We wanted to check out how the progress was coming on my new arena and ride over the recently renovated culvert between pond and creek.

We wanted to check out how the progress was coming on my new arena and ride over the recently renovated culvert between pond and creek.

The Great Escape (sort of)

Jenn and I make it a point to ride a minimum of twice a week with each other, and then if somehow the stars align and we can ride otherwise, we do. Of that twice a week, we try REAAALLLLYYY hard to get someone to watch the kids so we can leave the playpen area. I would say this happens 1 out of 3 rides or so.

My mom wanted grandkids  It was later than expected, but she finally got them, so I rope her into grandma duty as often as possible, which isn’t as often as I’d like because she travels for work.

My brother has a 4 year old and we exchange baby sitting duties. Last week, I tricked him into watching the kids while he helped work on this really cool “palm frond stand” that I needed for an ACTHA obstacle challenge I hosted. We were saddled up and getting on and I just kind of said, “Hey Jer, keep an eye on the kids for just a minute, K?” And Jenn and I were gone like that.

How was I to know the baby would start crying and the boys would think fighting with sticks is fun? I heard nothing.

We wanted to check out how the progress was coming on my new arena and ride over the recently renovated culvert between pond and creek.  (a.k.a. drainage ditch, but creek sounds better)  So we did just that, with Jack Jack in tow.

Jack Jack is my dog. He is Joey’s son. Joey was the BEST dog in the whole world. You could look high and low and still never find a better trail dog.  I had 12 good years with Joey and everyone on the HorseCity forums knew him well. Jack Jack is a good dog. Not as good as daddy, but I don’t spend the time with him that I did with his father.

The cleared arena looks great! Lots of shade trees all around. There is a trail off the back side that loops around to the main drive eventually.

We could have turned back after our inspection, but instead we figured Jeremy was just fine with baby, toddlers, drill and hammer and we went up to ride on my parent’s newly cleared lot. There’s nothing like freshly spread dirt to make for great riding!  🙂

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