Heber City UTBRA

Heber City puts on such great races. It rained the day before the race and the groundsmen were out mucking all the outdoor stalls. They definitely go above and beyond to keep the facility nice. Luckily, Heber has a nice indoor pen so the ground is never horrible.

Barrel races are so much fun because not only do we as barrel racers get to compete doing what we love, but we also get to spend time with the amazing people in the barrel racing community.

All of my best friends are people that I’ve met through barrel racing and rodeo. You couldn’t find a better group of people if you tried.

Both of my horses worked great for me in Heber. We still have work to do and plenty of room to excel. Barrel races/competition runs show the competitors the areas in which they can improve. The improvements are something to work towards and grow together as a team.

I’m pretty lucky to have the teammates I do right now. I can’t wait to see what our future holds.

~The Rustic Ranch Wife

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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

Earring Organization

This has been one of my favorite things. If you know me you know that I am a little OCD when it comes to cleaning and organization. I hate not being able to find what I need or in this case only finding one earring to the pair.

I ran across this idea a while back and have absolutely loved it. I just found an old screen, scuffed it up a little, hung it on the wall, and put my earrings on it. It makes it so easy to keep the pairs together and grab the pair you want as you run out the door. Best of all, I love that I can see them all as I pick.

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You can also learn how I made my DIY Necklace stand here

https://therusticranchwife.com/2015/10/15/diy-jewelry-stand/

Enjoy!

~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

School Residency

California was an absolute blast! I went for school, which was such a great learning experience. As a person I was able to grow and learn so much about myself, as well as about others and my future career. I am beyond grateful for the experience and friends I have made through school.

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This group of people became family for the week. We spent all week together learning about each individual on a deep level. I gained such a respect for every single one of them. Counseling can be difficult and it was so great to be vulnerable with these complete strangers and learn that everything will be okay.

I gained a whole new perspective on how my future clients may feel upon coming to me. Everyone has “stuff” and can benefit from counseling. It is sad that counseling often gets a negative stereotype. Counseling provides the perfect atmosphere for self-growth and healing.

I love the path I’m on to become a Clinical Mental Health Counselor. I’m addicted, I love it, I can’t learn enough fast enough. I’m constantly reading and researching to gain a greater knowledge base. I can’t wait to see what the future has in store.

~The Rustic Ranch Wife

 

DIY Boot Organization

So after my wedding we had a major crate overload. Thanks to Pinterest I found this idea and decided to put my crates to good use.

Pinterest is almost deceiving because of the “pin now, read later” philosophy. I don’t know about you, but for me the read later never seems to happen. 

So when I discovered this idea I put it into action right then. The crates are all different styles, sizes, and shapes. I personally like the mix-matched look.

  
Sadly this isn’t even half of our boots (we may have a slight addiction). As you can tell there are a few empty spaces from the boots that we are currently wearing. 

The crates have definitely served their purpose. They help to keep my entryway organized and tidy while adding a rustic/vintage touch. After all, it’s all about the appearance. 

So next time you find a cute Pinterest idea, be sure and put it to work. Most likely you won’t regret it. 

This was a fun, simple, easy project! 

~The Rustic Ranch Wife