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“I am so clever that sometimes I don’t understand a single word of what I am saying.” – Oscar Wilde

Monday, Ben, Anna, Kaine and I came back from Boise. Toni and the boys had a busy day, there was a person out in the morning looking at foals, there was a kid out in the afternoon looking at heifers, and Toni sold the May heifer as a show heifer. We are excited to have another show heifer out there getting shown. We are also getting a heifer in for one of our best friend’s daughters. It has yet to be decided if she will be shown, but she is going to get halter broke. Anna, Kaine and Kade caught the steers when we got home and then came down to do chores and see grandma and grandpa. It was nice to have some time away, but now we need to get back to business.

Tuesday everyone was back to work, school and football. Jaxsen got a day off from working on steers because Toni had a late afternoon meeting so she could not take the kids up to work on them. Jade took the kids and brought them home from football since Toni had the meeting. Thanks Jade! We got a few new pictures of foals Tuesday night. But the gnats were so bad all of the horses were clingy because they wanted scratched. It was definitely a gnat in the eye type of day.

And then it was Wednesday. Ben started harvest, so he left at 3:30. Kade had scouts, so Jade picked him up from school and took him, Jaxsen is not doing scouts this year. Jade also picked Kaine and Kade up and took them to football practice. Anna and Jaxsen worked on the steers, for a little while, when I got home and asked them why they were already loose they told me there was wasps in the gate. So I don’t know how much they actually worked on them. Mom had tripped on her dog leash and broken her arm, so Mom, Dad, and Toni spent the majority of their day in the ER.


Thursday, Toni had someone coming out to look at foals, so they drove around. We had moved the desert pasture into an irrigated circle, but those horses are not happy. You would think green grass would make for jolly horses, but they are mad they got moved. Dad took the extra show steers in to get brand and health checked so we can sell them, they are headed to Idaho. Boys had football practice and Anna helped with chores until Toni got there.


Friday, Toni and Kicker took Jaxsen and headed to Clarkston, Toni and Kicker are going to a Cougar game and Jaxsen gets to stay with Grandma Sherri (and Papa Barry). Kade gets to stay home with us, the boys have a football game Saturday, the kids need to clip their steers and we get to set up for Connell.

Kaine and Kade had a football game in Ephrata, Ben took them so Anna and I could get some work done at home before the Connell Fair. Coco also went and watched the boys play. The boys played awesome, and Connell won. Anna and I got circle 4 in and sorted off two show heifers we sold to wean and halter break. Then Anna went down to help grandma freeze pears and peaches. I moved the riding horses into circle 5 so we could move around the weaned calves and turn the show heifers out in their pen. Chad and his family came down and looked at foals. Then Anna came home and we caught the steers and Anna washed them. I continued to move the calves around that we have weaned and sort them. I ran the steers over the scales and weighed them. I moved Gunner, or Gunner moved himself since the gate was open, into the feeder calf pen, from the bull pen. Gunner was really helpful getting the calves in. Then the boys and Ben got home, the boys clipped their steers and Anna, Coco and I went to do chores.


We started Sunday by getting the camper ready to take into the Columbia Basin Junior Livestock Show, “Connell Fair.” Then the boys went out and mixed grain. Next, we headed in to set up at the Connell Fair, we got the camper parked, and most of the 4H group got there at the same time so we are all together for the most part. Toni, Kicker and Jaxsen got home a little after 1. Ben worked on circles most of the day. We got home from set up and the kids caught, washed and worked on their steers. Toni, Coco and I went down to do chores. We sorted off 4 foals to start halter breaking. Moved some of the old mares around.

Don’t forget , if you need some beef for your freezer the Geddes and Meacham kids will be at Connell and have put lots of work into their steers all year. Not to brag, but these kids work their tails off and we are pretty proud of them. We are hauling in on Wed, so come see us there!


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The Sun is Setting on the Week of the Fair

Well, last week went by in a blur. I normally write this while it is happening so I don’t forget anything. But, since I was at the fair I did not. Monday we hauled in, Joe and Merrilee took us in in the Eby and Mini Pete. We had 4 steers, Anna, Kaine, Kade and Ady’s, and 10 open class, 6 heifers and 4 bull calves. The day went really well, the bull calves were not very halter broke but settled in really nice. We got everything washed and settled in. This was Kissy’s first show, Kade’s bred and owned heifer, and she acted like a pro. We had a touch of drama with the dairy section of the barn telling our 4-H kids to stay out of their aisle, but we just told the kids to get along.

Tuesday was market, so we were up at around 4:30 and got all of the steers washed. Our 4H group works really well as a team and everything went smoothly. We were all back out and dressed by 8 to get the steers fit. There were approximately 50 head of steers at BF Fair this year, so down in numbers, but not by a lot. All of the kids did GREAT, Anna was Grand Champion 4H market steer, and our “niece,” I am using air quotes because she is not really but the kids say her mom is like their aunt and her and her brother are like their cousins, and Toni and Kicker claim her most of the time, and that is what they tell people at school, Grace was Reserve Champion 4H Market Steer. Kaine and Ady made it back to the championship round and Kade was third in his class, so all kids did really good, we are very happy. Kade had an Angus steer we raised, “Mini Pete.” It was hot on Tuesday, we normally go on rides Tuesday because there is not a line, but since it was the hottest day of the week we decided to wait until Thursday. Jax may have tried to negotiate for 2 days of rides, Tuesday and Thursday, but we told him it is too much money for those bracelets and be glad we let them go on rides at all. However, we did go and ride the camels on Tuesday. Also on Tuesday, was our cousin in law Nick’s 40th birthday. Happy Birthday Nick.

