Sunday, January 29, 2012


Yep, this was the only picture I had of me and Jackal on the camera . . . lazy! I promise I will get the video of our 2011 tricks, but right now I'm so busy cleaning all of the clutter out of my house in preparation for a huge yard sale I'm having with a friend. So my house is a bit of a disaster area at the moment! I might try to get some video outside, but some of the tricks require indoor props, so we will see. I'll try to get it done though. Sorry it's taking so long.

Saturday, January 21, 2012

Baby Ducks!

Momma duck finally brought the ducklings out. Aren't they cute?!

Friday, January 20, 2012

New Chicks & Ducklings

One of our Muscovy hens is absolutely crazy! She actually sat and hatched a clutch of eggs in the middle of winter. She successfully hatched eleven ducklings. I only have one picture because she's being very protective of them and won't bring them out. It's funny how she hisses at us. :) I'll get more pictures when they are older and venturing out.

Also my brother in law sent us some eggs to hatch. They are green eggs! The Ameraucana chicken (also known as the Easter Egger) lays green eggs. Click here to see a picture I found on Google. They finally hatched out the other day. Here are some picture.

Hatching out!

Still in the incubator.

In the box we used to transport them to the brooder.

And here is a video of them in their new brooder.

Aren't they cute?

Thursday, January 19, 2012

Liebster Blog Award

I got the Liebster Blog Award from Lilli over at The Wonderful World of Lilli (thanks for following!). She's from Finland and writes about a diverse group of interests. Check it out when you have the chance.

Liebster means “dearest” in German, and the award is intended to help up-and-coming blogs get the attention they deserve. Here are the rules:

1. Copy and paste the award on our blog.
2. Link back to the blogger who gave us the award
3. Pick our five favorite blogs with less than 200 followers, and leave a comment on their blog to let them know they have received the award.
4. Hope that the five blogs chosen will keep spreading the love and pass it on to five more blogs

I'm going to choose blogs that are relatively new to me, so here they are:

1. Adventures With Shyloh - You have to check out this blog. Shyloh is an absolutely adorable Haflinger.

2. SprinklerBandits - I actually have no clue how many followers she has because she doesn't have the gadget, but wanted to mention her because I recently started following her (and read her blog from start to finish) and I love reading it. Izzy is an awesome horse and it's so fun to follow their progress.

3. Hard To Handle - Miranda just started her blog about her adorable mare Pippi (love your new header picture btw). You may have heard of Pippi from Miranda's mom's blog at I Pick Crazy. I'm glad she encouraged her daughter to start a blog because it's been fun reading along from her perspective too.

4. Derwen Zebadee - A great blog about an extremely cute Welsh Cob Pony, Zeb. I love this blog. And they do clicker training too!!

5. A Collection of Madcap Escapades - A fun blog about her gorgeous Standardbred Ozzy and her cute dog Herbie. She takes awesome photos!

Thanks for the award Lilli!!

Tuesday, January 17, 2012

30 Before 30 - #3 Completed!

I completed #3 on my 30 Before 30 Bucket List yesterday!! So you don't have to go back and look at the list here is number three:

3. Go to a live horse race. It would be really cool to go to a big race like the Kentucky Derby, but I don't see that happening so I'll be happy just going to the track that is around two hours from here. I don't know why I've never gone before. Although I do want to go to a horse race that does not mean that I agree with a lot of things that happen at them, such as riding horses under the age of three. It's just something I've wanted to experience since I was a little kid.

Here is a picture:

It wasn't a big race, but I still had a lot of fun. It was great seeing all of the gorgeous horses (I was totally in love with one of the pony horses lol - picture below).

Gorgeous pony horse that I wanted to take home lol!
Oops forgot to take out the rider's face . . . pretend you don't see her lol.

It was funny, being there brought back memories from when I was a kid and I was totally into horse racing (before I knew how cruel it can be) and wanted to be a pony horse rider. :D I wasn't brave enough to ride the racehorses in my head, but I was game for the pony horses lol.

