Wednesday, September 30, 2015

Honey Blueberry Muffins

Every so often when you have a type of hearty meal, you just want something with a bit of sweetness to relieve that. Relieve what I don't know... but relieve something. The other night we had Mexican Chicken Tortilla Soup. I am more of a savory that sweets person, but I needed something to cut that edge.

I recently saw this recipe for Honey Blueberry Muffins. Instead of using sugar, they used honey which is supposed to be a natural sweetener. Well it just so happened that I had blueberries and honey so I thought I'd give them a try.

Super easy! Oh my super easy to make. The real test was how they tasted. I gave them a Yum! Hubby gave them a Yum! And better yet, Abug gave them a Yum. I guess that means... Hello YUM!

No, but they were really good. They had just enough sweet to them to cut what I needed, but I take the honey in them to make them so you won't crash like you do with sugar. Please someone tell me I'm right! Make this girl feel better about the decision to eat them :)

Honey Blueberry Muffins (Abug approved!)

2 1/4 cups flour
2 teaspoons baking powder
1 teaspoon baking soda
1/2 teaspoon salt
2/3 cup butter, melted 
2/3 cup honey
2 eggs
3/4 cup milk
1 cup blueberries (I think I used closer to 2 cups because I had them, turned out just fine)

In a large bowl, mix flour, baking powder, baking soda and salt. In a medium bowl, combine the melted butter and honey. Whisk in the eggs and milk. Make a well in the center of the dry ingredients and pour in the wet mixture. Stir just enough to mix wet and dry ingredients, being careful not to over mix. Gently fold in the blueberries. Spoon batter into greased or paper-lined muffin cups. Bake at 350 degrees for 20 minutes or until golden brown.

Note: To keep the blueberries from sinking to the bottom of the muffins, if you coat them in some flour before adding into the mixture, it helps them to stick to the batter a little better and spread more evenly through the mixture. (Don't ask me why, I don't know I just know it works.)

Tuesday, September 29, 2015

10 Things to Smile About September

Oh goodness, last night was a rough night. I'm pretty much dragging this morning. Baby girl went to sleep around 8:45pm last night, then woke up around 10, just as we were going to sleep and it was on. She has 3 new teeth that have sprung up over night and I don't know if that played into it or not, but I passed out somewhere around 2am. I'm not sure if she was awake or asleep by that point or not.

I can tell you none of us wanted to get out of bed this morning, that's for sure. Hubby gets up about 30-45 minutes before I do on Tuesday mornings, let's just say my butt was dragging soooooo bad. My mom meets me to get squirrel girl on my way to class, I sent her a text at 8am saying we were on our way, don't think we forgot, we were just dragging.

But let's not focus on that... because even though I'm tired and last night sucked, I wouldn't trade this life for the world. I love that little girl so much and I am blessed. So keeping on that blessed feeling, let's go ahead and see what the 10 reasons were to smile about in September!

In no particular order...

5. Squirrely Girly got a month older... she's now 15 months. Holy Cow!

7. Tbug and I went and participated in the Ride for Life. We had so much fun and she went on and on thanking anyone and everyone for letting her go.

2. The first Chiefs home game of the season... even though they lost to the Denver Broncos.... blech! :). by the way, did you see they lost to the Packers last night. By 9:30pm I was tired and quit watching the game. They did score a few more points after that.

9. Fun jokes among friends.

1. 5 Years with this man.

10. A great trip to Mermet Springs with some really awesome people! (both in our vehicle! and the large group!!) (Mermet Springs Part 1, Part 2, Part 3)

3. Riding horses and spending time with friends on Labor Day.

8. The funny moments in life.

4. Did you see that moon on Sunday night. Seriously! (btw I didn't take this picture, it came off facebook. The guy was located on a rooftop in Dallas, TX)

6. I got an A and a B on a test. While you might think... okay... you have no idea how excited I was for BOTH those test grades! Whew.

And those are at least 10 reasons why I smiled this month... You definitely should come up with your own list because... it's always good to smile, even when things are going bad. Now remind me of this the next time life gets tough. ha! :)

Happy Tuesday. Linking this with EmmyMom :).

Monday, September 28, 2015

A Thank You, A Restaurant Review, & Auction Items... oh my!

