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Kissing llamas, definitely not trail horses, the best Mother’s Day dinner ever, a pathetic (& smelly) border collie, my rockhound almost-husband, and an adorable preschool graduation.

Every week, I make time to connect with the most important people in my life. I have small group, weekly family dinner, Monday phone dates with my best friend, and Skype dates with my prayer partner.

Which is why I want to have a Friday virtual coffee date with you.

I would absolutely love to meet you in person and hear about the ups and downs and in-betweens of your life, but since that’s difficult to manage, the next best thing would be for you to leave me a comment or shoot me an email. I really do care about what’s going on with you! I have an ongoing list in my prayer journal of blog readers who have reached out to me sharing struggles, successes, and just everyday life stuff and I love all of it!

Here’s what’s been going on in my world.

Kissing Llamas

Kissing llamas, definitely not trail horses, the best Mother's Day dinner ever, a pathetic (& smelly) border collie, my rockhound almost-husband, and an adorable preschool graduation.

We have these amazing friends who own a ranch in Colorado. They’ve been inviting us to go out and horseback ride (and Adam has been itching to get out there), but because our weekends have been chalk full of wedding planning, pre-marital counseling, and all kinds of other random things, we just hadn’t had time.

Until last weekend.

They have all kinds of animals out there, but I instantly fell in love with their 2-year-old llama, Mr. T.

This is not my first llama experience. I lived on a Christian Youth Farm for a few months and we had a couple of llamas there, but they were NOTHING like Mr. T.

Mr. T is the friendliest llama I’ve ever met and he instantly captured my heart. He was curious and cuddly and almost like a loyal dog in a llama’s body.

We did all kinds of fun things that day, but hanging out with Mr. T was my favorite.

It’s not everyday you meet a friendly llama.

Kissing llamas, definitely not trail horses, the best Mother's Day dinner ever, a pathetic (& smelly) border collie, my rockhound almost-husband, and an adorable preschool graduation.

Definitely Not Trail Horses

And, of course, we went horseback riding!

Now, when Shannon asked if I had horseback riding experience, my answer was yes. I rode horses at a ranch our family friends ran in New Mexico growing up, I rode horses at Girl Scout camps, and I’ve been on a few trail rides here and there in my teenage and adult years in Arizona and Colorado.

But, see, I’ve pretty much only ridden trail horses. You know, the horses that are pretty much on autopilot where my job is basically just to sit there.

These were gorgeous horses, but, as Shannon described, they are “working horses,” meaning this was not a sit back on autopilot kind of experience.

Kissing llamas, definitely not trail horses, the best Mother's Day dinner ever, a pathetic (& smelly) border collie, my rockhound almost-husband, and an adorable preschool graduation.
Kissing llamas, definitely not trail horses, the best Mother's Day dinner ever, a pathetic (& smelly) border collie, my rockhound almost-husband, and an adorable preschool graduation.

Don’t get me wrong, these are great horses! They just aren’t horses that are satisfied merely following each other in a gentle walk.

Even though Adam had even less horseback riding experience than me, he ended up on the spunky horse.

At one point, he was trying to slow the horse down and the horse wasn’t understanding what he was asking for.

All of our hearts were racing for a minute there while Shannon gave Adam instructions to calm the horse down.

He handled it like a champ.

Like I said, they have all kinds of animals out there, so we met llamas, alpacas, lambs, sheep, and turkey.

It was so fun to see all of their personalities come out, even just in the short time we were there.

The guy with the big horns? That’s Bill, the goat. He is a rescue with a pretty rough past and they are still working on rehabilitating him, but he has made himself at home there…to the point that he even lets himself into their house by opening their sliding glass door with his horns!

It was such a great day and I’m glad we took a weekend off to enjoy it.

Kissing llamas, definitely not trail horses, the best Mother's Day dinner ever, a pathetic (& smelly) border collie, my rockhound almost-husband, and an adorable preschool graduation.
Kissing llamas, definitely not trail horses, the best Mother's Day dinner ever, a pathetic (& smelly) border collie, my rockhound almost-husband, and an adorable preschool graduation.
Kissing llamas, definitely not trail horses, the best Mother's Day dinner ever, a pathetic (& smelly) border collie, my rockhound almost-husband, and an adorable preschool graduation.

The Best Mother’s Day Dinner Ever

Kissing llamas, definitely not trail horses, the best Mother's Day dinner ever, a pathetic (& smelly) border collie, my rockhound almost-husband, and an adorable preschool graduation.

