Blog by Sydney Asay
Sydney is married to professional bull rider Kanin Asay.
Sydney, Kanin, Kasen, & Kimber Asay
After six weeks of beating down the rodeo trail down south, we are a couple weeks into being home. We had a great time on the road. Filled with bull riding, good southern food (CRAWFISH), hospitality, bible studies, zoo’s, concerts and time spent with some of our best friends. Our last winter rodeo was Austin. From Austin to home (Powell, WY) was 1,450 miles. According to map quest it would take 23 hours, but at our rv/traveling with kids rate it took closer to 30 hours on the road. The drive went better than I anticipated. The thought of these long drives makes me cringe. I should be used to it by now, right? I myself am well adjusted. So is our three year old son Kasen. Our 21 month old daughter Kymber however, she makes for some looong trips. Bless her heart. I feel like she is not exactly a typical rodeo kid. She is very shy (at first), and she HATES her car seat. I feel like she has every reason in the world to. When she was little she had horrible reflux, colic, a milk allergy (she still has), chronic ear infections and she was very early on all of her teeth. She outgrew the reflux and colic. She now was tubes in her ears and all but two molars grown in her mouth, so I am hoping that she becomes a better traveler in the near future. All I can do is hope right? Out of that long drive, I maybe spent five hours sitting in the front, visiting with Kanin. That is our dog Kahla’s seat more than mine, lol. I mainly stay in the back with the kids and try to keep them entertained in their car seats. We read books, work on counting, coloring, have snacks, watch movies, entertain them on our phone and iPad’s and whatever else I can think of to make the time pass.
Once home, it took me almost a week to get the rv unpacked and cleaned. Everything in the house was put back in its place and the house is clean again. Things get a little dusty when you have been gone that long. It always amazes me at how much stuff we have to pack when we will be on the road for a few months. It feels like moving and is is grueling and I dread it! It’s always a huge rock off my chest once it’s finished. I think the hardest part is trying to do it with two busy toddlers. Especially because when it’s time to start packing or unpacking they get very needy. They can tell a change is coming and do not want to be left behind. I am glad I have a few more months before I have to pack us up for the next run. Which is three solid months on the road. Good thing there is a little gypsy left in me! Although, I always tell Kanin, the older I get, the more I enjoy staying home. I think it has the most to do with being a mom and things being much more routine and consistent at home. Which makes life much easier.
I am still trying to get back in the swing of things at home. It always takes awhile. Our lives at home and life on the road are completely different. We go to having Kanin by our side 24/7 to only getting a few hours with him every night. I love being on the road and getting to spend that much time together as a family. I enjoy his presence, extra interaction and help with the kids. I go from being very dependent on him to very independent at home. Once I get used to things, it’s usually time to go back on the road. When we are gone this long he has so much to catch up on at home. We ranch and farm, so this time of year is especially busy. Calving, field work, getting things ready to irrigate, feeding, hauling water, etc. don’t leave much time in the day. He also has rodeos to fly to almost every weekend this month. Things will be more enjoyable at home, once we get moved out of town. The land Kanin and I bought after getting married is about 15 minutes out of town, and our home is in town. We plan to build out there one day, but it’s definitely a process. There is no power or water out there, so it will take time and money before we are able to build and get it set up how we have planned.
One of the main things I miss about being on the road is our social life! We have some of the dearest friends on the road who are more like family. We go from being extremely social on the road to being hermits at home. When home, Kanin is too busy to do anything other than hang out with his family at the end of the day..and for me, I have many more friends on the road than at home. With not being originally from Powell, I only have a few close friends here. Their schedules are usually different from mine, with jobs, school, kids, etc, making it hard to find time to get together. Being a stay at home mom can get a little lonely, especially when comparing it to life on the road.
Being back and reflecting on our winter rodeo run, we have much to be thankful for. He didn’t win any big rodeos, but he placed at several. He didn’t acquire any new injuries, other than a few bumps and bruises, which is HUGE for a bull rider. No matter how the rodeos go, at the end of the day I am thankful that my husband walked out of the arena. I have been through many injuries, major surgeries and a life threatening accident with him, and at the end of the day (performance), all that matters is that I still have him by my side. Yes, the wins are nice, but our happiness is not just based off of how things went in the arena. God has blessed us with so much more to be thankful for. Although this lifestyle is full of twists and turns, bumps and bruises, we wouldn’t trade it for anything..not at this point anyway. I will admit, the day that Kanin decides to retire from bull riding, I will take a deep sigh of relief and thank Jesus for getting us through…and pray that our son decides to be a roper, or as Kanin says, a golfer…however, I doubt that’s likely, he has his dreams set on bullfighting like some of his uncles! Only time will tell.
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