Friday, August 29, 2014

First Day of School - Third Grade

We've been back into school for almost a month now and I've completely failed on blogging. 

Why must you ask? 

Because I am back in the work force, along with a busy softball, church and life schedule. I officially accepted a position
at Charli Beth's school in late July within the preschool and have been loving it since. It was been a wonderful transition even though I miss the sweet babies that I was keeping within my home. 

Look how grown she is? Third grade has been hard on my Mommy heart. It just sounds SO grown up! 

As you can tell she is still horse obsessed and was showing it all around on her first day. It's funny that her "I dream to be..." has not changed in years. This girl is determined to make it happen. 

The first day of school was Bryar's third day or preschool. He seems to be enjoying it a lot and has picked up so many new words within his vocabulary. 

He is actually still on track to head into preschool within our classroom once he turns 3. His speech will continued to be worked on and he will be able to attend for two and a half years until kindergarten. 

The teacher that I am working with is incredibly sweet and she also has a daughter in Charli's class. It has been a true blessing to see them become friends so quickly. 

Third grade has been an adjustment but Charli seems to be doing well! I can only hope and pray that this year brings lots of wonderful memories and experinced for her. 

Thursday, August 7, 2014

Wyoming 2014

We recently arrived home to the Bluegrass State from visiting Wyoming. No, we were not visiting family. We were actually making the dreams of a little cowgirl. Curtis has been to Wyoming a few times and visited te area of Cheyenne during Cheyenne Frointer Days. As a former bull rider and bullfighter saying that he loves CFD is an understatement. 

We really wanted to travel somewhere new this year but knew that taking off with a two year boy who gets car sick was not the greatest option. After our sweet parents decided to help out we finalized our trip to the west. We were not to keen on the idea of driving 16- 18 1/2 hours away but airline tickets are crazy high into Denver. 

We routed our trip to spend 2-3 days in Cheyenne, Wyoming then move onto Centennial. You have probably never heard of Centennial and I would not have either if it were not for laying in the floor and using Pinterest to find the prettiest places close to Cheyenne. My dream trip is Yellowstone but I could not push my family into another 8 hours of driving this time. So the town with a population of 270 was it, and we were ready to see centennial after our short stay in Ft Collins, Colorado. 

CFD is such a neat experience for anyone who loves the cowboy way of life. They host pancake breakfasts 3 days out of their week, a parade on 3 days as well and not to mention the Daddy of em' all rodeo! It was by far the best rodeo I've ever laid eyes on. Charli was in complete Heaven watching all of the dandies and rodeo queens. She now has goals to be the first ever Miss Kentucky Rodeo. 

In CFD they have a frointer village and a Native American village. The Native American village was one of my favorite parts. History and culture is such an interesting topic to me and watching these individuals talk abou their heritage was pretty amazing to me. I purchased a few wood wick candles and pottery pieces in this area that I was so very fond of. I am now regretting my decision on not purchasing more. 

We visited the rodeo on Monday as well as the behind the chutes tour. It was almost mind boggling being in the same arena where the world famous Lane Fost was killed. It was the 25th anniversary since his death and I was actually stunned that they did not honor this anymore than they did. My favorite part of the rodeo was the wild horse race. Watching the teams try to tame a horse that had never been riden before was crazily amazing to me. Brave souls they are. Especially to not get much earnings out of the pot. One of my favorite bull riders was also there to ride and although he has been on the downward slopes lately Curtis said he actually pulled out the win for CFD - yay Austin! 

We watched the parade on Tuesday morning before heading towards the mountains. It was truly the longest parade I have ever been to. Adorable to say the least. No candy throwing everywhere just true western class. 

As we headed to Centennial we made the stop in Laramie, WY. Which is an adorable town if they would not have been doing roadwork through their Main Street at the time. Speaking of that I swear all of the western states are doing roadwork right now or else they just throw out roadwork signs every two miles. 

When we arrived into centennial I could not help but to smile at just how cute it was. There is one gastion, a mercantile, post office and 4-5 restaurants. We became quiet the little regulars at one place. Our hotel was The Old Corral Hotel & Steakhouse. It's cuteness was so  just our style - minus the fact that it did not have air conditioning. Yes! Apparently this area only has around two weeks of warm weather. We just so happened to be there at one of those times. The sweetest family owns this hotel and made our stay manageable by purchasing an air unit for our room since we were opposite sides of the mountain breeze. 

We spent our days traveling the mountain and fishing thanks to a local waitress who graciously let us borrow rods. The view was absolutely breathtaking. I will never forget just walking the trails and smiling due to the beauty of Gods creation. It was a perfect time to reflect on how amazing our Lord is. I may never be able to live in an area that shows that type of beauty but I truly hope that I am able to visit again. 

