Friday, December 9, 2011

Oklahoma State Fan

Well, I'm sure most of ya'll have heard, Oklahoma State won the big 12!!  There's a couple of my coworkers that are OU fans, so I just had to make this large cookie for them!!!!

Ummmmm Yummy!!!  But it gets better!!

Indeed!!! How awesome is that!!

And of course, I knew for some odd reason they may whine about this cookie so I brought them this:

Hahaha!  Oh yes!!!  Cheese and crackers!!!  Ya know, to go with their "whine"

This was all done in good fun!!!  There was only one person (OU fan) that didn't even try the cookie because of the color!! Can you believe that??  Crazy huh...well I hope you had a good laugh!!!  It was a good day when OSU smeared OU all over the field. 

GO POKES!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Monday, December 5, 2011

Antiques anyone?

So I told ya'll that Saturday I would be going antique shopping.  Well, I did and had one enjoyable day spending some wonderful quality time with 1st in the Litter, the Litter's Gammie and the Litter's aunt from Etown. Us ladies had a wonderful time, anyway lets getting started!!!! :D

So I collect Watkins products antiques, I've gotten some really neat stuff, but this time I felt like I hit the jackpot!!! (I also have a feeling dad would've been proud of me!!)  Here's some of my collection and new stuff:

Most of this is from my past trips, however, the mortar and pestle and 3 of the tin cans are from this go around.  The bottle on the top left is a Wrights Liquid Smoke, that is the only thing that's not a Watkins product up there.  I have it because my best friends name is Wright.
If you can see that paper in the back behind the bottle, well that is an old Watkins Cookbook!


Watkins Products since 1868!  I was able to get this along with 18 spices!!!!

Below.....

These 3 beauties I am very happy about!!!  A very VERY good find...
Left:  A 1917, its an 50th Anniversary Watkins Almanac; Home Doctor and Cookbook!
Middle: A 1922, Watkins Almanac; Home Doctor and Cookbook
Right:  This doesn't seem to have a date nor a publishing date, however this is the first time I've seen a Watkins Timely Suggestions book.  It has tested recipes, secrets of beauty, home doctor, helps for the housewife, hints on the care of the car and many other miscellaneous information.



So the mugs I actually got for JW to use but then we decided that we do not want to use them but would rather add them to my collection.  He loves me <3



So I didn't get everything Watkins.  I for sure couldn't pass this up: 
4th in the Litter is going to love these!  I have plans on scanning them, load them to my photo shop, blow them up and put them in 4th in the Litter's room.



So this is a large crock!  Haha!  No really!  It is!!  I've always wanted one of these, mainly when the Litter was younger so I could put their toys in guess I will use it for Ulu's toys.  I got a heck of a deal on this; and that's no crock!!  Before I saw this one there were 2 that was 1/2 this size which had prices of $80 and $85.  I got this large baby for $29.00 with 20% off that!!!!!  AND it doesn't have a crack in it!!  Granted its probably not as old as those others are but I still feel like it was a good deal!






Well, its almost 11:00 and I'm usually in bed by now...what can I say, guess I'm getting old. 
I wanted to add more of my Watkins product collections but that will be another day!! 
Hope ya'll enjoyed looking at my good finds!


Sunday, December 4, 2011

The rest of the "This Ain't No Bull"....

I again want to apologize for not keeping ya'll up to date.  We've been a little busy with games and holidays, and I've been super tired!  Anyway, here it is! 

On the final day he (2nd in the Litter) rode a steer, however, he was not able to cover*.  He, over all, did very very good!  Which let us know he may really want to do this.  I say 'may' because we still will not know FOR SURE until he gets on a BULL.  Anyway, he has done nothing but eat, sleep, dream, and think bull riding.  That's all I hear come from him which is good!
Looks as though we will be traveling in the future---from rodeo to rodeo!

I promise to ya'll informed of any rodeos or bull rides 2nd in the Litter future.
And Please PLEASE, if you have ANY questions I encourage you to ask! If you don't want to leave a comment, thats fine! You can email me anytime!!

Here's a little history on bull riding.  I'm adding this because a person can have their mind made up about something, but sometimes if they would educate themselves a little more they may be able to see the other side in a different light. 