Wednesday we were up at 4, since we show open and 4H. We fogged the open cattle and the kids washed the steers. Grace made it back to the championship round in the senior division; Anna made in back for intermediates, and was Grand Champion, Kade, Ady and Kaine both made it back in the Jrs, and Kaine was Reserve Champion. Grace’s brother, Kelten, also showed really well, but did not make it back. All of the kids showed great. Anna had the clubby heifer there, her and two year old Savannah showed her, she was Grand Champion in Other Breeds. Kade and Kaine both took Angus heifers, each one won their division; Kaine had the supreme Grand Champion Angus heifer with Miss Moneypenny. Kissy Suzuki also showed really well. After the open show the kids had to wash their steers. Wednesday is always the longest day of the week.

Thursday the parents did chores and we let the kids sleep in, most parents showed up. Then after we washed everything the kids went on rides. Grace and Trinton, another kid in our 4H group, took the big kids on rides and Toni, Traci, Leslie and Jolene took the little kids on rides. Danny and I hung out in the barn and watched the stock, Danny may have rested his eyes a bit. It was hard work but we managed to pull it off. Anna and Grace only went on a few rides, then Grace and Anna went around to the different barns to learn how to show their animals for the round robin that night. The Round Robin was great, all of the beef kids showed really well, I am sure all of the kids did but I did not watch the rest. Toni and Jaxsen stayed Thursday night with us in the camper. Toni, Anna, and I went to the food court following round robin so Anna could get a snack while Leslie took the kids on rides again.

Friday was the sale, the sale went pretty good. The Champions were first so Grace and Anna got to sell at 10ish, after all of the intro stuff. Steers were last in the sale, I think they sold at around 2:30, we would like to thank all of our buyers, NW Farm Supply, Northwest Farm Credit Services and Watts Construction. Dad started texting Toni in the afternoon to see when she was going to be home. They got home to the yearling colts, and Whim since he lives with them, getting into an empty pen and pulling the jump wire off. So they were out, but not free. Of course no one helped her get them in or fix anything, but the colts did ok.

Saturday the kids played laser tag and we walked around the fair. We had a exhibitor meeting at 4 and our kids did really well judging. Trinton was Reserve Champion 4H, Grace was Reserve Champion FFA, Bella was 4th in Intermediate and Anna was 10th. I did not actually hear how the boys placed, but they got blue ribbons. Toni went out and checked all of our livestock Sat morning, then Toni and Ben came back on Saturday night to watch the rodeo and load steers at 1 am. I had been sick all week so I went to bed. Toni, Leslie and Traci took the kids to the rodeo, then brought them back and went and hung out in the barn until it was time to load out. It was quite the team that loaded steers, from what I hear. All the steers got loaded, none of them got away, and no one got taken to the emergency room (yes that has happened before). The new fair rule was that the fair does not shut down until 12:30, so steer loading went later than normal, with the crew coming back to the camper at 2:30, then we had to get back up to load our stuff out at 6.

Sunday we loaded out the open cattle and tack, went home and took a nap. We now have a small break before CBJLS. If anyone missed their chance to buy some beef, do not worry, we will have 3 steers that the kids need to sell in Sept at CBJLS. School and football start Monday, so it looks like Jax is going to have to help Anna with the steers for the next few weeks. We are all in for some fun times!


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During a heat wave every dude stinks.

Monday started out a lot the same as last week, it flew by because there was a lot to do. Kaine, Kade and Anna worked on their steers and rested. Jaxsen hung out with his mom. Toni was at home having meetings most of the day. Monday night Leslie came out and got the kids and took them to a sheep clinic so they could practice showing sheep in case they get into the round robin at the fair. We had a call on Ty Monday night, so Toni ran out into the desert and got some pictures of him. I am still working on the 1700 pictures from the Evergreen show at night. We also had calendared that Kool could come back in heat, and she did. We weren’t planning on breeding any mares this late in the season, but Jackpot decided that he was going to take that decision out of our hands. We are trying to view that as a positive.


Tuesday Toni had court first thing in the morning, so she dropped the boys off with dad and mom, since dad finished helping with harvest Monday. Tuesday was a really hot day, over 100 degrees, so the kids just tied the steers up in the barn under the fans and did not work on them much. The kids came down and helped do chores on Tuesday. Mom and Jaxsen made brownies for us all and we had brownies alamode after chores. When it is that hot outside, and you feel like you are melting into the ground and sluggish just as you walk around, you know it is best to do as little as possible and keep the water on.

Wednesday was another hot one. The kids just put the steers in the barn under the fans again, they seemed to be getting a little lax in their washing duties. Kaine and Kade fed grain Wednesday night while Ben and Kicker worked on circles. Toni and I did chores, we are keeping water running in each pen so the horses can get under the sprinkler.
Thursday was a little cooler. The kids washed their steers. Our friend Dianne was up from Oregon, so Toni got to catch up and have lunch with her. Then Thursday night, Toni and Jaxsen got chores done so us adults could go to a surprise birthday party for our friend Tennelle. The kids went down to mom and dad’s for pizza and root beer floats. The boys ended up spending the night and Anna went back home. Ben worked late so he did not come with us. But, Toni, Kicker and I had fun.