I'm glad I didn't bet (not the gambling type) because every horse I picked came in last or second to last hehe. My favorite of the racehorses was a gorgeous dappled gray (don't remember his name or anything) that came in second to last and the only reason he did that is because the last horse was injured and stopped during the race. It was so sad seeing them get hurt. We saw two injuries. The first one happened just down the track from where I was standing (the second I only saw on video replay because it happened on the other side of the track) and his knee was over bending back and to the inside. :( I don't know if it was broken or some sort of ligament/tendon injury. I just hope he was okay. That's the main reason I don't like horse racing is because they race babies and those amazing Thoroughbreds don't deserve to be used and thrown out like that all for the sake of money. Anyway I'll get off my soapbox. I know some people do good by their horses (in racing), but I do wish they would make it illegal to race them under four years old.

So here is the cutie I liked who came in second to last. Sorry about the faces. I don't like posting strangers pictures on my blog. Just seems wrong somehow LOL! We're all focused on the cute horse's face anyways. :)

Isn't he adorable??

They went right past us in the post parade.

Another thing I didn't like . . . do you see all of the blood in his mouth?

My guess is that it's from the lip chain. All of the pony horses had those leather things on their shoulders to protect them from the racehorses trying to bite them. And then there were the pony horses' gear. There were some harsh bits in use and look at this one below . . . chain tie down???

Cute braid, but harsh equipment. I'm guessing the rub on his shoulder is from a blanket.

So anyway here is my favorite breaking from the gate . . .

Look at how high out of the saddle the jockey is. Yikes!

And crossing the finish line last (second of last if you count the injured horse).

So anyway I had fun when I wasn't thinking about the cruelties. I'll probably not go back simply because I'm not a gambling person and I don't really support horse racing. I guess if I got the opportunity to go to the Kentucky Derby I might, but aside from that I'll probably avoid the track. Don't get me wrong, I enjoyed seeing it all in person. It was a gorgeous day for the middle of January and aside from the injuries nothing bad happened. Everyone was kind to the horses (well aside from harsh tack and lip chains). It was neat seeing how tiny the little racing saddles are and watching them tack up in the paddock. I had no idea racing saddles used an overgirth. Check out this picture. It shows several things. First how close we were to the horses in the paddock (you can see people's shoes on the other side to see how high it was) by my hand in the picture (yes did it on purpose for perspective). You can also see how tiny the saddle is and the white overgirth they use.

So all in all it was pretty much like I expected it to be (although seeing a horse break down in person on the track was horrifying, was not expecting that at all although I guess I shouldn't be surprised) and I enjoyed seeing what the track was like. I just wanted to take all of those horses home though so they could have the chance to live like real horses. :) Anyway, sorry if this post came across as negative or "soapbox"ish. I tried not to, but I want to be honest.

Saturday, January 14, 2012

Sorry, I've Been So Quiet

I'm so sorry I've been so quiet. I do have news to share, but I need to get pictures first, so hang in there. I'll probably be able to tomorrow. :) In the meantime, here are some pictures of Storm to tide you over.

Looks like a comfortable way to sleep, huh?

Then she heard the camera, woke up and stared at me, but didn't want to get out of her comfortable position lol. Silly Sibe!

Thursday, January 5, 2012

Mango Minster 2012

I'm sure many of the dog bloggers know about the Mango Minster. The dogs kindly let Chrome enter this year. Check out his entry on his blog here It's a lot of fun. I enjoyed making the pictures. Make sure to click to enlarge them so you can see the though bubbles. :D

Wednesday, January 4, 2012

New Digital Picture Frame & Cute Jackal Picture

Yes, I still have not taken down my Christmas tree lol.

I got an awesome digital picture frame as a gift and I love it! Here's the box . . .

Here is a closeup of the frame . . .

It's so pretty. :D I have to do some research on it though because my pictures are too bright with too much contrast. The settings take some figuring out, but I'll get there. And here is an adorable picture of Jackal. He's such a wimp with this cold weather lol.

