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A few of my favorite pics from last month’s jumping show:

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Say cheese!

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And since spring has finally sprung, I took some pictures of our flowers earlier (also, it was an excuse to be able to make that horribly lame pun in the title):

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Bonus Lucy picture:

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Happy May Day, everyone! 🙂

More Kids and Ponies

We had one of our unofficial jumping shows in January and, as always, we all had fun and when I wasn’t riding, I was taking pictures of everybody. A small sampling for your viewing pleasure:

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As you can tell from the title, these are a couple of months old, but I hope you enjoy anyway:

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More coming shortly!

I may as well give up promising not to go AWOL for months on end, because it always ends up happening anyway. Stuff likes to happen in big chunks, it seems. And then I’m exhausted for weeks afterwards.

Anyway, where were we? After my last post the Christmas season really kicked in full force and it was busy, busy, busy right up to the end. Once again, I was very thankful for my wonderful co-workers who did not, at any point, freak out or cause me to get stressed out. We just all pitched in and got stuff done.

I had the week between Christmas and New Year’s off (well, from the 23rd to the 30th), which was perfect since Sandrine was moving into her new house over Christmas weekend. So we spent Thursday evening loading all her stuff into the truck, drove up to Calais on Friday, then on Saturday we took the Channel shuttle train and drove up to Sandrine’s house.

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Inside the shuttle

The rest of the day was spent unloading and unpacking (and many, many trips up and down some VERY steep stairs). By dinnertime the house was starting to look like a house, although there were still quite a few boxes left. We tackled those the next morning after Sandrine opened her presents (the rest of us saved ours for New Year’s Eve).

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All in all, it was a decidedly un-traditional Christmas, but those tend to be the ones we remember the most, I think.

I was fully ready to crash for a few days after we got back, but the very next day we got a call from Aunt Susie saying that Grandpa had passed away. He hadn’t been doing well for a while, so it really wasn’t unexpected, but the timing could hardly have been worse. We were all pretty much running on fumes at that point, and somehow we had to pull ourselves together to make it through the family New Year’s dinner at my uncle’s and a last-minute trip to the States. Said trip went well, overall, even if we did have a bit of a blizzard on the day of the funeral (we all agreed Grandpa would have found that hilarious). It was good to spend a little time with family, even under less than cheerful circumstances. Plus I got to spend an afternoon with BJ, which was a bit of a miracle and very much needed.

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Me and my bestest friend

Since we’ve been back, I’ve finally gotten to unwind and process a bit. Things are pretty quiet at the moment, so I should be able to get caught up on things.

Until next time, have a little Lucy cuteness:

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“Umm, how do I get down?”

Ducks and Other Prettiness

Took these outside the reception venue for Thomas and Melodie’s wedding:

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My friends Thomas and Melodie got married in July, and it was a beautiful day for all involved, despite the rain.

A few shots of the ceremony (apologies for the random heads; I was in a slightly awkward spot):dsc_0052csdsc_0059csdsc_0069csAfter the ceremony:

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My sisters and me with the lovely bride:

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A few from the reception:

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June Show Pics

A few of my favorite shots from the end-of-the-year show back in June:

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