Monday was a nice spring day. The boys all had practice after school, Kaine right after and Kade and Jax later. So Kade and Jax still got to help with chores, and then dad ran them into practice. Anna went home to feed the heifers and steers. Also, she found a litter of kittens, and the mama cat keeps taking kittens from other litters, so there are some ones with their eyes open, and then some smaller ones without their eyes open. The smaller ones looks like they were not getting enough milk, so she also has kittens to feed after she gets done feeding the cattle. Toni and I doctored our colt and then went and got Fly Guy and brought him around for Toni to take to Sheena on Tuesday to get a health and brand on him. Mom made a banana cream pie with the bananas the kids did not eat, as punishment she says??, so we had that after, it was the best banana cream pie EVER.
Tuesday dad and Toni took the colt, Fly Guy and Hottie to Sheenas and dropped them off. Then she had Ken call that is buying Peach, he could not keep the secret to himself any longer he told his wife, and they wanted to come and see her. So Toni had them out Tuesday. John called and Butterfly is finished being bred, so he was bringing her back, and the mini mare and colt the kids bought. Toni was supposed to have court at 8:30, it was rescheduled to 1:30, then continued to next month. John got there and Toni made him go with her to Sheenas to get Hottie, Fly and Shorty. We had a guy come out and look at the two year old Angus bull we had left, Kicker showed him. The three boys had baseball games on Tuesday, Kaine’s was canceled, Kicker took Kade, Toni was not back from the vet yet, so dad took Jaxsen and Toni met him there. Kaine walked down and watched the game for a while and came back with dad. When I got home from work mom and I hauled Emma and Little Foot, the minis, up to my house. I saw that there was a cow locked in the corral, so I asked Anna and she said the cow came back from circle 5, but she could not find her calf down there. So I went out to find 103M, the cows calf. Instead, I find 106M, 303M’s calf, not Kissy’s calf. I finally found Kissy’s calf and 846, the bull that should be in circle 5. So I got them all into the correct pens. Anna mowed some Russian Olive trees after she got done with her homework. Ben walked the fence like and put the few wires that were down back up.
Wednesday Pot and his foals were in the alfalfa, Toni got them in and fixed the fence. They had gone through the fence in three separate spots, which is exceptionally annoying. Kade did not have practice on Wednesday, so he went up with Anna after chores to take care of the show heifers and steers. We heard Pot’s Pen was back out, so we went down to check on them but they were in, we drove around their fence and it was up. Anna mowed more trees Wednesday night. Ben and Kaine took Rob’s tractor back up to his house, so they were all in late.
Thursday Pot’s pen was still in on my way to work. Toni was talking to Isidro later and he said they are going in and out the circle gate. So I guess they saw the circle go through and figured that one out. Kaine had a baseball came in College Place, Coco went and watched and brought him home. She said he had a really good hit, a double. Kade and Jaxsen had practice, so Anna was on her own with show cattle chores again. Toni and I doctored Nellie’s eye, she injured it a while ago and has been in with the yearling fillies, and we have been doctoring it off and on. It started pouring rain right as we got done so we cleaned up and went into the house. Oh yea, it is raining because our hay is down. Your welcome
Friday Chad and Andrew came out to trim horses, it was just them and Toni for most of the afternoon. The three older kids got home and went up to catch the minis for them to trim. Anna went and helped Ruby, the neighbor, with her steer. Kade and Kaine fed and watched Andrew and Chad with the minis. Marlo helped Toni finish up chores and then went and helped the boys. Toni then went into Jaxsen’s baseball game. Jax struck out for the first time at bat, but then rallied and hit a double his next time up, getting 2 kids over the home plate. Chad said we are getting too many minis and he is planning an intervention.
Saturday we went to the celebration of life for a food friend, Leslie Alexander, who died in a freak vehicle accident. It was a well-attended event. After I took the three older kids to Connell, to get their steers washed and ready to go to the show the next day. Before we left the fence in Pot’s pen was down again, Toni and Kade started fixing it and I went down and helped, while Kaine, Anna and Ben loaded up the trailer. Toni got Scrat the bull in while I took the kids over. When I got home, Toni had enlisted Jax to help her put up some poles at the lake fence, and it wasn’t going well. They are 17 foot long poles and heavy. He had dropped his end twice, hitting Toni in the shoulder and wrist. I ran down and we put up the three poles they had taken down, so we have five more to put up to get that section done. Then we did chores. Hottie had a couple of experimental procedures done at Sheena’s to try to get her sarcoid to fall off. Saturday we were able to unwrap her leg and also had to clean her neck where Sheena had put some implants. All-in-all we are hopeful that this will work. Cousin Kendel wanted to play cards for her bday, so the adults, with Jaxsen as our supervisor, played cards for a couple of hours Saturday night. Kendel likes to pretend she is 29, but she is 6 months younger than Toni. So yeah, like 29.
Sunday Ben went to Ritzville to watch the kids show. Jay and the Twins hauled them up, since it is a “Jay Team” show. We had Traci and Eric come early to look at horses, they ended up buying Star Soldier and Nevada, they are already getting Dually. We had Doug Pearson from Kittitas come and get the two year old bull we had left. Darryl, who has two of Lona’s colts, came and got meat, and then we did a quick horse tour. Tennelle and Kelten came and got Kelten’s show steer. The kids all did great at the show too. In market, Anna won her class, Kade was 4th and Kaine second from last, and Anna was 6th overall. In Fitting and Showing both Anna and Kade went back to the championship round, and he told Kaine he did a great job showing, but him steer was just not working with him. All in all a great show. The kids got home and did their show animal chores. Toni and I put out big bales in the big tractor, during which the door decided to fall off. That was fun.
As of Sunday, we are sold out of yearling colts. We still have the two yearling fillies, but we are going to be selective about where they go as they are a touch hot. We have also had some groups out and foals sales are going really well. As always, we are loving this foal crop. We would love to show them off if anyone wants to come see them!