History
As a major component of rodeo, bull riding is generally thought to have been born in 1864 when two groups of cowboys from neighboring ranches met in Deer Trail, Colorado. The meeting was arranged to settle a dispute over which group was best at general ranch tasks. From this simple competition, rodeo was born. Of course, since then the sports have much evolved, the showmanship and highly competitive nature of the games have never wavered.
A pivotal moment for modern bull riding, and rodeo in general, came the Rodeo Cowboy Association (RCA) then the Professional Rodeo Cowboys Association (PRCA). Through this organization many hundreds of rodeos are organized and held each year. Since that time, the popularity of all aspects of the rodeo has risen. In 1995, a separate organization was formed for bull riding alone: The Professional Bull Riders (PBR), which stages a large number of events including the annual PBR World Finals held at the Thomas and Mack Center in Las Vegas, Nevada. Most professional bull riders start out riding in high school NHSRA and or junior associations. There are several semi-pro associations including the Southern Extreme Bull Riding Association (SEBRA) and the North American Bull Riding Association (NABA). Bull riders compete at these events as they are climbing the ladder to the PBR and to supplement their income.



The Sport
Each bull has a unique name and number that the rider and spectators can use to identify the bull. A sufficient number of bulls, each judged to be of good strength, health, agility, and age are selected to perform. The rider and bull are matched randomly before the competition.
A rider mounts a bull gripping a braided rope, and after he fastens the rope the rider announces he is ready. The bucking chute (a small enclosure which opens at the front) is opened and the bull storms out into the arena. The rider must attempt to stay on the bull for at least eight seconds, while only touching the bull with his riding hand. His other hand must remain free for the duration of the ride.
The bull rears, kicks, turns, and rolls in an effort throw the rider off his back. This process continues for a number of seconds until the rider bucks off or unties after completing his ride. The rider knows when his eight seconds are up when he hears a loud buzzer.
Throughout the ride bull fighters move about the bull in an effort to influence its movements and enhance the ride. When the ride ends, either intentionally or not, the bull fighters move in to protect the rider from any potential harm.
Many competitions have a format that involves multiple rounds. Generally, events span two to three nights. The rider is given a chance to ride one bull per night. The total points scored by the end of the event are recorded, and after all riders have rode once on the final night, the top riders in the event are given a chance to ride one more bull. This final round is called the “Short go”. After the end of the short go, the rider with the most total points wins the event.



Points and Scoring
The ride is scored from 0-100 points. As two athletes are involved in the game (the bull and the rider), both the rider and the bull are awarded points. There are usually two judges, and each judge scores the bull from 0-25 points, and the rider from 0-25 points. It is the combined point totals of both judges that makes up the final score for the ride. A perfect score (for both the bull and the rider) from one judge would equal 50 points, and a perfect score from both judges would equal 100 points. Scores of zero are quite common as a lot of riders lose control of the animal almost immediately after the bull rages out of the bucking chute. However, many experienced professionals are able to gain scores of 75 or more. A score above 80 is considered exceptional, and a score in the 90s excellent.
Judges award points based on several key aspects of the ride. Judges look for constant control and rhythm in the rider in matching his movements with the bulls, points are usually deducted if a rider is constantly off-balance. For points to actually be awarded the rider must stay mounted for a minimum of 8 seconds, and is only scored for his actions during those 8 seconds. The ability to control the bull well allows riders to gain extra “style” points, these are often gained by spurring the animal. A rider is disqualified if he touches the bull, the rope, or himself, with his free arm.
For the bull, judges look the animal’s overall agility, power and speed, its back end kicks and front end drops. Simply put, if a bull gives a rider a very hard time, a good number of points will be awarded. If a rider fails to stay mounted for at least 8 seconds, the bull is still awarded points. One special move the bull sometimes tries is a belly roll; this is when a bull is completely off the ground and kicks either his hind feet or all four feet to the side.
The PBR and the PRCA record a bull’s past scores so that the best bulls can be brought to the finals. This ensures that riders will be given a chance to score highly. The PBR also awards one bull the “Buckin’ Bull of the Year” award, decided by scores and the amount of riders it has bucked off. The awards brings a lot of prestige to the ranch at which the bull was raised.
If a rider scores lowly due to a poor bull performance, some rodeo events will award the rider a re-ride option. By taking the option, the rider gives up the score received and waits until all other riders have ridden, and rides again. This can be risky, because the rider loses his score and risks bucking off and receiving no score. There is also a chance that a re-ride will be awarded if a bull stumbles or runs into the rodeo fence.



