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My Best Friend is Having a Baby!

20 Feb

I really couldn’t think of a super creative or cheeky title for this post. Probably because I’m just so downright excited that I am going to be an aunt! Erin and I have been friends since we were little kids playing with our Breyer horses and driving go-carts through the mud. Yea. We had an interesting and awesome childhood! Now, she and her wonderful husband Travis are going to welcome a little baby boy into the world next month and I just can’t express how happy I am for them! AND how happy I am for me! I can’t wait to spoil this little guy tee-totally rotten!

We took maternity pictures a few weekends ago and here are a few of my favorite shots!

Erin2 Erin7b Powers1 Powers2b Powers7a Powers8Powers3 Powers13aShe isn’t due until the first of next month, but everyone is thinking that Lucas is going to make his appearance sooner than later. Needless to say, I no longer put my Iphone on “do not disturb” at night in anticipation of the “the baby is coming!” call! I know Erin’s mom is hoping that Lucas will at least wait until after Saturday to appear that way he won’t be a guest at his own baby shower!

Don’t you worry! I will let you know AS SOON AS Lucas arrives!



Fall Fun

12 Nov

Fall is such a beautiful time of year! Especially here in the mountains! Blue skies. Gorgeous leaves. A trip to an old hunting cabin had no shortage of these fall staples.20131112-080425.jpg







The sunrises and sunsets have been gorgeous lately as well.20131112-080529.jpg


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Or pound puppy Tikka has more than doubled in size too!20131112-080603.jpg

These little ones are less than a month old. My little bantam hen hatched them out herself!20131112-080610.jpg


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“Sometimes the world is a pretty mean place. That’s why animals are so warm and huggy.”

19 Jul


















The Silly Things Horses Do

18 Jul

Any horse owner or horse enthusiast would agree: horses do some pretty silly things. On the most harmless item they will get hurt; in the most impossibly tight spaces, they will get stuck; at the most innocent object, they will spook. My 14.2 h.h. Quarter Horse cross pony managed to wedge herself inside our tiny chicken coop on one occasion – and shut the door behind her. How do they do it!?! I don’t know if they are trying to punish there loving owners or just clumsily don’t realize how ubsurd their actions are, but either way it is undeniable that they do some very stupid things.

My Appaloosa gelding Dusty was recently diagnosed with White Line Disease and, as a result, we are having to keep him up in a stall anytime the ground out in the pasture is wet or its raining. Unfortunately, it has rained a lot here lately. Making the situation even more unfortunate, Dusty HATES being kept up in a stall. While in his stall, he will pretty much destroy anything he possibly can. Hay feeders, water buckets, even the stall door, doesn’t stand a chance.

This morning, when I went out to feed him and muck his stall, I noticed something strange as I approached the barn. A window was missing.

Yes. Missing. Gone. I marveled and, I must admit, fumed as I got closer and realized that Dusty had literally ripped the window right out of the wall.
But then my horse-lover tendencies kicked in and I began to worry that Dusty might have cut himself on the window glass or on some other window part in his very effective window removal project. When I opened the stall door I could not believe what I saw…

CIMG5607 CIMG5608 CIMG5611I am assuming that he first broke the bars off the window then stuck his head through, got stuck, and ripped the window off the wall. Unfortunately, he just couldn’t figure out how to actually get out of the window – or maybe he is trying to start a new horse fashion trend (pay attention horse owners! Your horse is going to be begging you for this accessory!). Luckily, he did not have a single scratch from the ordeal. I don’t know how he managed that. He also looked quite guilty and embarrased as I lifted the window off his head however I’m resisting the temptation to feel sorry for the rotten guy.

CIMG5614He was very thankful to have the window gone – from both his neck and its proper place on the wall. Oh my goodness. Please just pray that his feet heal soon or we may not have a barn left to stall him in!

For some reason, I still love him. *sigh* 😀

Our One Year Wedding Anniversary!

18 Jul

Last week, Ike and I celebrated our one year wedding anniversary! It is so cliche to say that it doesn’t seem possible that it has been a year, but the cliche totally applies here! As does the age old saying “time flies when you are having fun!” I am so very blessed to be married to my best friend.

Here are a few photos from our big day courtesy of Kasey Kesner Photography!

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For our anniversary, Ike planned a wonderful surprise date night! He would not tell me where we were going! That day, before the big surprise, we hit up some local flea markets (which is a weekend routine for us! We LOVE searching through junk looking for treasures!) and grabbed a sushi lunch. That evening he revealed to me that he had made reservations for dinner at  at the Martha Washington Inn Restaurant! I had never been, but had always want to! The Martha Washington Inn was originally built in 1832 and served as an all girls college, then a hospital for soldiers during the civil war, and now as a hotel, restaurant, and spa.


