Today is a good day! Before it's all over with it will be a long day but still a good one. We (Chels, CC, and I) leave to go to San Antonio for the San Antonio Livestock Show and Rodeo!! It will take us about 8 1/2 hours to get there since we are hauling the pigs, and that's where the long part of the day comes in. I am an awful co-pilot! I get in a car and Bam! Mr. Sandman hits me and I just can't keep my eyes open. Of course, this irritates CC and the fight is on!! I have tried everything but...Now mind you, when it's late and dark and I'm worried about CC fallin' to sleep, then I am wide-awake but otherwise, I have to fight myself the whole way.
Chance was in for the weekend and we are packing and gettin' stuff ready to go and he looks so sad! He has school this week as we all do, but he just can't miss. College is so much different from high school and he really needs to be in class. I have to admit, him not gettin' to go saddens me too! We have done this stock show for 9 years and have had soooo much fun. It definitely won't be the same but I know he would want us to have a good time even though he isn't getting to come along.
We will go to the Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo during Spring Break and he can come then. I think he is planning on bringing his roommate and another guy with him. Neither of them have ever been, you know big city "black" boys who have never even seen a live pig!!! LOL! Not really but Chance says they really have no clue. They don't understand the work that goes into taking care of a livestock project through 4-H or FFA. I am so thankful that both of my children have been able to have the experience.
Back to San Antonio, we will arrive late and get with Novak who will take the trailer and get in line for move-in. This means he will sleep in the pick-up, thank you Novak, and move the truck as the line moves. About 5 a.m. or so, he will probably call us and tell us we need to come out and get ready to unload. After we wait our turn to unload, we will put our pigs in the assigned pens, probably feed them a little and water, and then stand around and wait until we can get to a scale to check weight. The pigs have to weigh a certain weight and then they will be put into weight classes accordingly. This can be very tricky because you turn in your own weight and then right before the kids show, the pig is weighed to make sure you fit into the weight class you said you did. They are only given a pound or so and if your wrong, the kid may not get to show at all and their pig will go straight to the truck. All of their work for nothing!!
We will spend many hours on the fairgrounds and eat lots of food that's bad for us but tastes sooo good, like roasted corn, blooming onions, and foot-long corn dogs. I can almost taste them now!! You're jealous aren't you! Chelsea and I will visit many vendors and probably spend way too much money but we will have sooo much fun!! I just keep telling myself she only has 4 more years to do this so enjoy it!! Money isn't everything, that's for sure. Convincing her dad of that takes a little but...I can handle him or at least she can!! Ha!
I will try and post while we are gone. No promises though, we might just be having too much fun!!