If it weren't for my family and friends I'd probably be bald by now. Yes, I just said that. Let me explain. Fall of 2013 I was presented with an opportunity that lead me to the road back to school to work on my Master's. (I am forever grateful for this opportunity too!) My Bachelor's Degree is in Agriculture, my Master's will be in English. I sometimes get asked what I plan on doing with that...

Now first, before I give you my answer... when I was an Agriculture major I used to smart off that I could talk about Cows, Sows, and Plows. Sometimes I'd use it to the advantage of, Well at least I can talk about Cows, Sows, and Plows. Other times I'd smart off that I could talk about more than Cows, Sows, and Plows.

So now when people ask me, as long as they know my smart aleck side, I'll smart off that I will now be able to eloquently write to Cows, Sows, and Plows. ha!

Some days I need to just learn to keep my mouth shut :). What am I going to do with this... well there are lots of plans in the making, hopefully one of them pans out!

But for now, I rely heavily on my family and friends to keep me sain, especially this fall as I prepare for Comps. I'm not going to lie, I'm scared of general comps.

Thankfully my mom is able to watch baby girl for hubby and me on Tuesday's, Wednesday's and Thursday's. I've stated in the past that when I was growing up I got the opportunity to spend a lot of time with my grandparents and I wouldn't have traded that for the world. Well, this is one of those opportunities that my baby girl is being blessed with also.

So last Wednesday I made plans with my mom to get her the squirrelly girly and she offered to meet hubby and me for lunch. We took her up on the opportunity. When the restaurant she suggested didn't pan out, we opted to try another one. Joe's Pizza, Pasta, Sub Italian Restaurant. Upon first impression of the name, we assumed it would be fast food Italian but it was in fact the opposite. It was a sit down meal.

When we entered we were seated with menu's as well as bread and dipping sauce. The bread almost reminded us of pretzel type bread. The first batch was a little over done but the second batch we got were pretty well almost right on the money. The dipping sauce was Extra Virgin Olive Oil, with seasonings and what tasted like balsamic vinegar.

Our entrée's came with salads. Now I like a good salad but I guess this just wasn't the salad for me. I usually like cheese and crouton's on my salad. Abug though loved the cucumbers and gnawed on them for quite a while.

When hubby's food came out, he mentioned that he ordered off the lunch menu. He said, boy that's a lot of food. I noticed while looking at the menu that the lunch portion of Chicken Parmesan (not what he ordered) was the same price as the dinner version... Interesting.

He ordered the Chicken Cacciatore. He was pleased with his choice. I don't think I tried a bite... I don't remember trying it anyway...

I went with the Pasta Sampler. It had Lasagna, some stuffed shells type stuff that was really good but I can't remember what it was called.... and Fettuccine Alfredo. Normally I'm more of an Alfredo person and don't get me wrong the Fettuccine was very good, but I actually preferred the red sauce stuff.

Mom got the Italian Sampler. I guess all three came in this one dish, we were a little confused... but mom said it was really good and that's what matters I guess. I sadly can't remember what all was in this.

So the food was Really good. I noticed that Wally with the Joplin Globe mentioned that all the bread, pasta and sauces were made from scratch. While we were there we were surprised that not many people were there. They said that the opening of a new steakhouse in Joplin was causing them some issues but hopefully this fall when it cools down, business would pick up.

That afternoon I went to a friend's house to shoot some photos of her new granddaughter then off to class. While I was in class studying/talking about The Code of the Woosters by P.G. Wodehouse...

Hubby got off work and went to weld on some projects with Jared that will be offered at our local Chili Cook-off to raise money for Christmas for Kids. They made a Boot Rack. I found something similar to this years ago and showed hubs but they did it off their own design.

 Deb found the Horseshoe Christmas Tree on Facebook and showed them and I found the pumpkins.

Another view of the Christmas tree. Now picture ornaments dangling in each shoe... and maybe paint, maybe not. Either way it'd be finished then :).

So as this post started off, I am so appreciative of my family and friends who help me, back me up, root me on, and keep me going time and time again. This is just a Thank you to you!

