I got to ride one of our horses today! It was so cool. I haven’t ridden my own horse in over 25 years (oh my goodness, I’m old!). My family had a 17-hands high Appaloosa when I was around 12 or 13. Sergeant Tommy was kept out in a little country town, a little bigger than the one we’re living in now; it was more than a 30-minute drive from our house. My parents would take my sisters and me out there every once in a while to ride him. Now we have 2 horses, right in our own backyard! It’s so weird. I love that I get to be a little bit of a city girl but get the bennies of living in the country too.
After all that fun, we plopped down to watch some college football. Since my mother-in-law is out of town, she offered up her University of Florida game ticket for tonight, so our boys went to watch the game at the stadium. They were so excited; they cleaned the car and decorated it all up with orange and blue window paint. Even though it wasn’t an even match-up, I know they had a good time. There’s just something about being in a stadium, football, baseball, whatever, that is just so energizing.
My daughter just asked me, So what are we doing Sunday and Monday? I’m thinking, Not much, right now. A Netflix movie, a walk through the neighborhood, maybe a family board game… sound good to me. I love three-day weekends!
Wow. I started this blog 365 days ago. It’s interesting to look back and see what we did over the past year. I didn’t write much in the past couple of months as we have been settling in here in our new home in Florida. We’ve been here 2 months now. And we are learning how to live in the country. We got our first real pets – we’ve had fish over the years – but now we have a puppy and two mares. The dog has become a member of the family; he’s just too cute. And we are gradually learning how to take care of horses. We are hoping to ride them soon, but it’s been a while, so I’m taking it slowly.
The kids started school last week and are trying to find their places in yet another new school. Our oldest joined the football team over the summer before school started so got a jump-start on making new friends. Since this is his senior year, I’m glad he was able to do that. Our daughter joined the volleyball team when school started and is learning the in’s and out’s of another new sport. Our youngest joined the middle school football team and may be our quarterback. I am really looking forward to seeing them play ball this fall. I love to watch my kids play.
My husband got a job at the middle school as an 8th grade math teacher. He is finding it to be more challenging than he first thought. It is much different than the 28 years he did in the military. I am also trying to find my place here as well. I thought that I would already be looking for a job, but it has worked out that it’s been good that I am still at home. I actually have not quite gotten the house unpacked as we are waiting for our house-builders to repair/finish a few things that weren’t complete when we moved in. Things like no shelves in our kitchen pantry, rips in the wall paper, legs missing on the stove, holes in the linoleum, and scratches on the counter tops have held me up from unpacking some boxes. I just got a call that they are finally coming tomorrow to take care of these things – 2 months after we moved in.
Happy Anniversary to me. Happy “New” Year to all.