Rider Equipment
At first sight, there doesn’t appear to be much in the way of equipment used during a bull ride. However, riders use many pieces of equipment both functionally and to ensure maximum safety, both to themselves and to the animals involved.
The primary piece of equipment used is the bull rope. The bull rope is a braided rope of polypropylene, grass, or some combination. A handle is braided into the center of the rope and is usually stiffened with leather. One side of the rope is tied in an adjustable knot that can be changed for the size of bull. The other side of the rope (the tail) is a flat braid and is usually coated with rosin to keep it from sliding through the rider’s hand. A metallic bell is strapped to the knot and hangs directly under the bull throughout the ride. Besides the noise the bell gives off it also gives the rope some weight, allowing it to fall off the bull once a rider has dismounted.
Chaps are probably the most noticeable piece of bull rider clothing, as their distinctive coloring and patterns add a great deal of flare to the sport. Usually made of leather, chaps also provide a great deal of protection for the rider’s legs and thighs.
Bull Riders may wear a protective vest, usually made out of hard material that allows the shock to disperse the pressure over a wide area, thereby reducing pain and chances of injury.
To prevent rope burn riders must wear a protective glove, usually composed of leather. This glove must actually be fastened to the riders hand due to the sheer force the animal is able to exert could tear the glove away. The rider often applies rosin to the glove, which allows for a marginal amount of extra grip.
Cowboy boots are also worn, and are almost always fitted with a special type of heel to secure spurs in place. The spurs help greatly in keeping a rider balanced, and are crucial to the sport as a whole. The bulls are unharmed by spurs, as their hide is roughly seven times thicker than a human being’s skin. Truly skilled riders will often “spur” the bull, this action is often performed in the hope of achieving extra style points from the judges.
Contrary to what many think, cowboy hats are not simply a traditional piece of wear for show. Most riders wear cowboy hats as they offer a decent amount of protection from any trampling to the skull. These hats remain the primary headwear used. While the professional organizations permit helmets and masks, many riders believe that this equipment can detrimentally affect balance. As such most professionals avoid wearing them. The trend is changing, however, as more champion riders wear helmets because of the added safety.



Bull Equipment
This bull is still wearing the black bucking strap.
The flank strap is another rope made of either nylon rope or sheepskin and leather which is tied around the bull’s midsection also known as its flank . The purpose for this rope is to encourage the bull to use its hind legs more in a bucking motion by irritating the sensitive underside of the bull, as this is a true test of a riders skill in maintaining the ride. The flank strap is unique in that if it is applied improperly (i.e., tied too tightly) a rider may request to ride again. The flank strap is applied by the stock contractor (who owns the bull) or his designate.



The Arena
The arenas used in professional bull riding vary. Some are rodeo arenas that are used only for bull riding and other rodeo events. Others are event centers that play host to many different sports. Common to all arenas though is a large, open area that gives the bulls, bull riders, and bull fighters (people who protect the athletes after they dismount) plenty of room to maneuver. A large 6-7 foot high steel fences is placed around the dirt field in order to protect the audience from rogue bulls. There are generally exits on each corner of the arena for riders to get out of the way quickly. Riders can also hop onto the fence to avoid danger. One end of the arena contains the bucking chutes, or the chutes from which the bulls are released. There is also an exit chute where the bulls can exit the arena.



Criticisms
There is a heated debate between animal rights organizations and bull riding enthusiasts over many aspects of the sport. Critics claim that the flank strap encircles or otherwise binds the testicles of the bull to make it mad and further enhance its bucking. Supports rebute that this is untrue and unrealistic and that if this were the case the bull would probably not want to move at all. Critics also claim that spurs and hot rods injure and torture the bulls while supporters claim that they are only a moderate irritation due to the thickness of the animal’s hide.


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*COVER = Bull ride successfully stays on the bull for 8 seconds therefore earning an official score



Thursday, December 1, 2011

I'm sorry!!! Really!!!

