Feedin’ Cows and Breakin’ Ice

cowboy breaking ice

We don't usually get such icy conditions in this part of Texas but boy did we have a cold spell to start the New Year.  We were out of power for almost 2 days, some are still out as I type this post.  Regardless, cows still gotta eat and they definitely need water!  That means we're feeding' cows and breakin' ice! Normally I don't go with my … [Read more...]

Jeremy Camp and Cowboy Silhouettes

Jeremy Camp

We attended a Jeremy Camp concert in the super small town of Roby, Texas (population about 500).   Oh yeah, you heard me right, JEREMY CAMP, Christian superstar came to this small town to perform for our community and it was amazing!  I don't know if you have any clue the prayers and hard work that went into securing a gig like this but it's a huge … [Read more...]

Chore Time


All my boys have chores every day, mostly at the barn, and Truett is no exception.  As soon as we tell him it's time, he usually walks to the barn.   Sometimes we walk, sometimes we drive but he always walks.  I think if he ever figures out how to ride that bike of his on those rocks, he'll love going back and forth to the barn that … [Read more...]

Breakin’ Nintendo


One of the questions I get most often is about my oldest son, and that's "How does he break horses?".  Since he recently started a colt, I thought I'd share with you day 1 of breakin' Nintendo, his Dad's horse.  And if you're wondering why his name is Nintendo....this is why. He's branded with DS.  I thought my husband was clever with the name, … [Read more...]

Cowpoke’s New-Old Horse, Smokey, Rainy Days, and Wet Boots

We haven't seen rain in FOREVER around here so the nice shower we had the other day was absolute heaven.  We let Truett play in the rain puddles all evening, fully clothed and all, including his Mickey Mouse ears he got from Disney World.  Those are the little moments I enjoy most. Remember Sparkplug?  Well, we still have him and Truett … [Read more...]

Sparkplug and Truett


It's been a while since I showed you photos of Truett with Sparkplug. Remember the last time?  He's grown soooo much!!  Now he uses a bridle to stop, turn, and even spin Sparkplug. It really is the cutest thing and I just love to watch his facial expressions when he's riding. He's so proud and he loves to see you watching him. Anyways, I'm gonna … [Read more...]

A Whole Bunch of Handsome


What a beautiful day it was here in Texas!  We were in the 60's and took advantage by cooking outside.  All the boys were around so it was the perfect time to be with family.  Truett posed for photos, Tyler played with Truett, my man was cooking up a storm and making silly faces, and Toby sat around being being a typical 14 year old … [Read more...]

Mr. Attitude

Cowboy Truett aka Mr. Attitude

In 2010, I took photos of a lot of faces but when I think about all of them, this one of Truett sticks out the most.  I remember it so well because he had such a bad attitude that day.  I know now that it was just him getting ready to be the rotten age of 4.   Many of you know this age yes?  They get mad when they don't get their way.  They want … [Read more...]

Bareback Ridin’ and Gun Practice


Truett has grown so much and is exactly like Tyler, 100% cowboy.  Today, he took advantage of the pretty weather by practicing shooting his BB gun.  He can shoot too, never once missing the beer can. Obviously he enjoyed the weather today....clearly thinking it was a warm day. He also felt like  tryin' a little bareback riding.  He … [Read more...]

Around the Ranch

torch sparks

We have some fun photo challenges happening right now at the forum.  Check it out. In the mean time, here are some photos I took the other day around the ranch.  Have a good'un! … [Read more...]

Cowboy Truett

cowboy truett

He's a clone of his oldest brother Tyler.   He can't wait to work cows on Sparkplug.  He's Cowboy Truett … [Read more...]

Glued at the Hip

Six Flag San Antonio

I can remember Tyler when he was little, before Toby came along, doing everything with his Dad.  It was just them two, all the time. Now it's Truett and his Dad. No matter what we're doing, where we're at, them two are glued to each other.  It makes me happy to see that bond.  I'm so blessed to live the life that I live and have the family that I … [Read more...]

Tyler’s 3rd Bronc Ride


Tyler and some of his friends rode a bronc last night at the Snyder, Texas rodeo. Tyler did much better than his previous two attempts but this time, his bronc rein broke. He almost made that buzzer though! I was very proud of him. I apologize for the quality of the video. The evening was just turning dark and we were kinda far away, and of … [Read more...]

Cowpoke Underpants, The Horse Whisperer


Oh Truett...he reminds me so much of oldest brother that it's like I'm watching Tyler grow up all over again.  Truett loves horses, loves the outdoors and loves to ride.  Sometimes he just pulls his little chair onto the front porch and sits and watches the horses outside.  It's the sweetest thing ever. When the horses come close to the … [Read more...]

