Thursday, July 5, 2012

Rockin' R Ranch

Every three years, the posterity from Dave's maternal grandparents get together for a family reunion.  Since Dave and I've been married we've had reunions in Nauvoo, IL, Park City, UT and most recently, the Rockin' R Ranch in Animony, UT.  Dave's grandparents had 4 children (plus one who died as an infant).  The three generations of their family total over 100 people and there are still several people who will have more kids.  Talk about an impressive legacy!

Cooper's Great Grandma Mabel and Great Grandpa Harold.
This dude ranch is free of frills but the perfect place for a large group like ours.  We had cozy cabins, tons of activities, and three meals a day that we didn't have to prepare or clean up!  The staff was awesome and we all enjoyed embracing our inner cowboy.  

Cooper, getting geared up at the gift shop to play the part of a country boy. 
Dave teaching Cooper how to rope a cow.
Cowboy Cooper going for a horse ride. 
My two city slickers practicing their bull riding skills.  We had a rodeo while we were there where people actually rode cows sans saddle!
There were lots of tractors to keep Coop entertained. I'm nearly 30 weeks pregnant here. 
I can't help but love these tree huggers.  The lodge was made entirely from local timbers and stone. 
I couldn't participate in many of the activities due to my pregnant and barefoot status, but Dave went on a trail ride and tubed down the river on my behalf. 
One night we had a live band and line dancing. The last night we had a family devotional and campfire. Cooper was mildly entertained by his first marshmallow-roasting experience. 
Posing for a pic by the sign before we headed home. 

The working cattle ranch also had a fun playground, hay rides serenaded by a guitar-playing cowgirl, a petting zoo, a lake for swimming and canoeing, and basketball/tennis courts.  They even arranged a treasure hunt for the little kids.

Everything was going swimmingly until we headed home.  Maybe Coop was just sad to leave his extended family, but 20 minutes into our drive he got sick.  We spent the rest of the drive cleaning up throw up and trying to make our little man comfortable.  I got the flu bug the next day and Nurse Dave finally fell victim the day after.

Luckily it only lasted a few days and my parents were kind enough to take Cooper for a day after he was feeling better.  Dave and I felt like death warmed over.  We almost had to go to the hospital so I could get an IV because I was so dehydrated and was having contractions every 10-20 minutes.  Fortunately, rest and prayer seemed to work and we're all feeling better.

Ignoring the getting sick part, it was a really fun week.  It was by no means relaxing, but it was very entertaining and Cooper definitely got a lot of country kid exercise!

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