Newest big news around here is that Nicole tried out for rodeo royalty for the Grangeville rodeo last night. This is kind of a big deal 'round these parts. It was super exciting and SUPER nerve wracking - even for those of us sitting in the stands cheering her on.
This is something this girl has dreamt of doing for years. We decided to give it a go this year and see what happened. There were a total of three contestants trying out for two positions - queen and princess.
We just decided last week to go for it. Fifteen is the minimum age, but there's no time like the present, right? Especially when you have the poise and self-determination that this girl has.
The tryouts are a two-step process. First a complicated riding pattern and then an interview. Nicole and her horse are quite an impressive team together, so the pattern was a piece of cake. Here, she gets a last-minute pep-talk from dad.
It had been raining steadily all day, making the conditions less than ideal. At least it wasn't raining during her ride.
They did great together. The mud didn't help, but they were still the best team out there. I know I'm (a lot) biased, but you'll have to believe me when I tell you she rode the best pattern of the three girls.
Now we get to wait an entire week to find out the results. In the meantime, she will be involved in all three parades and rodeos on the 2nd, 3rd and 4th. Should be fun, but might kill me to wait that long!!! :)
We recently bought a harness for the dogs. Ellea discovered it also fit her cat, Vandal. He's not particularly fond of said harness. He's especially not fond of the harness when there's a leash attached to it. It may appear that he's being tortured, but don't be fooled. It was all Vandal's idea. And he got his way in the end, anyway.
If the above video won't work for you, and you'r dying to see our Cat Torture Experiment. Try this link.
No cats were harmed in the filming of this video. :)
Our elementary school always takes all the students to a roller rink in Lewiston as an end of the year treat. Can you imagine? Even kindergartners get to go!! It's craziness, but they manage somehow.
I went with Morgan last year and attempted to help him skate, but I'm woefully inadequate when there are wheels on my feet. I don't understand. I thought I was a rockstar on skates as a kid. Not really, but I did think I could skate. Now I'm all stiff-legged and awkward. It's not pretty.
So, needless to say, I wasn't all that disappointed that it wasn't going to work out to tag along this year. Morgan wasn't too happy because he thought he needed my help to skate. (Like I'm any help at all!) I convinced Ellea to give him a lesson in the basement on the rollerblades. She did and he loved it. He went to the skating party and had a blast.
She's a good sister that one. And she isn't all stiff-legged and awkward when there are wheels on her feet. That's an important quality in life, if you ask me.
We are at Grandma's again today. Day three of helping her with some yard work. Except it's raining outside and my kiddos made a beeline for the couch instead! She does have another couch. Glad they like each other so much!
Not sure we're going to get as much work done today at this rate!
The kids and I are helping grandma with some yard work this summer. First on the agenda was replacing some landscape timbers out front.
It was their first time using a drill and they thought it was pretty fun!
Mom had to school me on how to use the skill saw. She was a pro. I was not.
Morgan especially enjoyed hammering in the spikes.
Nicole insisted we take a selfie. It was a fun, productive day and we enjoyed helping grandma get her work done. Of course, Grandma made it worth their while which hopefully motivates them to want to go back again soon!
Glenn leveled and rocked in a site near our house for a future barn/shed/shop thingie. Ellea and Morgan promptly adopted it as a good place to play some baseball..... Sorry, Glenn, no barn/shed/shop for you, I guess!! Better luck next time!
They even got dad to be their catcher! And I even played!! I know - crazy!! I didn't play well, but I played. It'd probably been over 20 years since I hit a baseball. I'm really athletic and drawn to sports. Did you know that about me?
It was fun, but I was too lazy to go and get my camera. Curse Glenn's phone camera, it makes it too easy. I guess I was all worn out from running the bases like twice. I'm very athletic. Did I mention that?