Friday, October 11, 2013

Leaves are falling all around...

Welcome to Maple Canyon. 
 It is a beautiful spot to take kids on their day off from school.
 To walk on the colors of fall.
 And explore the wonder of nature with friends...

 ... and family
 Up hills, over stream beds, through quiet glens...
 until you reach your magnificent destination; a natural stone archway.
 What fun it is.
 Others find the place magical as well and use the natural footholds to touch the sky!

 What a great place to go exploring.

We sure had a great day!
(Nelson some how escaped having a closeup done!)

Tuesday, October 1, 2013

Utah State 4-H Horse Show

Last weekend was a fun whirlwind of family, and horses! Thursday evening we left for Ogden, Utah home of the Golden Spike arena. It was a busy day and in the rush I forgot a few things (luckily not a child).

Deric was super smart and suggested we bring Wally's trike... this kept him happy most of the time which made all the rest of us very happy.
 He also suggested we bring our wagon, another great idea. We did a lot of walking and the kids enjoyed pushing and pulling each other around.
 Jessica did amazing. This was her first state show and it was Duke's first show (he is a hunting horse).
 Roy fell asleep in the wagon both days.
 This is Jess doing the "trail" event. She had to do a 360 degree turn with Duke in this little box!
 Big smiles during the showmanship!
 Sam got to ride too!!
 This is a speed event called quadrangle.
 Making new friends.
 Waiting to run the poles event. I love the activity in the background... lots of girls were warming up waiting for their turn. I also love that Deric is standing there with her. He was at her side the entire weekend!
 The poster the county Horse committee made for our girls!
 Showing off the county t-shirt!
 This picture is a sad one. Jess is crying. The horse is refusing... he just didn't want to go around the barrel. He was finished at this point, it had been a very long two days. But Jess didn't give up. She worked at each barrel until he would finally relent and go around it.  She MADE him go around all three barrels, a task that was taking most girls around 20 seconds took Jess over 2 minutes... but she never gave up. I was so proud of her. So was the rest of the audience, they all clapped as the finished and the the gate person gave her a high "five". It was a hard life lesson but I am glad she finished, she is too!
Part of the fun on Saturday is the painting and glittering of the horses. Some kids go all out!
 Cleaning up the big boy after a LONG weekend!
 At the very end Roy tried pulling everyone in the wagon. He was successful too, he pulled them all over the place. My baby is getting so big!