I know I left ya'll wondering what happened with 2nd in the Litter and for that I'm truly sorry!!  I do have plans on getting back into the blog and tell ya all the happenings with the final day of his bull ride and whats been going on since.  Soooooo.......I hoping to blog, blog blog this weekend, minus Saturday.  That's when this Litter's momma goes with grandma to SHOP in ANTIQUE stores!!!!  Something my mom and I do. 
Again, I hope to blog....and I'll blog about antiques too !!!  :D

Saturday, November 12, 2011

This Ain't No Bull: Part II & III

Part II



Part III

2nd in the Litter's riding video:



Thursday, November 10, 2011

This ain't no BULL!

(* = description or definition @ the bottom of this blog entry)
Early this morning, while the entire world was sleeping, couple of my favorite men gathered up their things and headed to the Jayhawk state.  Why you ask?  Well, bull riding school of course!  Yes, you heard it right.  2nd in the Litter & his dad went to the Jayhawk state for bull riding school…well, the school is for 2nd in the Litter not his dad…I just hope they keep *JW off the bulls, that’s gonna be the tricky part!! 



This will be the first day that will let us know if 2nd in the Litter is going to be a *‘roughy’ or not.  I’m excited for him!  But the momma in me always thinks of ‘what could happen.’  I will be very honest and say that I did have a couple nights I didn’t sleep thinking of the bad outcomes.  However, I let it go and gave it to God.  I feel this door was opened for a reason, and if He wanted to close it He would’ve. 2nd in the Litter is a lil man after Gods heart.  I know this beyond a shadow of a doubt!!! 


You see, when 2nd in the Litter was born (he was full term) he was having trouble breathing.  Nurses took him to the nursery to look him over and call the peds doc.  So after my OBGYN doc took care of me the nurses came & told me I could go see him after I show them I could walk.  (I had an epidural that didn’t start working until after labor!)  Well, some hours later I jumped a CNA and told her to get me a wheel chair or I will crawl down there to see him!!  Needless to say I saw him. 
The next morning –I have still yet to hold him- the peds doctor just about tore down the door yelling that we needed to sign papers for them to treat 2nd in the Litter ASAP.  His left lung collapsed.  Not too long after that his right lung collapsed and come to find out he stopped breathing!  The doctor said they don’t know if he will have brain damage or not, that we’ll have to wait and see.  Anyway, they had a cpap on him which wasn’t working.  They then decided to ship him to Children's in the Big City.    
The long of the short of it (as my friend TW likes to say), he, once again, stopped breathing on the way down there (it’s about a 1½ drive from where we were to the Big City; and no they couldn’t fly, it was rainy, freezing and nasty). 
We didn’t know what was wrong with my seemingly healthy, full term baby boy until we saw the Big City peds doctor.  He said that he had punctured holes in his lungs.  He also said that 2nd in the Litter was a very stout boy; he’s going to pull thru and be a happy healthy kid.  That was the best news ever!!!  Before he was sent home the nurses told me they called him The Ox. J 


So, I know God has a special place for him in this world because He kept giving him back to me!  Whether its bull riding, air force, digging up dinosaurs, or a youth pastor, God is going to do something special with him! 
2nd in the Litter had a little ‘church’ at school.  At recess he would talk to other kids about Jesus, he had a large group at one time!!  But he’s gotten older so no recess anymore; however he still talks about Jesus and doesn’t seem to be shy about it!  Praise the Lord!!


This weekend is going to be long but I cannot wait to see him Sunday!  He will be practicing on a *bucking barrel, then onto steers and if they think he’s ready he’ll be on a small bull Sunday!!  But whether he rides and loves it or rides and decides that’s not for him it’ll be great either way!  I’m just proud to be his momma and that he at least gave it his all!


Anyway….hang tight, I’ll be adding more as the weekend progresses!! And that ain’t no Bull!!

8 SECOND RIDE
By Zach Martin

You pack up your gear
You gotta big check
So ya head for the show
That you entered next

You get to the show
And pay your fees
You draw a good bull
You sure are pleased

You pull out your rope
To keep a good grip
You lookin for a win
An 8 second trip

They load up your bull
Your the last one to ride
The leader scored eighty
You'll score ninety-five

You give a big nod
They pop open the gate
You get bucked off
A bull rider's fate

So you leave empty-handed
But you've still got your pride
You'll just wait around
Til the next 8 second ride






*For those who don’t know, JW used to ride bulls.  When we got together 11 years ago he was on “medical leave” (that’s what I call it) due to his back and yes it was a riding injury.  However, he never did get back on because he chose his family.