Monday, January 2, 2012

2011 Goal Recap & New Year Goals for 2012

Well, my New Year started out getting up at 6am yesterday and working for ten and a half hours (on my feet for most of it), then coming home and while my husband was bringing in firewood Storm escaped through the door when we weren't looking. We drove around looking for her and got lucky because a neighbor showed up and told us where we could find her. So we drove down the road to where she was last seen and she came right to us. Brat!! So I'm hoping that was just getting all of the bad out of the way so that the rest of 2012 can be totally awesome! ;)

So first we will look at the goals I made for 2011 and see how I did . . .

1. Take care of myself. This includes a great many things. Eating healthy, sticking to my 'no fast food' rule, cut back my consumption of refined sugars, taking my vitamins, flossing daily (I despise flossing lol), regular dental check ups, working with my doctor to find the answers to my health complaints, seeing a dietitian if necessary, exercising, weight lifting, etc. I just want to focus on getting healthy and staying that way because I've already wasted too much time being miserable.

I did really well in the exercise department. I couldn't do the doctor related goals because of my husband's job loss and no health insurance, but just exercising and taking my vitamins (which I was a lot better about too) made me feel a lot better so it's okay. I do okay with the eating better off and on. It will just take some work to get consistent with those habits.

2. Finish remodeling my house. Previously I've not wanted to spend money or time fixing up my house because I don't plan on living here for the rest of my life and I didn't want to spend money that I know I won't get back out of it, but now I want to. There's no sense in me living in an unorganized, crappy environment while I wait until the day I can move. I'm going to focus on cheap, creative ways of improving the aesthetics of my house and also the heating/cooling of it.

Um . . . finish? Okay, so keep in mind when I made this goal my husband still had a job. Getting injured and losing his job threw us for a loop, but we've come out stronger. I did start the remodel though!

3. Learn to drive a standard. Our main farm truck is a standard and I really want to learn to drive it. This could prove to be important someday if something happens to whoever is driving and I have to get the truck back. This year I plan to make the time for this simple goal.

We ended up trading one truck for another with my dad and it's a standard as well. The cool thing is it's a lot easier to drive because it actually has power steering hehe. So I did practice driving the new standard. I still need more practice, but I feel confident that I could drive it home if I had to.

4. Take at least one picture every single day of 2011. I want to improve my photography skills so I've decided that I'm going to start a blog, called A Picture of the Day, where I post one picture each day. Then my followers who enjoy photography can give me tips for improving the shot. :-) Even if I don't learn anything I'll still have fun.

I did great on this for the first six months, then I got a little burned out with it. I was so tired of trying to take a picture every day that I was snapping crappy shots just to get it over with. That doesn't improve skill lol. So I still consider it a success because I stuck with it for six months and it also made me realize that my goals and plans change within the year, so there is nothing wrong with ending a goal such as this one early.

5. Participate in Sunday Stills more consistently. The challenge is so fun and will help keep me motivated to take pictures. :-)

I did pretty good with this one, even though I did get too busy toward the end of the year to keep up with it.

6. Win NaNoWriMo again this year! I love NaNo!

I did it!! I won for the third year in a row and boy was this the most difficult year yet. I learned two important lessons. One is that I can write even if I don't like what I'm writing, it's just not fun lol. Two is that I do better with NaNo when I don't plan my story outline ahead of time. I work better with a vague idea and just letting it take me wherever it wants to.

Edited to add: I completely forgot to submit my novel on the website so it's not acknowledging me as a winner. :( I can't get my certificate or button.

7. Teach Jackal at least one trick a month. I'll continue to let you guys vote and post videos of the finished trick. I'll teach Storm some too if I have the time and it's one she can do.

I did it!! I'm so excited that I managed to stick with it and that he made it so enjoyable for me. :D We didn't manage to complete the Say Your Prayers trick, but we got a good start on it. I'll get the video up as soon as possible.

8. Operation Tame Led Zeppelin! I want to make more progress this year on taming Zep. This includes touching him, halter training, clicker training and target training.