Friday was one of those, thank goodness it is Friday kind of days. The heat just saps a person’s strength. The news said that we were supposed to get a break in the weather. We are starting to move mares around, get foals moved around, ship mares home, so Friday was just getting everything planned out.

Saturday started with Anna and Kaine tying up the steers. Also, John and Raven came out early that day, along with Tall John, Joe, and one of Joe’s kids. While Toni and Kade were driving them around on the tour, they found a mare that had cut her face. John led her up to the house. Kaine, Anna and I ran her into the Othello vet to get stitched up. Then we all went to a family party at Tom and Peggy’s. It was a lot of fun, the kids swam in the pool, Kaine and Kade were trying to flip off of the diving board, and they were getting pretty good by the time we left. When we got home, Toni and Jaxsen did chores, Kade and Kaine fed steers, and Anna and I ran into the vet to pick up the mare. Ben and Kicker were working on circles. After that Toni and I went out to get one of the outside mares in that we just adore.


Sunday we got all of the heifers and steers tied up. Tim and Laura came out and got Lily, who was out with Bishop. Erina and Terry came out and got Livy, she was in with Dude. Erina is on summer break and brought us homemade pickles made with zucchini. We got the cows in and weaned the December and January calves off of the heifers and got in a load of beef cows to send in. It had been stormy the last several days, so the weather was amazingly nice. It was the perfect weather to work cattle and get work done.


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Wasp stings and wet shoes seem to be the indicator that summer is in full swing.

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.


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Everything is funny as long as it is happening to somebody else.

Toni had court first thing Monday morning, so she dropped Kade and Jaxsen off with mom. Kaine and Kade had football camp starting Monday night, so Christine stopped at moms and picked them up, took them in and brought them home. Coco, Addy, Leslie, Ady and Julian went and watched the Lion King in at Connell Monday night, but with football camp and the shows our kids were too tired to go, or as Jaxsen said, he was scared when it was an animation, he did not want to watch it. Toni and Coco did chores before the movie, and I moved dad’s water when I got there, since he is gone harvesting he thinks that it an excuse.

Tuesday Anna and Kaine dyed the two heifer calves going to Ritzville to the Angus show. They did a pretty good job, but now they both have some extra freckles. Ben and Kicker got the camper backed into the yard, so we could start packing it. Kaine and I set the camper up. Toni took grandma and grandpa to Dr appts on Tuesday, and then her and grandma went grocery shopping while Uncle Tom stayed with grandpa at his appointment. Then Tom and Grandpa went and got blizzards while they waited. Kaine and Kade had football camp again, they both had a lot of fun.

Wednesday Kaine and Anna packed their stuff in the camper. I told them to pack some of mine, we will see when I get home if they did as asked. I went and picked up one set of our new pop up panels so we can try them this weekend and see how we like them and if we want changes before we get the other sets done. Toni, Kade and Sonny went down in the afternoon so they could wash everything before we leave tomorrow. Kameron took the boys to football camp, it was our boys’ last time.

Thursday we woke up, finished packing the camper, hooked it up and pulled it out of the yard so it was ready to go. Then we loaded up the cattle in our trailer and Toni got there and we took off for Connell. We transferred the cattle to the big trailer when we got to Connell and we all took off. We took 14 head of cattle and 12 head of kids plus a baby. Uncle Joe drove the mini Pete and had 6 of the kids with him. He didn’t think that was too great. When we got to Ritzville, Traci and Anna went and got us all burgers at Carl’s Jr while we set up. We were the first ones to the fairgrounds, which was good because with the huge trailer and mini-semi, it is much easier to maneuver if we are the only ones around. It also allowed us to get enough spots for our group in one location. Added to our 12 kids, there were 5 other kids from the 4-H group coming to the show. All of the stock came off of the trailer really well. The 2 baby calves just got weaned and hadn’t been anywhere, but they really acted great. We were all pretty tired by the time Thursday was over.

Friday we woke up early and had a great day of showing. Kade had Reserve Champion Reg Angus steer, and won a fancy belt buckle, with a Stingray calf that we raised. Anna was Grand Champion in her division with her Bred and Owned heifer calf and won a nice back pack. Kaine was grand champion in his division with his little heifer calf and also got a backpack. Jaxsen won his first prize, he was Reserve Champion in his division with Black Widow (most patient heifer EVER). McCall made it back into the championship round, she was a class winner, with Wanda, and Kade was second in the class and was on standby. Kade was called back in for showmanship, but the Judge told him right away that the girls were going to be hard to beat. PeeWee showmanship was last which means we had super tired kids and cattle. Black Widow had to go in both PeeWee classes, again, most patient heifer ever.

