Cowboy hat with snow

Western Lifestyle 365 Photo Challenge: Week 6

Camera lens with image seen through lens

Day 36/365: Layers
Well, thanks to inspiration from Landon I have a photo! I really struggled to find a photo to represent the world of the day but ultimately got the job done.

Black and white spotted dog wrapped in a blanket

Day 37/365: Action
To preface this, I have to admit that I fell asleep on the couch editing photos. My dear sweet, hilarious husband first took a picture of me sleeping, then took one of my photos, edited it and posted it for me. When I woke up I grabbed my own “real post for today”. This pretty much sums up my mood and any amount of action taken for the evening. I fell asleep shortly after this…I was real ambitious. 

Old hat with turquoise squash blossom necklace

Day 38/365: Turquoise 
A little gritty and a little pretty. A few months back I stole grandpa’s old hat out of his closet (Ok, I didn’t steal it. He let me take it.) I told him I needed it as a photo prop. I haven’t used it until now but I think it makes a pretty awesome backdrop for this necklace.

Cowboy hat with snow

Day 39/365: Structure
I wanted to take a close up photo of the structure of a big beautiful snowflake. Unfortunately the snow today is not cooperating with my plans. Teeny tiny snowflakes are all we have gotten here today.

Man in a blue coat very cold

Day 40/365: Cold
Landon went outside during one of our cold snaps here in North Idaho to get his photo of the day. He was very cold after his little picture taking adventure.

Cowboy standing in a dark barn

Day 41/365: Product
Landon and I decided to kill two birds with one stone today. We got our word of the day photos along with some product shots for a fun new project Landon and I are working on. I was also trying to kill a third bird by getting a photo for another project; a back-lit, moody photo of a person. I am not sure that I nailed that one though.

snow covered mountains and field

Day 42/365: Fence
“Don’t fence me in!” I’ve been feelin’ a little fenced into my house taking care of my sick kiddos. Getting outside for a bit to take pictures was a much-needed escape from the house.

Two horses running in the field

I Wish

I don’t like to wish away days. “I wish it was Saturday”, “I wish it was next month”, “I wish it was Spring”. I used to do a lot of wishing away Winter. Here in North Idaho, we have four very distinct seasons. So if I spent my whole life wishing away Winter, I would have been un-happy, un-satisfied and un-greatful for a quarter of my life. A few years back, I vowed not to wish away anymore; to find joy and contentment in each day that passes. I was reminded that Idaho’s Winter’s are beautiful and enchanting. I re-learned how to ski with my then 5 year old daughter. I found out that my favorite time for photos is when it’s snowing. And I was reminded that I love curling up in front of the fire with a good book. All that being said, I struggled the last few days to not be dreaming about days like the one in this picture and riding that spotted horse. The snow is falling, the wind is blowing and I have two sick kiddos who have been asleep on the couch instead of going to school and playing outside. But even confined to the house, I have found little joys. I cought up on blog posts, edited photos, cleaned, organized and got to spend some quality time with my kids. I even baked 3 dozen sweet potato cinnamon rolls which I have been living on for the last three days. I found a lot of joy in those cinnamon rolls! 

Western Pleasure Guest Ranch Family

What is Western Pleasure Guest Ranch? A job and a lifestyle.

Western Pleasure Guest Ranch is truly a family owned and operated ranch. The owners, Roley and Janice, will likely cook and serve you breakfast each morning. Their children will saddle your horse and guide you through the valleys and vistas of the ranch that was their childhood playground. Their grandchildren will play with your children when you stay at the ranch, teaching them where the best hiding spots are for a game of Sardines, and sharing their favorite horse with your child. There is no corporate safety net, trust fund, or bottomless pocket. What you see here on the ranch is us sharing our home and our love of the western lifestyle with you.