I didn't do so well on this one. If you read my last post you'll see that my husband was able to brush him so that's definitely an improvement, but I just never had the time to work on the important stuff. After the straight line winds/tornado destroyed our barn I kept putting it off because I wanted to use Chrome's old stall and then I finally decided to just build him a pen, but I didn't have a way of making a shelter and I couldn't leave him in the rain because donkey's coats don't shed water well. Oh well. I'll keep trying. :) He does hang out with us when we're messing with the others and takes his free treats so that's building good associations with being around us. The only thing I don't like is I've noticed when he gets spooked instead of just spinning and bolting like he used to, he's spinning, kicking out and bolting. I do NOT like that! I doubt he'd ever kick me, but it's not a risk I'm willing to take, so I'll have to find out some way to work on that.

9. Keep a training journal for Chrome and then do a weekly and/or monthly post on the blog. When I start working with him regularly again this will prevent me from flooding the blog with daily training posts, since Chrome has to share blog space with the other critters. :-)

Well, I solved that problem by just bringing his old blog back I'm also keeping a written training journal offline for my records. :)

10. Long-lining and/or longeing Chrome. I plan to work on other things like clicker training, walking, tricks, desensitizing, etc. but since Chrome is turning two in May I would like to make it a goal for him to have the bare basics in long-lining and/or lunging before the end of 2011. Otherwise I can totally see him turning three year old and me having done absolutely nothing to prepare him for backing lol. I can just see that happening. :-)

I've done a LOT with Chrome (see video here so I don't feel bad at all that I didn't get around to long-lining him. Besides he did learn the basics in longeing because of his incisions closing up after he was gelded. Hand walking wasn't keeping them open, so he learned to longe. He was really getting into it too. He was making a circle, lowering his head and halting perfectly when I said whoa. I'm so proud of my smart boy.

I'd say I had a really good, productive year! I'm proud of the progress I've made, specifically with Chrome and Jackal. Now on to my goals for 2012.

First of all, a few months ago I started thinking about turning thirty year old. I'm twenty six right now so I have a little over three and a half years before I turn thirty. I really want to accomplish some of the items on my bucket list before then, so I made a 30 Before 30 list (thirty things I want to do before I turn thirty years old).

1. Go on an overnight camping trip with horses (mine or my friend's). I've talked to Chrome's breeder and we would really like to take Chrome and his mom camping in the spring. She would bring a horse for me to ride too, since Chrome won't be started yet, unless we decide to go in the summer. I would really like to make that happen this year because I know she would love to see him and I would love to see his mom again since I only met her once.

2. Stand in two/four places at once (state lines). Ever since seeing the movie A Walk To Remember I have wanted to stand in two places at once and get a picture of it. I've done it once without the picture, so technically I've done this already, but without photographic proof I can't share it with you!! So I want proof lol.

3. Go to a live horse race. It would be really cool to go to a big race like the Kentucky Derby, but I don't see that happening so I'll be happy just going to the track that is around two hours from here. I don't know why I've never gone before. Although I do want to go to a horse race that does not mean that I agree with a lot of things that happen at them, such as riding horses under the age of three. It's just something I've wanted to experience since I was a little kid.

4. Participate in a cattle drive on my own horse. A friend of mine told me that they do cattle drives in my area (never knew that!) so that's something I would love to do on Chrome someday!

5. Ride a/my horse on a beach. I've dreamed of riding a horse on a beach my entire life so I would LOVE to do this. It would be cool if I could take Chrome, but that's unlikely, so even if it's a different horse it will still count. :)

6. Ride a train. I have always wanted to ride on a train. No clue why, but I do. :D I know of a place that's not too horribly far that has an actual train you can ride, so this shouldn't be too difficult.

7. Ride in a horse drawn carriage/wagon/sleigh. Another thing I've wanted to do forever! I almost had the chance over this last Christmas, but it didn't work out. Oh well, maybe it will be me and Chrome someday.

8. Go out on a sailboat. I've been deep sea fishing when I went on my honeymoon and I've been in small fishing boats on local lakes, but never on a sailboat. Wouldn't that be so fun! I also want to drive my dad's new bass boat, which should happen in April. Yay!

