Fun at Palmer

I took Sam and Tommy to Palmer Ranch in Augusta, KS for a Pony Club mounted session with Bekki this morning. Sam and Tommy had an absolute BLAST jumping the cross-country fences!

Jumping the Novice Coup

Jumping the Novice Coup


Tommy was a pretty pooped pony when we were finished, but boy did he sure have fun!

God’s Promise

As the saying goes, spring is God’s promise that life will go on.



When you’re in the throes of grief, it is sometimes difficult to see this, but taking a step back and watching the turning of the seasons and seeing the daffodils spring up from the barren earth and the trees spout blossoms, it is quite evident that life does go on.

I know that Mom is in a better place now, free of the cancer that ate away at her earthly body. Her spirit is now free – everywhere and yet no where that I can physically reach out to her. There isn’t a day that goes by that I don’t think of her and want to call her to ask her advice on something or another. I still wish that she would have been able to come down with Dad over Christmas, but that wasn’t to be.

I am thankful for everything that she did for me, that she taught me and that she showed me.  I MISS YOU MOM!!!!!!!!!!!

Here’s to a life well lived.


Just as the year turns and life begins anew, we go on missing our loved ones and keeping them always within our hearts.


New Kitty!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Steve brought home an early Christmas present for me and Sam.  A co-worker had rescued a kitten from a dog and brought the kitten into work for a different co-worker.  The co-worker took the kitten home, but it didn’t work out because they also had a dog.  SO, Steve thought that we would be able to give the kitten a good home.

So, without further ado, let me introduce Miss Sophie 🙂



Miss Sophie is a flame point siamese mix.  We’re not sure how old she is, but probably 3-6 months.  I need to get a vet appointment scheduled for her, then we’ll find out a bit more about her.  So far Cuddles hasn’t really interacted with her, but she’s been sniffing around where Sophie has been.  Scooter went up to Sophie in her carrier and was trying to sniff her, but she must have swipped him because Sam heard Scooter yowl and saw him take off in the other direction.  We’ll keep them separated for a week or two, and see how they get along.  Hopefully it will go well!


Heights Cheer Show

This past Thursday, Independent’s Upper and Middle School Cheer teams joined forces and exhibited in the 6th Annual Battle of the Squads.  Their routine was one of the only squads who did not drop one of their stunts!  The girls were all mightily pleased with their performance afterwards, which they should be.  They did a great job!

Sam is in the very back row toward the right hand side of the ‘stage’.  

You can see their performance here.

They’ll be performing again – at the Andover Cheer show.  Not quite sure when that one is though.

The end of the season

Last night was the last football game of the season.  


The panthers ended with a 6-4 record – which I believe is the best in the school’s history!  Sam had a blast cheering at the games, but was more than ready for the football season to end, and I’m a bit excited about having my Friday nights back again.  Although, with basketball season coming up before too long, I’ll have to enjoy my free nights while I can!


Happy, Happy Halloween from the Kits

While they weren’t terribly excited about getting dressed up in their Halloween costumes, they were fairly good sports about it – except for Cuddles, who kept trying to take her collar off and getting her leg stuck in her collar.

Hope everyone has/had a safe and happy Halloween filled with lots of treats!

Chester’s First Dressage Show

Sam took Chester to his first Dressage show today.  She’s been working hard getting him to slow down and relax.  It’s been a tough road for her, but she’s definitely making progress!  

Sam entered three classes – Intro A, Intro B, and the Starter Combined Training, which consisted of Intro C and an 18″ Jumping course.  My video camera wasn’t working for Intro A, but I was able to capture her last three rides.  The videos can be found on You Tube at the following links:

Intro B –

Intro C –

Jumping – 


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