Saturday, September 26, 2015

The Peanut Post: a 15 Month Update

How in the world did this beautiful little girl turn 15 months old? So how about an update on this little spitfire...
  • We don't walk, we run... full blast, everywhere!
  • She knows her eyes, nose, mouth, ears, belly, right foot, right hand, left foot and left hand. Don't ask her where her butt is, please! Yes she knows but don't ask her....
  • She calls the cat and dog by cat and dog.
  • She has her animals that she likes, but only from a distance.
  • She LOVES to ride horses and gets mad when she is taken off of one.
  • She has added people to her favorite people list.
  • She'll talk your leg off, even if you don't know what she's saying.
  • Loves shoes. Although sometimes she only wants one on.
  • She'll also steal your shoes and try to put them on.
  • She's to long for 6 month onesies and for some of her 12 month onesies.
  • Her shoe size, we're having to move up a size in most shoes to a 5.
  • Still only have 4 teeth in but another one is breaking the surface, slowly.
  • She lost her right big toe nail but it's growing back nicely.
  • She loves to give kisses.
  • Fights sleep like it's the devil.
  • Loves her taggies Monkey and her baby doll.
  • Loves books, including mine.
    • In fact, she decided to get a pen and draw in mine here recently.
  • Loves stuffed animals.
  • When she gets into things and you tell her to put it back, she will. Doesn't mean she leaves it there but she does put it back.
  • Waves at everyone at the store, restaurant, building, place you are. She should be an official door greeter.
  • Did I mention she LOVES to ride horses? 
  • And she hates our dogs :(

Friday, September 25, 2015

Horse Trivia: Witches Knots

Is anyone else as ready for this weekend as I am? This has been an extremely long week and I'm exhausted. You know though... I'm tired of complaining about being tired. ha! I'm not sure I'll ever get fully rested so I might as well just take it like it is and be done with it.

Tomorrow hubby has to go with the Missouri Governor's Mounted Guard to help park cars at a Bluegrass festival. I've been asked/invited to go but I may get stuck at home doing homework. Ugh, beautiful weather and I'm stuck inside doing homework... Well it could be worse I guess!  So really I don't know what my plans consist of yet. We'll take it as it comes. And who's to say I can't go park my butt in a lawn chair in the front yard to do homework.

But being as though they are the Missouri Governor's MOUNTED Guard... mounted means they're riding something and that something is their trusty stead. In case you don't know what that is... that's a horse.

So I only thought it fitting to give you a little information about horses today. That information is about "Witches Knots."

They really are the biggest pain in the butt. As you can see, it almost looks like a human who has dreadlocks. Now I'm not sure how that person who has dreads gets them out... maybe they have to cut their hair? But I can tell you how to get a Witches Knot out without cutting it out... although sometimes you might get so frustrated you want to cut it out.
  1. You can sit there and work it out with your fingers. It takes a while but it can be done, I've done that many times.
  2. Go grab that WD-40 and spray it on the mane, let it sit a minute or two and then proceed like number 1.
  3. Or there's this fancy stuff that works miracles called Cowboy Magic. Put that on, rub it in, then proceed with number 1. Now... I can tell you this works WAY better than WD-40 but the WD-40 works too.
Why "Witches Knot"?
  • Well, a witches knot is based off of folk lore. The question is... do you believe?
    • Basically rumor has it that at night, a witch will come, ride the horse, and put it back by day break.
    • The horse will return back all sweaty/lathered up, tired, and have the mark of the witches, a witches knot.
    • The other explanation is a fairy rides the horse, therefore it is also sometimes referred to as "Elf Locks."
Whether you believe or not.. one thing still remains true... every now and again, the mane can get away from you and bam, you have a knot on your hands. So go out to your local farm supply store, buy some Cowboy Magic. You'll be glad you did.

And no, Cowboy Magic did not pay me to write this, although I'd gladly take money or product from them. This is just information and a courtesy if you ever find yourself in this situation :)

Happy Friday my friends!

Thursday, September 24, 2015

Comedy: Masculine versus Feminine....

My Wednesday night class is called British Comic Novel. The first night of class we were asked "What makes you laugh." Seems like a very straight forward question, but try to put it in words. Then we had to give examples of our words.

