Monday, May 26, 2008

Macaroni and WHEEE's

Maddox rode his first pony and first horse this weekend. We went to Brown County state park and had hopes of taking M on a horse tour. When we got there we were disappointed that they do not allow double riding and the minimum age is 8. We were so sad, but we brightened up when we saw little Macaroni. Maddox went on a ride around the loop riding Macaroni and smiling from ear to ear. After the ride we found out about a place just outside the park that does rides. So we headed out and saddled up. First, we got to pet baby horses that were only a few weeks old. It was really neat and the mommy horses were so protective. Once it was time, Aaron and Maddox hopped on Bandit 2 and I got on Shawnee. M didn't seem too sure at first and quickly bored of us waiting for everyone to get ready. But, once we were on the trail he was having a blast. He rode barefoot and held the reigns. When we trotted he would giggle non-stop. Aaron and I were sooo happy to find a way for him to have this experience. Now, every time he sees a horse, he points and smiles.

Thursday, May 1, 2008

Growing so fast

This isn't a profound or funny post... I just need to brag on my little guy. We have had Maddox in swim classes since he was 9 months old. The baby class was more playtime than anything and, after a year, it was obvious to us he was bored. So, we tried him out in the next level class, Super Swimmer 1, which is an actual swimming class. He is soo young for it, but he did pretty well. There was a lot of new stuff for him and the first 2 classes had some rough moments. Today was different though. He was very eager to try new things and push himself! He sat on the steps with the other kids and listened well. It was amazing. He still fussed a bit on the back floats, but he has come SOO far! My little guy is learning to swim! I am so proud of him, more because he is trying new things and pushing his comfort levels. That is a great thing to learn at ANY age. We will continue to move at his pace of course, but this is very exciting to watch!