Well we’re in to the warmer weeks of the summer, but the cooler days of Fall are just around the corner. The summer is flying by, but we know that’s what happens when you’re having so much fun! Here’s a peek at our week that started with a friendly visitor to the ranch Sunday afternoon. Our guests were arriving and this gal came trotting through to bid a warm welcome as well! For a minute we wondered which of the horses had gotten out from the sound of her hooves coming down the driveway. What a treat to kick off the week! 130134154       And then just like that, she crossed the river and headed out. We’re calling her “ Split” because of the missing right tip to her ear. Most likely she lost it to the cold one winter, but one thing is for sure—it will help us identify her if we see her again. And we hope we do! 156164171176 wire[6] Our ranch kitty Butters posing for his glamour shots!! In the Staff Show words of his dad, Papa Eddie, we’re certain he’s saying, “I am so handsome.” 238 wire[6] Birthday fun at the ranch! Chef Eddie’s famous chocolate-covered, cream- filled puffs are the BEST!! Especially when you add a light show on top! 019 wire[6] Every Wednesday things are hopping here in the Buckhorn Saloon! There is never a shortage of boot stomps and laughs! 026030032037042044050      Heck, we’re living it up so much, sometimes the COPS have to come check in on us! Oh no wait. We know that guy! Stopping in for dinner before he heads out on his next call.  He just needed to make sure we were doing our “Draw!” move correctly where we’ve added that to our dances. 054 After a few adjustments, we were permitted to continue kicking up our heels! 057076072071       And here below is Laura—aka “Smiley”. Who makes us laugh. Not to mention she is a tremendous help to Tammy on Wednesday nights teaching the guests and showing everyone a great time. She is quite the dancer! In addition, her record for cup transportation? Is unsurpassed. Those are SKILLS folks! Now if she could do the cotton Eye Joe with those in hand…..(#bestbuckybeaverbadgewinever. ) 079083 wire[6] A rainbow for Pow Wow! 085 wire[6] And a little “dress up” for our cowpokes at the candy store! 022024029038035040051042052055057 Kids and horses. Some of our favorite things. But together? There’s pure magic. 067 wire[6]       Just want to give a shout out to our awesome new massage therapist Louise Walker who has offered her services here this summer and done a FANTASTIC job at pampering our guests. The feedback has been beyond impressive and on top of that we just love her wonderful energy around the ranch. She has made herself available at any time during the week and our guests have let us know they highly recommend taking advantage of the opportunity to spoil yourself a bit with a massage by Louise. Your muscles will thank you!! 072 wire[6] A few more photos from the week! We love when talented musicians sit down at our antique piano and bring it to life! The sounds fill the lodge and you can almost feel how happy these old walls are! 073076 Doing what he does best—making you laugh! 078 What are these guys up to?? Making some memories with the other ranch kids—that’s for sure! 082083088116092093098 Catching minnows! 101107114119 Our Big Chief on her painted steed! 124 And how ‘bout some team spirit for our Wild West Showdown? 134 It’ll test your skills, your speed AND your “rough-toughness”! Haha! 147149208182187191 (Not to mention whether or not you’re secure enough with yourself to dress this ridiculously.) 211218 Wrapping up the games with ice cream and awards is a great way to finish up the week. But that’s not the finale for our kids’ program…. 223226 The counselors lose again and it’s into the pool with them! 233245253 But a group hug makes it all better!! 267 Isn’t that what a ranch family is for? What a fantastic week!