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S: Kelsey Lee Grose

FC: Kelsey Lee Grose | Class of 2011

1: It's the little things that make life beautiful.

3: It's The Little Things In Life That Matter

5: LIVE WELL LAUGH OFTEN LOVE MUCH

6: My little brother and I have quite the bond. We have always lived together although our parents are divorced. I went to live with my dad the beginning of my senior year and it has brought me and my little brother closer then I could have imagined. Being with Kyle everyday made us do the normal fighting like brother and sisters and torture each other until we wanted to strangle one another. The day I left to go live with my dad is the day my brother and my relationship changed. Leaving that day was pretty hard for me but I knew it would be the best choice for all of us. Leaving my little brother at home and knowing I would only see him once or twice a week, when I seen him every day would be a tough change for me. Kyle and I used to do everything together, from throwing pitches to him, playing one on one, playing paintball, attempting to go fishing in the creek, or even just having our little heart to hearts. I guess you could say my brother and I are best friends. When I was in the hospital for my dislocated elbow, one thing that I will never forget was Kyle being so upset, asking me and my dad if I was going to be ok. Knowing that he cared so much about me being hurt just made me feel that much better as I lay there in pain. My brother and I are different in our own ways but for the most part we are a lot alike too. We love doing the same things and enjoy being together. Living in two different places has made Kyle and me become stronger. We now love seeing each other when he comes over and its different then just being with one another every day. I don’t know what I would do without him in my life. I love him more and more each day!! | Kyle Scott

7: Take pride in how far you have come, have faith in how far you can go

8: From time to time, people tell me, “lighten up, it's just a horse,” or,”that's a lot of money for just a horse. They don't understand the distance traveled, the time spent, or the costs involved for “just a horse.” Some of my proudest moments have come about with “just a horse.” Many hours have passed and my only company was “just a horse,” but I did not once feel slighted. Some of my saddest moments have been brought about by “just a horse,” and in those days of darkness, the gentle touch of “just a horse” gave me comfort and reason to overcome the day. If you, too, think its “just a horse,” then you will probably understand phrases like “just a friend,” “just a sunrise,” or “just a promise.” “Just a horse” brings into my life the very essence of friendship, trust, and pure unbridled joy. “Just a horse” brings out the compassion and patience that make me a better person. Because of “just a horse” I will rise early, take long walks and look longingly to the future. So for me and folks like me, it's not “just a horse” but an embodiment of all the hopes and dreams of the future, the fond memories of the past, and the pure joy of the moment. “Just a horse” brings out whats good in me and diverts my thoughts away from myself and the worries of the day. I hope that someday they can understand that it's not “just a horse” but the thing that gives me humanity and keeps me from being “just a woman.” So the next time you hear the phrase “just a horse” just smile, because they “just” don't understand. | Just a Horse

9: Cruiser | To accomplish great things we must not only act but also dream, not only plan but also believe.

10: World Show 2010 | The biggest adventure you can take is to live the life of your dreams- Oprah

