Thursday, April 15, 2010

You know I'm a country girl at heart, right?

Hey there y'all! Haha, I'm trying to be all "country". I don't really live in the "city", more like suburbia. But I'm a country girl at heart. I'm excited to tell you all about our little weekend in Idaho, and the fun my city kids had in the country!

But first I have an exciting announcement! Remember HERE when I told you about Due West? If you don't, need to click and go check them out. Okay, I know you totally did not click and go check them out. Lazy. Whatever. Due West is an up and coming country music group. I went to high school with Tim, their lead vocalist. If you like country music, I promise you will LOVE Due West. If you don't like country, I bet you'll still like them. Seriously, click here to check them out. Or just go read my post.

I told you that they were getting ready to release an album, and that I would keep you posted. Well did you notice the fun little countdown clock at the top of my blog? Yeah, that's right, the release of their album is just around the corner! April 27th! I'm way excited to get their album and wanted to share the joy. Is everyone smiling now? Good.

This past weekend we went to Idaho for a wedding. My sweet cousin J got married in the Twin Falls Temple. I was born in Idaho and my mom grew up there. My Cousin Cowboy, who I blogged about here, still lives in the town she grew up in. Cousin Cowboy knows how much my sweet little Cowgirl LOVES horses. It is her heart's deepest desire to live on a ranch and have horses! We promised her some riding lessons a while back, but those buggars are like $40 a pop! Seriously! Well Cousin Cowboy offered to teach her a few things while we were up visiting. She hasn't stopped talking about it since we found out in January!

First he gave short rides to the other kids.

Bookworm tried to act to cool, but I know he really loved it.

Monkey was mostly scared, but did smile a little!

Pixie was a littler braver than she should have been...she convinced Cousin Cowboy to let her do it on her own, much to my dismay!

Cowgirl was a natural. I took some video, Cousin Cowboy said she did great and really caught on quickly.
I don't know why the videos are just black...but they really do work if you push "play"!

I remember coming up to this teeny tiny hometown of my mom's (population 300) when my grandpa and grandma were still alive. We would spend hours and hours roaming my grandpa's ranch. There were sheds to explore, fences to climb, sheep to chase, hay bails to "ride", and so many things to imagine. Some of my favorite childhood memories are of playing on grandpa's ranch. Cousin Cowboy's family ranch looks so, so similar and being there really took me back to those good times. I took a few pictures since my grandpa's ranch is no longer in the family.

It's been a long time since we've made it back there, we haven't really visited since my grandparents passed away. But I think we'll make it a priority to visit a little more often! Come back tomorrow when I link up with MiMi and tell you about our adventures in getting to the wedding!


Amanda @ Serenity Now said...

GREAT photos, Xazmin! :) Love the one of the barn. Your babies look so cute on the horse! So much fun. :)

Macey said...

Those are wonderful pictures!!
This makes me sing that song..."She's gone country, back to her roots. She's gone country, look at them boots...." Love that song. :) Love you!!!

Sugarplum Creations Blog said...

Awww, I'm a country girl too. Yep, that's me, livin' in a population 300 town :)

Myya said...

How great that you got to go back! I bet it brought back great memories. So fun that your kiddos got to ride horses - friends of ours are horse trainers & when we get chances we take our girls to see them. They have so much fun! Horses + kiddos = smiles!
Oooohhhhh an FBomb Friday post is coming... I can't wait!!! :)

Goings on at the Glenn's said...

Isn't Idaho the best!? I love that place. I may be a bit biased since that is where I am from and I hope and dream that someday we'll make our way there. I miss it so much.


I am a city girl through and through....raised in West Palm Beach, Florida. But have lived the past 30+ years rural and it does grow on you. I have even helped birth a calf. I loved the pictures and I too love Idaho. I went to school one summer in Walla Walla Washington and we went to Idaho every weekend...I loved the smell of the that not weird...I have not thought of that in years...but there was something heady about smelling that freshly tilled land...just before planting.

Emmy said...

That does look like a fun trip! My grandparents lived in Blackfoot Idaho, but they weren't in the country.. but coming from Chicago even Blackfoot felt like the country to me :)

shortmama said...

Yay for country girls!!! I grew up riding horses and miss it so much!

Sheila said...

Looks like a fun trip! And I SERIOUSLY want to buy the Due West CD - ever since you told me about them, I've been waiting for more! They sound great! And I am totally a country girl!!!

Sami said...

I just LOVE the picture of Monkey on the horse! She definitely didn't look as natural up there as cowgirl did, but dangit! She's ADORABLE!!!