*Roughy or Roughies definition:  They’re called “roughies” because the events are called the “rough stock events.”  “Roughies are easy going, dirty, they don’t care about their looks, but the ropers have nice pressed jeans, they’re not as tough.” –quote from a high school bull rider from Missouri


*Bucking Barrel definition: a 55-gallon drum suspended by thick bungee cords and ropes that can be pulled vigorously in order to make the barrel "buck."

Tuesday, November 1, 2011

Halloween 2011

Some of ya know  last year the Litter didn't dress up.  I'm not a big fan of halloween, but I thought this year we can do it again.  The lil Litter doesn't understand and the older Litter don't care. 

This year the 1st in the Litter was 'too old' to dress up.  But she did when she got home and went trick-or-treating with her friend M&M.  They went as 'Spa Girls'.  Sorry, I wasn't able to get a picture of them because I was super busy trying to keep track of 2, 3, & 4th in the Litter!  However, I did get pictures of them.

2nd in the Litter was Lane Frost.  For those of you who don't know who Lane Frost is...shame on you...hahaha, I'm just kidding!  You can read about him here:  LANE FROST
So he didn't want to smile, wasn't isn't in the mood for pictures, but I made him.  Then he decided to do the famous Lane Frost wave.  (We'll be talking more about bull riding in the weeks to come!!)
Here is my BEAUTIFUL 2nd in the Litter!  She is Queen Esther!  If you don't know who Queen Esther is...for sure shame on you!!  :)  You can read about her in the book of Esther in the Bible!!  Or go here:  QUEEN ESTHER

4th in the Litter was the only 'bad' guy.  Well, ok he looks bad but really isn't!!  He had planned on being Mordecai (you can read about him here: MORDECAI) but at the last minute changed his mind to darth vader.  I still haven't figured out why, but it worked because I hadn't made his Mordecai costume yet...I know, I know, shame on me!!

Needless to say the kids ended the night with VERY full bags of candy that will last us until next year. 




*as you can see I wasn't able to update the blog as I had hoped too.  I was under the weather most of the weekend and JW and I had to got to a very important meeting.  I hope to work on it this weekend inbetween shopping and watching the AQHA Worldshow!!
BTW, I'm asking for ya'll to pray for us right now, we are in the process of something big, we can't talk about it right now, but please pray its the Lord's will.  As soon as it's all settled I'll tell ya!! :D  Thank you*

Friday, October 28, 2011

Bored...

I'm hoping to do some changes to the blog.  I get bored with the same look...sorry, just how I am...be glad your not married to me!  HAHA.  JW never knows how the house will be rearranged when he gets home (true story).

Anyway, the blog will stay up and running i'm just gonna tweak it a bit and add more pictures.

Wednesday, October 5, 2011

Where the Buffalo Roam Homecoming

Last week was Homecoming week for Where the Buffalo Roam.  The kids had a great time dressing up, sorry to say I didn't get any pictures.  Between that and my job I was just lucky to sleep!  Anyway, I did get some exciting stuff from the football game and the parade the next day. 
Hope ya'll enjoy!!

I'm not really sure how they worked it, but this is before the game started.  The Eagle Med came in, landed on football field and delivered the game ball!  It was exciting to see. 
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Here is the beginning of the parade.  And my cute lil 3rd in the Litter...

This would be Where the Buffalo Roam band.  And sorry to say 1st in the Litter was on the other side.  (And yes its true, they do play that song all the time!)

So the parade is going along nicely, until I see the Football boys.  I knew what 2nd in the Litter was gonna do with the candy
he was throwing AND friends would help.
 

And I added this jut for fun! 

So there ya have it....we ended up with a full bag and a full bucket of candy!  What a homecoming!


Monday, October 3, 2011

Big Rack

Check out this Big Rack!!  hahahahahaha!!!
 
 
For those who are wondering....Hunting season opened up here Where the Buffalo Roam on 1 October 2011 and we're already bringing home the backstraps baby!!!
Click on Big Rack up there and it'll take ya to the hunting page!!!
Enjoy!

