Tuesday, April 15, 2014

Look who turned 13 today!

She's growing up so fast.  I can't believe all the changes in the 4 years that I have known her!
Wishing her a happy, happy birthday!!

Saturday, April 12, 2014

The countdown begins...

All she wanted for her birthday party...

...was this kitty cake.  But, whenever she asked about it, I told her she wasn't even having a cake, and for some really strange reason, she actually believed me!  (When have we ever NOT had a cake at a birthday party?!)  Boy, wasn't she surprised when I came out of the pantry with it.  It was so funny!  It even had a delicious tie-dyed interior, just as she requested.  Thankfully, I know a really great cake decorator, Sally Smith of Greenwood, and she was more than happy to make it for us.  She does an amazing job!  

Wednesday, April 9, 2014

Handy Li'l Tool

I still surprise my husband sometimes.  He brought this cute little gadget home to show me a few weeks ago, and I immediately asked him if I could have it.  He thought I was kidding, but I told him I wasn't, and zipped it into a pocket in my purse.  I have used it countless times since then, and tonight, I changed out the brake light in my Suburban.  Despite a few offers of help, which we refused, my daughter and I got 'er done!

Monday, April 7, 2014

Yup. That's just great.

I drove for over 20 years without getting a flat tire, but have had 3 flat tires on my Suburban.  This particular wheel has gone flat twice in the last 6 months.  What's up with that?!

Sunday, April 6, 2014

Running to the Beach for Riding to the Top

You may recall these posts from 2012 & 2013 about the kiddos adventures running in the hugely popular TD Beach to Beacon 10k road race?   Well, we were going to register them again this year, but 4000 registrations sold out in 4 1/2 minutes!  So, the kiddos were disappointed that they weren't going to race it this year, but, a friend told us about a great opportunity.  If we could raise at least $500 for a therapeutic riding stable, they would give us an entry as a reward!  Considering how much our daughter loves running and horses, she was thrilled to raise as much money as possible!
The stable is called Riding to the Top and they served disabled persons from age 3 to 93 and everyone in between.  We visited them yesterday.  We met all their wonderful horses, both large and small, the executive director, and saw the incredible facilities and equipment that is used to improve the lives of so many people.  It is a truly exceptional place and she is even more committed to raising way more money than the required $500
These are the mechanical therapy horses that are used to test a new students' reaction to the motion of a horse, without the potential dangerous situation that could occur if an actual horse were involved.  The girls thought they were super fun to ride, but we also were impressed that this was something that we had never considered, but is certainly useful(and expensive!)