9. See/Pet/Swim with trained/wild dolphins. I have wanted to see an actual dolphin in person since I was a little girl. I love dolphins. They are so beautiful, smart and fun. I always wanted to train dolphins too (I think Free Willy was at fault for that dream, just switch the Orca for a dolphin hehe) and I think that's part of what steered me toward clicker training. :)

10. Print out a coffee table book of photos I've taken. I think it would be really cool to have a book of my own photos. Although I don't have a coffee table anymore lol. I got a free digital picture frame (it's not here yet) so I'll definitely be putting all of my favorite photos on it, but I still want a book too someday.

11. Take a photography class. One of my best friends and I want to do this, probably in a couple of years when my husband gets out of college. There is a class offered about a half hour from here, so I'm excited about that! It will be so cool to actually learn how to use manual settings. Not to mention it's the perfect excuse to buy a new camera. Have to start saving up now!

12. Learn Sign Language. I already know some. I'm self taught so I learned Signed English instead of American Sign Language. I think I like the Signed English better, especially for teaching myself, but someday I would enjoy learning ASL too. Just have to find somewhere that offers a class. I've been learning sign language since I was a teenager because my brother has cerebral palsy and he uses it some. I've always been fascinated with it and think it's a lot of fun!

13. Attend a movie premier. I've been to the movies, but never to a big time premier. I always wait a week until it clears out some because I don't like large crowds. Someday I want to go to a premier though because it would be so exciting. I wanted to go to War Horse on Christmas day, but because we were out of town we couldn't. I did go watch it Saturday though and it was awesome!! There were some things that were not realistic, but as far as horse movies go they did a great job! They did use geldings for mares sometimes, but most horse movies do that hehe. For people who don't know anything about horses I'm sure it was believable. The story was great (when I can make myself stop looking for mistakes lol - I actually caught myself watching the horses walking in the background to see if they were lame and I was appalled at some of their feet lol) and the special effects were great. I enjoyed it. :)

14. Celebrate my fifth wedding anniversary. I don't know why I chose the fifth anniversary. Five years is a good mile mark I guess lol. I want to do something special though because normally we're working and/or too busy to celebrate.

15. Make working out a regular/permanent habit. This will probably always be a goal, but I'll consider it complete when I can work out for a year straight with no more than a week at a time off.

16. Learn belly dancing. I think belly dancing is so fun and a good workout too! I've been self teaching myself some, but I would like to take a class too.

17. Renovate my old house. I want to think of creative, cheap ideas for making my house look better and for improving the heating/cooling of it to save money.

18. Learn to be present in the moment. I have a tendency to get caught up in the stresses of daily life and then realize that time is just flying by too quickly, so I want to learn to be like my pets more and live in the moment!

19. Learn to be more self confident. I want to learn to trust my instincts more and stop second guessing myself. The second guessing is annoying and is holding me back. I have gotten a lot more confident, but there is definitely a lot more room for improvement.

20. Learn to stop worrying about things I have no control over. I am a TOTAL worry wart and it's so annoying. It makes my anxiety worse and the stress is not healthy for me. I have made huge steps in letting go of some of my controlling tendencies, especially those related to scheduling. I used to have to plan everything to a T and if it didn't go exactly like I planned I would have a melt down. So I'm improving, but I still need to work on the worrying part of it. Exercising helps the anxiety so it's all interrelated.

21. Learn to play Fur Elise on the piano. When I first started taking piano lessons as a teenager when my teacher asked me what I wanted to play, this is the one I wanted to learn. We worked on it, but I never did get to where I could play the left and right hand together. I can do them separately, but I have always had trouble making both hands work together.

22. Go on a romantic retreat with my husband. I'm thinking for our five year anniversary? :D The only thing I've done with just him was our honeymoon and we had so much fun, so I'd love to do something like that again.

23. Attend church more regularly. I don't know why I have trouble with this. I want to go and learn and meet people with the same views, but I just have trouble going. The evening service is too late in the winter and too early in the summer lol and I'm always working during the morning service. I'll try though.

