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Monday, February 21 2011

After years of living together, Other Half and I finally decided to make it legal. (Now all the dogs will have the same last name!) This decision however, has spawned a great deal of controversy. We are, at heart, boring people. This is not the first time around for either of us, and well duh, we've been living together for years, so this isn't a big surprise to anyone either. Not much changes around here except a name tag on my work uniform.

We are quiet people. We are "just us and the preacher" kind of people.  Our friends are not.  Our friends are "rent a ballroom," "book the fairgrounds," "have a big shin-ding" kind of people.  (some of them)  And . . .  we know A LOT of people.

So there's that - we're about to upset folks who're gearing up for a big party.  Not only are we not real "party people," but do you know how many cattle panels and fence posts you could buy for the price of one hotel ballroom?  (I'm just sayin'.)

Then there was the date - when do we both have a large block of time?  We don't.  We thought we'd found a week, but then we realized that I have a Death Investigators class, and Grandbaby #2 is due!  Scratch going out of town then. 

So I sat at work last week, pouring over the calendar, when it hit me.  We aren't party people, but we are stock people.  What's the one giant month-long party that hits this cow town every year?  The Livestock Show & Rodeo!!!  We generally take off a few days and spend marathon amounts of time up there anyway. In fact, it's one of our FAVORITE things to do!

So I got to figuring . . .   Why, pray tell, do we have to go out of town when the fun is right here?!!

I found a weekend that we already had booked for the livestock show. Theoretically we could get hitched in a private morning ceremony, go to the sheepdog trial at noon, go home to feed the livestock, and return in the evening for the Cowboy Mounted Shooting!  Our party-loving friends can meet us there at their convenience, and we can eat turkey legs, barbecue, and funnel cakes until we're all green!  Sounded good to me!  I whirled it past other Half and he allowed as how this was an EXCELLENT idea!  (We did decide that we may have to bring our own wedding cake though!)

Yes, it's non-traditional, but so are we. It solves all the problems.  We're never far from the farms. We can accomodate as many folks as the grandstand at the sheepdog trial will hold, the cost is minimal, and we're not far from the hospital if Daughter goes into labor!

Next problem - what to wear?

A wedding dress at a livestock show is out.  Duh! Plus, I'm not paying that kind of money for a dress for one day.  Been there, done that, and this time, I'm the one having to pay the bill . . .  (I'm just sayin'.)

So I envisioned a really nice, long cowgirl skirt with a petticoat (that just so happens to be hanging in my closet right now.)  Unfortunately Other Half nixed that.

"Blue jeans."

"Do what? You want to get married in blue jeans?"

"Uh huh."

"Don't you want me to look nice?!!!!"

"You look fine in blue jeans."   (Yeah, gotta love that man.)

So although it did not fit my mental picture of wedding attire, today we went shopping for the kind of outfit you could get hitched in, wear to a livestock show, go home and feed your own stock, and then return for evening festivities involving horses and handguns. 

And he's right . . . somehow planning a wedding is a lot more fun when you cut out the expectations of others and just do what you want to do. 

The Ring -

Note how it is flat so I can wear it at work under latex gloves and on the farm under leather gloves! Other Half takes ALL the credit for picking out this puppy! 


And this country girl likes it a lot!

