Friday, April 4, 2014

Three Month Break.

Has it really been almost three months since I last wrote a blog post? I can't believe it but I honestly think part of it has to do with the fact that I started a Facebook account and that has been keeping my family and friends up to date on our lives. I felt like this blog was pretty much doing that for us too, so why repeat myself?

Well here's why - I initially started this blog to document our move from Florida to Michigan (I tend to drift away from this subject when every day life occurs). Since we are less than a year away from our move, I have started to feel my motivation to write return. When something becomes the main topic of conversation between you and your friends and family, you know it's getting close! I really want to continue to record our last year in Florida and our new beginning in Michigan and I hope my readers return to join me.

After considering whether or not to continue with this blog, I've decided that I do want to move forward with it and give it my all. I truly enjoy blogging and I have missed it over the past few months. I've been keeping up with my favorite blogs as a blog reader but I'm ready to get back to being a blog writer!

Anyone who has actually stayed with me through this break, thank you so much! I look forward to sharing my adventures with you again!

For those of you who don't know, I had my first riding competition in January with Beau and that will definitely be the topic of my next post!

I hope you are all doing well! Talk to you again soon!

Tuesday, January 7, 2014

2014.

Wow, I can't believe it is already 2014! As you have probably noticed, I ended up taking an unplanned break from the blog over the holidays. It was nice to get away and focus on time with family. My sister came to town with her family and stayed for a few weeks and then we were expecting Nick's parents to come in on December 28th.
 
 
Nick and I spent Christmas Eve together; like we have since we got together. We had a nice evening of wrapping presents, drinking eggnog and driving around and looking at the lights.
Christmas day we opened our presents together, relaxed and Nick put my new bench together for me! For dinner we went to my Aunt and Uncle's house and spent time with them and my Mom's family. It was a great time and we didn't leave until around 10pm!
 
After the holidays we anxiously waited for my in-laws to come into town that Saturday. Nick and I ended up going to the Pistons game in Orlando on Friday which made for a fun start to what would be a great week with his parents.

The four of us went out to the barn together and they watched me ride Beau. He was really good that day! Were getting close to our show so starting tomorrow I will be making lots of trips out to the barn to ride.
New Year's Eve was spent at the house. My Aunt Cathy, Uncle Donald and cousin Kiera stopped by for a few hours before heading over to another party. It was great for them to get to spend some time with Nick's parents and us.
New Year's Day we drove up to my Dad's house to exchange Christmas gifts and have some lunch on the water. On our way to get a bite to eat we stopped at Blue Springs State Park to see the manatees.
Barb took me out to Dover Saddlery to get me my early birthday presents! She bought me new tall boots and a new show jacket! I love them so much and can't wait to show them off at Fox Cry Horse Show on January 25th!
 
This past Friday we went out with Nick's parents, my aunt and uncle and cousin (the same ones from New Year's Eve) and celebrated nick's 30th birthday a little early. It was a blast playing pool and sharing drinks and laughs together. We extended the party late into the evening and enjoyed a relaxing day on Saturday at home before Nick's parents had to fly home.
 
Nick's actual birthday was yesterday. We went out to a local bar just the two of us. We enjoyed some drinks, played pool and listened to music. It was nice to spend some one on one time together after the craziness of the past few weeks.
I also got to tell Nick what his big birthday present from me is and he is so excited! We're going to the Billy Joel concert on the 17th and spending the weekend in Clearwater, Florida. We are both really excited for the concert and a weekend away together.
 
We had a great time with family the past few weeks. Our end to 2013 and the beginning of 2014 have been wonderful! We have so much look forward to this year, we have lots of fun things planned and we'll be busy getting ready to move to Michigan! I hope you all had wonderful holidays and are starting out the new year on a good note.
 
Nick and I finished painting the house and I'll be doing a before and after post for you very soon!

Thursday, December 12, 2013

Riding Beau and Cash.

I completely forgot to post this yesterday – OOPS! Sorry about that!

