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Popping in for a quick hello – The last two weeks of camp have come and gone!  They went quickly and smoothly – thankfully – with only one week out of the 6 weeks of camp reaching temperatures in the 90’s – High 90’s. Not fun and it’s a constant struggle getting children to drink enough water.  But we made it through!  Even though camp is finished, we’ve been spending time at the barn each day because Row is trying out a potential new horse. I am just uber leery this time around and really want all to go well and with out issues!  So far it IS going well- no issues with the little mare and we actually had a vet come do a new horse purchase exam. Not a super thorough one – no ex-rays and such but they are doing a blood test because she seems a little pale? Maybe she’s anemic which is totally treatable. But she’s sound all the way around and feet and teeth are in good shape – so that is good.

The saddle we bought for the previous horse fits little mare here and I’m taking that as a good sign – She’s 16 and is super trained in Dressage. If she works then she’ll be a great horse to give Row a leg up in the competing world  –

J is in dance camp this week – just 2 days and a feis on Saturday. R will be out of town at a “camp” for her horse club this weekend.

Next week we should actually be calmer – I hope.

I’ve been asked to make 2 costumes for a horse pas de deux – 2 horses and riders riding in “formation” together – I am making 2 kimono’s since the music they picked is from a Japanese Anime movie – it reminded me a lot of Mulan.

Today is Wednesday and we are off to the barn once again – for riding , cleaning and feeding – I cannot wait for a day at home – I have so much to do  –

Hope all is well with you –

Bright Blessings!


We spent the 4th again, at my brother’s house. It’s also my mother’s birthday so every year regardless, we go down to celebrate. This was the first year ever I really had no desire to go.

Don’t get me wrong – We DID have a great time – the girls went swimming –



The food was fantastic – They did a shrimp boil – shrimp, potatoes, corn and sausage. (Funny though since we are in the midwest!)



My dad, brother and sister in law in the pic  – getting ready to add the shrimp -I however don’t like shrimp so my brother made (me) salmon!!

J entertained her younger cousins – and did a very good job at it I must say –



And then before we made an early exit – there were sparklers and some fireworks – the big stuff was coming out as we were leaving –



But – you know – I love my family, I really do – and they love me – but – I do believe I am the black sheep in the family. They don’t always know how to deal with or relate to me and my girls and my hubbie.  For example- my youngest there in the picture – gets a pretty bad cough every year. She just does – she was 13 weeks premature and I think that’s a direct result for preemie lungs. We treat it naturally – with the very occasional dose of cough suppressant to help her sleep – otherwise is homeopathic cough medicine, eucalyptus rub on the chest, and heathy food. My mother would rather me give her a dose of triaminic every 4 hours  – If I treat it quickly and continuously with homeopathic – J’s coughs rarely last more than 4 days. We do NOT run to the doctor for each and every bump and bruise and both girls have had and antibiotic once. ONCE.  Okay – I did run more when J was an infant but she WAS 13 weeks early.

I read labels – all the time. I don’t (or very rarely) give them red food coloring, aspartame, MSG or any other nasty food additive. I do NOT give them bug juice.

We do not watch tv all the time – it is not on for background noise and the girls do not have free range in what they get to watch. Row does more so now than J but she is 15 and can self regulate pretty well.

OH and I breastfed, co-slept, fed the girls directly from our plates (very little baby food)  and carried the girls around in slings – and we homeschool. Need I say more? Although on my mother’s defense – she is coming around to homeschooling.

This is the first year that I can feel the need to be present at each and every family event lessen.  And lessen. In November we will be away 100% for thanksgiving.  And possibly there is a fairly large move to another state for us in the future.  Hopefully.

We don’t have any real big plans for the 5th of July – or the rest of the weekend . Monday starts the last two weeks of camp and then we have the rest of the summer free!

– Thanks for reading all the way to the end today. It’s been a growing lesson for me – this need to disconnect from my family.

Bright Blessings!

Yesterday I woke up with grand plans of getting yard work done – of dragging the girls kicking and screaming into the back yard to help – But those dreams were dashed when I woke up to the sound of gentle rain falling. You know what they say about rain? The harder if falls the faster it moves (or something like that)- so when a rain is nice and slow and gentle it lasts. All. Day. Long. And it did too – until about 9:00 that evening when if finally petered out.  So yard work is put off again for another day.