A Cowpoke and His Horse


A while back at a rodeo, a super nice fella that we've known for awhile now, gave Truett a miniature horse. Horses in general aren't cheap and for even these little boogers they can still be thousands of dollars. For Mr. Butler to give little man Sparkplug, well, it meant a lot to us and to Truett. From the day Truett's Uncle Andy sent us a … [Read more...]



We got a new horse and Tyler's havin' fun ridin' him.   He was a little fresh the first day but we think he was a little spoiled is all.  He pitched a little on his first ride but nothing bad at all, definitely nothing Tyler couldn't handle.  For photo purposes, I was hoping for a more bronc-y ride but oh well. Maybe the next colt he rides will … [Read more...]

On the Cover of Cattleman’s Weekend (my nephew)

Cattleman's Weekend Web Cover

Proud Auntie moment. … [Read more...]

Mr. Attitude in Daddy’s Hands

in daddy's hands

I have to admit, he is freakin' cute but boy can he give me some attitude.  At three years old mind you!  Notice how he didn't look away from the camera though, instead he made his little face with those squenched up lips.  He loves the camera so there's no way he'd turn away.  I wanted him to smile so I said, "If you're gonna act like a turd, go … [Read more...]

Cowboys Ain’t Easy to Love – The Early Years

I was 16 and pregnant in that photo...... The Early Years When I married a cowboy, I had no idea what I was getting myself  into.  Technically I was a city girl, well, as citified as you can get coming from Sweetwater, TX but I dang sure wasn't no country gal so you can imagine how it might have been to make that adjustment when I … [Read more...]

Terror of Tiny Town

It's hard to believe that it took 10 years for us to be blessed with this handsome lil' fella but it did and now he's a three year old terror.  Can someone tell me who the heck made up the terrible two's because they were wrong. It's the terrible three's.  Three--where they can do everything by themselves, start talking back, understand that 'no' … [Read more...]

He’s An Ol’ Vaquero

cowboy photos

~~from another time, hands as fine as the dealer in reno.....(name that song) This is my man.  I know, he's hot.  Thank you.  I was going to blog something else today but because I got caught up on twitter all night, I had nothing. So you get this fine cowboy. heehee Photos are from the book he's in and they're actually supposed to be black … [Read more...]

Simple Moments

Puppy Love

I'm not online as much as before and with good reason; it's to enjoy living, family, and the simple moments that you might not see as meaningful but I do. Truett loves Max. He goes down the slide with him, sometimes pushing him down.  He acts like he's shoeing him.  He chases him and pulls his tail but it's this sweet 15-second moment that shows … [Read more...]

Not Quite an 8 Second Ride

Falcon Family

Tyler participated in a ranch rodeo last weekend and it was also his first bronc ride coming out of chute.  For those of you don't understand, riding a bronc on the ranch doesn't compare to the power these horses have when coming out a chute. It's a whole different ball game but Tyler was up for the challenge. Even though Tyler didn't ride, I … [Read more...]

Dandy’s Western Wear One Man Rodeo Show

Temp 569

I've always gotten the cutest little comments about my boys when they were growing up. I guess there's just something about seeing a little fella in Wranglers, boots, and a cowboy hat. Anyways, we headed out to the Dandy's to buy Toby some Cinch Jeans that are SUPER cheap ($20 in fact because he buys them in s HUGE bulk), when the cowpoke spotted … [Read more...]

Almost 16 and Quite the Young Man


Tyler, my oldest, has sorta always felt like my brother in a way.  I mean, I did have him at 17 after all so we kinda grew up together in a sense I suppose.  He always gave me a hard time from the early newborn days until about 14.  I remember waking up at 2am trying to soothe him with no luck at all and my husband walking over, patting him on the … [Read more...]

Just Like Dad


I don't go very often when the guys are working so closely with the cows because I have terrible allergies when I get around them.  I know huh..married to a cowboy and allergic to cows and horse hair. geez. Anyways, little man loves to be with dad and becomes quite the helper during the works.  I think he needs some leggin's though don't you?  … [Read more...]

Cowboy Cookin’ – Chuck-Wagon Style


The cross-country cattle drives may have ended over a century ago but chuck-wagon cookin' is still running strong on ranches today and as competitions at events of their own. There are still many ranches out there that pull out the ol' chuck-wagon during the cowboy works.  With large pastures and herds of cattle, it's much easier to have a central … [Read more...]