I want to be a cowboy

Everyone who knows Xander wants to know what he wants to do with his life. After all, he builds and programs robots, does Khan Academy math just for fun and possesses fluent knowledge on a vast number of topics. Mary admiringly calls him “smartypants.”

And he wants to be a farmer.

For some reason, everyone laughs when Xander gives his answer. They think he’s kidding. But farming and ranching require a lot of smarts.

And he’s perfectly suited to farming in so many ways: he loves problem solving, he adores animals, he wakes up before dawn, he’s extremely organized and he looks good in a cowboy hat.

So we indulge him by looking at tractors, raising chickens and bees. Sometime soon we’ll visit my friend Montserrat’s farm in Idaho (read her blog and you’ll be convinced all farmers are geniuses). But in the meantime we make do with the rodeo.

This was especially fun because Hans was also there on a date, and we love any opportunity to embarrass Hans.

Farmer dreams or not, everyone should go to the rodeo– there’s a lot to love:

bucking broncos,

barrel racing,

sparkly red, white and blue chaps,

bull riding,

calf roping, clowns, excellent popcorn and smiles all around.

I have plenty of faith in Xander’s abilities, but I do think he might be wise to marry a girl who has been raised on a farm. Let’s just hope he can keep up with her.

August 3, 2014
August 9, 2014



  1. Jen K-M

    August 7, 2014

    When my husband was serving in rural Minnesota and Montana, one of my favorite things to do was to go “combining” during harvest. It blew my mind how complex combines are!

  2. Ann

    August 8, 2014

    I ADORE the rodeo, but can you believe my poor deprived children have never been? It seems like any time we’ve visited my home state of Texas, either there wasn’t a rodeo going on or we weren’t able to fit it in. Sadly, rodeos in NC are few and far between. These pictures make me miss Texas. I must plan another trip around the rodeo schedule!!

  3. Montserrat

    August 11, 2014

    I told my husband after our first year of marriage, and my first year on the farm, that I had always thought farmers were dumb. I couldn’t have been more wrong! They have to know so much and keep track of so many things it’s crazy.

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