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Our Last Fair is in the books, now it is time for Football.

Monday back to school and work for a few days, and then we will be at the Othello Fair. The boys all had football practice. Toni had a lot of phone calls to return. Dad worked at Pioneer Monday. We got steers ready, paperwork ready and food ready for our last terminal show. Othello is one of my favorite fairs, and as tired as a I am, I am actually really looking forward to Othello. They have some different events to watch that are fun, mounted shooting, draft pull.  The food is great and cheaper than the BF fair. It is a smaller, more community oriented, fair.

Tuesday the kids went to school, the boys to football practice, and Toni and Anna hauled our steers into Othello. Leslie hauled their steers in. So it was Toni, Anna, and Leslie to unload all 7 steers and the 5 heifers. Monica and Vixen were pretty anti going to the fair. Monica tried to load herself back up in the trailer to go home when she realized she was at a fair. After she realized there was no going back, she settled in ok. Stacy brought Adrian, Kaine and Kade after practice. I got there after work and chores.  We made a deal with Stacy that as long has he hauled the kids to and from practice, Adrian could stay with us and Stacy didn’t have to stay at the fair. He thought that was a good deal. So did we!

Also on Tuesday, we heard our good friend Gary Moore lost his battle with cancer. Anna is riding his horse, Katie, she has had her about a year now.  Gary and Judy have come and watched the kids show the past few years. Gary was a great man and will be missed by many.

Wednesday we had market and heifers, it did not start until 10, so we slept in until 5:30. We washed everything and then Simplot made us breakfast. It was great. FFA showed first and then 4H. Anna was grand champion in Market with Pumpkin and Kade was reserve with Kid Curry aka Silver. Kade really wanted to beat Anna, but his steer was just a touch too light to win overall. Both steers have been awesome in the show ring. Kaine took his homegrown extra steer that hadn’t been worked on as much and didn’t have a club look. He was a good steer, just not a show steer.  We had lots of kids in the championship round. Next we had the heifer show, FFA, 4H then Open. Anna was reserve champion overall with her Angus heifer, Beth.  This was Beth’s first show, as she is a 2021 AI calf. She was a rockstar other than a few kicking incidents.  Kayla, Savannah and Grace, who are 2, 4 and 5 years olds, all had division champions in open. I was named the Ringmaster by the Beef Superintendent so I got to run the heifer show the way I wanted to, so it was great. Then we went back and had lunch burritos and washed. I went home and did chores and then came back.

Thursday was fitting and showing. The kids all showed great. They all made it back to the championship round, even Kaine with his steer that had no experience. I would just like to say that Kaine handled the steer like a pro, even when the steer wasn’t cooperating.  Anna was Grand Champion Senior showman, Kade was Grand Champion Intermediate showman and Julian was Grand Champion Jr Showman. Anna was also overall 4H showman and Judge Toth said if he had a reserve it would have been Julian (Kade also showed very well in the final drive).  When Judge Toth told Julian he liked Julian’s belt, Julian replied “I do too, but it would look better with a belt buckle.” That kids is witty! He must have made the perfect impression because he was the top Jr and showed like a rockstar. Then Kayla and Savannah went and showed PeeWee sheep with the Shattucks. They had A LOT of fun, so Savannah helped them put away the lambs.  The bad thing was that after showing the sheep, the two littles thought they owned those sheep. We got to hear over and over, I want to walk my sheep.  How many times can one sheep be walked? Thousands. Then we broke for lunch and the kids went around to learn how to show all of the animals. The beef kids all started out together and before we knew it there were 15 kids all in a group working together to learn how to show each other’s animals. It was pretty cool. All of the kids made good friends with some of the kids from other species on Thursday. We saw many of those kids during the rest of the fair as they came to hang out with our group. Thursday night everyone celebrated a belated birthday for Marlo, she had gone to Kansas for her birthday so we did not get to celebrate it then.  It was a really fun celebration that ended with cupcakes from the Cow Path bakery in Othello. If you haven’t tried the Cow Path DO! It is really good.

