Wednesday, May 10, 2017

Rolex 3 Day!


Madison and I have been to Rolex 3 of the past 4 years.  LOVE IT.  Best weekend of the year!

This year we had an interesting mix of weather.  The morning started out hot and cloudy but dry.  We were prepared for just about everything!



As you can see from this picture, the clouds rolled in dark and it did end up raining.  But his is also one of my favorite jumps - its not super tall but it's really wide!  This guy got a little ahead of his horse going over.



The next 5 pictures are the same rider on the same jump.  It's amazing to watch the skill of these horses navigating these jumps.






Same rider in the next 3 pics on this jump going into the water.  The jump drops way down on the other side and the horse can't really see where it's going to land until it's in the position of this first picture.



Another favorite jump - just really wide!  And these horses just stretch and skim right over!


The obligatory picture with Bruce!

Sunday was warm, sunny and WINDY!  The temp was pretty hot but up here in the shade for Stadium Jumping we ended up keeping our jackets on.  This is a much more relaxing event since we don't have to walk over hill and dale!  But it's also pretty exciting because each round brings you closer to figuring out who is going to WIN!

Apparently Madison needed a quick nap during the intermission to drag the arena!  Funny how she still made me drive most of the way home!

Sunday, May 7, 2017

April Showers?

We had some really beautiful days in April with 70+ degrees and sun. Enough that we could ride outside.  Madison had a lesson one Sunday afternoon so I watched it from horseback on Mata Hari.  It was good for him to have a "friend" out there with him and good for her to stand around in the arena and NOT get to jump.


Vince is coming along so well!  Madison has done great work with him.


This is our first spring at this barn and it's beautiful!  These bleeding hearts are blooming like crazy all over the place!


I never tire of the sunsets but this one was during an evening jumping lesson - what a great way to spend a pretty spring evening!


Friday, May 5, 2017

Mish Mash April


What happens when you son moves back home?  You do laundry.  LOTS of laundry.


And what happens when your daughter wants too look REALLY good for Easter?

And what happens when your cat loves you?


Thankfully my tulips had no ulterior motives!


Saturday, April 22, 2017

Quick Trip to Florida

Two weeks ago I made a quick trip to Florida to surprise my mom for her 79th birthday.  She was SOOOO surprised and excited!

My mom and dad are just so cute. I'm incredibly thankful that they are both still so healthy and enjoying life.


We spent a good chunk of Sunday holding an open house to sell this view from their house.  I still can't believe they've had this house for 20 years.  It will be awesome to have them back in Michigan more but I know selling this place is hard on them.


I love these Bird of Paradise flowers - just so cool!

While I was visiting south Florida, Madison was up in Gainesville visiting her hold childhood friend, Rosalee.  Rose has been living in Florida for over 10 years now when her family moved to south Florida after her Dad had a heart attack.

On my last evening in Florida, I headed down to Naples where I spent some time enjoying an ocean view.


Then this beautiful woman came to hang out with me!  My sister-in-law, Lettie is my Latino sister in so many ways!

She is sassier and saucier than me but we adore each other.

And as a special treat, she brought along her daughter, Grace.  I haven't seen Gracie in soooooo long. She's Madison's sister-cousin. They share a birthday.  She has grown into such a special woman.

And this is why I adore my Latino sister - we are always laughing together!

Wednesday, April 19, 2017

Random thoughts...


April Showers...and I turn into a Smurf.


I'm such a dork sometimes.  I wanted to check out my new sleeping bag purchased for my Iceland trip this summer.  So I slept in it on my bed one night.

April Showers also sometimes turn into a blowing wet snow...

...covering up my newly sprouted daffodils!


This cracked me up.  I'm not a Rose fan but Madison loves it.  LOL!

I'm slowly making progress on the kitchen cabinets and finished two more.

Sunday, April 16, 2017

My Beautiful Horse World

Boarding your horse isn't cheap.  And it isn't a huge money maker for those who board horses either.  But I do feel very lucky to have my horse at Valboa Farm.  The beauty of this traditional red sided farm with white fences is beautiful from every angle and at all times of the day.  




 Having time to watch Madison teach Vince to jump is beautiful.



Forgot to crop this one but watching Madison teach this same silly gelding that the road isn't going to eat him alive is also beautiful.


 Okay, shedding season isn't so beautiful but finding that sleek horse beneath all that winter fur is pretty awesome.



Sweeping up a couple of small dogs worth of fur isn't so great either but it comes with the territory!!


And all of it is worth it because every view through the ears of a horse is beautiful!












Monday, March 20, 2017

Madison's Future


Found this in some stuff I was cleaning out...


I'm pretty sure this was from kindergarten.  We had a good laugh about Brazil.  Madison said that was because whenever we would do the Santa Tracker website he would always be near the big Jesus Statue in Brazil!!

Saturday, March 18, 2017

Austin's Apartment

Rather than moving into the dorms at school this semester, Austin thought living in one of the school's apartments would be a better option for him with less drama.  I was seriously worried about his ability to live in this kind of environment, especially when I hadn't actually seen the apartment but I agreed.  It was pretty inexpensive and maybe it would get him out of the drama scene that was so bad his first semester there.

I had to do a mid-week business trip to Kalamazoo which wasn't far from his school so we agreed to meet after classes at his apartment and go to dinner after.  Then I had an idea and sent him the following text messages:




I was cracking up - the "Art" I'm referring to is the apartment manager. I never planned on staying there.  LOL!  And boy am I glad - the beds are these boxes with vinyl mattresses.  Of course, MY kid had told me they were queen size beds so he doesn't have a mattress pad to fit them.  not that he would use it.....  Here he has two beds pushed together.  This is a THREE bedroom apartment with two beds in each room but he's in here alone.  The whole apartment is his.




I was shocked that the majority of his clothes are actually IN the dresser and some are folded.

This amused me.  This tiny table with only three chairs for an apartment that could sleep six.  

Typical apartment kitchen.

No dishwasher.  His friend told me he washed all the dishes for Austin before I got there.

Two of Austin's friends.  I had met the girl on the left last semester and she is his "sister".  The boy on the right (not her boyfriend) is a nice kid from Livonia.


The other half of the living room.  I think that is the smallest door mat/rug I have ever seen!!

Austin told me he had a surprise for me when I got there.  Can you tell what it is?

Yup.  He got his ears pierced.  He thought I would be mad but I wasn't at all.  The odds of him actually keeping earrings in and cleaned for 6 weeks are fairly low.  I got him some peroxide to keep them clean when we stopped at the store after dinner.....