I was raised in Los Angeles, and until I moved to San Luis Obispo, California, I had never seen a rodeo, let alone a real live cowboy.
My friends Sarah and Carin can attest to my first real rodeo experience and the fact that it was quite a disaster!
I was literally cheering for the little calves who were being chased by the big horses and then wrapped up in a rope and yanked from one end to the other.
You can see me now, right? The city slicker cheering for the calves… true story.
Flash forward twelve years and I am back in the city.
Funny part is, I consider myself to be more of a country girl. Sometimes this big city stuff like traffic and shopping can be so overwhelming for me… Isn’t it funny how quickly we can become acculturated?
Even more hilarious is the fact that my little boys are such cowboys…
I like to tease Brent ( who grew up totally country…) that he is my “urban cowboy”, the cowboy of my dreams… but I can’t get him to wear wranglers! Ha!
So of course every year when the Professional Bull Riders come to Portland, we are there; hats, boots and all!
Just a little reminder of home. Some good ol’ bull riding.
So great to take a little break from everything to go do something special on a weekend as a family.
We cheered, we danced in the aisles, and this girl is now cheering for the cowboys instead of the bulls!
You can take the girl out of the country, but you can’t take the country out of the girl!!
Do you have something special planned for your weekend?
- This Isn’t Your Friend’s Dad’s Rodeo: Professional Bull Riding in Manhattan (outsideonline.com)
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Every moment that passes, is a moment that we cannot get back.
I know I have talked so much about living in the present and really enjoying and appreciating what I have now and I had a chance to really do that this past weekend.
Sunday morning, I had the best time with Brayden and enjoyed every moment.
We have instituted a system in our house where the boys get a “good listener award” or a “not so good listener mark”.
This came from me being so tired of repeating myself ALL THE TIME and essentially having to ask the boys to do something at least 4 times before it actually got done.
So now, I say it once, they get three minutes and if it doesn’t happen they get a “not so good listener” mark. If it gets done, a “good listener award” mark is added to their board.
Simple. ( and it works! Who knew??)
Anywho… when the boys get a certain number of marks, (we have devised a system where the “not so good” marks take away 2 of the good ones) they get a small reward.
Brayden got all his marks this past week and he choice was a date with mom… awwwww.
I was so thrilled that was his choice! Sweet Boy.
So, we had a special breakfast date, just Boo and I.
I took him to Slappy Cakes in Portland. It is a restaurant where each table has a griddle and you get to cook your own pancakes! They had gluten-free batter and then you get to choose a bunch of additions and/or toppings from a long list…
Brayden chose white chocolate chips, and whipped cream. I chose shredded coconut and lemon curd. Yum.
And hot chocolate for Boo to drink (of course!). It was a special occasion…
We had a great time and got outta there for about $20.
What a time to cherish…
I think it will become a tradition. Brayden had so much fun, now Maddox wants to do the same when he gets his turn!
Bribe the kids with make-your-own pancake restaurants, that’s my tactic
What do you do to celebrate small accomplishments?
Not bad for my first year! Thought I would share
The WordPress.com stats helper monkeys prepared a 2012 annual report for this blog.
Here’s an excerpt:
600 people reached the top of Mt. Everest in 2012. This blog got about 7,800 views in 2012. If every person who reached the top of Mt. Everest viewed this blog, it would have taken 13 years to get that many views.
A few little highlights to start off the weekend from our last adventure!
Lincoln City, Oregon.
Beautiful weather, ocean, sand, organic farms, Bubbie and Papa… what could be better?
This is the good stuff…
I am signing off for another few days… one more adventure before school begins!
What makes you warm and fuzzy?
Brent uploaded his photos from our trip!
I thought I would share a few for this Friday edition
Brent’s favorite Lego build
I have been dying to go to Las Vegas! Lego Las Vegas will have to do for now.
Signing off until the end of next week! Another fun adventure coming up….
Have a fantastic weekend!
My boys LOVE Legos. My playroom is littered with Legos everywhere.
Man, do they hurt when you step on them!
Last week our little family took our first official family vacation! Hard to believe that in six years we have never had the opportunity to go on vacation, just the four of us.
We have taken trips where we have rented condo’s with other families, and stayed a night or two in Bend, OR. But this was a REAL vacation.
We got on an airplane, flew to San Diego, and stayed in a hotel in Carlsbad.
We spent 3 days at Legoland!
We had a great time!
We also got to spend an afternoon at the beach, boogie boarding in the water and not freezing… what a dream! We also got to spend some time with my bestie from Elementary school and her little family, so fun!
It was perfect for our family. The park was geared toward younger children and Maddox was tall enough to ride all of the rides. The water park was also geared a little younger and worked out great for our second day.
My phone (aka: my camera) decided to completely die on me the night before we left and as much as I would love to share photos with you, I need to wait for Brent to download his pictures from his phone! I was completely dependent on him all week!
I felt so naked all week without my phone… pathetic, I know!
Photos to come!
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Yesterday, I did it!
I registered myself for the fall semester in a nutritional therapy program
I must say that through the process of writing my blog, and some loving pushes from my husband and mom, I have decided to leap back into school. I will be taking three classes this term (one long weekend per month) and if I continue through the year-long program, I can sit for an exam to become “certified” in Holistic Nutrition.
Simple and delicious. A homemade honey dijon vinaigrette with a splash of cream with buffalo mozzarella and of course, grilled peaches!
And of course if you are me, and live with my husband, you MUST add some bacon to top it off!
What are you going to take the leap and do that you have been thinking about?
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Brayden is a cowboy. He has always said he wanted to be a cowboy when he grows up ( or a roper, a rodeo clown, a cutting judge, you get the idea…. horses)
For me, it is completely foreign because I am totally afraid of horses. When I was a kid, I was at summer camp and we were riding horses and of course me being the biggest kid ( as usual) they put me on the most gigantic horse. All I remember was this one ton animal taking off with me on it’s back.
I think in reality, the horse maybe decided to take me on a little trot and it was most likely not a scary situation, but for me being little, it scarred me for life. I am just not very comfortable with horses, so of course that would be the one thing that my son absolutely LOVES.
Thank goodness for Brent’s horse loving, horse owning, horse riding family…
On our trip, the boys got to ride Aunt Julie’s horse for the first time. They had done the pony rides at the fair and that type of thing, but this was different… it was the real deal. They had a blast. It was like really seeing Brayden in his element… he couldn’t get enough.
He even took the horse to a trot, which was totally exciting :)
I think I’ll just let Aunt Julie do the horse stuff
What have you gotten to see your child do lately that they absolutely love??
Growing up, every summer we went the beach every Wednesday. We would meet a group of friends at lifeguard tower 27 and spend the day, every week, boogie boarding and enjoying the ocean and sunshine.
One of my greatest joys as a mother lately has been to share new experiences with my boys and be reminded of my childhood. If they enjoy the experience, it is even that much more fun for me!
Although the coast of Oregon is breathtaking, it is not a place where the kids can frolic in the water and play…brrrrrrr! So, we hit the beach twice while we were in California and I would have to say that one of my best days was when I got Brayden on a boogie board for the first time!
He loved it and although he had blue lips and was shivering, he couldn’t get enough!
I loved being in the water with him and teaching him how to catch a wave and just being out there with him brought back some of my favorite childhood memories.
Have you been able to share some of your favorite childhood memories with your kids and/or young family members?