Friday I had to go to work. However, the kids had judging in the morning, and Ady beat Toni’s judging scores, so she won a milk shake from Toni. Toni had a respectable score, but Ady was the Grand Champion junior and had an awesome score. The kids had round robin at noon, and then an awards ceremony after, to find out how they did in the round robin and get their awards. At the awards ceremony the kids found out that Fedex had lost their belt buckles. Julian was devastated, it is his first one and he was really looking forward to it. Anna won the senior division of the round robin. After the awards ceremony the kids went to do their homework.  I went home and did chores on my way to the fair Friday night. Toni had 8 box seat tickets to the rodeo that night, so Traci and the kids all went (that is with Traci holding one kid on her lap).  Thanks Traci for the sacrifice because the rest of us were way too tired to make it through the rodeo. I guess the cows for the wild cow riding were woofy, like hunted some of the competitors. Of course, that leads to reminiscing about Ben’s days doing the wild cow riding at Othello with our good friends Hugo, Luis, and his brother Chad. Once Hugo quit going and it was just Luis, Ben, and Chad they won the wild cow riding both nights. And Hugo never did while cow riding with them, and some of the pics below are from the old days. LOL. They “retired” after that 2-night win. Not saying anyone was the weak link, but……

Saturday was the sale, the sale was great, thank you to our Othello buyers, Dale Bayley (Kaine and Kade), Edith Spencer (Anna), K’ntucky Turf (Julian), Industrial Ventilation (Natalie)and DC Drilling (Ady). After the steers sold we went and had fair food for lunch. Next we walked around, had balloon animals made, watch some more of the sale, bought a couple of pigs, told Whitney we bought her a duck (we didn’t). Then we went to the buyer’s diner and after that Kaine, Keegan and Ady got hypnotized. It was really funny. At home Ben weaned all of the calves and gave them a blackleg booster. He rolled up with wire in circle 5 that we were using as a pen for Gunner on the irrigated grass.

Sunday we cleaned up and went home, that was our last fair, now to get ready for a jackpot show in November. We get to start over halter breaking. And on to weaning and shipping foals, calves are all weaned. Ben made sure the fence was up below circle 3 and moved the big Angus bulls down there. We moved the new group of show heifers and steers in the big run so they had more room to run around. The kids did homework all day.

The weather has really turned and we finally got some rain! When the rain finally hits you can’t complain, even if you are at the fair and would like to complain, you can’t.  Now we start Friday Night Lights- the two big boys have been going to football practice and now it is time to start the games. Jax will start playing on Saturday. Fall is not officially here until Wednesday, but it is starting to feel like it.

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It is crazy to think we are already into the middle of August!

Monday the three older kids worked on their steers and then went over to Connell with McCall and McKenna to say good bye to them, and give Leslie and Jay a present with the twins for taking them to Nebraska. They then came home and did chores. I went to Othello for a working meeting and then back to Pasco.  We still have a mares on regumate, Cancan getting doctored, water to move, and lots of other fun fun projects. We are also getting Slugger tamed down to start halter breaking him so moved him to the corral so he can see humans.

                Tuesday morning Mike Chubbs came out and butchered three heifers and a pig. Dad went to Allie’s to pick up Stinger. Toni texted and said Chad was bringing some wheat straw out today. Anna and Kaine caught Monica and Addy to start halter breaking, we are going to try to take Monica to Benton Franklin Fair.  Toni texted me that she wanted to turn out Dime and Shi, they have been in with the old mares, so she turned them out in the big pasture with the other yearling fillies. Once Stinger was unloaded the kids decided which one of them was getting a driving lesson pulling a trailer on the way back to my house, Kaine won that so he got to drive.  On the way they saw a cow in heat and the bull calves riding her. So Toni and the kids went out to get her in. They had her in and she jumped through the fence and in into a different pen. Then Anna said that they already had her in once, she pushed the gate open into the wash rack and jumped the wash rack fence and got out. Guess who gets to go on a trip to town?  Jaxsen was not impressed with the cow and talked about how dumb she is for quite a long time after that.

Wednesday the kids worked on their animals. Toni and Jaxsen got down to do chores when the other kids were already leaving, so Jaxsen did not go and work on his steers, it was getting hot, so I feel like he was ok with this.  Dime and Shi had gotten the round pen open so were back in with the old mares, I guess they don’t like being in the big pasture. I got there in time to help change water.

