Tuesday, May 26, 2015

Riding prep

Our little rider is getting better and better! After her first ride on Badger, she's now an "expert" in her eyes on a big horse.  She's in full show prep now. Her first show is THIS SATURDAY in Ruston and she's sooo excited! And as you can see, which is every Thursday because I swear if you want it to rain it will on Thursday cause that's when shelby rides, the weather was iffy and the jackets....well, that's because it was COLD!! Yes! COLD! a week before we were in 95 degree weather and then Thursday, it was maybe 65!

Blue was practicing her barrel runs too

that smile gets me





 This girl is going to be one heck of a rider when she's older! She's already surprised us all!

Friday, Josh decided he and I needed a day to just us so after dropping this little gem off at school and Rhett at Miss Liz, we headed to Shreveport for the day!
 We had a quiet, peaceful lunch on the Boardwalk overlooking the insanely high Red River.
 It was nice to just get away. We went to the movies to see Pitch Perfect II, which as awesome, went and did a little shopping and headed back.
This long weekend also consisted of us "red neckin it up," as Josh said, with Rhett in his diaper, kids filthy as all get out and some much needed vitamin D!



 The kids had fun with Mammy and Pop Pop too before we came back from Shreveport on Friday.






 Saturday morning Mammy, the kids and myself went on a mission to find shelby's riding attire for this coming Saturday. We wanted to try El Dorado first and it was a success! We got her boot cut, starched jeans, pearl button shirt, rhinestone belt and a new hat that fits.  I'm rhinestoning her shirt because it's just not enough for SheebeeShake.
 I finished most of her shirt Monday but I'm waiting on the horse applique to come in for the back before I totally finish it. Here it is so far...

this applique came from etsy from allerta

Shelby wanted to go fishing Sunday afternoon, so we loaded up and went and it was so nice out. Rhett LOVED the worms and shelby caught 5!!


 This week will be a lot of prep for the horse show but I'm just praying it will stop raining!!! geese!!





Wednesday, May 20, 2015

Blossom Fest weekend

sweet babies.... It was a blast having both kids at Blossom Fest this year. Rhett was older and loved strolling in the wagon w/ his Sissy.  It was a long day but a good one.  Shelby helped her daddy set up the night before (he was over the serving lines for the World Champion Steak Cook Off at the Blossom Festival) and then she had to dance at the Blossom Festival on Saturday morning. Her favorite dance, Carwash.









 They may dance at different studios but they're still friends and some sassy girls! :) haha... in front of the world's largest potato!




 So after all the fun at Blossom Fest that morning, we decided to come home and good thing we did cause it started raining AGAIN...
I never dreamed having two babies would be so hard but sooooo fun. They are so sweet together and yet have started picking on each other and it's funny but exhausting too. Rhett is holding his own but the fits have started and we are trying to nip that! haha... boys are DEFINITELY different.....

Shelby practices grooming and riding her stick horses and play horses constantly. She's soo ready for her first show May 30th!
 The end of the weekend was great and fun at Kristen's birthday party! Shelby having such great friends warms my soul.:)





Tuesday, May 19, 2015

Our little rider...

Our family is blessed...
Not only blessed with health and happiness but with amazing kids who never cease to amaze us.  Shelby had her 5ht lesson last week and when we arrived to Shaw Performance Horses ranch for her lesson we didn't see Midnight in his pen or ready for her and one of  Mr. Alan's workers said, "oh he's put out in the pasture. See?"  He was far out and happily eating. :) She then told Shelby, "You're going to ride Badger now!" She was a bit upset that she wasn't riding her precious Welsh (Welch) Pony, Midnight, any longer but was SUPER excited when she met Badger.  He's GORGEOUS! His left eye is blue with white eye lashes and his right eye is brown. He's sooo sweet and gentle too. He's a big horse and she was more excited to know he was a big horse and faster. Mr. Alan said she was ready and ready for a horse with more speed and get-up! :) haha...
There's more news too....




Sweet Blue....good ole ranch dog!

I finished Mr. Alan's pallet for him to take to World. He loved it and I was soo glad and relieved!

Sweet Badger









this is one of my favorite pics of her...

When she was finished with her lesson and we were about to leave, Mr. Alan told Ms. Linda, "Hey, I think she's ready for Lead-Line in Ruston on the 30th."  I thought he meant June 30th but he meant MAY 30th!!  She will do her first show the end of this month!! THAT'S NOT THIS WEEKEND BUT THE NEXT! :) She is sooo excited and so am I! :) Wow.... I never dreamed she would learn this fast and be this driven.  She is not afraid to command and control the horse all the while being gentle, patting him, caressing him and beaming from ear to ear.  She got to trot for the first time too and felt how different it feels REALLY trotting and the strength and balance it takes.  She is counting the days til her next lesson and her first show. :) I can't believe our baby is now a member of Shaw Performance Horses.  We love being apart of this family and learning more and more. I've got a LONG WAY TO GO to learning horses and all that it takes to be the mom of a rider.  We are even talking of selling our home, finding a home w/ land or building because we know eventually we will have to have horses for this girl and we want her to have the space and learn what it takes to care for them.  This is a LONG WAY from coming and we are thankful to have Mr. Alan and Ms. Linda to teach her and not only show her how to ride but how to care for horses herself.  We see a future in her and we want her to succeed. :)  I'm so shocked to see how passionate she is and how this truly is her dream and seeing it unfold is awesome.  Guess I better continue to brush up on country living and how it works.. LOL....

A year in the life of Rhett

A year in the life of Rhett