On Tuesday I went out to the barn to ride for the first time since my lesson. My trainer hurt her back so before I went out there I asked her if there was anything I could do to help her out. She told me that I could go ahead and ride her horse, Cash, for her. I feel bad her back is out but… I was really excited to get some extra riding time in!
First thing I did was setup the jumps to the correct height (2’6”) and grabbed Beau from his stall. I tacked up and then we were ready to work. Beau was an angel! After my lesson last week I told myself that I was going to go into this ride with a clear mind and completely forget about the bad ride we had a few days prior. Doing this completely relaxed me and we were so much more in sync. Me relaxing, relaxed Beau and it was smooth sailing from there. I didn’t do full courses but I did jump two lines in a row (4 jumps) several times and we did great!

Beau was really lengthening and finding his spots so I settled in and let him point us in the right direction. It worked most of the time and we got some really nice fences in. I was so pleased with our ride, I ended it on a good note and we headed back to the barn. Next I was going to ride Cash.
I had never ridden Cash before so Mandi (my trainer) gave me a few pointers and sent me on my way. I hopped on him and immediately realized how much closer I was to the ground; he is a lot smaller than Beau! I trotted Cash around and got him to frame up nicely and then asked him to canter. While I was cantering him Mandi came out and gave me a few suggestions to get him to settle and lengthen his stride and then asked me to do flying lead changes (this is where you are cantering in one direction and then switch them to the opposite direction). We did flying lead changes both ways and he was really good! I have to say that I really enjoyed riding Cash and I would love to get the opportunity to ride him more in the future!

All in all, I had two great rides on Tuesday! I am so happy that Beau and I were on the same page again and recovered from last week’s lesson failure. As always, I’m looking forward to going out there Sunday and riding him again!

Tuesday, December 10, 2013

Weekend Update.

I hope you all had a great weekend! Nick and I worked hard this weekend painting the house...
And putting up out Christmas decorations!
I can't wait to show you before and after pictures of the house when we're all done painting! I'm hoping to have the whole house done after this weekend.

I hope you are all having a great start to your week! I'm headed to the barn this afternoon and will be getting to ride Beau and another horse, Cash! I'm excited to ride Cash...he's a really good boy! I'll update you on my rides tomorrow. 

Saturday, December 7, 2013

Why.

I feel like I have drifted a little bit from the reason I started this blog. Since today is my One Year Blogging Anniversary, I’ve been thinking a lot about this little blog of mine and why I began writing. I think I had a few reasons for it but the main one was that I wanted to document our move from Florida to Michigan. This time last year we still did not have a clear idea of when we wanted to move or how we were actually going to approach it; we just knew it would happen sometime. Nick made a new year’s resolution to begin college classes at some capacity. He has known for a while that he wanted to get back into coaching football but we weren’t sure what would be the best way to approach it.

As some of you may know, Nick quit his job this past April and began working on getting his AA. Next week he will be done with his second semester and have 21 credits under his belt! I could not be more proud of how hard he is working to follow our dreams and moving to Michigan. He is on track to graduate with his AA next December, so, in the meantime we have been painting the inside of the house (everything was white) to give it a little bit more market value when we list it for sale next December/January.

Our plan when I started this blog was roughly this: try to get some college credits, move to a suburb of Detroit (Belleville was where we were seriously considering), Nick finish getting his Bachelor’s Degree and then get a teaching/coaching job somewhere outside of Detroit. Well, this plan has changed a lot in the past year and we are 100% confirmed with what we are going to do now. Here is our plan now: Nick graduates with his AA in December 2014, I find a job (and we buy a house) somewhere between Mt. Pleasant and Alma, list our current house for sale, Nick starts online classes for his Bachelor’s for the spring semester, we move and Nick starts coaching!

I get so excited thinking and talking about this because it has been something we wanted to do for years and now we are only one year away from it becoming a reality! So, as we approach this huge time in our lives, I hope my lovely readers are looking forward to following along with us and this adventure we are about to embark on.

Now, even though this is the reason I started this blog, it has turned into so much more than that. It is a virtual diary where I can write posts about fun things we do, or yummy recipes I’ve made, and it has really become a place where our family can come and see what we’ve been up to. I have rekindled a love for photography that I knew burned deep down in me and want to save up for a nice camera to start taking some awesome pictures with! This blog has also become my historical library of throwback posts and riding stories and I know I will be so grateful to always have this to look back on.

Thank you all for following along with Motor City on my Mind this past year! I hope you are just as excited about this next year as I am!