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Our World – Arabian and Half Arabian Championship Horse Show 2013

A couple weeks ago the Arabian Horse Association held their Arabian and Half Arabian Championship here in Tulsa. As a bonus my sister Ellen and her daughter, niece Jillian came from Colorado to see the Championship and visit with us. 


Of course you have to fly the flag before you do anything right and play the Star Spangled Banner.


And in a nice gesture the Canadian flag was paraded and their national anthem played.


Then the big guy in the red jacket sounded the bugle and we were off.


I don’t know a thing about Arabian horses but I can tell you now that they are beautiful and have lots of attitude.


They are well trained and so are the riders. It was fun to watch as the judges put them through the various paces.


I stole this picture while the horse and trainer were posing for a real photographer.


Another segment of the Championship was the horses posing. Don’t worry, I did not see any horses hit with the whip, or whatever it is. It seemed to be used to get the horse to pose correctly. The horses had lots of attitude. Kind of like teenagers when posing for family pics. You know what I mean.

National Arabian Horse Show

The horses had a classic looking trot. The riders were almost perfectly still. It was rather elegant to watch.


There were all sorts of events and all sorts of championships. This lady was the Reserve Champion. Which I think is second place in her event. She wowed the crowd with her standing on the horse. Not as part of the competition of course but part of her celebration afterward.


The winner got a big check. Makes winning that much better right.


I like the behind the scenes in the staging area. All sorts of stuff going on.


The stable areas were luxurious. This is part of the stable area. It looks like a nice living room to me. Lots of money at these shows.


And they display their trophys.


And the expo, everybody has an expo these days. I bet you that they have expos at spelling bees. These saddles are beautiful.


Decorative clothing.


And cowboy boots. Why have boots if you nobody can see them is what I say.


Jillian brought a 4H team from Colorado who participated in the horse judging events. You can see that the students did very well. Jillian is at far right.


One of the more spectacular events involved the riders and horses wearing costumes.


I loved it. It was like Lawrence of Arabia. You know except for the violence and all that.


Again, the riders were elegant and the horses were beautiful, and full attitude. I think I might become a fan of Arabian horses. 

If you want to see a post by somebody that knew what was going on check out my Sister’s post on the event. She knows about horses. So does Jillian. Me, I can tell a horse from a cow at least 80% of the time.

Our World Tuesday

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Water World Wednesday – Fun on the Water

From our recent trip to Idaho.


Canoes make great photographic subjects, interesting shapes, bright colors, and nice reflections.


But really they are meant to be used. This is our family flotilla during our recent outing in Idaho.


BIL Irv really looks good by himself in the canoe. He really looks like he know what he is doing.


A little bit later grandson Mr. Beans and my sister Ellen joined them. Notice Irv’s technique of sitting in the back and letting the other two do all the work. That is how we guys do it.


And there is Sweetie and SuperPizzaBoy. I joined them a little later.


After a stern warning to SuperPizzaBoy to not overturn the canoe. Nothing tickles his funny bone than topping dad into the deep. I had the good camera with me. We paddled around a bit. Of course nobody else had a camera, so you will have to take my word for it.


Nothing like fun on the water in Idaho is there?

Water World Wednesday

Skywatch Friday – Something Happening in Yellowstone


We just got back from a family reunion in Island Park, Idaho. Above from left to right is SuperPizzaBoy, sister Ellen, brother Bob, Sweetie, and bil Irv. As you can see the weather was nice where we are but there was a sinister looking cloud over in what I calculate to be Yellowstone Park not too far from where we were.

Skywatch Friday

A Day for Our Mothers

Mother’s Day is a big deal to me. I mean where we would be without Mothers?


SuperPizzaBoy has always been tickled by Sweetie. My beautiful wife and mother to my son.


Not much has changed. Sweetie is still the sun that SPB’s planet revolves around.


I’m just afraid that there are no girls out there that can compete with SPB’s Mom.

with world's greatest MIL

My mother-in-law Nana is the world’s greatest. I have to tell you that she puts up with a lot from me. But I’m worth it, right? Uh, say right! Well lets move on.


My Sister Ellen is also a great mother. She has three beautiful daughters and a wonderful grandson Mr. Beans. Check out Ellen’s blog if you get a chance.


Speaking of great mothers, this is Ellen’s daughter Mary and Mr. Beans.

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This is my favorite photo of my mother who has been gone for some years. She always had that Irish twinkle in her eye. She loved her family very much. 


I don’t think that there was anybody that loved children more than my mother. Here she is getting acquainted with SuperPizzaBoy.

Be sure to appreciate the mothers in your life today.

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Mother’s Day

Happy Mother’s Day to all the Mom’s in my life.


Especially Sweetie, my wife and best friend and mother to our child, even if he towers over her now. He couldn’t have a better Mother nor one that loves him as much as Sweetie does. The love of a mother is awesome to behold.


My Mother-in-Law Nana, best MIL in the world.


My Sister, Ellen, who brought three daughters up to be very capable women.


Two of her daughters, Jillian on the right, and Mary on the left, mother to my nephew, Mr. Beans, seen at the far left.

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My favorite picture (stains and all) of my Mother. She has been gone some years now. I think about her every day and I miss her very much. So much of her personality comes out in this photo.

Who can find a virtuous woman? She is far more precious than jewels… 
Strength and honor are her clothing, and she can laugh at the time to come. 
She opens her mouth with wisdom, and loving instruction is on her tongue. 
She watches over the activities of her household and is never idle. 
Her sons rise up and call her blessed. 
He husband also praises her: 
Many women are capable, but you surpass them all! 
Charm is deceptive and beauty is fleeting, but a woman who fears the Lord will be praised. 
~Proverbs 31:10, 25-30

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