Wednesday, October 16, 2013

August 1-31 Roof House, Treg Raingutter Renegade, 4H County & Region, Back to School, Bday Horse ride, Hunting, Payson Lakes, Maximus, Escavation Begins

Aug 1st ~ End of Swim team
Well we made it through another year of swim practices, swim meets, and sunscreenings. My kids are such troopers. I love that they practiced nearly every day this summer and didn't complain about it at all. Treg and Bowdee both took 3rd for boys in their ages and Tia took 8th. Wow I love my kids.
Aug 2-5th ~ Reroofing our home
No it was not fun at all. But I was such a proud momma watching all of my kids up on the roof with my dad and my husband doing what they could do to help out. We tore off all the shingles, laid new protectant and then down went the metal roof. It wasn't that easy though and right at the end Terry's knee started hurting bad. It turned out to be a staph infection which took quite a while to heal up.
 August 6th ~ Utah County 4H Competition
Bowdee was so excited when he found out he had made County. With this being his first year riding horses and having a new horse that he wasn't familiar with he did fabulous. I love watching him do the speed events because he is so solid on Sally. Congrats Bowdee you did GREAT!
 Matia was also invited to go to the County competition. After the first couple events which are the horsemanship, written test, and showmanship. We noticed Robbies knee was super swollen. It was sensitive to the touch and he didn't seem like himself. So we wrapped it in ice and took it easy. He was such a trooper for giving it his all for Matia and did his best in the speed events. Love this team!
August 10-11 ~ Payson Lakes with Garricks
With Terry having a swollen knee with tons of pain he was going crazy and just couldn't stand to be in the house any longer. So we called our friends and we headed to Payson Lakes. It was good to get him out but Terry was pretty miserable. But we all still had fun even if he had to take it easy. 
Aug 16th ~ Meet Maximus
This is our Maximus we bought him from the same facility that we bought Holly. I am super excited about how big he is. He is 23 but he seriously acts 15 he is a QuArabian so he is 1/2 Quarter horse and 1/2 Arabian. He does trail, dressage, jump, showmanship whatever we need he knows it all.
 August 17-18 ~ Granite Flats Townsend Family Reunion
This year we were lucky enough to reserve the Sandwagon group campsite and I must say that was so fun. We had the whole place to ourselves so the kids could run around and just have a great time. Ryan's motor home broke down on the way up but they joined us on Sunday and that was nice to see them. There is something special about just being together and letting the kids play. LOVED IT!
 August 19th ~ Back to School GREENWOOD
So this year my 2 youngest are starting back to school at a new school. We are now going to Greenwood and Matia is excited about the change and Treg is a bit nervous. After meeting teachers and principle and the Gator we decided it is going to be a fantastic year! GO GATORS!
After meeting the teachers we came home to this fun dinner I had been working on all day. I thought it would be fun to have a special back to school dinner so we could talk about school stuff. Like how we should act, study and learn. The family is really liking my fried chicken so even though its not the healthiest that is what we had. Here is a cheers to a great year!   
Aug 20th ~ School starts 8th,6th, and 4th grades
Bowdee is off to 8th grade this year he will be in an advanced art, woods, foods, Spanish and then all the regular stuff. He is excited to be past the "Sevie" nickname given to all the 7th graders. He also made the 8th grade "A Football Team" with coach Barron. Practices have started and he is playing center again. He is the smallest on the team but man he has some strength and consistency.
Treg and Matia finally got to start riding the bus. Bus comes at 8:35 each morning and returns at 3:55. Their drivers name is Mrs. Tilley and she takes care of them. Matia is in Mrs. Lind's class in 6th grade. She has some friends in the class so she is super excited. Treg is in Mrs. Gerrish's 4th grade class and he is really nervous he won't know anybody. But I am confident they will do GREAT!
Aug 24th ~ Matia made Region 4H competition
We were all amazed to hear Matia had been invited to compete in the Region 4H competition which is one step away from state. With Robbies knee hurt in the last we didn't really feel like she was going to make it but she did and she did great. Her friend Allee was also invited so they had a fun day riding horses together and doing their best. Way to go Matia and Robbie!
Aug 25th ~ Hickman Hunting Dad's Archery
We took the day and went up Hickman to hunt for dad's archery buck. We didn't see a whole lot and Terry's knee was still hurting him a bit so we didn't do much hiking. But there was a buck by the wash that Terry and Bowdee tried to sneak up on. No luck but it was a beautiful day anyway!
Aug 28th ~ Tregs Rain gutter Renegade
This year the cub scouts are doing the rain gutter renegade. Not sure if it is because the pinewood derby's are so competitive or not but this was sure fun. Treg took 1st place in his pack and second over all. It was the most fun watching him design it, paint it and do all the work. Love you kiddo!
Aug 29th ~ Birthday Horse Ride
For my birthday all I wanted was to go on a trail ride. So Kami took the day off and my dad offered to escort his two little girls on a beautiful ride. I took Sally feeling she was young enough to haul me up and back safely. Kami took Robbie and Dad took Misty. We had the perfect ride. Weather was wonderful, horses were safe, and the views were to die for.
Thanks Kami and Dad for making my birthday wishes come true!
August 31st ~ Labor Day Excavation
Yes Labor day weekend we are usually out playing and having a good time. But this year we are busting our butts trying to get the ranch ready for winter. We are digging trenches to run water and electrical all around the ranch so we can put in heated automatic waters to avoid the winter freezing water problem. We are also adding a toilet and septic take for the pump house and septic and water, electrical for the RV hookups. It will really be nice when we are finished but oh what a project.