11: Going out to the Palomino World Show during the middle of July, it’s extremely hot in Ohio but just to think about what it’s going to be like in Oklahoma is a miserable feeling. A 16 hour drive sitting in the back seat of the semi that you have hooked to that big seven horse trailer, stopping at gas stations to get diesel and use the bathroom every two or three hours. As I sat in the back seat listening to the radio trying to get some sleep because I know I won’t get any the whole time I’m in Tulsa, well let’s just say it wasn’t working out for me. From everyone else in the semi talking and telling stories from past experiences at the World Show and the semi stacks that are right behind my ear so every time we accelerate the stack just blows black smoke and makes this loud sound. Driving through Missouri by the Arch, everyone wakes me up to look at it as if this is the only time I’m going to see it in my whole life. Arriving to Tulsa, Oklahoma in about 16 hours, we quickly get everything unpacked and started day one. My nerves set in while I was out practicing that day, looking around at all my competition and knowing they want this just as bad as me. At this point its practice makes perfect and going into the pen it has to be your best. Day two rolled around and it became show time. I was about ready to puke and my stomach was in my throat. I knew I was ready, my horse was ready and all we could do is go in and do our best. In the warm up pen, my horse felt good and ready to show. This made me feel a little less nervous but I knew I still wanted a World Championship Title to bring home. We went in the class and he rode very well for me. Calling us all back in for the placings and awards, I could feel myself getting all tense and I just kept praying. They called out all the judges’ cards one by one. My number just happened to be first on all of them so at this point I knew I had won a World Championship. I began to cry. We had all lined our horses up against the wall toward the crowd and my mom just happened to be sitting behind me. I looked at her and there was tears rolling out of her eyes and this made me start to cry even harder. Hearing your number and name called out over the speaker and everyone cheering was a heart throbbing feeling. This is something that I could never forget. A lot of people have that one certain animal in their lifetime that will always be one that they have and will never forget. Usually it’s a dog, cat or some type of animal that most common people have. In my case it’s a horse. Cruiser you could say has a personality that is better than most people have. He always tries; gives 110 % all the time, never holds grudges, and will never let you down. I never go a day without seeing Cruiser and I know that he can always put a smile on my face. We have a special bond that no one could even describe. This year will be our seventh year together in the show pen, and while we are not there we are always working hard to better and perfect ourselves. This past year I got to not only experience but do something that most people don’t have the chance to do and that is win Two World Championships and Two Reserve World Championships. After six years of working incredibly hard, sweating when its 90 degrees outside, freezing when its -20 degrees, traveling thousands of miles, and having lots of tears from winning and losing we finally accomplished out goals. All this time and dedication we had one week to prove that we were the best in the world and we did. Winning a World Title is an amazing feeling. It’s like any football player wanting to win the Super Bowl, or any athlete wanting to win a gold medal in the Olympics. Cruiser is now 16 and has a home for life at the Grose farm and will be retired next year. It’s been a great road we have traveled together and so many memories that I will never forget!

14: So keep your head high, keep your chin up, and most importantly, keep smiling, because life's a beautiful thing and there's so much to smile about

15: Best Friends | Kirby and I have been best friends for a long time. Never getting along in elementary school, we became close throughout middle school while playing volleyball and basketball together. We have had a lot of good and intense memories together but there is one memory that stands out. One night I was at home with my family and my dad decides to tell me that I need to take all of his extra change to the bank. He couldn’t get it out of his mouth quick enough; I was already on the phone with Kirby. When Kirby and I are not together I swear we are on the phone either texting or calling each other 24-7. Well I call her up and tell her that I needed her help tomorrow taking change to the bank because I had never done it before. She of course said yes because we do mostly everything together. As I was in the middle of Kirby and I’s phone conversation my dad pulls out all the change that he needed taken. Thinking that he is going to give me a couple handfuls, he pulls out 4 huge 5 gallon buckets and a half of a regular bucket. I honestly can say that no other human being probably has that much change. I tell Kirby how much we have and she just laughed it off as if we could take it and it was no big deal. Well the next day as I come out of my house with that much change and taking me 4 trips to get it all out of the house, Kirby is in shock. Her comment to me was “were going to look like complete idiots taking all of this change in there!” I really didn’t want to do it either but my dad had asked me too and I figured that he has done probably some dumb things for me so I was going to take all that change for him. As we arrive at the bank, getting the change out of the car, I already have that creepy feeling that someone is watching us. Taking about 3 trips to the car and back into the bank we finally got all the change in there. Myself asking the clerk where the change machine was she pointed to this little space where all the employee’s walked through. Taking our change over we started loading the machine full. Time went by, we got to one of the buckets and it was all rolled change! If you could imagine, Kirby and I stood there taking turns unrolling this whole 5 gallon bucket so it could go through the change machine. Rotating turns Kirby and I stood in the bank for about 4 hours putting change into that dumb machine. People stood in line behind us and would just look at us and say “Ill come back another time”. All the employee’s would just look at us every ten minutes and say “are you done yet?” or they would just look and laugh. Finally after 4 long hours and about 4, 5 gallon buckets later, taking the slip up to the clerk to get our money, she looks at us like we are crazy and says “ wow girls your finally done and I have never seen someone have so much change!” Kirby and I just looked at each other with red faces and just wanted to crawl in a hole. Walking out of the bank with our empty buckets and let just say quite of bit of money, we decided that was a once a lifetime thing and it was never going to happen again! | Kirby and I have had so many memories that I’ll never forget but that is one that we will always remember and look at each other and say “can you believe we did that?” After graduation a lot of best friends tend to go their separate ways but I feel that Kirby and I will go where ever the other one is to visit all the time and our phone call and texting all the time will never change. We have been through thick and thin but somehow it always comes back together. We will be best friends forever! I don't know where I'd be, without you here with me, life with you makes perfect sense, you're my best friend- Tim McGraw