The second night of class the professor summed up what we said:

We laugh.......
At the Irregular                                                and at the unexpected
The erroneous (deviation from familiar             the Cathartic (psychological reaction)
     patterns and norms)
Physical                                                              release of nervous tension
Verbal                                                                 expression of surprise
psychological                                                     exlamation
intellectual (logical)

The Incongruous                                               The Coincident
(juxtaposition of unlike things)                          (sudden discovery/achievement of order)
tone                                                                     congruity
appearance (features)                                          connection
situation                                                              reconcilliation
action                                                                  resolution

Since that first and second night of class we've been discussing different books that we've been required to read. The first was Joseph Andrews by Henry Fielding, the second was Cold Comfort Farm by Stella Gibbons, and the third was The Code of the Woosters by P.G. Wodehouse. (by the way we're reading 10 books in 16 weeks... plus I have books I'm reading for comps, wish me luck!)

Last night we finished up The Code of the Woosters, being a seminar class, we're all required to talk. That's part of our class participation, we have to ask a question, state a comment, or feed off someone else's comment twice.

But one of the guys offered up this... Is The Code of the Woosters masculine comedy. Whoa, that opened a whole discussion for like 20 minutes on what is masculine and what is feminine comedy. Did you know there was a difference? I didn't. I mean once we sat and talked about it, maybe there is... but I'm not 100% sure I totally buy that either.

Some of the characteristics described for masculine comedy is slapstick/physical (think America's Funniest Home Video's and all the people who constantly get racked over and over) and rude/crude. And they described feminine comedy as more predicaments we could find ourselves in. It was more compared to romantic comedies.

Hmmmm.... now that's a real head thinker. Shows like "Jackass" and "The Hangover" were brought up, both of which I've never seen, but it got me to thinking about the type of shows my husband and I watch. Now granted this is a novel class and we're talking shows... but sometimes you have to...

He likes the movie "I Hope They Serve Beer In Hell." That movie cannot keep my attention to save my life. I think I've watched it... or at least parts of it....

Then the movie "Bridget Jones's Diary" was brought up, by the way, that's one of the 10 books we have to read this semester. The girls in our class (which we're predominantly female, 4/14 are male) started commenting that they could totally relate to Bridget Jones. I agree, I could too, but the professor and a few students also pointed out that there is some slapstick comedy in that movie as well.

Then the fact was brought up that for a long time women weren't allowed in theater (think Shakespeare days) until many years later so we're making up ground.

Okay so aren't you glad you went through my 3 hour class with me in just the few minutes that it took you to read that above information. Glad I could help :).

So moving on... as I was driving home last night I was exhausted. I'd have almost been just as happy to pull my car over, curl up in a ball, and go to sleep (and I still had to go home and review one more time through my notes for my test this morning).

The radio was driving me nuts. When I get tired I HATE LISTENING to commercials. I just want to scream. So I rolled the window down for some fresh air and turned on my music on my phone that will stream through the speakers in the car. I flipped through songs until I got to one that sounded like something I could jam to and it happened to be "My Maria" by Brooks and Dunn.

Now that song and I have a long history... Back when I first got my drivers license my mom drove a 1999 Mitsubishi Diamante and I used to put that song on anytime I drove that car. Now that was a bad thing because that car had a very light gas pedal and I might have sped a few times when that stupid song came on... lol.

But it brought me back to a time a few years ago (late early 2000's like maybe 2003, 2004, 2005ish) when we were down in Ft. Worth at the NCHA Futurity which is held in December every year. For whatever reason my parents didn't get their normal seats and we got on the floor row back behind the cattle. (long story, just know you can't see the prettiness of the horse, you see the butt.)

We were sitting there while they were settling cattle (just know the show wasn't going on at that point in time, it was like intermission) and Kix Brooks and his wife who are avid Cutting Horse people came walking past my parents and me and reached over my head and shook some guys hand 2 rows behind me.

When he walked away I told my mom that I'm pretty sure I could tell you the type of deodorant that he had on, his armpit/body was that close to my face. My mom laughed and my dad looked at me like I was crazy for saying that.

Hmmm.... So does that mean men and women find different things funny? I don't know, you decide.

You're welcome for such a pondering thought... I've been thinking about it since last night except for while I was asleep dreaming I was talking to my mom on the phone about taking hubby to the eye doctor because he had a piece of metal in his eye. Another story for another day.

Tuesday, September 22, 2015

2015 Ride for Life Pineville, MO

I'm getting closer to not being able to say that I can't count the times I've gone trail riding on one hand... the current count is 4. Now this doesn't include riding all over the place at my parents/grandparents house checking for cattle, this only includes going to a place specifically for trail riding. The 4 times include once while I was dating the hubs, Trails for Kids in April and now 2 Rides for Life (One in fall 2013 and this years).

