gentle reader, here is the long awaited birthday tribute post to the animal!
i know. i know. it's over due. it's late. but that's how things roll.
why? because i was living in the moment of her birthday rather than writing this post. i wanted to enjoy the day. enjoy the evening. enjoy the moments. enjoy the memories.
i spent some time going through some photos and posting a smattering of them here.
most of them are in chronological order...but some are out of order a bit.
i knew you would forgive that of me.
the animal's first breaths of life this side of the womb. she really didn't want to leave the comfiness. she really enjoyed the roomservice she experienced and totally refused to leave. after 21 hours, we finally convinced her that life on this side of the womb would be ok. grandma is holding oxygen for the animal to soak up.
here's the animal sitting on tonga, with doug standing with her and kiroman holding the lead rope. tonga was the horse that we always let the novice rider ride...he was that cool.
awww...the animal on ranger! we gave a few pony rides during this birthday party for the animal.
oh dear! look closely. there is not one, but two, dogs in this kennel with the animal. the dog on our right is sebastian [dude] and on the left is hannah...this was a favorite past time...hang out in the kennel, with or without a dog or two. you can see that the dogs really don't care. they enjoyed being with their own animal!
absolutely one of my most favorite photos! the animal is laying on jack on the back porch. herbie is snuggled up with them and witch is walking away. jack was hands down one of the most awesome dogs ever.
gentle reader, this is how it all began. this was our very first horse show ever. we took jett, who was the furthest horse ever from a show horse. we did lead line and went home. the best critter sitter in the world made our vests for us. this show was in july in hooper, ne...it was an open show.
one of our favorite things to do. walk through our trees with the dogs. the animal most likely has mulligan, our golden retriever, on the leash...because he was always so willing to please and loved to walk with the animal.
sum red newton and the animal at the nebraska state fair, getting ready for showmanship. one thing that red has always loved to do was to rub all over you after his face had been greased for the class.
who knew what that very first horse show would lead to? holy cow! a world champion by the age of 14...this was definitely a very proud moment for us. the animal really put her mind to it, she really put the effort in and she totally worked her ass off for this!
ya know what i love? i love when the animal takes selfies and when i ask her to text them to me, she does. i mean, i love having all these and i know someday she will get a kick out of looking through all of them!
ok, this one is just plain ass funny, right? going into the animal's senior year, we let the then current boyfriend come along on our family trip to mexico. this is one of my favorite photos of this trip...this was on the boat ride to the bay where we were going to snorkel. this was before we all swam into the bloom of jellyfish. dontcha think they look adorable all snorkeled up?
cal jam 5 after party! you can tell that the animal is thrilled that billy d is licking her face...the great thing is...neither one of them were drinking! the dude on the right, the one that looks like kid rock, that's my husband!!!
our waitress knew it was the animal's birthday so she took a photo of our table, had it printed while we ate and then brought this card out to her! she had all the wait staff sign it! how cool is that?
while most 21 year olds celebrate their birthday by getting "wasty pants", as the animal says, she wanted to have dinner with family and her besties. instead of taking that drink of alcohol, she chose to take a drink or two of mountain dew! and if you know her, then you know she has picked up clean eating and given up almost all sugared and processed food...now before you get all uppity on me, she does allow herself cheat days! but for the most part, this girl is eating and living clean, people!
that concludes the birthday photos...the following are a few of the happy birthday texts that the animal received...although she received many through out the day, these were the dearest to her heart.
uncle bandit! ya, his drink of choice is mountain dew also!
and that, gentle reader, concludes the 21st birthday tribute to the animal.
thank you so much for reading til the end. thank you so much for humoring the mother of a 21 year old. thank you for being you, gentle reader. i appreciate you to the moon and back!
i am grateful:
- the animal wanted to spend her 21st with us
- the animal's friends wanted to be part of her non-alcoholic celebration
- the animal has grown into a very awesome young lady
- the animal sets such an example for the children of our kirofriends
- our kirofriends encourage their children to see the animal as a mentor