16: Dad

17: Have you ever thought to yourself who is truly my best friend? My true and honest best friend is someone that has been there for me since the day I was born into this world, that man would be my daddy. He is someone that I always know I will get an honest and truthful answer and I can tell him anything. Dad and I do everything together, if it is from working in the barn, going to a horse show, working on equipment, or him going shopping with me, we do it all. My dad and I do special things like he will walk my horse to the show pen every time I go to show and I will always ride in the truck with him on the way and home from the horse shows. It seems to always be a routine and a good luck charm for us to do those kinds of things. My dad is one of those people that knows all of the moods that I have and knows exactly when to pick me back up when I’m down. He is one that always is pushing me to work harder at my goals and is there for me when I fail. He has taught me over the last couple of years who I really am and has led me to the person I am today. | My dad has given me opportunities that most people don’t ever get the chance to have. He has taught me how to be patient because the best things come with time. I couldn’t imagine how life would be without the man who has taught me everything there is to know about the big thing called “life.” I thank him each and every day for everything that he has done for me. He has only set me on the right path to follow my dreams and I couldn’t love him anymore for that. I am truly blessed!

19: I don’t know if every little 14 year old girls have a dream of going to the big hotels, seeing all the lights, being in the middle of the casinos, and of course going to the famous M & M store but I sure did. All those things I just named well yeah it’s the most hopping place in the country and that would be Las Vegas, Nevada. When I was 14, my parents decided to take me on a vacation to Vegas. When they told me we were going I was super stoked. I had always dreamed of going and for sure my parents pulled through once again and made it happen. The beginning of December rolled around and it was time to head to the airport. We were suppose to get this huge snow storm that night and we boarded the plane and left for Vegas just in time. Actually it was putting down the snow as I looked out the window one more time before we took off. Knowing it was going to be a four hour flight, this girl didn’t care because I love to fly. Sleeping was the key to that situation. Arriving in Vegas, circling for the landing, I looked out my window to find something that I had never seen before. The city was so lit up and you could actually see the strip from the airplane. We had decided to take this trip before Christmas in the beginning of December because Vegas has the National Finals Rodeo and a thing called Cowboy Christmas going on at that time. Lets just say I was bound determined to find me a hot, rich cowboy! When I thought of Vegas, I always thought that I would find high class people walking down the streets, into their hotels and so on but that wasn’t the case when I got there. Knowing the rodeo was going on, the whole strip and every hotel was full of cowboys and people that are like us. Lets just say we fit right in. Cowboy Christmas was anything this girl could ask for. It was huge convention centers full of western shops. Mom and I decided while Dad and other people gambled we would shop for hours. Spending way to much money, we decided it was time to get to the strip to see all the beautiful hotels and other things. Some of my favorite things to see while I was out there was of course the M & M store where the walls are covered in M & M’s. Another thing that I loved to see was in the bottom of the MGM Hotel, is where the Grammy’s take place and the boxing ring for the major boxing fights. I got to adventure and ride the roller coaster at the New York New York at night and it was a thrill. Vegas was my all time favorite vacation so far. I almost forgot to mention while your there you sleep all day and go out all night. Always remember what happens in Vegas, stays in Vegas!

