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The Wild Journey {Part 5}

For starters, I’m still contemplating how I’m going to move to Kentucky.  Y’ALL, every single time we visit this beautiful state I fall in love all over again.  The Wild Journey was coming to an end and the mustangs went from being undomesticated to gentled, willing, and beautiful in 112 days.  If you missed the previous posts, you’ll definitely need to catch up here.  We went to Kentucky a few days early to give the horses time to settle and for us to enjoy the town.  A sweet, dear friend let us stay at her farm.  Her hospitality was overflowing as soon as we pulled in the long driveway.  This farm was glorious.  The greenest, most lush grass everywhere.  The barn was the perfect setup anddd she had a covered arena to escape the heat of summer.  I could go on, but I’ll save you the time.  Our stay there was wonderful.  Horses, dogs, and humans happy.

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The first day we ate lunch at our favorite local spot, Wallace Station, {it’s tradition}!  So delicious.  I highly recommend the ETR Fish Sandwich and potato salad.  Then we explored downtown Midway: unique boutiques, handmade shops, local finds, and the railway goes straight through town.  We ventured to the visitor center at The Kentucky Horse Park.  The gardens and grounds are so nice there.  When we got back to the farm they got the horses out to stretch a leg.  We found ourselves eating dinner at Mezzo – Italian Cafe.  It was a great day sightseeing and takin’ it easy.

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The next day was rainy and cloudy.  I had already calculated how far we were from The Ark Encounter.  I had been wanting to go there since they opened.  And…so, we went.  The experience was incredible, amazing, informative, and fun!  Also, I rode a camel, so what more do you need?  We were thankful to have the extra time to enjoy ourselves before the heat of the competition started.  We would move to The Kentucky Horse Park the next day.

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The Kentucky Extreme Mustang Makeover Competition consisted of three preliminary classes over the span of three days.  They combine scores and announce The Top 10 Finalists.  Then the Top 10 have a compulsory class and a freestyle class which combine to determine winners.  Let’s just say, the three days were a roller coaster.  We had very little time to eat, sleep, or relax.  In some ways it felt like three weeks and others, like three minutes.

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The experiences and lessons learned over the past 3 months paid off when the competition began.  They both ended up Top 10 Finalist {hallelujah}!  BUT, they didn’t stop there!  Erik and Partner placed 8th overall and my sister, Kirsten, and Tux won the Kentucky Extreme Mustang Makeover Champion!  My heart almost burst from excitement and an overwhelming feeling of gratefulness!  What a journey.

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Speaking of journey…the past three months has definitely been one heck of a ride.  These mustangs went from wild to mild in 112 days.  The process consisted of a whole lotta patience, willingness, sacrifice, long days, sleepless nights, working together, and laughing so we didn’t cry.  These two mustangs have left a mark on our lives and Kirsten + Erik’s horsemanship.  They wouldn’t be where they are today without Tux and Partner.  It was a wild journey, but worth it, no doubt.

Love,

A Cowboy’s Tired, Proud Wife

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Traditions, Cowboy Hats, and Popcorn

We recently made our annual trip back to Augusta, Georgia.  If you missed my post last year, check it out here and it’ll catch you up on the Augusta Cutting Horse Futurity.  We love this little weekend getaway.  It’s nice for Erik and Kirsten to sit back and relax instead of showing.  We watched the futurity finals, shopped the vendors, and snacked on double-dipped chocolate covered pecans + salty popcorn.

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Erik had been needing a new cowboy hat and found the perfect one!  They shaped it just for him.  I always love watching this.  Be sure to call Clay at Sombrero Brands if you’re in need of a fine quality cowboy hat {8179756247}.

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It was so nice to see friends we haven’t seen in awhile and try a new Mexican joint for lunch.  Checkout Tin Lizzy’s Cantina if you’re ever near one.  They have multiple locations in GA and SC.  Double thumbs up for their chips and queso + salsa.

I absolutely love traditions and making memories.  Another Augusta Futurity in the books for us.

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Hope 2017 has been good to you and your family so far, friends!  Now, where to next?!  Tell me about your upcoming trip in the comments below {I would love to read them}!!

Love,

Fallon

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Family, Adventure, and Frozen Yogurt

There’s just something about sand between your toes, island breeze in your hair, and reggae music in the background.  We’ve already kicked the new year off with adventure by taking a big family cruise!  I know it’s January and I’m pale as 2% milk, but why not?!

