We gathered up the troops to celebrate the spring birthdays again this year - at the ranch!
it was the first time we've had guests up and got the big house camp style ready :) and stocked up on provisions like coors light of course. Ready to rock.
we arrived late Thursday night and set up camp with the girls. They helped Heff and a crew pour a cement pad for the new north pivot. Exciting ranch stuff! Oh and they all got knee deep in mud.
called for a tub bath
and then the first round of cousins arrived Friday morning! We explored the ranch a bit and let them run wild in the river.
this is the first time we've had beautiful sunny weather at the ranch and it feels so good!
and then the rest of the crowd arrived for BBQ carne asada dinner
dinner outside for 25
and Friday night campfire!
Saturday morning activity. Sheep shearing!
the dudes on the shears
getting those sheep down to the skin. It was no easy task!
spectators. They lasted two of the three sheep ;)
wool ready to make something of it!
and then a morning hike around the irrigation ditch and up the draw to echo mountain - sister in laws and sleeping babes
me and my tiny
four wheeler full of kids up on the hill
and then a lunchtime picnic out to the river in the sun! Troopy carried 17 of us out there
river walkers - so much fun to be out here in the wide open spaces!
Tess in a watering hole
sassy ladies on the troopy
afternoon wheel line pump fixin'
coors light and sunshine and chores. Pretty happy.
and afternoon piñata and cake for Molly and Caroline's birthdays. Uncle Donald roping kids. Always fun.
cake time. Maureen made an awesome piggy cake for Molly!
barn kids! All 15 cousins.
Heff on a truck tailgate, BBQ'ing with a sleeping baby girl and a beer. Couldn't be much happier.
kids piled on the ranger Sunday morning to go look for duck eggs in the pasture
and headed home. What a great weekend!!!