By Thursday Monica and Addy were so great the kids lead them to their pen and back without setting any panels. Jaxsen got stung in the eye lid while doing chores, so he went home with Toni. We got more wheat straw from Chad on Thursday and the Jon Mastre bailed our hay. The water pump went out in the stacker so it all did not get stacked. Murtaugh went with Ben on the tractor to work on a circle and then try to help with the stacker.

Friday Jaxsen was milking the wasp sting, and could not look up what school supplies he needed, or go work on his steers due to his eye. In the afternoon mom and the kids went over to Connell to see grandma. Marlo came to do chores, after chores Marlo went with the kids to work on steers. Jaxsen’s eye is still swollen.  Mom also got stung by the wasps in the arm. I guess the wasps are getting aggressive.

Saturday Leslie, Traci, Anna, Kaine, Kade, Ady, Julian, Natalie, Joe, Dad and I went to Jana Kollers to look at steers and heifers. We met Bill and Kayla there. So we spent the morning looking at 2022 show animals. Then Dad, Anna, Kaine, Kade and I left and went and had lunch at Lyon’s Ferry Mariana. Everyone else went and looked at Bill’s fall bulls. We got back to the house and Kade went home for a bit as Toni had some friends over with their little boy. Anna and Kaine washed their steers. Kaine went and helped Ben worked on the fence in the weaning pen. Anna and I went out and checked the cows and horses. Comet needed to come home, so Anna and I took her to mom and dads. She is getting old and somehow hurt herself and has a swollen shoulder.  Kade and Jaxsen came down and washed their steers. Then they went and helped move stuff around so we could wean on Saturday. Then we went down and did chores, and the kids worked on their two and three year olds.

                Sunday morning we weaned the bull calves. We sorted off some cows to send to Toppenish, and so then we got the heifer calves in to sort some cows off that were in there to send. Terry and Erina came and picked up Livvy. Toni and I went out and caught Dolly and brought her to the house, she needs to go in to Sheena and get her travel papers so she can go to CA. We haltered Slugger, we are getting him ready to go to the Midwest. Toni got stung in the hand by a wasp while we were down at the corral. We also moved the yearling colts to the middle pen and King back into the back pen. Kicker and Jaxsen fixed fence between circles 5 and 6. The kids came down and did chores and then worked on their three year olds. Anna rode Jag out of the round pen with the saddle. We make them start the horses without a saddle, so this is the first good ride Anna had with Jag saddled. Toni and Anna even rode down the driveway then around to the back of the house. Jag did really good.

It is crazy to think we are already into the middle of August! We are beginning our last week of summer with the kids before we start the marathon fair season.  We are making our foal weaning schedule, shipping mares home, and getting ready to gear up for fall. Anyone with a foal purchased, please get in touch with us so we can get that foal weaning schedule complete. We do have some really fancy foals left for sale as well. We also have two Hereford steers, that are around 300 lbs for $400.

Anyone looking for beef? The kids will be selling their steers at Benton Franklin, CBJLS, and the Othello fairs with sales on Aug 28, Sept 11, and Sept 18. For those that don’t want to go in person, you can call in, have someone bid for you (we can help with that), or call the fair office for options. There are lots of hard working kids out there with animals for sale, so please support your local fairs as many of these kids depend on the funds they earn.

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Sorry this is a few days late. Lots of fun and summer is just hitting its stride.

Monday everyone was exhausted from a busy weekend, Kade felt like they should get to stay home from school to rest. No such luck. It was a little bit breezy and chilly for May, but, not bad. Everyone was in Monday morning, so that was a win. Boys all had practice, dad took Kade and Jaxsen.  Anna went up and took care of the show animals. Caleb and Kelten came out to hook up the new pump Monday night for the yard and big run irrigation. Kaine went out and mowed Russian Olive trees, which is a never-ending job!

Tuesday Kaine and Kade had baseball games, and Jaxsen had practice. Kaine’s team played Burbank and they won. Kade’s teamed played Basin City, they did not keep score, but we decided they won. It started to pour down rain, so Jaxsen’s practice was canceled part of the way through, dad went down to get him, but he caught a ride with another mom up to the Junior High, so they missed each other. Jaxsen kept telling his ride that was his mom’s car, so they kept chasing people around Connell. So it took a few minutes to find him. It was Ben and my 19th wedding anniversary, so Ben brought home Checos for us all.

