the secret lives of prothros.

October 28, 2009

ranch weekend

Filed under: Uncategorized — prothro @ 1:44 pm

As I mentioned, we spent last weekend at the ranch and it was wonderful. As soon as we turned down the county road that winds itself toward Que Pasa Ranch in Navasota, Evan rolled down the windows, turned to me and said “just turning onto this road lowers my blood pressure five points”. It’s true. The ranch has a way  of melting all your cares away and lulling you into into a serene state of bliss.

We spent the weekend with the Thompson family, enjoying good food, football, and the great outdoors. And some boys cheating at spades, but we won’t go there. This is a happy post.

When we walked through the new orchard, with rows of newly blossoming fruit trees, we couldn’t help but look toward the future. The thought of the trees growing and expanding and setting down roots to produce fruit, made us think of our little family. That someday we’ll grow too. That in the future our little kiddos and the Thompson’s sweet ones may be picking fruit together from those very trees. Fishing in that very pond. Spending time together in that beautiful place.

It made us excited for things to come, and for the people we know will be sharing it with us.

Now, it should be said that absolutely no one had a better time at the ranch than Molly. She was jumping in the lake, chasing grasshoppers, pawing for fish and even herding cattle. Yes. Herding cattle. We were driving around the ranch and in the middle of the cow pasture, full of giant beasts that could trample sweet Molly to pieces, Evan decided to turn Molly loose. And the amazing thing was that her instincts kicked right in, she started grouping the herd together and sending them on their way and then went to collect the stranglers. I was dumbfounded. Apparently, all my domesticated cuddling and cooing hasn’t ruined any of her instincts. She’s a real dog. And Evan could not have been more pleased. It did make me glad we never came across a hog, because, I’m not quite sure I’m ready to see those instincts.



Ben Levi. Most handsome kid around.


He is just so perfect.

More random ranch stuff:


So we went with collages today to save me from having to upload a million pictures. I’m not sure I’m a fan though. Thoughts?

This last one was simply too magical not to be full sized. Oh happy day.



  1. thanks for capturing the ranch so perfectly (with words and pictures). maybe this place WILL be the place our kids can go frolic together. we’ll trick them into being friends..they won’t know what ’em.
    love you, beautiful.

    Comment by l.tizzle. — October 28, 2009 @ 6:06 pm

  2. p.s. love the collages. why don’t you?

    Comment by l.tizzle. — October 28, 2009 @ 6:07 pm

  3. Me gustan mucho! Cuando viajamos a Villa Pehuenia vimos uno otra perro quien sabe como encontrar javelinas. Es muy divertido!

    Comment by Mom — October 28, 2009 @ 7:47 pm

  4. That last pic is like a little piece of heaven …. and I love the collages!

    Beautiful writing as well!

    Comment by Jessica — October 29, 2009 @ 7:25 am

  5. Große Fotografien, oder sind sie künstlerische Übergabe? Der Hund schaut herrlich an! Ich mag Kühe auch!

    Comment by Will — October 30, 2009 @ 8:32 am

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