Christmas Decor

Between holiday vacations and our annual NFR trip Christmas arrives in the blink of an eye. Therefore, I put my Christmas up early this year. I know, we haven’t even eaten turkey yet, but after Thanksgiving we are only home for a couple of days before we head out to Vegas. And once we get home from Vegas Christmas is practically here.

Additionally, I love Christmas and everything that it stands for. The music, gift giving, the decorations, remembering Christ and the true meaning of Christmas, I love it all. It’s such a giving and happy time of year. If my husband would allow it I would probably keep my Christmas decorations up year round. Christmas is the perfect occasion for DIY crafts and projects. So far this year I’ve made garland for my fireplace/front door and the cutest Christmas bulb wreath.

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DIY tutorials are COMING SOON.

Christmas gives me the perfect occasion to redecorate my house. If I could make a living as an interior designer/decorator in my small town I would be in heaven. I absolutely love to redecorate my house. My husband is so sweet and notices almost every change. I have no clue what he really thinks, but he always tells me it looks good.

I’d love for you to share any additional tips or decorating ideas that you may have this holiday season.

~The Rustic Ranch Wife

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A Rancher’s Thanksgiving

Wow…. Have I ever been busy! And…. It’s about to get busier.

I just finished finals week at school and boy is it a relief to have that over with. For some reason I decided that I wanted to take an extra class this last semester. That was dumb. Well, it was smart because I’ll get done sooner, but it was extremely time consuming. I didn’t have much spare time and I really had to bare down to get all my homework done. So thank goodness for breaks because I now have time to update my blog.

My husband’s family has a tradition of going to his parent’s house in Mesquite, NV every year for thanksgiving. Holidays are a bit different for ranchers, whether it’s Christmas, Thanksgiving, a birthday, or any other holiday. There are cows to feed each day, corrals full of calves bawling for hay, heifers calving, and yearlings getting out on the highway or running through fences. Having a ranch leaves the ranchers with full time responsibility 24 hours a day and 365 days a year. The cattle don’t take any time off, so neither do the ranchers. Living the ranch life calls for tremendous responsibility. We don’t get time off if we are in town, which is why we go to Mesquite. We may not get to leave days in advance and we usually come home right after, but that’s a sacrifice we make. I love the busy, crazy life we live and wouldn’t trade it for the world. This time of year is one of the busiest because we are gathering all the cattle off the mountain, working them (vaccinating, branding, doctoring, etc.) and shipping them out to the deserts. By going to Mesquite we get a little mini break, family time, and time to recognize what we are thankful for and how blessed we truly are.

Besides Thanksgiving dinner my MIL is a big time black Friday shopper. Last year we ended up with so many black Friday purchases that they didn’t all fit in our vehicle (there are four of us, my MIL, me, and two sister-in-laws). This year there has been talk about going to Vegas for black Friday. Watch out Vegas, the Gurney’s are coming for ya. I’ll be sure to update you on our adventures.

I wish you all safe travels and a Happy Thanksgiving!

~The Rustic Ranch Wife