Friday, May 31, 2013

And then I fell off...

Today is the last day of the Blog Every day in May... A Vivid Memory.

So it was the last weekend of April, Easter weekend.  The Youth season for qualifying for the AQHYA World Show runs May 1-April 30 of the next year.  So, this was the last show to qualify for the Youth World Nationally.  I was already qualified to represent the state, but I wanted to nationally qualify, that was my goal that year.  I was 1/2 point away from getting there and this was one last chance.  I was the last horse to show out of 10 horses which gave me the chance to win 1 1/2 points so all I had to do was place 3rd.  Generally no one wants to be first and no one wants to be last, but last has never scared me.  I went in and had one of the best 2 1/2 minutes of my life.  I walked out of the arena as the announcer said a score of 74.  I did it.  I nationally qualified with a point to spare.  I went to climb off China (The horse in the picture above. This was actually in Ada OK at the 4th of July blowout the same year) and my foot got caught in the stirrup and I fell off.  My dad was so excited for me that we were smiling and he was congratulating me until I fell off and then he asked if I'd ever ridden a horse before to which we all cracked up laughing. 

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Thursday, May 30, 2013

Tbug Conversations

Don't you absolutely love having conversations with kids sometimes?  You just never know what will come out of their mouth... seriously!

Ok so let me paint the picture... Sunday we were riding around on the 4-wheeler picking up rocks and sticks and looking for a piece to the mower when I killed the 4-wheeler.  I figured hubby would be back soon so we decided to sit there on the 4-wheeler/trailer and wait for him when this conversation happened:
Tbug:  How can cows eat this? (referring to the hay)
Me: Eat what?
Tbug: This.... (picking it up) Humans can't eat this just like cows can't eat chocolate.
Me: Can't eat what?
Tbug: Chocolate
Me: Oh, I thought you said Tacos.
Tbug: Well they can't eat those either or they'd have gas.
Me: Gas?
Tbug: Yeah like dad.
Me: Oh.....
Tbug: Oh you know he gets it
and then it went on with me saying she gets it too yada yada but this conversation had me cracking up the whole time.

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Letting Go

Have you ever had to let go?  Letting go is hard.  Letting go of the lost for a loved one.  Letting go of hurt feelings.  Letting go.

I truthfully wish I was one who could give advice on how to let go, but just like most people, we're all on this learning curve.  Trying to grow and make God proud of us.  Sadly, most of us fail from time to time because we're human.

Lately I've been dealing with letting go.  Letting go of the past and living in the present and dreaming of the future.  It's better to live in the present and deal with current issues then to hang on to the past.

So here's the thing I can tell you... God works in mysterious ways.  Everything works out in the end and eventually you'll even learn to let go.  Just trust and have faith.  And if you don't believe in God, have faith in who/what you do believe in.  I believe in God.  I'm putting my faith in his hands.  He knows what will happen and he'll get me through this trying time in my life with flying colors.

I'll come out stronger on the other side.  God will bring you to it because he'll help see you through it.

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Wednesday, May 29, 2013

The Sunday Night Dinner we almost missed

So Friday we mowed hay.
All good and well right?  Saturday morning it rained on it.  Oh well, I won't complain about the rain... too much... lol.  The wind blew and blew on Saturday and Sunday.  By about 3pm or so on Sunday we thought we might be able to bale hay.  What did that mean?  Possibly not making it to Sunday Night Dinner.

It just so happens that hubby loves loves loves to smoke meat though and had volunteered to smoke a Pork Tenderloin.  So we set the smoker to smokin, let Earl know we might not be there to bring the meat over and headed to the hayfield.

Dad wasn't able to bring the baler over on his pickup like originally thought so hubby headed to grandma's with the tractor.  Tbug and I figured it wouldn't be all that long so we decided to stay around the hayfield and drive around picking up rocks and sticks so we hopefully wouldn't break the baler.  She road around in the trailer and I drove the 4-wheeler.

2 hours later, I killed the 4-wheeler and we were exhausted, hot and tired.  Hubby finally showed back up and fixed the 4-wheeler, then we jumped on the tractor and went to raking hay.  Tbug even got her first lesson in driving the tractor.

We got the first field raked and dad got done with whatever he was p to.  He came out and they determined the field was still too damp to actually be baling so hubby, tbug and I loaded up and headed to Sunday Night Dinner.  I sent Earl a message that she got us as we came (hot, tired, and dirty).  She said perfect timing because they were just finishing up the food and to come on.  I asked her to get me photos so these next photos are courtesy of Earl :).

2 Types of Pork Tenderloin.  One is coated in a Parmesan Cheese mixture hubby did up out of his head.  The other was seasoned with Butt Rub.

B2.0 made this pasta salad that was delish!

This was a potato and onion mixture that was done up and grilled on the BBQ grill.

