Holding Butterflies

Not too tight, not too loose

Week in review…9/29!

Oops, a week in review in the middle of the week.  We are deep into the fall routine, and I actually had to check the pictures on my phone to help me remember what we did! Construction continues in dribs and drabs, as it is wont to do. Except I had a huge problem with my covered arena! I’m not sure if I’ve talked about the fact that we have four construction projects going on right now and I’m about to lose my mind. The house is the obvious project, and we also have a covered riding arena going in. The grading for the arena is done, and the building is in fabrication. The next step is the concrete foundation work. It’s challenging because everything is new to me and I’m on a steep learning curve. We’ve also got the plans for a party barn that we want to get started–our builder wants to put that in at the same time he builds the pool house. And so the pool.. Read More

Week(end) in Review, 9/20

My heavens. This has been one crazy weekend, and I don’t remember one quite like it for a while. I checked the girls out of school at 1 p.m. on Friday to go to Columbus for a horse show and watched them along with other girls from our barn school cross-country. That is the fancy term for practicing the cross-country course before the show. I hopped back in my minivan and drove back to school for the 7:30 football game. My football player is a junior, and we only have FOUR home games this year, so I am doing everything I can to be at every single game. I love being a football mom, love the other football moms, and love those boys. It is a special culture. Back to Columbus (about an hour and fifteen minutes every time) to go to sleep around 11:45. I woke up at 5:50 in one of those “holy cow, where am I?” moments, and realized that I had to be downstairs for breakfast.. Read More

Worse than writer’s block…

That’s what a sleeping blog is. The mere idea of posting again, no matter how small, becomes daunting. But I’m waking this blog up! So here’s where we are right now. Summer was fun but FAST. I mean, I blinked and it was over. Tons of traveling for all of us, some together and some independent. It changed how we viewed our summer, not as a series of warm, lazy days spooling out, but more as chunks, weeks we were here and weeks we were there. The house construction continues, more slowly than I’d like, and we have a huge variety of things going on at the farm. And now school has started again and we find ourselves in a whirl of football and cross country and riding and homework and work and laundry. And I know more than anything that it will speed by in a blur if I can’t stop myself and notice the precious ordinary beautiful days that make up our life. Here’s a glimpse of the.. Read More