At Mid-Season

It has been a very busy season for my girls. The hours of practice and hard work have resulted in a quiet, but solid riding season. While they have collected their share of ribbons and some oversized cardboard checks, the goal remains with consistent riding. Each and every ride is about riding better, honing their horsemanship skills and increasing their knowledge of their horses. As Mark and Trish, their riding coaches say, “success and winning will take care of itself.”

Cameron

 

The horses have handled the traveling very well. In their eyes, their eagerness in the start area, the horses have enjoyed every second of competition.

Until the season ends, much more fun and work remains.

A Caturday Birthday

Celebrating a birthday today are my Musketeers – Midnight, Maxie and Tuxie. It’s their tenth.

Midnight

 

Maxie

 

Tuxie

 

Gathering them for a group shot is a near impossibility. Having them behave for a “family” portrait, highly unlikely. And, it is not unusual for one, two, or all three, to suddenly become camera shy.

They’ve been great kitties since their kitten days. Lots of fun, full of play.

 

Happy Birthday Musketeers!

Caturday Memories

Today, we remember our handsome, sweet boy, Dino. He lived a full life, 18 years and 11 months, of lots of fun and play.

taking his morning nap under the covers

 

having his 1:30 am breakfast with his sister and littermate, Pebbles

 

the late night portrait

 

It may be seven years since his passing, but there are days when you expect to see Dino waiting for his breakfast. Yes, we miss Dino very much. We are glad to have had him as a good friend and family member.

 

Photos from the Two Cats Two archive, using Kodak Gold 35 mm film (ASA 200).

Reaching Twenty One

“When I was twenty-one, it was a very good year
It was a very good year for city girls
Who lived up the stairs
With all that perfumed hair
And it came undone
When I was twenty-one”

 

A maker of smiles, she’s always ready with one herself. Tara has become a poised, confident woman. Very intelligent, very pretty. She takes her success as an equestrian in stride. Her horses are her life at the present. They make her contented and happy. We’re happy she has found her place for the moment. Tara’s ability to have found her center, much of the credit goes to her mom, Laurie.

Her song of the moment is the Sinatra classic, “It Was A Very Good Year”. Tara loves the emotion and tenderness he brought in his rendition of this song. In her quiet moments, alone with her horses, it is this song that flows around her. The video of Frank Sinatra recording this song can be found here.

 

Happy 21, Miss Tara!

xoxo
mom and dad

Becoming Twenty One

 

A special post by Andrea Kanakredes, RN, MSN.

 

Twenty-one.

It does not seem long ago when you entered our lives. Dad and I were so excited, we counted each day to your birth. Though you were due to come in late June, you arrived two weeks early. Dad and I could not believe we created a so perfect baby, our first princess. A perfect princess.

I may be a nurse, but I was nervous about doing things. Your dad was equally nervous, though he tried not to show it. Somehow, we made it through the first night, the first week, the first year.

The days to your twenty-one have gone by so quickly. There are times when dad and I wish we could slow time, to have you be our little girl, a day longer. We love when you quietly slip your hand into ours. And, when you need a reassuring embrace, you hold on ever so tightly.

You have become a smart, beautiful woman. A successful equestrian. Most of all, you will always be my perfect princess, your dad’s perfect princess.

 

Happy 21, baby girl!

xoxo
mom and dad