We were invited to go to the Marriott Ranch in Hume, VA. The kids were resistant to go, we were not sure what to expect and they thought they would be sitting in meetings most of the afternoon listening to ambassadors and general authority's from Salt Lake speaking. Well, none of that happened and within minutes of unloading from our car they were in cowboy heaven and didn't want to ever leave!
Those Marriott's know how to throw a party. They thought of everything down to every last detail and I am so glad we got to go. We arrived to a welcoming party that showered us with cowboy apparel. Hats and neckerchiefs were donned and we were off to enjoy the festivities.
There was great food all around. Games for the kids to play. American Indian dances and square dancing to watch and be inspired by. Seriously a great time. Hope we can go again next year.
The miniature horse rides were a favorite, the boys loved it for a few spins around. But McCall didn't want to get off that wagon. She was pretty sure that they were there just for her. The gentleman that was driving was happy to let her ride around with him over and over again while they boys were long gone getting into a little mischief elsewhere. I don't even know how many rides she took. We finally lured her away with pink sand - who would have thought.
What a fun day in beautiful country surrounded by great people. This day made me miss the mother land, the ranch, the cows, the hay, the tractors, my family - I loved every minute of it.