Tuesday, November 18, 2008

Yesterday was a fun day at the agridome(arena). Of course it was my riding day, but look who else was able to ride. My father had a great time and I know he was eating up every minute. My father was born and raised in Cheyenne Wyoming and has always loved horses so to be able to get ride a bit yesterday was a bit nostalgic for him.

Dixie brought in Wrangler for him to ride which is always a treat. The two of them just walked and chatted for quite awhile. I think Dixie enjoyed it as much as my father. He always has something interesting to say.

Pure joy!

Just a candid shot (thanks Gail for the pictures) while milling around.

Love it love it love it!

Love this one too!

Sunday, November 16, 2008

More Fun

These hats were gifts from the return missionaries....See the Texas Longhorn?

Saturday, November 15, 2008

My House is Filling Up! YEA!!

Lou Lou and her family have made the move to Alberta. They sold their house in Saskatchewan and are moving to Lethbridge when their new house closes at the end of the month so in the meantime they are staying here.

The cousins. Kelly,Neal,Caleb,Michelle, and Seth.
My father and Gail have just returned from their mission so this is the first official picture of daddy and the two of us together.
It is so great to have my side of the family here visiting. In a week or so Brad and Laurel and some of their friends will be here for Thanksgiving and I can't wait!!! We'll miss you Clark!!!

Friday, November 14, 2008

Wranglers War Leo (his registered name)

So here he is. Wrangler. Dixie brought Wrangler for me to ride because Shasta was not very responsive to me. Hard to believe I know. Even with the spurs Shasta wasn't performing (doing what I asked her to do) so Dixie had to bring in "the best". A movie star. A celebrity. A World Class Junior Working Cow Horse. Yes sir-ee, I am riding a champion. When Dixie brought Wrangler into the Agridome people were so thrilled. It was interesting to see how they reacted when they actually saw this champion in person. I am lucky lucky to be able to ride him.

He has competed in 25 shows, had 22 championships, 2 reserves, and a tie for third. He not only won the World Champion in 1987, he won by 10 points! It sounds like I know what I'm talking about doesn't it? I'm just reading a paper with all the info. but he has won $35,927.00 in winnings which I do understand. You can win belt buckles, small amounts of money and even a saddle, but thousands? That I understand a lot.

Picture day at the Agridome.

This was after a riding session. And by the way it was the best riding day ever! Talk about spinning. On Wrangler it was very very cool. I also loped with more ease and I did a lead change. Very exciting!

Wrangler was getting ready for a yawn but we missed it. Yawns on a horse are very cool. Think Mr. Ed!
Some day I will inherit, borrow, get a hold of, the Hatch saddle my father made and used when they lived in Montana. It will be so great!

My own saddle, boots, and spurs, oh, and a Dickies "chore coat". Mark is dying over here in Alberta you guys. He never would have even remotely thought in a million trillion years that his wife would go to such lengths.

Sunday, November 2, 2008

It's coming!

Yesterday we went to Lethbridge (45 minutes drive) to pick up our underlayment for the carpet downstairs. We have been working on the trim which has taken awhile because we (Mark and Chris,lou's husband) have been making it from scratch so to speak. We are using 3/4 inch MDF and then using a bit to make our own personal edging. We love it, but it is messy and time consuming. We have all the trim painted, using a sprayer and so we are now ready for carpet. It will make such a difference and when the in floor heating comes on we will feel cozier.

While Mark was at the carpet place Neal and I went across the street to look at furniture because we still need living room, formal dining room and basement furniture for the great room.

I found it! The living room furniture! We love it!

I really thought I wanted leather and was willing to hold out until Mark agreed with me. But when I saw this, I knew this was it. The wood carving on all of the pieces have a tropical flare which is subtle to most, but not to us. It is comfortable and fits and looks perfect.

Our front door has been in for awhile and literally downstairs unstained for a year, no lie! It is mahogany with a deep brown/red stain. Alot like our front door in CA. We love all of the glass and light that comes through. It is not trimmed out yet, but soon.

So there you have it Clark, Brad, Laurel and Lou Lou. Home Sweet Home!!!!