We headed south to Tilden on Saturday for my dad’s family Christmas. It’s been 3 years since I’ve been, and I figured I should make an appearance. I am so happy I did. It wasn’t without a few bumps along the way, though.
We were faced with the decision of sending my daughter (I just don’t even like to use the word “step” when it comes to her) to Midland or having her go with me. Either way, someone was going to be hurt. In the end, we let her make the decision, and she chose to go with me. I was so proud of her for making that decision and sticking with it. It also made me really happy.
Saturday morning we leave the house and pick up my cousin and her boyfriend along the way. Absolutely no cell service down there, and we weren’t sure we would remember which gate was the ranch, but we made it without making any wrong turns. All my cousins were there, and they are all grown up now! I absolutely love my cousins. they are amazing.
We sit down and eat, and that took all of ten minutes, then the little ones tore open a few presents. We decided to take an “all girls” picture, and that turned into running all over the ranch for an hour taking tons of pictures. We had only asked my aunt to snap a few pics, but she got a little carried away. Well…maybe we all did. There were nine of us in all ranging in ages from 8 to 35. Yes, I am the oldest, but I’m the “cool cousin” according to my adorable 20 year old cousins.
Madison had been looking forward to riding horses, but they were nowhere to be found. Instead we did what my family always does. Play with guns. You can only imagine a bunch of girls shooting shotguns on the banks of a river. It turned into a whole family affair. The little kids took over letting the clay pigeons fly, and by the time we were done, the ground was covered with shotgun shells. I’m still sore. The highlight was getting Madison to shoot a gun for the first time. There was a little pink camo 22, and she wanted to shoot that, but we encouraged her to go for the big guns. She did, and she loved it. Jackson even shot a gun for the first time, with his Papa’s help.
I am amazed at how my family just took Madison in as one of their own. I was so worried she wouldn’t enjoy herself, but she has been asking me how soon we can go back. All the big girls have decided that we need to have a ranch weekend complete with bonfires, guns, and four wheelers. I have the most amazing family.