Alright, I have about 15 minutes scheduled in here to update the old blog. Hi blog. I don't know how long it has been since I've written you last, but I miss you. Good things have been happening.
Foxy is starting to get a little attention and the farrier finally took drastic measures and got Shadow's feet done really, really well. If you live is the East Bay and need a FANTASTIC farrier, give Nathan Mott a call- you can probably find his info on Bay Area Equestrian. He is very gentle and kind and literally saved Shadow's life as we thought we were going to have to put him down. Now, he's been given a reprieve and it's not like we didn't try before- so kudos to Nate for his tenacity with our old guy. I know it is another mouth to feed but he is such an awesome horse, especially for little kids, it was eating me from the inside out to think of having to put him down. Cosette is putting on weight and getting sassy and she's looking pretty happy these days, too.
I've still been busy with doctors appointments and getting my blood drawn regularly and infusions but it is becoming routine and that's just the way it goes. That's all I'm going to say on that right now.
I've been reviewing a ton of books which I love and I'm doing a little freelance editing and copy writing.
I'm doing yoga. Viola is going to start going with me. It's the hot kind and 90 minutes long so I'm also drinking like 2 gallons of water a day.
The girls are all signed up for camps this summer. Ave is off to San Francisco Girls Chorus camp for 10 days plus a week at Girl Scout camp. Vi is going to the Gillie's program at Girl Scout camp again this year where they hike out to their campsite and have to build their own tree beds and shelters. We have one gracing the front of our house these days where the kids like to hang out and read(It's kind of like a hammock only Vi made it from some pieces of wood, a bunch of sisal rope and a slew of special knots she learned at scout camp. Vi's going to do an intensive program at ACT's Youth Conservatory in SF this summer and she is excited for that.
Both girls are singing their hearts out. Vi is taking private lessons with one of the SFGC private instructors(Audrey is AMAZING)- Viola can hit the highest notes and they sound pure and ethereal with quite a bit of power behind them. My hopes of her turning out to be an amazing coloratura soprano might just happen. Ave is up for promotion but she may do another year as a second level in the SF Girls Chorus as she is still pretty young. She has learned so much and we are coming up on the final concert of the year at the performance center at the Mormon Temple and then she'll be out for the summer(except for camp). She has a performance for the outreach program this week.
AND swim team has started. We're sticking with the Barracudas- even though we live in Glenmoor, we love the coaches at Mission Valley Swim Team and the team came in second at championships last year- Ave got ribbons for her freestyle and butterfly(Vi was still recovery from scootering down the side of a mountain and wiping out and having to have a bunch of stitches across her kneecap). Swim team is a huge commitment but the girls love it.
Ave's doing gymnastics and it just so happens that she's actually good at it and has been progressing rapidly. She's doing 2 90 minute classes a week and I think we're going to have a coach work with her privately over the summer. On one day she goes straight from swim team to gymnastics, the other straight from chorus to gymnastics. But it is all her. I haven't encouraged it because I don't like how dangerous gymnastics can be but secretly, I'm rooting for her because this might just be her sport. She's amazing, doing cartwheels on the high beam, working on her handsprings and crazy press handstands. She's just this little ball of muscle now.
Finally, cause this is all I have time for today... I dyed my hair back as close to my natural color as I could get it. I'm over the whole highlight thing. They might look great on other people but it isn't worth it to me to waste three hours of my day and god knows how much money to get highlights only to have roots that make me insane a few weeks later. See, hair, when you get to be too high maintenance, you get the smack down. So, it may be dull and boring but I'm back to brown and so it goes. Do have to say, I loved the Feria product I used. It covered my hair really evenly even thought the bottom was really blond from all the highlighting. Oh yeah, and I'm going to let it grow out. I figure with getting older and all, this might be my last shot at having hair that is actually longer than shoulder-length...