For my husbands job, he is committed to work 2 weekends a year. This year one of those weekends happened to fall during the Ride for Life over the weekend. Because of that, Tbug and I were on our own if we wanted to go ride. We invited my dad but he had hay to mow/bale.

Earlier Friday afternoon I was texting with Karen about this that and everything else when I decided to see what time the ride started on Saturday morning. Initial plans were to pick Tbug up on Friday evening, she and I would get up first thing Saturday morning, load horses up and head to Pineville. When Karen said she thought it started at 8am though, plans quickly changed.

Hubby suggested I ask if Jared & Karen had room we could sleep in their camper. They did so we decided to load up Friday evening, go down and stay the night. And then Fit hit the Shan. haha....

I quickly started packing a suitcase with clothes we'd need. That seemed like it took forever. Oy! Then we headed to my parents house to hook up my dad's truck to the trailer, load horses, and then go pick Tbug up on our way to Pineville. All went fairly smoothly until pulling out of my parents driveway we noticed dad's truck didn't have ANY power. Trucks are made for hauling things and it wouldn't pull the trailer with our 2 horses and tack in it. Something was wrong.

Hubby called Grady and asked if they had an extra truck we could borrow. He said yes so we drove to their house to switch trucks around. Then I took my dad's truck, which now drove perfectly (not pulling anything), to go pick Tbug up. From there we went back to my parents house to drop the truck back off and pick up my car. Then Abug, Tbug and I headed to Pineville.

On our drive down I happened to look up and see a guy standing on the side of the road (about halfway between home and Pineville). The more I paid attention to the man and the vehicles, I realized it was Pokey and Earl. Tbug was yakking my ear off about Kansas history, so I told her to hold that thought and quickly called Earl to see if there was anything I could do to help them. She said that Pokey had a blow out on a trailer tire and they were waiting for their brother in law to come rescue them but thanks for calling. I was like, well I know my car can't pull a trailer but I didn't know what was wrong so I wanted to be sure they were all A-ok.

Hubby left Deb & Grady's house with their truck, our trailer and horses. Deb and Grady were leaving the house at the same time so I assume he followed them. They stopped at a burger place in Pineville called Burgertime. They grabbed Tbug and me a burger and fries. We both tried sharing with Abug but she wanted no part of any of it. He also got cheesecake for dessert. There were 2 boxes so I assume one for Tbug and one for me but we were told later that we weren't to eat them without him. lol. The burger was good. I love a good cheeseburger.

This Ride for Life we lucked out because there were pens we could put our horses in instead of them having to stand in the trailer all night and Aloha pawing at the ground and keeping everyone in camp awake. Oh and the barn... I fell IN LOVE with the old barn. It was a little messy inside but who cares, it was GORGEOUS!

Once horses were settled in, we all went back up to camp to sit around and shoot the breeze. Tbug used Abug's chair since she wasn't currently using it. 

Nightfall hit and Colonel and his wife decided to go for a night ride. I had never seen a flashlight on a horse's bridle before.

Around 9pm or so hubby decided he and Abug needed to head home because they had an hour or so drive ahead of them and he had to be up early the next morning to work. Jared, Karen, Tbug and I went into their camper and we were talking and unwinding thinking about getting ready for bed... and that's when I got a text from hubby. He got home and realized he left his work laptop in Grady's truck. #fail

I went out into camp where everyone was sitting and started trying to talk someone into giving me their keys so I could meet him halfway. Boy I have the best of friends because a few different ones told me to take their trucks. I jumped in Grady's because he handed me the keys. I told Tbug she could stay at camp or else she could go with me to meet her dad. She said she'd go with me so I told her to load up, we were headed out.

We finally got back to camp around midnight, quickly changed clothes and jumped into bed. Now the funny thing about bed, we shared a sofa couch. It slopes downhill. No big deal, I wasn't sleeping on hard ground or rocks so definitely not complaining, but all night long I'd wake up at the foot of the bed and have to scootch up.

I had trouble getting to sleep but finally passed out from exhaustion I guess. Next thing I know, I was woke up around 4:30-5am by two knees jammed in my back.

Around 6:30am I got up because I had to pee (sorry tmi but keeping it real!). I went and stood in line at the restroom and some guy cut in front of me. I finally said screw it and just went back to the camper, told Tbug we needed to go feed horses and went down to pee in the horse trailer. Hey I'm a farm girl, it's all A-okay!

