Last weekend we went to Brushy Creek where some friends of Danny's have a corral that needed painting. They call their area the 'shack'.
There were tons of fun stuff to do and we even brought Buster. Buster was the epitome of the perfect bring-along outdoor dog, of course. For instance, he heeled perfectly (except for anytime there were other dogs, cows, vehicles, fires, balls, other people or any distraction at all in the near vicinity). He also demostrated his sit and stay commands to no avail (unless of course he wanted to get up or go somewhere else). He got along surprisingly well with the other dogs (if you call constantly literally crawling up the other dog's behind to sniff it and nipping at the other dogs as the run to fetch the ball when you have no idea what the game of fetch is about getting along). He was a little shy of the gunfire when we were shooting skeet. So NOW we know how to get him to sit down and be quiet more quickly. By the end of every day he was completely exhausted. So exhausted in fact, that every morning he appeared docile (unless of course: see above regarding other dogs, cows, vehicles, fires, balls, other people or any distraction at all).
Enough about the dog. The boys had a blast and didn't want to leave. Shane road his first dirtbike and unfortunately I didn't get a picture of that. In addition, there were bonfires (and melting glass in the bonfire), painting, shooting rockets, shooting spud guns (no pics of that either), shooting BB guns (sounds like alot of shooting --huh?), playing with all the dogs there, gettin' dirty, touring the land and in general -- just TONS of fun. Can I tell you how much fun these boys had without any video games, television, ipods, etc? They were surprised as well!
My 2 very cynical boys came away from the shack with an appreciation for hard work and the beauty of the natural surroundings. For that, my weekend was one of the most memorable ones of the year so far. You can either click on the photo album on the left or click HERE for the pics.