Saturday was the steer show, the steers all ultrasounded good. In the ultrasound classes, Kaine, Kade and Ady were all second in their classes and were on standby for the championship round. Anna ended up Reserve champion in the Evergreen steer class. It was interesting because the Judge put her Grand and said phenotypically this is how he would chose, but because he had ultrasound info, he made Anna’s steer Reserve. It was still a good payout for Anna. The bad news with taking 14 head of cattle, is then you have 14 head of cattle that you need to clean out bedding for. Uncle Joe came back with the mini-Pete, by the time we were cleaned up and ready to leave, we were one of the lasts ones there. We needed to wait for Joe to have room to back that long trailer in. But we are very efficient when we load. There was no lost time when Joe got there, he backed up, we loaded, and out we went. Toni, Kade, and Anna went with Joe and Merr so that they could unload the cattle when they got back to Connell, load ours in our trailer, and head home. We all got home around 3:30 and it was still a LONG day. I have not gone through the pics from last weekend yet. Many of the ones below are from other shows.


We would like to say we rested on Sunday. We rested in our minds only. We turned out all of the big show heifers, but had to wash a few first. Now left in is Dillon and the babies along with the steers. That takes us down to only 20 head of show cattle in. Wow, still too many. We are also getting ready to start working on the Spokane steers for next May, so I ran out with Kaine and weaned some of the fall calves and brought them to the house. Then the kids and I went and got tack while Toni took a group around to look at foals. When I got back with the kids, Toni and I went out to the desert to get Ladybug and Lacey Bug in and bring them home. Ladybug is starting to really look like crap. Toni managed to get stung 3 times by wasps in the morning, and 1 more time during chores. Dad got stung once trying to kill the ones that got Toni. Sonny says that wasps were put on Earth by the devil, there is no purpose for them. We all agree. After moving Ladybug, we went to Cecil and Debbie’s and got the three Riley ponies for Toni to take them home this week, and dropped off Truffles and her colt along with Misty. It was a good thing we had replacements to put out because Debbie’s grandkids were not happy we were taking “their” ponies. Luckily they were distracted by a new foal to chase.

We are officially done with jackpot shows until after the County fairs. The bad news is that August is literally starting next week, so we need to get planning to start weaning foals, finish rebuilding the corral, get more calves in to work on. The list goes on and on and is exhausting! Still, we wouldn’t trade it for anything else.

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There is no time, No time to spare, These are the moments, In which we share

Addy is up visiting from CA, so the kids are having a great time hanging out with her. Monday Coco took the kids over to Connell to work on the Hereford heifers. Kade was feeling ill Monday, and Jaxsen does not have a Hereford heifer, so they both stayed with mom. Dad is busy helping the Roach/Moore clan with wheat harvest, so he has been absent from home. After Anna, Kaine and Addy were done working on heifers Coco took them back to my house to load tack for the upcoming show weekends. When I got home Kade was feeling better, so I took him and Jaxsen home with me so Kade could help the other kids, and Jaxsen hung out in the house. Mom made homemade cinnamon rolls on Monday, and they were really good. Toni had meetings all day so none of us saw her. Kaine, Kade and Addy took the ranger down Monday night and helped Ben and Kicker pick up the left over bales from the field.

Tuesday Toni took Jackpot up to Pomeroy for Tim Johnson to check out and see if he will show him. She noticed a bad tire on the way so the trip took longer than anticipated, but thanks to the great people at the Grange, the tire got fixed quickly, and she was back on the road. Coco took Kaine, Kade and Addy to Connell to work on heifers. Anna had injured her arm some time over the weekend and it is gradually getting sorer. So, she stayed home to rest it on Tuesday and just catch the steers at our house and tie they up until the other kids got back. Toni was late picking up the boys from Connell. Coco and I did chores since Toni was running late. Anna, Kaine, Kade and Addy fed grain and let the cows in on Tuesday. Toni also brought 2 horses home, because that is what we do, and dropped them off to be kids’ horses.

On Wednesday Leslie, Traci and the little kids brought the show heifers and Carmen and Ady’s steers over to get them someplace new before the show this weekend. Anna, Kaine, Kade, Addy, Toni and Coco were also all there. We are referring to Wed as the “Hereford Clinic” since there were 8 Herefords that came for a visit. All of the cattle came off of the trailer great. Skittles’ shorthorn heifer acted like a shorthorn heifer and kept walking off without her. Toni ended up having to help with that one. Leslie and Traci were both weighed down with babies. Somehow Jax ended up evading showing his heifer at the clinic, but everyone else showed at least twice. Everyone had lots of fun playing with the miniatures and working on their animals. After everyone left Anna, Kaine and Kade took a small break and then washed their steers. I went and picked the 5th wheel camper up from Broadmoor, it was finally done. Coco and Toni did chores and then Toni took Colonel back down to his pen.

Thursday morning the kids washed their heifers and steers that are going to Sagebrush. Toni had some friends out with their granddaughter to see the horses and pick-up their mare. Then at 1 Toni took them in to help Leslie and Alan Alexander set up. Our 4H group normally helps them set up for the Sagebrush Classic. They were heavy on kids, low on adults, but it got done. Afterward Toni took our 4 and Addy to get milkshakes before bringing them home to pack up the trailer. After chores Addy, Anna and I finished up packing the trailer. Kaine and Kade were feeding the steers and heifers.


Friday was the showmanship clinic, so Toni took the kids and their steers, and Jaxsen’s heifer, in. Leslie took the heifers from Connell in. The kids all had a blast at the clinic and did an awesome job. The clinic started at 1 and each class was in for 30 min. There were approximately 40 kids that showed up for the clinic so it was a really good turnout. Mom and I were the only ones home Friday night, so I got to do all the chores and move all the water around.


