Secret Santa

We all know and love Tracy over at The Printable Pony for organizing the best Secret Santa every year, and this year has been wonderful! It’s been so fun seeing everyone sharing and reaching out to new people.

And get presents. We all like presents.

In a wonderful twist of fate, I received my gift on my birthday itself! A little holiday cheer, a little birthday cheer, and a whole lot of happiness. A huge thank you to Kristen over at Stampy and the Brain for such thoughtful gifts!!

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OK first of all the puppy wrapping paper is the cutest possible way to wrap, amiright?!

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It’s tough to see in this lighting, but this is my absolutely favorite navy!! I’ve been lusting after one of these surcingle belts for a while now, and it’s even cooler that it comes from a fellow blogger and horse girl: Rachel over at For Want of a Horse.

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Y’all know how obsessed I am with socks, and this pair is too cute. I think these are going to be my new lucky show socks – there’s something about getting dressed for battle (in an adorable way) that brings good juju.

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And of course Kristen didn’t forget Frankie! He absolutely adores all things peppermint flavored, and these are the perfect size for our post-ride carrot stretches. He’s going to be one happy camper!!

Thank you Kristen for a ray of sunshine in the form of a package, and happy holidays to all!

2017 Secret Santa!

I know, I know- I’m so late with this! Joke’s on all of you who called me “organized” on Amanda’s post. But I finally have a moment to breathe and tell you about the world’s most amazing present. From none other than Carey from Me Jump Pretty One Day!

I knew I was in for a treat when I got this teaser card:

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Who can resist that face??? And the drool was a perfect touch- no joke, I have this hanging in my office and I’ve had people stop in the middle of sentences to ask what that is. I tend to start stuttering about how fun and silly horses are and try to get back on topic. They don’t get it. I love it.

A short while later, I opened up my package to reveal a personalized desk calendar!! The time and effort Carey put into this was so so so beyond thoughtful, and I love it so much. It’s even already come in handy flipping through the year as I’m wedding planning! Here’s the cover:

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I quickly flipped through and ooh-ed and aah-ed over the pretty pictures of me and Francis.

And then I spotted something. And I turned back to the front. And I spotted those little letters: “Olivia and To Be Frank 2018. (and Cosmo)”

AND COSMO.

Ladies and gentlemen, as if this couldn’t get any better, we have Mo joining us in every. single. picture. Here’s January:

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Hah! There he is!!! I cackle with glee every time I look at this!!!

Carey was kind enough to share the digital files she used, so here’s a selection of my favorites (though let’s be real, they’re all my favorites because this is AMAZING).

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February: the subtlety! Can you spot him keeping an eye on us??
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April: the attention to detail! The just-right-out-of-focus-ness!
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May: there he is, watching our trial ride!!
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August: like we just interrupted his grazing time!
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December: classic Mo face photobombing!!!

I’m pretty sure this is the Secret Santa gift to beat all Secret Santa gifts. I’m still giggly about it every day, and I get to giggle about it all year! Thank you SO MUCH Carey for this wonderfully thoughtful and hilarious and amazing present!!!

And of course a huge big thank you to Tracy of The Printable Pony for hosting this every year- this was a huge highlight of my holiday season, and I already can’t wait until next year!!

I gotta go stare at this some more and chortle like a bubbling-over teapot. I’ll be back in a bit.