Wednesday we woke up to two foals, just as I was starting to wonder if they were every gong to foal.  Rosie had a big pali colt with lots of chrome out of Double. Peyton had a tiny little smutty buckskin roan filly out of Jackpot that had the umbilical cord dragging on the ground. Toni is calling her Spunky, mom and dad are calling her Twiggy. We already have a Twiggy, but I guess they are ignoring that. I call her Spunk, so I guess maybe she is the horse with too many names?? Toni got Spunk and Peyton in, got the cord clamped, and we moved them over to the old mare pen to keep an eye on the tiny girl. She is very friendly and maybe thinks she is a dog.  Kade had a baseball game at 5. Kaine was officially done and was home for chores. 

Thursday was super busy as the kids got ready to leave for the Angus show. This is Jax’s first show of the season and the other three kids’ fourth show. After school and chores, the kids went to start getting the tackbox packed up, bags packed, food packed, and stick their heifers that hadn’t been sticked before.  There was also some concern about Jax’s steer (named Dagger on Thursday) and whether he had been sticked. Luckily Anna had stepped up and helped Jax more than he realized or cared about.

Friday we packed up the trailers and headed to Ellensburg to the Jr Angus Field Day. We got there and got everyone washed, checked into the hotel. The kids all had fun.  We had our four kids, Traci had her three, four adults, with 9 head of cattle. Our group was the largest. Due to the other shows in the area and farming, the Angus show wasn’t as well attended as normal, but it was still a great group of people, good quality cattle, and a good location.  Friday night we were provided free pizza and a fitting and clipping clinic put on by Matt Rosman and Tanner and Colter Meads.  Big shout out to Matt Rosman who told the kids that they need to rinse/wash their cattle twice per day. Thanks for that. Anna has taken you seriously. 

Saturday morning we got up and washed the heifers and steer again. Anna, Kaine, Kade and Sydney Rylaarsdam competed in the fitting contest. Natalie and Jaxsen helped Eric as the judge. Our kids did not win. Eric told us afterwards that Jaxsen was all about his brother NOT winning. After that the show started, with PeeWees, then seniors, intermediates and then Juniors. All of the kids showed great, Anna was the Intermediate champion and Kade was the Jr Reserve champion. In confirmation, Jaxsen showed his steer first, he was third steer overall, and 2 months younger than the rest of the steers (in registered classes it is by age and not weight) so that was really good. Kaine had a bred and owned heifer, she was second in her class, so she went back to the championship round. Natalie and Savannah’s heifers were our first class of owned heifers. They were first and second in their classes, so both got to go back. Both of Kade’s heifers were second in their classes, so they both came back. Kaine’s Cox heifer was third in her class, so she did not get to come back. Anna’s heifers were 1st and 5th in their class, so one of Anna’s got to come back. All in all a great show. Then we packed up and headed home. D the paint came on Saturday to get bred again.

Sunday we had lots of people scheduled to come, so we were busy all day. However, first thing was Fly Guy leaving, and they postponed until Monday. Anna worked on her heifer and steer. Kaine and I took the minis over the Cecil and Debbies house. Toni and Kade showed horses while we were gone. Ben and Kicker were working on putting irrigation line in the riding horse pen. Toni and I then got Gunner in to bred the paint. D still does not like him, she is a maiden mare and is not inter Gunner. So we put King in with her, she liked him a little better. We hauled Gunner back out. Cousin Jodi showed up with Sam the gelding back. Her kids are nor riding him, so they are gong to sell him. So if you are looking for an older grey grade gelding we have one at the house looking for a new home. 

With Fly Guy gone, we are sold out of yearling colts. We have the 2 fillies left for sale for the right person and Gangster. Lots of fun and summer is just hitting its stride. The kids have a few weeks left of school, and let me assure you, they are counting down. We still have some overbaked foals that need to come out, but we are down to the last few to foal. When it gets hot like this, it makes it hard to get excited about breeding mares, but we still get it done. 

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  Long days with late sunsets allow for too many hours of work, but when you love the life you live, there really isn’t much to complain about.

