This =A lovely black eye. The trouble with being married to a cowboy man is that the little monkeys think they should be cowboys too. Recently our town had its little buckaroo rodeo. This is a rodeo where only kids participate. My 2 oldest monkeys decided that riding sheep was a great cowboy thing to do (that is until they were bucked off, layed on, and trampled!) Monkey #2 got this great prize after losing grip on his sheep! We talked him into thinking that is was cool though, and then he was as proud as any cowboy could be.
We also met up with our real hometown cowboy, Jess Davis. I am pretty sure he rides bareback. And no that doesn't mean he just rides around on a horse with he back all bare. It is a event in the rodeo. He rides professionally and is ranked #2 in the world, I think. Well, Monkey #3 saw all the commotion of autographs and pictures and decided that he needed a picture too.
Then he decided he needed to be a cowboy. So up he went onto Twinkle Toes' horse. I am such a good cheerleader for Twinkle Toes that I didn't even get a picture of her. She did 2 events in the rodeo. First she did the poles, which is an event where you weave your horse in and out of a row of poles as fast as you can, then she competed in the barrel racing. She did so awesome, especially considering she was the youngest in her age catagory of 11-15. She took 5th in the poles and 7th in the barrels. I didn't even get a shot of the Bearded Lady. I should have he was all dolled up in his cowboy finest.