A couple days ago McKenzie got to ride her first horse! Our wonderful friend, Krystal, was kind enough to bring us to her barn, and give McKenzie a lesson on Snickers, the mini horse! She was amazing with McKenzie, and said that she was very natural and intuitive around the horses. There was not a saddle for Snickers, so she got to ride bareback. As Krystal said, if you can ride bareback you can ride with a saddle!
McKenzie LOVED every minute! She got to learn technical skills (like directing the horse), and basic horse safety. For example, say to their side so they can see you, and never stand behind a horse. After her lesson, she even got to brush him and walk him around! He was not “broken,” so it was also great practice for Snickers.There were also 4-week old kittens at the barn, and McKenzie was in love with them. She took the opportunity to name them: Dime, Troublemaker, Nosey, and Mittens. All-in-all, McKenzie was very excited to put her cowgirl boots to good use! It was an amazing afternoon, spent with wonderful friends and animals!
I can’t believe it’s been 6 months since I’ve written a blog! Needless to say, a lot has happened over the past six-months. 4-birthdays, a summer vacation, a new school year, wonderful visits from family, and that doesn’t even begin to cover it all!
BUT. I can honestly say I’m the happiest and most content I’ve been in a long time, on a personal level. I’ve taken a lot of time to focus on me, and my goals. I’ve been in the gym 5-days-a-week, and I feel stronger and more confident than I have since I can remember. I run an 8-minute mile and lift weights daily. ((I have my soccer legs back, you guys!)) I’ve been focusing on fitness, rather than weight loss, and the difference is amazing. I just feel better. I’m working out for me, and that change in mindset has done wonders.
And I’ve also gotten very close with some amazing, genuine, and fun people, whom I absolutely love having in my life. We’ve had many fun times that include great conversation, great food, and an abundance of wine. =)
And the kiddos are getting so big! McKenzie turned 7 and Bennett turned 2 in August. McKenzie is doing very well in school, and is currently loving soccer. She even scored the first goal of the season! And Bennett—let’s just say he’s a little handful! He’s so strong-willed and knows exactly what he wants. But they have great fun together, and they’re beginning to play really well. It’s fun to see! ♥
Anyway, I’ll be better about blogging, I swear!
Day 1: Water table fun outside, yummy tacos and cupcakes downtown, then ice cream at Gillis Hill Farm!
Day 2: Searching for eggs and Easter Baskets, singing in the car, splashing and shell searching at Wrightsville Beach, and a delicious late-lunch at the Wilmington Riverwalk.
Day 3: Yummy early lunch at Blue Moon Cafe, then painting pottery at Greg’s Art, Pottery & Gifts, and off to the airport.
The weather has been interesting! 4 snow days within the past month, and yesterday was 83˚ outside. I’ll take it! In the spirit of summer, I preemptively purchased a water table for the kiddos. It came just in time for the warm weather! I’d been using a makeshift tote full of water and toys. The kids loved that too, but this is much easier!
In other news, I just got a gym membership with one of my BFF’s here. Our sons are the same age, and they play really well together. We’ve been going to classes in the morning, and then coming back to the house (either hers or mine) for the boys to play and us to work. It’s been great! Anyway, the gym is ridiculously nice and has a spa-like feel. Steam room, whirlpool, pool, cafe, daycare, etc. I’ve been working with a personal trainer the past month, too, and I’m happy to say I already see results in my muscle tone. Win!
We also had a wonderful visit from Nina last weekend. We had fun going out to eat yummy food, going to the dog park a couple times, and playing Cards Against Humanity. McKenzie and Bennett loved seeing her! McKenzie was especially sad to see her go.
And I also wanted to mention that Winston’s been such a fun addition to the family! He’s so goofy, talkative, cuddly, and outgoing. He walks around the dogs without issue, is so calm even when Bennett harasses him, and loves to cuddle up on our laps. He really loves to be around people. ♥