What a Month

Let me start off by saying Wow! It has been a crazy month. The weather has been great, I have picked up new students, new clients, and stayed really busy. Things are really coming together. May and June are always crazy times for us. We have Relay for Life, Mother’s Day, Father’s Day, my birthday, my brothers birthday, my dad’s birthday, my step-mom’s birthday, career day, high school rodeo state finals, field day, our Anniversary, Memorial Day and Chet’s birthday. So far Relay for Life, Mother’s Day, my birthday, my brother’s birthday, my dad’s birthday, career day, and field day are completed. So in addition to my normally crazy schedule all this extra stuff has been happening too which hardly leaves time for anything else.

I would like to start off by saying a HUGE “THANK YOU!!!” to all of my moms. This includes my riding lessons moms that support their daughters endeavors, my mom, my grandmothers, my mother in law, and my sister in law. My dad’s mom, Grandma Katie, is no longer with us. I still thought about her quite a bit yesterday and I owe her a ton for turning out the way that I have. She practically raised me. I didn’t go to day care growing up, I went and stayed at her house during the day while my parents worked. I think part of my love for animals came from her. She loved cats. Even when she got Alzheimer’s she knew me as the girl who rode horses long after she had forgotten my name. My mom’s mom, Granny Jane should be the one credited for me having horses. Mom and dad let me take riding lessons, but I don’t think horse ownership was ever in their plans. When I was 9 Granny had a friend look for a few horses. He found a few he thought would work so she took me to try them and as they say, the rest is history. We ended up buying Sugar. My first horse that taught me so much. Granny Jane is a cancer survivor. She had throat cancer during my senior year of high school. Because of her, each year we support Relay for Life. Then there is my mom. She gave up so many Saturdays hauling me to barrel races and horse shows. She put in countless hours driving me back and forth to lessons and supporting me. She is the reason I am the person I am now.  I didn’t even get to see my mom. She is an Elementary Physical Education teacher and she is the coach of the school’s archery team. She and her team travelled to Louisville KY to compete in the National Archery Tournament. She spent Mother’s Day driving home.

Next were the birthdays. My brother and I share the same birthday 6 years apart. I cannot believe I turned 29 this year. It has really bothered me. This is my last year in the 20s. What!?! That just seems crazy to me. I do not feel like I am getting close to 30. Some days I still feel like a recently graduated college student. I guess that is what happens when you have a job you love. It allows you to have fun and stay young. Although some mornings my joint make me feel like I am closer to 50 than 30. I can’t believe my baby brother is 23 and will be graduation college in December. When I was growing up I didn’t really like sharing a birthday with my little brother. The year I turned 21 was the worst. I was turning 21, I wanted to go out and party with my friends not spend the day with some kid that was turning 15. Now, I love that we all get together and do a cook out and spend time together. We need more birthdays and family time. For my dad’s birthday, Daddy, my brother, Jacob, and myself all had a nice dinner. I love spending time with my family and wish we would spend more time together without having to have a reason like it is someone’s birthday.

Since my mom is a teacher, I often get asked to different things at and for her school. I enjoy it though, I love being around kids although I do not think I could be a teacher. I was asked to come to career day and talk a little about what I do. I had a great time and I think it really made some of the children think. My life sounds like fun, but there are a lot of things that most people do not think about. I do not get vacations, the animals have to be taken care of everyday regardless of holidays, weather, or how I feel. My mom is the physical education teacher so she is in charge of taking care of field day. It is a huge game day for the kids and this year everybody got to go help. Jacob is still a little young, but I am sure he will be ready to go play next year.

We still have a week left in the month, and there is plenty left to do!

Here are a few pictures from our month so far: