Arches National Park

This week I got to go to Arches National Park with my Sister in law, nephew, and niece. It’s a good thing we run cattle all around the park so we get to visit. We had so much fun hiking to see all the different arches. The red rock is absolutely astounding. If you haven’t been it is definitely worth the trip. IMG_3423 IMG_3425 IMG_3382 IMG_3383 IMG_3386 IMG_3427 IMG_3388 IMG_3428 IMG_3429 IMG_3430 IMG_3389 IMG_3390 IMG_3391 IMG_3392 IMG_3393 IMG_3395 IMG_3398 IMG_3399 IMG_3401 IMG_3404 IMG_3405 IMG_3406 IMG_3408 IMG_3410 IMG_3411 IMG_3421 IMG_3419

~The Rustic Ranch Wife

College Days in Big Spring, TX

I can’t help but reminisce on all the good old college days as I drive through Big Spring on the way to the George Strait team roping today. On one hand those days seem like yesterday, but on the other hand it seems like it was forever ago.

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Packing my stuff, loading my horses in the horse trailer, and driving over 1000 miles to go to college was one of the best decisions I ever made. Wow did I ever do some growing up. This small town of Big Spring taught me life lessons I will never forget, generated friendships that will last a lifetime, and helped me accomplish my dream of moving to Texas on a rodeo scholarship.

Many nights turned into mornings at Out Yonder where every minute was spent enjoying TC Fambro’s musical talent and the company of our rodeo team and family. You can’t go wrong with some shuffle board, two stepping, and Texas country music.

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Neighbors was the pit stop on the way to the practice arena where deep fried burritos, munchies, and dr. pepper helped me to gain my freshman 15. So not healthy, but so worth every pound.

The practice arena was not only where daily practice was held, but became a place that we as a rodeo team could call home. We learned responsibility, whether it was by feeding our own horses morning and night, being at practice on time, opening the chutes, holding a goat, or by lending a hand to a team member.

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Dorm life was certainly an experience I will never forget. The roommates I had became sisters that hold a dear spot in my heart. At times we may have been closer than we would have liked and other times we had a scuffle or two, but in the end we were each others best supporters, cheerleaders, and best friends.

College Rodeo in Texas is unreal. It was everything I thought it would be and so much more. I had an absolute blast competing with the tough competition. What was even more satisfying was realizing that I could hang.

The feeling of stepping off my horse running mock 90 in the rodeo bowl is one I’ll never forget. Especially, because it ended with me eating sh**. But hey I have some awesome photos!

I can’t listen to Adele’s song rolling in the deep without being reminded of our girls practice rocking out and preparing for our school’s college rodeo at the rodeo bowl.

Those two years in Big Spring will always be cherished! Big Spring is the place where I discovered the qualities that make me wonderful and unique. I have always been a motivated, responsible person. I always knew I wanted to go to Texas on a rodeo scholarship and I did. However, I had no way of knowing that Texas would shape me to be me. As responsible and motivated as I am, Texas threw me for a loop and challenged me in ways I hadn’t anticipated. It gave me a whole new perspective on life and taught me to live life to the fullest, take in every moment, and see the good in each experience.

XOXO

~The Rustic Ranch Wife

The Grand Canyon

I’d been to the Grand Canyon growing up, but I couldn’t remember a lot of it. So in road tripping to Arizona we decided to make a couple stops to see it. The trip down was so much fun. We stopped at some ancient Navajo ruins, a couple antique stores, and the grand canyon.

The first stop was an antique store in the small town of Orderville, UT. It’s right on main street and has excellent prices. Of course, we all got some great finds (blog posts to come).

We also stopped at Antiques N Things in Kanab. I could seriously stop at every antique store along the way and be in heaven. Luckily, I got it from my mamma so we both enjoyed the stops.

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Our next stop was at some ancient Navajo ruins off of Highway 89A. They were absolutely amazing. The houses were built into the sides of these huge rocks. All I can say is I admire their work ethic and lifestyle. I’m not so sure I could do it. It’s definitely a humbling experience. It’s crazy to think how far mankind has come, I feel spoiled to enjoy running water, electricity, and especially my bed.

The ruins had the cutest Navajo women who were selling handmade jewelry. It was neat to hear their story of how the grandmother, mother, and daughter all make the jewelry. Needless to say, I added some neat pieces to my collection.

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Our last stop was the Grand Canyon. We went to the south rim. It is stunningly beautiful. I think part of it’s beauty comes from how enormous it is. It spans past as far as the human eye can see.

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If you ever have the chance, definitely stop and see the beauty of the Grand Canyon. I promise you won’t regret it.

We had such a fun road trip down to Arizona by taking time to stop at the little towns, shops, and enjoying nature at its finest.

~The Rustic Ranch Wife

So Cal Beach Fun

California is known for it’s numerous beaches, which makes it so hard to choose which one to go to. So we chose to go to a couple.

The first we went to was Huntington Beach. We had a blast. The pier is amazing and provides the most beautiful views. The day we were there a surfing competition was taking place. It was fun to eat a milkshake from Ruby’s Diner (little restaurant on the pier) and watch the competition. In addition, Huntington beach has so many little shops for tourists. We lucked out and were there on a Tuesday, which we learned is farmers market day. We found some super good finds, got to bask in the sun, feel our toes in the sand, and enjoy the moment.

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Huntington Beach has the most beautiful sunsets. They were unreal. I could get used to them every day!