God must have been looking out for my pale being because it was cloudy and windy most of the trip.  We made the best of it by doing activities around the boat and taking an occasional nap.  We cruised on Royal Caribbean’s Oasis of the Seas.  It’s the largest ship in the world and it was pretty darn amazing!  They have a life-size carousel, boardwalk, central park with full grown trees/plants, an ice skating rink, 82 feet zip line, 2 rock climbing walls, and the list goes on.  We were there 8 days and I still didn’t see the entire ship.  I’m still trying to figure out how a boat that big can float?…

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One of my favorite things about a cruise is they really force you to relax and be present with each other.  You’re completely disconnected from your phone, schedule, work, and busy life.  They also offer you uh-mazing food every hour.  I literally have no idea how I ate that much, but I’m glad I did!

Our first stop was Nassua, Bahamas.  It was super breezy and cloudy so we decided to explore downtown.  It’s a great place if you’re looking for a name brand item.  They have tons of shopping.

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We headed to St. Thomas next.  It’s always been one of my favorites.  You’ve got mountains + beaches on the same island.  It’s soooooo beautiful.  Again, it was cloudy, but the weather was warming up.  We ventured in a taxi to Coki Beach.  Our driver was Gwyneth, a total hoot!  Her driving skills were intense; gripping to the rails for our lives one minute and laughing hysterically the next.  It was like a roller coaster ride with no extra charge.  The beach was gorgeous.  On the way back she showed us beautiful views of the island.  We tried fresh coconut {taste like a pecan if ya wanna know}.

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Our last stop was St. Maarten.  This is probably my favorite island yet.  It’s stunning views + crystal blue waters + colorful buildings are lovely.  The sun finally came out and we had perfect island weather all day.  We took the water taxi to the far beach where it was less busy.  We all swam and soaked the sun up {maybe a little too much}.  I got a fresh aloe back massage on the beach {take me back}.  We walked through the shops on the way back to the ship.  There was a stand selling fresh-made ice cream rolls, ever heard of those?!  SO GOOD.  He made the ice cream out of the milk and fruit of your choice.  If you go, get coconut milk with pineapple, bananas, and local honey on top.  Perfect snack if you’ve been on the beach all day.

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We made the most of our last two days cruising the sea.  We relaxed, played trivia, ate a lot, danced, Erik and my dad played in the Ping Pong Tournament, we watched the Belly Flop Contest, ate more food, shopped, watched a parade, and ate again.

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It was so nice to have my family and Erik’s parents together on a big trip.  We’ve never gotten to do that before and it was my favorite part of this vacation.  I enjoyed turning my phone off and spending quality time with everyone.  This trip definitely reminded me to do that more often.  Also, travel as much as you can + make memories everywhere you go, and if they have frozen yogurt, always eat two cones {Y.O.L.O.}.

Seeking Adventure,

Fallon

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Trampolines and Pier Fishing

Do you ever have one of those randomly awesome, adventurous, fun weekends??  That happened recently!  The entire weekend was so much fun and spent with my family.  Those weekends are the best in my book!

Friday night Erik and I went to a fancy schmancy dinner for our anniversary.  This doesn’t happen often, so it was nice.  My handsome husband of four years, a delicious meal, and I didn’t have to do the dishes.  Sigh.

Saturday was spent helping my parents’ at their new shop, Southern Detour.  They have been putting the finishing touches on the boutique.  All I can say is there’s turquoise and cute clothes everywhere.  You’ll have to come out to our Grand Opening this Saturday {December 3rd, 8am-8pm} to see it for yourself!  We had planned to go eat crab legs in North Myrtle Beach with my family for dinner.  We do this once or twice a year.  It always ends happy and miserably full on crab legs.  The guys wanted to go drive go-carts after {yes, I’m surrounded by children trapped in adult bodies}.  But…who knew, in the off season, all the go-cart and putt-putt locations close early.  Now you know.  We randomly drove by an indoor trampoline park at 9pm and someone thinks it’s a good idea to check it out.  After paying for our wrist bands, dad is making bets on who will vomit first.  Had we lost our minds?!  It was like kids getting off the bus on a Friday afternoon from school.  We were running to the trampolines full force.  Forgetting we had to work Monday.  Living life to the fullest.  Pulling all kinds of muscles and pushing ourselves to the limit.  Golly it was fun.  Thank goodness I had on jeggings.

