“Never forget what Jesus did for you. Never take lightly what it cost Him. And never assume that if it cost Him His very life, that it won't also cost you yours.”
~Rich Mullins

Dec 30, 2012

Fiesta Bowl Parade 2012

Saturday was the annual Fort McDowell Fiesta Bowl Parade!! I'm not into football in the slightest (don't understand it a smidgen), but the parade is sure fun!!

The APS Volunteer Clown Troupe sponsors us every year, and we sure enjoy ourselves!!

Here's some pictures..

Dave having fun with the cowboy hat he got to wear :)
 Everyone decorates their cart to their taste...Linda's was beautifully done!!

David driving his Sawyer

Jessie drove her favorite mare, Cameo...also known affectionately as "Baby Devil." Can you guess what she's like?? :D

Jessie and friend, Vicki

Adopted brother #1 - David

Adopted brother #2 - Dave

Richard got these beyond awesome shoes for Christmas and he wore them the whole parade!!! The crowd loved them.

Flyovers before the parade started kept us entertained...

New baby, Mickey, came along! David was the backup plan in case Mick got tired :)

My mom during the long and tedious waiting process!
I really like this picture.....

Everyone adored Mick! These girls were from the Historical Cowgirl group and they loved him.

Dave and Platinum watching the parade!

And we're off!!

Mrs. R (aka Mommy #2) 

David looking like a photographer LOL 

Mom and Mickey!

This...THIS...is my favorite shot of the whole parade. LOVE the vintage feel and the lines and the whole thing. 

The Clowns in their mega-Bug!

Mickey didn't quite make it.....he got tired and hitched a ride!!!!

The crowd loved seeing the baby in the cart!

He was asleep within seconds!!!!!

Dave and Platinum
It was a blast!!!

We really enjoy getting to share our minis with people this way. It is a way for us to do what we love and bring joy to others at the same time. Minis have given us such a chance to spread the gospel, too. Everyone we show with knows we are Christians and watches us closely.

God is so good to allow us to do what we LOVE and help further the Kingdom at the same time!!!! It is so encouraging to see how He gives each of us a passion - be it horses, photography, music, art, cars, fashion, whatever! - and then opens doors for us to share His love and hope within that passion.

For those of you like me who love videos, here is the video Jessie made of the parade! She is getting super good with the video stuff. I think she's considering investing in a super good video camera :) I took this video,  but she edited it all and made the movie. She probably could have done a much better job filming than I did. But I enjoyed taking the pictures :)


  1. Nice video, but just so you know, it pulled up some image links to some bad videos after the video was over. I had to scroll down in a hurry. Just so you know......

  2. Aww....great pics. It was so good to see all of you. When I saw this post this morning I realized that this is the first year we have missed seeing you live in the parade. We are going to try and figure out how to watch when we get a chance but thanks for posting the pics and video. Thanks to David too for the heads up. I could reach through the screen and give you all a big hug. I get to see pictures of your family but I haven't seen Mrs. R in so long. Miss you all!
    Love and prayers,
    Mrs. G.