Loving Like There's No Tomorrow
The 4 B's ~ Established 17 November 2001

Thursday, August 14, 2014

Even Cowboys Get the Blues, But Not for Long!

Yes, it is true. Even cowboys get the blues. Especially ones with a badly broken leg! Brady is always so positive and full of life, it was tough to see him a bit depressed last week. He always looks at the bright side of everything. That is our family motto - find the silver lining, whatever it may be! However, every now and then, things happen that knock you for a loop, and even though you know you are lucky, it is still tough to remain steadfastly "happy, happy, happy."

In any case, aside from being a bit depressed and unable to do any of the things he really wants or needs to do, he's doing just fine. The breaks are healing nicely, and he should be able to get off the crutches in another four to six weeks. Then the real rehab will begin! He's been on crutches for five weeks, now. He's pretty handy on them, too. (Although he did take a crash on them with Britt, but thank goodness he fell INTO THE CAR and on his nose - his leg was fine. The only thing to suffer real injury was his pride...)

If you know Brady at all, then you know he is a mover and a shaker, and he doesn't stay down for long. I don't know many folks who could beat a 10% chance of living, such as he did back when he was on life support for six days and in the hospital for four more days due to the septic shock his body was in from untreated pneumonia. He's tougher than nails, no doubt about it. But he's as sensitive as they come, too. And when you are used to moving and shaking such as he does, it gets old to not be able to do the things you want to do, even though you know you are lucky to be alive.

Nevertheless, he is getting better every single day. And as we all know, the days are flying by! He will be back on his horse in no time at all, and those blues will be nothing more than a distant memory. Getting back into his jeans this week has been a great help - he does not like to wear shorts! The wedding we went to last Saturday and our excursion to Portland for the WWE Monday Night RAW greatly lifted his spirits, as well. As he told his doctor, he feels like a half a million bucks! I predict he'll be back to feeling like a full million before long. I've said it before, and I'll say it again - you just can't keep a good man down!

Tuesday, August 12, 2014

WWE Monday Night RAW in Portland OR - The 4 B's Were So THERE!

Perhaps you didn't know this about The 4 B's... We are, in fact, HUGE WWE fans! We never (okay, almost never - extenuating circumstances do interrupt at times) miss Monday Night RAW or Friday Night Smackdown - EVER! We plan everything around these events, within reason, of course. And we thank our lucky stars they have reruns on Saturdays in case we missed them! So it was with great anticipation that we attended Monday's RAW performance at the Moda Center in Portland. We knew this was our big summer adventure, and guess what? It didn't disappoint! We picked the best RAW ever to see! We didn't know back in May when we bought our tickets that it would be Hulk Hogan's birthday and therefore a huge birthday celebration for him, including appearances by WWE living legends and icons. LUCKY, LUCKY US! It was a night we will never forget! We had perfect seats and were thoroughly entertained from start to finish, and what a finish it was...! Above, we found a close parking place and were thrilled to be able to get Brady into the building without too much walking on his crutches.
And then we had to wait in line. For quite a while, too! We thought we were there early, but it turns out we weren't. It was fun to see everyone dressed up in their shirts and WWE character costumes and all the signs. It created a fun, exciting atmosphere right from the start.
And then we were in! And there it is - the ring! We had great seats and could see everything perfectly.
A Hulkamaniac... Lots of people took their picture with this guy. My B's wouldn't let me get one with them in it. I didn't get too many other pictures, because the action was just too jam-packed and enjoyable to watch, and I was also scared of getting kicked out, because you couldn't film, and I didn't want them to think I was filming. But at the end, I clicked away! Below, almost ALL the WWE stars! Amazing!
And then the birthday boy himself - Hulk Hogan!
And then Brock Lesnar tried to ruin it all... Barging in and staring down all the legends... But Jon Cena saved the day! I love the picture of him below smiling as Hulk blows out his "9.99" candles.
And then the balloons! This was so much fun! Thousands of balloons and confetti fell to the floor - super exciting and cool to experience! See Hulk on the screen in the balloons?!
And after all that excitement of the superstars, old and new, the standoff with Lesnar, the balloons and confetti, here came Vince McMahon, Owner of WWE. He and Hulk hugged each other and then Hulk left, and guess what? We have been reliving every moment of the show and talking about it nonstop! It was a once-in-a-lifetime show with all the superstars and the prelude to Summer Slam 2014. We love the drama and the stories and the characters, and we got to see almost all of our favorites, and we are hoping they come back to Portland again, because we are ready to go!

