Horse Show

IMG_8358This girl won 2nd prize at her first ever horse show (no matter there was only 2 contestants in her class) and was so EXCITED!  The show was for horsemanship and her class was “mini horse – in hand”.IMG_8334This was where she competed, Wild Horse Mountain Farm.  It’s a beautiful place.IMG_8331 Getting ready to lead her pony through the mapped out obstacle course.IMG_8335Warming up in the indoor arena.  The goal is to have your horse (or pony) go straight down the middle of an obstacle, otherwise you lose points.  You can see here the pony is to the left of center and Sunita is moving the rope at her pony to get her back to center.IMG_8336The other little girl who has the same trainer gladly taught Titus some techniques while they were still warming up.IMG_8338Sunita beginning the first obstacle.IMG_8344One of the more difficult obstacles for many of the contestants – trying to get their horse or pony through the pond.IMG_8349This is Sunita’s trainer, Linda Wagner.  She is great teacher and the girls love her and she loves them – as you can see.IMG_8350

IMG_8361The girls had so much fun and hope to do it again in July.IMG_8330

Some Things Have Happened

IMG_8171Over a year ago we moved into our new place.IMG_1743The kids and dog keep growing up.IMG_1796


IMG_8172The family put tree tubes together so we could protect the 500ish cedar trees that we had planted.IMG_8217And we stored these tubes under Sunita’s bed until we placed them.IMG_1815And she started her beloved horse lessons.IMG_8327




Form and Pour


The forms were set up on clear and cold days.

form beginning


It was amazing watching it go up.


This was the first time I was able to stand at close to floor level and see  our “view”.


We had to get a pumper truck since it would be difficult to maneuver a wheelbarrow around our property.


We loved watching this step!





Finally the concrete was poured and we were able to see our house’s footprint.  It felt small at this stage, but feels larger with the floor joists now in.

I Don’t Want to be Human

If you read 5 Kids is a Lot of Kids (and if you’re a mother with kids in the house, you should), then you’ll be familiar with the post titled On Being Wrong and Being Human: Thoughts From a 6-Year-Old.  And if you’ve ever met my daughter, you know she is obedient, truthful, loving, compliant, and intelligent.  Oh, and she’s also an extreme perfectionist (at 5).  I had her listen to this 6 year old talk about “being human”.

In response, she said “I don’t want to be human.”

I wish I could say I responded brilliantly, or pulled out some amazing mom wisdom, but truthfully, as a kid, I was just like her.  And all I could find myself saying was, it is good to make mistakes, to try our best, to be human. Unfortunately, I didn’t believe it myself until I was adult.  I don’t know how she will walk this road, but we will walk it with her, imperfectly and absolutely humanly.

Thanks, Summer…

…for being so fun, I didn’t post one thing after Independence Day.

A new cousin was born – oooo, the sweetness!

Parades were attended

Camping happened (and a book that needs to be read everyday at our house)

The girl wanted to be sure she didn’t forget to ask for a “popsicl” for snack.  So she wrote herself a note – all by herself.

Welcome Pepper!

She’s actually been with us for a few weeks now, but this is our newest addition.  Husband surprised us with her.  She is a one year old shelter kitty.  The kids currently think Dad is the best.  Sunita has named all the animals with food names.  I love the theme!  We have Spicy the fish, Coco the snail, and Pepper the cat.

Happy 4th!!

Today we went to the St. Paul Rodeo and had a great time.

Horse rides, or briefly sitting on a horse, depending on the child

Cotton candy

Even a baby!

The guy holding the head of the cow is a classmate of Jared’s.

The story of their lives – Sunita always reaching, always saying “I want to love you brother”.


Sunita just said to Titus “Don’t say why and why, I might get headache.”  Gee Dad, where’d she hear that? 😉

It is Summer, Right?

Can you see the puddle of water in the chair?  The water on the ground?


The tents inside to break up the boredom?

That’s because it’s summertime!  Blue skies, sun, playing in the pool – riiiight.