Posts Tagged ‘life

20
Mar
10

Various things

Visiting my much-neglected blog earlier, I felt really sad that I’d let things slide so much. Could it really be so long since I blogged? Life has been insanity recently. There are no hours in the day, for anything, it seems!

So much recent news. My business is great- I’m working so, so hard, but there’s lots of quality time with the kids too, and the rewards are infinitely worth it. I’m earning more than I did when in my old job, for fewer hours, WAY more flexibility, and, best of all, I get to see my kids grow up. On the downside, oh…wait…there isn’t one.

The house still looks like a shit heap, but what am I gonna do. :p

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My pony, Morning, had to be put down, three weeks ago. I haven’t been able to bring myself to write about it yet, and it’s really too painful for words.

I know a few of you will be wondering why I am so upset over the death of a horse- I would say to those people, you’ve clearly never had a very special animal in your life. To my family, animals ARE a part of our family.

Her legs gave up. She was pretty well in herself, but she had been having some mobility issues, and this Friday she just couldn’t get up in her stable. The vet discussed it with us, and we knew it was time to let her go. She was 28- quite old for a horse. I don’t want to go into the process too much. She was too big for an injection. The vet shot her. I knew that this is how it would happen, but it was just awful. I don’t think I’ll ever really get over it.

Morning had been with me since I was eleven years old- a child. We grew up together. We were partners in crime; like minded people. She loved to jump and hated flat work- so did I, though we grudgingly worked at it.

We didn’t know very much about competing when we bought Morning- but through my teenage years, we had huge success in the fields of eventing and showing. She was so beautiful, and so clever. She also could be a complete bitch if her mind wasn’t on the job, or if she felt like taking the piss.

We had a lot of success, and I owe her a lot. I’ll always remember her most for her sense of adventure, though. We’re going to Donegal in a few weeks and the beaches there will be filled with the ghosts of Morning, my Mum and our dog Jamie. May they all be running together somewhere better.

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The kids are gorgeous; I am so, so lucky, even though they make me crazy sometimes. Rob’s speech is spectacular, for a two year old, and he’s hilarious. Ricky is just sooo beautiful, and boy, does he know it!

Here are a few pics, from St Patrick’s Day. We took the drive up the stunning Antrim Coast Road and stopped at Ballintoy Harbour, which has chalk stone on one side and some kind of igneous rock on the other- the world famous Giant’s Causeway is only a few miles down the road and you can see the similarity in the rock formations (finished Suzy, lamely, having forgotten all of her 3rd form geography lessons).

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Nasty-

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You can nearly feel the lava below the surface there!

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They’re pretty good kids. 🙂

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I have a new website, I’ll share it in due course, though most of you know about it already. It’s still in development, but I am very excited about the year that’s to come.

Love to all of my friends out there who have been horrendously neglected recently. I am truly sorry.

27
Mar
08

I have the bestest partner. I really do!

I’m not posting this for any particular reason. It’s just occuring to me now, as I sit in my jammies, drinking a little glass of red wine and surfing the net on HIS laptop, whilst HE cooks me dinner, that I just have the most wonderful man and I am seriously a very, very lucky girl.

Ian is a wonderful, caring, funny, sexy man, the most fantastic, hands on father, a great cook, confidante, my best friend…all of these things. He works so hard, far too hard, and yet always comes home with hugs for the kids, a kiss for me and a smile on his face. Well, most of the time anyway… 🙂

I couldn’t live with a relationship that wasn’t 50/50 all the way. We do 50% of the housework each, share totally the responsibility of having children, make all our decisions together, and financially everything is evenly split between us. I have never wanted to be in a position where I can’t stand on my own two feet, but I am glad that we always help each other out with everything.

He’s been so supportive to me through the years, and I love him for all he has done to keep our family happy and healthy.

We’ll celebrate 12 years together in April. We have never married and I am not sure that it will be on the cards in the medium term (though I would marry him like a shot) but he is absolutely my life partner and my love.

I don’t think I mention him enough on here. That’s how it happens sometimes, isn’t it? The kids take over everything (quite right, too) and your relationship can all too easily fall by the wayside. I have been guilty of this, and I want to make it up to him.

I know he’ll never, ever read this (blogs and internet communities are SO not his thing…only mine, ha ha!) but I wanted to go on record as saying that I am very blessed to have such a wonderful man.

This is a favourite picture from last summer!

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