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Another week has flown by.

Monday, Sonny had a soccer game so I worked on Golden and Flatliner on my own. Golden was golden, easiest colt. Flatliner was a normal Sissy, very smart and quick. Tuesday Toni worked on the foals on her own, the boys had their last football game, Kade played Royal and Kaine was Connell vs Connell. Also on Tuesday Anna got her braces off, very exciting. Wednesday we were both there to work on the foals and they did awesome. Thursday I went to Ranch and Home after work to get shavings for the Evergreen show, so Toni worked on them by herself. Toni always loves the Sissy foals, and she has always loved Golden. Both of them have met or exceeded expectations.


Big day Friday, we hauled into the Evergreen sale in the morning, we took one heifer, Lily. We got all set up and Toni came home to do chores and get the boys. Coco came to help her so Coco could do chores and work on the foals on Saturday. Kaine, Anna and I stayed there for the exhibitor meeting. Toni, Kade and Sonny made it back just in time to go to the banquet. Sonny likes to put his hand up during auctions. The good news is that the auctioneer has been friends of the family for years, so he did goad Sonny on, but didn’t accept the bid. We are considering leaving Sonny home for future auctions. Then in big news, our cousin Traci had her daughter, Kayla Marie, we can’t wait to meet her.


Saturday morning the kids had livestock judging, Jaxsen was second and Anna was third in the Jr Division. That means that they get gift cards for the sale. Then the sale started at 12:30. Our friend Meghan came and hung out with us there. She is not a good sale influence, we may have overspent a touch. But, we have some great show heifers for next year. Kade bought Lily back, so he gets to show her in the Evergreen shows; Kaine bought a really nice Insight daughter from Steve Jachetta at Castle Ride Cattle Company. We got Jaxsen a really nice May show heifer from Rusher’s 4R Ranch, Anna got their other May heifer. Both of them are by PF Counsel 643T 3514. Then Anna bought a January heifer by Musgrave Big Sky from Gayle Suksdorf of Willow Creek Angus and we also got a heifer for a 4H member from Gayle as well. Anna got a Daddy’s Money son from Aldersyde Farms for a show steer. That is a long list and we were only supposed to buy 3 heifers and a steer max. We also met a great family from E-burg that stalled with us on Saturday and Sunday. Keely is a great little helper and we look forward to having her with us at future shows.


Sunday was the big show. Ben hauled 7 more head in for the show that we had already entered. We also had invited the 4H kids to come, so we had Aram, Adrian, Bella and Nadia there helping and showing. The kids all did great. Anna’s new steer won his class, Kade’s heifer Lily was second in her class, and we had a lot of heifers in Lily’s class, so I don’t remember how they placed after Lily. Kaine was third with his new heifer, the two May heifers were third and fourth in their class. Anna was second and Aram was third in their class with the big heifers. Kaine was in the top 4 in the Jr Championship round. All of the kids showed awesome. It was really fun to have the four extra kids come and get extra showing time for next fair season.


Toni left at 1 on Sunday to go back and load up Flatliner. She came back to a catastrophe. For some reason some of the foals had gone over our no climb horse fence (that is 5 feet tall). We specifically had purchased and installed this type of fence as it was supposed to be safe for horses and foals. Let me assure you, it is not. We are pretty upset about what happened and that this fence completely failed. She had to rush three into the vet and Dr. Jacobs was nice enough to meet her in at at the Sagehill Vet Clinic in Othello. She got home at almost 9 that night.


Monday was Sonny’s last soccer match, so now all the boys are done with fall sports. No news yet if any of the four kids want to play winter sports. Golden left and the kids and Toni haltered the next two foals to get halter broke, Coco Bean and Sweet Annie. Hopefully they are as good to halter break as they were to halter. We will find out tonight!

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The fall weather has set in and fall is definitely here.

