From The Green's place to The Tallman's ranch. We went to take one of Cindy's super cool trash cans to her friend Kristen, and Bob just happened to get home as we were leaving. Below, Bob and Cindy. They have a gorgeous place!
I love this sign so much! This is the entry to Frank and Cindy's ranch. Frank is a living legend in the cutting horse and reining world - I may be family, but I am not exaggerating when I say he is one the best trainers that ever was or ever will be.
I hate to admit this, but it is part of the story. On our way home from our tour of Texas, I got super sick! It started as a headache and then turned into vomiting. The only thing I can think of is that I was going through caffeine withdrawals. I am not that addicted to caffeine, but I do have coffee every morning, and I am super sensitive to caffeine. I forgot to have any on this day, and I think my body was upset about it. In any case, I was so sad to miss out on and evening of visiting with Candice and the most delicious meal ever cooked by Cindy and then they all played charades and listened to music on the fabulous jukebox above. Needless to say, I was panicked, thinking I might have the flu or miss Market, but I was feeling much better by the middle of the night, and I was fine the rest of the week. I hit Starbucks nearly every day or made sure I had some form of caffeine every morning after this!
And that takes us to Dallas Market, my first ever and the entire reason for the trip! I was so relieved to be feeling better on Tuesday, and we got the booth set up and all was well! Above, I am with my boss and the owner of Ali Dee Collection, Ali Dee herself, and one of our new reps from Mississippi, Jenn.
Another Montana guy, the West Texas Rep, CJ, came on Friday, and I managed to capture one candid of the Montana boys together.
More Market fun! Above, our Social Media Specialist and East Texas Rep, Laurin, was able to make it up for the day. I love her so much - she is the most beautiful soul, inside and out!
My dear Lolo, and one of our brand new reps from Oklahoma who made the trip down just to meet us all, McKenzie. Both these girls are Crossfitters, and it was so fun to hear them talk about all their moves and lifts.
One afternoon, this singer walked around all the western booths and sang and played his guitar. Fun stuff!
After it was all over, on our way back "home," Ali took Jenn and I on a tour of The World Famous Stockyards. This was so much fun! I am so thankful we were able to do this.
Of course I am only including a handful of the wonderful pictures from the Stockyards. It was truly an incredible experience and really, really fun! I'm so thankful Ali made time to show us this - it was even more cool than I had imagined!
And then back to the ranch! The next day, after we had discovered a fantastic new coffee stand in Mineral Wells, we hit the local Walmart for a few goodies before heading home. The girls were searching for a movie to take home to Britt in this photo. We found one!
The next morning, we were reunited with Preslie's mom and dad, Frank and Cindy's oldest daughter Codie and her husband Casey. There were in Amarillo all week long at a show, but we got to have breakfast with them in Cool, Texas. It was super delicious and fun!
And it was so nice for Brailey to be able to visit with Codie for a bit. She treated Bray to a snow cone from The Funky Munky, which they introduced to her on last year's visit to Texas. She said they were as delicious as ever!
We miss these people so much! They are such a fantastic family, and they treated us like royalty. We were spoiled the entire time we were down there! Our flight home was a bit of a fiasco, as it was delayed, and then once we boarded the plane, something went wrong, so we had to wait for two hours, ON THE PLANE, while they fixed it. The seats are so cramped, both Braiely and I had aching knees by the time we got off. After six hours sitting like that, who wouldn't have a sore body?! But our boys were there to greet us, and we were so happy to see them and to hug them and there is just no place like home. Much as we love Texas, our hearts are in Oregon!