Tuesday, August 11, 2009

As Promised...

I know they've been long awaited...part of the problem is that Nate has a beautiful smile...when he isn't in front of a camera. We decided to have a fantastic photographer (a friend and mother of my students) take some pics of us to try and get him to smile 'nicely'. These are some of the proofs we have that I still need to touch up some, but I thought I'd finally share!!!


I didn't feel right not including Nate's daughter in this so we had some family photos taken also.


It seems we have a budding photographer in the family. Our friend gave Nate's daughter a camera while we were working on smiles and she caught some of my favorite pictures that were taken. Not bad for a Four year old eh?



A girlfriend and former student of mine raises and shows Brebant Belgians; large draft horses for pulling wagons and heavy hauling. She has one she rides all over and we went for a visit and riding lessons. Nate is learning to ride and is quite a natural and enjoys it a lot (which sometimes makes the best rider since there is no 'bad habits' to unlearn), and his daughter is overcoming her fears of riding. I hate to admit this, but I got her bucked off a horse at the beginning of the summer. It was a freak accident on a very well broke horse - and she was fine- and did get back on a horse with me later that day, but we've been working on getting her back on by herself. She has bit by bit, but she was totally comfortable with these huge horses and it provided a breakthrough - enough of one that we decided to purchases a pony for her and she has already been lead around on her and watched me ride her and is very excited to bring her home after Nate and I get back from Michigan. She understands this pony is her responsibility and need to brush her everyday and learn to ride her on her own. This may be my breakthrough with her.

Learning to "drive" (we are working on cowgirl 'gear'. It's a process).

Completely in control! I'm just along for the ride!


See our lead changes at a trot?




Watch me dad and see how it's done -

On my own!


Just so you all have an idea of the size of these horses...the riding pics don't do them justice!



Many of you want to try and meet up Thursday night! I'd love to ! Give a call! I can't wait to see everyone!!! Hope this satisfied the picture cravings!!!

7 comments:

Laura said...

Awesome pics! What a cute family!

Erika said...

wow. you look fantastic. wish i aged as well. :) might help if i wasn't such a city girl now.

beautiful family. have fun in Michigan!

heather s. said...

Great pics! He's cute!!!!

Why don't you pick a time and place and tell us where to meet you? It will be easier than having everyone call back and forth...

Carroll Farm said...

WOW! great pictures!! We did the same thing, most of our engagement pictures included Heather (step daughter, then 4). We did go on the honeymoon with out her!! but she got to play at grandma's the whole time. :)

I really love the pictures and what beautiful horses!

Andrea said...

Those are such cute pictures!! I like the one of you two looking off and if that is the one that his daughter took, then she is quite the little photographer!! And the family pictures are great too!! She is such a cutie!! I am so happy for you!! Have fun in MI and have fun dress shopping!! Oh that is the most fun part of the entire wedding planning.....the dress shopping......sigh......

Those are some beastly horses!! They are super cute though. I love drafts, they are like large lap dogs. So sweet.

Kara said...

You two make a beautiful couple. The pics turned out amazing. His daughter is very cute and the family pics turned out wonderful as well. What is your secret to get her to look at the camera?

alanna rose said...

You guys are too cute!