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Being the sweetie he is, Ike bought me an entire outfit to wear to dinner! He even got my sizes right and, if I dare say, I couldn’t have picked out a cuter outfit myself!

20130718-073529.jpgDress, belt, and necklace: Oldnavy. Wedges: Maurices.

We had such an incredible time! The food, service, and atmosphere was amazing. The inside of the hotel is as stunning and history-filled, as the outside. I cannot wait to go back again! I’m hoping this becomes an anniversary tradition. 🙂


Hot Sand Hopping in the Sunshine State

3 Jul

After spending a glorious weekend in Charleston, we headed on to Florida to spend the week. I must admit, once I get to the beach it is so hard to leave! I love just laying in the sand, soaking up the sun!


While in Florida, we went to the Alligator Farm in St. Augustine and here is what I wore!


The St. Augustine Alligator Farm was awesome! Don’t worry! They don’t actually “farm” alligators. It is just a Zoo that features a HUGE variety of different reptiles; especially alligators! If reptiles aren’t really your thing, they also have many beautiful birds and monkeys.


You really just can’t imagine how magnificent and giant these guys are until you see them up close and personal.


They had this big albino alligator. It really was so incredible it barely looked real.

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He looks like he is grinning! Look at those teeth!


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And these teeth! Ohmygosh!

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One of our favorite spots that we always visit when in Florida is The Golden Lion Cafe at Flagler Beach. The food is incredible and the atmosphere is even better. It is an open air restaurant (except for a few covered areas) right next to the ocean. The have a great variety of fresh seafood (try the salmon tacos or the coconut shrimp! They are so good!) and a great cocktail selection as well. They frequently have live music complete with a sand dance floor. It really is a must visit if you are anywhere near Flagler Beach.







St. Augustine in Florida is one of my favorite places. It is a beautiful city and just happens to be the oldest in the United States. As a result, there are so many fun historical hings to see in St. Augustine. The buildings themselves are so gorgeous and totally worth the visit. While in St. Augustine, Fort Matanzas is a must visit. Built in 1740, the fort is complete with a drawbridge and you can now tour the entire structure. I always feel like I’m in Lord of the Rings every time I’m there!



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Despite my acute attachment to the beach, I was so glad to come home and see our animals! However, I must say, I look forward to going back. Everyone needs a vacation!

Charleston’s Charm: Our Weekend Trip to South Carolina

1 Jul

Ike and I recently went on vacation which has been the immediate cause for my short hiatus from the blogging world. We had a wonderful time! Our first stop was historic Charleston, South Carolina; let me tell you, this place made my not-so-well-hidden inner history nerd emerge in full force. In Charleston, there is history everywhere and it is impossible to not be transported back in time. I saw this as a perfect opportunity to pretend that I was a parasol carrying, hoop-skirt wearing, southern belle and pursued this end every chance I got – walking up the marble staircases, strolling along the cobblestone road, etc. It was perfectly magical!



We stayed at a beautiful Bed and Breakfast in the heart of downtown Charleston called “The Elliot House Inn” which was first built in 1861. The location was amazing – only minutes walking from practically everything Charleston has to offer. The staff was also excellent providing us with essential information about routes to walk, places to eat, history must-sees, etc. Ike and I had never had room service, so them bringing us champagne to our room was a particular thrill! They even included a special note on the tag because it was my birthday! How nice!



The Inn’s courtyard was stunning and included two large white staircases, an arbor with beautiful, overhanging vines, a hot tub, and wine and cheese every evening. Breakfast can either be delivered to your room or to the courtyard – we just could not pass up the opportunity to spend more time in the beautiful courtyard so we ate there both mornings among the chirping birds and beautiful greenery.



Channeling my inner southern belle once again, I donned a girly, pink floral dress for an evening carriage ride. I just couldn’t resist!



One of the most extraordinary parts of Charleston is its beautiful, historic houses. A new house in Charleston is anything newer than 100 years old! It is incredible. The city works hard to preserve theses houses and keep them looking as they did when they first were built and their work really pays off.



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While in Charleston, we also took a horse back ride tour of Middleton Place – another must visit while in Charleston. The grounds of the old plantation are literally breathtaking. And what better way to see them then from the back of a horse!

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My Tennessee Walker/Quarter Horse cross friend Trigger! We even saw alligators while riding through the swamps!


I honestly would have loved to have stayed in Charleston for our entire vacation, but after two nights, we headed to Palatka, Flordia to spend the rest of the week! Yay for vacation! If you every get the chance to visit Charleston, one word, GO! You will not regret it!