum
Visit Moanalua Gardens
Visit Ho’omaluhia Botantical Gardens
Visit Haiku Gardens
Visit Senator Fong’s Plantation and Gardens
Visit Honolulu’s Chinatown
Visit the Waikiki Aquarium
Visit The Honolulu Museum of Art
See show at the Hawaii Theatre Center
Visit the Bishop Museum
Visit USS Bowfin Submarine Museum and Park
Visit The Honolulu Zoo
Visit the Honolulu Surfing Museum
Go on ghost tour
Go to Swap Meet at Aloha Stadium
Go to Pro Bowl Game
Go to Maui Invitational and see IU play
Go to Ka’akako last Friday of the month
Go to Honolulu Night Market the third Saturday of the month
Attend event at Fresh Cafe (
Go to Irish Bar for St. Patrick’s Day
See the Kuhio Beach Hula Mound’s Nightly Sunset Torch Lighting Ceremony
Go to Nu’uanu Pali Lookout
Attend First Friday in Chinatown
Complete Venice Shadow Box
Complete Cinque Terre Shadow Box
Complete Florence Shadow Box
Complete Rome Shadow Box
Create Christmas Card Album
Read 30 Books (0/30)
Wear a family Halloween costume
Take Christmas card picture at the beach
Put love lock on a fence