Monday, August 4, 2014

Beach Volleyball Fun in the Sun

On Saturday, Brailey and I made the trip to Portland for beach volleyball while Britt and Brady went to Corvallis for swimming. It was a gorgeous, sunny day and a good one for both kids! I have no pictures of Britt from his meet, but he swam great and made his dad proud. It was a short meet, but the first one I've missed. But lucky for me, I got to watch Brailey play volleyball, and she did great! She and her partner, Lexi, won third place overall in their tournament, which is the best they have ever done, and we are so proud of them!
Above, Brailey and her good buddy, Isa. She was there with her partner, Nikki, and then Brailey and Lexi were teammates again.
The picture above is right after they won - Coach Rick was so proud! Sadyly, they lost the next game, and they could have easily beat that beat them, but they didn't, so what can we say? The other team had a break, but Brailey and Lexi had to play them right after they had just played. The heat and fatigue got the best of them. Still, they did the best they have have done, played great, and hopefully they learned a lot, too. (Three hits! You have to get three hits...!) Hopefully they will have one more chance to shine at the end of summer in the last tournament. Have I mentioned how much I love watching Brailey play volleyball?!

Friday, August 1, 2014

Britt's Amazing and Fun Camping Trip with Grandma and Papa

He wasn't sure about it. After all, his big sister is his security, and there is no place he likes better than H-O-M-E. But there is nothing he dreads worse than attending a bull riding. So the choice was his - go camping for a couple of days and then Brady and I would pick him up on our way to Pendleton for the 4th of July PBR, or go camping for several days and be picked up after the 4th of July. As you can see, he chose wisely - camping it was! And even though he was a bit sad at first, according to Grandma, he managed to have a great time without his sister! Of course, Grandma and Papa made sure of it. All you have to do is look at the wonderful pictures my mom took to see that a good time was had by all three of them (four, if you count Bucky)!
My dad's legs have NEVER seen the sun. Ever. What a trooper to get in the cold water and help Britt make a dam. Not every grandpa would do that!
Britt actually slept by himself in this tent! He and Brady bought it at a yard sale the same weekend he left to go camping. It is a darling little tent, and he loved having it set up. Of course, we set it up at our house, first, to see if it was a good one, which it is. But fitting it back into the bag provided some great entertainment for Mom, Brady and I as we watched Papa try to show Britt the "right" way to roll everything up, "tightly." Best of all was when he came over for another piece that Brady had rolled up, which my Dad didn't know, and said, "This has to be redone." My stomach still hurts from laughing at that little scenario! I don't know how it was put away when they were camping, but I'm sure it was done properly.
Britt was so proud of this! He found it on the ground! He knew I would love it for my yard, which I do. I am still trying to find a perfect spot for it. It isn't often you come across an entire head of horns like this - what a great find! I love the pride in his face in this picture.
Can you believe it?! MURRAY CAMPGROUND?! So funny! And cool!
They worked for hours on this, apparently. What a fort! All three of them had a big time constructing it, and it turned out great! I'm sure other kids have been able to enjoy it, as well.
And then they came home to Burns/Hines, and Britt experienced his first Harney County 4th of July, including a parade and a picnic at the park. He was worried to be on his own, but he found that he actually enjoyed himself and he CAN have fun without his sister, and home was still there when we got back to it. He is so blessed to have the grandparents he does - camping is a lot of work, but oh so fun!

Thursday, July 31, 2014

Thank God for Moms - Especially Mine!

Yes, once again, my mother came to our rescue! Last week, I was able to drive Brady to his stores because my wonderful mom made the trip from Harney County to Coburg to stay with the B's. This was the first trip she has made by herself since her eye transplants, so it was actually a momentous occasion! We were so grateful! While Brady and I were enjoying the lovely traffic in the Seattle and Portland areas (NOT!), my mom and the B's held the fort down. But the great thing about my mom is that she not only held the fort down, she CLEANED IT! It was so wonderful to come home to a cleaner house! I have barely been able to keep up with the bare minimums of cleaning - I'll admit it! I actually CAN'T do it all... I have to let some things go. This year, it has been my yard and my house. They aren't terribly neglected, but certainly not up to my normal "standard," right? Anyway, my beloved mother cleaned things that have been needing to be cleaned for a LONG TIME! Even my poor, pitiful houseplants have been revived! Who knew taking off the dead stems would make them look so healthy?! She even managed to get Britt to swim practice, although she thought it was far to rigorous a practice for her grandson - Britt got a big kick out of this. Above is a picture of her and Britt from the great camping trip he went on with them after his swim meet in June, which I will post about next, because she just gave me a CD full of picture from it, which I love! Anyway, I could go on and on about my mom, because as far as moms go, she is the best, and I love her dearly, and as anyone who knows her knows, she's a huge blessing to this world with a heart of gold. Thanks, Mom - I love you more than words can say!

