I was up and out pretty early for me on a Saturday; we had a half hour drive from Jeannie's house. With a 5 and an 8 yr old in the back seat, this is how it went most of the way:
You're looking at me!
I'm not looking at you, I'm looking out the window.
Mom, make her stop looking at me.
Mom, she hit me!
Mom, I don't want her looking at me or looking out my window.
And on and on for the entire trip. I told Jeannie to just think of how I felt with 4 kids in the car when they were little.
Fortunately things were much friendlier when we arrived at the riding place. There were two horses (and about 8or 10 girls), and they took two at a time starting with the smallest girls - which meant that Autumn was one of the last to ride. One horse was a paint mare, and the other was a gorgeous gelding. I kept hoping Autumn would get to ride the gelding; the mare was gentle and friendly and sweet; the gelding was friendly and sweet, but he was always looking for treats and a little more spirited!
While the first two girls were taking their turn on the horses, one of the ranch girls took the other little girls on a tour of the facilities, showing them the other horses, the tack room, etc. When they got back to where the moms were, Autie said to her mom, "We had to clean up horse poop!" She didn't seem fazed about it and thought it was pretty funny. Here are some of the pictures I took: (Click to enlarge.)
I was very glad I went as I enjoyed seeing all the girls having so much fun. Autumn and Arianna left with friends and their parents for the afternoon, so Jeannie and I went shopping for shoes. Jeanne has been having trouble finding shoes that fit and feel good so we went to a specialty store. I need something a little more dressy than my Birkenstocks, and found a nice pair of sandals that felt good. I haven't been able to wear any type of closed in shoe except the runners I wear to the gym, and I hope these will be better for when I wear a dress.
I'll need to dress up a little for my brother & s-i-l's 50th anniversary coming up, as well as for a couple of occasions in New York, and the sandals were on sale! They feel good, but I'll not be doing much dancing in them!
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