As soon as we knew our relocation would take us in a southern direction, we began looking forward to participating in activities that we, at least at the time, associated with living in Texas. Tom and I had big plans to buy cowboy boots and cowboy hats for ourselves and the kids, visit the rodeo, ride horses, and maybe even check out a tractor pull.
Now, nearly three years later, only one of these activities - the rodeo - have we actually participated in IN Texas. We/I have checked the others off our Texas Bucket List, but we've done so in...Wisconsin. Oops.
I'm not saying people don't do these things in Wisconsin. I'm just saying that I never did or expected to do these things in Wisconsin, especially after I moved to Texas.
After nearly a year of shopping for a pair of cowboy boots I temporarily gave up and bought myself a "Texas purse". In Wisconsin. (There is nothing inherently Texan about this purse; I just think it looks like it was made in Texas or designed for a Texas woman.)
|My boy looks so little in this picture!|
Eventually I found my first pair of cowboy boots. In Wisconsin.
|This is how I usually lounge around my backyard.|
And then my mom found my second pair of cowboy boots. In Wisconsin.
|Love these. So much.|
On this most recent trip north, my parents, the kids, and I (and Tom during his short visit) took horseback riding lessons. In Wisconsin.
|Taking good care of Harley.|
|Hallie loved Tiffany - affectionately known as the "slow motion horse" - dearly. And|
note Hallie's brand-new cowboy boots...we picked those up on our trip. In Wisconsin.
|Learning to steer.|
|Learning to trot.|
And finally, on the 4th of July, my parents, the kids, and I went to a truck and tractor pull. You guessed it, in Wisconsin.
|First up, the truck pull.|
|I cheered for this vintage pick-up but it finished last.|
I think. I never actually figured out the scoring system.
|These numbers meant absolutely nothing to us, even after watching them|
zero and start and stop and fluctuate wildly for more than an hour of competition.
|After the truck pull, the tractor pull began.|
|And the winner is..."Farmer's Daughter". I loved that the only|
female driver - with the prettiest tractor - won the competition.
If I'm not careful, soon we'll hunting deer, milking cows, and making our own cheese curds in Texas...
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