Sunday, July 20, 2014


Yesterday was a tough day for Raelynn.  She got frustrated and scared and that is never a good combination.  She has came so far and is doing so well but still has so much to learn.  Her pony is a good pony but also very stubborn.  He did not cooperate yesterday and even did a small buck on her.  Anyway, racing was a disaster and she was in tears.  She wants to do so well and has glimpses of competitiveness but most of the time she just wants to have fun which is great but I know if she does well she has fun when she doesn't do well she doesn't have fun.  Anyway it can be frustrating for all of us.  We are going to try another pony next week which will be interesting and she is going to work on more of the show classes because she does really well with them.

I am always amazed at the wonderful people at the horse shows.  They are so kind and so generous.  There are so many different personalities but I have to say I am really starting to enjoy the shows more on that aspect.  I also love spending the day outside and with Raelynn.  She loves everything about it and I don't see her passion dying just frustration increasing.  I believe she will continue to work hard as she has a goal to qualify for state fair!

Coop is done with baseball and will start soccer in August.  The truth is he should not be playing soccer as he struggles to recover after all that running however, we have always said that it is he who has to learn to monitor himself so we will let him figure it out.  He is super excited to play again though.  He needs to have some activity between baseball and basketball so we will see how it goes!

Next week is tarts the craziness of the end of July.  Then the kids head to my Mom's for a week so I will enjoy every crazy second with them until then!

Sunday, July 13, 2014


Can I have another weekend please?!  Weekends are amazing!  Some are better than others but this one was really great.  We actually had both days at home since there was no scheduled horse show which made it pretty nice.  Friday night we finally got to have our traditional Friday movie night and made pizzas.  We laughed so hard.  It was a great start to the weekend.

Yesterday Coop had his last baseball game which always makes me sad.  I love Baseball, I love watching Coop play, I love the families that are involved I love watching Terry help coach as well.  It really is super fun.  Coop had some really strong hits and played really well again!  After the game his coach came to the car to thank him for the card he had written to him.  He told Coop he hoped he remembered how much fun he had and that he was one of the best players.  Coop beamed with pride.  Even today he was talking about it.  It was adorable.

While we were at the baseball game Raelynn was on her first trail ride with Aunt Bonnie.  It went equally as well and Raelynn was very excited when I picked her up.  Following that she held a "Loom Party" at our house.  She and some of her friends are making bracelets to sell at the CCF Golf Tournament.  They had a great time and even managed to make a couple bands!

Today I actually got to go to church!  I really needed that.  Then it was pool time for the kids and I.  Another great day.  I didn't get anything done that needed to be done, but built some great memories with two very special people.

Unbelievably I did not make a post on Raelynn's Birthday.  I regret that but thought I would post a few pictures from her multiple parties.  She celebrated with friends at the Holiday Inn and then on her actual birthday with us.  Then on the 4th of July we celebrated with the rest of the family.  She is an amazing kid.  It's hard to believe she is 9 but there are parts of her that make her seem even older.  I love her so much it hurts sometimes.  She and I are so close which sometimes presents problems because we hurt each others feelings at times.  It is going to be so interesting to watch how we grow together.  She teaches me something every day.  She is simply amazing.  I am soooooo happy to be her Mom!

Birthday Breakfast

Birthday Lunch

Grandma and all her Grandkids

4th of July Sillies
Hunter ad Coop

Coop and his golf outfit

Coop with Zane at the Royals

Saturday, June 21, 2014


Tonight was a good night!  We just got home a few minutes ago yet everyone is asleep, except me of course.  It is rare times like this that I have time to actually sit down, just me, with a silent house.  I never like it for long but once in awhile it sure is nice to sit in silence and thank God for the houseful of blessings he has given me.  Raelynn had a Jr. District Horse Show.  She did so well.  It's not about how well she placed, although she did place really well, it is more about watching her achievement and the pride in her face.  She grows so much with each experience.  I get so frustrated when she doesn't do her very best and then there are nights like tonight when she does everything we have asked her to do and I am so proud of her.  There is just so much emotion in me with each of her accomplishments and each of her failures.  I know it is normal to want them to succeed but I had no idea how much I would want that. After her horse show, we were so hungry and so tired yet these are the times we have the best conversations.  She can be so grown up with such great respect and her manners are evident.  As we waited for our shakes from Sonic (we have to have a treat when we worked so hard and yes I mean "we") I felt like I was hanging out with my best friend just chatting away and laughing.  Sometimes I think we just get too busy and I am so concerned about staying on a schedule that I forget how wonderful it can be to just let go.  I love reminders like tonight!

While we busy at the horse show, Terry and Cooper were at baseball practice.  Coop is LOVING baseball.  He is so adorably cute playing.  I don't know what there is about him, but he is just the sweetest most innocent little boy ever.  We have been having some cardiac issues with him lately and his maturity in dealing with it amazes me.  He is so special in so many ways.  I always wonder if others see what I see or if it is just because he is my son?  I really don't know but I know he has shaped me more than anyone ever has in my life.  Everyday I look at him for my strength and he never fails to provide it.

I love my kids, I love my life, I have been given so much!!!  Below is a little picture journal of the last few weeks!

Raelynn goat tying!

Raelynn and her friend, Emma!  These two would rather be dirty and hanging on animals more than anything!

McKenna, Raelynn and Coop visiting Blu (Raelynn's Bunny!) 

June 7th Terry and I's 11th Wedding Anniversary

Raelynn and Happy Haddie!

I am not sure what to say about this!  I guess it is Raelynn's idea of a funny prank on Coop!