Saturday we needed to be at the Sagebrush Classic at 8, so Kaine, Anna, Addy and I caught the steers and then Toni, Kade and Sonny got there and we headed in. The steers did really well. Kade’s steer won his class and went back into the championship round, Anna’s steer was second in his class and was on standby to go back, and Kaine’s steer acted great. Ben did chores for us so we did not have to get done and hurry back.


Sunday was the heifer show, so we got up extra early and loaded the heifers and went in by 5 am so we could get washing done. Foxy Cleopatra had never been anywhere, so it was her first show. The heifers from Leslie’s had not been anywhere either. But, all of the heifers acted great. In showmanship, for Jrs, Kade won his class and got to go back to the championship round, Kaine and Jaxsen both showed great but did not get to go back. Anna is an intermediate, and she was the Grand Champion Intermediate Showman.
The heifer classes were in the afternoon. The clubby heifer was in the first class, Kaine was showing her and got to go back to the championship round. Kade and Kaine’s Hereford heifers did great but did not get go back. Anna’s Hereford heifer won her class and got to go back, and Jaxsen and Black Widow just did a great job (although Jax almost didn’t get to show the second time as he was MIA). The clubby heifer is also a Charolais influence heifer so she got to show in that class, she had a long day for her first time out and let everyone know by refusing to set-up perfect and wallering around. Kaine handled her like a pro.


The Kniveton and Swayze’s stayed and helped us clean out the barn, thank you. Then we packed up and headed home. A big group helped Leslie and Alan take everything down so that they weren’t left to do it all. We had a great time and it was a great show. That was Zsa Zsa’s last show, so she went directly out into the pasture. Foxy was happy to be home with her mom. And Black Widow wished that she got to go out with Zsa Zsa and be done, but she has one more show. Toni and I let the kids rest and did chores on our own. We were all so exhausted that we got our work done and headed home for an early night.

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Even we don’t know how we get it all done sometimes!

We had a pretty normal Monday here, you know, Reptile Man at the library, washing steers and heifers, Jaxsen playing in the dog pool with the dogs. The steers are all doing great. The calves are getting tired of being washed, so they were a little rowdy Monday. But besides that a pretty normal day here. Toni did not end up having to go to Yakima for the week for her big bankruptcy case so the kids were actually able to work on their show cattle which made Anna happy.


Tuesday started normal, then Debbie texted that Truffles had foaled and the palomino mini mare had stolen it. I was already at work so I texted Anna and she called Dad, my dad not hers, and they went over to rescue Truffles and the new baby. Ben met them there and helped they get them loaded. Then dad and Anna fed the new little colt some colostrum, just to make sure he got it. Kaine and Kade went with Leslie and the 4H group to the water park in Moses Lake. Anna did not go since she stayed home to take care of Truffles and the foal. Anna is very diligent about getting work done and doesn’t seem to care if she misses some of the fun stuff. The boys on the other hand, are all about the party! After work, Toni hauled Colonel to the house, we are hand breeding Kool to him, and since she is so old we don’t want to turn her out. Colonel is not super impressed with being locked in, but he is being pretty good. We also hauled Red Robin and Stinger to the house to get an ultrasound on them on Thursday. We still have Cammie, Bayless’ black mare and Abs to get to the house, the rest of the 12 mares are already there.

Wednesday we woke up to some rain. Toni had a lot of work to do, so Kaine and Anna caught the steers, washed them and tied them up. Kade, Jaxsen and grandma (or mom to me) picked raspberries so mom could make raspberry pie, one of our favorites from Grandma Ruth’s recipe. Kade and Toni were waiting for me with the trailer when I got there, they had brought Abs and Bayless’ black mare down. So we went out and caught Cammie and brought her back to ultrasound too. It is SUPER fun to try to take mares out of Sagebug’s pen. Sagebug is a pain in the butt, and so are all of the foals out there. I had to sacrifice myself and pet all of the foals while Toni caught Cammie. Sagebug and Money had loaded themselves in the trailer, so we locked them in while we went and took pictures and got Cammie moved. Sagebug is still a really young stud (he is 3), but so good minded. But he does not like it when we take mares out, he likes addition not subtraction.


Thursday Toni went and got the kids bright and early to help with ultrasounding. Anna and Kaine had the steers tied in the barn when she got there. We were ecstatic to find out that Cammie is FINALLY pregnant. Red Robin is also pregnant, great news. Stinger is open again this year, we are going to try something different with her next year. Abbey is no longer cycling, she is 26, we were not surprised. Pistol and Pepper both have twins, but Pistol’s looks like it is resolving itself. Pepper, we need to watch. Overall a super good day. Toni took the kids up afterwards to work on their steers and heifers. Then the kids cleaned out the gooseneck for Toni to take them to a steer clinic with their 4H group Friday. Also, Colonel bred Kools on Thursday, then we gave him a bite of grain. We think he might actually like this hand breeding business! Thursday was also Shannon Miller Case’s bday, but we missed it trying to get everything done.


Friday morning everyone was up early to go to their steer clinic. Toni took the kids over and they did great with their steers. This was these three steer’s first outing. McCall did the clinic while some of the 4-H group did other things, lots of people and steers were there. Everyone was hungry afterwards, so they went to the Burger Factory on the way home. Then they packed up the show box to get it ready for the show next weekend. Also on Friday, Coco stopped and got Jackpot and is bringing him back from CA. They had a layover in Oregon Friday night. The California contingent is headed North. Coco has been bringing Addy up to go show with us for a few years now and the kids always enjoy their time with her.


