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Thursday, January 21, 2016

Count Down To Arrival

One month from today, Little Miss Bower Marie is due to arrive!
 Can you feel this MooMaw's excitement!?!?!

Little Miss Bower Marie was the guest of honor at the most beautiful baby shower ever!
Hosted by her Aunties, she and her Mommy and Daddy were highlighted in so many ways.

Her Mommy and Daddy's baby photos were displayed throughout the room.
There were four vintage display jars with their photos, which made great take home gifts for the grandmas!
Great Idea!

Photos were attached to balloons, floating around the room too!

 A coffee and hot chocolate bar!


That cake!

Let's not forget the gifts!
So Many Gifts!
So Many Wonderful Blessings of Gifts!

This is a face of shock, concentration, and clear understanding.
Mommy was opening up Bower's Spurs!
Ironically, this was the first gift her Mommy opened.
If you don't know the story of our family and spurs, you can read it here.
Those of you that do know the story, these spurs are the child's spurs given to Grandma B during My Daddy's memorial service.
Upon Grandma's passing, I asked, when the time was right, if the spurs could be returned to me.
When The Big Kids told us they were expecting, the time was right!
Even more so, when they decided to name the baby my family name!
Those spurs belong to Little Miss Bower!
They will forever provide her with protection, a reminder of her heritage, and a gift from PaPa.

Oh the stories her Daddy will tell her when she asks about them and what they are.
I so want to be a fly on the wall, to watch and listen!
Speaking of wall....
And Heritage...
MooPaw and I had these photos framed for Bower's room and new house.
 Note that she will forever have her MooPaw's phone number!
I mean, really....
Who do you call when Mommy and Daddy tell you "NO"?
Many other fabulous gifts and books!
The request, on the invitation, was "A Book For Baby".
Bring a singed book instead of a card.
What an additional gift!
Most small children's books can be purchased for the cost of a nice card.
Bower now has her own library of books!
Some Used.
Some New.
Some Special.
I made sure to provide her Daddy's two favorite books from his toddler years.
Bower's Mommy's childhood babysitter gifted Mommy's bible, from when she was little!
So Special! 

That Special Aunt made Little Miss Bower Marie this Raggedy Ann and Andy blanket, as well as, Raggedy Ann and Andy dolls and several other handmade baby necessity items.
She's just crafty like that!
There were also two handmade baby quilts gifted by Granny B, but made by her niece.
Quilts are always a baby or wedding gift from Granny B.
Although her eyes and hands won't allow her to quilt any longer, there is always a proper gift from our 93 year old Granny!
Little Miss Bower Marie will have these her entire life.
They can be passed to her children and grand children.
That Special Aunt also made a gift for MooMaw's house!
It is the cutest kite blanket ever!
"Good Night Cowgirl"
By Glenn Dromgoole
Illustrated by Barbra Clack
I am so excited to read this to Bower!
So fitting!

Mommy is blessed to be surrounded by amazing friends!
The day of the shower the weather was a winter mix of snow and rain.
These girls drove Mommy to and from the shower.
They had about a 45 mile drive across Osage Country in Northern Oklahoma.
If anyone knows that part of the state, the weather can turn bad within the length of their drive.
Thank You, Ladies, for keeping Mommy and Little Miss Bower Marie safe!
We can now mark out that 6, and replace it with 4!
Not that this MooMaw is rushing anything!
Little Miss Bower Marie can stay captive within her Mommy as long as she needs,

Tuesday, January 19, 2016

A Boy and His New Toy

We had to retire "PaPa's Truck"!
My Daddy drove this truck up to his dying days.
He loved this truck.

Upon Daddy's death, the truck was handed down to Drewman.
Drewman was 15 when Daddy passed away.
The truck was Daddy's way of helping Drewman, as he had helped The Big Boy.
Daddy provided property and feed for The Big Boy's cattle while he was attending college.
The hope was "PaPa's Truck" would last Drewman through his college days.

Over the course of the past 8 to 10 months, Drewman has spent more time driving my Edge than he has "Papa's Truck".
The truck has been a great truck, and is a good truck still.
Although Drewman has taken great care of "PaPa's Truck", it just isn't suiting the needs, to be on the road, as much as Drewman travels.
A decision had to be made, to put more money into "Papa's Truck" or retire it.

The guys had been on the search for several weeks.
Every time they would find a truck with Drewman's wants and price range, as well as, Flower Boy's needs and condition requirements, the truck was gone when they made the call.
For some reason, Fancy Good Cheap trucks sell really FAST!

When this truck came up on the interweb,
Drewman quickly made the call to the dealership, then reached out to Flower Boy on his findings.
Several calls were made back and forth between Drewman, Flower Boy, and the dealership.
We even reached out to family in the area to test drive the truck.

Rockin' B Ranch is known for road trips!
We always take road trips to purchase cattle.
Road trips are required to deliver Rockin' B GSD puppies to their new homes.
We even took a road trip to purchase my Edge.
Therefore, shopping for Drewman a newer truck was no different.
We went on a road trip.

We left the ranch early one morning, making one stop before heading south, into Texas.
We went to Kansas to purchase my vehicle, so why not Texas for Drewman's?

After the guys did their test drive and inspection, they did a dance with the salesman and the truck was purchased.
Just look at those smiles!

Does anyone recognize the salesman?
Ruben James (RJ) Washington!
He played football for the Sooners!
Oklahoma Ranch Family, born and bred Oklahoma State Cowboy's, travel to Texas to purchase a truck, from an OU Sooners football player!

It was a great day!
Everyone was happy!
Drewman loves his new toy!

To those of you who look for "PaPa's Truck" and wave at Drewman...
You may find me putting around in it, doing egg deliveries, on Saturday mornings!

Rancher Girl