Sunday, June 27, 2010

Extreme Cowgirl Challenge

This weekend Brianna participated in an Extreme Cowgirl Challenge. Many events your used to seeing at a rodeo like pole bending and barrel racing don't really require a lot of skill by the rider but rather a horse that knows what it is doing. So the point of the Cowgirl challenge is to make your horse do different things that show the riders control of the horse.

First, Bri had to get her horse from the arena, take her to the platform and get on.

There was a whole series of obstacles, like taking the horse between a rock and a fence, past some cows, weaving through trees and picking some flowers. One of the last was to get the horse to go over a large log.

Her horse Buck was more interested in eating but Bri managed to get her through the course.

She did another event that was like a modified Barrel run, where she had to pick up a curry comb off the barrels and put it on the next one. She was so high on her horse that the lady had to had it to her.

She did well enough to place third. I'm very proud of how well she cares for and handles her horse.

One of her friends was riding the pony Little Bill and Bri decided she wanted a turn.
We had a fun day and she learned a lot.

Tuesday, June 22, 2010

Bryce Canyon

Sorry I've been a lame blogger lately and haven't updated. I have actually written several posts, but I don't know if I should post them, as they are about somethings I've been dealing with lately and I'm not sure I'm ready to share.


On to our latest vacation. We started out our summer by getting out of town. We decided to go to Bryce Canyon NP. We hadn't been there since Bri was a baby.

We started out in the visitors center, where Bri promptly found a horse.

The first day we drove up to the top of the Canyon and made some stops along the way. We met this Raven at one of our stops and he posed for a picture with the girls.

On our second day there Grandma Phyllis and Aunt Jenny and Atticus joined us. We took the Shuttle that day and saw some of the great views, and went on a hike. These three little goofballs had so much fun.

Our little family at Bryce Point.

Me and my Sister.

The kids on the shuttle.

Grandma and the kids.

Day three we went on a hike to see Mossy cave and a waterfall.

One of the amazing views on our hike.

Our group after the hike.

Another group shot.

We stoped for ice cream after out hike and these little misfits got put in jail.

This is my favorite picture from this trip. Carly is just to funny!
The boobs are the right size but I wish my waist was this small.

The kids at the entrance sign.

Our 2 little Jr. Rangers. This is their 3 badge of the year.

On our last day we took a hike to a place called Fairyland point. This was a really long hike so we didn't go far, but it was neat because we could get closer to some of the hoodoos.

Our last hike. The Bristle cone loop. Some truly amazing views.

One last pic of our cute little Brianna.
We had so much fun on this trip. Bryce is a small park, so we spent a lot of time just hanging out in the camp ground relaxing. We can't wait for our next trip!

Friday, June 4, 2010

Holiday weekend

I know it's a little late, but it's been a busy week, but we had so much fun I just had to share. Even though we didn't go out of town for the holiday we wanted to do something fun. We decided to take the kids to the zoo before it got too hot. My sister, brother-in-law and nephew as well as Grandma also came.

Such a cute bunch of kids.

I was very excited to see the baby elephant. she is about 8 or 9 months old now and she is just stinking cute.

Three little Monkeys!

We also got together as a family for a BBQ.

Popsicles for everyone!