Incredible Benefits of Horseback Riding

From this sweet scared little girl to this capable confident young lady.

I know several years have passed, and she has literally grown up. However, she has also grown so much from this experience. It has become so much more than an activity. The horseback lessons themselves have taught Caitlyn the value of hard work, even dirty work you don’t like. It has taught her to put something else’s needs in front of her own. It has given her poise and confidence.

She has also made two incredible little friends, who she lovingly refers to as her minions. She has had the opportunity to help them with their horseback lessons, read to them, and teach them little things. It’s good for her to have someone younger than her to be an example for.

Plus, Ms Michelle often generously and amazingly includes Caitlyn in fantastic activities. We have baked candy corn and horse treats. I can’t even count the arts and crafts activities. Michelle is an artist, and she does such a great job explaining the projects and concepts. Which is fantastic, because Caitlyn loves art and I stink at it!

This is now her happy place.

Solar Eclipse

In August, we were fortunate enough to be able to go visit my Aunt’s house for the solar eclipse. She lives in Missouri and her house fell right in the path of the total eclipse. Since we were traveling so far we decided to make more of a trip of it, and enjoyed some of the sites.

The Gateway Arch was at the top of my list of places to visit. We decided the view was enough, and that we didn’t want to go up inside of it. Richard found a great park across the river to go to for the view. He also offered to take us to the St Louis Zoo, which was amazing. The had an incredible butterfly house, which fell right in with our science studies.

It was fantastic to be able to just step outside to watch the eclipse. We were able to go in and out through out the afternoon, whenever we wanted. We were able to avoid the heat, and have a fantastic view with no crowds.

All in all, time with Aunt Kathy was Caitlyn’s favorite part of the trip.