20: Kathryn Jo

21: When I was about ten years old, a special woman stepped into my life that made it change forever. My parents being divorced, I figured eventually one day that I would have a step mom and I only hoped that we got along. Well Kathy and I do more then get along; we do everything together. My grandparents always had horses and got me my first one, but Kathy took it to a whole different level. I remember the day I told dad that I wanted to do 4-H and I wanted to take a pig. Dad being a little leery about me taking a pig, Kathy then asked him if I wanted to take a horse. I took a horse in 4-H my first couple of years and showed at some open show. We also started showing at quarter pony where we met a lot of great people and it taught me so much. Stepping out into new boundaries, Kathy decided that if I wanted to go big time this was the time to do it. Knowing I had to put long hours in, hard work, and tons of dedication, I decided that I would take the chance. My grandma working for the Ohio Quarter Horse, I had been to the Quarter Horse Congress since I was born. My big dream that I had since I was little was to one day show there and as we call them “be a big dog.” Having that in mind, I wanted to go with the big dogs and take the opportunity. Putting long hours in, sweating in the summer time, working until it was dark outside, practicing patterns, and her drilling me on how my body position should be it all paid off. She took me to another level and let’s just say I couldn’t have accomplished my two World Championships, my two Reserve World Championships, my two Top Tens at Congress, and many Finalist. Oh and I forgot to mention it was on her horse which she gave to be for my 18th birthday. It sounds like all we have is the horse thing in common but that’s definitely not true. We love to go have girl’s days, shop, and make show clothes in our spare time. We like doing the same thing and I guess you could say our personalities are a lot alike. She has given me opportunities that I never thought I would have. She has mended together broken hearts, wiped my tears, and took on a large job to become my second mom. She made mostly all of my dreams and goals come true and I can’t tell her enough how much that means to me. I love her with all my heart and I don’t know what I would do without her!

22: Grandma | Grandma

23: Every girl wishes to have that grandma that has class, knows what you love, gives you all the attention and is like another mom to you. My Grandma Bev was just that person. Being the oldest grandchild, I was very spoiled you could say. I was born awhile before the rest of them and I got a lot of grandma time to myself. It seems like as a little girl, I was never at home I was having a slumber party at grandma and grandpa’s house with them. We always would blow up the air mattress and she would even sleep on it with me. I can remember it being late one night and for some reason I was hungry and of course grandma got up and made me food. She would do anything for anyone, whatever it was or whatever the time of day. I remember spending countless days with her just watching movies in her chair, one of our favorites being Matilda. We also loved to watch the freestyle reining videos from the past congresses. She taught me to never hate anyone no matter how much you dislike them. Grandma spent tons of hours with me and I’ll never forget any of them. On Friday morning, May 5, 2006 we lost Grandma with a battle to cancer. Knowing that she had gone to a better place and was no longer suffering took a large hit on everyone. Having only a couple of days in the hospital to spend with her because we knew it wasn’t going to be long, we all made the best of them. She was known for her hard work and dedication. She loved what she did and was always positive. Grandma has a special place in my heart. I miss her more and more everyday and I love her so much that words couldn’t even describe.

24: Pickles

25: Bridget

26: A Little Bit of Life

27: This is for the girls in squared toe boots, Harris Spurs, and a Kendal’s Hat . . . For the girls who skip malls in favor of a tack store. For the girls who can smile like a beauty queen after 3 hours of sleep. The ones who will bleed, sweat, and cry just for one more point to get qualified. This is for the girls who can drive their own rig. For the girls who fall for pickup trucks over pick up lines. This is for the girls who can communicate with eyes; body, and spirit, words just aren’t enough. This is for the girls who could write a book on the many uses of bailing twine and duct tape. For the girls who put their makeup on over dirt and sweat and smile like a million bucks in rhinestone oufits and chaps, no matter how tight their hat is. This is for the headaches we get when someone asks “Do you jump over things?” or “Do you run really fast?” when they hear you ride. For the fake smiles we try to give when we receive countless dangling earrings and unicorn t-shirts from our friends and family. For the girls who sit in the bleachers and eat their lunch while intensely watching other people ride. Who can name exactly what they wore when they showed, to what judge, in what pen, on what day, and know exactly how they placed. This is for the girls who base their dreams on the biggest gamble on earth. This is for the passion they hold, the drive we all share, and the WILL to WIN. We know about love and loss in a way most will never understand. This is for the girls who can close their eyes at night and feel like you’re still loping. We’re a special breed.

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