Wednesday is my last day of work, which is a relief. It kind of feels like I'm waiting for school to be out for the summer. I'll miss all of my dogs and I'm sad that I'll probably never see them again, but I know it's time to go.
We picked up my stepson on Friday. He'll be going back to his mom for a couple of days in July because she wanted to take him on a birthday trip, but then he'll be back with us for the rest of the summer. We've been trying to find some summer activities for him but he's not very agreeable to trying things. We want him to take swimming lessons but when we brought it up to him he said no because he's scared. He's got a weird thing about water getting in his face. Totally freaks out. I think he should learn to swim regardless, but even more so to maybe help him get past his fear of water in his face. So I at least want to go through with that one, even if he doesn't want to do it. We also suggested gymnastics to him, which resulted in him running out of the room screaming that only girls do that. I, of course, would like him to try riding lessons, but he said he's afraid to get on a horse. He want's to watch me ride though. There is a little girl who has her lesson after mine so I'm kind of hoping that if he someone around his age riding he might want to try it. I asked him about doing basketball or soccer to which he said they were too hard. He said the only sport he likes is football. I'm not really sure there's any football for 5 year olds around here. So the search continues.
Not much new on the riding front. I think my instructor worked something out with Stormy's owner so that I can lease him under the lesson horse lease agreement. His owner emailed me recently asking if there was a specific day of the week I wanted to do my practice ride, so that's why I am guessing they've spoken about it. Nothing really new though. I've been having trouble getting out there since I've been back walking, even though I've had some days off. I don;t really know why that's been the case, but I'm hoping that will end once I'm working at my parents' house.
I'm going to hold off on seeing if I can work at the barn for now. I'm way less tolerant of the heat than I used to be so the idea of working outside all summer is pretty unappealing at this point. I've spent the last 5 years working outside and I really don't enjoy that aspect of it. I'll give myself a break from it for a few months and see how I feel later. Plus, I have something else I want to get involved in that I'm thinking I may have to work for. For as long as I can remember, I've wanted to be a ballet dancer. I took classes when I was very little but stopped before very long. I don't even remember taking classes, but I very vividly remember my desire to be a ballerina. That desire never really went away, it just kind of got buried and a little but forgotten. It comes to the surface occasionally and I get the urge to do something about it. I did try taking a class at some point last year, and I really enjoyed it. But my being out of shape and the fact that I'm not at all flexible got me discouraged, as did the fact that I was in the middle of wedding planning and really didn't have time to add something new into my life. Now that things are pretty much settled down and I'm back to riding regularly I'd like to give it another shot. I found a place near my parents house that will allow me to work off classes, which would be great because I'd like to not spend more money on things at this point. I'm going to go check it out soon, I think.
A kind of neat thing that happened recently: I found out our next door neighbor is a horse person! I was outside in my half chaps and boots and all one day and she was driving past our house and stopped to ask if I ride. We got to talking and it turns out she used to be a trainer when she and her husband lived in England, which is pretty awesome in my book. Anyway, she hasn't been riding recently but is looking to get back into it so she was asking about my barn. She's going to come watch one of my lessons sometime soon to see if she'd like to start riding there too. Pretty cool happenings.