Saturday, June 21, 2014

We are back!!

Oh my gosh you have no idea how hard I've been trying to sign back into this blogger account.  After Mike and I got married I changed my email address and my poor blog disappeared into oblivion.  It was still available to view, but no email, new or old, would log me in to edit and update it.  I gave up for a while and forgot about it, but lately I have been trying to gain access again.  After calls and emails and countless attempts at logging in with every email address I have ever owned.... We are reunited and it feels so good. 

Hello everyone! How have you been?  Wow do I have a lot of updating to do.  It has been about two years (how is that even possible!?!?) since I updated you on our adventures through life with the little (now much bigger) mustang, Marley.  I guess I should give you all a condensed recap before we go forward and talk training?? Here goes!

Photo by Katherine Payne Photography
The last time we spoke we were packing up for Colorado to get MARRIED!!! Wow it doesn't seem like that long ago, but it will be two years on Monday (June 23rd) that Mike and I said I DO!  It was such an incredible week, filled with family and friends, fun games, and gorgeous mountain scenery.  We were married in Durango, Colorado surrounded by so many people who we love.  It really couldn't have been more perfect.  Katherine Payne, who had taken so many gorgeous pictures of Marley was of course our wedding photographer.  We can't thank her enough for her generosity, all of these photos are hers.

After our incredible whirlwind wedding, we had our honeymoon to look forward to.  Instead of setting up a traditional wedding registry, Mike and I registered for our honeymoon.  We were so lucky to be able to spend 3 1/2 weeks in Portugal exploring the entire mainland and even spending a week at the end of our trip on Madeira island.  It was a once in a lifetime trip and it was absolutely incredible.  We met so many amazing people on our adventure, got to see where Mike's family used to live, and had enough cheese and wine to last a century.  We couldn't have dreamed up a better way to kick off married life together.  It was the best trip I've ever been on, hands down.

Eventually though, it was back to real life for us.  We had just spent over a month away from work, our dogs, and Marley.  This was the first time I hadn't seen Marley in more than 3 days... I was worried he was going to think we abandoned him! 

In good old Marley fashion though, I showed up at the barn and he ran to the gate, nickering and probably asking me where I had been.  He forgave me immediately and we went on a nice trail ride.  It was great to be back, but now we had to figure out WHAT we were going to do and WHERE we were going to go.  The job/school/life hunt began.

Eventually, we wound up in Southern California.  Before moving from the Bay Area in October 2012, we lost my sweet heart of a Labrador, Chance.  He was just short of 17 years old, and I still miss him today.  He had been through every major life event with me so far, and I couldn't imagine our life without him in our new home.  There will never be another Chance.
Chance only a couple of days before we had to say goodbye to him
After the heartbreaking loss of our Chance, I threw myself into the move, decorating, and job hunting.  I found an amazing barn for Marley very close to our house where he could live in a HUGE wild pasture.  The horse who once afraid of other horses and seemed to be such a loner ended up being the leader of his small herd. 
Marley after moving in to his new home.  Bath Time!
No matter where Marley is in the pasture, when we call him he comes right in!
Alister visiting Marley and his buddies
Ali feeding Marley carrots.  He loves our little nieces

Taking our Christmas photos

So, long story short, we arrive to today! Marley is doing great, and the blogging of our adventures finally continues.  Recently, we have started training again (not just trail riding and hiking) and are working our way back to where we left off over jumps and in the dressage arena.  Keep checking back to find out what Marley is up to, and I promise, now that I'm FINALLY back into the blog, I wont wait two years to update you.  <3 


  1. Wow! I have missed this blog, SO much... great you're back!
    How did you end up getting back into your blog? I've had a similar issue, and have basically given up hope of ever retrieving it. My old blog was initially backed up and I transferred it to Wordpress, then closed it. Now, someone has hijacked it and is posting all my old posts!

    Look forward to reading all of Marley's and your next chapter. :)

    1. It was SO HARD to get back into my blog... I'm not sure WHY because technically my old email still exists, but when I forwarded everything and added my new email as an account to google, the blog was no longer associated with either account for some reason. It took countless emails and password changes and undoing all of my forwarding information from my old email to finally get logged in. I had given up a couple of years ago too, figuring I would try again later... So now here I am!! I wont make that mistake again!

  2. I was just thinking about you the other day. It's so good to hear from you. The wedding photos are absolutely stunning, and it's so good to hear about Marley. I cannot believe it's been two years. It feels like just last week...

    1. It does feel like last week... We wont be going anywhere again!

  3. I had to do a double take when I saw this pop up in my blog feed! I have thought of you and yours often. Your wedding and honeymoon look absolutely magical! I am so glad you figured out how to get back into your blog. I spent most of my summer battling cancer, but the scans are clear and I have beaten it. I don't want to get too much into it, suffice to say it was a very hard fought battle. Anyway, I am looking forward to reading about the "Amazing Marley"!
    So sorry about Chance, it's never easy losing such a beloved friend. Fred is still with me and was such a blessing when I was fighting my battle. It's late now, but I will continue to catch up tomorrow.
    Welcome Back!

    1. Oh my gosh Mary, I can't believe you have been through so much since we spoke last! Blessings to you, and congratulations on being cancer free. How inspirational. I'm so glad I figured out how to get back to my blog as well, I plan to keep the stories coming, Marley is doing amazing, he is such a special horse!