Sunday, May 17, 2009

Payton's Third Riding Lesson from Aunt Louise

Another PD Day on Friday meant that Payton was able to get a riding lesson from her Aunt Louise. Lucky girl she is that her Aunt can do this for her! The pony is very well behaved and we all enjoyed the warm sunshine! Brooklyn looked on from the safety of her stroller although at the last lesson she also had a little ride!

I am really enjoying the time back in Ottawa with the grandchildren and with my daughters (and families) of course.

Lisa and Louise helping Payton get adjusted before the ride. Two horsewomen and a horse girl in training!

Payton is learning all about the grooming as well and brushing the pony before the ride is very important.

Payton's cousin Cassie came along to watch the riding today!

The grass is green, the sun is shining, the children are smiling - life is good.

Mark Twain once said (and it is worth remembering) :

"In twenty years, it is not the things that you did that you will regret, it is the things you didn't do."

Tuesday, May 12, 2009

Ottawa Summer is Just Around the Corner!

Hello all - we have been having the best weather these past few days, sunny and warm. The Tulip festival is underway and every day as we ride our bikes on the paths we see more and more green in the trees. They are letting go of winter and really revelling in the springtime.

I am preparing for my new role as caregiver for Brooklyn and Payton as their Mom (my daughter Lisa) returns to work before the next baby arrives in late November! It will be really fun to spend the time immersed in the two of them and their daily lives and I am very happy to help.
These last few days have been busy with visits with former colleagues and the installation of state of the art, energy efficient furnace and air conditioner at the house here in Ottawa. What a job!