We had four steers butchered and go to TLC Monday morning.  We will have more in August or September if anyone needs one. With all of the fairs canceling we have a lot of shows steers that need to be sold to benefit the kids. Anna had a Dr apt Monday afternoon, so dad brought her down and met me at work and I took her over. Toni had taken Kade and Jaxsen in for dental appointments earlier in the day, so we clearly didn’t coordinate that very well.  Anna and I  were at the doctor  until late, so Toni, Kaine, Kade and Jaxsen chopped thistles, went and got Dee to bring up to the house to take to the vet, and then did chores. We had some gentlemen show up as they drove by the house Monday night and buy Blackie’s colt. I got home to our AC not working and the house was 80 degrees, Ben said that means the filter needs changed, which we had discussed on Sunday since it seemed like the house was a few degrees warmer.   I changed the filter and that did not help. So Ben worked on it for a while, after I called him, and the fan was not kicking on. We still have the AC window in, we have not taken it out yet, so we tuned it on, and opened the windows since Monday night was cool. However, Chester sat outside our window all night barking. Oh the joys of a border collie.

On Tuesday Toni, Anna, Kaine, Kade and Lucy took Dee to Sagehill Vet to get an ultrasound and the three steers and heifer to get health and brand to go to New Plymouth. When they got home the yearling colts were out in the haystack.  Mostly it was just Tank and Cue playing with King over the fence. Yearlings letting the two year old stud know that they weren’t afraid of him. They had gone over a fence, but were easy to put back in. We are working on their fence, putting in continuous fence, so they have panels on one side, and Shiner can get the chains unhooked on the panels. So as he is opening them we are rechaining them and tying with twine.  After chores Toni and I put in more posts for the continuous fence and the kids went and fed their steers and cleaned out the barn.  Knowing Cupcake and Double Shot were leaving on Wednesday after Toni got done with Court, we locked Cupcake in and moved Double Shot to the house. He is such a good yearling that it was no big deal.

Wednesday, July 1st, where has the year gone?? Toni had court in the morning, then headed down to load out Cupcake and Double Shot. But first everyone wanted to go see the colt they are buying so they went down to Sagebug’s pen.  Cupcake and Double Shot loaded like champs. Double Shot has never had an issue loading and seems to like it. Maybe a little like Gunner?   Dad went up and watched the kids clip their steers, and then checked them out. After chores the three older kids went to work on their steers and Toni, Jaxsen and I went down to build fence at the lake to move the bulls down there. We finished and then put the solar fencer on it. There are A LOT of weeds. Really tall weeds, which means too many bugs. Hopefully the bulls can get them knocked down. We normally put Colonel’s pen down there but this year a bunch of the fence needed to be replaced and this was a low priority. Dad has sprayed it once, but that had little impact.

Thursday the kids loaded the trailer and worked on their steers and heifer. Toni and the kids headed down and helped load the bulls to go to the lake pen, then went and chopped thistles in Circle 6. Toni was able to touch all of the foals in that pen and Blue Bug was a pain in the butt because he needs attention all of the time. But that just makes him cute.  Thursday was also my Friday because Friday is the celebrated 4th of July.   After chores Toni and I put in some more posts in at the corral.  Our goal was to have the posts in so that we could put the first leg of continuous fence up over the weekend (when I am gone).

Friday we had a lot of projects going on, fencing, moving animals around to more grass, etc. In the afternoon Ben, Kaine and I went over to Connell to get cousin Jay’s mini Peterbuilt, he let us borrow it to go to New Plymouth so the kids had more room.  After chores Toni and I put the last of the posts into our first section of continuous fence. Uncle Skip came down Friday and we went to Toni’s after chores and had a small BBQ since the three older kids, Ben and I would be in New Plymouth on the 4th.  Basically Toni and I kind of forgot about the BBQ, so it was a thrown together kind of a deal. Mom had made potato salad and the rest of the food was what we found in the refrigerator. For dessert we had cheesecake that had been previously opened, but we put enough stuff on it, you couldn’t tell that it was freezer burnt!