Then she and I went back up to get ready.

Now I'm a pretty low maintenance kinda girl, but one thing I like to do is make my eyes pop out (make-up). If I don't, I look like death warmed over or so I feel. When we went to Mermet Springs hubby threw my travel make-up bag in with food and it got left at Deb & Grady's all week along with my pink hat. We had Deb grab our food that was left there, which also included my make-up bag. I was digging around in the bed of Grady's truck and just as I jumped down he was like, dang, I was going to come help you out. Whew dodged that bullet. ha!

Then I started using his mirror on his truck to put it on. Like I said, it's just eyeliner, mascara, and maybe eye shadow (not always). I had to learn as a young girl to get ready FAST.

So I was riding Blonde Barbie (aka snookums). She was really just broke this spring even though I was the first one on her fall of 2013. She's never been trail riding other than checking for cows a few times at home so I was a little nervous of how she'd act. Jared and Grady thought I might need this....

We went down and saddled horses, then Deb decided we needed breakfast so took SW, Tbug and me back up to the camper for some Breakfast Burrito's (she said she got them at SAMS, YUM!) and Starbucks Frappuccino's. I wasn't sure I'd like vanilla but dang, that was good.

At 8:30 or so we were off on the trails.

Karen rode her gelding, Rogue. Rogue seems to be one of those war horses... you know, they've been through it all and are very laid back and mellow. As we started down one part of the trail he started throwing his head and even started to buck. We couldn't figure out what was wrong so Karen jumped off and we found out he'd been stung by a bee. No wonder he was upset. Then a minute later Karen got stung on her leg as well.

Further down the trail we actually kicked up a nest of hornet bees. Jared and his horse Callie (Kallie? I dunno) got stung as well as other riders throughout the pack. Tbug, Aloha, Blonde Barbie and I managed to get through all that without getting stung. Not sure how although I kept telling people it's because I'm sour.

Finally we hit the halfway point, so that meant lunch! We had ham sandwiches, chips, dessert, and drinks. While we were standing there we were putting hats on the horses, braiding the horses manes, and feeding the horses chips and sandwiches. Don't ask, there is no explanation!

Toward the end of the ride, Jared took us over by the cave. I've only ridden at Pineville one time and never seen the cave. Obviously this isn't a picture of the cave, but it's in the same area. Had I had more time you can bet your bottom dollar I'd have been taking lots and lots of pictures :). I'm just like that.

SW is a senior this year. She had asked me to take some of her senior pictures for her. She wanted some with horses in them and she also wanted them taken in a place that isn't typically where people around home take them. Earlier in the summer we talked about doing them during the ride, but were afraid we'd be pressed for time. Then about a week before we just decided to go for it.

Soooooo glad we did. It's so gorgeous down there with the rolling Ozark Hills/Mountains, the pretty grasses because of all the rain we've had this summer as well as the coolest OLD barn. OMG I fell in love with this barn. And don't ask me what Tbug was doing. I have no idea, I was working on setting up camera settings and caught this picture.

There is also a river/spring/creek thing that runs through this place so we decided that we'd put SW out in the water. But before we did that I put her up on a bridge that lays over the body of water. I couldn't get the right angle to her from shore so I waded out into the water. Then just as I got to a part where I either had to go back to shore or else off into the deep area of the water, Tbug yells, Mom, there's a snake. I thought she was kidding, but in fact there was a snake swimming in the water. I DON'T DO SNAKES! I about had a panic attack, which way do I go George, which way do I go. It was only about as big around as a pencil and probably a foot long but I don't do snakes. He was also striped. No Thank You! I watched him all while pondering my next move but he went off to shore so I continued on shooting photos. Dedication right there folks!

After we got done at the water with the pictures we were walking back up for SW to change clothes when the ice cream truck came in. She soooooooo wanted ice cream so we stopped and waited for it to come up.

Deb got a phone call while we were out taking pictures that said that they had food out and waiting for us. They had all eaten and were going to the auction that started at 6 but they left it out for us. When we got done with pictures then we went back to camp to eat.

Tbug and I wandered over to the auction but decided we wanted to see the pictures I'd taken so we went back to the campers just as SW was sticking her head in Jared and Karen's looking for us. I grabbed my laptop and memory card and went into Deb & Grady's so we could all look at the pictures.

