That time we gave the horses beer

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Last night we had a belated Christmas dinner with my boss, co-workers and spouses. We had a great time visiting, eating amazing food and sharing funny stories. We laughed and laughed and I shared a few stories about Mom and Dad and sheep and chickens and horses.

One of the stories I shared was when Pat attempted to ride one of the horses and we gave the horses beer. I thought I’d share it again in case you missed it the first time. Or if you just need a good laugh!

And seriously, how it is possible my kids were so little and had such cute little voices. Oh my word, seeing the horses and listening to the kids… my heart can only take so much.

Originally posted July 4th 2012 on my “Dear Mom and Dad blog.”

Dear Mom and Dad,

Today will be a tough day. Every year, with the exception of one or two, we came out to Chamberlain to celebrate with you. There was always a big celebration at Cedar Shores and everyone decorated their boats. You would always lead the boat parade. We’d sit in the water and watch the fireworks. That one year we sat on the boat in the middle of the river and it looked like the fireworks would come right down on top of us. You would make brats and burgers and fried potatoes on the grill, always making some really crispy for Mom. We’d fish, or attempt to fish and let the dogs swim in the river. (Maybe that’s why we never caught any fish!)

Danelle and I were remembering last night all those years you owned the fireworks stand in Redfield. I know it was alot of work, and there were many boring days, but I think we all have fond memories of the fireworks stand. You were the most generous owners ever. You always gave so much stuff away. That was back in the day when we had our yellow lab Ed. Remember he would eat the fireworks – after they were lit!? Every year he’d end up with all his whiskers burned off. I remember one year we decided to get smart and put him in the car while we lit some off. He went completely crazy and practically ruined the car. The inside was covered in slobber from him getting so excited while we lit the fireworks.

Not only will be missing you today, but we are definitely missing Jim and Leana. We’re excited for their new adventure but especially today, we wish they were still here. And we’re still not sure what our plans are. Do we stay at the house? Do we go down to Cedar Shores? This is the first year Angel and Caleb aren’t completely freaked out by the fireworks and Danelle and Tracy are being so great, spending an insane amount of money to buy them fireworks.

Well anyway, by the title of this post, you are probably wondering what I was talking about.  I just want to make sure that you know we aren’t moping around every day or laying in bed with the covers over our heads. Although that kinda sounds like a good idea! Yes, every day is hard and there are moments that seem unbearable, but we are also laughing and remembering the good times we had with you. We are doing our best to make new memories.

Pat has turned into quite the horseman Dad. You would be proud. Well, until you see this video. I wish we would have taken the time to have you show us how to saddle the horses. Because obviously we have no clue.  And as you know Tracy is kind of a beer snob. Turns out the horses are too!

{The first video is a little long, but it’s totally worth it to get to the end!}

{Please ignore my annoying voice. The one who thinks she knows what she’s talking about!}

{Except that I was right, it was upside down. : ) }



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