Lots of hot weather hit us last week. Monday flew by, there was a lot to do. Toni was in town all day, she took dad to his dr apt and she had court. The kids unloaded the trailer, since Toni needed it in a couple of days to take to Dusty and get Jackpot. The kids also washed all their steers and heifers. I was really busy at work from being gone Thursday and Friday to go to the Jackpot show and then this Thursday and Friday Anna, Kaine, Leslie and I went to Montana. Leslie told Anna and Kaine that we are going on a real vacation, not a showcation, so if they want to stop, to find some spots. We promised Sonny that if he did a good job at Rizville, we wouldn’t make him show anymore this year, and he has taken that to heart. Anytime anyone asks for help, he says he is done, he doesn’t have to. Well that is not going over very well. The bad news is that on this ranch, we all pitch in and help each other, so little Sonny is going to have to step up.
Tuesday Toni a had mediation all day, I had made a hair appointment after work, so Anna, Kaine and Kade were in charge under the supervision of their grandma. They washed their steers, cleaned out the trailer, sorted the office and did chores. They didn’t put hay on the trailer as we are always worried about bales falling down, but they filled up buckets, checked water, and got everything checked and fed. They are great kids. Since Jaxsen does not have a steer yet, he got to stay with mom and “help” her. I picked Jaxsen up on my way home and he helped Kaine and Kade feed grain. There is debate over which boy started the grain fight, Jaxsen says he kind of threw the grain first, but all three boys needed a shower after chores at my house. Sweat, dirt, and corn dust aren’t really a good combination to sleep on. Ben was out late working on circles, and Toni was out late with settling the mediation. Dad had a busy day on wheat harvest Tuesday, the axle broke on one of the combines and one of the trucks broke down. But don’t worry, his is still running strong.
Wednesday Toni and Kade headed to Dusty to get Jackpot and take Exit’s three ponies back that Dreamer bred. Toni had to be up there by 10 for a conference call with Sonny and ACE. They got back around 3, and then the three older kids washed the steers. Jaxsen stayed to “help” mom all day. Lucy the puppy also went on the trip to Dusty. She enjoys going in the pick-up. Tim Johnson rode Jackpot and we got to see how far along he was in his training. Jackpot is a very handsome, pretty moving, agile stallion. Jackpot is home now and we are looking forward to breeding mares to him in 2020.
Thursday Kaine, Anna, Leslie and I headed to Wilsall, Montana to see Morgan and Joe. Toni, Kade and Jaxsen stayed home to work on the steers, and work. Kicker was getting back from Winipeg on Friday and Ben had to stay home to work too. We left for Wilsall fairly early so we could make stops. We stopped at St. Regis for milkshakes and burgers and we stopped at the Fort Missoula and military museum on the way down. Both were pretty cool, but it was hot when we were there. We got to Wilsall in time to have dinner with Joe, Morgan, the twins, Marlo, Diane, Grandma and Grandpa Morter, Nellie and Rod. Then we set up the camper and went to bed. Toni had a deposition on Thursday afternoon with one of her cases, then hauled butt home so Chad could come out and trim horses. Chad can only do so many in a day, and we have lots to get done.
Friday we helped Morgan set up for their party, moving tables and chairs around. We helped Morgan doctor her horse and hung out with her and her aunts, cousins, Diane and the twins. Jolene, Nick, Kasen and Jay all got there on Friday too. Toni sent us pics of Jaxsen happily working on Kaine’s steers. Jaxsen was pretty much a hard no on helping with the steers, but with 6 steers to get done, he had to step up. The party was a lot of fun and we were glad to get to see how Morgan lives in Montana. We hear a lot about it, but it was really cool to see the life she has made for herself.
Saturday we just spent the day with Morgan, McKenna and Joe, everyone else had left. Toni, Kade, Jaxsen, Ben and Kicker were all busy working at home. They moved some of the horses home from Sagebug’s pen, got two December calves in that we sold as Spokane steers, and weaned them, sorted the bulls out and got them put together, moved a mare out of Colonel’s pen, fixed circles, and all the other normal ranch stuff. Then they went to Tennelle’s birthday party that night. There was a giant water slide and they had a lot of fun.
Sunday we headed home, we stopped at the museum of the Rockies in Bozeman, which was really cool if you ever get a change to stop. Then we stopped in Wheat Montana Farms in Broadwater for lunch, they have a great bakery and deli there. Next, we went to Missoula and stopped and did a little shopping at Murdocks. Lastly we stopped at St Regis for shakes again and did a little more shopping at the gift shop. We got home a little late but had a lot of fun.
Toni, Kade, Jaxsen, Ben and Kicker were busy working at home still. The two Spokane steers left to their new homes. Toni had people coming out and she took a lot of new pics of the foals. They worked on the steers again, and are getting ready for BF Fair which will be here before we are ready. Heat, heat, and more heat is in the forecast. We are doing our best to keep irrigation water on in all of the fields to give the livestock some relief. We are moving the bigger foals back to the main house to get ready to start weaning in a month. It is fun to see the size comparisons. You think a foal is big, then you get it next to some others, and maybe it isn’t as big as you thought. So far we are pretty happy with the foal crop and glad that we are done foaling with this heat.