Saturday was the 4th of July, Happy 4th everyone. Friday morning Ben, the kids, Toni and I finished loading the trailer and then we headed to pick up McKenna on our way to new Plymouth to a livestock show. We arrived there around 4, we got unpacked, washed the steers and heifer, weighed them in and then went to our hotel in Ontario. I don’t know if we will go to a jackpot on the 4th anymore that we have to spend the night, it was a long sleepless night with fireworks going off until 2 in the morning and we were getting up and 4:30.

Meanwhile, back at the ranch Toni, Kicker and Jaxsen were working on the continuous fence. Easier said than done! Even though we had put a bunch of posts in, some of those had to come out and be re-set. The tractor didn’t want to cooperate. We still had to drill holes in the brackets we were using. Basically there was just a small learning curve that was dealt with. They got about 100 feet of fence put up, in the heat, before they called it a day. Then they went down to the lake for 2 hours with the cousins for some relaxation on the 4th.  Then they had to do all of the chores. Luckily Marlo was there to house sit for me again so she helped with the calves.

Sunday was show day, we got up early and got our animals washed. The show was supposed to start at 9, but a lot of late entries arrived Sunday morning so it did not get started until around 10:30. However, everyone was still in good spirits. They started with showmanship, oldest to youngest, so McKenna and Foxy were first, they did great, it was a really hard class. Then Intermediates, Kaine and Austin and Anna and Freddy were both in the same class and made it back to the championship round. Lastly Kade was a Jr in Idaho, him and Goldmember were awesome and were the champion Jr showman.

Next was Market, Anna and Kaine were both third in their class and Kade was fourth, they all showed really good. Kaine was asked to show someone else’s steer too, since there were two in the same class, and he did a great job showing that steer as well. McKenna and Foxy were 4th in their breeding class, but we had a lot of complements outside the ring about Foxy, and she was recognized from her Sasquatch Showdown win video. Ben, Anna, Kaine and Kade had washed the steers and packed up all of the stuff while McKenna and I waited for Foxy to go in. So we washed her, ate our lunch burritos and headed home. There were a couple of WA kids there, and 4 in the 509 show circuit, and all of them made it at least back to the championship round, and two won their divisions, we are happy and proud of all of the kids.

Toni, Kicker and Jaxen started early. Toni and Marlo had to feed the 7 bottle calves first thing. Then Toni saw that the bulls had gotten out and so had Pony. So she headed down and fixed that fence. After that, her and Kicker got 811 in to go to our friends Chico and Cindy who are borrowing him to breed their cows. He was pretty easy to get in. Then Toni and Jax went to chop thistles, fix a gate, check the horses, and get the yearling bulls in before lunch. After lunch, they got some more bulls in and moved, fixed more fence, then went to work on the continuous fence again. Toni pretty much hates it at this point, but it looks really good. They got a gate post cemented in and some panels blocking areas that they took fence down to build this fence. Jax had called his grandma earlier in the day and told her he needed some pie, and maybe she could make some pie because he was being so helpful with the other kids gone. Of course she agreed!  Jax and Toni finished chores at mom and dad’s, turned out Pistol, fed and watered, put more brackets on the fence, got the big solar fencer up and really hot, got another fencer on another fence, then we all showed up to eat pie. We might have been tired when we got home, but we weren’t so tired we couldn’t go have pie. It was rhubarb strawberry with a perfectly flaky crust.

After the pie we all went back to my house for more chores, doctoring, monitoring, checking, fixing a little more fence. The kids had pretty much unpacked everything. Ben and Kicker took the mini- Pete back to Jay. At this point, we are hunting for more shows to go to, but haven’t found any. The kids still have their main show animals on show rations, but we may have to put an end to that if there aren’t going to be anymore shows.

 

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Last Week in Pictures

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What a fun week to have an actual show and allow the kids to do what they love.

Luckily Monday was a little overcast and breezy because  the yearling colts had gotten a panel unchained, Shiner is actually pretty good at that, and were out in the haystack area. Toni had to run down and get them back in. Getting horses in is always strenuous, especially one person trying to move six colts back to the right area. Shiner was trying to unchain it again as she was getting a string to tie it shut. It is a good thing she thinks he is perfect and smart, otherwise he ability to be an escape artist and lead the other colts astray could be annoying.  Kayla came out and brand inspected the heifers and steers going to Filer to the Jr Angus show and the Idaho Jr Beef Expo. We (read KIDS) are really excited to go to a real show. Except Jaxsen, he is happy to not go. The kids and Coco did chores, and Toni and I put up a railroad tie where we are going to start our continuous fence project. We could not get the post hole digger to go down far enough, so Ben and Kicker showed up to help.  This was our first attempt to run the post hole digger on our own. We are excited to be working on this project. Once the new continuous fence is up, the colts will have a tougher time getting out. Anna, Kaine and Kade had gone home to feed the steers and heifers, and were done except Dring BeeBee by the time we got there.