24. See cross country in person, like WEG. I was going to go to WEG with all of my friends from the dressage stable where I used to work, but they all bailed so I didn't go. I really wanted to though because it was at the Kentucky Horse Park and I've always wanted to go there. Maybe I should add that to the list. :)

25. Train a horse from weaning to the basics under saddle. I'm only five months away from riding Chrome for the first time, so I'll definitely be completing this one this year. :) Raising Chrome from five months old has been one of the best experiences ever.

26. Take a dressage lesson on my own horse. I want to have a lesson on Chrome at my old barn (an hour away), but I'll probably wait until he's four because I want to get the most for my money and I don't want him working for forty five minutes on a circle until he's older. We might even wait longer. I want to get the basics down on my own and have her help me with our more dressage specific goals since she is a dressage trainer.

27. Teach a horse the basics in pulling a wagon. I would definitely love to teach Chrome to drive, but I'm going to need help with this one since I've never even been in a horse drawn wagon. I hope I can find someone who can teach us . . . as soon as I can afford harness and a wagon.

28. Take my own horse to an SCA event. My husband and I already participate in the SCA some (although there is nothing local anymore), but someday I want to take Chrome to one of the events where they have jousting and other equine events.

29. Train and take my own horse to a Competitive Trail Ride. I've decided this is what I want to do with Chrome. I'll probably do some lower level dressage shows too, but I've always been a trail rider at heart and this could be a really fun way to add some excitement into regular trail rides. :)

30. Pay It Forward. I've had several people do some really, really nice things for me this year, so I want to find a way to pay it forward.

Okay, so that's the list. Now remember those are the things I want to do before I'm thirty. I don't have to do them all in 2012 lol. That would be insane. Have you guys done any of these things or want to do some of them? I'd love to hear about it.

So here are my 2012 specific goals. I'm keeping them simple and open ended since my goals change through the year.

1. Work on my 30 Before 30 list.
2. Start working out again (and stick with it!)
3. Work on the house remodel.
4. Stop eating fast food/junk food . . . again!
5. Teach Jackal a new Canine Freestyle routine.

Those are all simple goals I think that I should be able to accomplish easily. Expanding on number five, I've spent the last almost four years (can you believe he's almost four?? In less than a month!) working on individual behaviors and tricks with Jackal. This year I want to work on teaching him to heel (instead of just loose leash walking). I want to teach the attentive, happy, prancing heel that you see in some obedience dogs, where he stays glued to my leg with his eyes on my face. Once he's heeling I want to bring it together with his tricks into a new Canine Freestyle routine. I think that working on a Freestyle routine will give us the opportunity to polish off his tricks in a way that's fun instead of it feeling like drilling exercises. :) Depending on how well we progress we might even make up our own routine or build off of the one we used for Honey's contest. I'm excited to see how far we can go in 2012. :)

For equine specific 2012 goals check Chrome's blog later.

I hope everyone has a wonderful, safe, happy, healthy, productive year!!

Sunday, January 1, 2012

A look back at 2011 & Video of Jackal's Surprise December Trick!

First a look back at 2011 and some of the fun things we did . . .

I made my first ever rope halter and some driving reins for Chrome. Click here for more details.

I was awarded the stylish blogger award! Click here for more details.

I taught Jackal twelve new tricks for 2011. One for each month of the year. Above is a video of the trick he learned for December . . . to walk on a treadmill!!! This was a huge achievement for him because he used to be terrified of treadmills. As a puppy he wouldn't even be in the room when I was walking on it. :) He also learned crawl, shy, fetch his leash, close a door, marching paws, go to bed, paws in a bucket, say your prayers, stand, recall and sidepass.

I taught Chrome to smile and it's his absolute favorite trick! Click here for more details.

I got to visit Lady, the Appaloosa pony I grew up with (she owned me for thirteen years!). I had to give her up in 2007 because I was moving to a place where I couldn't keep a horse. She now lives with a really good friend who has a bunch of horses and mules. She's happy. :) Click here for more details.

