Monday, November 26, 2012

A Genuine Holiday Weekend

I hope your Thanksgiving weekend was as much fun as ours!

We had a quiet holiday - Matt still had to work, although from home, and has for years - so usually, it was just the two of us. It was extra special this year though, because it was Lyra's first Thanksgiving! She had no idea - but we made sure she knew we were thankful for her this year.

Everyone got a holiday - horses, too.
Of course I made a delicious turkey dinner, just for the three (two) of us. We decided to try out Lyra's high chair so she could be a part of the dinner, and while she was still too small for it, she seemed to like watching us eat! The best part was the frozen cappuccino pie...delish!
Black Friday was far from it, as the weather was beautiful and you won't find me near any mall or store. No thanks. We decided to go tree hunting instead, making the most of the warm day. So off we went to Windswept Farm, and cut down our tree! Lyra didn't really care what we were doing, but I think she had fun.
All of this was capped off with the big clinic on Sunday with Phillip Dutton. I was a little nervous - it was Zeus' first clinic, and his first time in an indoor arena. I didn't need to worry. Phillip was wonderful working with Zeus and I and complimented our flatwork, effective leg yields and transitions. Then he put us through some exciting and really challenging jump exercises. I can't wait to start replicating them here at home to make Zeus and I even sharper and more skilled over the winter (video)!

All in all, it was a very memorable weekend, with a perfect blend of relaxation, excitement, and copious amounts of food and wine! Bring on the Christmas cheer!

Tuesday, November 20, 2012


I was at lunch today with a dear friend who (lovingly) pounded her fists on the broad wooden booth and said, "WHY do you not post to your blog?!"

Most of the's why.
Man, she's cute. Here's another one from this morning.
I could do this all day.

Anyway, we've been really busy around these here parts...I mentioned to my friend that I should do a photo blog of "A Day in the Life." It seems like I'm constantly running to and fro between horses and baby, hence, no time to blog. But I'll make a better effort, as long as Lyra takes better naps!

Zeus and I spent a large part of our fall season in lessons and riding in hunter paces. Here we are coming to the finish of a hunter pace last weekend. Note the snow still on the ground...that made for a fun trailering field. A wee bit slippery!
This weekend, I'm super excited to be riding in a lesson with the legendary Phillip Dutton. Who is he? Oh, just a two-time Olympic Gold Medalist, that's all. I can't wait to see what winter homework I can glean from Phillip, or PDutty, as some eventers call him. Actually, I don't even know if he likes that. He might not, so I better not blurt that out on Sunday.

After that, we'll settle in for the long winter months, riding when we can and enjoying the chilly but brief respite from running constantly.

On that note, I'm off to the next thing while I still can, before the Little Diva wakes up!