I feel like we have gotten more done this week then I thought was possible. Monday I had to stay in town and run some errands after work, so Toni worked on Magnum and Big Iron on her own. Then had soccer with Sonny. Tuesday Kaine had a game in Mattawa so again, Toni worked on Big Iron and Magnum on her own. But, she does have Anna to help her with chores, and Kade if he does not have a game or practice. Wednesday Kaine had a game in Royal, so Toni was on her own with Anna, after she got back from her meeting in Union Gap. Thursday Kade had a game in Othello, so I was on my own working on Big Iron and Magnum, which was really good for Magnum to have someone new. Big Iron could care less who works on him, he is very goal oriented. The goal is to be petted and be fed. Thursday Jaxsen also had a soccer match, so Toni and Kicker had to run both boys around. Friday we were BOTH home to do chores and work on the colts, which was great, we could compare notes on how they had been. Sometimes it is hard to keep track of everything we are doing and make sure we are on the same page.


Saturday Kaine had a game in Connell and Kade was in Othello. We had one of our calf buyers coming out after and she got a load of calves. Then we got the cows in, sorted off what we needed to work, and moved them to a different pasture. Weaned the last couple of calves, let the weaned heifers out in the pen with the cows had been in, and put the sold bred heifers out with them. Then, we weaned 3 of the 4 foals we needed to wean this weekend, Coco Bean, Double the Fancy, and Lassie. We ended Saturday when the sun went down.


Sunday was Ben’s big 42nd birthday. So, we started out the day with clipping the heifers for the Evergreen sale and jackpot next weekend. The kids are getting old enough to be a lot of help. Toni clipped bodies while Anna clipped heads, and Kade, Kaine and I got the next one ready. Sonny ran around and played (we are really trying to get him to help). Then we had Magnum leaving at 10. So we left the kids clipping, with Anna doing bodies and Kaine heads, and Kade doing prep, with Ben supervising, and we went and loaded Magnum. He jumped in a like a super champ after a little negotiation. Then, Rachel showed up to see Pecos, he is her colt that is staying at our house while she rides Friday. I left Toni to go help the kids finish, Kade and Kaine had switched jobs, so I took over bodies and Anna went back to heads. We got done at lunch time, and had Ben’s birthday lunch.


After lunch we weaned the last four foals, Katana, Hot Shot, Cattle Kate, and Sweet Annie. They are all such a good group. Hot Shot jumped in the trailer out on the 500 acres with just the trailer gate open and her dam in the trailer. Then we went and got Sagebug, Cupcake and Omen from the neighbors, they just right in the trailer and were ready to head home. Omen was an outside mare, so her owner, our cousin, came and got her. We put Sagebug down in the “stallion station” AKA the corral. So Bishop, Sagebug, and Double are all next to each other down there. But they get along as long as they are not in the same pen together, which we do not allow. We haltered Flatliner and Golden, and then finished chores. Toni and I had left the kids with Ben to work the rest of the calves, Ben and the kids had worked the first group of calves the weekend before. Mom says she is not feeding the bottle calves on weekends or at nights, but with no kids, she was stuck doing the job. Now I am ready for a nap, but no time.


Monday Toni and Chad are trimming a bunch of horses. We are trying to get the mares trimmed up before we turn them out in the winter pasture. This week we need to get ready for the Evergreen Sale, have football and soccer, and have bulls to haul to Connell for testing, as well as heifers to get to the vet. Lots to do, but we will get it done. The fall weather has set in and fall is definitely here.

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It is starting to feel like Fall

Normally I try to start this blog and continue through the week so I don’t forget what we did. But, this last week has been so hectic I forgot, and I JUST remembered we haven’t done it yet.


Monday Toni and I worked on Sherriff and Ragnar to get them ready to leave Saturday and Sunday. Kaine had practice Monday but Kade did not, so we had to shuffle Kaine around to get him there. Tuesday we had Dr. Hank Wisse come out and preg check some heifers and semen test a bull. Kaine’s show heifer from last year was open, so that sucked. The majority of the heifers were bred, so we called our prospective buyers for the replacement heifers to get them scheduled to come out. Then Kaine had Football game and Kade had practice. Kaine’s team finally won one, Yea. Wednesday, Thursday and Friday just working on the colts, football practice. Jaxsen had a soccer match. Our Aunt Peggy had surgery on Monday (she has posted about it on FB so not a violation of her privacy to put it here). Mom and Toni went to see her and took her flowers. Peggy is fighting cancer, but we know that she will win.


