"I AM NOT a woman who can always resist chocolate, wears make up to the pool, and has spotless floors all the time. But I am strong. I am invincible. I AM MOM." ~B.O.B

Tuesday, July 29, 2008

Growing Up

When do we grow up? I guess I always thought that one day things would feel different. I would change somehow. I don't know if I can explain it the way I feel and think about it. I feel like I have reached many milestones in my life... college, marriage, becoming a mother, etc. With each new step I thought, "I'm an adult now." Yet in reality I was just the same old me. The only difference was I was in college, or married, or with a baby. Yet, I think to myself, "I'm 25. That's crazy." (I know to some it is young... and I'm not saying I'm old) Somewhere along my life I have slipped into adulthood without realizing it. I often think about this and have to remind myself that my parents are the same way. They, upon sometime in their lives, slipped into adulthood. Yet they are still the same person as when they were my age. They aren't invincable. They don't have all the answers (I wish they did). They too cry. They had to try and figure things out, just like I am doing now. Being an adult is nothing like I expected. I'm just me... the same old me... just older.

Sunday, July 27, 2008

Swimming!


So we recently moved to a new house in Arizona. The happy thing is ... this house comes with a community pool! We got our key to the pool yesterday and couldn't wait a second longer to get in. (It's at least 105 degrees here) Madi had a great time. She loved using her new crab floaty.

Monday, July 14, 2008

Families are Forever

The whole family

The boys

The grandkids


It was the first time in a long time that all of the Hatch family was together. We had a great time.

Wild Cow Milking



So, for about the last year now, Carson has wanted to go to Montana for the 4th of July. Mainly for one reason, wild cow milking at the rodeo. What is "wild cow milking" you ask? I know I asked...

There are six teams. (Random everyday people that want to give this a whirl.) You sign up your team of 3 men for $20/person. Each team is assigned a cow. Wild cow? Meaning a cow that has never been milked by a person before, and therefore not about to start now. Each cow has on a haulter with a rope tied to it. The 1st whistle is to sound the shoots being opened. When the 2nd whistle is sounded each team can try to tackle and milk their cow. Each team also has a long neck bottle. They must milk the cow and get enough milk in the bottle to pour out. The 1st team to do so & run back to the judges wins.

Carson's team is on the far left...
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Carson, Adam, and Jerob (all brothers) decided to give this a try. The had the biggest cow. The haulter wouldn't fit on the cow, so they just put it around it's neck. As you can see the cow got away, but not for too long. Jerob pulled out his wild cowboy skills and roped the cow. By the time they got to her it was too late. Someone else already won.

Montana


We drove up to Fairfield, Montana for the 4th of July. We had a lot of fun & made sure Madi got the full cowgirl experience. . .

We drove in the fields to check the cows.

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We let her ride a horse (or pretend to)

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We went to the rodeo.


We played with farm animals.


We had a great time. I think everyone loved our trip to Montana.

Watch Out for Moose!

June 29, 2008
We walked around a lake in Utah with our friends. On our way back down we actually saw a moose. (It is the black spec to the right of Madi)