July 25, 2008 – Friday – Day 6
0645 Wake up. Check my email and surf the net while I wait for the kids to wake up.
0730 Get everyone dressed and go to the house for breakfast.
After breakfast the kids are playing outside again with the cowboy guns and the rocks. All this fresh air is good for them. Mostly bug-free and humidity-free. Love it!
We decided to feed the animals this morning since we’ll be gone later this evening. When we go out to the field across the street, we find a hand stuck in a bush. There are many theories as to how it got there… we think maybe some guy was feeding the goats early this morning with his pajamas on. When he ran out of food, the sheep got mad and tore his hand off and took his pajama sleeve with it. Betty Lou called the ranch office to report it found but so far no one has called to claim it.
After all the hand and animal feeding excitement, it’s piñata time!
1:30 p.m. Grandpa Ford, Ryan and I are all changed into our jeans and ready to head for the stables for our trail ride. This was Ryan’s first ride. He said it was really fun and pretty easy except watching out for branches. He caught one on his neck and got a little scratch. I, on the other hand, wasn’t paying attention and caught a pretty big branch on the top of my head. If I hadn’t had my sunhat on, I’m sure there would’ve been blood. Even now it still hurts. And then by the end of the ride my knees were sore. Aging ain’t for sissies as they say!
After our ride I get showered and have a little quiet time before we head into town for dinner with Grandpa H and Evelyn.
4:52 p.m. Leave ranch
6:21 p.m. Leave Grandpa’s house after drinks and hors-d'oeuvres.
6:27 p.m. Arrive at Mamacita’s Mexican restaurant. It’s like a newer, brighter Casa Bonita but most definitely not nearly as cool. Food was good but dinner was long. Lana, Betty Lou and I ordered cheesecake to bring home for dessert.
8:53 p.m. Back at the ranch
9:41 p.m. Get kids into pajamas and turn on Backyardigans. Go back to the house to eat my cheesecake.
And now I’m tired and ready for sleep!