Saturday, January 2, 2010

Baby it's COLD outside!

Horses: I think it hit a whopping 11 degrees today. It's 6 degrees now at 7:20 pm. Brrrrr. I haven't left the house but around 8:30 we are going to take Stanley some hot water to thaw out his water bucket. He has a heated bucket but it's not hooked up yet. He is wearing his fleece jammies under his heavy winter blanket so he should be warm enough but in this weather I'm glad I'm not a horse.

Last week we met up with 18 year old Saddle Seat Girl. She came over to ride Stanley since she's hoping to be on the MSU Equestrian Team next year and needs to practice riding a stock horse. First I helped get her stirrups the right length. She's in-between my holes and Equestrian Girl's.
Next she worked hard on using her lower legs and figuring out how to ride with a loose rein. She was amazed that Stanley would turn the direction she looked with no other cues but it drove her nuts that his head was so low!

In the end though she was all smiles - even wearing my helmet which was a tad tight on her!

Motocross: The boys were going to head down to the indoor track in Ohio today. But it was just too cold. They thought about going tomorrow but it might snow. Now they are tentatively planning on Wednesday. Next weekend is ArenaCross in Grand Rapids. Motocross Boy really wants to race there but Dad is leaning towards a no. Maybe we'll just go watch??

Homeschooling: Vacation is officially over on Sunday night and a full schedule awaits for Monday morning. Oh boy. Coming back from time off is never easy for Motocross Boy. I had good intentions of having him do at least some math almost every day but that didn't happen. They did watch the first episode of "How the Earth was Made" which was about the San Andreas Fault in California. Only 12 more episodes to go! I bought the whole series just before Christmas for $20 which I thought was a steal. Great science lessons so long as I take the time to watch and learn first!! Geology was never my strong suit.

1 comment:

Grey Horse Matters said...

I'm glad your rider liked your boy. He seems like such a good sport.

I'll gladly send you all the snow for the rest of the year. If only I could! I've had just about enough of this nonsense.

I think you do a great job with the kids home schooling, they probably find it more interesting than public schools.