I know that I don’t have a huge blog following, mostly family (Hi Grandma!) but I’m putting this out there anyways, because if I was in this situation with Willow, I know that I would be devastated. 

A fellow COTHer posted on the forums that her horse had been stolen from the Roanoke, VA area and (as COTHers do) it’s quickly going viral in every media outlet possible. I’m adding my blog to that as well. 

Meet Fortune: 



He’s a 16.3 hand bright bay Holsteiner cross gelding. He has a special hot shoe job, including pour in pads in front, and hardware all around. Without his shoes, he will be dead lame. He was taken from a barn in the Roanoke, VA area by a known kill buyer with the last name of Pastel. This man was working together to steal the horse by a woman whose name that I don’t know. He was stolen while his owner was out of state receiving treatment for cancer. It doesn’t get much lower than that.

Let’s plaster Fortune and his information as far and wide as we can, and I’m begging all my readers, Twitter and Facebook friends, horsey or not to keep your eyes peeled for this handsome guy and hope that we can flush him out before he meets a much worse fate!  

If anybody has any information, please contact me directly at finallyforeverafter at gmail dot com. The owner also has the information out with netposse, I believe. I’ll update this post as I learn more, so keep checking back in!  




I just want to take a moment to remind everybody that today is about honoring the memory of those brave men and woman who have fought and died, so that we might later celebrate the brothers and sisters in arms they left behind.



So in the middle of your BBQs, parties, and family time… raise a glass to those brave souls. Hold them close in your thoughts, as well as the families who continue to move forward with a strength that is immeasurable.


Taking a Break

Hey y’all! Hope this post finds everybody out there doing well! 🙂

We’re trucking right along here. As you can probably tell, my posting is rather sporadic. It’s kind of a choice that I’ve made, not because of anything bad, but because I’m realizing  just how quickly Shannon is growing and I don’t want to miss anything! That and running this house, taking care of a 15 month old, 2 dogs, 2 kittens, 2 horses, plus trying to find time to spend with Mike and growing another little human is exhausting. The blog is at the bottom of the list, and I’m okay with that!

So what’s new here in the Bluegrass State?

Shannon went through a serious growth spurt, one that now allows her to do things like climb on the sofa, reach onto the dining room table and open the drawers in the kitchen. She’s discovered a whole new realm of naughty and it’s both hysterical and exhausting.


And yes. My house is a wreck…another thing that I’m okay with.

One of the amazing things, however, about this growth spurt, is that she’s started sleeping in until around 9, which I seriously think is amazing. It allows me some time in the morning to read, pick up the house, or sleep in. Once her little toes hit the floor, it’s GO time! She is a blast though, and I still love every minute of being her Mom.

On the baby making front, things are going better than they were. I have great days, good days, and days  that make me want to hide under the covers forever. We’ve seen the emergence of Braxton-Hicks (that I blame on Willow’s trot!) that I was not quite ready for, My doctors are not quite pleased with it either, and have encouraged me to relax as much as possible (Ha). I have gained back a whole entire pound after my struggle getting my extreme ‘morning’ sickness under control! I’ve crossed the half way point and couldn’t be happier to see that light at the end of the tunnel! What have we done to prepare for baby Charlie? Nada. Well other than eat nachos until I hate myself.


Just shy of the halfway point!

Mike continues to kick ass and take names at work on a daily basis. His hard work and dedication has paid off, and he was promoted to Center (Station?) Commander about a week ago. He’s also passed his flight physical and is thismuch closer to achieving his dream of heading off to flight school! Boards aren’t until later this fall, so he has some time to get the rest of his stuff together. And as if that weren’t enough, he’s made the NCO Promotions list! We’re waiting for his name to pop up so we can officially pin him. PLUS he’s taking classes to get him moving towards a senior leaders course. Phew! I mean really… how much prouder could I be? Oh, yea… he also does the dishes (without being asked). 😉  Hands off ladies!


Happily carting the baby around at the barn.

