Last weekend we gathered with extended family for our annual holiday (post-holiday) get together. This gathering has changed over the years and for the past two, my aunt and uncle have hosted it at their farm about an hour and a half from us.
Between my grandma, her kids, us grand kids and our kids (the great grands).. there are 55 or so of us. This year was a smaller group than most years, but a great day!
Uncle Bruce had the hay wagon ready to go.
Below are Beau, Johnathan, their littlest cousin Owen, and his mom & dad (my brother and his wife.)
The kids enjoyed checking out the animals in the barn (what a lucky, well-loved bunch of animals!) and my aunt Julie made Beau's whole new year by letting him ride a horse.
Beau loves horses. He draws them and writes about them almost daily. He was so excited.
Here he is visiting with Mike, the farm dog, while Julie saddled up one of the horses in the barn:
Beau got to ride Nicker, a sweet old girl in her senior years.
Julie showed him how to stop, go, and steer.
She even led them over and through some big snowbanks, showing him that horses have four wheel drive. :)
Mike tagged along, loving it.
The other two horses were very curious about the action outside of the fence.
After a while, Julie got on to show Beau how to trot with the horse. He thought the bouncy ride was pretty funny.
And then he was ready to trot solo. (He's super proud of this.)
It was a great day with family! Beau says it was one of his best days ever.
I snapped pictures of the notes he wrote before sending off in the mail:
We're thankful for Bruce & Julie hosting again this year.
They have some baby animals due to arrive this spring, we may have to plan a return visit!
Peace, Love, and Four Wheel Drive Horses,
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