Jeanne came down on Wednesday and grabbed up a couple of horses for her and Sonny to ride. They seem to be short on horses this year, so we volunteered to send them a couple! Jeanne also brought a kitten for Anna. That was clearly not fair, so I went and found a kitten for Kaine. Ben hasn’t been getting home very early because of harvest, and was really surprised when he came home that night to two new kittens in the house. It was really funny. Mittens was not impressed with the kittens either.


Friday was Dad’s birthday. Toni and Mom had picked up a cake in town, along with some salad. We all ate at Toni’s house that night to celebrate Dad’s 73rd birthday. We had a big meal, followed by a cake that could feed 20, but only fed 10. We all like cake.


Kade had a game Saturday, they won, yea, and Kaine’s was canceled. So mom and Toni went into the football game and I stayed home, I had a person coming out to look at bulls at 9, a horse person at 10:30, a heifer person at 1:30 and a horse person at 2:30. DynaMight did great at 10:30, thanks Biz for buying Dynamight, it looks like she found a great home. Two bred heifers left to a repeat buyer, thanks John and Lisa, we always appreciate your business. And then Ragnar loaded like a rock star at 2:30. I also sold one of Toni’s favorite bulls at 9. While I was doing all of this Ben, Anna and Kaine were working the feeder calves and the heifers.


Toni, Kicker, Kade and Jaxsen headed to a Mariners game after Kade’s big win, it was Kade’s birthday weekend and that was what he wanted to do for his birthday. They had a great time and Kade was happy. Sonny wanted to know on the third batter in when the game was going to be over. But he did enjoy the food.

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On Sunday Tina, Leslie and Brian came and got Sheriff, he also loaded like a champ. Now we have two colts gone and we get to start halter breaking the next two, Magnum and Big Iron. This is our first noncolor themed group. We had three palominos, two buckskins, now a buckskin and a bay roan BUT both are out of Gunner, so maybe that is the theme? Next week we are back to two palominos. Sunday Toni was back and she weaned Golden and Flatliner. Also on Sunday, 25 year old Abbie surprised us with a little filly. She winters with Double so they both can have lots of grain hay all winter. Any baby Abbie gives us now is just a blessing.


We have soccer, football, colts leaving, calves leaving, and more weaning scheduled for this week. The weather has really turned, so we now in getting ready for winter mode. We have had our Bluegrass brought in and working on getting the rest of the hay home. Still lots of work to do, but no rest of the wicked.

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Wow the week just really flew by. They say the older you get the faster time goes, and it really is.

On Monday, our good friends John and Raven came out to see John’s 2 foals. We started actually working on Ragner and Sheriff on Monday as well. It is super nice to have just 2 foals in to work on, that is our ideal number so we each have one. Less wear and tear on these bodies that aren’t as young as they used to be.

Busy Tuesday, you know how we keep saying, we are trying to cut back, we are trying to cut back, well , we are up to 5 new mares this year, and two came last week. Monday, Barb came in the morning, she is a bay mare by Chics Magic Potion and out of Lizzys Fancy Rose, a Bueno Check daughter. Chics Magic Potion has won NRHA $34,570, NRCHA $246,705, AQHA $12,137, NSHA $, 2003 NRCHA Snaffle Bit Futurity Open Champion, 2003 NRHA Futurity Open-10th, 2004 AQHA World Jr Reining Res. Champion, 2005 AQHA World Jr Working Cowhorse Rs. Champion, 2007 AQHA World Sr WCH Finalist, 2007 AQHA Hi Point Working Cowhorse Champion, 2007 AQHA Hi Point Sr Working Cowhorse Champion, NRCHA Stakes Champion, NRCHA Hackamore Classic Champion, Magnificent 7 Competition Champion, Worlds Greatest Horseman Res. Champion. Lizzys Fancy Rose had NRHA earnings and AQHA points herself. Then Tuesday we got Annie, she is a daughter of the old bay mare we had for a while, Docs Peppy Anna, so she is a half-sister to Friday and Nugget. Annie is by Sonita Oakolena, he has won NCHA $7,362 C0A . Annie herself has been a cutter, roper, barrel horse, etc. Annie is a big bay mare, a bit bigger than we expected, but that works. Toni also showed horses Monday and Tuesday and got a few more foals spoken for.


