Back in September my kids were already trying to decide what they were going to "be" for October 31st. The original plan was for all 5 of us to dress as superheroes. Isn't that cute? Over the course of the month the plan sort of changed when my girls eventually chose something entirely different; while my son stuck with the superhero idea.
Fast forward to this week. The kids and I have been in the mountains visiting my parents for fall break. Knowing that cold, rainy weather is on its way, we tried to squeeze as much fun stuff into the first few days as possible. Hiking (lots of hiking) and horse back riding were the top two priorities.
Hanging out with "Papa" on top of Grandfather Mountain
On Wednesday afternoon my girls and I went on a gorgeous horse ride through Christmas tree farmland. The day couldn't have been more perfect. Unfortunately one of the horses (that my 10 year old was riding) had spacial issues and didn't like any other horse to get too close. As I came around a bend my horse got too close to Mr. Personal Space and he started backing up and kicking at my horse. Unfortunately, I was thrown as my horse tried to avoid the kicks. My horse took off running and my girls (with good reason) freaked out as they watched their momma lie on the ground with the wind knocked out of her. Miraculously I avoided being kicked, but sustained other injuries from my fall. The ol' body ain't what she used to be. Eventually our trail guide was able to capture my horse and as the saying goes, "I fell off the horse, but got back on." Because, really, who wants to walk a mile back to the stable? I think it was pure adrenaline that got me back to the stable because when I got in my car the pain hit like a ton of bricks.
I've spent the entire day on the couch (which was TOTALLY not in the fall break plan) nursing cracked ribs and a very bruised body. I don't know if I've ever experienced this kind of pain. Who knew laughing or sneezing could be so painful?? My sweet parents have taken over all of the details like feeding and putting my kids to bed. I don't know what I would have done if they weren't here!
My sweet momma who has taken such good care of me
Wanna know the funny part? I decided to leave my camera in the car for the ride, even though I was doing a blog series on taking lots of pictures. For some reason I just didn't feel like bringing the camera along. I'm SO thankful I didn't!
This afternoon my daughter said to me, "well mom, instead of being Wonder Woman you could be an old lady in a wheel chair for Halloween."
I'd appreciate your prayers for a quick recovery. I hear ribs don't heal quickly, so I'm none too happy about that! It was a very traumatic experience for my kids, so pray for them too.
I'll be looking for the perfect gray wig to go with my haggard body. ;(