Photo Friday: Longhorn Love

Garen took these photos last week on this way through Hamilton from Marble Falls.  I’ll admit, I love longhorns.  To my fellow Aggies- sorry, not sorry.  They’re beautiful animals and I love these photos Garen caught…..

Even if they are UT’s mascot.  

Happy Photo Friday everyone!

Photo credits to Garen Graves Photography.  Check out the website at www.GarenGraves.com

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Dashboard Randomness: Sunrises and Bluebonnets

Today I had a golf tournament for one of the regional associations I’m part of in San Antonio. Usually, when I go to San Antonio I will drive down the night before but I have been on the go so much lately I decided to just wake up early and drive this morning. And, boy, did four o’clock a.m. come early?!?

However, I really enjoyed drive. I got the opportunity to be let my mind wander and through anything and everything. No music. No audiobook audiobook. No podcast. No phone calls.

Just me and the open road, a beautiful sunrise, and miles and miles of beautiful bluebonnets.

The 130 loop around Austin is absolutely gorgeous right now. That might not seem like a logical place to go look at bluebonnets but there are miles of them in the huge median between the north and sound sides of the tollway.

Add to that, this afternoon I got to play golf on a beautiful course with some awesome customers, who made it a blast!

The only thing that would be better would be to be at home tucking my kiddos in tonight because I sure do miss them (and Garen too)! I guess you can’t have your cake and eat it too, right?!? Thank goodness for FaceTime!

Photo Friday: Fossil Rim

Garen took the bigs to Fossil Rim a few weeks back on his way back from Hamilton. Despite Will almost losing a thumb while feeding a very greedy Oestrich, they had a fantastic time. If you’ve never been to Fossil Rim in Glen Rose, it’s absolutely a Texas bucket list item!

It was a great opportunity for Garen to pull out his camera and capture these moments spent with our two oldest wild things and the rest of the wildlife.

Here’s a few of our favorite photos from their adventure:

Photo Friday: Colorado- Where the Wild Things Live- Part 1

Garen and I had the MCAA Midyear Meeting in Steamboat, CO in August and we decided to take a few days off before it to go to Estes Park and Rocky Mountain National Park.

Of course, we had a great time and, of course, Garen took some awesome photos. These are only a few because my phone is having technical difficulties (I’m sure it’s not user error).

We got to see a TON of animals in the wild. It was amazing.

Makita Training and Pheasant Hunting in Utah

I was fortunate enough to be invited to attend a training and pheasant hunt in Utah with Makita this weekend.

It was a great time and I got to learn a ton about the Makita tools we carry. I’m still constantly amazed that they have soooo many battery operated tools available.

A few of the coolest I found were:

These would seriously be some awesome gifts if you’re looking for Christmas or birthday gifts for your husbands (or wives- I’d personally love the jackets).

On top of that I shot my first pheasant. These birds are really so beautiful that I almost felt guilty. However, I do have a cooler full of meat that I’m bringing back with me so I don’t feel too bad. I’m still amazed at the way the dogs worked the birds and could point them out like they did. So amazing to watch.

This morning I woke up to snow outside, which was beautiful and pretty unexpected for September.

The lodge, the food, the guides, the dogs, and everything at Pheasant Run Outfitters was outstanding. I definitely recommend it to anyone!

Shotgun Show-off

Let me start by saying that I would never have really imagined that I would EVER own a gun of any kind. I have never felt drawn to hunting as a sport and I really don’t feel the need to carry a concealed weapon. Most of this is because the few times I’ve shot I’ve been so off that it just wouldn’t make sense for me to have one. I don’t really care what other people do. To each their own. 

But….I’m now involved with a few associations that require me to go to quite a few clay shoots throughout the year. Since Garen’s shotgun kicked way more than I could handle, we invested in my very own shotgun. And I shot in my first clay tournament. Although I didn’t do very well, I’m proud to say that I didn’t win the “dead last” , a.k.a. boobie, prize.

I have to admit that I actually really enjoyed it. It was fun. Way more entertaining and fast-paced than a golf tournament. (Sorry to all of my golfing friends) Of course, Garen loves that I liked it. We’re both probably going to take few lessons so I don’t end up last in the next tournament. I really like the new gun too. If you’re looking for one that’s fairly lightweight and doesn’t have a lot of kick I recommend the Beretta A400 Xcel. It was pricey but you get what you pay for and I’ll probably have it until Will is old enough to inherit it. 

Here’s a few good photos Garen got from the UMCA shoot. It’s so nice that we work in the same industry and get to go to a lot of the same events. I know I look rough. Give me a break. It’s August in Texas!