And there was Grilled corn.  Hello YUM!  Thank you Earl for the food photos! And thanks B2.0 for letting Earl take a photo of your food :)

I asked Tbug to get me a drink because I was sitting in the corner with people on both sides of me so it was more difficult to get out even though they'd have let me out.  One thing we do is write our names on our cups so we don't get them mixed up.  Tbug cracked me up when she wrote my name on my cup.

Mamaw made this delicious dessert.  It was a strawberry trifle and oh my goodness we all thought we were in heaven. :)  There was also 2 different chocolate cakes and brownies plus ice cream.  Apparently I fell asleep on the job taking pictures.  You can kind of see the icing for the chocolate cake B2.0 made at the top right corner of this photo.

After dishes were washed and the kitchen was cleaned up, we all went and gathered outside.  Look at the kitty.  Apparently she wanted in the smoker?

The cat has a very high tolerance because this pooch was dragging her around by her ear for a while.  They finally retired to the fire pit before we started a fire.  It's funny, when one puppy falls asleep, they pretty much all do.

We brought lawn chairs out and gathered around the fire.  It felt nice even though it was a warmer day.  By the evening, it starts to cool off.  Mr. T. missed out because he crashed inside on the couch.

By the end of the night I was exhausted but I was also tired of wearing shoes.  Dang if shoes could talk, I'll bet they all have really good stories!

Tbug stayed Sunday night with us as well and she asked if Moo could stay the night, so Moo went in, gathered her clothes and off to the house to crash we went.

And that, friends, was Sunday Night Dinner this week.

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Let the Rhythm Move you

Today's Prompt: Five songs or pieces of music that speak to you or bring back memories. Use Grooveshark or YouTube to include them in the post

Ok, first off, can someone tell me what Grooveshark is?  I have yet to check it out.  I guess I'm being lazy, shame on me!  Anyway, here are the 5 songs that have special meaning to me and why they mean something to me.

5.  The All-American Rejects - Dirty Little Secret
When I became friends with all my "crew" back in 2007, we got into playing rockband at least once a week and this is one of the very first songs I learned word for word and mastered on Rockband :)

4.  Tonic - If You Could Only See
As I have stated many times before, my husband and I were friends in high school.  Because of FFA and Band is why we became friends.  Our Sophomore year of high school was the big band trip (every 3 years) and we went to Florida on Spring Break.  While we were down there, one night we were sitting on the balcony and there were like 3 guys chatting with 3 girls or something like that.  The guys were all singing different songs and my husband sang this song.  Well like any crazy high school girl, I immediately went home, bought the cd and listened to it over and over and over again.

3. Brooks & Dunn - My Maria
So, if there is something you should know about me, it's this... my mom didn't want me to get my drivers permit when I was 15 1/2 (state age at the time) and my driver's license at 16 (again age at the time).  My dad made me a deal (which I'm sure my mom knew about) that if I could pass both on the first try, I'd get them.  I did and well, I did.  So finally in December of the year I turned 16, in fact New Years Eve, my mom sent me to town in her car to get the oil changed.  She drove a 1999 Mitsubishi Diamante at the time which had a really light gas pedal.  In her car, one of my favorite songs to listen to was Brooks & Dunn's My Maria.  Yeah, I saw a hi-po up ahead of me and I was jamming to that song.  When I looked down I was running 90.  I let up off the gas (which is what I always did in my Ranger) and let it coast down.  When I passed the Hi-po I was running 65.  I didn't get a ticket but I always remember that day.

2.  Brad Paisley - She's Everything
There are days someone should check the sanity of my poor husband.  Between our first date and this... My husband loves to sing and he's really good at it too.  A lot of times words in songs have meaning, meaning to life.  So when we first started dating, I asked him to pick a song that described me to him.  I did the same for him (but couldn't tell you what it was anymore.. shame on me).  Now I always wanted to believe She's Everything was written about me but that was just my imagination wishing for the best.  Then, he said it, he said the song that reminded him of me was She's Everything.  My heart melted.

1.  Hank Williams Jr. - The Blues Man
It has to be the original, not Alan Jackson's version.  I really don't know how it happened but this became our song back when we first started dating.  This was also our first dance as husband and wife.  Even Tbug knows this is our song.

What songs speak to you and why? rythem

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Tuesday, May 28, 2013

10 Things to Smile About - The May Edition

1.  The Chocolate Covered Strawberries that Earl and AL made for Sunday Night Dinner.

2.  AL putting an arrow right through the barbed wire fence... literally.  I'm not sure you could do that again if you tried.

3.  Snow in May... sure why not?!?!

4.  Sharing Cinco de Mayo with our Sunday Night Dinner Crowd.

5.  Sharing moments of my day with my husband.  Just a wonderful way to unwind.

6.  That the Poison Ivy is GONE!  Maybe I should knock on some wood now <knock knock knock>

7.  Getting to spend some time on Mother's Day with Tbug.

8.  Spending the day at Silver Dollar City with all our friends who are our family.

9.  Sharing with you my Vlog on how to do the Hair Twist.

10.  Spending Memorial Day weekend with my Family and Friends honoring those who have served our country and helped fight for our freedoms.

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