We had the privilege to go to AZ a couple weeks back and participate in a local rodeo. The boys did some Mutton Bustin' (riding sheep) Luigi was a little stiff-backed (read--scared to death) but he held on tight for the ride of his life!! Mario held on as tight as he could but ended up getting thrown off the sheep. He lost a shoe in the process and was a little shaken. A rodeo clown helped him up, gave him his shoe and a couple pieces of candy. He later told Papa the story and added, "It wasn't a REAL clown though. Just somebody dressed up like a clown". TOO FUNNY!! Let's hope he never meets a REAL clown! Luigi's take on the experience?---"Mom! Can I do that again???!!!" Mario's take--"Uh, mom, I don't want to do that again, okay?"
In addition to the mutton bustin' they got to chase a greased pig (along with about 50 other peers). They didn't catch him, but I think they each got a little grease on their hands. There was also an amazing petting zoo with chickens, chicks, sheep, goat kids, baby cows, and puppies. Even Daddy got in on the fun and hypnotized a chicken for the entertainment of a few kids who kept asking, "Is it dead?" hahahaha! The boys also got to ride ponies (twice). It was a full day, topped off with some great BBQ.
We also made a trip to the famous Phoenix Zoo while we were there. FUN! Luigi's favorite was the giraffes and Mario's favorite was the elephants. Great zoo! Great day for us all.