Thursday, May 31, 2012


My first love was a horse. It was the truest, purest, most innocent love I have ever known.  

My favorite thing in the world is sharing my love of horses with others, especially those who are just discovering the magic of the horse for the first time!! Dirt Face, was not my first love, however, I am pretty sure he is my girlfriend's daughter's first love!

 "L" is 3 years old and adores Dirt. I snapped this pic as she hugged him good-bye. It was the sweetest, most sincere little display of affection. Melted my heart!

Ryder gets very excited when we go see the horseys!
We've spent alot of time just loving Dirt, and sitting on
him bareback, but today, was the first day, Ryder got to
ride with me in the saddle!!

 Ryder had a hard time sharing Uncle Dirt. He did not want to get off and let "L" ride by herself with me.
He's a natural! :)

 Little boys, just waiting their turn.

 Ofcorse, Ryder's first love is most likely this little lady right here. Scout!

Who doesn't love play things?? We spent the last few days, building a sand box, for Ryder.

 Marty had the vision and the ability.

 I've always been good at being a labourer! 

 Ryder helped too. Here he is holding the hinges for the lid.

 When he's not in the sandbox, Ryder loves "talking" on anything that ressembles a phone. 
Here he is talking on the camera! It is fun to watch him put everything up to his 
ear and say, "Hi!" Sometimes, I swear, he says, "hello?"

Just being cute, serious and full of love for life!!!

Kiss your babies, count your blessings, and don’t forget to play today!!

Friday, May 25, 2012


Part of my teaching assignment this year is PE. I teach it to 8th and 6th graders. You would not believe the excuses some kids come up with to get out of gym? What? I just have a tough time understanding, why kids don't want to run around and play!!!
Today a 6th grade girl actually came up to me to explain to me that she couldn't "do gym" today as, "I have my period and my tummy really hurts." I  was happy to inform her that, "actually, physical activity is really good for menstrual cramps." She then go really quiet and said, "Yes, but I have a tampon in!"  I was shocked! Not only that she chose to share that intimate detail with me, and not only at the fact that at her age, she was able to get a tampon in!!! Seriously it took me years and several boxes of tampons before I figured that out. I am not even sure if I had my period in grade 6, but if I did, I suffered with giant pads in my gym shorts!! I was shocked that she has obviously not seen the commercials of women in white full piece bathing suits diving with tampons in!! LOL!!! Tampons were invented for active women, right?? She did end up participating and when I asked he how she was feeling at the end of the class all she commented on was how she got hit in the head with a dodge's hoping it didn't knock her tampon loose!! ha ha ha

To be fair there are those kids who genuinely forget gym strip and are desperate to still play. A boy today showed up with some extra jeans he had in his locker. He was prepared to use them as his "gym jeans!!" Love his spirit!!! Another boy broke his arm 2 days ago and chose to participate in both games we played today! Those are the kids that set examples for others! My hat off to them!!!!

Monday, May 21, 2012


Umm...did you know that people really wrestle? I mean besides WWE or in school gyms? I, did not! However, after visiting the May Days Fair in Rutland, BC, I can confirm, that yes, yes, people really wrestle. They really dress up in costumes and trash talk one another and the crowd.  They seriously perform "routines," can I use that word to describe large, sweaty men and women in spandex "dancing" around a ring? Can I use the word "dancing?" Not sure, but I am telling you, this was something to see...something that made us laugh outloud, captured our attention and made us go hmmmm,people really do this!

 Yep, a wrestling a community fair! Awesome!

 Behind me is one of the wrestlers, trash talking his opponent while strutting through the crowd! Awesome!

 They even had a match that involved two tag team couples!! Awesome!

 This guy was ready to climb through the ropes and pose with me...or throw me into the ring, not sure which! LOL..Awesome!

Another thing that made us go "hmmmm," this long weekend were the Lawn Mower Races at the fair, put on by the Lawn Mower Race Club. What? There's actually a lawn mower race club? How awesome is that? What does this club involve? What do they do at meetings? How do their lawn mowers go so fast? Do they actually "mow" the lawn while racing??? Sooo many questions for this lawn mower race virgin crowd!
Lawn Mower races! Awesome!!

"Hmmm," we said at the fair. "What's up with the Rabbit and the Pig?" Who knows what the deal was with these two, but they were happy to pose for pics, so why not??

 Troy and his cousin and boyfriend, who told us about this fair. Thank you! Awesome!!

 Balloon animals? yes please!

 Balloon hat? Awesome!

 I love it when a day surprises ya with sooo many fun, unexpected things. Life is good!!!

Life is also good when you can spend some of it in the sunshine at the beach with your family and your dogs!!

 This was Ryder's first real chance to play with his sand shovel and bucket!

 The Fun Farns!!

And really, who needs sunshine to go to the beach? Not us Albertans!! I am sure, there were people who thought, "hmmmm" why do they have their little one down by the water in this crazy wind on a cloudy day in his bare feet?....we let them think that. :)


The weekend went by way too quickly, but time always flies when you are having fun!! Thanks, Rutland for the laughs, Farns for the memories and Jim and Trish for the comfortable place to lay our heads and call home base!

