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So, here's Friday.

1. {drum roll!} The winner of the FREE four-pack of lift tickets to ski Killington Mountain is Kate! She is from the Boston area and blogs over at Another Clean Slate. Thanks to everyone who entered, particularly new friends! I have enjoyed checking out your blogs!

2. Randi and I ventured into Philly this morning to pick up our race packets for the Hot Chocolate Run this Sunday. Although Randi has run a marathon, she has agreed to run the 5k race with me. This will be a walk in the park for her but is a very big deal for me. As a general rule, I don't like to run. But I promised her I would give this a shot and, truth be told, as my endurance improved, so did my tolerance for running. So, Sunday should be a lot of fun! Plus, we got a cute bag filled with goodies (including a VERY nice running jacket!) along with our race bib!

3. PJ got to try out horseback riding lessons! We headed over to F & M Farm in Thorofare, NJ to get saddled up. PJ loved the horse, a sweet girl named Ellie (who is actually a member of our family as she is owed by the sister of my sister-in-law!). PJ started off brushing Ellie, which helped both human and horse become better acquainted. Then, PJ got his helmet on and climbed was lifted into the saddle. The lesson started with PJ being taught the basic command to get Ellie to walk and stop. He was doing well, but the helmet was a little too big for him, and the strap was too distracting. Soon, all of his focus was on taking off the helmet, so we had to cut the ride short. But, that aside, PJ seemed to enjoy the farm and can potentially get a lot out of riding, so we are going to get him a better-fitting helmet and try it again!

4. I wrote a piece for South Jersey Mom Magazine about the dynamic between siblings when one of the children has Autism. I had some amazing families who were willing to share their story with me, and felt so thankful for the opportunity to share those stories with others. If you're interested, you can find the article, along with the most recent issue of South Jersey Mom here.

5. PJ has his last "big" cheer competition tomorrow (pictures to follow, natch.) and I am excited for the event but so sad for our cheer season to be winding down. We have so many fun things to look forward to (soccer, swim lessons, horseback riding) and we are so lucky for that! But this has been so much fun, and PJ has learned so much over this season.

And that's all she wrote!

Hope you had a cool Friday! 

Linking up! 

(a few more pictures of PJ and Ellie, and the farm!)


I love the PJ pics, especially the first two of him on the horse and with cool dude shades.

Congrats to Kate! Great giveaway.

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