Tuesday, August 13, 2013

A Day At The County Fair!

Several weeks ago we spent the day at the Cheyenne County Fair with Tressie and Gunner. It was a fun day but a very full and long day! Long like we were there from 11:00 am until 11:00 pm!

First up, the turtle races! This is a very big event at the Cheyenne County Fair! There were over 130 turtles entered this year! Each person can enter 2 turtles and almost all of these are entries from kids.

Tressie isn't real fond of turtles but we were able to get a picture. Don't know if this was "Mike" or "Sulley"!

Not to be outdone by his big sister, Gunner entered "Buzz" and "Woody"! He kinda likes turtles! He's a boy..... Well, none of their turtles placed but it is always worth entering as first prize is $50 cash! Papa and Tressie had 12 turtles in the horse trailer several weeks prior to the fair and would feed them melon rinds and other things all the while observing which ones were worthy of going to the races! There's always next year!

Next up.....the Kiddie Rodeo. This rodeo is for the younger kids and they compete using stick horses. Tressie and her Daddy and Papa set up a barrel course and tried to teach her the pattern several days before the fair. Well.....she kinda got it when she paid attention. Not to worry, the youngest of the kids were able to follow someone and complete their patterns. Papa was a good sport and helped her out. She ran the barrels and then did the flag race. I should mention that the course is much smaller than normal and they use plastic buckets for the barrels and poles. It was getting hot and Tressie had a blue snow cone on the brain. Halfway thru the poles she stopped and told Papa that her horse was tired! She was finished! Love it!

This is how Gunner enjoyed the Kiddie Rodeo! In his typical chilled out mode! Several more years and he will be entered!

After some lunch it was time for the carnival. A local church does an awesome job in running the carnival games and then for prizes they offer TONS of different school supplies! A great idea! Tressie was very into the games. She had quite the arm in knocking down the wooden pins and throwing the darts at balloons! She did the fishing pond, the ring toss and several other games. One of her favorites was the shooting booth! She loved it! Her Mom said that she looks like Annie Oakley in this picture!

After awhile she had a handful of tickets and it was time to shop the prizes! She had enough for this cute backpack, several folders, markers and several other things!

Then it was time for the carousel. Gunner, Tressie and Papa were the only ones riding at the time and got a pretty long ride. Gunner wasn't so sure he really liked it but he never cried!

By this time Gaga and Papa are getting tired but not Tressie! She had been wanting to do the big slide all day! She met up with a little friend from church and they had a blast on this. For awhile they were the only ones on it and the kid running the ride didn't even take their tickets for admission but just let them keep going again and again and again! They also rode in some kayaks and had a great time!

Tressie and Gunner with one of their favorite "girls" as Tressie calls them.....Lauren!

That evening Tony's Mom and Dad came and brought the team. There was a new event at the fair this year. It was a team driving competition. Each team pulled the same wagon thru an obstacle course. It was a timed event with penalty seconds added for knocking over different things, etc. Tony's Dad had already planned to enter and at the last minute, Tony entered. There were two different courses and Tony ended up getting third on the second course with "Tom" and "Whopper"!

It was a great day at the fair with our grandkids and we feel very blessed to be able to spend so much time with them and watch them grow and see the excitement of new things thru the eyes of a child!

Tuesday, May 14, 2013

Mother's Day 2013

I had a great Mother's Day this year!

About a month before Mother's Day, the FedEx truck delivered a package to my house.  As he was leaving he mentioned that he had a package for Emily and was going up to her house next.  I told him that he could leave it with me as they would be there that evening to pick up the kids.  He asked if I was sure and I said, "No problem"!  He went back to his truck and brought a package in and set it by the front door and was on his way.  The minute he left, I thought, "Oh, we MIGHT have a problem"!  The problem you ask?  Well, this package was from Kohl's but was in a box that told what the contents was, in this case, a KitchenAid mixer......Ummmm.....Emily already has a KitchenAid mixer and not two or three weeks earlier as I was trying to make buttercream frosting for Tressie's birthday cake and the beaters were literally pulling out of my hand mixer.....she tells me, "Mom, you need a KitchenAid".  I say yes, someday, maybe!  After I realize that I might of just ruined a surprise by having the FedEx man leave her package with me, I quickly shot off an email to her explaining what had just happened.  She wrote back and said, "Well, Happy Mother's Day and now I won't have to worry about where to put it until then or how to wrap it!  Go ahead and open it up and use it!"

I am SOOO enjoying my new mixer!  I have made several Angel Food cakes and several other things and I have to say I wish I would of had one years ago!  There is only one problem with this gift and it's not my problem.....You see, every since we built the new house I have watched Tressie.  In the kitchen I had this one cabinet that I was not using as it was Tressie's playing and hiding place.  The only available space for the new mixer.  She was NOT happy about it!  She would go over and open the cabinet and tell me to move it!  She has since accepted the situation.  Truth be told, she was almost too big to fit in there any more!

 On Sunday we went to my Mom and Dad's house and enjoyed eating lunch and spending the afternoon with them along with my sister and brother-in-law, one of my nieces, an aunt, and Emily and Justin and the grandkids.

My sister and I with Mom

 It is always fun to get a 4 generation picture.

Four generations
My beautiful red hair daughter and my sweet grandkids!  Don't know if either one of them will end up with red hair or not?

 Since Mom's birthday is tomorrow, May 15th, we also celebrated her birthday with birthday cake and homemade peach ice cream that Mom and Dad made!  My almost all-time favorite food EVER!  Yum.....it is soooo good!!!

To celebrate Mother's Day with Tony's Mom, I made lasagna last night and had her and Ernie and Andy come for supper.  

Another four generations picture
It was a fun Mother's Day week-end and I feel blessed to be able to spend time with my Mom and the rest of my family!

Sunday, January 6, 2013

Christmas 2012

I decided if I was going to get a blog up about our Christmas, I had better get it done seeing as it has almost been two weeks since Christmas! And, again I am having trouble with getting pictures to come up in the order I want them to in Blogger.....so have decided to work with it instead of fighting it.....

One of the few pictures that we got of all of us together on Christmas.

On Christmas Eve we traveled the 5 minutes it took to get to the "Grandkids" house! It was a nice relaxed evening and Emily fixed us her yummy green chili for supper! Grandma knows that the kids don't need any more stuffed animals, but she couldn't resist these cute little 2012 Christmas horses that I found at Kohl's at a super low price. That always justifies it, right?

It was fun just visiting and watching Tressie open up a few of her presents and then helping her little brother with his. Gunner looked so cute in his little red outfit!

Before we came home, they opened their packages with their new pajamas in them and got ready for bed so that Santa could come!

I will make this long story short by saying that we had a great Christmas Day! We woke up to about 4 inches of snow that morning which was beautiful, but on the ranch, the cows need to eat before it's Christmas! So, Tony and Justin bundled up and fed the cows some hay and cleared the tanks of ice so that they could get a nice cold drink!

When they got in we had Christmas here at our house. I think Tressie's favorite present from Papa and Gaga was her Rapunzel doll. She also got a Rapunzel dress and crown and wig to dress up with.

It was a very busy day with stops at Tony's Mom and Dad's for lunch and then 100 miles in to my Mom and Dad's house! Happy that we get to spend time with all of the family, but it sure makes for a marathon day! We were again blessed with a great day celebrating our Saviour's birth!