My family went home to Lakeside Ranch for the week of Thanksgiving.  My parents ranch is located in Inverness, Fl on 800 acres.  It was nice to escape the Utah chilly weather and spend our time outdoors in sunny Florida.  My favorite thing about Lakeside Ranch is that my boys wake up at 7 am, put on their boots, and then head out the back door.  I maybe see them 2 or 3 times the rest of the day.  They stay down at the barn and play all day.  I just remind them that they need to come inside when it gets dark.  They shoot their nerf guns, ride scooters, ride bikes, play with ponies, climb on hay bails, go fishing and use the whole day for imaginary play.  No TV.  No Ipad.  No technology.  It was wonderful.

Here are a few pictures from our Florida getaway.


Garrett couldn’t walk the full mile.  Mommy helped him out a little.


Walking the Oreo back to the barn (about 1 mile).


Feeding the horses early in the morning.


Quality Cousin Time.


Florida Gardening


Lots of pony time.


A few carriage rides


I made 3 homemade pies… 2 pumpkin and 1 banana cream pie. Yum!


A little fresh fishing.


Quality Family time!

I wish we could have stayed longer, but after 10 days it was time to return to cold and snowy Utah.  We flew back on my husband’s 32 nd birthday–> December 3rd and arrived in the middle of blizzard! Back to winter reality! The boys love the snow and all the fun things that come along with 10 inches of snow in our backyard.  Grant started Brighton ski school yesterday… in 0 degree (that’s right- zero) blizzard weather.  He loved every second of it! He is a mountain kid just like his mountain Daddy!  Garrett wants to snowboard this year.  He doesn’t like skiing.  Should be an interesting season.

PicMonkey Collageski


Can’t wait to go home again in a few months.  Until then, we will enjoy this beautiful cold snow!


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