Wednesday, September 5, 2012

Riding Cows on Roller Skates

Friday after school, we headed up north to Oklahoma to spend the long weekend with my mom and my grandparents.  The first thing we did Saturday morning was head over to my Uncle Vester's house and ride horses. Kirsten immediately walked up to Ringo and greeted him, while Katie was a little bit more unsure and kept her distance.
 Kirsten helped Uncle Vester round up Pedro and bring him to the barn to get his saddle on.
 Katie did finally come up next to Pedro and touch his side, she got more brave as the day went on.
 Kirsten however, was off as soon as she could be.  She loved riding around Uncle Vester's 10 acres on Pedro.
 She is a natural!
 We did try to get Katie on the horse with Kirsten, but if you can see her face, she did not like it very much.  It actually reminded me of our visit to Santa last year.  Lots of screaming and kicking.
 She finally warmed up enough to touch his nose, but that was as far as she wanted to go.  She was convinced that Pedro was a cow.  She spent the rest of the day telling everyone she came across that Kirsten had ridden a cow.  No matter how much we tell her it was a horse, she does not believe us.
 Both girls loved the barn though and had fun learning about all of the tools and tack in there.
 Saturday afternoon we headed up to Oklahoma City for my cousin Bryce's 9th birthday  party.  It was at the skating rink and once we got there, I realized that Kirsten has never been roller skating.  So I laced up to go with her. Unfortunately it hurt my ankle pretty badly and I only lasted about 20 minutes.  It sure was fun while it lasted though.
 Kirsten was really uneasy at first but we kept practicing and she finally got up her courage to go around by herself.
 Bryce was wonderful and stayed with her for almost two hours while she became more and more comfortable on four wheels.
 Katie and daddy showed up after her nap and she wanted to go skating so badly with her big sissy.  We will have to wait another year or so for that one.
 One of the highlights of my grandparent's farm has always been the chickens.  When we were kids, we would wait for Grandpa to get home from work and try to be the first ones out to meet him and help him get the eggs each day.  Katie could hardly stay away from the chickens!
 Every morning, the first words our of her mouth were "I see chickens, I want chickens!"  So they ended up outside in pajamas and shoes quite often.  My grandma saved all of the eggs that Kirsten collected over the three days we were there and sent them home with us.  She was so excited!
 Sunday morning we got up and went to church with my Grandma.  Many of the same people that were in the ward when we lived there are still there.  It was fun to see some of my old Young Women's Leaders and Sunday School Teachers.  The best part though was having four generations of daughters together.
Monday afternoon we packed up the car and headed home.  One of my favorite things is filling up with Gas in Oklahoma because it is real gas.  None of this ethanol junk.  In our Pilot we get about 22 mpg with the 10% ethanol gas.  With pure gas we get over 30 mpg.  It is unreal what a big difference there is, but I will refrain from that soap box rant for the time being.
Overall we had a wonderful Labor Day weekend.  I feel so blessed to have my Grandparents only a few hours away.  It is a great middle ground to meet my mom and be able to see her more often as well.  We love going up there and letting life slow down, even if it is just for a few days.

1 comment:

Janet Adams Starnes said...

We really enjoyed seeing you too! I really missed going to see Anne and her family and was really bummed when my work canceled my trip to Chicago. This helped me get over it. I was really worried about my mom and wanted to see her too. Love, MOM