The morning of the 4th of July, we all piled into our cars and drove to St. Paul for their big 4th of July Rodeo and Carnival. We got there with some time to spare, so we had some fun at the carnival.
And explored the rodeo grounds on our way to our seats.
The kids all sat together, and all the boys agreed that their favorite part was the Rodeo Clown.
When the rodeo was over we had to walk through part of the carnival to get back to our car, that is when we found the mechanical bull! Jacob said he wanted to do it, so we signed him up and he went for it.
Then Dylan said he wanted to do it, so we signed him up and he had to wait for a couple people to have their turn before his. And the boy before him was older and was actually one of the participants in the rodeo with his number still pinned on the back of his shirt. So the man operating the bull gave him a wild ride since he knew he could handle it. And next in line Dylan was watching wide-eyed. When the older boy got bucked off, the operator ran the bull as fast as it would go with no one on his back. When he was done, he looked at Dylan and said, OK your turn…Justin put him up on the bull and he was not having it and wanted down. Since we already paid, I asked Jacob if he wanted another turn and he said yes, so he got to go twice, and loved it!
When we got back to the ranch, several of the families started packing up their “camp” since they would be leaving early the next day. The sun had started setting and the clouds were beautiful that evening.
After we got all the kiddos to bed, we did what we had been doing every night since the family started arriving, sitting around the tables lit up with camplights, with our drinks and talking and laughing until it was way too late.
It was a really fun time together as family and I look forward to what our next reunion will bring!