Monday, April 26, 2010

Zoo Trip

I took last Friday off (for a fabulous three-day weekend) and went with Camri, my Grandma Alice, and my cousin Rylie to the St. Louis Zoo. It rained a couple of times (Grandma thought to bring two umbrellas, so we were good) but all of the animals were out running around. The female lion had climbed up a tree, the hippos were swimming laps, and the zebra's were bucking around their pen.

An interesting slug fact.

We also took a short trip to the art museum to check out the mummies.
Rylie (who is from Belleville, Ill.) stayed the rest of the weekend in Belle and even had a sleep-over at our house on Saturday night. Despite it raining the entire weekend, Camri and I had a fantastic weekend.
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Wednesday, April 21, 2010


We finally got the May issue done (one day past deadline). Ugh, it was one after another thing with this one. But it is gone now, and there is nothing more I can do, so good riddance, May Mules and More.

We celebrated Cam's fifth birthday this past week. She choose an "Alice in Wonderland" theme for her party. My mom and I baked "eat me" goodies (cookies, cupcakes, brownies, chocolate covered strawberries). My friend Amie painted faces and they played flamingo croquet. We had tiny "drink me" glasses. And there was A LOT of trampoline jumping. In attendance were two little girls from pre-school (Sami and Allie), Kacie, Cam's riding buddy, and her cousins Rylie, Myckena, and Callen. The rest of the friends/family were there, too. Rylie and Camri both donned costumes, which were extra-cute. It was a really nice way to spend a Sunday.

Now that I've got a little extra time, I'm hoping I can spend the next few days riding and working on web design. I've been slacking big-time in both of those fields. I got a little from both categories done today: Cam and I rode Hoos and Ellie Mae for a short trip around the farm, and I updated the classifieds, calendar of events, and picture page ads.

We love getting the new arrival photos of all those cute foals! Keep them coming! Same goes for photos of everyone out there enjoying this beautiful spring weather with their mules...

Friday, April 9, 2010

Guest Blogger's Bob and Brenda Ammons

I would like to welcome guest bloggers Bob and Brenda Ammons! More "famously" known as Molly Shakespear's humans, Bob and Brenda are attending Columbia Mule Days, and were nice enough to keep us updated on what's going on over there: 
On Wednesday morning, Brenda and I met our good friends, Bill and Helen Eyre from Shelburn, Ind., at a truck stop on Interstate 24 in West Kentucky. We than traveled to Columbia, Tenn. for Columbia Mule Days. After our experience there last year, we knew we were in for another fantastic time. After an  outstanding meal at Stan's Restaurant, we drove to the check-in cabin where we were warmly greeted by Harvey Spann and shown to our camp site.
It's 10 a.m., on Thursday morning at Columbia Mule Days. And the log loading contest is underway. Larry the Cable Guy is assisting the first team and of course the crowd is being very encouraging by yelling GIT-ER-DONE. Larry did a surprisingly good job of assisting with only one mistake.  While holding the reins to the mule used to roll the logs onto the wagon, he turned to the crowd and said that he had the most important job, holding the HORSE!

It's now noon and time to decide on which of the many concession stand to stop at for lunch, they all looked very appetizing.
With lunch under our belts Brenda and Helen inform us its time to check out the flea market. Bill and I knew this would be very time consuming as there were so many.
At 2 p.m., we are back in the bleachers to watch Amazing Grace preform her tricks. This little molly mule does everything from pushing a baby buggy to dunking a basket ball. She even has a staring role in the soon to be released movie "Get Low" with Robert Duvall.
The mule race started around 5 p.m. and it was interesting to me that the shortest mule in the race was the fastest. 
Several other timed events followed.

Once again Columbia Mule Days is an event you just don't want to miss. Thursday's events have been
 great we can hardly wait for Friday to get here.
--Bob and Brenda Ammons

Wednesday, April 7, 2010

Easter Egg Hunt at NASMA Congress

This past Sunday, while we were at the NASMA Congress, the show staff hosted an Easter egg hunt for the little ones before the trail class. I had just walked in to the arena (I was in the next class) and got it on my iphone. These kids were super cute.
I guess I should have been practicing for trail instead of watching this, though... Or more specifically, talking to my mule about how it is not OK to eat the fake plants on the course. Oh, well.

Thursday, April 1, 2010

More Changes...

This ad is in the April issue (which we just got yesterday and will go in the mail tomorrow). Though the changes won't take effect for a while, I am trying to prepare myself.
This change will get magazines to subscribers more efficiently. We always say that if you haven't received your magazine by the 25th of the month, give us a call, and we will replace it for you. Well, that means that if your magazine gets lost in the mail, and we have to send you a new one, you could possibly not get your magazine until the last few days of the month. This way, everyone is getting their magazines quicker and has more time to plan to attend events, which helps our advertisers out, too.
Basically, I will have ten fewer days to put together the July issue. I'm hoping I will be OK.

We are leaving for the NASMA Congress in Tulsa, OK., at 5 a.m. tomorrow morning. Hoosier is clipped and is a beautiful dun color right now. He is almost unrecognizable. Still cute, though. He has had a blanket and sleazy on, but the past few days, it's been to warm for that.