9.23.2009

mutton bustin'...

...is awesome. It really is.

About a year an a half ago, the very kind Vanderbeken family took our kids for a few days (with about an hours notice) while we went to our annual Elder's retreat. The most talked about portion of their visit was how they got to watch Mutton Bustin' on YouTube and thought it was the funniest thing they'd ever seen.

Fast forward to a month ago at the HigLig dinner table. Somehow Mutton Bustin' comes up, as it has many times since the kids first learned of it. Geet and Bop decide to declare (out loud and everything) that we should all take Cal to go Mutton Bustin'...mind you, this is before we even knew this was a publicly accessible activity. Calvin could not contain his excitement. Fortunately, Google was able to help us find some Bustin' at The Puyallup Fair the following month.

Since Calvin had never been around livestock of any sort, we did take him to a smaller fair before committing to the event. We stuck him right next to a sheep, had him grab a handful of wool and he acted like everything was totally normal, no hesitation of any sort.

On to Puyallup!

We asked a few of Cal's friends to join him as well. Aaron Vanderbeken thought it would be awesome, and we sort of talked Sam Rothenberger in to it as well. To be honest, we didn't think Sam would actually ride, but he did want to come. (When his mom asked him, "But Calvin is going to do it, don't you want to too?", Sam replied with a very final, "Mom, we will sit on the bench and watch him.")

I don't know who was more excited, the busters, the siblings or the parents.

So Monday we all headed down to Puyallup (our van took two potty breaks on the way...that's a detail to make you feel like you were there). As a side note, the Puyallup Fair is killer. Puyallup might be the dumbest city name I've ever heard, but the fair is fabulous. We got the boys signed up and got ready for some bustin'.

I don't know what cowboy first had his kids prepare for bull-riding like this, but Tommy G has turned it into a great show. All the people the kids encounter are great at what they do. Everybody has fun...what isn't fun about little kids riding terrified sheep? It's hilarious.

Here are a few shots before the riding got underway for the three from our posse.

the sheep whisperer

skh really liked this sign

seriously.


Sam was up first. We weren't sure he was going to go, even here.

listening to wise council from mom


But he did!

the sheep is outta here


And he did awesome.

basking in the glory


Then it was Calvin's turn, and he was ready to go.

cal's up, ready to go


Our boy is bustin'!

whoa, a little bumpy!


Cal's ride ended with a nice face full of dirt.

close up of the landing


He kind of looks irritated here as he looks back at his wooly nemesis. He thinks the sheep won since he didn't last the six seconds.

looking back at his wooly nemesis


Aaron was last from our group to go, and I'm not sure he was ever nervous; he's been waiting for this!

handsome aaron is observing


Bustin' his mutton.

holding on...


Aaron's dismount was my favorite.

almost a flip!

nice!


We also ran into some friends who were there separately, the Mallory family. They had two riders from their pack of five future men. These are the most manly boys I have ever met. Which is a good thing as one of their two had his sheep roll on top of him. I cannot believe it, but my camera malfunctioned during his ride, so I have no photo-documentation. I did catch his brother, though...

slippery sheep


Click here if you want to see all of the bustin' pictures. (There are a lot.)

Moving on to the video department, I have two perspectives on Cal's ride.

The official Tommy G footage...


And the official Higgins-Flip-Video version...

Eventually I'll be able to post the rest of the kid's rides, but I have to go pack for the big-time date skh is taking me on, and this is not an egalitarian blog.


But here's a great way to end the post...look at all these cuties!

look at all these cute faces!

16 comments:

Mrs. Dan said...

Okay Mo, that is offically way cool! I think I might let Caleb do that one day! :)

Leila said...

This *almost* redeems the hot-tub and truck show that is the Puyallup Fair (deep-seated issues from the past, don't mind me).

This is my favorite post of yours. I laughed SO HARD w/that picture of Sam hanging on to the back end of that poor sheep! If we have boys, this is definitely in their future. And if Merian continues in her daddy's footsteps...maybe she'll try it, too :)

Keri said...

This is so funny! I LOVE that Cal wore his chaps!

Barbara said...

Oh, WOW!!! What fun! Terrific photos of ALL the riders. And the live "sheep" were really cute, too! Thanks so much for letting us in on the potty breaks, also. I love being part of the action ...
This is an incredible post. Looks like everyone had a great time. Enjoy your "date" with your honey!

Mrs. Pecadillo said...

Oh.My.Word!!!! I just laughed so hard I about puked & peed my pants at the same time. I have never in my life heard of that and it wasn't until I saw your pictures that I fully understood what it was. That is quite possibly the funniest thing I have ever seen!
It is kind of gross that the boys have they're faces buried in the gross sheep's flea infested backs, but I can imagine, that if my husband saw this post, he wouldn't make me find a sheep big enough for him. SO funny!

Love you!
Sooz

Mrs. Pecadillo said...

...And of course by "wouldn't" I mean "would". It was really early :)

Julie Gebhards said...

Hey guys! Fun to see your boy... been friends with Kimberly Mallory for ages and still keep up with her! So funny you mentioned her. Hope you all are well there! We think of you guys now and again...

Jasleen said...

What an adventurous family you guys are! I loved the pictures, especially the one of Calvin looking back at the sheep after his ride. He seems like quite the little boy!

bean said...

Here is super late thanks to all the commenters. :) It really was that fun, and yes, the chaps were hilarious and Calvin is VERY much a boy. :)

Mrs. Dan, took me forever to realize it was you, Adrienne! No access to your profile. :) Totally let Caleb do it, it's so fun!

Leila, you do have issues, it's way fun. I promise. Just close your eyes when you walk by those parts.

Julie, of course! Didn't Kurt speak at Gilead that year...or two years?...because of that? I think we went out there and saw him...details are fuzzy now. :)

Keri said...

Mo, I swear.. They are good!

bean said...

Keri, you are hilarious! Love you!

cathy said...

I know this is 4 months later but I just showed Darry and the kids this post. We had to go to you tube and watch more.... the kids are begging to go mutton bustin!! We can't wait till next year's fairs...Tommy G does the Antelope Valley fair!!
Tell your mom and dad we said hello!

bean said...

Cathy, that is so cool! Your kids will LOVE it. We're totally going to go next year too.

And hey, no issue on the four month delay...how is it that I haven't blogged since then!!?!? That's appalling. :)

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Caleb Kolstad said...

Good ol Puyallup!

bean said...

Caleb, bring your kids back to good ol' Puyallup and we can all mutton bust and hang out. :)