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The 4 B's ~ Established 17 November 2001

Tuesday, July 7, 2015

4th of July Home-Style

For the first time in fifteen years, Brady and I weren't at a rodeo or a bull riding for the 4th of July. We got to do something we don't get to do very often - STAY HOME AND DO WHATEVER WE WANTED TO DO! It was such a great, fun weekend - we all had a blast. There is no place the 4 B's would rather be than Home Sweet Home. So here is what we "did" while we were home... Brady had been dying to get his fields mowed down, and so he did. This made him VERY happy!
Brailey braided Materbug's mane. She loves this horse!
Better late than never! I finally got some flowers in my favorite planter, an old washtub. 
We took a couple of 4th of July photos. Britt was posing very dramatically for me. I love it!
We rode our horses, three days in a row! Friday, we went on a trail ride, which you may have seen a picture from on Facebook or Instagram. Then, we went to the arena down the road and played around. Super fun!
Where's the steer?! Someday... We are getting closer!
Britt took a bunch of these pictures while I rode his horse. He's a pretty darned good photographer!
He also took some selfies, which are hella cute!
Luckily, we had a bunch of fireworks left over from when Britt went camping with Grandma and Papa, last year. It was so windy, they couldn't let them off, last year, so we saved them for an entire year, and lit them all this 4th of July. They were a hit!  
 And then, more riding.
 I had some fun with the cans and tuned up Tex for Brailey. I didn't know I could still do it! But it was fun. Brailey and I rode all three horses!
More selfies from the photographer.
And then I took pictures of my little photographer. Britt thinks he doesn't like to ride, and yet he had a blast and wished we could ride again on Monday morning. I think he has more cowboy in him than he realizes... Alvin takes such perfect care of him!
Brailey and her boy, Texi.
Britt saw this heeling dummy and wanted to try it out. He has a natural heeler loop, so he will likely be a heeler, if he decides to rope. It is fun to see him have some interest! And it was fun to do what we wanted to do. We sat outside and talked around our patio table. We went to the movie theater and saw the new Avengers movie. We did a little bit of work. And we STAYED HOME! There's just no place like it. It was such a fantastic 4th of July, Home-Style!

Monday, July 6, 2015

Sand Volleyball with A Great Friend

We finally made it to our first Sand Volleyball Tournament a couple weekends ago, and it was the best one we've ever been to! She played with her friend Megan, who she met during Kidsports this past fall. I call them the two Catholic Cuties, because they are so proud of their faith. They prayed together before every game in their Kidsports season, right in front of everyone, complete with the sign of the cross. Long story short, she and Megan bonded right away, even though they are a year apart in school, and we knew she was going to be a special friend for Brailey. And sure enough! She has a darling family, too, with two little brothers who keep everyone on their toes and entertained. I'm sure you've seen them in previous posts in pictures with Britt. Anyway, despite only having one practice, these two played amazing! They were talking, helping each other, moving and having fun. They were a delight to watch!
The fact that Brailey had a good time was something she needed. Her club season this past year killed her love for the game. In fact, I don't know if she will ever play again. By the end of the season, she was burned out and done with playing. I thought a rest would help, but she still dreads the thought of ever playing again. Someone told me a bad coach could ruin a kid's love for the game, and I thought they were wrong, but I have since learned it is true - a coach can make or break a kid. Brailey was on a very difficult team, with a lot of jealousy and hatred. At first, Brady and I thought we could help her through it and it would be a good experience for her future life. We did our best to help her understand and support her. The struggle was real for us - I cried many tears over it, watching my sweet girl be hurt emotionally over and over and continually left out. Before it was all said and done, we ended up taking Brailey to a sports counselor to get through the end of the season. Given how hard it was (keeping in mind I am actually glossing it over), we can appreciate her apprehension about playing again. It almost seems dreadful to me, and I love the game! I did finally share my pain with a couple of parents I trusted near the end of the season, though, and a wonderful thing happened - their girls were kind to Brailey and they became friends. In fact, they were feeling similar! One of them told the team bully to leave Brailey alone. Unbelievably, there was even a set of grandparents who were rude and hateful towards Brailey's setting, all because they were jealous of her ability. So for her to have a good time with Megan, who also had a bit of a rough season in club volleyball, was a huge blessing in many ways. 
 They are so alike, they even have the same hair...!

Friday, July 3, 2015

The Past, the Present and the Future

Brailey had a wonderful time at the Buckaroo Rodeo Bible Camp in Pendleton. Not only did she win a buckle (a mighty fine Montana Silversmiths one), she also learned a lot and made some really nice friends. She did not want to go, AT ALL, but Brady insisted she would have a good time, and she did! She can't wait to go again and is inspired to ride her horses and to become a better cowgirl. She also came to realize that her horse Tex is not a push button, easy horse to ride. Truth be told, he is one in a million, but when it comes to barrel racing and pole bending and anything to do with an arena, he is hard to ride. You have to ride every hair on him to make it all work - and I know this first hand from when I used to run him. He was good all week long, but when the rodeo came, Bray got nervous and he knew he could do his thing, and the result was not pretty. So that part left her in tears. But when she won the buckle in Goat Tying for her excellent attitude, horsemanship and work ethic over the week, she felt much better. I would have to say they couldn't have picked a more deserving kiddo, even if she is my own daughter. Long story short, though, the silver lining is that it turned her focus off Tex and onto Mater. Brady and I have long known Mater would be her next horse, but she was stuck on Tex. She and Texi Man have such a bond and she loves him so much. But now she has decided that it would be okay to have a couple of horses to ride, and she rode Mater for the first time after she got home from camp.
She had a wonderful time riding him, after Brady rode him down, of course. Mater is very low key and easy going, so there wasn't much to ride down. In fact, you have to have spurs for this boy. Brady loves this colt! His name may be Mater, but we call him Lover Boy, because he's so sweet. Much like someone else (her name starts with a B and ends with a Y). And although Tex is perfect in many ways, he doesn't like attention like Mater does. Tex is more like Eyore, where Mater is more like Pooh Bear.
Alvin and I participated as the Paparazzi, again. I thought this was a creative shot. Ha!
 And there they are. Testing the waters!
 Brady was incredibly excited and proud. I wonder how Tex was feeling?
She's a happy girl! She has big plans for this boy! Mater looks super excited, doesn't he? He has no idea what he's in for... She has been "bonding" with him all week, and he loves every second of the attention she shows him.
 And so there you have it - the past, the present and the future. It's a good life!