I stared at Lona with no foal on Tuesday morning, and I am starting to agree with mom that she has a tumor. Morgan sent two bottle calves from Montana to WA for Anna to feed, Diane went and picked them up and dropped them off at our house Tuesday night. The trailer lights pulled out on her way home there, so she had to stop in Ritzville and get them fixed.  We were busy on Tuesday trying to get everything ready to leave for Filer Wednesday morning. We aren’t as efficient at packing for shows as we haven’t been to any! Lets hope we don’t forget anything.

Wednesday morning Ben, Anna, Kaine, Kade and I woke up and Leslie came and picked us up and headed to Filer, Idaho for the Jr Angus show and the Jr Idaho Beef Expo. We stopped in Pasco and picked up Traci and Natalie, then made our way South. We stopped at Baker City to get fuel and Subway, and it took an hour to get sandwiches, I am not joking, I was not impressed, especially since I am not really a Subway fan anyway. It was a long trip, but a good one. The cattle hauled really well and came off the trailer well. Only one of the heifers hasn’t been hauled to a show, so they cattle were pretty much pros, even though they haven’t been to a show this year. We were all tired when we got to Filer, but excited to be at a show, and especially a big show!

Toni, Jaxsen and Kicker stayed home to do all of the chores, so 2 workers and Jaxsen doing chores that normally take 7 people to get them done.  Toni and Dad ran Double Shot and Pow into Othello to the vet. Double Shot needed to be gelded and Pow is going to CA for training. Toni said that both were rockstars. Double Shot has not been hauled before and was very impressive.  Dad then went to Moses Lake to get the Polaris that has been in the shop for a week to get it running again. Luckily Marlo decided to house sit at my house so she was there to help Toni with feeding the bottle calves (Toni refers to them as four legged Piranhas). The heifer that came from Montana to be a Washington bottle calf isn’t friendly, is a touch waspy, and isn’t a fan of our weather.  I had already told Toni not to send me hate texts while we were in Filer regarding the chores at my house. Luckily she took me seriously.

Thursday we did not have to do anything until around noon in Filer, so Leslie and I told the kids they could sleep in and we would feed and could wash when they woke up. But they woke up early, so Traci and I relaxed while Leslie and the kids went and fed. Ben’s sister Candice, and her kids, came up and stayed with us, they camped in a tent. Then after Ben made us breakfast we went and washed, had lunch and then just had to check in and weigh the steers on Thursday. We had an exhibitor meeting after everyone was checked in. There were 270 head that came into Filer for the show. That is a good turnout for this show and we are excited to be at a show this big with the level of competition.

Thursday Toni, Jaxsen, Kicker and Marlo did all the chores. Toni had Jaxsen helping her put posts in for the continuous fence. She has told me that Jax did a tiny bit better with chores on Thursday. Wednesday hadn’t gone well. Toni and Dad went to Othello early and got Double Shot. They took him to the barn at my house where he will reside until he goes to his new home. Again, Double Shot loaded like a champ and was great to handle, especially with the limited handling he has had. Thursday afternoon Shelby and her mom Pam came out to look at the foals. It was especially hot on Thursday.  The two new bottle calves from Montana did not eat well on Thursday night because of the heat.

Friday morning we just got everything ready, and then there was an exhibitor BBQ and auction. 30 minutes after the auction we had no fit showmanship. Chandra and her husband Miles showed up on Friday to watch the kids show. There was not enough food at the BBQ for everyone, so some of us went back to the camper to eat. After lunch we got ready, Natalie showed first, since it is by age, she did really great, Kade was called back, but his heifer did not show well in the championship round, and Kaine also showed great but was not called back. Anna showed in the Jackpot showmanship, so that was at around 7:30 that night. Her and Freddy were Reserve Champion Intermediate. She then went back in for overall showman, at around 8:06, Traci had said she would show at 8 so she said she called it. So it was a long day when we got done.