Tuesday, September 27, 2011

Getting Wild: Part Deux


If you haven't seen Getting Wild then click here

Ok, so lets see if I can get these videos up and running!!

So I know I left off telling ya about the rattle snake, and I promise we'll get there.  But I wanted to add this before...If ya'll noticed from Getting Wild you didn't see a picture of 4th in the Litter.  Well that's because I wasn't thinking of pictures I was only thinking of video's.  Anyway, 4th in the Litter didn't want to do try the recurve but I did get a video with the compound and believe it or not his first release hit the bulls eye!!!! (he is defiantly a W boy...takes after his Pappy and Daddy!!)

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And 1st & 2nd in the Litter wanted their turn at the compound.  They like the traditional better...again, just like their Pappy and Daddy....nothing wrong with that!

Alright!  Now for the rattle snakes!!!!!
1st one should be the attack, 2nd is mouse passing, and 3rd should be snake eating....(beware, some is graphic...may not be suitable for young children)
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If you look close enough, you can see its super hard for the lil guy to breathe (video above)

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The next two videos are when the Litter went in the reptile area.  I just couldn't do it!  Two of the booth workers had snakes out!  As you will hear me express how much I dislike snakes.  And you will hear the booth worker tell me NOT to shoot snakes...well, sorry pal...but this momma is gonna shoot as many as I want!!

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This is where the gator is, as you will see that 4th in the Litter wanted nothing to do with it.  However, I thought it was fake and you'll hear 2nd in the Litter ask if it was fake....
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Well, thats all the videos I have, wish we could've stayed there another day but really had to get home.  We're hoping next year we'll be able to stay for both days however, we'll cross that bridge when we get to it.
I do have one picture to add.  This is 4th in the Litter...we had some spare time for him to fish!

Sunday, September 25, 2011

Getting Wild!

We took the Litter to the Wildlife Expo since JW's company he works for had a booth to promote  Record Rack.
Anyway, they had such a ball.  The Litter was able to experience so many different things, such as petting a gator, see a rattle snake attack its prey then eat it...up close, watch longbow's being made straight from scratch, & they were able to shoot an atlatl, recurve, and compound bows.

Well below are pictures and videos of our fun day!!!

1st in the Litter with Recurve Bow she really showed the boys up!
2nd in the Litter with Recurve Bow he loves this sport!!

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3rd in the Litter finally said she wanted to try a recurve too, she did good!  But she is dainty!!

These are pictures of Eagles we saw before going in.  Looking at the bald eagle sure made a person proud to be an American!  He was absolutely beautiful & breath taking!  
  
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Ok, so they had rattle snakes, as I said before.  However I just happen to get my phone out and video it.  Some of ya know I can't STAND snakes.  In my little world a snake is a snake is a snake, I don't care what 'good' people say it'll do I hate em and for sure don't want to wake up with one in my bed!!  Anyhow, I know I had to have such a horrible look on my face while watching this snake (the guys running the booth had a good time with that...they thought it was hilarious) but I was able to get some awesome videos!
Unfortunately I am unable to upload video's of the snake....but I will as soon as I can, along with more stuff we did that day!

For Getting Wild: Part Deux click here


Friday, September 16, 2011

Just for M&M

I've heard that a very special someone likes to look at this blog.  Which is 1st in the Litter's friend M&M.  I'm very happy you enjoy visiting the Litter.  They are a strange bunch but NEVER a dull moment (especially when 1st in the Litter sings!!!).   Anyway, on our way to the great Plain town yesterday me and 1st in the Litter heard MIB, so I thought I'd put the video up here!  Hopefully next time you can come with us!!  Until then keep reading about the Litter!!
<3 The Litter's Mom


 M&M this is for you!

Thursday, September 15, 2011

4th in the Litter & Calf Riding?

So we had a local Ranch Rodeo here in our big town where the Buffalo Roam and 4th in the Litter says he wanted to ride a calf.  Well, he did!  His very first time.  Not so bad for his first time...at least he held on long enough to get out the gate...enjoy!

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Friday, September 9, 2011

How Bout some Cheerleading!!

Well, this is 1st in the Litter second year to cheer.  She's doing so good, very proud of my baby!!!  Can't believe she's going to be in 9th grade next year.  Just hard to believe how fast she and the rest of the Litter is growing!!!