Also on Tuesday Sonny had a soccer game. He assures me that he played well. Wednesday Kade had a Football game in Mattawa. Also Wednesday Toni and mom took the 3 palomino colts into the vet to get vet checked, brand inspected and coggins for their trip to Utah. Thursday another soccer match, and then Friday is a rest day for sports. The big boys also had football practice too. Luck for us Anna didn’t want to play fall sports, so she can help with chores and getting those calves fed.


Saturday Kade had a game in Royal, and they won, yeah. Kaine had a game in Connell, against the other Royal team, and they lost. We also got two clubby steers for shows next fall. Then we weaned Magnum and hauled Big Mama home too. We also have started to slowly pull the studs home, so we moved Bishop home so that we could wean calves on Sunday without a stallion in the middle of it all. Bishop is easy to handle as long as you don’t want to touch him. He will let Toni pet him out in the field sometimes, but he can be a pain to catch. Once caught, he is pretty good. So Double and Bishop are now in the corral at Mom and Dad’s. One of our other new mares, Cool, is down with Double due to her age and needs.


Sunday we weaned calves, haltered the cubbies, worked on the heifers going to the Evergreen jackpot. Sunday was also Kade’s birthday, and believe it or not, these are all some of his favorite things to do, so he was happy to do them on his birthday. He got to ride his trusty stead, Slick, to get the cows in and he got to work on his Smokey steer. And he has always wanted a smokey, so he is a happy boy. We also had buyers out to look at the colts, and they decided to take Smokey. That is a pretty bitter sweet sale for us. Smokey is our bottle baby, but he is a colt and we can’t keep them all (seriously). We had a busy weekend, but I feel like we got quite a bit accomplished.


Monday, Jaxsen had a soccer game and Kaine had football practice, to get ready for their game today. Luckily for me Kaine has some great moms on his team to help me get him to practice and back. This weekend we have football, shipping colts, weaning foals, normal stuff.  Yesterday we preg checked some heifers, semen tested bulls, and did general ranch work. And then Kaine had a game last night against Ephrata, and they won, yeah, and Kade had practice. Luckily the weather is holding out, it is a stunning day and it will be nice to be outside.

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I made a huge to do list for this week, I just can’t figure out who’s going to do it since we will be at the Adams County fair.

Tuesday Toni and I got some much needed pictures of Smokey. He is such a pretty boy with very unique coloring. He is our special baby as he was raised on a bucket until he was 6 months old. He still makes nursing noises when he sees our Mom. She got up every few hours to feed him for the full 6 months. We finally had to wean the two off of each other. Wednesday was haul in day to the Columbia Basin Junior Livestock Show, CBJLS. The steers all weighed in really well and acted great.


Thursday was market, and our kids did great. Kade got first in his class with Happy and made it back to the championship round, Anna was second in her class with Snowy and made it back to the championship round and Kaine was third in his class with Angus. Angus and Happy are both Angus steers that we raised and we were very happy with how they did. We are excited to see how their carcass data comes back.


Friday was fitting and showing. Kade did AWESOME, he was Grand Champion in Fitting and Showing, now each kid has won a buckle this summer. Anna was third in showmanship and Kaine was in the middle of his class. Anna’s steer did not act the best, as the summer has progressed he has gradually gone downhill with his attitude in the showring. When he is home, he is super great. In the showring, he is a complete jerk. Anna handled it really well and has become a better showperson because of it. Early this summer she was grand champion in showmanship at NW Farm Supply, and I guess Snowy was not happy with that. Kaine showed great but ended up in a bad spot in the show ring, and sometimes that is just the luck of the draw. Friday night Kade got to show in the round robin, which was very exciting. He did really good for his first time, he was second in the Junior division.


For livestock judging, the deal is that all of the kids have to participate, or they are Jolene’s slave for a day. No one wants that. Toni has sweetened the pot by giving our kid with the top score a milkshake. The problem with CBJLS is we had LOTS of winners. Lane was the grandchampion overall with a really high score, Kade won the Jr. Division, Bella was reserve in the intermediate. Toni has agreed that lots of milkshakes need to be bought this week.

