Independence Day 2020

Monday. Horses. Mandy and her kids arrived this morning to help us go pick up the horses. Two trips of three each. Horses are big animals and I was super nervous but after a couple hours the horses were safely at the Homestead. A lot of love given to them and apples 🍎. Oh they like apples. Started calling them Horse Candy 😂. Gave the horses the VIP Tour, explained the rules, they got a bath, brushed and the boys slept out in the Bunk Room to be close to the horses. In case they needed anything…yes I was rolling my eyes.

Tuesday. Made Cinnamon Rolls served with milk, hot chocolate or pineapple juice. Tim, the horse trainer, worked with the boys and the horses today doing some training. Not sure who benefited the most from the training, the kids or the horses 😂. Wanted to get the horses started on a routine. Tim doesn’t want us riding them for a few days. Mandy and I spent the afternoon working on dōTERRA end of month. “Live from Idahois always fun with a guest. Introduced the horses via video and had a fun broadcast.

Wednesday. Started the month with a dōTERRA kickoff call with Mandy. It has been so nice spending time with her the past few weeks. Kind of got spoiled. Goodbyes are hard. They left around 11 am. Tomorrow family arrives for the Fourth of July Event. Will spend most of the day preparing for tomorrow and the weekend.

Thursday. Woohoo Keith’s family has arrived. Every. Single. One. A rare moment. With missions, etc usually one of the kids is coming or going. His sister’s family flew into SLC and they all followed each other up. After a late lunch of Hoagies it was a chill day. Relaxed by the Pool. Introduced the horses. Boys slept out in the Bunk Room again. Getting cousins to bed is an impossible thing so just let them have their fun. I slept just fine.

Friday. Big breakfast of marbled eggs, French toast, fruit plate and orange juice. Got our first horse ride in Friday morning then took the 4-wheelers down to Base Camp. Had lunch there then an afternoon of shooting guns and riding trails until around 5 pm. Ended up caked in dirt, took awhile to get cleaned up after getting home. Friday Night Cinema started with a T-bone steak dinner followed by a double feature of Independence Day and Signs. For those still awake, we wrapped up at 2 am. First movie was watched in the Pool floating in the water. Cooled off by the second movie so watched from the deck loungers in blankets.

Saturday. Fourth of July. Keith’s Surprise reveal. The Wipit Run. Okay there are these things called Wipits that you can get for a Pool. Link them together and you can create an obstacle course and see how far you can make it across. Keith’s family doesn’t need prizes for any incentive, bragging rights is totally enough. It was priceless to watch the level of competition. The younger kids had a clear advantage as they weigh less but watching the men was the best. Us girls ran the course as well but the level of absurdity displayed by the men was pure awesomeness! Add water cannons with laser, rapid fire or obliterate settings and yeah it was precious. For dinner Keith and his brother grilled burgers and hot dogs. Add in potato salad, , jello, chips, pork & beans, salad and Rootbeer. S’mores for dessert. Ammon City lit up the sky followed by our first ever fireworks show here. Keith’s brother traveled up to Evanston and bought some very illegal and incredible fireworks.

Sunday. Church at 10 am. Sacrament administered by all of our boys. The last time we will have everyone together for a while. Was a bit emotional listening to everyone share their Testimony. A few tears shed. Breaking our Fast at 3 pm and planning a chill afternoon of games and naps. The game everyone is into right now is Settlers of Catan: Trails to Rails.

Monday. Is not set in stone yet, but a big day of games planned. Inside and out. Laser Tag, Sand Volleyball 🏐, Spades ♠️ , and Flynn’s Arcade. Will get some riding in with the horses as well. Early morning start Tuesday for our guests to head back to SLC. Flight for Dallas at 1 pm, the rest back to Utah County or the Land of Provo, as we call it. 😂. Loved this week!

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