Wednesday, October 7, 2009

". . . . Heading for the nineties, living in the Wild Wild West, The Wild Wild West!"- Escape Club

I'm here to tell you people that dreams do come true!!!!

Why do I declare this to you now. . . . . let me explain. . . . .

Last year I tried to get our single adult ward to let me plan a Western themed party mainly due to the fact that I wanted some activity involving a Mechanical Bull, it had been something I hadn't ever tried and especially something our ward had not attempted, and I had found memories of this great place in Idaho Falls called "North Forty" where they had an arcade, a sweet Karaoke set up, a bar complete with Sarsaparillas and of course a Mechanical Bull! That place closed shortly after my Idaho friends and I discovered it, which was a sad day, so in order to recreate the Magic of that place I tried to convince the ward to let me plan a party, but that was shot down due to liability and all that mumbo Jumbo!. . . . . but never fear I was givin' a second chance to try my idea out once I was elected Programming Director at Big Bend, I was met with some skepticism. . . . but after enough prawding I got Kim on board and before I knew it we had a Back To School Western BBQ planned and ready. . . complete with a Bull and a bunch of other cool stuff!

Karaoke got shot down because we figured it be too difficult to get people to participate, so instead my good buddy JeriAnn Lincoln and her father who just so happen to play the good old Country Western tunes so they got hired to play, and we were set for entertainment, sarsaparillas got shot down because no one knows what they are, but we did have an amazing BBQ sauce fountain and delightful steak and chicken skewers to eat along with corn on the cob and baked beans. . . so as you can see I wasn't too upset! I was really just pleased I got my way and we were able to get our mechanical bull on!

Ok enough writing let's get to the pictures!

Rhoan with his stick horse stead!

Here's CJ with a tip of the hat as well and that's Carmen in the green doing a great job of supervising the inflatables!
Here is Makenzie Morrison cowboying it up!

Here's some lovely ladies from the Volleyball team rustlin' up some grub!

Here's Jeff eating with his mouth full like the polite one he is!

We found an Old Time Photo vendor who came with full costumes and props to really help us get in the spirit of things!

here's Carmen and Ginna trying on stuff without permission. . . . yeah that went over well!

Here's a little shot of me at the saloon right after I robbed the local bank!
Jeff and Ivory Ranstrom and Makenzie Morrison and I manned the hippity Hoppity Horse race course, but we didn't have a lot of patrons so we just sat and ate and watched people make fools of themselves on the bull. . . . that was until. . . .
This little girl showed up and I challenged here to a duel. . . . let's see what happens. . . .

Oh yeah don't you worry we had a calf ropin' event. . . most people weren't very successful especially jeff as you can tell by his face!

or this guy. . . . but bless his heart, he kept tryin' and tryin, and tryin' and seriously just kept tryin' ,it was glorious to observe!

Now for the moment you've all been waiting for. . . . . . IT'S BULL RIDIN' TIME!
Makenzie's all like "Let's do this"!
Ginna Fontaine, arm up and ready to whirl!

Nice dismount!

Mr. Ranstom ready to show the bull who's boss!

woah. . . steady. . . . . steady

and he doesn't last!
Charles Nun even gave it a shot, but by the looks of it, was thwarted as well!
You know my blog just wouldn't be my blog without unflattering shots of myself, posted for the world to see. . . .so here you are. . . .and enjoy!
The mounting of the bull was slightly difficult due to the fact that I am not only short. . . . but also chubby

but I made it by golly! First attempt was rough, I tried about 5 or 6 times with no dice, luckily my good buddy ginna offered me a boost, and then I was ready to GO!

Didn't last long though. . . . and down I went, quite gracefully if I do say so myself!

Morrison was kind enough to get footage of my 2nd attempt on the bull. . . .

I know, I know. . . . I just really have a body built for this kinda stuff!!!!
So back to the original statement about dreams. . . . . . To all you Kids out there, I'm living proof that if you bug enough people, eventually your wishes are granted. . . . and that's the truth!
So Dream Big or go home, those are my pearls of wisdom for the day!
Peace out!


Carolyn said...

Love that you got to ride a bull....finally. :) And, you looked like a champ on there for the couple seconds you were on.

Also, that video of you losing the race....hilarious! It made my day.

Jordon and Terra said...

Thats so awesome! You throw quite a party! I'm sad we couldn't be there to experience the mechanical bull! Definitely sounds like fun!

Mindy said...

Oh Emily! I need to stop reading your blogs at work cause I laugh so hard all the time. It looked like quite the party. You need to be a professional party planner!

Katie said...

This is awesome! Only you can plan such an amazing event. You should become a professional event planner. Seriously.

Alicia said...

Em, that's freakin' rad! LOVE the videos. :)

Mike and Aubrey Asay said...

That was awesome!! I'm wondering if your next dream is to become a professional bull rider.... you said it yourself, dreams come true! ......... :)