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End of summer hurrah

We finished off summer doing one of my favorite traditions – one I’ve done since I was a kid. We went to the Cochrane parade and rodeo.

Of course my favorite is always mutton busting, but it was all fun to watch – with the one exception of the poor cowboy and horse who went down in the bucking competition. They did both get up and run out of the ring, so I’m assuming they’re ok. The footing was very muddy, and it sure took a lot of care and skill to preform today.

Tomorrow we all start new chapters in our lives. Everyone is stressed, excited, happy, fearful… it’s a technicolor of emotion in our house. But when I look at where we all were last summer, we have come so far.

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Beverly Hills 90210

I’ve introduced the girl to 90210 this week and she’s already hooked on knowing what happens with the gang. For me, it brings me back to my 20s when I lived for the night when I’d find out the latest with Brenda and Dylan. And then Melrose Place after – those were the days!

TV sure has changed a lot. I love that my kids enjoy the older, more family friendly ones as much as I do.

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Ciambelle

We went to a soft opening for the restaurant the boy is working at. It’s been fun listening to the process as they’ve prepared to open, more fun seeing how excited he’s getting about learning to be a chef.

The meal was awesome, but the dessert was divine. I’m not much of a Nutella fan usually, but these little donuts of goodness may be converting me.

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Mutton bustin’ and trick riding

We went to the fair in town today – it was a beautiful summer day and I was so happy to have a forced family fun day – everyone gets so busy.

My girl fell in love with the trick riders

And who wouldn’t. It’s amazing to watch these girls hang all over their horses. The ultimate in trust.

I of course love the mutton busting. Those little kids are so darn cute

I realized today how great it is that I’m back doing this daily, tracking my gratitude has made me grateful for even more things.

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In the tent

The girls managed to get up the tent last night, succeeding where we had all failed the other day. They actually spent the night out there – amazing since it was pretty chilly and the girl was full of smiles about it this morning.

When I went out to inspect it I had a smile of my own. There was an extension chord running from the house to the tent, bring back memories of when I was her age. Dad would put up the tent at the beginning of the summer, I would drag out the extension chord and our tiny black and white tv and that, along with a stack of comics provided me with countless hours of entertainment.

I’m glad to see the tradition continues

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Jackie

I had supper tonight at a friends house and got to meet Jackie the jack rabbit who lives in the back yard – semi wild.

I’ve never been able to get so close to a rabbit who wasn’t domesticated. I fed him by hand and he came and sniffed my hair while I sat in the yard.

(He chooses to live in their yard so he’s pretty well protected in his home environment).

It was an unexpected amount of fun

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Let’s put up a tent

The girl has wanted to glamp with a friend in the yard. I decided I’d be nice and go outside and put up the tent. After about 20 minutes of struggling with the tent that is super easy to put up, I had to go get the girl. An hour later we were still out there swearing at the poles, the wind, and ourselves. Then the boy and 3 friends showed up and we spent another hour pretending we were engineers and attempting every way imaginable to make that tent look right. We laughed so hard as the tent would blow, sides would crash, people would fall into the sides.

We weren’t working smart, I’m not sure we were even working hard, but we were working funny and that made it all worth it.

The tent currently lies in a heap in the sun porch. I will be watching YouTube and figuring this out once and for all

But it was cool to enjoy some time with those kids. My monsters are choosing some good people to be in their lives.

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