Saturday morning we had a horse clinic put on by Dusti Kissler. We invited the 4H kids over so that they were ready for when they made it to the round robin. After showmanship Dusti, Anna, Kaine, Kade and Toni had a riding clinic. Toni rode Friday, Anna rode Ollie, Kaine rode Cad and Kade rode Slick. Everyone had a great time, but it was a long hot day. The horses and humans all did great. Friday has come back as an amazing horse that we could not be happier with. She was the only filly out of Colonel and Peppy . We have always loved her and she has met our expectations. We can’t thank Rachael Hamby enough for the training that has gone into this horse.


After the clinic it was lunch time and then the kids started washing steers and heifers for the upcoming shows. I helped Jaxsen and the rest of the kids did their own. Next, Kaine, Kade, Jaxsen, Anna, Ben, Kicker and I moved the Hereford cows down to the pen Bishop was in. We got the bull calves in to check for bad eyes, there is a lot of tall grass in that pen and they get grass seeds and cheat grass in their eyes that has to be pulled out or they will get a blue spot. While we were looking through the bull calves Coco and Addy drove by with Jackpot. So the boys and Anna went back to the house to see Jackpot. Toni had left to get work done, but she showed back up when Jackpot did, coincidence? Kicker, Ben and I came back when we were done. Jackpot looks and acts great. We are all happy he is home for the short time he will be here. Also, the hay was ready to bale Saturday night, so we skipped the birthday party we were going to go too for our friend Caleb and Kicker and Ben were out late with the hay. The dew came in too heavy and they had to finish Sunday. I am sure everyone is noticing a pattern here, we are too busy to do anything with our friends! Luckily everyone pretty much knows how we roll, so no one is surprised when we send a so sorry text.


Sunday we woke up and caught the steers. Hay was still being baled and Kristi was out with Toni looking at Genuine (Colonel Belle colt that she bought). Kristi, Lynn, and Matt all went on an abbreviated tour. Matt wanted to pet Rocky and they wanted to see the tiny babies as well as Genuine. They then headed down to the Merc for some local food. The twins were coming at 2 to help the kids clip everything, so we ran to town for groceries before they got there. However, the twins got there early so Anna called Toni, Kade, Coco and Addy and had them go down and get started. The heifers and calves still had to be caught. When we got there they had everything caught and set up and were getting started. So the kids and twins clipped all day on Sunday.


I went out and checked the cows, I made sure everything was paired up from the move the day before. One cow and calf had come back, however, there was still a fence separating them, so I got them paired up. Everything else looked good. I went back to the house and helped the kids for a bit. Then, Toni, Coco and I did chores. Colonel and Kool are still having their abbreviated fun, and we think Colonel is really getting the hang of it. He does his business then walks back to his pen and nickers at us for his bite of grain. He is not a stupid horse!


We are excited to have all of our owned horses out of California and back in Washington. We got good quality training from both trainers, but it was time to get Friday home and take Jackpot to the next phase of his life, whatever that is going to be. It is truly a great feeling to have these horses live up to the expectations that we have for them and know that as our breeding program moves forward, it just keeps getting better.


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Oh Monday, where did the weekend go? The weekend went by in such a blur.

Oh Monday, where did the weekend go? The weekend went by in such a blur I don’t even know what we did. Whim and yearling colts are getting along great, he is like their big brother. We are still waiting on the last three mares to foal, Comet, Frieda and Kool. Two of those, and maybe all three, will get bred when they foal because they are old, so it does not really matter when they foal, we are just happy that they do. Monday when I got home from chores the calves were still tied, Ben and Kicker were out fixing circles, so the kids and I let them go. The calves did really well, Jaxsen even led his little May heifer.

Woke up Tuesday to three of the clubby steers in the yard, if anyone wonders why I don’t have flowers, that is why. The three older kids washed their steers early to go over to Connell and work on Hereford heifers, and then they went to a Science program in at the library. Dad had to get some parts in Connell to he swung out and picked them up. Kaine, Anna, Kicker, Ben and I let the calves go, with the storm coming they were not as good as they had been.

FINALLY anther foal Wednesday, Kool had a cute filly by High Shootin Gun. Toni, Kicker and the boys went to Seattle for a mini vacation to watch the Mariners game. Anna and Kaine tied up and washed the steers. Wednesday was basically my Friday since I didn’t have to go back to work, so it was the best Wednesday ever.

Happy 4th Everyone! Out cousins came over, and Skip, Erina and Terry, and we went paddle boating and rode the inflatable bull, or attempted to. Toni, Kicker and the boys drove back from Seattle on the 4th and stopped at a few places and then went and pulled the flags for boy scouts.

The kids had a Jay Team show at Desert Classic on the 6th, so on the 5th we packed up the trailer and then I took them over to Connell and they spent the night with Leslie. Leslie took them out for pizza and Italian Sodas, then the twins came and they worked on heifers. Toni and I decided it was time to start working on the 2 year olds, Charlie and Yo. Friday we just caught them, worked on them giving, and Toni laid across their backs. Charlie is a little bit more stubborn, but they are both really really good so far. The biggest drama is the four yearlings that want to be part of the action. You can’t put a blanket or anything on the fence or they take it down. They are like vultures waiting outside the fence for their “turn.”

