Friday, July 31, 2015

Ranch 2015 Day 4

Day 4 at the homestead was actually quite chilly.  
It rained last night and we woke up to mud and sweaters.
I actually hit snooze on my alarm clock about 5 times because outside was gloomy
 and I justified not exercising for fear of sloppy running and muddy shoes.  
Absolutely worth it.  
One of my favorite things about any vacation,
 is waking up at the same time as Mr. Nielson--
which we did and so enjoyed.
I spent all morning on my paint by number which in reality, 
still doesn't even look like anything.
 I hope I can make some serious progress in the next few days.
When the sun came out it warmed up quite a bit and the Little Nies and 
Mr. Nielson took a chilly dip in the water hole.  I watched and took photos.
Before dinner some of the gang hopped in the old '78 Ford pick-up 
and headed to the gun range area. 
Cute niece Savy is engaged to cute Kevin and will be married later this summer.  
It's always fun to see engaged couples together
 because it's such a happy time of life.
 Cute boys:
Cute girls:
Lottie wore down and I held her in the the truck while we
listened to Country music and guns popping every 
5 seconds. Then she dozed off.
  The country here is unreal.  So gorgeous and colorful.  
I've already planned and designed my future ranch house someday.

Thursday, July 30, 2015

Ranch 2015 Day 3

Today's objective: practice shooting with the Little Nies.
As soon as we pulled up to the shooting area, 
I spotted a rattle snake coiled up by a tree stump.
I stayed pretty calm and the boys jumped off the quad so fast 
and made a plan of action to dispose of the rotten rattler.  
The rattlesnakes are very dangerous and we don't want them near the ranch house,
 so we shoot them, and I feel fine about that. 
The sky goes on and on forever here at the ranch and today the 
 sky was mostly gray with big ominous clouds.  
We knew rain was on it's way, and boy did it rain!

Of course Lottie fell asleep in my arms while I rode home on the quad. 
 I was able to transplant her from my arms to my
 bedroom where she had the best 4 hour nap.
  The windows were wide open while the wind, rain and thunder activities made us
feel safe and cozy and comfortable inside.
It was the most ideal afternoon.
I worked more on my paint by number while Mr. Nielson helped fix the roof,
 the pluming, and the tractor.  He stopped to come inside to eat a few 
crackers with cheese and take a nap on the hard bench 
in the kitchen near me while I painted.  

After naps, the girls dressed up as pioneers and played around outside.
I feel so happy at the ranch.  Everything is right here; 
the weather, the company, the sky, the grass, the rain and the ranch house.
Really, it can do no wrong.
We feel happy and content and the joy I feel seeing my children having
a childhood like Mr. Nielson had here at the ranch is indescribable.  

Wednesday, July 29, 2015

Ranch 2015 Day 2

This sunset killed it tonight at the homestead.
But lets start at the beginning of the day.
After my glorous ranch run, 
I found Mr. Nielson and the Boss fixing the tractor.  
Nothing hotter than Mr. Nielson fixing heavy machinery with a hole in
the crotch of his pants the size of a baseball.
Lottie and I were best friends all day since I hardly ever saw the
other Little Nies. They were busy swimming
in the water hole, riding 4-wheeler's, and playing cowboys and pioneers.
Lottie and I took a beautiful drive around the ranch together.  
She wanted to ride half the time in front of me and the other half on 
the back.  Often as I drove around, I could hear her singing to herself.
She is so happy.
And then she fell sound asleep.
So I pulled over and watched Mr. Nielson work on the tractor while Lottie slept.

It was peaceful and calm, and then the storm clouds came rolling in, and it rained for the next hour.

After dinner, Mr. Nielson and I took the Little Nies on a family quad ride.  
The ranch is the most beautiful I have ever seen.  
It's so green and the wildflowers are amazing.   

Then I worked on my personalized 'paint by number' that Lindsay 
gifted me for my birthday.  I don't know what I am painting, which makes it
tricky to paint, but I know that it is a ranch scene. 
It's pretty intense, but it'd going to be beautiful.

Other jems:

And then we are back to this:

Amazing sunset this evening.  I was dying.
This is ranch life.
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