Actually, now it's been over two years. I started writing this post in October 2017.
So, the highlights- We moved to Michigan in February 2016 and we will be here until Spring 2019.
We bought a house when we moved here and sold it just over a year later. It was more work than I had the desire or energy to deal with. We downsized from the 2,000 sq ft house to a 1,000 sq ft apartment.
That apartment wasn't big enough for the 12 of us (Jared, Emma, me, Bo, and the eight bikes), so we currently are in the process of moving. Again. This apartment isn't any bigger, but now we have a garage! Bikes make crappy roommates. They don't help with any chores because they are always to tired to help. Slackers.
HA! Proof that I do occasionally do house work!
Jared is an Air Force ROTC instructor at Michigan State University. He is also the president of Mid-Michigan Mountain Bike Associations. He has bought three bikes since we have been here in Michigan. Wait, four, but one of them was for Emma. To be fair, he has sold one. Progress!
Emma broke her arm on Halloween in 2016. I always figured her first broken bone would be horse related, but nope, she was running down a driveway. She didn't require a cast and she was all healed up within a few months.
Let's see, what else for Emma. There's so much I'll write a separate post about it!
We lost Bailey to cancer in April 2017. It sucked and still makes my heart hurt that we had so little time with her. Thankfully she wasn't sick for long and she wasn't in any pain.
We bought Emma her first living, breathing horse! His name is Rock It and he is a miniature horse. We got Rock It in October of 2017. Emma got to work with him a few times, but he was more than we could handle and ended up kicking Emma. So once we saved up a bit, we sent him to a board and train program in February 2018. Turns out he was a little terror. His first response to something he didn't like was to kick. Hard. He and Emma were not a great fit, but the breeder we got him from was great about buying him back.
Not the best first horse owning experience, but we love the board and train facility, Wind Walker Farms & Training in Fenton, MI, and Emma has been taking lessons there since. In fact, she's going to be leasing a gorgeous horse that she calls Quinn.
We adopted a puppy in August! His name is Bojite, but we call him Bo. I plugged in the first letter of our names, plus Bailey and Icky, and this was the word that came up. Bojite is a type of rock, which I thought was pretty funny considering we were in the process of buying Rock It when we adopted Bo. By the way, puppies are a TON of work!
Bo is now a year old. It's been a crazy year with all the puppy shenanigans (I was convinced he was part shark for a while), but I'm so happy he is part of our family! He loves to be outside, loves other dogs, doesn't mind people, loves food, loves to learn, and is overall a really good dog.
Cement Monster Egg
Cement draped pots
Dog sitting. Emma is an amazing assistant!
And we just recently fostered out first dog!
Henrietta. We called her Henny.
She was adopted two days after she went back to the shelter!
I just discovered stand up paddle boarding (SUP) and I'm hooked!
Ok, that's enough for now. my goal over the next few weeks is to do a more in-depth update for each of us. Stay tuned!