Wednesday, May 29, 2013

5-29-13 = 11months

Next month he will be a year old!

Friday, May 24, 2013


Wes' first attempt at drawing a person:

He says it's Poppie. Or a cucumber Poppie

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Thursday, May 23, 2013

Wyatt update

Wyatt is growing and changing so fast! He's already starting to seem less and less like a baby and more and more like one of the "kids!" He is wearing 12 month clothes and is just over 20 lbs. I can't believe we are creeping towards a year old already!

He is such a happy little guy- opinionated, and loud- but generally happy... He takes 3 and 4 steps at a time now, and stands from a seated position on his own. He crawls super fast, and doesn't often see the need for bipedal locomotion, but he's getting there.

He waves "hi" or "bye", claps his hands and is making lots of noises: ma-am and da-da and some sort of "og" for dog. He will high five some of the time and loves to dance to music.

He hates his high chair, but loves to eat. He still gets 3 or so bottles daily, but also uses a sippy cup. He is curious and tries to get things off shelves and such. He loves buttons and will push any he can find. Things that light up and make noise are especially fun! Telephones and remotes are his favorites.

The Arena

Without too much difficulty the arena project has come to completion (phase one anyhow... The fence and sprinkler system are set for a later date!)

Mr Beamis worked hard, got the site leveled and ready

It wasn't an easy job (otherwise Bill would have done it!)

But with the right tools it didn't take long! A full day of digging and dozing and the space was set, then we waited a few days for the footing to truck in:

A day and a half later, the ring is complete! When Bill asked me which "ring" I like more (this or my diamond) I apparently hesitated before I insisted I like them equally, because he tells everyone who looks at it that I wasn't sure! And, to be honest... If I was pressed to choose... I'm not sure that I'm sure!

True to its nature, it is just one big sand box!

I'm thrilled with it. I know there is still work to be done, and it will take a while for it to settle and such- but I couldn't be happier!

I've taught a few lessons already, and get out there as often as I can. I intend to make good use of it that's for sure!

Wednesday, May 8, 2013

Mama's Sandbox

In all the time I've known Bill, he has never "hired" out a job. Not one thing, can I think of where he has spent $$ to have a project done. Short of having trees sawn, and a load of firewood here and there, he (or we, or Dad) has done everything around here! Up until now that is!

After he cleared the trees on my birthday, he worked to move some of the bank trying to gauge how much fill we had, and where the ledge might be...

Because we had some estimates done and hired a local guy to put in my arena!!! I'm so thrilled and beyond excited!

Work began today, and he is making it look so easy! I think the kids were beginning to be afraid they might spend the summer out there with buckets and shovels! I'm so glad that this is happening- it was so nice to be able to hire him, when it became clear that Bill's ability to do the job (well, really thr timeframe- it would have been a much longer process) and my goals were not going to mesh...

I'll be riding and teaching out here before you know it!
Many thanks to Sean Beamis- if you are local and need an excavator- I'd highly recommend him...
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Bill and I decided to finally breed Grace. Making a baby was one of the main reasons why we got her... Life gets in the way, and 4 years later we got our act together! Well, we got the horses together... Grace and "Timer".

We shall see, in about 2 weeks if she took- but we covered her like crazy, so we are all really hopeful! It was quite an experience, and if she got pregnant, it takes us down a road I've never been down with a horse before- so it should be interesting! I've got y heart set on a dapple grey gelding...

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Birthday gift

This year, what I really wanted for my birthday was progress on my riding arena. I've wanted an arena here at the house, well, for as long as I've lived here! With the barn done though, it seemed more pressing to get the arena in. More pressing for me.... I know Olivia would enjoy it too, but it's really something I want- it will enable me to teach here, possibly offer boarding and allow me to ride myself while the older kids entertain the boys, or in the not too distant future- while they play outside! It has been a matter of time and energy... And money... So, for my gift I just wanted to see some forward momentum:

Here's what I got on my 34th birthday- the grove of trees in front of the barn are gone! Bill took the day off work and get them all cleared! It really opened up the door yard, and now movement can begin towards really starting the arena project!
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