Toni, Jaxsen, Kicker and Marlo continued to keep things running at home. Toni had court on Friday, so she took Jax with her to Pasco. You still can’t go to a restaurant in Pasco, so they grabbed some food at Vinnie’s Bakery and ate lunch in the park. Friday night Kicker came down to look at the posts that Toni and Jax had been putting in and ended up pulling some out because with continuous fence, everything has to be perfect. I think this is going to be a frustrating fence. But we are getting lots of practice digging with the post hole digger.

Saturday was the breeding and market shows. The show started at 9 with bred and owned Angus, we only brought owned Angus, so we started around 10:30. Christy and Kelly Korrel showed up to watch the kids since they now live down there. Natalie had the youngest heifer, so she was in the first class, she got second, so got to go back for the championship drive in that division,  she won a nice can of adhesive. Anna was next with Tilly, Anna did a great job showing her and Tilly looked good. Kaine and Kade were next with their March heifers, there were so many March heifers they split the class, Kaine was in class 30 and Kade in class 31. Both of them showed really well. After that we went back to the barn to wait for the jackpot steer show. We went back to the camper and had lunch. After lunch we washed the heifers and started doing some preclipping on the steers. Then they were down to 17 classes, so we started fitting. Smithers and Kaine were in class 3, they got third in their class. Anna and Freddy and Kade and Gogol were in class 4 (there was a division championship round in between the two classes) Anna was second in the class and Kade was 5th. All three of the steers showed really well. Freddy and Anna went back into the division championship round. These are pictures from Friday, I have not gotten to Saturday pictures yet. So Saturday pictures are coming soon.

After that we cleaned up our spot, loaded the trailer to leave the next morning and then Ben went and got us all pizza. While Ben and Candice were getting pizza, the kids got their second wind, which would have been nice when we were cleaning our area, and played with the neighbor kids. The neighbor kids’ dad was in charge of the fireworks that night. After pizza the kids all played some more and then we put chair in the back on Candice’s pickup and watch the fireworks. The kids finished off the pizza. Ben went and checked the heifers and steers afterward and everyone was wide eyed but ok.

Toni, Jaxsen, Kicker went over to Clarkston for the day to spend some time with Sherri and Barry for an early Father’s Day. It is a long trip, but worth it. They were able to sit down in a restaurant and eat lunch over there, so that was a treat! Dad and Mom had gone to Ellensburg to see the Akehurst family for a party to celebrate Button’s and Don’s birthdays as well as their anniversary. We have been friends with the Akehurst family for many years and are thankful for their friendship.  Marlo had a dinner obligation Saturday night, so Toni, Kicker, and Jaxsen did chores when they got back from Clarkston.

I asked Ben to wake me when they loaded Sunday morning, since Leslie and Traci wanted to get on the road early so Traci and Natalie could get back for Father’s Day. But he said they had enough people so he didn’t. It was nice to sleep in until 7:30. But, it was father’s day, so Ben should have slept in. We had breakfast with Candice and the kids, Candice was up early and helped load. Then we all got our stuff packed back up and headed home. Kaine and Kade were hungry by the time we hit Boise, so we stopped to eat at Applebee’s, which, took less time than the subway headed down. We hit the road again and got home around 6.

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Toni had made lunch for Dad and Kicker for father’s day. Kicker had gone out and chopped thistles for three hours on his own, not sure why he wanted to spend father’s day doing that, but still glad he did!  After lunch Kicker went over to Connell and got the livestock and tack and brought them home. He was excited because he got to see baby Reese for the first time as Jolene and Nick were over there. Toni went down to Mom and Dads and moved water and got ready to show horses.  Toni was still showing horses we we got home, so we went down and did chores.

What a fun week to have an actual show and allow the kids to do what they love.  We are all exhausted, but allowing these kids to pursue their dreams is what we as parents feel we should do.  Life on a ranch can be so time consuming that there is little time for anything else, but finding time to let the kids explore and develop their dreams is always a priority.

AND happy Father’s Day to all of those fathers out there.

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