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Saturday was the sale, and all of the kids got great prices. We would like to thank all of the buyers, Three Rivers Potato Storage bought Kade’s steer, Davina and Mike Pink bought Anna’s steer , and KC Cattle bought Kaine’s steer. We felt that the sale was great overall. Then the kids helped Jen in the kitchen and serving at the sale dinner and us adults helped load the steers onto the semi. Then we had the awards ceremony, Footloose 4H won herdsmanship for the second year in a row.


Sunday we packed up at CBJLS and headed to the Adams Community Fair in Othello and unpacked our stuff there. On our way to CBJLS we passed a porcupine on the road and we stopped and got out and looked at it. Then we went to Chinese for lunch after set up and headed home to start weaning colts. The first three have been weaned, Vann, Dancin Dan and Daze.


Monday we all went back to work, school and football practice for a couple of days. Today is weigh in for Adams Community Fair, Toni and Leslie are taking the kids in. Wish us luck for our last show, and we have three great steers selling here if you have not gotten your beef yet.

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When you can’t make them see the light, make them feel the heat.

Another great quote I found: “Ah, summer, what power you have to make us suffer and like it.”
— Russell Baker

We should start out by saying our thoughts and prayers are with all of the people out there that are affected by the fires. Especially to our good friends, the Kings, who are right in the middle of the file up by Coulee City, called the Simms corner fire.
I forgot to put on last week’s that our friend John found the kids a new mini mare for Dreamer. Each kid claims a mare and this one is going to be Anna’s. Kade has Jesse and Kaine has Foxy. Jaxsen does not claim any of them, or Dreamer. If he claims one, then he might have to work. Sonny (Jaxsen) works hard to avoid working.

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Monday the kids went to Connell and worked on bulls to get them ready for the Benton Franklin Fair. The bulls will be going to Denver in a carload with Jay and his team in January. Kaine and Kade think they should be part of Jay’s Denver team, since they are on “Jay Team,” but I don’t think they are ready for an overnighter, with Jay. Or I am not, one or the other.


Tuesday Anna baby sat for our cousin Kendel, she sells wine and had her sales crew here and they were going on a local wine tour. The boys just played and hung around all day from what I can tell. Wednesday the kids got to go swimming at Tom and Pegs. Toni had a client meeting so she dropped off mom and the kids there with lunch and left. Thursday Anna got to go to her friend Bella’s house and have fun. The boys hung out with mom and dad. They were supposed to go to Connell to work on bulls, but Leslie ended up having to go to a Cattlemen’s meeting in Ellensburg. Toni had court in Yakima so she could not take them.


Friday Ben, Anna, Kaine and I went on a weekend getaway to our friend’s beach house where we met Ben’s sister and her family. We all had a great time, walked to the light house at Cape Disappointment, saw a shark, spent lots of time on the beach, ate lots of good food. Kaine loved the beach and can’t wait to go back. Anna had fun, because of who she was with, the actual beach part was just ok.


So Toni, Kade and Coco were REALLY busy. Friday our cousin Kendel had surgery, so they made her family dinner. Our hay also needed stacked, so Kick was out until after 1 am getting the hay stacked and turning the water back on. Cousin Whitney was his co-pilot for that adventure. On Saturday there were 2 groups that came out checking out the horses. The weather changed completely on Saturday, so instead of crazy hot, it went to in the 80s with significant wind.

Saturday morning at 3:30 am, Mom and Dad loaded up Mil and Eclipse and took them down to Preston, Idaho, grabbing Toni an Idaho Shag Border Collie puppy to bring home. They had a quick trip to deliver the horses and grab the puppy, but that was needed to get Mil down to Andee to ride.


Toni hauled Sagebug, Cupcake and Omen to the neighbors to eat their grass while we are at fairs to minimize chores for dad. Chad, our farrier, came out to do who HAD to be done before he left to fight more fires. One of those horses was Big Mama out on the desert, but she is easy to catch even on 500 acres. We also thought that Vann needed his fronts done. Of course Vann is not halter broke and has never had his feet picked up. We don’t let that kind of thing stop us. He got hauled down to Mom and Dad’s and Toni and Chad haltered him, and trimmed and rasped his fronts. Vann is a champ of a colt. One of Toni’s good friends, David, and his wife Kelly brought their baby out to see the horses and have dinner with Toni and Kicker on Sunday as well. Good thing Toni puts food in a crockpot for busy days.


