Clay, a pledge brother of Jeff's, his wife Lindsey and their son Arlington live on Stuart Ranch along with Clay's mother Terry (the Ranch Manager) and Clay's brother Robert (the ranch's Head Horse Trainer). Clay also works on the ranch as head of Stuart Ranch Outfitters.
Now you can see why plans were made so far ahead - this family is busy!
I felt a bit like a tourist, wandering around the barns with my camera, but I didn't want to miss any of Britton's reactions to all the animals - mares, foals, and ponies, cows and dogs! She really got into practicing her animal noises too.
Robert and Terry were working out some horses in the arena, and they didn't mind us dropping by. Terry sat little Arlington on the saddle with her as we watched a team roping exercise. You can tell he's pretty comfortable up there.
Britton was more content on the rungs of the fence and enjoyed seeing the horses burst from the gates.
Jeff even got some roping practice in, and I had fun riding Batman for a few minutes.
When we weren't watching the horses, we were playing outside in the pool or looking for tiny frogs.
On our last day, Clay drove us to an area of land that will be the site of their new house. I think Britton was a little confused about why we were sitting so high. She actually did enjoy the ride! And we all made sure to get a few more snuggles in with Arlington.
It so rejuvenating getting away for a weekend and being with good friends. Before our visit, I would never have thought myself capable of living in a rural area. But something about all that openness I felt while standing on their back porch with nothing but pasture, ponds, and a distant tree line... it would be hard to resist.