Monday, July 28, 2014

The Most Beautiful, Perfect Wedding Ever - Joe and Bailey Vardanega

Let me just say, I have been to a few weddings, and I know a good one when I see one. Believe it or not, I once aspired to be a wedding coordinator. Thank goodness this never came to pass - can you imagine the poor wedding folks under my direction?! In any case, I do love a good wedding, and we were blessed to attend Joe and Bailey Vardanega's this past Saturday in Grizzly, Oregon. But first, let's take some selfies... 
We had to document the occasion of all four of us being dolled up in our wedding finery. The owner of the hotel took the one above for us. She was not comfortable taking the picture, and so one is all she took. We were lucky to get it, so we'll take the funky light spots. 
We had a bit of trouble finding the place. It was on a ranch in Grizzly, Oregon, but our GPS took us to Madras. So we had to backtrack, and we were nearly late. But thankfully, we made it just in the nick of time, and we weren't the only ones who had trouble finding it. We are so grateful to Randy Amis for giving us verbal directions and standing by on his cell phone to guide us!
The beautiful bride with her first love, her beloved father, the legend himself, Clint Corey.
This wedding was SO BEAUTIFUL! It was the most perfect, gorgeous setting ever, and these pictures don't even begin to do it justice. I felt like it should have been on TV on some reality show. It reminded me of when Miss Kay and Papa Phil got remarried on Duck Dynasty, only MORE BEAUTIFUL! The food was delicious, the guests were all thrilled and the families of the bride and groom could not have been happier for them. Joe and Bailey are one of those special couples you know were meant to be together. Bailey lost her mom to cancer just over a year ago, and you could feel Dianna's love in the air.
Bailey's brother Zane is the boy in the middle - twelve years old, and he's growing up!
Bailey was the epitome of a radiant and beautiful bride. STUNNINGLY GORGEOUS!
Brady got to see some friends he hasn't see for quite a while. Above, Charlie and AnnaMae Johnson, and below, our good friends Jack and Kerri Jo Talburt. Uncle Frank (Craighead) met the Talburts during the horse show at the Brasada Ranch the week before last (see the two previous blog posts for more about this visit). It was so great to sit with them and to catch up!
We even met a volleyball superstar! KC Loper sat right across from us, and once we discovered our common love for volleyball, we became fast friends! She will be playing in Eugene this fall, and we can't wait to go watch her.
Best of all was Brady and Clint getting to see each other. These two are such good friends and they were so happy to see each other! They call each other "Clinton" and "Murphy." Now that Clint lives in Colorado, we don't get to see him very often. We are looking forward to his wedding and induction into the Pendleton Hall of Fame during Roundup in September - we can't wait!
Me and my boy - he wasn't thrilled to be going to a wedding, but he ended up having a great time! He played on this bridge all evening long and, as usual, made fast friends with lots of kids!
Isn't this cool? I can't even begin to tell you how cool and country chic this wedding was. Lights all around... Rustic... Delicious food... And best of all, love from both sides of the family. It was so refreshing to see two families come together so beautifully. Clint's brothers took the entire week off to come down and help get the place set up.
Brady and one of his old rodeo traveling partners, Scott Corey, who is one of Clint's older brothers. He and his wife worked with Joe's family all week long to get the ranch ready for the wedding. There were so many details, and they all came together in spectacular form!
I wish I would have gotten more pictures like the one below. There were lights all around us, the weather was perfect, there weren't any bugs or mosquitoes, the music was amazing - they had a live band and recorded music both (and perfect song choices, by the way), and just an amazing feeling of love and happiness in the air. It was a blessed occasion, and truly them most beautiful, perfect wedding ever!