Tuesday, October 15, 2013

Sept 1- 30th Splash Dogs, Cocoa joins Tonia, Sell House, Fletchers, ranch work, Princess Cinderella, Moms bad hunt

Sept 2nd - Splash Dogs in Midway - Treg has been wanting to go to this Splash Dog competition for years now. This year we were busy working on the ranch digging trenches for electrical and water to where we want them. But Terry couldn't stand the thought of Treg missing another year. So I took the kids up to the dog show which was REALLY cool and he stayed home and worked. We missed him but it was super nice of him to sacrifice for us. Love ya.

Sept 8th - Cocoa joins Tonia's Ranch in Heaven - So today was a super sad day on the ranch. It was so bad it made me wish we never pursued this dream and stayed in our other home. Cocoa was out yesterday following me around doing chores. Every once in a while she would run off for a short time then come back so I figured she was checking on the other goats. Well she was getting into something and got bloated. I didn't realize how bad it was and figured she will walk it off. Well when I did realize it was bad and she needed help it was too late everything I tried wouldn't help. I lost it and was crying pretty bad and Matia pulled herself together and came to give me a hug. She said "Mom its ok, I was pretty sad to but then I realized Aunt Tonia needs a goat for her ranch and Cocoa is just the right goat for her. She will take care of her." I love my girl and her amazingly brave and smart personality.

Sept 10th - Daisy's 3rd birthday. Today our sweet Daisy turned 3. She has been such a fun part of this family she is so curious and loves to make us happy. She also just came into heat so hopefully we will be getting some puppies sometime in Nov. So for her birthday Treg and Tia slept on the floor with her and Dash and then her boyfriend Guss came for a visit.

Sept 12th - Today we sold our preschool home. We truly thought this was our last home and that we would grow old in this home together. So it was really hard to see it go and sign the papers. To Terry it was a big relief but to me it was just sad. But the family that bought it is so excited and will just love it. It will be nice to not have to keep it up and mow the lawn and keep the yard up with all I have going on but I will miss the neighbors, friends, yard, space.

Sept 14th - So once a year we get together with these wonderful people. They are Kayes family the Fletcher side. We always have a great time catching up with them and seeing how everyone is doing. Man what would this life be without our families?

Sept 15th - We are building two septic tanks at our property one for the RV Dump and one for the outhouse. It has been interesting to build them and see how they work. Then we have trenches all around our property more then 3 feet deep to install new water lines and electricity. It was a huge project but nothing Terry cant handle.

Sept 20th - Welcome Princess Cinderella so we saw this goat on KSL and Matia just feel in love with her. She was way up in Brigham City so it was quite a drive but my friend Holly and I took the day and went to get her while Matia was at school so we could surprise her. She is pretty friendly and loves sour patch kids. She is part Lamancha and part Nubian. Such a cutie!

Sept 26th - So Terry and I left to go on my Muzzleloader hunt in Hickman Canyon. And I will flat out admit I think this is the last year I am going to hunt. I had my buck handed to me pretty much he gave me so many chances but I just couldn't get him. This stressed Terry out like crazy and drove him mad which turned out to be a really bad day. Anyway thanks to mom and dad for helping with the kids so we could have this wonderful experience together.