I've always appreciated Nevada Day weekend. It was one of the only bonuses of moving to Vegas, I used to think. I mean, how much better does it get than to celebrate Nevada by getting an extra day off around Halloween? This year we took off Friday morning to go to Cedar City for the sheep festival where there was the dutch oven competition going with scads of other activities. Of course, as soon as we made it up there, we all hit Brad's Food Hut for THE best fried food and fry sauce EVER! I love that place. You know Cedar City IS the festival city and the festivities did not disappoint. We stayed at the uber-lovely Best Western (which REALLY has a sweet deluxe double room for those of you with kids looking for a place to stay AND they have a pretty impressive continental breakfast) which was centrally located so Tyler could run here and there getting all his last minute supplies together. I hung out with the kids so they could "rest," aka running around the hotel room and jumping on the beds while I tried to watch Oprah on the polygamists (so stinkin' interesting.) Once he got back we headed to the rodeo grounds for a hum-dinger of a college rodeo.
And can I just say every kid should go to a rodeo at least a few times when they are a kid. I have fond memories of going to the fair's rodeo a few times and tagging along with our "cowboy" friends when I was little. So, of course, when we pull up to the rodeo I can't help but reminisce a bit with my kids. Mackenzie's response was, "I think rodeos smell." And, yeah, they do a bit. We totally looked like the city folk amongst all the rodeo parents from Weber State, Southern Idaho, and Utah Valley colleges. Bruce, Tyler's dad, was loving it and I loved that my brother-in-law, Wade, bought a program so we could keep track. It got a little chilly whilst we were watching the events, so what better way to heat up than head to the Pizza Factory?