Monday was a beautiful day. Truffles had a cute miniature horse filly by Dreamer, she looks like she will be blue roan. Toni went through her 880 pics she took over the weekend while she waited for the court to call her for court over the phone. Kaine and Jaxsen had baseball practice. Toni, Anna, and Kade finished the last of the continuous fence at mom and dads, and put a man gate in, so we are finally done with that stretch of fence. While Toni was putting a chain on one of the panels, it happened to touch the electric fence to the North, so she got shocked. She had told the kids that they could have a break from fencing, but after the shocking incident, now she wants to tear down the electric fence and put something that is not electric up. Kaine and I got there about the time they were getting done to help clean up.
Tuesday Toni had a lot going on in the morning, in addition to her law stuff. Big Bend showed up to put up a new guild wire. A private delivery company, that looked really shady, showed up with a package. She told them they might want to put something on their vehicle. There was a semi fire on Highway 17, so traffic was rerouted down Hendricks Rd. After chores, Toni worked on Huckleberry, then we all headed to my house to continue loading the trailer. There is no doubt that something is going to be forgotten, the question is what?
Wednesday we went to the Spokane jr Livestock show. Grace called first thing and she had a flat tire, so I ran over in the little white trailer and picked her up. Toni and the kids finished loading our gooseneck up, and then we loaded some steers in our trailer and headed to Connell. We picked up dad so he could bring the white trailer and Red back over. We got to Connell and loaded up the steers in the Eby and the rest of the tack in the Titan and headed to Spokane. The boys all wanted to ride with Uncle Joe in the mini-Pete. I guess they find him amusing? We had a caravan with Traci driving one pick-up full of kids, Leslie in one, Toni and I in one, and Stacy in one, with Joe leading the pack. We stopped at Ritzville for lunch at the great Carl’s Jrs (it has a good parking lot) and then on to Spokane. The steers all unloaded great and Joe took back off. We weighed the steers and unloaded our tack. Then we washed, fed and went to the camper for the night.
Thursday we had market and prospects in the afternoon. Because of covid restrictions they had 30 min scheduled for each class. The Judge averaged 9 minutes per class so there was quite a bit of down time. So we got up and washed in the morning, fed the steers and then went to the camper for breakfast We rested for a bit, because we are not supposed to hang out in the barn. We headed back over around 11, with lunches packed, and fit the steers. WA Grown (on PBS if anyone wants to watch it) had asked Anna about interviewing her for the show and recording her showing. So they came and did some interviews, that was fun and good for the industry and promoting the show. Prospects showed first, Anna had 3rd overall 4H prospect, Kade was 4th in the class and Kaine was 5th. So not bad. Then in market everyone placed well, but no one went back. Kaine and Kade were in the lighter classes, Anna and Ady in the middle, and Grace, Adrian, Natalie and Julian were in the heavy range. Then we did our afternoon chores and Pete and Sammy came over and drank with us at the camper.
Friday we had fitting and showing in the afternoon, again, classes were scheduled every 30 min.. So we did our morning thing, then we back to the camper to change. Headed over around 11 again to fit steers. It was youngest to oldest. All three of our jrs, Ady, Natalie and Julian made it back to the champion round. Julian was 4th overall and Ady was 3rd. Adrian, Kaine and Kade were Intermediates. Kaine made it back to the championship round. Anna and Grace were Seniors, Anna made it back and was grand champion. All of the kids showed great and we are proud of all 8 of them. We were able to load the prospect steers out on Friday, so Kick had brought a trailer up. We could also go pick up a mare we were Aiing, so we loaded the prospect steers, then Toni took a pick-up and went with Kicker over to Medical Lake to load out Barb so she could go home too. We had smoothies, adults had alcohol in their smoothies, and we hung out for a while then went to bed. Not a lot of details, but even with the slower schedule, Spokane is a fast paced show, and it really wears a person out.
Saturday was the sale, the steers sold last. We did morning chores and rinsed, then went back to the camper to hang out there for a bit. The three boys, Kaine, Kade and Julian, went back to the barn around 11 to watch the steers. They also talked to some potential buyers and showed them their steers. We sold early afternoon, the prices were great for Spokane. Thank you to our buyers. Then we packed up our tack and cleaned out the bed. Some of the steers left on Saturday, but the rest stayed to load out on Sunday. We went back to the camper and packed it up, so we would have less to load out on Sunday.
Happy Mother’s Day. Sunday we got up and went to the barn to load out steers. We cleaned our stalls out the rest of the way and watered the steers. They slowly left. We all helped clean up, loading panels, washing the wash rack, cleaning up the isle, etc. Then we went and loaded up the campers and headed home. When we got home Kicker was doing so stuff for mom and dad with the loader, pulling out some shrubs, moving some dirt around, etc. Ben was working at circles at our house, and 811, the bull, had gone through a gate and had it wrapped all around him. Toni and I moved horses up to her house, Crystal and Dunny and some heavy mares over, Payton, Blue and Shadie. Shannon and Jordan showed up for a bit to talk. Mom made us a pie and we gave her her mother ‘s day presents.