Friday, December 31, 2010

The VHS web design team's field trip

As the school's suburban drove down the driveway, we could see all smiles through the windshield of the vehicle. Today, the girls who had been designing our website would be meeting the horses and animals they had seen only on a computer screen for the first time. The dogs were the first ones to greet the girls and they were instantly smothered in kisses! The girls made their way into the house where we were able to talk and organize our day. We decided we would catch our horses and play a "horse game."
Since it was almost Christmas, we decided the horses should have a special treat...candy canes! Armed with our "treats" we made our way into the field. The horses chose the girls they wanted to work with and they happily ate their candy canes! :) We were then off to play our games and groom our horses. The girls chatted and loved on the horses as they brushed their soft coats.
The game we chose to play was fun! The girls built an obstacle and had to overcome it as a team wtih their horses. Oh...and then there was the egg on the spoon they had to carry as they did their obstacle course with their horse! They handled it like pros! Everyone was full of smiles...until it was the last teammates's turn. The beautiful black horse...(Beauty) did NOT want to go through the obstacle. The harder her human tried to get her to go, the more she dug her hooves into the ground. She refused to move. Then something amazing unfolded...all the girls as a team approached their teammate. They brought their horses around her and together they encouraged her. Finally, after 25 minutes, they succeeded in getting Beauty through the course! Her human beamed with excitement! They had done it! They had conquered the obstacle! I was amazed at their team work!

The day ended with happy, happy hearts. The girls had an amazing lunch that my aunt had made especially for them. We shared about horses, friendships, and website ideas as we ate together, and then it was time for them to head back to school. We waved good bye as the suburban pulled out of the driveway. The girls were changed, as were we. It was a remarkable day.