"Children do not need to be made to learn about the world, or shown how. They want to, and they know how." -John Holt

Saturday, February 23, 2008

Pony Fever

Wasn't it this time last year that goat fever set in? February in NH does crazy things to people. We believe if we think Spring with all our heart and soul, somehow it will magically come forth. And what better way to call Spring's name than to do a little pony shopping!? Who cares if we have to do it in a snowstorm.

Meet Ginger.
And bow down to the cutest little pony you ever did see.
She's decided since she's stuck in this dreary February weather too, she might as well make the best of it...
Pony snow angels!
We could all learn a lesson or two from Ginger.

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