Posts Tagged ‘pony’

A Magical Unicorn Photoshoot

Wednesday, April 3rd, 2019

My friend Jackie is my hairdresser, babysitter, workout partner, and owner of a pony that Caroline is obsessed with. Jackie thinks its a fair trade that I do her family photos for free and she does all the rest of that stuff for free – including giving Caroline riding lessons. I think I’m getting a WAY better deal, but as long as she’s happy I’m not going to mess it up.

Jackie and I have had plans for a photo shoot where we turn her pony, Hawk, into a unicorn. We decided the easiest way to do the pictures would be to wait for a beautiful layer of snow to cover the corral and woods around where Hawk lives.

We didn’t figure this would be a problem, because we live in Connecticut. Of course, because I ordered a unicorn horn and bought flowers and made a whoooooole plan, we had the least-snowy winter I’ve ever seen. We didn’t get a significant snow that stuck around long enough for pictures until MARCH.

But we did get one beautiful, magical snow, so I dressed Caroline up in the dress I’ve had waiting in the closet for a year and a half, convinced Hawk to tolerate the horn, and got our photo shoot done.

I took pictures of Jackie and her baby as princesses too in payment for borrowing the pony. We decided that this was so successful we needed to do it again in the spring, even though bringing Hawk out to a park or garden or farm might be a pain…it will be totally worth it. More unicorns!!! Unicorns for everyone!!!!!

Did I mention that Hawk is an old, old pony who pretty much hates everything? If you notice some pony side-eye, that’s why.

All Aboard The Choo-Choo Train

Tuesday, July 24th, 2012

Are you singing it now? Do you hate Genevieve as much as I do? If you have no idea what I’m talking about, count your blessings.

The kids and I made a quick trip to Pennsylvania to visit my BFF Erin and celebrate her baby’s 3rd birthday. I guess I should stop thinking of him as a baby now but OMG when will all these kids stop with the growing up!? I can’t take it! We went down a day early to make robots out of boxes and peel crayons and other various party prep (super cute robot party pics to come) but we managed to squeeze in a whole day of trains, big and small. I think the next party I plan might have to be train-themed.

We went to a train museum in the morning that was fun for the grown ups but not particularly kid-friendly. Did you know there are hundreds of train cabooses and boxcars just sitting around that you can buy for like $9,000? Or that there are still private rail cars with kitchens and bunks that are basically RVs on rails and that Amtrak will hook them up to their trains? I am now obsessed with the idea of owning a train car of ANY KIND. Maybe I read too many Boxcar Children books as a kid (False: there’s no such thing as too many Boxcar Children books).

After lunch we went to Kempton for a special Children’s Day at the WK&S Railroad. For $14 total Evan, Caroline and I rode a little motorcar on the tracks, rode on the big train in an antique car, saw a super cool model railroad, played with the Recycled Railroad, jumped in the bounce house and had ice cream. I believe the appropriate expression is: WINNING.

WK&S Hawk Moutain Line Kempton

Model train set up inside an actual train car

WK&S Hawk Moutain Line Kempton

Evansville

WK&S Hawk Moutain Line Kempton

It makes me want to get my trains out of the basement…until I remember what a total pain in the ass they are to set up and run.

WK&S Hawk Moutain Line Kempton Recycled Railroad

This guy made a Recycled Railroad entire out of trash.

WK&S Hawk Moutain Line Kempton Recycled Railroad

Evan was REALLY excited to “drive” the train.

WK&S Hawk Moutain Line Kempton motorcars

These little cars went REALLY fast. Ours had a rood and a windshield so it was a little less terrifying. The kids loved it.

WK&S Hawk Moutain Line Kempton motorcars

Caroline thought we should go faster.

WK&S Hawk Moutain Line Kempton train ride

Then it was time to ride the train

WK&S Hawk Moutain Line Kempton train ride

Engineer

WK&S Hawk Moutain Line Kempton train ride

We had half a car to ourselves and the kids loved it.

WK&S Hawk Moutain Line Kempton train ride

She’s thinking about running away.

WK&S Hawk Moutain Line Kempton train ride

She loved the train.

WK&S Hawk Moutain Line Kempton train ride

Erin is sitting next to her in this picture, holding her ankles to make sure she doesn’t fall out. Because she was REALLY determined to fall out.

WK&S Hawk Moutain Line Kempton train ride

Amazed that he’s actually on a train.

WK&S Hawk Moutain Line Kempton train ride

Dreaming

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My new dream house.

WK&S Hawk Moutain Line Kempton train ride

Whistle!!!

WK&S Hawk Moutain Line Kempton train ride

Friend Reid

WK&S Hawk Moutain Line Kempton train ride

The tracks aren’t connected to anywhere anymore, so the engine turns around at the end of the line and we go back to the station.

WK&S Hawk Moutain Line Kempton train ride

And here is the part of the post where I started playing with filters to break up the 10 zillion photos.

WK&S Hawk Moutain Line Kempton train ride

Chillaxing, vintage style (sandals, $15, Target)

WK&S Hawk Moutain Line Kempton train ride

Please note: I tried tinting my eyebrows AGAIN. It was a mistake AGAIN. This picture looks even more ridiculous in color.

WK&S Hawk Moutain Line Kempton train ride

WK&S Hawk Moutain Line Kempton train ride

So happy

WK&S Hawk Moutain Line Kempton train ride

And then I paid $3 so Evan could ride a pony because I am a sucker.

WK&S Hawk Moutain Line Kempton

The pony’s name was Pokey and Evan wanted to take him home.

WK&S Hawk Moutain Line Kempton

He was so brave about everything all day. I love my little adventurer.

WK&S Hawk Moutain Line Kempton

And then we had ice cream.

WK&S Hawk Moutain Line Kempton

Bouncing!

WK&S Hawk Moutain Line Kempton

I kept thinking how adorable this place would be for a wedding.

WK&S Hawk Moutain Line Kempton

Although this was the smiliest picture I got, he liked ALL the stuff we did, not just the ice cream.



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