Horse Riding Lessons

Our little guy is positively obsessed with all things horses. Throughout the past year, we’ve thrown around the idea that putting him in horse lessons would be a really great thing for him. A chance to be able to succeed at something… to get away from normal and just be a kid and have fun.

So, we’ve been to two lessons now, and he is loving it. When he gets out there in the country and interacts with these giant creatures, he comes alive. It’s really fun to see him interact with his horse, Lily. ¬†We really hope that he will find in her a silent listener to connect with… and begin to make sense of his first six crazy years of life.

It will be interesting to see how this shapes his future and how big a part of his life horses may actually end up being.

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Horse Obsession!

Our little guy is absolutely OBSESSED with horses. The first few days we thought it may just be a fad. Turns out, horses are here to stay. If you meet D, YOU will soon become a horse to be pulled around the house… ridden on… locked in the closet because you’ve been a bad horse… you get the picture.

Early on, we were told that it would be a good idea to get him a stuffed animal of some sort so that he could have something to hold and confide in when he gets sad. So, we decided to get him the horse pictured above. He was SO excited about it. However, just as important as finding the perfect horse was finding a rope to tie around his neck to lead him around the house. Awesome. We have such a cowboy on our hands. Not what I was expecting!

The same day that we got him the $15 horse, we decided to give his family a call so that he could talk to them since he misses them tremendously… one of the first things he told them was that he “got a horse”. He didn’t bother to tell them that it was about a foot tall… and made out of cotton. We were whispering in his ear that he should tell them that he “got it” from Walmart. Eventually he did, and they all laughed and we sighed with relief that they no longer thought that we were trying to buy his love or something!

We’ve been trying to figure out how to make his room more personal for him. Last week, the thought went through my mind that I should get some horse photos printed that I shot several months ago for a client. So, I ordered some big prints and surprised him the other day. His face lit up as if magic had landed right in his room. He has been staring at the horses and dreaming up stories about them every since.

I love the power of photographs.

I love watching his mind speed through creative scenarios that he makes up.