Posted by: forensicfarmgirl AT 03:45 pm   |  Permalink   |  19 Comments  |  Email
I LOVE IT!!!!! That ring will go just beautifully with blue jeans!!! Congratulations!!!!
Posted by Diane I. on 02/21/2011 - 05:06 PM
Congratulations!! Congratulations on deciding what y'all want and not what friends and loved ones want. The stock show is perfect!! A couple here in Austin got married yesterday at mile 23 of their first marathon together. Both long time runners, and figured getting hitched during their favorite activity was perfect. OH--the ring is beautiful!
Posted by CeeCee on 02/21/2011 - 05:18 PM
Wowie zowie...congratulations, best wishes, much happiness!!! The ring is fabulous and the idea of jeans fits is just the best with stock show nuptuals. It's not what you wear but what you do and enjoy together. Who will take pics as good as you so that we plebians can share some of the moments?? And will Lily get to go? She will be peeved if she misses out being "flower girl". Sincere good wishes to you both!!! Ok, truth is as a carriage driver when I saw the title "Getting Hitched" I thought you were finally back to working with really is all in your perspective. :-)
Posted by Milli Ann on 02/21/2011 - 05:34 PM
Holy cow! Congratulations ten times over!! How exciting! LOVE THAT RING! Get yourself a nice blouse to wear with your jeans to get married in. Maybe some Montana Silver jewelry too. I can't wait to see pictures of your big day. I'm hoping that you'll get a " dog family" picture with you guys and the dogs to share!
Posted by Shawna on 02/21/2011 - 06:25 PM
Y'all are SO my kinda people! Sounds like the perfect wedding to me and your ring is beautiful. And functional. Love it! My engagement ring now features a box sort of setting to keep the diamond corralled after I lost the first one at a horse show due to worn out/bent prongs. Farm girls sort of beat their hands up a lot. <G>.
Posted by Libbye on 02/21/2011 - 08:08 PM
Great idea! Lovely ring! (What does his look like?!)
Posted by Lynn on 02/21/2011 - 09:20 PM
To quote a cyberfriend; "Blessings On You" All the best, Michele
Posted by Michele on 02/21/2011 - 09:43 PM
Excellent and congrats to you both. A well organised stress free wedding on yr terms. Mine was a bit freewheeling like that back in the early seventies. Tell yr other half he has excellent taste in rings.
Posted by Liz (VIC AUST) on 02/21/2011 - 10:30 PM
congrats! HLSR is the best place on earth your wedding day is going to be so much fun!!!!!
Posted by Gin'.a on 02/22/2011 - 04:29 AM
What a fun sounding wedding for both of you! You get to have fun on your wedding day which sadly is all too rare. Blessing to the both of you.
Posted by CarolG. on 02/22/2011 - 06:36 AM
You could both dress up and wear black jeans with white shirts. That would match Lily and Cowboy's outfits. Best wishes to you and Robert on your second-chance day. Enjoy all the events.
Posted by Peg H. on 02/22/2011 - 07:59 AM
Congrates Love love the ring.
Posted by konny on 02/22/2011 - 12:19 PM
Thanks so much! (big hug) You guys are wonderful! (sniffle sniffle) Love you guys!
Posted by forensicfarmgirl on 02/22/2011 - 04:10 PM
Yes, the other half does have excellent taste in rings-and in women too! Do all the "kids" get to make suggestions when you write your vows? I can hear Briar now! Wonderful news-all the best to you both!
Posted by sue in wy on 02/22/2011 - 07:27 PM
His ring is just a plain gold band. That's what he wanted. Nothing fancy, cuz he's hard on rings. Since we're leaving straight from the ceremony, we won't have the dogs in the ceremony, but will take a "family photo" later. If you thought taking Halloween costume pictures was a chore, wait till we try to wrangle 8 dogs (2 who fight - cowboy & ranger) together for a group shot with US in the photo! The bloopers should be hysterical!
Posted by forensicfarmgirl on 02/23/2011 - 09:59 AM
Big congratulations to you both! I love to hear that you'll be doing the wedding the way YOU want it. (I also like Peg H.'s idea). I'll be looking forward to family photos with all your 2 footed and 4 footed family. Sending wishes for MANY years of happiness together!
Posted by Terri's Pal on 02/23/2011 - 03:53 PM
Yeehaw!! Congratulations
Posted by Rooosterchick on 02/24/2011 - 12:47 PM
WOO!! HOO!! CONGRATULATIONS!! Been busy, so I'm attempting to catch up on your blog. Your ring is beautiful!! Looking forward to seeing the pics.
Posted by Lynne on 02/28/2011 - 12:31 PM
Thanks! Glad you're back! I understand BUSY! Sometimes I get busier than a one-legged man in a butt-kickin' contest! I'm already trying to figure out the best way to take pictures. Getting a family portrait with all the dogs should be a real rodeo!
Posted by forensicfarmgirl on 03/01/2011 - 11:09 AM

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