Thursday, July 31, 2008
Tuesday, July 29, 2008
Well, Day two is done. Hot and sticky with no wind again, but its done. Its all downhill from here! Today J showed his horse. He did a great job! He placed 8th in showmanship - we NEVER practice so that was fine! Then he placed 3rd in Horsemanship (on the rider), 6th in pleasure (on the horse), 6th in Western Discipline (how well you follow commands) and 1st in reining! He had a great ride in reining and we knew he was either first or second. None of the other exhibitors did the pattern right, he was the only one! He totally kicked @$$ in that class! He did make it to the Championship show on Friday night. Our fair lets the 1, 2 and 3 placings go to Championship show where they then place the Reserve and Grand Champion! He was so excited after his ride, he knew he nailed it! Very awesome day!
J before Showmanship
J in Western DisciplineTomorrow is an easy day. J has Honors band practice, then to fair to feed rabbits, he is then staying with the neighbor while she shows, barn duty from 2-3. Then he will be picked up by Rich and I will take him to Peninsula for CC. I will probably catch up on my blog reading then. Hope everyone has a great night!
Monday, July 28, 2008
Today we were able to find out how he did on his various projects, with the exception of showing his horse. That is tomorrow. On his Rock project he received 2nd. For his photos in the open classes he received one 2nd. He entered three pictures but only placed with the one. That's fine. He also showed his other rabbits in the breed classes today. He received 1st in showmanship and nothing in his individual breed classes. Two pictures from Showmanship with Leo.
This afternoon I was ring mistress for 6 classes and of course, they took an hour break in the middle of it! Otherwise it was the usual hot sticky day at the fair. I came home about 5 and banded the manes on J and TJ's horse. They left for CC and my dad is getting a lesson tonight. Its quiet here now. I think I am going to relax, drink a BIG glass of water and just chill out! More Fair Fun to come!
Saturday, July 26, 2008
Yesterday we spent most of the day working around the house. I took J to band practice and then went to the grocery store. We did some work in the garden and I cleaned up a little around the house. We also have been riding every day to get ready for fair. Last night was as usual CC practice. I walked 2.5 miles up some serious hills and back down. Down was great! Up, not so much. I am spending the rest of today getting some things ready for fair and most of tomorrow either at the fair grounds or getting ready. I am not buying a lot of food there this year, I am taking a cooler with water, fruit and sandwiches, some munchies and not buying lunch/dinner every day. It just gets to be too much! And then they all end up with stomach aches because they are not used to eating like that! And since we have to be there every day for various duties, I am sure it will get expensive! This afternoon I am going to start quilting a few that have been waiting to be done.
Middle of a corn field
Thursday, July 24, 2008
Sunday, July 20, 2008
Friday afternoon we went to my parents to help them bale hay. We have enough able bodied boys that can help out that it should go fast and smooth. Well, Friday didn't go as planned. The baler we were using just kept breaking and it was just getting to the point where it was getting frustrating because they would get less than 10 bales and it would break the shear pin again. So Dad went and got another baler and worked on it till midnight, then again on Saturday morning. The baler he got hasn't been used in many years. He got it working and by the time we got there after the game he had 3 wagons ready to be unloaded, so Rich and the boys did that. I took the empty wagon down to the field and Rich brought home a load of hay for us. We ended up bring home 3 loads and putting the rest of the 700 or so bales in dad's barn. It went really well and we got all of it up! We should have enough hay for the year now and dad should too!
T and Matt unloading
And lastly, we are going to TRY a video. Click on over to my mom's blog to check out a better video and a great video of Annie!
Friday, July 18, 2008
Mike, T and Nico
You can see more pictures here of our team. It does take a few minutes to load. This company takes professional pictures and then you can order them off the Internet. Here is a really good one of T at bat.
Today we are going to help my parents bale hay. Last night Rich and T went over while I was at book club and J was at CC. I am going over there early to help get started and Rich will be over later.
I haven't really got much sewing done. Yesterday was sports physicals, and grocery shopping. And today will be helping my parents so I probably won't really get anything done till Sunday at the earliest and that depends on if the hay is in and if we win on Saturday. I hope we do, it will be the farthest we have ever gone in tournaments.
Our corn is starting to look a little better. Its not as high as I would like it to be but its getting there. Our pumpkins look like they may make it, but I am not sure if they will or not. They are looking better than when I brought them home at least!
Here is a picture of J on the swing after Cross Country last night, and one of him and CC.
I hope everyone has a good day and stays cool! Summer is finally here!
Wednesday, July 16, 2008
Tuesday, July 15, 2008
Yesterday was cleaning the house and then me standing over the kids (including the neighbor girl) going FOCUS! Focus! I said Focus - as they were all trying to get their 4-H project books completed - nothing like waiting till the last minute! But they got them done and fair will be here in 2 weeks, then back to school! I can't believe how fast this summer has gone.
