Tuesday, January 25, 2011

Staci in Wonderland

So this past Friday I am officially finished with classes towards my LVN!! YEEEY ME!!

So, I decided I needed a getaway, and what better place then Chulagua Ranch!! Yes what you see above is the actual ranch I went to get away, isnt it fantastic? Its for sale...anyone? anyone? haha, its owned by friends of my friends and they were gracious enough to invite me along for a weekend of rest and a lil play!!

This is actually a spring coming out of a cave....whaaaa?? yes for real, and I tasted the water....can i just say AMAZING!!!

What a view!!

This is me and Manderson with Fatima the camel, yes i said camel, and no were not in the middle east!! She apparently likes hair as much as she likes hay!

"FATIMA , EAT YOUR HAM YOU FAT LARD!!" that was for all you napoleon fans! :)

This is what we did for most of the time we were there, look at that sky!!! UGH beautiful, and peaceful!!! God I love the hill country!

This place was a little like walking into wonderland, with animals i had NEVER even heard of like:

A Nilgai (pronounce NIL-GUY)

The nilgai, sometimes called nilgau, is an antelope, and is one of the most commonly seen wild animals of central and northern India and eastern Pakistan; it is also present in parts of southern Nepal. The mature males appear ox-like and are also known as blue bulls. The nilgai is the biggest Asian antelope.

Here is Diablo, the Nilgai at the ranch, he was a little camera shy but i thought this was an amazing picture of him (shot by manderson after chasing him around on the atv's for at least an hour) in the shadows like a real demon! priceless!! They call him that because the males are the only ones that get dark the females remain a light brown, or tan color. Look at me sounding all smart! ;)

Then there are the Père David's

Père David's Deer, Elaphurus davidianus, also known as the Milu, is a species of deer known only in captivity. It prefers marshland, and is believed to be native to the subtropics of China.

I obviously did not write this information, but what you read below is what the owner of the ranch told me about these guys, and it is amazing that they have these rare deer

This species of deer was first made known to Western science in 1865, by Father Armand David (Père David), a French missionary working in China. At the time, the only surviving herd was in the Imperial Hunting Park near Peking, and belonging to the Chinese emperor. The last herd of Père David's Deer that remained in China were eaten by Western and Japanese troops that were present at the time of the Boxer Rebellion.

After Father David publicized their existence, a few animals were illegally transported to European countries for exhibitional purpose, and bred there. After the remaining population in China was extirpated, the Duke of Bedford was instrumental in saving the deer, which was already extinct by 1900 in its native China. He acquired the few remaining deer from European zoos and nurtured a herd at Woburn Abbey. Threatened again by both World Wars, the milu were saved largely because of the Duke's determination to keep them alive. The current population stems from this herd. These deer are now found in zoos around the world. Two herds of Père David's Deer were reintroduced to Nanhaizi Milu Park, Beijing, and Dafeng Reserve, Jiangsu Province, China, in the late 1980s. From the latter one, a third herd was established at the Tian'ezhou Wetland Reserve, Hebei Province in 1996. In spite of the small population size, the animals do not appear to suffer genetic problems from a genetic bottleneck, suggesting that a previous bottleneck had already removed harmful recessive alleles.

When they were assessed for the IUCN Red List (1996), they were classified as "critically endangered" in the wild, under criterion D: "[wild] population estimated to number less than 50 mature individuals". As of the latest assessment in October 2008, they are now listed as extinct in the wild.

wow right??

Then there were the Barasingha

The Barasingha and the Pere Davids may look like regular ole deer, but i kid you not these things stood 2 or 3 times bigger than a lil white tail....insane!

And the Aoudad

These guys also gave us the run around, i laughed at mandy as she raced towards them on her ATV trying to catch a pic of them and they ran up into the hills, one of them thankfully stopped to give us the "what the hell" look as you see above!

Then there were the Addax and the Arabian Oryx

These guys scared the poop outta me, everytime we got close they would turn around and give us the look of death, and with those big ole swords on their heads wouldnt you be scared too?? Seriously like some bipolar unicorns right there!!

And just to prove I wasnt such a girly girl this weekend here is a pic of me on the ATV! YEEEAH look at me go! (i was seriously tired of mandy takin pics of me so i purposely turned my head, as if that would hide me)

All In all it was a great time, lots of relaxing and playing and i am so thankful for the invite!! If by chance your a millionare and are interested in buying said place i can hook ya up!! ;)

Monday, January 24, 2011

For You....i love u

Oh these times are hard, they are making us crazy dont give up on me baby!

Wednesday, January 19, 2011

Not so incredible pizza!!

So Monday was lil mans birthday and since we didn't have the kind of shindig that his big bubba had for his bday back in September we promised to take him to "incredible pizza" where the pizza is NOT so incredible, but unfortunately BOTH the boys came down with the flu this weekend, Logan's began to taper off by Sunday and by Sunday evening Landon came down with the fever, so we had to put off the pizza craziness until Tuesday evening....so Monday on his bday daddy made a steak and potato dinner!! Here is the lil man posing next to the set table. He may look well but trust me that was after much coaching!!
So then Tuesday evening after the poor lil guy laid in bed all day we told him we would take him as long as he didn't have a fever.....his fever was down most of the day so by evening time he was ready, truth be told he didn't feel so incredible but we had a good time none the less!
Jay and Landon on the go carts!

Me and Jay

Me and the boys!

We had a great time, landon was out in 2.5 seconds once we started driving! All in all he had a great birthday!!!

Monday, January 17, 2011

Happy Birthday Baby Boy!

I still remember the day I found out we were going to have you, oh sure i wanted a girl, but I KNEW you would be a boy, I knew your rambunctious personality before you even showed your face, you never stopped moving!!! Your big brother NEVER stopped talking about how excited he was to meet you!! And when you arrived we all just instantly fell in love! You have brought such GREAT joy to all of our lives.....completing us.

Happy Birthday to my sweet lil Landon!!!


Busy Busy

It has been very busy lately, along with trying to pass all my finals and get through the last few weeks of school i have helped plan a baby shower and have a bday party....UGH...and lets not forget to mention i finally got glasses!!! Yes i did it, probably could have used them alot sooner but oh well!!! The world is a whole new place to me now!! I know i look super happy in this pic but i always feel so stupid smiling when im takin a pic of myself.....ugh my forhead looks big!

moving on.....

The cake for Andreas shower, Andrea and I have known one another since fifth grade, she has Addi whos about to be 3 and just had Wyatt!! Wyatt was born at 29 weeks so the lil guy is still in the NICU but he is breathing on his own now and just has some growing to do! Praise God that he is doing well!!

And since we are talking about Babies I must announce the birth of lil Emmerson Grace born on the 14th of January weighing in at 5 lbs 11 oz's!!! This is my bee fri Lindsays second lil girl!! And they could literally be twins. Her daughter Sydney Rayne was born on Logans birthday 4 years ago and we were pushing for Emmy to be born today on Landons bday, but it didnt work out that way ;) they would have had the same bdays and be born the same distance apart!! Crazy huh? Here she is in all her glory!! beautiful!!!

And then there was lil man landons bday party yesterday! Mommy was waaay too tired to have the whole neighborhood over so we just had a small get together with the family, he raked it in as usual and LOVED his "skelly" cake (thats what he calls skeletons) I cannot believe he is five!!!

Well thats it for now!! Arent you amazed i was able to give you two blogs in one day!!!?? Till next time!