I have some pictures of 2nd in the Litter and his best bud, but i'll add those later.  I will also try to video one of 2nd in the Litters game.  Anyway, enjoy Where the Buffalo Roam cheerleaders!!!! (can you pick out 1st in the Litter?)
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Alright, got 2nd in the Litters picture ready to post!  Hope ya'll enjoy it!!!  (the lyrics in this picture is from the song Boys of Fall, which is on the playlist below, just click play and you can hear it)

Monday, August 29, 2011

Are Ya Ready For Some FOOTBALL????

Well, I've had some requests for a football schedule.  I have finally got one together!  1st in the Litter will be Cheering at the games, but it will be for the Jr. High, which start at 6:30.  2nd in the Litter is our lil football player!!
I'll keep ya'll posted on who won the game and if there'll be more games.



Wednesday, August 24, 2011

My mind on Overdrive...not a good thing....

These last few weeks have been super tough on me, and I think for the Litter’s father too.  So much change going on, we’re trying to deal with it the best we can but we’ve had enough change to last a lifetime, and it hasn’t been good change.
With the Litter starting school it’s really hit us that 1st in the Litter will be a freshman next year.  Where did the time go?  I think about 2nd in the Litter playing football.  Dad had said he was sorry he didn’t make it to any of his games last year.  I told him it was fine we’ve got plenty of years; if only I could go back!  3rd in the Litter is growing; she’s doing cartwheels, handstands all sorts of stuff.  4th in the Litter is in 1st grade.  My baby, 1st grade!!!  WHOA!! 
And yet we’re amongst another change, one I knew would come along but wasn’t ready for it.  One I fear is gonna be the end of it all, I cross my fingers praying it won’t be but preparing for it. (let me clarify...not the end of the Litters parents!!!!  We're ok!)

And the biggest change we’ve endured….Dad (the Litters fathers’ dad).  We said our goodbyes in January.  It’s been 6 months last Monday.  It’s hard not being able to pick up the phone and call him when I need advice or when I’ve had a good hunt.  So does it get any easier? 
I started telling God thank you for letting me meet such a wonderful and loving husband, for his parents to welcome me, 1st in the Litter & 2nd in the Litter into their family with open arms, & for showing me what a real earthly father is like even if it was for a short time.
So, has it gotten easier; not completely but I do think its better.  (For those of you who don't know...my dad left when I was 2 years old, I know who he is but he's never EVER been a father!)
I ran across this poem, I thought whoever wrote it did a wonderful job!

TO THOSE I LOVE AND TO THOSE WHO LOVE ME

When I am gone release me let me go.
I have so many things to see and do.
You mustn't tie yourself to me with tears,
Be thankful for our many beautiful years
I gave to you my love.

You can only guess
How much you gave to me in happiness,
I thank you for the love you each have shown,
But now it's time I traveled on alone.

So grieve a while for me, if grieve you must,
Then let your grief be comforted by trust.
It's only for a time that we must part,
So bless the memories within your heart.

I won't be far away, for life goes on.
So if you need me, call and I will come,
Though you can't see or touch me, I'll be near.
And if you listen with your heart, you'll hear
All my love around you soft and clear.

And then, when you must come this way alone,
I'll greet you with a smile and say~
"WELCOME HOME!"

One think I like to think of is…100 years in Heaven is like 1 minute here on earth!  It's a little bit easier to think in the realm that we won't be "too far behind." Yes, I miss our loved ones dearly, and sometimes think that many years will go by before I see them again. But if I use that analogy, I can silently pray for the ones I miss, and gently whisper: "I'll be with you in a minute!"
For them, it'll be like they went inside a restaurant as I parked the car and caught up with them before they were seated. It's just a matter of minutes in eternal time.
 I want to share this video with ya.  It puts a smile on my face but also brings a tear.

Things always change; time never stops no matter how bad we want it too!  However, not all change is bad.  Like the weather...we have seasons, and if it EVER decides to change to colder weather, well, that's a GOOD change!!!  Or when……I can’t think of anymore…but I’m sure if I had time I could…maybe.

I hope I didn’t make anyone sad.  These are just my thoughts and they’ve been on over drive.  Think I just need to express them.  So thank you for reading and going through this with me.  I promise next time it won’t be so sad, or sappy! 
Until then…. <3 The Litters mom