On Mother’s Day morning, I wanted to surprise my mom with breakfast. I stayed up late prepping it all on Saturday night and woke up at 5:45am on Sunday morning to get it all cooked.

My sister’s strawberries & cream scones turned out delicious. The fruit was perfectly ripe. But my sweet corn & zucchini quiche with a sweet potato crust? Well…

I was so bummed that all of the vegetables I’d added to the quiche made it super watery, so it just didn’t cook or set well. It still tasted good, but it was not the perfect breakfast I was going for.

Fortunately, my mother is amazing and she just focused on the fact that her not-a-morning-person daughter had gotten up at O’dark thirty to cook for her.

For dinner, my brother-in-law made us all Asian grilled salmon and asparagus with wild rice. And somehow, I didn’t even get a picture of the 4-layer coconut cake he’d made, but it was by far the best salmon I’d ever tasted and possibly the best meal I’d ever had.

A Pathetic (& Smelly) Border Collie

Boots had to have his teeth cleaned earlier this week. If you haven’t had to do this with your pets before, it’s a big, expensive ordeal that involves your pets going under anesthesia and basically spending an entire day at the vet’s office.

My vet (whom I absolutely love) had quoted me between $800 and $1,000 for the cleaning and that just wasn’t happening now. Fortunately, I found a vet in Denver that would do it for around $200 and I jumped on that immediately!

Long story short, when I dropped Boots off at the vet that morning, he smelled just fine. When  I picked him up later that afternoon, he stunk to high heavens.

And I had a loooong drive back home with him afterward.

Kissing llamas, definitely not trail horses, the best Mother's Day dinner ever, a pathetic (& smelly) border collie, my rockhound almost-husband, and an adorable preschool graduation.

I let him rest that day and recover from the anesthesia, but the next day, I gave him a very thorough bath. I went over his entire body with shampoo three times just to make sure we got all of the stink out.

He hates baths, so he gave me the most pathetic look the entire time I was “torturing” him (AKA rubbing him down with gentle massage under a stream of warm water).

He survived and now he smells lovely.

My Rockhound Almost-Husband

Kissing llamas, definitely not trail horses, the best Mother's Day dinner ever, a pathetic (& smelly) border collie, my rockhound almost-husband, and an adorable preschool graduation.

“Almost-Husband” <- that feels so weird to say! I’m not even sure I’ve gotten used to calling him my fiance yet, but we’ve only got one month yet before we’re married!

His family has been hard at work putting together a slideshow of pictures for our rehearsal dinner, but there was one missing that we needed to take the other night.

Adam takes hundreds of pictures of rocks, but he’s never actually in them. So, we had to show him off in all of his rockhound glory.

This picture really doesn’t even do it justice, considering this is just a tiny fraction of all of the rocks he has found, bought, displayed, and collected, but it was at least something to counter my moose obsession!

Just like in Adam’s picture, this is just a tiny fraction of all of the moose things I own (this was taken one Christmas about a decade ago), but it gets the point across.

My niece and nephew keep saying, “So, your house is just going to be full of moose and rocks, isn’t it?”

That’s probably pretty accurate.

Kissing llamas, definitely not trail horses, the best Mother's Day dinner ever, a pathetic (& smelly) border collie, my rockhound almost-husband, and an adorable preschool graduation.

An Adorable Preschool Graduation

Kissing llamas, definitely not trail horses, the best Mother's Day dinner ever, a pathetic (& smelly) border collie, my rockhound almost-husband, and an adorable preschool graduation.

My nephew graduated from preschool the other night!

I can’t believe how fast he is growing up. That little boy is going to do amazing things in life. At 5 years old, he amazes me with his math skills and combined with the fact that he loves to figure out how things work and is a master Lego builder, I have a feeling he has all of the makings of a future engineer.

The graduation was adorable.

When I was teasing him beforehand about standing up and cheering for him during the ceremony, Caden told me very seriously, “Aunt Becky, I’m not going to wave at you during the graduation because that’s against the rules and that would be a distraction.”

They sang songs, recited poems, wore shark hats, galloped to the William Tell Overture, and got their official certificates.

Sniff. That sweet little guy is going to kindergarten.

Kissing llamas, definitely not trail horses, the best Mother's Day dinner ever, a pathetic (& smelly) border collie, my rockhound almost-husband, and an adorable preschool graduation.

What’s New With You?

Enough about me, I want to hear about YOU.

Have you ever met a llama?

Do you have experience horseback riding?

What did you have for a special Mother’s Day meal?

Does your dog like baths?

Do you collect anything?

Have you been to any graduations yet this year?