Toni was on a mission to get horses moved around before next week when we head to the fair, so they cleaned out Double’s pen so only Double, Blackie and Bunny are left in there. They tied up steers every day to keep them out of the heat. Minimizing chores before the fair is key.


Now we are all back and getting ready for the Benton Franklin fair next week. So if you are looking for some beef for your freezer, Anna, Kaine and Kade will all have steers there.

 

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The best thing about a heat wave is constantly having the illusion that you’re getting exercise.

Monday with the heat and due to the long hot weekend, we let the kids kind of chill, they caught their steers and rinsed them and that is about it for work during the day. Toni had meetings all afternoon, so they did really get to rest. Tuesday Toni had mediation all day in Yakima, so the kids went down to mom and dads to chill. I had a hair apt after work, so they did Toni and my chores and then Ben went down and got them to go up and do their chores.


Wednesday the kids got to go swimming at Tom and Peggy’s house, they always have a lot of fun doing that. When Toni got down to Mom and Dad’s, a good friend of ours, Jaime Utech, was there with what she referred to as “city kids.” These city kids were ladies that wanted to go see the foals. Toni took some time to show them the horses at the house. Toni had court so she went and got them some chicken and kicked them all out there with mom and left. Thursday and Friday the kids just caught their steers and hung out and rested.


Saturday Toni had some people come out, and Toni took them out to see the foals they are buying. Ben, Anna, Kaine and I got the cows in to pull a bull and get some heifers in we were breeding for someone else. Then, Toni and I went out to Leroy’s pen to get Lona and Piper D in and take them to the house. Lona of course was not OK with this plan, we almost had them in and she took off. I jumped out to stop her and Toni took off after her in the pickup and left me. So after watching them get farther and farther away I finally walked home and got the 4 Wheeler. Luckily I ran into Ben half way home and only had to walk half way. By the time we got down to the horses at the end of the desert, Lona was done and we caught her and had to lead her all the way back. Ben also watched us for a while because I guess we are amusing with our one reign we found and tied into a halter, with our cow halter lead rope tied to that, leading a horse off of a 4 wheeler. So the Hollywood brothers are now at the house, King of Hollywood had hair pulled and it is being sent in today. Both colts were great to load. So far we are pretty impressed with Leroy’s foals. Smart, savvy, and pretty is a great combination. Once we got the Hollywood brothers home, we then had to listen to Mom tell us her latest plan on how she is going to keep “hers.” Lona is Mom’s so that means King of Hollywood is also Mom’s. Please note that Mom has a problem with wanting to keep all of her horses. She does not see this as a problem. Toni and I have tried to tell her that we can’t keep them all!


Sunday Toni needed to catch up on her law work. Anna got stung in the eye by a wasp, so she basically slept all of Sunday from the Benadryl. Kicker took the three boys boating, and Ben and I went to Winco for like a months’ worth of groceries. I felt I was lucky Sunday, I slaughtered Ben in trivia at lunch and I lost my fit bit and then found it, so I bought a lottery ticket. The guy told me it was the lucky one and I need to come back and buy him beers if I win. I laughed and said OK in a sarcastic voice. But, if I win the 223 million I probably should.

Also, mom got these cool new hats in.

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Another week down, another show down, or technically two shows down.

We started off the week with the boys having football camp, trying to get ready for the double header show, and battling the heat. Addy flew up from California, arriving late Monday, so she could join in on the fun and get ready for three cattle shows in two weeks. Toni took the kids to aunt Peggy’s pool on Wednesday for a much needed break and groceries.


We hauled into the Evergreen Angus futurity on Thursday, which then turns into the Summer Sizzle. We realized when we were there that our good friends the Van Burens were not. They thought they didn’t have to be to the show until Friday. Due to the fires near Vantage, and I-90 being closed, lots of people were late getting to the show. We weighed our steers in Friday morning and the three angus steers were ultrasounded for the ultrasound challenge. We love the ultrasound challenge because it tells us where the steers are at as we are down to about a month until their terminal date. The three steers were on track. Kade’s steer had a 5.44 IMF (really good) and Kaine and Anna’s steers were also really high IMF and big ribeyes. We raised those three steers so it is gratifying to see that the genetics and feeding are on track.