The horses are both doing well. They seem to be loving the switch to being outside, Sadie especially. I am much happier with the arrangement as well, as I am now in 100% charge of all their care. It’s taken much more work, but I’m happy to be in control again. Willow happily carts my behind around bareback while Sadie is learning how to be a good event pony with her BFF Shelby. She (Sadie…not Shelby) is looking a bit butt high, so here’s hoping that she’ll finish out around 16.3, which is what the high bits are measuring at the moment. She’s doing wonderfully, and is a pretty relaxed mare. Shelby is able to hop right aboard and Sadie tries her heart out. She also is a pretty big fan of hacking out, and was the steady eddie that Willow needed when we went out for the first time. I’m getting ready to select a trainer for Willow to head to for bootcamp, and that’s been a heck of a time! In the meantime, she’s happy to just wander around with me, and make faces at everybody else. 🙂


All the other four legged beasties are doing fantastically as well. Kitties are getting into the routine, and everybody has managed to figure out how to play nicely together.


Finally, Mike and I have decided that it’s time to start looking a little bit more into buying a house in the area, preferably with land so I can have my girls at home. We’ve hooked up with an awesome realtor and I’m excited to start looking at potential properties next week. I mean really… why wouldn’t we want to move in the midst of everything else going on? 🙂 We love where we live right now, but sometimes it take Mike more than an hour to get home at night. When you take into account that the man works 16+ hour days… can you blame us?

So that’s all the news for now. I’m off to give a little girl a snack and then we’re off to the barn. I do try to update my Twitter (@finally4ever) and Instagram (finallyforeverafter) more frequently, so hook up with us on there too if you want to see all the adventures!

Ciao for now!

Of Kittens and Other Things!

Hey y’all! 

Hope that this finds everybody doing well. Mike has been busy busy busy at work, which means I’ve been busy, busy, busy chasing around my rather rambunctious toddler and getting fat off of what seems like air. Now that my all day sickness seems to have subsided (YAY!) for most of the day (mornings are still hard) I’m at that awkward point where I’m really angry that Jaxson ate my only pair of breeches with no front buttons, but not quite rotund enough to fit into my (ugh) maternity clothes.  I had the pleasure of going through the commissary yesterday in workout shorts and a tank top, wanting to explain to everybody who gave my ‘outfit’ a once over that “I swear, I’m not lazy, I just can’t button my jeans and sit down anymore.” Luckily Shannon took some of the heat off my ‘outfit’ by throwing one of those ear shattering tempertantrums halfway through our trip. Yea. I’m waving to the dreaded terrible twos as I see them sailing towards us at a rather alarming rate. 


She looks rather charming here… but don’t be fooled…

All in all though. We’re doing well. We managed to add to our little family, last Friday (like I don’t have enough stuff going on already?!) when Shannon and I stumbled across some kittens during our walk. Bleeding heart that I am, I scooped them up and brought them home. Without further ado, meet Pumpkin and Oreo! (Mike named them… I was pulling for Lilo and Stitch or Charlie and Larry… if you are a Frogs Leaper you’d understand the latter!)


It’s not rocket science to figure out whose who.

Kitties are about 5 weeks old, but eating wet food pretty well and using their little pan. They sleep in the downstairs bathroom at night, but enjoy the run of the house during the day. Shannon is especially enamored with them, as she finally has animals ‘her’ size to drag around the house. I’m constantly reminding her to “not pick the kitties up by the head”, and “please don’t kiss the butt.”  The kitties don’t seem to mind the extra attention, but their beepers are pretty easy to set off so there is a lot of squeaking going on during the day. 



And while we’re still talking about babies… yea, yea.. I know. I’m sick of it too, really. 😉 Mike and I found out that round 2 of Jones babies will be another GIRL! We’re pretty excited, and I’m thrilled at the prospect of TWO sets of show bows in the leadline classes at Devon. Little Charlotte Rose will make her appearance sometime in mid-late October (which totally blows my whole show season to hell… but fear not… 2014 WILL be our year!)

Moving seamlessly to show seasons (see how I did that) I decided that I’m going to move Miss Willow and our quest for USDF Bronze to it’s own website, so I can use all those horsey words and not bore the family that actually reads this (hi, Grandma! *waves*) to tears. If you’re interested, you can find us here: . There is exactly 0 there and the name stinks, but I’m busting out of this joint to head to the barn, and I’ll make it all fancy… eventually. 


When we went to Rolex (more on that later), I walked into the building and proclaimed… “I’m HOME!” I think Steffen Peters winced.

And on that slightly embarrassing note, I am off to go make the hike down to the girls’ paddock (since they live outside like heathens now) to give Willow a cookie and promise her that we will have a home with a rideable arena soon! 


How about a New Years throwback?