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The next beach we went to was Laguna Beach. Laguna Beach was absolutely stunning and is known for its beauty. There is a little island a ways out in the water that is home to seals. While we were on the beach we actually got to see a seal swimming around near the beach. It was incredible, nature is so beautiful.

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We enjoyed every minute of the warm weather and gorgeous scenery.

Until next time Cali

~The Rustic Ranch Wife

Disneyland

So as you know I had to go to California for school. How could anyone be in Cali and be all work, no play? I just couldn’t resist a little fun. One of my best friends flew out toward the end of my school week so we were able to have a few days to enjoy California.

We were just like little kids and could hardly contain our excitement for Disneyland. So of course we bought some Minnie ears. If you’re gonna do Disney you have to do it right! In addition to Disneyland and the California Adventure theme parks, Downtown Disney is fun. It is such a great atmosphere with great shops, restaurants, music, and much more. We ate dinner one night in Downtown Disney at El Patron Mexican Restaurant and Cantina. It was absolutely amazing food and they actually had great prices.

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Disneyland is currently celebrating their 60th anniversary with the diamond celebration. Everything is blue, white, and sparkly. I love sparkly so that was exciting.

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Ariel from the Little Mermaid was my favorite Disney princess growing up. Needless to say I loved the Little Mermaid ride. The animation and detail put into each ride is astounding. They didn’t miss a thing.

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My absolute favorite ride since I was a kid is the Tower of Terror. We got lucky and got to ride it twice. Another ride we loved was California Screaming, it was a super fun roller coaster everyone should experience at least once.

I’m a total kid at heart and had a blast at Disneyland. After all, it is the happiest place on earth.

~The Rustic Ranch Wife

Denver Lovin

I think it’s safe to say that Tait and I had a lot of fun in Denver. We were there for the superior cattle sale, as well as the Denver Rodeo. When we got to Denver we had a standard economy rental car. However, Tait saw a car in the parking lot and fell in love!! Needless to say we upgraded.

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And the whole week he thought he was a nascar driver…… Kinda scary!

The superior sale in Denver is a big deal because they give out awards for the representatives who sold the most cattle as well as other categories. For those of you who don’t know superior is a cattle auction that is on the TV so buyers all over the country can see and bid on the cattle. We had fun at the representative dinner. I’m so proud of Tait, he hasn’t been a rep for very long and he is so young. His dedication is paying off and I know that he will go far. He already has such great successes. It was a great night for these two cattlemen.

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The Denver Stockshow and Rodeo! Wow!! It is such a big rodeo!! We had so much fun!! It’s like Vegas shopping all over again!! I’m not sure that Tait liked that part so much….. lol but I did get this super cute jacket!

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The rodeo didn’t go as well as hoped for. Tait made an excellent run to be winning the rodeo, but didn’t quite give the steer enough of a head start. It was definitely a bummer.

Additionally, I got to go to the Denver mart (WESA) with my bestie from college. It was so fun to be reunited with Bailie. 5 years of separation, over a thousand miles, and we didn’t miss a beat. The friendship this girl and I made is a once in a lifetime deal.

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These are some college days photos because we are slackers and didn’t get any new ones!!! Boy do we look young! It was so much fun to reminisce and catch up. I absolutely love this girl to pieces.

At the Denver mart Bailie talked me into buying the cutest cowhide runner! I’m so glad I did because I absolutely love its new place in my house!

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Overall, Denver was a complete success! We got to hot rod our car all over town, spend time with great friends, shop, and rodeo! All of my favorite things! What more could a girl want?

I’m one HAPPY girl.

~The Rustic Ranch Wife

My Favorite Travel Tips/Hacks/Items

So as I’m sitting here in the airport waiting for our delayed plane to Denver I decided to write a blog post about some of the traveling tips/hacks/items that I’ve learned over the years.travel

  1. I never fly without a scarf. It can be used for the typical purpose which is to add style to an outfit (multiple outfits if I color coordinate), but my favorite use is for a blanket on a cold plane. The scarf is small and compact so it’s easy to fit in my carry on and can keep me warm.
  2. Water! For those of you who know me, you know that I am a severe Dr. Pepper addict. However, plane rides through me for a whirl due to the humidity on the plane and air recirculation. I instantly feel dry and dehydrated.
  3. I pads come in use for many great reasons. Games, books, music, movies, work, or in my case homework.
  4. My husband and I love this auxiliary splitter. It allows us to both plug our headphones into one iPad or computer so that we can watch the same movie.
  5. Moisturizers are crucial for my skin. I already have dry skin so you can imagine after a plane ride.
  6. Lysol disinfecting wipes can be great to wipe down in area in the airport or on the plane. My husband is a bad germaphobe so these come in handy. Besides you never know who changed their baby or coughed all over the tray table on the plane… Yuck…
  7. Hand Sanitizer is something that I never go without, but especially not when I travel. The last thing I want on my vacation is to get sick.
  8. Vitamin C comes in handy to boost my immune system. I don’t think there is a such thing as taking too many precautions.
  9. Bounce Sheets keep my clothing and luggage smelling fresh. I don’t like to have dingy, smelly clothes when I arrive at my destination.
  10. Battery Charger. I don’t know what it is about traveling, but I swear my phone, iPad, etc. always dies way faster than normal.
  11. Skull Candy Headphones are excellent for on the plane. They block out all the background noise so that you can actually hear you’re movie, music, etc.

I hope these tips come in handy! Time to board!

~The Rustic Ranch Wife