Thursday, August 19, 2010

Days of 47 Rodeo

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My sweet little cowboy, Aaron Jr. walking into the rodeo.

National Anthem

Here are some highlights from each of the events:

LOVE this shot.

It was fun watching the Bareback Bronco riders. Aaron's favorite singer / songwriter, Chris LeDoux was the 1976 Bareback Riding World Champion. (read bio) Chris LeDoux music will forever remind me of Aaron. In fact, the song that I would consider 'our song' that Aaron picked out as a song on our wedding video is a Chris LeDoux song called 'Look At You Girl'. (listen) Wow... I better move on... that song gets me so emotional.

The bull riding was the one Aaron Jr was waiting all night to see. Of course, it was the last event. And these riders did not disappoint. None of the competitors disappointed us. They were all amazing and it was so much fun to watch them all compete. The main scare of the evening was when one of the first riders out got bucked off of his horse and the horse kicked him in the head. You could hear the sound of it all through the stadium and he layed there on the ground for a while. He finally walked out with help and I believe I heard that he had skull fractures, but he would be okay. SO scary. Don't like to see them get hurt.

Suzy, Evelyn, Mark, Mom, Dad
Mark and Suzy are the ones who had tickets and invited us to go with them. It was the week of the 24th of July... and it was such a fun night. We had a blast. THANK YOU, Mark and Suzy.

Leslie, Aaron Jr, Suzy, Evelyn, Mark

Aaron making a mustache out of his empty cotton candy bag. I wonder how long he will continue making a mustache out of everything he can get his hands on. I LOVE it.
Evelyn looking cute... as always.

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An absolute highlight of the evening was when they announced over the loud speaker that we all should welcome President Thomas S. Monson (read bio) into the stadium. He and some of his family came in after it had begun. For a while, my focus was not on the rodeo as much as it was on President Monson and his family. I took a lot of photos... thank heavens for telephoto lenses.

The top left photo is of President Monson when he first comes into the stadium. While everyone clapped and cheered for him, I think he was clapping for the riders. The other photos are of him waving to people.

These photos crack me up. As I watched them across the way, several people offered to let him wear their cowboy hats. This first one he put on and fiddled with it and then the last photo here he is showing how big it is on him. What a character.

Here he is trading hats and I think he settled on this one for the rest of the time.

I LOVE this one.
I am always amazed when I am in the same room as one of the Presidents of our church. Such amazing men with so much love for everyone. I am so grateful for the guidance and direction they are able to give to us in this world that is becoming more and more troubled. I know he is a Prophet of God.
One of my favorite quotes from him:

"There is no fog so dense, no night so dark, no mariner so lost, no gale so strong as to render useless the lighthouse of the Lord." ~ Thomas S. Monson

Anyhow, I will end with my little cowboy again... eating his favorite: Cotton Candy. Mmm...


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Mindy said...

Oh, so many things to love in this post! I love Aaron Jr.'s cute little cowboy bum, I love your rodeo photos, I love a good rodeo, and more than all of it, I love that you got to see President Monson and take photos, and that he goes to rodeos. The hat thing is so funny!

Kristi said...

I always wondered why the horses and bulls were so hopping mad, made enough that they bucked around. It was at the Days of 47 Rodeo when I was 20 that I learned the reason.
It is so funny that Aaron makes mustaches like that. Luke does that with tissue and tape frequently. They have the same brain I think.

Rhitzclan said...

Looks like a fun night! How cool that Pres. Monson showed up!! I love little added bonuses like that =)

LL said...

OH MAN! Lucky to be at the rodeo with President Monson. Wow!
He looks great in the cowboy hat...and that shot of him with it over his eyes, so cute!
Looks like a fun night.

Scott / Lori said...

I NEED to take my kids to a rodeo, preferably a good one like that. Cute pictures and looks like a fun group! Glad you could go.

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