Longhorns and a Donkey...

...was not what I was expecting to see at all this morning.

I took the kids over to a park close by which has a nice walking trail connected to it.  The trail runs along Brushy Creek.  It also runs right next to a ranch.  As we're walking along, I see what I thought was a cow up ahead.  Turns out, the longhorn herd of the ranch was out grazing right by the trail this morning.

We saw at least 6 longhorns, 2 calves, and a donkey.  The kids were stoked!

Only in Texas can you go for a leisurely walk and find longhorns and a donkey grazing amongst the leaves and brush.

The only thing separating us was a barbwire fence, but I knew longhorns tend to be gentle by nature unless they're spooked.  I made sure the kids knew to walk slowly, use a calm, low voice, and they could get fairly close.  Luckily, it worked!  Jackson even fed the donkey some grass (which I'm pretty sure made his day!).

And I had my camera on me to capture this cool moment.


Cullen's Birthday

Cullen had a birthday!  I can't believe he's 5 years old (which he will tell you without hesitation).  He's growing up so fast!  Cullen is my sweet, mischievous one.  He seems to always be thinking of others (siblings included).  He loves to help me bake and cook.  And I'm even nice enough to share the batter with him now.

On all my kids' birthdays, I attempt (attempt being the key word!) to photograph a Day in the Life.  This way as they get older, they an always look back and see how they spent each birthday.  This year's day in the life for Cullen was a little hectic, but I did my best.  I didn't capture everything (aka Tae Kwon Do class), but I did manage to get all the important stuff.

Cullen told me exactly how old he was (with both hands) when he woke up at 6am!

Cullen and Jackson showing how old they are together.

Cullen helping me back chocolate chip muffins (as per his request).

I always put one candle in their breakfasts to start their birthday with a little something special.

Scootering around on the driveway.

More scooter.

Lunch time with his request of chicken nuggets (his favorite).

Blowing out his 5 candle on his cupcake.