I feel like the kids had a great show, and I had a great time seeing lots of family and friends. Anna had Grand Champion Jr Bred and Owned heifer, Kaine had Grand Champion heifer calf, so both were division champions and got really nice brushes as prizes. Kade’s steer and big heifer, Evie, both made it back to the championship round. McCall’s heifer, Gamora, also won her class and she went back to the championship round. Anna’s heifer, Amora, was 5th overall in the Evergreen class as well. That was all Friday. We also had lots of sit around and talk time since the showing was done on Friday by 2 pm. Aunt Deb and Randy were there from Montana, as well as lots of our cousins from the Pierson side and friends. To beat the heat we all sat under the shade at the campers talking during the hot part of the day.


Saturday we started with showmanship. Kade and Kaine both made it back to the championship round and Kade was the Reserve Champion showman. We also had a lot of PeeWee showman in our group, including Sonny, Natalie, and Julian. The judge asked Sonny how he was doing, and Sonny told the Judge that showing is really hard. The judge said math is harder, and Sonny did not agree. Showing is harder than math. Probably for Sonny, that is true. Kade also made it back to the championship round with his steer in the ultrasound challenge with the judge stating that Kade’s steer had really good numbers. Then we kicked into the Summer Sizzle, Kaine showed his steer Bodie, Anna showed Sleepy, and Kade showed Evie. All did great. McCall’s heifer was 5th overall. All of the kids in our group did great, we took 19 head to both shows.

Toni was wheeling and dealing and managed to buy Anna a new heifer during the show as well. Uncle Joe and Merr rolled in to help us haul home, so we loaded Joe up and he took off. Then we loaded Toni up and she took Sonny and left. Then the fun began, my tipouts on my camper would not go in. Manny went through all of the traditional issues, fuses, something in the slide, etc, then he started watching utube videos for things to check. Him and Randy then got underneath and started looking for issues. Randy started to bang on things and luckily got it to work. Luckily Manny and Traci had already been cleaning up the campsite so we still got home by 8 pm on Sat.


Sunday Ben and I went out and checked everything. With this heat, we really need to keep a close eye on things. Colonel’s pen was moved into circle 6 so they could have a circle to go under and more grass. The for sale bulls got moved down to the lake for better water access. Keeping everything cool and healthy with this heat isn’t an easy task. Tuffy had a filly this morning and Jesse, Kade’s mini mare, had a filly out of Dreamer on Sat. We have two more old mares that could possibly foal, but, they were in heat this spring, so we think we are done until next year.

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Burn the midnight oil

Toni and the kids have been busy at work, working on heifers, steers and bulls. Jaxsen was included in the kids that went with Toni, but I don’t know that he did anything. LOL. In addition to hauling the kids around, Toni is also a lawyer, and has been REALLY busy with her law practice, which has been making her burn the midnight oil. Monday Reptile Man was at the Connell library so after the kids got done working on their cattle over with Leslie, they all met in Connell to see some reptiles. Tuesday they loaded 11 head in the trailer and hauled them to Connell, so they would have gone somewhere before we go to our show this weekend. All of the cattle did really well.


Wednesday was the day of rest for the kids. Kaine always asks if we will let him sleep in until noon. We always say yes. He has yet to sleep in past 9. Thursday the kids went back to Connell to keep working on the cattle over there.


Friday Toni hauled some nice ladies out and around to look at the horses, one of them bought Ragnar. She is also into Vikings like I am, so she liked the name. Kade and I started clipping for the upcoming shows. We clipped the 4 big Angus heifers, Kade clipped the heads, and I clipped the bodies. Anna and Kaine got to go swimming with some friends in the afternoon after the kids were done washing the show cattle. Toni was supposed to come help but she failed to show up. Kade and I quit about 3 because we were too hot and covered in hair to keep going. I told Kade, you need to get in the shower or air up the little pool and get in it. So what did he do? He used the cattle blower to air up the pool. Our friend John showed up in the afternoon with Lynne’s papers and to chat a little on his way home.