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It was seriously so thrilling.  We don’t have many pictures because we were living in the moment and too busy making fun of each other.  I would definitely go back even though I felt like I’d been hit by a dump truck on Monday.  It doesn’t take much for me, folks.

Even after all the adventure Saturday night, we were at church Sunday morning and decided to skip a nap and go pier fishing that afternoon.  I love going to the pier and looking out over the ocean.  It’s always so beautiful, no matter the time of year.  The guys had their fishing poles and I had my camera.  We were set and headed to the state park.  It was a gorgeous day.

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Sorry for the picture overload.  That sky was so blue, I just couldn’t help myself.  Plus, we’ve got to document these moments.  Even though it was just another Sunday afternoon, it was also jokes in between the photos, learning how to cast the line out, eating cookies’n cream icecream, breathing in the salty air, soaking up the sun, car karaoke the whole way home, and making memories with the people I love the most.  Sometimes the littlest things are the biggest moments.  I love weekends like this.  They are my favorite.

Sentimental and sappy,

Fallon

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God Blessed Texas…

“With His own hand

Brought down angels from the promised land

Gave’em a place where they could dance

If you wanna see heaven, brother, here’s your chance

I’ve been sent to spread the message

God blessed Texas.” {Little Texas}

Now that I’ve got you singing along, I can’t wait to share all about our recent trip to the big ol’state of Texas!  Erik and Kirsten had competed all year to qualify for the Extreme Cowboy Race World Championship in Hamilton, Texas.  After 23 hours, we pulled up to the Circle T Arena.  Erik said it was like a mirage in the dessert.  Literally, in the middle of nowhere, this horse venue was amazing.  Multiple arenas, a beautiful inn, the event arena with an attached steakhouse.  This place was so neat!  I was happy to be staying there for the next 7 days.

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We arrived a couple of days early to let the horses rest up.  We explored the little town and found the nearest Mexican restaurant.  We also ventured out to an antique shop and a really cute farmer’s market.  We found the b i g g e s t pumpkins ever at the market.

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Like they say, everything really is bigger in Texas.  Seriously, that pumpkin is HUGE.

A lot of my clients and friends have asked what cowboy racing is?  It’s an obstacle course you and your horse tackle together to showcase your speed, control, knowledge, accuracy, and horsemanship while displaying tasks a cowboy would do on a ranch.  It is so much fun to watch.  The show lasted from Wednesday-Sunday and I never got bored.  Wahoo!

After the first day showing, I talked my parents into visiting Magnolia Market in Waco {from the Fixer Upper show on HGTV}!  I’d always wanted to go and it was an hour and a half away from the arena.  It was such a unique place.  We loved it!  We bought a few souvenirs and got some cupcakes from their bakery.  Try the Cup o’Jo cupcake if you go!  Highly recommended in my book!

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After a couple of days enjoying Texas, the show started to get more intense.  There was 8 divisions.  Kirsten and Erik competed in 4 divisions total.  There was 2 rounds for each division and your scores were accumulated to decide who made it to the Top 10 for Finals!  Our goal was to make it to Sunday, when the finals were held.  After you made it to the finals, your score sheet was wiped clean and you got a fresh start.  Kirsten and Erik gave it all they had in the arena.  Not only did they make it to the top 10 in every division, but they both did a great job and definitely represented South Carolina well.

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Between the two of them they brought home 4 buckles and 3 checks!!! It definitely made the 23 hour ride back home much easier.  I cannot express enough how proud I am of them!  This was a WORLD horse show!  If you’re not of the horse world, that’s a pretty big deal folks.  There were over 200 horses and riders from parts of the United States, Canada, and Europe.  There was so much stress and pressure throughout the week, but Kirsten and Erik handled it extremely well.  Shoutout to their awesome horses too!!  All those late nights at the barn, eating dinner at 9pm, and traveling every chance we got was so worth it!

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Texas was good to us and we can’t wait to go back!  The people are friendly, the horses are beautiful, there’s a cowboy hat around every corner, they have cute farmer’s markets, gigantic gas stations called Buc-cee’s you can spend 2 hours at, perfectly cooked steaks, and now memories we will have forever!  Texas, we love ya.

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God blessed Texas,

Fallon

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