Saturday, February 21, 2009

DAY 100!! 20FEB09

We are officially dudes, not like Lebowski, but like the cowboys. We are a wonderful ranch in central florida with a bunch of cool families who are also cancer families.The ranch, all 1700 acres of it, is located outside of lake wales on the banks of the kissimee river. It is a full working ranch that even hosts a sanctioned rodeo ever weekend. So far we have taken a hayride, had a campfire last night, been fishing, gone horseback riding, and have met some really neat people.

We started out this morning at 6:30 with a fishing trip down at the river. Man it was windy and very cold. Josh managed to catch the first and biggest fish of the morning. I got to be the official worm wrangler and fish remover. Good thing about it being so cold is if you stick yourself with a fish hook you don't feel it.

After breakfast we went over to the stables for horseback riding. Jarrod has never ridden a horse before so it was a special treat for him. It was really beautiful and we had a great ride. Unfortunately Joshua was too little to ride a full size horse but he did get a pony ride instead. We spent the rest of the morning at the petting farm and just relaxing a little bit. After lunch we played games and had an art afternoon. This evening we, the adults, got to get a massage while the kids had a DJ hosted dance party. While we went back to the room Jarrod got to stay up for teen movie night. A busy but really fun day.

I have so many pictures that I have decided to post them to Flickr. Stop by and take a look.


Nonna said...

Hey (or should I say Hay) Gandy Gang!

So happy to see you having fun for a change. You need the break and a massage for Mom & Dad will do the trick.

Jarrod my man - how do you like sitting atop a horse? It is, in my mind, one of the most wonderful feelings in the world. I hope you had fun.

Snaggle Snuggle Monkey,

Ponies are just smaller horses - and I hope you found the perfect mount!

I'm going to try and find the place where Lee posted all the pictures cause I can hardly wait to see how much fun you are having.

Tons of Love, Hugs and Kisses,


Miss Laura said...

Howdy Dudes (and Dudette) I am so happy you are enjoying your weekend. Way to go Josh for catching the biggest fish (ann not in warm weather)! I've never ridden a horse - so I would think a pony would be the way to start when you're pint sized. All the smiles - and Jarrod getting a teen night and the massages for Mom & Dad. This really oughta get everyone relaxed and loving living life.

I love the photos on flickr. I would imagine today you are going to the rodeo. Take care and have lots of fun! Love, Miss Laura & Frank

Jamie(Sister) said...

DAY 100!! WHOOHOO!! Dudes hu???? COOL, You and the family got to go fishing and you got the biggest one hu?? That our Joshy! You and Jarrod rode horses.....Jarrods first horse ride, i bet that was fun and exciting. =) I am soo Glad that mom and dad got to get a relaxing massage!! I bet you guys loved that. =) Well im on here catching up on the 2 days i missed. ; ) Love you Joshua. You are doing awesome keep up the greta work monkey butt. =)