Saturday we spent the day getting the show cattle ready for this coming weekend. We were VERY fortunate and the twins came out and helped. Since we got done by 2 due to the help from the twins, I took the three older kids to Othello so we could pick up some feed, pitch forks, etc. and we made a surprise stop at Burger King for shakes.


Sunday we had a couple of guys stop by that came here from Chile. They came to look at Reed, Hollywood, and Eagle. Then we had a long overdue photo shoot with Sagebug and Stunner. Both are Gunner foals and have really changed in the last few months. We are excited to send Sagebug out for training this fall. We pulled the camper into the yard and the kids started working on cleaning it and packing it for the next show. We also messed with Bebe a little bit because at some point she needs to be a horse not a pet. She does not agree.


And today is the start of another busy week. The boys have football camp every night, we have a show this coming weekend.


We are beginning to work on our weaning schedule, so if you have a foal under contract let us know what your preference is for a pick-up date.

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It Can’t get any better then this.

I feel like the kids have had a great summer vacation, but maybe I feel like that because they spend the week doing what we did as kids? Working on show cattle and riding horses. We used to work on the cattle in the morning while it was cool, then spend the rest of the day on horseback. When we got too hot, we would just ride under the irrigation circle. Lots of cousins, any neighbor kids that wanted to come, it was the life. Monday the kids tied everything up and cleaned out the barn, even Jaxsen helped. They also went to Connell to work on the Hereford heifers Monday. Whitney comes over to get them so they don’t have to go over early on my way to work. Tuesday, they stayed home and tied up everything just at our house. Kaine was exhausted and fell asleep early, so Anna and Kade took a ride out checking the cows while Kaine slept.


Wednesday they were supposed to go to Tri Cities with Toni and mom, but Toni has been EXTREMELY busy with a big case, so she just took them into Connell for lunch at Mei-Lings. We make an effort to do something fun with the kids at least once per week. Life shouldn’t be 100% about work. Sometimes it is just lunch in town, but they deserve it with how hard they work. The three older kids took a ride Wednesday night and went and checked cows. Thursday I got home from work and Toni had the boys out chopping thistles in the pasture by mom and dads. She was out there too to show them proper thistle chopping form. Jaxsen was mad because she did not give him a proper shovel so he was watching from the fence. For some reason no one wants to give Jax a sharp object. Anna had gone home with Coco to make a 4thof July wreath that turned out pretty cool.


I was home Friday, so we caught everything at our house, including the big heifers and washed them. By “we” I mean the kids (minus Jaxsen), I watched and helped lead a couple. Ben and Kicker found a swarm of bees in the saddle shed on Thursday, so cousin Toby came down to get them with Pepper on Friday. Toby and Kendel have bees and seem to enjoy being apiarists, which is the official word for beekeepers. We actually got some honey from them and used on a horse wound as Katie and Chad have told us that non-processed honey is great on wounds. It kept the flesh very soft and supple and allowed for the skin to reattach, so we may use honey again in the future. Toby and Pepper got there while we were washing, so Pepper helped wash the last group. She washed “Lily” the heifer we are going to take to the Angus Evergreen sale. She is a nice Connealy Stingray 9618 daughter. After we got all done with the show animals, the kids and I took a nice long ride, we went and checked some cows, rode out and checked the corn circles, and saw lots of deer tracks, then rode up and checked the pumps and called Ben because one was not running correctly. When we were growing up, we didn’t have deer around. We probably saw three in 25 years or so. Now we see them frequently, a couple of times per week or more. Deer get hit along Hendricks road frequently as well.


Saturday we went to a little family BBQ for cousin Jolene’s little boy Kasen’s first birthday and had a great time. We had tied up the steers before we left, so the kids worked on them while Toni and I did chores.

Sunday we rode most of the day after tying up the steers. We switched pastures with the bulls and heifers, the kids did great riding. We had a couple of tricky areas where we had to go through other fields and didn’t want the cattle to mix. The kids did exactly what they were supposed to do, kept the cattle bunched and moving so that the adults could work the sides and keep the cattle separate. The three older kids are really riding well, keeping good control of their horses, getting to know cattle. Jaxsen knows which tv channel he wants to watch.

We are thankful for the right to raise cattle and have the land to do it. Land of the free, home of the brave. Happy Independence Day.

 

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