Monday, September 28, 2009


Wow, it's crazy that I haven't blogged since September 10th...I thought I was actually doing fairly well with keeping up but it has been quite hectic around this place! The month of September started out by Alan and I along with our good friends Sandon and Sheila taking a quick trip to Green Bay for a Packer's game (Packers vs. Bears). Sheila's sister and brother live in Green Bay and we were able to stay with them and had a great time! They showed us around the town! Lambeau Field is really cool and quite a place to see! WOW!! If you are wondering if Alan actually wore Packer attire to the, not really...we each purchased a Lambeau Field T-shirt and wore them but he couldn't bring his purple blood to wear a GB Packer shirt! GO VIKINGS!!

The following weekend found us at the final rodeo of the Mandan Youth Rodeo Series. Jade was trailing in the season year end All-Around by 5 points coming into the weekend and pulled off the Reserve All-Around Champion for the day and managed to put together 17 points. When all the dust settled and the points were tallied she won the Year End All-Around by 1 point!

Jory also had a good day and rode his first Steer ever! He did very well and is looking forward to riding many more...ugh!! (I may be headed to the Jamestown Hospital Psych ward before he gets over this phase) Alan told Jory, "You know Jory, riding steers and broncs is for guys that can't rope them!"
Standing next to him is my cousin Brandon. He helped him in the chute! On the other side of him is his friend Colton Carlson...he also rode a steer but he doesn't think he is going to make it a career!!

This past weekend found us at the ND Roughrider Rodeo Finals in Devils Lake. Jory competed in the goat tying as well as the kid's dummy roping. In the dummy roping he had to rope in the older kids age division (7-12) and came away with 2nd place winning a new ropin' dummy and a Bull Riding baseball cap (right up his alley) and a grin from ear to ear! He was proud as punch that not only did he once again beat his sister but his cousin Bridger as well!!!

Jade ended her Roughrider Rodeo season with winning the year end in the Novice Barrels! We are proud of her as well as her 23 year old horse, Classy! He has been such a great horse for her and he has taught her SO much! We are thinking this may be a nice way to end his career and retirement is in his future! We shall see how the winter treats him! We have owned him for about 16 months now and he has carried Jade to about 8 buckles and many, many prizes as well becoming a much better rider!!

Alan and Sandan won the average at the finals and had a good weekend! Not only is it fun for us to compete and watch our kids grow and mature in their rodeo skills during this Finals weekend but a great time to get together with our friends that we may only see in passing from one rodeo to the next during the summer. The kids had a great time swimming, eating pizza and having fun with their rodeo friends! We feel so lucky to have such a great rodeo family!

Now, off to Bismarck this weekend for one final youth rodeo for Jade and Jory and then we can unpack the trailer until next spring! Unfortunately, Dad is staying home and auctioneering an Estate Sale. Wish this pregnant Mom good luck...I don't think Dad thinks we can do this without him...heehee!!

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