Tuesday, September 21, 2010

Games Rally Review

Games Rally weekend was full of heartbreaks and triumphs again this year!  Gracie's team came in 1st place for "Horse and Stable Management" (only the top score of all teams receives an award), but 3rd place in the actual games. We had two "rookie ponies" that got so charged up they could not be controlled-one even had to be removed from the games for the safety of the rider!
Gemma's team came in 2nd place for the games! I was very proud of both Gracie and Gemma as they exhibited excellent teamwork, sportsmanship, control, and games strategy. The US Pony Club Games are a very difficult discipline for kids this age but a great way to learn and grow with your horse.  Check out the slide show below the photos!
Gracie and Joe in the warm-up arena.

Gemma and Happy in the "Bottle Race".

Gemma makes the hand-off in the "Flag Race"!

Broken arm? What broken arm?

Gemma makes a basket in "Hi-Lo"

Gracie in "Hi-Lo"

Gracie's team-Amanda Traphagan, Jessie Juergensen and Anna Baack

Gemma's team: Dani Drbal, Sierra Wilson and Abby Baack

Gracie maneuvering cones on the "Flag Race".

Gracie, reaching for a flag.

Here is a quick slide show of the weekend:

Monday, September 20, 2010

Nyla 5 1/2 Months

Nyla cut a new tooth this weekend bringing her total to 4. The third bottom tooth actually beat her
second top tooth through, but it is very close behind. No more gummy smiles at the Seevers house.
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Saturday, September 11, 2010

Nyla-5 Months and Crawling

Nyla has been "commando crawling" since about 4 months (which was freaky enough) but now she's up on her knees and on the move at 5 months!  She also has three teeth (two bottom, one top)! Will someone please tell this child she's the 5th kid?!  She's supposed to stay immobile in my sling and nurse until she's three! haha. 

Thursday, September 9, 2010

Happy Birthday Brian!

My baby brother and only sibling, Brian Michael Cochran, would have been 35 years old today. I can't believe it's been 13 years since he died. When I let myself stop and think about it, my heart aches like it happened just yesterday. For me, this grief never gets any easier. It just gets placed neatly in a box and put away while I tend to the business of life. I like to think of him more on his birthday, as opposed to the anniversary of his death.  I still miss him very much. I wish my kids could have known him.  I know they would have adored him.  I often see him in their faces, especially when they are silly or tired.  Happy birthday little brother!