Oh My! It’s been a while! One of us has been busy making the finals in the Limited Non Pro and Non Pro at the NCHA Futurity and the other one is me. Not that my life hasn’t been pretty exciting, but I’m just super proud of my partner in crime. Go Bird! I’ve been pacing, and jumping, and yelling at my computer webcast for all of her runs. I’m exhausted. So, what’s been going on in my world? Well, here’s some of the highlights…
1. AQHA World Show
I made a quick trip to Oklahoma City to watch Mr. Bear show in the Senior Working Cow Horse finals, and boy, was it worth it! He won! It was a thrill to be there to watch him win his first World Championship on a horse that he loves so much. And when I say “watch” I do mean “sit in a lucky chair in the exhibit hall”. I know, I know….Crazytown, population of one. But I did see him accept that trophy and I’ve watched the video about 10 times, so that counts, right?
Thanksgiving is my favorite holiday. I love the food, the excitement of the impending holiday season, and the food. We usually gather, along with about 30 others, at Debbie Cooper’s house. It’s a huge pot-luck, the kids play and run wild, we sit on the patio and enjoy our Arizona weather, people bring family and friends, and it’s just about perfect. And the day is topped off with a pretty serious annual horseshoe tournament. We draw for teams, have a bracket system, and a traveling trophy. Got to say, my hopes were high for this year. But. alas, my brother knocked me out in the second round with a last ditch ringer! Ugh! He did go on to win the whole tournament. (And trust, me, he reminded us of his win ALL weekend long) I guess if you’re going to lose, lose to the champion. Next year…
3. Mom’s New Car
It might seem a little strange to include this in my “highlights” but for those of you that know my mom, this is a BIG DEAL. My mom had been driving her current vehicle, A VW Bug, for 11 years. It was literally falling apart-and I know the difference between literally and figuratively. It was LITERALLY falling apart. But, she had a dream. Her dream was to make it to 200,000 miles, and she almost made it. But after her mechanic convinced her it was a hazard to drive without thousands of dollars in repairs, she let go of the dream. Thank god, she agreed to move on. My dad told her to go big. She deserved it. It was time to get her dream car. I had visions of her pulling in up the driveway in her new X5 or Range Rover. But I knew better-Here it is, Mom’s dream car….A Golf. Oh man, she’s the best!
4. Christmas Prep
I’m not a huge Christmas person, but I’m doing my best to get in the spirit. I got our tree up and also put out my minimalist decorations. I’ve done some online shopping, and have even joined in on the Elf on the Shelf craze. I’m feeling pretty good about things. And even though I’m not a huge Christmas fan, watching Gracie experience the holiday and all that goes with it is pretty amazing. Just the other night we went to one of our local Scottsdale resorts for their Christmas activities. We spent 40 bucks to park, another 40 on various activities, and another 20 or so on hot chocolate. But even this frugal to a fault, bah-humbug thought it was awesome. Gracie ice skated for the first time-outdoors in Arizona on a rink the size of a small garage along with about 100 other suckers. She had one hand firmly gripping the railing and the other grasping on to Shadd. She slipped and fell a few times and got right back up-she loved it. We also took a train ride thought the resort grounds to view the Christmas lights, and Gracie and her friend Hannah danced to carols and rode the carousel several times with their dads. The Grinch in me was definitely silenced-at least for one night.
Enjoy the countdown to Christmas!
Bear “McKenzie P.”