Yesterday, Friday, May 7th, Lyssa went to Longhorn Arena with her school's second grade as a field trip. They took part in six events, each with a story and some skill involved, of course they were given lessons before trying anything. It was a very beautiful day, the sun was shinning, the wind was blowing a nice breeze, and the kids were smiling. Mrs. Jones is the 2ngd grade teacher responsible for putting this together, Lyssa doesn't have her as a teacher, but we still appreciate everything she did and does for the kids. After all, what other school gets to do this and be on the news and in the newspaper? Watching some of those kids faces was priceless. Some had never been on a horse before or even seen one up close. This was Lyssa's third time, although she was so happy you would think it was her first.
Then, they went on to a Branding station, where each child got a brand put on their hand and made up their own brand to put on a bull. Then they were blind folded and had to try to place a brand on the bull, it was a lot like pin the tail on the donkey and it was just as fun to watch. Next up was tossing rubber snakes into a pair of cowboy boots, the girls seems to like that, I figure only because the snakes were plastic. Then on to try to deliver the mail. They were told the story about the Pony Express, and how there was no mail truck to deliver mail the very next day after you sent it, and there were a few obstacles that stood in the way of the one running the mail. There were Indians they had to run from, there was the weather, such as rain, and snakes to deal with, and also the chances of being robbed. On this course there was an Indian to chase them, some one squirting water, someone throwing snakes (large rubber ones this time), and someone with water guns with their face covered with a bandanna.
Then, they finally took a break. They had trail mix and cactus juice, green Hawaiian Punch, for snack. It was a nice time to sit and look at all of their faces, and still know they were having a wonderful time. Then, they groomed a miniature pony, I am thinking this belonged to Carter, Lyssa's "friend", as his step-dad was the one who brought him.
Although Ellyssa doesn't want me to include any pictures of her and her "friend" Carter, I simply must, as she spent most of the day by his side. He has even called her, I'm trying to come to the realization that my daughter is growing up, however all I can think is that she's 8 and at 8, I never new there was difference in boys and girls, we were all just friends. Now, her Dad is the one with high blood pressure over it, he has already said he is going to have to put his foot down to these boys. He did say, however, that the day he spent with Carter on the hike in Bear Creek, he got to know him and he's a really good boy. He also said, that just looking at Lyssa we had to know this was going to happen sooner or later, she's a very pretty girl. In closing, it was a wonderful day, and I can't believe 2nd grade is almost over.