So instead I painted the hallway and worked on J’s lunch bag. Why am I making a new lunch bag? Well – one for the challenge of creating my own pattern – albeit a very simple pattern, and two – she is going to dance camp in a couple of weeks and she needed a larger bag to hold all of the food she eats. And she can eat!

After running to Joann’s fabric shop in the morning for the rest of the supplies – I got to work –



Fusible fleece went on the outer layer as added protection against any food getting too warm to eat! The red is the inner layer.

The pink is flannel and is the center layer –



All the pieces cut out and ready to assemble – after the handles are finished – I added fusible fleece to the handles also so that they are a bit sturdier  – I don’t like a wussy handle –

The pink flannel has the hot/cold fabric/liner sewn to it. I made  the hot/cold fabric about an inch smaller that the rest of the pieces so it was easier to sew it all together.



During construction – All pieces are assembled and you can see the hot/cold fabric here. (I use my floor a lot for sewing)



Stitching the corners.




This is the finished bag! This is some of the material I bought when I went to Minneapolis with my husband in February. J has a thing for skull and cross bone fabric – usually pink but she loved this!  If you ever have a chance to go to the Crafty Planet fabric shoppe – do so!! It was so much fun!

I am going to redraw the pattern on sturdier paper and write out instructions – maybe I will post it on – we’ll see how motivated I am!

On a bummer note – yesterday we found out the horse Row really wants is being listed for $7500. That’s about $5000 out of our budget right now. Even at $4000 I was going to beg and borrow money to try and make it possible for her. Maybe from a loving grandparent who understands the desire so much? 😉 Oh well – Chainsaw is not meant to be right now unfortunately so that must mean that the perfect horse for my biggest is out there somewhere right??

Today we have Viola for Row, the orthodontist for J (apparently her mouth isn’t big enough for all her teeth) and then we head to the barn –

Bright Blessings!


Yeah! A new month – another week off of camps. Last week was our first week of camp in the 90’s. And not the low 90’s either – the high 90’s! And I think the heat index pushed us up over 100*!!  I am not sure though – I avoid checking in all honesty! These are the weeks that make working camps difficult – but we made it and now we are off again. We have had great bunches of kids these past weeks of camp and I think that always makes the days go buy quicker. We have 2 more weeks left. Both girls work next week and then it’s just J and I working the last week of camp- Then we are done!!

Camps make summer go very quickly. Row is working her tush off – helping and I think really coming out of her intorvert-ness during her weeks working at camp – She is saving up for her next horse. Unfortunately – Our barn has quickly become somewhere where Row doesn’t feel like she fits in anymore. She doesn’t want to go and she doesn’t want to spend any extra time there at all.  The kids all do things together without her. They don’t know how to draw an introvert in. We introverts love hanging out with our friends – we really do. Do we feel the need to fill every second with inane chatter. NO – and that’s where I think the other girls just don’t get it.    There is also the very real possibility that whatever horse we purchase next may not be boarded where we are now.  There was a flat out resound “NO” when the subject was brought up of Row’s current Dressage trainer coming to our barn to train Row. That would open the door to EVERYONE else wanting their own personal trainer there and no one wants to deal with trying to make that schedule. Valid point. But now that leaves our options with 1 – boarding there and continuing with the trainer that  is not hearing at all that Row does NOT want to jump ALL THE TIME  – 2 – using another trainer that’s there that I know nothing about – and really I had no idea they did lessons – one I am less than enthusiastic about. or 3 – finding another barn altogether to board at where Row can get the training she wants and needs.  The only problem – the cost.

So decisions need to be made but not anytime soon since this horse purchasing is just in it’s beginning stages and we’ve only looked at 1  horse 🙂 no need to rush it.

Row is also very much willing to move – the idea was brought up about moving to Minneapolis since that is where my husbands company is based. I would personally love the adventure. Rex is so – so – he’s not sure even about staying with that company for any length of extended time. J is open to the idea of moving and having another place to explore and learn about. Row however, is telling me on a weekly basis that she really wants to move. Really. This came as a great surprise to me but when I sat back and looked at it – it makes sense. Row has had few good friends – she would love for the opportunity to move, join another homeschool group and meet new people.

Onward –  my computer is working much better today – and yesterday. Don’t know why – but hey – I’m not gonna push it – And I finally got my pictures from Row’s dressage clinic moved onto it! Yeah! So –




They are blurry – but hey! They were not standing still for pictures!

Today there’s no camp but we still have to go clean stalls!

Bright Blessings!