Friday, January 3, 2020

Pony Rides at Irvine Park + Thoughts About My Mom

Sometimes the best things in life are unplanned, which is something I struggle with. I tend to over plan, and although the things I plan are good and fun, I think we miss out on opportunities because we don’t have the time. It’s quite the conundrum. Before I go down this really long rabbit hole, let me tell you about this time we did something wonderful that was unplanned.

A few weekends ago we decided to grab lunch and head to Irvine park with the kiddos, their uncles and their cousins. It was hectic choosing a place to eat, hello 3 different places, and then deciding where to park and eat, but once we did things calmed down. Kind of. Ha!
We ended up right next to the pony rides so in true kid fashion, that’s what they wanted to do. It was only $6 a ride, which isn’t too bad and the kids got to choose between slow or fast. Both Payton and Maverick chose slow and their older cousins picked the fast ponies. They all laughed and giggled and felt brave on their ponies. The adults even had a blast watching them and walking them around the rink. Keep scrolling for all the fun!

I know I’m pregnant and all but I broke down in tears at one point just thinking about how much our kiddos love horses and really have always shown some type of interest in them. My birth mom, who passed away when I was 15 loved horses and some of my fondest memories with her was around horses. She wasn’t able to have a major roll in my life and so I think it is so special that somehow a piece of her is still in my kids. At least that’s how I like to look at it. I grieved her not being the mom I wanted her to be and even needed her to be for a very long time, and I honestly still do occasionally, but regardless of our messy relationship, I am grateful for the moments I feel connected to her. She is part of me, her blood runs through me and I can appreciate the good without ignoring the bad. It seems like this past year has taught me a whole lot about having grace for other people, especially the people who have disappointed me or hurt me throughout my life. I'm taking the good with the bad because there is no other way.

Friends, sometimes letting life happen leads to the most precious moments and opportunities to be grateful. When was the last time you let unplanned life unroll? What happened?

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P.S. Thank you to my cousin, Megan who took so many of these photos and just made the day go a bit smoother with her conversation, photography skills, and love.


  1. Looks like it was a lot of fun! Those are some great pictures, too! :)

  2. I agree with you that some of the best moments are the ones that were unplanned. It's just hard to get out of our own heads sometimes and allow those things to happen. But it seems like you made the most of this time, and really treasured the memory of your mom and the unexpected connection to your kiddos interest in horses!

    1. It was so wonderful. I can so relate to being in my own head, too. Thanks for reading.

  3. This is really cool. my 4 year old wants a pony for a pet.,,,lol