We got Muscovy ducks! They are so awesome and self sufficient. :D Click here for more details.

We got snow! I know for some of you that's an every winter occurrence, but down south we go some years with no snow at all, so it's exciting to get a big one (big for us is around a foot). Click here for more details.

I found new treats for Jackal that we both love! It's not slimy like hot dogs or cheese, it's not greasy like dog food and it actually smells great! Click here for more details.

Led Zeppelin had his very first clicker training sessions!! He quickly learned how to touch the target. :D Click here for more details.

Chrome wore a surcingle for the first time and he did awesome. Click here for more details.

My friend and I rode four wheelers a LOT over the summer and had so much fun. We even drove them to my house to introduce Chrome to them. He had fun. :) Click here for more details.

Chrome turned two years old and was so sweet and cooperative while I dressed him up lol. And cute!! Click here for more details.

Our Muscovy ducks hatched out a bunch of ADORABLE ducklings!! Click here for more details and pictures.

We did a lot of catfishing this past summer (we love fishing!) and saw these adorable minks. Click here for more details.

Jackal and I competed in our first ever competition! It was an online doggie dancing (canine freestyle) contest held by Honey from Above is our freestyle routine. Click here for more details.

I made a longeing cavesson for Chrome and we had our very first ground driving session. Click here for more details and video.

We brought Faran home! Click here for his story and more pictures.

We started clicker training Faran to help gain his trust. He took to it immediately. Click here for more details and video.

Storm turned ten years old and met Faran for the first time. Click here for more details.

Jackal and I won the Best Costume award in Honey's Dancing for the Doggie Stars competition! Click here for more details.

I got a really cool t-shirt with an original hand drawn design from a fellow blogger. Click here for more details.

I got a promotion at work and am now the assistant manager! Click here for more details.

Chrome and Faran met for the first time (very cute video at this link) and became best friends. Click here for more details.

My husband went back to college to finish his degree! Click here for more details.

Chrome and I learned how to play Chase the Tiger. Click here for more details.

Our blue turkey hen hatched out several adorable babies. Click here for more details.

I started a new workout program on the Bowflex my parents gave me (because they couldn't use it anymore due to injuries). Click here for more details.

Chrome wore a saddle for the first time and Faran went for his first walk on the roads since coming to live with us. Click here for more details.

We finally got a new roof! Click here for more details.

Led Zeppelin let us brush him for the first time!! Click here for more details.

I turned twenty six and had a fantastic birthday out with my friends. Click here for more details.

I met two of the most awesomest (I know it's not a real word) friends, one of which has horses, so we did some horseback riding! I did find out my saddle is too small for me though. Click here for more details.

We built Chrome his very own pedestal and he loves it! Click here for more details.

I actually stuck with a workout program for more than eight weeks! Click here for more details.

Chrome and I celebrated our two year anniversary (did I ever mention I got married in 2009 too, so I celebrated my 2nd wedding anniversary also? Oops guess I have a one track mind lol!) Click here for more details.

I got the lovely blog award! Click here for more details.

I finally started my kitchen remodel! Click here and here for details.

I practiced driving a standard and had fun! Click here for more details.

I won NaNoWriMo for the third year in a row!! This was the toughest year yet. Click here for more details.

I got Chrome gelded. Scary! It went well though. Click here for more details.

Chrome had to learn to longe (didn't plan on teaching it this young because of his growing joints) to keep his incisions open after his gelding/castration. Click here for more details.

Hubby worked with Faran on picking up his hooves. :D Click here for more details.

Chrome had his first lesson in pulling! Click here for more details and a video.

Had a super fun Secret Santa party with my friends. :D Click here for more details and pictures.

Had a great Christmas!! Click here for the dog's post and here for the horse's post.

We had such a fantastic year!! I meant to post this yesterday, but I was too busy, so I decided to combine the review and new goals, but this took longer than I expected so I'll do the goals tomorrow. :) Did you all have a great year? Did you make a post about it?