The kids were up and at it early on the 6th to get to Hermiston. They had a great time and Kade was the Grand champion Jr Showman, good job Kade. Anna also made it back to the champion round in showmanship. Kade and Anna also won their market class and made it back to the championship round in market as well. Kaine’s steer, Dodge, just isn’t acting very good right now. Kaine is going to switch to his other steer for the rest of the jackpots and give Dodge a break.

Also on Saturday, Ben, mom, dad and I went to cousin Traci’s house for a big 4th of July BBQ. We had a lot of fun. Ben had to fix two circles before we left and we left early because him and Kicker had another circle to work on. Toni and Kicker stayed home and worked, Toni has a big court case coming up. Also on the 7th Frieda had a nice palomino colt by Dude. Now we only have one mare left to foal, Comet. While I went and got the kids picked up after their show, Toni decided to sit on Yo and Charlie and put a blanket on them. Again, they both did really great. Jitterbug also had the blanket put on her because she wanted to be included.

Sunday the kids washed all of the steers, heifers and calves, it took most of the day. The also worked on their steers. After getting done with the 24 head of show cattle, we let them stay home while we went to do chores. We wormed and West Niled the four mares that had foaled and turned them out. We are getting ready to go get Colonel to try to breed Kool to him. Instead of working on the 2 year olds, we had a family meeting to get a plan together for what we are going to farm in 2020. We did pack a saddle in for them to smell and mess with, but Jitter started biting on it, so we turned them out. Toni also got a portion of her big case settled on Saturday, so she is back in a fence building mode. Lucky us?

We have another full week starting up. The kids have showing clinics this weekend and then 2 shows in a row the following 2 weekends, then we get a break. Slave driver Anna is going to make everyone work on that show string to get it ready for these July shows, which everyone is fine with except Sonny, that kid does not want to work on the show string.

Dad is also starting wheat harvest this week so we are all pretty busy. With the majority of the foals on the ground, now is a great time to come look at them if anyone needs a baby fix.

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Independence Day is around the corner, and we are all excited to have a day to celebrate the birth of this great nation and the pioneers and libertarians that took it upon themselves to give us the land of the free and the home of the brave.

Monday the calves were much better to tie up than on Sunday, is what I hear anyway from Ben and Kicker. Toni went and brought Whim back from Sagehill Vet, he is doing much better. The kids worked on their heifers and steers, their next show is the Desert Classic the first part of July with their steers. Jaxsen told Toni he had a head ache so he could not help her with Whim and went in the house with mom and ate cookies and watched TV. Big news on Monday, we received the results for the carcass competition at the Spokane Jr Livestock Show, Anna won big money, she got first, and Kaine got 9th. Kade was not able to participate because his steer went to a different butcher.

Kaine stayed at Toni’s house Monday night, so he was there most of Tuesday. They got down to my house in the afternoon to tie up steers and heifers. Toni and Kaine also rode Friday, who we got back at 1 in the morning on Sunday. Leslie invited us to go to the movies with her, but the kids were still working on heifers and steers. Meno ran through the hot fence down in Bishops’ pen, so Toni and I had to go and fix that Tuesday night. We had help from Jaxsen and Lucy. Also, Whim seems like he is having an allergic reaction to something, Sheena sent in a sample and we are waiting to get the results back.

Results are back from Whim, and nothing conclusive, except he does not have anything contagious. So we moved him to a different pen to see if he is allergic to something in there. However, he has been in that pen for a while, so it would have to be something blooming or something new that is growing. Today was stormy, so the kids just washed their clubbies and heifers, not the Angus steers. We had thunder and lightning Wednesday night so the power was going on and off and shutting the circles off. Ben and Kicker were out late restarting them. Lots of hay is down in the area, which always seems to encourage rain!

Whim was much better Thursday, so he must be allergic to something in that pen, but we have also changed his feed, so it could also be that, or a combination of everything. It was still stormy Thursday morning. The kids started working on their animals early and then headed to Connell to work on Hereford heifers, except Jax didn’t go. He just didn’t feel up to it (surprising!). They had a 4H meeting that evening and Tennelle brought them home for us already fed.

Friday morning we finally had another foal, Cupcake had a Sagebug filly. Toni and the kids went down and checked on her, and then Toni had court so she left the kids down there to watch them. It was Cupcake’s first foal and she seemed a little stressed out at first, but she settled right in. We are very happy with this first foal out of Cupcake. We have decided not to breed back some of these late mares, but there were quite a few factors that we are considering. So Cupcake will be at the house with Salbia. We named the filly Salbia in honor of our friend Jose, which is the basque version of Sage. Ben came down and got the kids when he got home from work to work on their heifers and steers. Jaxsen went too, even though he tried to be annoying enough they would not take him.

Saturday we went to Bronty’s 2nd birthday for lunch, the kids had a great time playing. En route, both Dad and Kicker saw that someone had a single car accident in our desert fence and took about about 80 feet of it. Luckily Gunner’s pen wasn’t over by it at the time or it could have been a real disaster. It is always really frustrating to have someone go through a fence, destroy our property, and not be notified in a timely manner. Kicker got the fence fixed before any of the animals figured out there was an issue. Again, luck was on our side.

