Over the Christmas weekend ED and I went to stay with his family in the country and we brought along my little sister Staci. She was looking for a distraction since it was her daughters fathers weekend to have her.
Staci and I grew up in the middle of Mormon suburbia. There was nothing country about our upbringing, unless you count listening to country music–which we totally did, although I don’t admit to it often (I blame my older sister for dating a cowboy when she was 15). Growing up we always went boating and camping, but if you ask ED, we never did REAL camping. Whatever! Houseboats and motorhomes totally count as real camping!
When we got there we had a laundry list of fun activities we wanted to do: eat, drink, shoot guns, go sledding and ride horses. Not necessarily in that order. Only, there were a few problems. 1. Staci didn’t have winter/snow boots. 2. We didn’t have a sled and 3. It was freaking freezing!
We decided to seek out boots and a sled on our first day there. After six different stores in three different towns we finally ended up at Wal Mart where Staci found some snow boots.
Wal Mart didn’t have sleds, so we ended up going to a tire store and purchasing some large inter tubes. Unfortunately by this point we were racing the sun so we were only able to get one quick run down what we deemed a sledding hill off the side of the highway.
Here is a video of Staci and ED’s nephew braving the slope airplane style (video is courtesy of my new Christmas present from ED!).
The next day it was too cold to shoot guns, sled or ride horses. We did however, need to feed the horses out in the field. In order to do so we needed to dress appropriately for the weather. Fortunately there just so happened to be enough full body carhart suits to go around.
After Staci and I suited up, we went to show ED’s father our work digs. Staci made sure to point out her new shiny pink boots to which ED’s father responded, “Now Staci, I want you to be careful not to lift up your pant leg while you are out there.” To which she asked, “Why?”. His response, “I don’t want you scaring the horses.”
Of course he was teasing her. That’s one of the things I love about ED’s family, it’s filled with a bunch of smart asses!
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* I realize the picture is sideways, but have no idea why. Meh, it works.