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Tuesday, October 28, 2014

Animals Love Animal Crackers

Our sheep have been spoiled with
animal cracker treats for a long time.
We shake the cup and they come running.

It's helpful when you need to catch them
and they don't want to be caught.
It's fun to treat them too.
Visitors on the farm especially enjoy it.

Recently, I decided to train the calves to come for animal cracker treats too.

They caught on really fast!

Before they call I will answer;
while they are still speaking I will hear.
Isaiah 65:24

Wednesday, October 22, 2014

George Morris Clinic

Jonah had an amazing opportunity this past weekend.  He was on a waiting list for the George Morris clinic in Dallas and at the last minute someone cancelled.  Quickly packing up the trailer, we headed to Texas for four days.
If you have had anything to do with English equestrian sports for the last four or five decades, you know who George Morris is.  For those of you who don't know, he is the man, I mean THE MAN.  No one would argue that.

He has the reputation of being tough maybe even mean.
I found him honest, straight forward, impatient with lack of effort, and absolutely right on every single time.  I also found him to be a gentleman, a sweet old man, and a trainer that could bring out the very best in every horse and rider in the ring.  His clinics are not for the weak at heart!

The riders rode (and I do mean rode) for two hours straight each day.  It was physically, mentally, and emotionally challenging.  And worth every bit of effort.

And boy, could George Morris ride.  He rode without irons and jumped fences.  He even rode our horse, Riviera and said she was a "nice horse".  What a thrill that was to see.

He taught Jonah so many things, too many to count. 
I think he really liked our boy; picked on him a little.  J came home with a spiral full of notes and a pocketful of memories and future dreams. A few funny stories too!

 Hopefully, we will see him again next year when he comes to Oklahoma.

My favorite George Morris quotes from this weekend:
"wishy-washy woman"
"don't waste my time"
"stride like an elephant"
"the lights are blazing but nobody's home"
"stupid, stupid boy"
and he also said:
"very good"
"Look at those hands"
"Ride, RIDE that horse!"

To the man who pleases Him,
God gives wisdom, knowledge and happiness.
Ecclesiastes 2:26

Tuesday, October 14, 2014

The Punk & the Pompadour

It was "Dress the Decades Day"
 at our homeschool co-op.
What fun!  My guys went all out.

In true radical style, Jared ditched his preppy clothes and embraced the 80s to the max.

Tubular, dude!
Several of the moms said he looked like he stepped right out of the Breakfast Club.  He was stoked.

Jonah rolled up the cuffs and flashed farther back to the 50s.

Digging it, Daddy-o!

This Cat was definitely not square.

And me? Well after doing those two "dos"
I was lucky to get there on time.
It was a CRAY day. 
 (that's crazy, in case you didn't know)

I can't think of a Bible verse that goes with these two rebels.  Come to think of it, it may be against the rules to put scripture in the same post as stoked. ;) 

Friday, October 10, 2014

Crocheted Saddle Oxfords

Preppy is back
and these Little Sport Saddle Oxfords
are just too cute. I just had to make them
for a niece about to have a sweet baby boy. 

Of course, 
I had to make the matching hat.

I just love the patterns from Lovely Crow on Etsy.
These can be special ordered too.
  More info in the sidebar.  
Same price as the cowboy boots.

Every good and perfect gift is from above,
coming down from the Father of the heavenly lights,
who does not change like the shifting shadows.
James 1:17


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