Later toward the end of the auction we wandered back down to the tent. At the end of the auction they threw out shirts from years past so we decided Pete needed decorated. I think he felt ashamed.

And Deb dared hubby that he couldn't get into a Medium and a Kids Small shirt. So he put both on. I had to pull him out of them though.

And a picture of Sysco (Sisco, Cysco??) because why not.

We drove home Saturday night with the horses but had plans on being back down Sunday when hubs got done working to bring Grady's other truck back to him so they could haul the camper home. Tbug, hubby and I were picking up all our things in the camper to take home with us. Just as I had the last load which was my laptop bag, my camera bag and maybe one or two other things I went to go out of the camper. Tbug had just said something about falling out of the camper and you guessed it... I took like 2 steps, missed a step or my foot slid or something and down I went off to the left side. I got pinned between steps and a lawn chair. I was so embarrassed and in shock. #fail

Yes, it hurt my sides a little bit but all I could do was laugh. I laughed and laughed because serious, who does that?

When we got there Sunday, everyone was out riding so we let the dogs out of the campers and played with them.

Abug needed a nap, BAD! but refused to take one. We took her into Jared & Karen's camper to try though but she was more interested in wearing Jared's Muck Boots.

Karen got back and Abug still wasn't asleep so she took a stab at trying to get her down for a nap. She almost gave in and then saw horses and it was all lost from there. Then they decided to take Abug down and let her ride since she LOVES to ride horses! I think that is just in her blood!

They had an awards presentation at 2 as well as a raffle for a saddle and a horse so we wandered up to the tent to watch that. Abug got a hold of Pete's leash. I'm not sure he was too keen on that idea but he tolerates her just fine :).

After the awards we went and helped pick up/put up campers and hook up campers. There were some blocks under tires on Karen and Jared's camper so I went to pull Jared's truck forward because they all told me too and next thing I know I was getting screamed at. Apparently hubby was down in front of the trailer between it and the bumper of the truck (he wasn't when I walked by) and I about hit him in the head with the front of the camper. #fail. Don't worry, I didn't hit him and it just would have been his head.. ha!

Once campers were all put up I went and helped Deb & Karen load up horses. Tbug was already down helping them.

We got them all loaded up and then it was time to head out. Hubby's truck is just a single cab and we had 4 of us so we knew one person would have to ride with someone else. Well we had a few things left in the camper from Friday night/Saturday so there really wasn't a lot of comfortable room for 3 people in the truck so hubby rode with Grady and Tbug rode with Jared. Abug was with me.

I guess Tbug talked Jared's ear off all the way home, but we knew she would.

Once back to Deb & Grady's we unloaded the horses out of Karen's trailer she was pulling, then out of Deb's trailer. Deb opened the back door, the one horse Bo stepped backwards, pulled hard, broke the lead rope and fell out of the trailer. I was in shock, I'd never seen a horse do that. They all told me that he does that kind of thing all the time, they just have to try and stop him.

SW took Abug from me while I helped unload trailers and so Abug got to "ride" Rogue some more.

While Karen had horses all tied up, she went and got a bale of hay to feed to the horses. She accidentally hit the gate with the front part of the tractor and the gate busted #fail. That's okay, later they welded it back together and all was good.

After everything was unloaded They started shocking Deb's pool to try and clear it up. Karen had been drinking Kool-Aid and Abug wanted some. Karen told her if she could figure out how to use the cup, she could have all she wanted. It was no time flat and she had it mastered, downed what was left and we went to get more. She then proceeded to drink almost 3/4 of what Karen gave her the second time around. Apparently the kid was thirsty or really likes Kool-Aid.

We went to dinner before taking Tbug home. Then went back to Deb & Grady's so Abug, hubby and I could get our truck and go home. By this time Abug had ditched her shoes and socks and stepped in her first horse poop bare footed. Yes I had to document that :).

So it's no wonder why yesterday I was so tired. Such a fun few days but I was worn the heck out.

The 2015 Ride For Life was a great success! We had a total of 265 participants and 204 horses. What a great crowd! All...
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And One last thought. I got to see a Drone for the first time this weekend. A guy had one there and he put up this video. It's a little over 6 minutes, but it's super awesome. Check it out!


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