Tears were flowing yesterday as Cara, Tom & Will set out for their new adventure in Berea. Thanks to technology - cell phones, webcam; cars, planes, etc., we can keep in close contact, along with many numerous visits and new places to explore.
Cara, we love you & are very proud of you. Henry David Thoreau wrote "Go confidently in the direction of your dreams; live the life you've imagined".
Since I'm moving on to new horizons, I threw a going away WWF theme party. 20 gallons of beer were on hand as well as spandex, a bluegrass band and friends galore. It was a great way to say goodbye to my home for the past 6 years. I opted for the "Macho Man Randy Savage" look. I hope you enjoy a few of the pictures!
Horse activities are dominating our early summer schedule - the girls qualified to ride in the 4-H state horse show in Shawnee next weekend. We will leave the Wild O Ranch on Thursday morning, get moved into the barn, practice ride, wash, trim, band, etc. in preparation for English Classes on Friday and Western Classes on Saturday. District show was in early May and the girls placed like this:
Alaina and Sunny – 8th showmanship, 4th hunter under saddle, 5th hunt seat equitation, 6th west pleasure, 4th trail, and qualified in western horsemanship (she will do it all at State)
Ivy and Pico – 8th hunter under saddle, 4th hunt seat equitation, 3rd hunter hack, 4th western horsemanship, and qualified in trail (she will skip trail at State since obstacles include flowers etc and Pico is Freako Pico).
So, we have doubled up on lessons for the last couple of weeks and Sunny has been bunking with Dawn in Owasso and Pico staying with Patty in Inola so that the girls could work lessons in during the week.
Both girls and both horses are looking pretty good.
My sister has agreed to go with us and be my alter show mom - woo hoo, that will be really fun and the girls are thrilled that they will have someone in addition to me to watch. So, that's how we start our summer vacation.
Back in the early days of the Wild Orban Ranch we had so many wild blackberries growing on our place I could pick a gallon a day for a week to ten days. We made jam, we froze berries, I even tried making wine...blech! Over the years the berries thinned out to nearly nothing but now have made somewhat of a comeback. Not going to get a gallon a day but enough to have plenty of fresh berries. M-m-m-m!