I haven’t made a photo blog in awhile now. Very busy. This has not been a good week either. But I wanted to post something and pay homage to my best friend who tragically left us on Monday night. I will forever be in debited to him.
Enjoy the new photos and help us remember Zero and all his excitement he had for life and his family. I will add to his collage of photos as I find them and have some more time.
They will not go quietly
The dogs who shared our lives
In subtle ways they let us know
Their spirit still survives.
Old habits still make us think
we hear a barking at the door,
Or step back when we drop
a tasty morsel on the floor.
Our feet still go around the place
The food dish use to be
And sometimes coming home at night
We miss them terribly.
Although time may bring new friends
And a new food dish to fill
That one place in our heart
Belongs to them and always will.
New Photos on the Farm...
Fall is finally here, but I have to admit, it’s sad to see summer go! The lazy days of summer will surely be missed.
Malin went back to school and she really likes her new teacher! She is doing really well and off to a great start. 100% in both math, spelling and reading!
Mike and I got to go to a 3 Doors Down concert here at the oceanfront and we had a GREAT time! 3 Doors Down has ALWAYS been one of our favorite bands of all time; for both of us, which is rare! All Mike’s flying videos have been done to their music. We got great tickets and were front and center for the show! I posted my pics on IG of Brad (the lead singer) and he even “liked” them. Always cool. :)
Baby had a small hiccup and we believe managed to dislocate her elbow. We have NO IDEA how. I spent the day at CHKD Urgent care and she ended up in a fiberglass splint and a sling. Even with x-rays, they couldn’t rule anything out and sent her to an orthopedist. After a week, she ended up being just fine! The splint came off and she is back to her normal self! Kids!
We finished the build on the newly relocated round pen. Mike worked very hard and managed to pump this 60ft round pen out in less than 2 weeks. Way to go Mike! We were still having problems with neighbor kids scaring the horses while round penning and we couldn’t get the horses to focus and pay attention because they were too scared of what the neighbors were up to. Again, it became a dangerous situation we no longer felt comfortable risking. One of our horses body slammed herself through 3 sections of the fencing she was so frightened of what was going on over there. Sad situation that after all we have already been through with them, these people STILL couldn’t be decent human beings and just go inside while I round penned horses for an hour. But here we are! A second arena moved! The new round pen is stunning, built better and the footing is way better than the original! It also has its own light, so it can be used at night too.
Lots going on still! Lots of moving parts but that’s how we roll! We shut down our Etsy woodworking store with no ETA on when we will be back. We got SO slammed this year, which was a good thing, but it got too overwhelming. We had a waitlist ALL year and never slowed down! With Mike going to a new command in mid October we HAD to force a slow down. So many things here on the farm that needed routine maintenance that never managed to get finished with all the hobby shop work. Here’s hoping we can take a sizable chunk of that farm work out before work starts kicking Mike’s butt again!
We would like to thank ALL our clients this year, what a year! One for the books! Not one person cared about being on a waiting list; they all said Mike’s work and crafmanship was worth any wait! I call that a success! Thank you!
A business that makes nothing but money is a poor business.
- Henry Ford
More guests out to the farm over the last month of real summer!
Diesel hurt himself AGAIN! We are convinced he is in to self harm. *insert eye roll* He has already seen the vet a handful of times since his initial repair and is on the mend but he exposed the bone... so he is a waiting game again. Silly horses!
Mike, Malin and I took to the waters this past week on our kayaks. Man did we have fun at Stumpy lake! The pictures don't even do it justice! Peaceful is an understatement! Malin had a blast till she and dad tried a new boat launch down Blackwater river and poor Malin was attacked by Bald Face Hornets. They are very aggressive large hornets that sting repeatedly! She has been to the doctor and besides large doses of Benadryl, she is on the mend. Man will she have a story to tell!
We hope you all have had a fantastic summer and we will see you on the flip side of school! 🍎
"Unless someone like you cares a whole awful lot, nothing is going to get better, it's not." - Dr Seuss
VERY busy month! So busy I am sitting in the bath with a beer! 🙌 🍻
We have been having tons of friends out to the farm over the past couple weeks! Some to just ride, some to lesson and some to just escape life and enjoy the ponies. It's been so amazing! Somedays we get so wrapped up in this well oiled machine of our life and caring for the farm, that we forget to relax and share our beautiful paradise with others. There are days when just finding the time is difficult! But it's so worth it and the time shared will always be cherished!
In the blink of an eye... Ashlyn turned 2 in late July! Although we did not have a party for her, she was showered with gifts from friends and family. Although some days our patience is worn through, she is the sweetest and most happy soul you will ever meet. It's hard to believe she is 2! She is speaking and loves to say "Your Welcome!" Other fun words are: Maui- sissy come back!- pony- horsey- pig pig- binkis!- milk- gummies (her vitamins)- Rio- OK!- ice cream- poopy!
Mikes parents came out to visit this past month and they had some great times with the kids! Granted, I think they were TOTALLY prepared to give them back; they were officially exhausted! We wore them out! We waited for grandma to go with Malin to get her ears pierced and although Malin had a VERY concerned look during the procedure, she sucked it up and is SO happy she did! Grandma did a fantastic job prepping her and getting her in to the routine of washing and turning her earrings 3 times a day. It's still all Malin talks about. They all hit the beach, the movies, a ninja warrior course and a few dinners out. Great visit in the books! But Oklahoma is calling them back...
Mike is FULL throttle on the Etsy storefront and has been cracking out trunks, saddle stands and totes like no ones business! I have even been busy with my brush sets and even individual hair brushes!
Mike will take a trip out of the country this month for the Navy! The first real trip he has done since having Ashlyn! He asked permission to fly a jet out and I pretty much told him to get lost. I got this! You do you!
We hope you all are well and having a great summer! ☀️
Management is doing things right; leadership is doing the right things.
- Peter Drucker
Baby Ashlyn's first ride in her new baby leadline saddle. Malin was a great big sister and led her around the entire time!
Dreams are true while they last, and do we not live in dreams?
- Alfred Lord Tennyson
Malin & Diesel...
Mike walking the girls...
My new sign :)
"Action is the real measure of intelligence."
- Napoleon Hill
Malin loves Diesel to the moon and back!
kisses for Diesel!
the sky was on fire and took our breath away!
A selfie for #nationalselfieday Mine is with a Clydesdale :)
A people that values its privileges above its principles soon loses both.
- Dwight D. Eisenhower
We recently had our anniversary. We did absolutely nothing and loved it! :)
a recent brush order I did.
Malin enjoying Pixie during an evening ride.
An extra large custom trunk order Mike just completed. Mike has been VERY busy!
Trying to do yoga with a baby attacking you is more like extreme yoga!
Diesel takes a nap after a ride.
silly fort shenanigans!
"He who has a why to live can bear almost any how."
- Friedrich Nietzsche
Pumpkin sleeps in the most cute places. :)
Engrossed in an HBO movie...
A recent brush order I did...
Baby plays with new Instagram filters (still cute)...
a recent trunk order headed to Newport Beach, CA
Our cute little Eastern king snake came back...
Some girls like to sit by the pool, I like to overlook freshly drug arenas in a beautiful new viewing platform :)
Its always a family affair...
"You must do the things you think you cannot do."
- Eleanor Roosevelt