I heard this song on the radio last night and I couldn't get in the house fast enough to google the lyrics to track down this song. Enjoy!

i'm to blame

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I heard this song on the radio last night and I couldn't get in the house fast enough to google the lyrics to track down this song. ...
and my first thought was "how about for 0 kids because these 2 call me Aunt.....do I look good for 0 kids?"

These 2 and I spent Valentine's Day at the Crystal Classic in Green River, WY. We had a super busy day and its safe to say we were all worn out! The only difference is they got a nap, Aunt Jen did not. Miller Baby was asleep before we hit the Green River city limit sign and Little Boy made it about 7 miles.

The Crystal Classic is a winter festival centered around an ice sculpting competition. This year the weather was amazing for the festival goers....not so much for the competitors. It was 55 degrees! We need winter to return! The Crystal Classic has so many activities that are good for the big kids and little kids alike.

We started out the day with a little physical activity....the Frostbite 5K! I ran, pushing Miller Baby in the stroller while Little Boy rode his Strider bike. We did have to stop halfway for snack time, but we made the whole 3.1 miles in a little over an hour. I thought the kids did great and the title of this blog was born out of the race, Little Boy even took home a medal for making it the whole way!
Ready for our 3.1!

"I won the gold!"

After running/biking a 5K, we were starved so we hit up the Boy Scouts pancake breakfast before we took part in a Treasure Hunt, craft time and then took a stroll around to check out the ice sculptures. This one was our favorite! You can't see it, but there was a fire behind it so you could see flames! The T-Rex and Olaf from Frozen were also very popular.
The Flaming Guitar
After checking out the ice sculptures, we participated in the Ice Cube Hunt. Little Boy was a seasoned pro and completely filled his bag. Miller Baby did great until she looked up to see kids rushing towards her, then she hid behind me. Luckily, brother decided that he would share some of his prizes with her.



We had a great day, but I'm not sure how parents keep up with these youngins' day in and day out. I was exhausted!







When Assistant Pack Leader came for Mountain States Circuit Finals rodeo this year, she wanted to visit sheep camp, so we went to visit one of my ranchers and he showed us the ropes of his multi-state, multi-county range sheep and cattle operation.

Q: What is the oldest you will keep ewes?

A: I keep older sheep than most people around here do because I have the set up to keep them in on better ground instead of going out into the desert. If they have good teeth and are raising lambs, I'll keep them until they are 7 or 8.

Q: How often do you see the sheep?

A: In the winter, I will see the sheep (and the herders) every 2-3 days. Winter range is about 100 miles from the ranch so its a pretty big trip, especially when we have to feed the sheep because I can't fit all the supplies into one pickup load.

Q: After you cut the bucks out and make them into their own herd, do you have trouble with them fighting and hurting each other?
A: Not too often, they are usually tired and have enough space where they can spread out enough to not cause problems with each other.

Q: When you have guard dog puppies and they don't make it as guard dogs...can they be transitioned into a pet for someone?
A: Yes they can, but its hard to find people that are really prepared to care for a guard dog. They are often very protective of the house and yard, they get to be huge...which translates into alot of dog poo and expensive eating habits. 
I took the vacation of a lifetime this year! It all started with an extremely stressful day at work and a phone call from Military Friend asking if I wanted to go to Hawaii....within 24 hours the flights were booked!

Military Friend, her parents and I spent 10 days in paradise.....Maui, Hawaii

I've never really been to the beach, like where it was warm enough to actually get in the water....well more than a toe in the water! And so, In January I went from

to this in less than 12 hours!


Everyday we did something, but made sure to leave time for coffee while watching the sunrise and tanning in the afternoon/evening hours. Our first day, we got provisions and ate breakfast out. I made sure that I sampled the local delicacy and ordered SPAM for breakfast. A bit salty, but not too bad.
Stay tuned for updates on what I think you should do when you visit Maui!
If you remember back when I decided to join the Pay It Forward movement I got at least 5 comments and consequently 5 chances to pay it forward, to make someone's day with a surprise gift. So I've been working on this post for about over a year to share with you what I thought these people would most love getting in the mail from me!

