From the Horse’s Mouth – Finding Fun Is Easy

Get a glimpse of what life is like at Sandbrock Ranch through the eyes of Sandbrock Ranch’s very own resident, Karen H. From the first days of discovering our one-of-a-kind community to building her family’s very own dream home, read up on Karen’s experience straight from the horse’s mouth.

November 2019

We moved to Sandbrock Ranch for its natural beauty, quiet charm and out-in-the-country feel (without really being out in the middle of nowhere). Having an active lifestyle program is just a bonus. But to be honest, I expected the list of resident events to be lean heavily toward children activities. And while there are plenty of things for kids to do here at the Ranch, I’m very pleasantly surprised to find quite a few activities that appeal to empty nesters like us! Here’s how we’ve been having fun this fall.


Harvest on the Ranch

True to Texas form, it was a hot day for a fall event, but that didn’t deter us from having a good time. On the event lawn was a huge assortment of pumpkins both big and small for kids of all ages to decorate. Families gathered under the shaded pavilion to use paint, glue and glitter to create their masterpieces. Nearby were cornhole games and a live band that gave the day a fun energy.


Those looking for an Instagram photo opportunity weren’t disappointed; a display of pumpkins, gourds and hay bales on the steps of the Carriage House provided the perfect backdrop.

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When’s the last time you went for a hayride? For me, it was only a few weeks ago! We hopped aboard a tractor-pulled trailer piled with hay bales and soft blankets that took us to the model home park. It felt so nice to have a breeze cool us down. I’m sure I had a silly grin on my face; what can I say, it was fun.


Model homes were filled with sweet treats and scavenger hunts. Each model handed out stickers for visiting, and those were handed in for a chance to win a prize. I’m not normally a lucky person, but I actually won a gift card that day! Hobby Lobby, here I come!


We worked up an appetite touring the models and ventured back to the event lawn for a tasty lunch from Not Just Q Food Truck. Afterward, I satisfied my sweet tooth by choosing from a wonderful assortment of caramel-dipped apples. Another item on my fall bucket list was checked off. YUM!


The day was full of fall fun. We love living at the Ranch! There’s always something social to do.


Tai Chi at Sunset

Being here at the Ranch has encouraged me to try new things. We recently attended a Tai Chi class at sunset, and I loved it. Want to work on your core strength? Try Tai Chi. This may just be my new favorite exercise. I was surprised at the number of residents who were also interested in Tai Chi. Who knows, we may start a club!


Candles, Carnations and Cocktails

Ever try your hand at making your own candle? Yep, me neither. So fun! The demonstration was held inside the Carriage House — we have a kitchen perfectly suited for these kinds of activities! While we enjoyed the crafty evening, we sipped on a delicious sangria. It helped my creative juices flow, ha! After making my candle, I stepped over to the floral arrangement area where we all had fun learning how to create our own pretty fall centerpiece with focal flowers, fillers and greenery. And I have discovered green floral foam; it’s my new friend! I’m excited to take these skills and create come floral arrangements for the upcoming holidays.


Wreaths and Wine

Another fun opportunity for me to meet some of the ladies here! It was a big turnout and we had a great time learning how to make wreath bows, tie mesh ribbon and glue on cute fall picks. Crafting can make you thirsty, and we sipped on mulled wine punch while we crafted away. I made some new friends that evening and walked back home with my fall wreath in hand feeling really happy about living here at the ranch.


Pups and Pints Dog Park Opening

Hotdogs, pints of brew, a raffle drawing for prizes and fun giveways for our pooches — what a day we had at the grand opening of our very own dog park! Not sure who was more excited, the doggies or the humans. It was a joy to see the pups run and play off-leash while us proud parents looked on. The shaded pavilions provided a nice spot to sit and watch them play. Most dogs enjoy being social as much as their humans do. I am looking forward to more visits to the dog park and chatting with fellow dog lovers. And what a nice bonus to know that everyone I meet there is also a neighbor.

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