Sunday, May 13, 2012


Today was Mother's Day. It was a beautiful, sunny day. A perfect day! I woke up feeling blessed that I get to be a "Mom." (Thanks, Marty and Ryder for making that happen. For as long as I can remember that is all I have ever wanted to be...a Mom!) I got to stay in bed, while Marty scooped, Ryder out of his crib, got his milk and brought the little cutie to cuddle in bed with me. Eventually, I had to get up to get ready to run the Mother's Day 5km race.  I was going to run and push Ryder in the chariot. This would be his first race! I was excited!!!  Marty drove, Ryder, my friend, Andrea and I to the start line.  We introduced Ryder to the whole "race experience," the line up at the porta potties, the fun, loud of the loud group "warm up routine," the importance of race volunteers and all the pre and post race snacks provided, the excitement a race with 14000 runners generates and the overwhelming sense of pride that consumes one as the finish line is reached!
I will admit that originally, I had hoped Ryder would lay back, settle in and have his morning nap during the race in the comfy seat of his chariot...but I realize now, that that was not realistic! The race was way too exciting! Ryder practically hung out of the chariot hollering and yelling (I like to think he was cheering, though I am sure he just likes the way his voice jiggles when we go over rough terrain.) His enthusiasm matched mine as we weaved our way through the very crowded pack. Running a race while pushing a chariot is quite an experience. I am thankful we made it through the whole thing without tripping anyone with the stroller's jogging wheel. 
Finishing the race as the mommy of a one year old with him will always be a special memory.

  Andrea, Ryder and I before the race.

Ryder and I ready for the group warm up!

 Finish line!!!!
After the race, Marty picked us up and took us to meet my friend's family for brunch. We made it through brunch at a family friendly restaurant with 4 adults and three kids under 3 without any hot beverages being knocked over, only one coffee creamer exploding, one tator tot being consumed while too hot, one toddler melting down (not mine), one diaper being stinkily filled and 6 tummies being satisfied!

Marty, Ryder and I drove straight from the restaurant, to our house, picked up Scout (while Ryder finally enjoyed his nap in his car seat,) and continued en route to Canmore. We parked by the river, got the baby hiker baback pack out of the van, slathered on the sunscreen, stuffed Ryder into the backpack, leashed up Scout and headed out on our first official hike of the season.  What a beautiful day!!!! After half an hour, I wanted to try carrying Ryder on my back. Whoa! That is HARD work!! I think I could do it on a flat surface, like around a lake or something, but straight up? OMG! I was afraid I was going to go over backwards. Every step was slow motion and after only a couple of minutes my ass, quads and calves were burning.  I was determined to make it ten minutes and I barely managed that. I gained a whole new respect for how strong Marty is!! Ryder "talked" and "talked" all the way up, then part way down his "talking" became fussing. Good thing he doesn't have any real words yet, or he'd be yelling, "let me out of this back pack right now!!!" He just wanted to walk and run and explore! At the bottom of the hike, we let Scout and Ryder frolick in the mountain river, brrrr!! We took off Ryder's shoes and socks and let him feel the sand and ice water on his chubby little toes. He carried rocks from boulder to boulder and enjoyed the freedom of NOT being in the backpack.  Scout stole sticks from every little kid in the water and shook cold river water on all of us!  When we were ready to leave we put Ryder's shoes and socks on and then, while I turned away to grab Scout's leash, he promptly waded right INTO the water with his shoes and socks on, then he...sat down. Yep, just sat down in the freezing water with his shorts and diaper on! Brrrr! We all had a good laugh, perfect ending to our mountain adventure!!

 On our way to the mountains. Yep, my neck hurts just looking at him too.

 Very serious about things....

 Talkin' talkin' talkin'!

 I am exhausted!!

This is my heavy, adorable load!

 Beautiful, stick loving Scout!

 Brrr, mountain rivers are COLD!!!!

The entire day ended with Marty and Ryder chefing up some chocolate chip pancakes and spolumbo sausages! Yummmy! I am going to bed tonight one happy happy mamma! Lookin' forward to making a hundred more Mother's Day memories!!

Tuesday, May 8, 2012

For the love of a dog

Ryder loves Scout! 
 Anytime the front door is open, you can find Scout sitting at her post, keeping "tabs" on the neighbours.  Anytime, Scout is sitting still, you can find, Ryder hugging, snuggling, feeding or tackling her!  This kid LOVES his dog! He hugs her all the time. I just happened to have my camera handy the other day, but seriously, this love between the two of them happens all the time! It just absolutely melts my heart!!

Hugs from behind!

 Hugs from underneath!

 Side snuggles!

Nothin' but PURE LOVE!!!

Ryder is a really cuddly kid. When he hugs he leads with his head, so if he comes at you head first, he is coming at ya with a hug!