On the last day we made arrangements to go horseback riding through the mountains. Thankfully we found a place that let us do our own thing and take in as much time as we wanted. Of course this was Charli's favorite part of the trip. She is such the little cowgirl and adapted to her horse quickly. It was pretty neat to see her in action even out in the west. 

When it was time to leave, we were all ready to get home fast as possible as we were missing our little guy. I cannot even begin to explain how long that 18 1/2 hour drive was. Was it worth it though? Yes! Next time I just hope to be able to take Bryar so he can enjoy the area as much as we did! 

Wednesday, July 9, 2014

Gus - New Pet

Since we began keeping the class pet during second grade Charli Beth begged and pleaded for a guiena pig. She even took the time to write out and make a persuasive video about how it would make our family, "happier."

Curtis had a straight forward no for the longest time. Then I had a sweet friend with one that her daughter was having terrible allergies with. 

So he gave in. 

The kids are now the proud owners of Gus. He's far, so cute and gets completely crazy at night while playing. He loves to nibble and eat hay but you can pretty much tell that from the size of his big ole belly. 

We have had him for a little over a month and the kids love him just the same. Bryar gets so excited to see him but of course he does not get the responsibility of holdin him... Just yet. 

Gunner on the other hand still isn't quiet sure of this new friend, and to be honest I'm not sure if Curtis is either ;) 

Softball Champions!

I am incredibly behind on all of my summer posts due to the busy season. But for once every one is in bed and I have a few minutes to spare.

This softball season was one of the most fun times as being a softball Mom. Charli was on a team that I loved and with a coach that I will miss. The firecrackers have held a special place in my heart since Charli first started playing ball. The amount of fundamental skills she learned from Coach Howell and John is amazing. They were patient every season and gave the girls the uplifting they needed when they called for it. 

These girls have always found their way in playing well together. Some of the girls live for this sport and although CB really only "lives" for horses, she truly loves softball. It was such a blessing seeing these girls interact, cheering and befriending one another. This is a huge thing that so many little league sports lack these days. It's more about the memories than the trophy. 

The team went the entire season without being defeated. Let me just say how NICE this is after being on the total other end of the spectrum for two seasons. Although at tournament time the girls let a game get to their heads and were defeated which meant they would go into the losers bracket. They would have to play six games in one day to win the championship with the last two games being agaisnt the team that had first beat them. 

The girls started playing at 8:30 on a Saturday morning and thankfully we did not leave the ball field until 8:30 that night with first place trophies in hand. 

It was fun and a proud moment as a parent but these girls deserved it. They played the last game as if it were the first of the day and just absolutely played to win. 

CB had goals to hit better during that day and completely accomplished them. Even though she is not at the top of her game I love the fact that she is getting better with each season. I hope that she continues to love this sport and I hope as a parent that if she does not I accept it with full grace. 

The firecrackers ball team or what is left of them will now move up in age groups as Charli Beth stays in the 8 & under division. It slightly makes me sad but I just hope we find the perfect team once again. 

Canning and Gardening

This is the first year that I have completed a small garden since we have been married. In the past, Charli Beth and I have planted a few small items but it really never produced much. I'm not a green thumb type of lady, but I have always wished to be. 

Since my MIL is the gardening extraordinaire I asked that she teach me the tricks and trades of how to have a successful garden. She has a large garden that we all are able to eat from so in our plant selections I tried to pick items that she did not have. 

Charli loves to garden. (Love is probably an understatement in that sentence.) She helped me pick broccoli, okra, cherry tomatoes, sweet potatoes and strawberries. 

So far I have made two batches of strawberry freezer jam, cherry preserves and froze many more items. My MIL took Charli cherry picking one day and then I asked to go back the next time. We were loaded down with cherries for days. It was actually a lot of fun learning the process. Now I gladly have several bats prepared for cobblers for the next year. 

We have started freezing our broccoli and squash because it's coming in bulk and how often can one truly eat broccoli? My kids thankfully LOVE it but it will be great to have it during the winter months too. We will officially grow broccoli forever. 

There are a few items that we are still buying from the Amish. Blueberries are WAY cheaper there and already picked. The crazy little bunnies in our yard have are my sweet potato vines so I've been purchasing them from the Habegger's as well. I honestly just cannot pass up a trip to visit Amish country. 

There is so much more to learn but for now I will have the hard lesson of hoeing out the garden and praying for rain. 

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I am a Christian, Wife to the man of my dreams and a Mother first before anything. I am the very PROUD Momma of Charli Beth that is a five year old little lady & and a new precious boy Bryar that was born in October! I just hope & pray to be the best mommy & wife as possible! II am a very simple girl, and the little things in life make me the happiest. My heart belongs in the country, and I can never imagine living anywhere else! I have amazing dreams for our family and I cannot wait to see where the Lord takes us on this journey!

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