Wouldn’t be so bad to be in the dog house…

So for Christmas my husband spent endless hours working on what he called “man stuff.” Christmas morning I woke up to find this beauty. Little did I know that “man stuff” could be such a special gift.


It was the sweetest gesture for someone who is not a dog person. When I let my dogs out of the back yard they both jumped on the flatbed trailer and were checking out their new house. So did I! A dog house this nice, who wouldn’t check it out?


Once we got it unloaded and in our back yard I decided to make it a little more girly, sparkly, and personalized. Tait had told me that he was going to put my dogs names on it, but decided to wait and let me do it because he knew I’d come up with a cute way to do it. He knows the way to my heart… The perfect excuse for crafting.

I went to Wal Mart and bought some chalkboards and marker pens to write the girls names on.


I also decided that their house needed a wreath (view DIY wreath blog post for instructions on how to make a deco mesh wreath) so my dear sweet mom made them a wreath while I made their chalk board name signs. Once done I hung the wreath and signs with a simple hammer and a couple nails.


The end product turned out absolutely perfect! It was so fun to add a little glitz and glam to this fancy dog house.

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Hope you’ve enjoyed!

~The Rustic Ranch Wife


A Gurney Christmas

We had a very merry Christmas this year. My dear sweet husband spent endless hours making me the most thoughtful Christmas gift. He made the ultimate dog house of all dog houses. The best part is that he hates dogs, but he loves me! And I love my dogs! It was such a sincere gift. I seriously don’t know how I got so lucky to have such a wonderful husband.

Here is the masterpiece


The ultimate dog house

Additionally he gave me some beautiful turquoise jewelry, new tack for my barrel horse, and a heel o matic so that I can improve my roping skills. I’m entering my first roping this coming week over new years and I’m so excited. Tait has been so supportive and helpful when it comes to my roping. He spends hours practicing with me. I’m a perfectionist and wouldn’t enter until I knew I could catch way more often than I miss.

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Heel O Matic

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I’m not so sure that Tait had as good of a Christmas as I did. He is so hard to shop for. However, I got him a drone, a bob berg belt, a new tooled leather wallet, and a couple other smaller things. The drone and belt were definitely his favorite.


It’s safe to say that Santa found us! However, the greatest gift wasn’t found in a store or under the Christmas tree, but was found in the hearts of our family and friends.

Here are some more photos from our Christmas.

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I hope you all had as merry of a Christmas as we did.

~The Rustic Ranch Wife

Who needs Santa when you’ve got Grandma???

I got to decorate my mother in law’s house for Christmas this past week. It was so much fun! I love love love to decorate! She’s been worried that her grandkids will think their grandma is boring if she didn’t get her Christmas up. We just couldn’t have that so we got it done before we leave for Vegas for the NFR for about 10 days.

Model baby Eleni sure loves grandmas Christmas tree.


My mother in law has each child and grandchild a custom stocking made. The two empty hooks are for the two grand babies. They are ordered, but we she doesn’t have them yet.

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My mother in law’s favorite decoration is this cute small sign that says “sorry about grandma”


I hope you all have as much fun decorating for Christmas as I do!

~The Rustic Ranch Wife

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

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