I have gotten some quilting done. I made my block 11 for Crazy Mom Quilts and have started on my setting blocks. I have all the corner triangles sewed together and all the middle rows sewed together. Otherwise, I haven't had much time.
This morning I took the boys to the rail trail (walking/running path that runs between two railroads) and they ran while I walked 4 miles (they did 6). Then J went to get his rabbit ready to show and the boys and I went to the library. I have book club this week and am trying to read Pride and Prejudice - somewhat unsuccessfully.
Can you tell I love this guy?
Sunday, July 13, 2008
Plus J has his rabbit judging that day, so it should make for an interesting night. But I would gladly take playing tomorrow.
Yesterday was our 4-H clubs horse show, which I mentioned. I ringmastered part of the day and then worked with J and TJ so we could show. Unfortunately, it started pouring right before TJ's class. Then it slowed down and he was able to show. That was actually the 2nd rain shower that came through. The first one being about 12:30ish. Then J is in his class not a half hour later and it pours again. I mean pours. It felt like little hail hitting you it was raining so hard! I was sitting on my horse waiting for my class and it was miserable. Poor J didn't have on a rain jacket or anything. He was completely drenched! But he won the class so he must have done something right. Several of the kids in his class decided they were going to stand in the middle when it started to pour but he just kept going. Good for him, I was afraid he was going to freak out and give up! It was certainly worth him not giving up! Then I showed and got a 2nd. The girl who got first is a friend of mine and we were joking around the whole time, that was in Equitation, and the same thing happened in pleasure! But then we rode generation gap where 2 riders 10 years apart each ride and J and I won that one. Also my friend and I won the ribbon race. You and your partner have a piece of crepe paper that you hold between you and you have to ride with out breaking the paper or losing it. It got pretty interesting and was actually long for a ribbon race. It came down to us and another group. We had to do things like drop our stirrups and extend our trot. Then we had to switch positions without letting go of the ribbon so that our arm was crossed over the front of us. They also shortened the ribbons which didn't really matter to us since our horses are good together and we had been riding that close anyway! It was actually really fun and a good show. I was at the show from 8:15 am to 10:15 pm. I didn't get any pictures and no sewing got done. I came home and crashed!
So off to do some sewing and some reading. Hopefully more quilt news tomorrow!
Friday, July 11, 2008
Thursday, July 10, 2008
Tuesday, July 8, 2008
Yesterday J had a friend over and they played in the sprinkler for awhile. T went to B's house to go swimming and came home in the afternoon. Tonight was Cross Country practice and all three boys went. T is not joining, he just went along for the exercise but ended up not running because they were doing time trials etc to determine how well they were doing.
It was hot here today, but I did spend some time outside on the swing. I actually got up first thing this morning and rode, but did spend most of the day working on J's quilt. While I was outside reading I found this guy on my leg. I actually thought he was a piece of hay before I brushed him off and realized he wasn't!
Tomorrow will be riding in the morning, then sewing on J's quilt, then cross country practice. It seems to be a pattern!
Sunday, July 6, 2008
Rich playing right field
Rich's friend Kurt pitching
My friend RobinIn other news, not much. Both the kids are at a friends, I have been working on J's quilt since we got home, and am going to go ride my horse shortly. Its been hot here for once this summer and after this morning I was banished to the house again. I almost have all the sashing put together for J's quilt. Once I get it done it will be all downhill of sewing sashing together, adding the border, pinning and quilting! I am hoping to have it done by next weekend. *yeah right!*
Hope everyone had a wonderful weekend and a happy 4th of July!!
Mom, glad you like the mini quilt!
Last night's sunset (sorry, not a great picture!)
Saturday, July 5, 2008
Then I came home and finished up quilt blocks 9 & 10 for the quilt a long. I am very happy with the way these turned out. My points are getting so much better! There is not one "missing" point on either of these:
Then when Rich and the kids got home we went to my mom and dad's so Rich could give my dad a lesson. We had dinner and just hung out while they rode. T's girlfriend went with us and we played a game of corn hole. T and B beat my brother and I by ALOT! It was 21 to 7! Then we stopped at the neighbors for a few minutes to say Hi. There was a little one-on-one basketball played, and just hanging out! Here are some pictures of last night:
Dad riding with Rich coaching
Matt and T playing cornhole.After that we went to fireworks in Valley City and then came home. I was so tired that I just went to bed. It was about 11 by that time, and I was beat! Very productive day, but very tiring.
Today I cleaned the house and went to the grocery store while Rich and the kids did things like weed-eat, fertilize the garden, clean stalls, and now they are at the baseball field trying to get it playable for tonight. Tonight is our last regular season game. We have one make-up scheduled for Tuesday and then tournaments start the next weekend. If we win our first tournament game and my mom's neighbor wins their first tournament game then we play them in our second game. That will be a good game, even though they will win since I will want to cheer for both sides!
I am going to work on J's quilt for awhile and then head up to the ball game.