"If the world were merely seductive, that would be easy. If it were merely challenging, that would be no problem. But I arise in the morning torn between a desire to improve the world and a desire to enjoy the world. This makes it hard to plan the day." — E.B. White

Wednesday, January 2, 2013

Happy New Year !!!

Hope you all rang out the old and rang in the New Year joyfully!

We did!!!

Not a raucous evening (unless you count going out in my jammies near midnight to check horses). Just reading last years memory highlights and resolution questionnaires and filling out this years while wearing silly hats. 

Snuggled up and reading our new Christmas book "The Boxcar Children" in bed.
And then...

Hunting together as a family on New Years Day.
I truly hope this will become a new tradition with us. So far The Farmer seems to have taken to it like a duck to water. He's never foxhunted before although he's played a supporting role behind the scenes. 
I had no doubt he'd love it. He's a natural rider and has been training dogs to hunt since he was a kid. Throw in his perfect horse Bonnie The Clyde, kind and helpful fellow hunters and great food afterwards... Who wouldn't love it?!
At a snowy team Hunter Pace last month ( he's wearing a winter coat under his riding jacket)
I am soooooo HAPPY looking over and seeing him riding beside me!
Now my kids, that's a whole 'nother story...
They ride like champs and when we're halfway through I love seeing their smiles beside me.
But it takes 'bout half a hunt before they quit fussing.
THAT'S our New Years resolution; kids STARTING the hunt SMILING.
Thanks largely to their new hunt friends Ms. Susan and teen idol Heather they ended this ride beaming.
The awesome Masters of Carrollton Hunt invite the kids to ride in at the front as they bring hounds in up.  My kids were hooked.

Jack, Heather and Sarah riding in with Carrollton's Maters. 

Now I'm off to finish catching up on last years chores so that I can move on to this years projects.
2013 is off n running and I gotta keep up better this year!
Best wishes to you all this year!


Sue said...

Second time I have read of a memory jar, sounds like a great idea.Looks Like I will have one come next new Year
Fox hunting sounds very exciting,
Wishing you a very blessed and Happy New Year.

Lisa Tucker said...

I love the idea of a resolution questionaire! I'm also always in awe of you and your family fox hunting....so very English..:) Have a great start to a wonderful new year!

Janette's Sage/Simply Your Decor said...

You just put the fun in life and I am always lifted up and inspired when I come here..this is too much fun. I will be sharing the pictures later with my family...they are so enjoying your life..so different from ous and so interesting.
What a wonderful sight to behold..all of you together on horses, I know, a dream come true

Vintage Country Girl said...

Happy New Year friend!

Lori O'Brien Photography said...

Kick out your neighbors...We're movin IN!!! I've listened to you dream and plan for years....watching it all unfold for you brings tears to my eyes!
Love you girlfriend!!

PS Just pinned your gorgeous mantle...as always : )

Mitzi said...

I love the "memory jar" idea too! Hope you have fun on all of your 2o13 projects!

Bobbie said...

happy new year! Love seeing all those pretty hunting dogs

mountain mama said...

beautiful mantle!

wow...those are cool riding/hunting outfits?! my girls would love that!!
it's a shame we don't live closer to y'all!!

happy new year!!

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