#1 Fellow blogger and OSU alumni, Amy - If you guys don't know Amy you are missing a gem. Check out her blog and get to know her a little better! I followed accounts of her proposal, engagement and am looking forward to the accounts of her wedding day....both from her and Football Fan. She lost her dad in a car accident in 2011 and I know she might miss him a little extra on her way down the aisle. So for her pay it forward, I thought she might like a bouquet charm so that her dad could be with her on her wedding day. Congratulations on your wedding Amy, I wish you forever happiness!


#2 Fellow blogger and OSU alumni, Tiffany - Tiffany is the author of not 1, but 2 blogs! She is a huge advocate for agriculture and the good life in general. You can check out her personal blog here and her agriculture blog here. She semi recently took a job as an ag law professor with Texas A&M. I had this picture that I took one morning at sheep camp on my blog a couple different places. Each time she commented how much she loved it AND since she tooted my horn by asking to use it on her agriculture blog, I decided that she needed a copy for her own wall.....in poster size. Hope you enjoy looking at a Wyoming sunrise over sheep camp!


#3 The contributor of music and co-worker, Bryan - Bryan is my co-worker even though he works for the "other guys" (NRCS). He is the one that is responsible for the music each month on Almost Gypsy Soul. He took some radio classes in college and was considering an online radio station, so I hired him before he could get that gig up and going. He is a die hard Wyoming fan, so its only fitting that he get a Wyo Pokes pay it forward gift.


#4 Eastern co-worker, Kimberly - Kimberly and I are the youngest WY FSA employees and are very similar. Even though we have never lived on the same side of the state we have become very good friends. When I first moved to WY, I lived on the eastern side, she lived in southwest Wyoming. A couple years later we flip-flopped. She is a true Wyoming girl, loves those Cowboys. For her gift I found this super cute ring made out of a Wyoming quarter. I knew it was perfect the minute I saw it!



#5 Alaskan Mom, Erin - Erin and I worked in the same FSA office in eastern Wyoming. I am in awe of her and her family for following their dreams all the way to Alaska. You can check out her blog and follow the Adventures of Our Alaskan Life. Erin semi-recently took a job just like mine...except in Alaska! Its no secret that with the roll-out of the 2014 Farm Bill and years of retroactive disaster programs the stress levels around USDA have been in high gear. She is rocking the job (especially being the only one in Alaska) and she deserves some beautiful flowers to remind her how awesome she is!

So I know it took me way longer than 1 year to complete my pay it forward challenge, but that is ok. I wanted to make sure it was something that would mean something to each person rather than just a checkmark on my list. I really hope that each and everyone on my list enjoys their gift. And remember you don't have to participate in a challenge to pay it forward!

Pay it forward

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If you remember back when I decided to join the Pay It Forward movement I got at least 5 comments and consequently 5 chances to pay it forw...
Are you already running, walking or biking? If you are then download the Charity Miles app on your phone.


By logging miles, a sponsor picks you up and donates to the charity of your choice based on how many miles you log.


Bikers earn 10 cents per mile


and runners/walkers earn 25 cents per mile.

Join me....for 100 miles this year!
If you don’t mind I would like to take a little walk down memory lane this February. With today’s hit-or-miss music, it’s hard to beat the “classics” from the 80’s and 90’s. And don’t worry, I’ll throw in a red dirt favorite too.
Here we go…


Fool Hearted Memory; King, George Strait
Much too Young…; Garth Brooks
Meet Me in Montana; Dan Seals and Marie Osmond
High Cotton; Alabama
The Road Goes on Forever… And the Party Never Ends; Robert Earl Keen 


Enjoy!

My apologies for being late.....again.