We left early to meet Jill, Bobette, Payton and Parker to go and look at Jesse’s mini foal. Jill is buying him. They had a great time playing with him. The kids took the day off from working on their steers and heifers.

Sunday we washed everything, it was the calves’ first day to the wash rack, so Kicker and Ben helped us wash all of them. We have a couple of extras in, and one got herself sifted out that way.

Dusti came and picked up her mare that had been in with Double. Megan and Patrick came out and bought Spotty and Salbia (Cupcake’s filly). Also on Sunday, Maggie foaled and had a cute dun filly by Reed. The people mom and dad got their German Shepard from came out on Saturday and mom and dad took them on the tour, including over to see the miniatures. We got another mare in to breed to Leroy that came in out of Idaho.

Toni and I put Whim in with the yearling colts Sunday night and we moved Pistol, Whinny and Rosie out of Double’s pen. We moved Blackie over into Double’s pen. We decided that we were going to wait and breed Maggie and Cupcake next year, and move them up since they foaled so late.

Also, we got an update from Cody, Felix has been started and is doing great.


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The kids are officially on Summer vacation and loving it.

Monday Toni had court in Ritzville early so Kicker went down and helped the kids tie up the steers and heifers. We are getting ready to head to Prineville on Thursday. Toni and I worked on the corral fence for a while after chores, not too long because we had the wrong drill for what we were trying to do. Kicker and Ben brought some straw down to put in a circle track were dad’s circle keeps getting stuck. And Debbie, over where the minis are at, called to say Jesse had foaled. She had a cute pinto miniature baby.

Tuesday Toni took grandpa to the Dr, so she took the kids over to Connell to help Leslie and pack up for Prineville. Anna and Kaine tied up the steers and heifers in the barn before they left. Kaine worked on the twins’ heifers to see if he could show one of them in showmanship in Prineville. When we called they said he could still show in showmanship, but it had to be a heifer entered in the show, we could not take his other heifer. Toni was able to coordinate lunch with Grandpa, Grandma, mom, dad, Tom and Peggy and make a plan for the wedding on Wed for Cousin John and his bride Cindy, who is a perfect fit for our family. When the kids got home the three oldest worked on their heifers and steers and Jaxsen needed to “rest” so he went home to watch Netflix. After chores Toni and I continued on our corral rebuild and put up a gate.

Wednesday Anna and Kaine continued to pack up drinks, tack, feed and snacks to leave Thursday morning EARLY. Toni had court so Kade did not get to go down. Wednesday afternoon Toni got to perform her second wedding, her goal is three. Kade and Kaine were the ring bearers and Uncle Tom was the self-proclaimed best man. It was a surprise wedding in a way. The bride and groom just planned on it being Toni, them, and 2 witnesses, but John is a favorite cousin so everyone wanted to be there. Peggy brought flowers for the bride and cupcakes for everyone. John and Cindy were so thankful that the event was made special and the family support that they have. Everyone had a great time. What could be better? A wedding with minimal stress, but still cupcakes.

Thursday we left at 4:30 headed to Connell, then Eltopia, then Prineville. I told Leslie the drive was not that bad, but I guess that was because I did not drive, she did. LOL. We got to Prineville around lunch time and got the heifers unloaded and washed, bed set up and then we had sandwiches. McCall, McKenna and Kade participated in the team fitting contest and had a great time. Back at home, Toni was getting colts ready to ship to CA on Sunday.

Showmanship started at 4:30, the twins were in the first class as super seniors, McCall was grand and McKenna reserve. Kaine was excited because he was showing McCall’s heifer, the “better” heifer as he says. Anna and Kaine were after the intermediates, Kaine was called back to the championship round, Kade was in the next class. All of the kids showed great. Then we had ice breakers and pizza with the green coats from the Angus Association and we went back to the hotel to swim in the pool.

We were up again early on Friday to go wash the heifers. Breeding classes started at 9. Kade was in our first class, he was Bred and Owned Reserve Champion Junior Heifer. Anna was in our next class and she was Reserve Champion Owned Junior Heifer. The twins showed great, they were in a big class and were 3rd and 4th. Kaine did not have a heifer to show, so he only got to show in showmanship. So then we packed up and headed home. We made good time and were back by 7:30 ish, after we dropped the twins off in Eltopia, Leslie in Connell, switched from the Mini Pete to Butte.

Toni sold an additional colt to CA so had to run him, Justify, into Sagehill vet for paperwork. Whim had still not recovered all the way from getting gelded and had an abscess on his neck, so he went to the vet too. I am sure Sheena at Sagehill loves it when we text her and ask if she can just please pretty please, fit us in? But she does fit us in, so she must love us. Justify did an awesome job and is such a good colt, and Whim is awesome too. Whim ended up staying at the vet. Justify came home.

Saturday John H. was out to get his Frisian mare Lucy and bring out a new mini mare, “Misty.” Then the kids and I went over to see Debbie and her grandkids and the new mini colt, Birchstrum. Toni gave John, Jacquie and Ann (Jacquie and Ann got there after John) out to visit the foals and took the tour. The kids and I got back and we worked on heifers and steers and put a feed bunk in the calf pen. We also got the colts in and moved them up to my house from mom and dads to load them out at 1 am. All three, Pecos, Cole, and Justify are Colonel foals. With Cole and Justify leaving, we are down to just the 2 yearling colts for sale and the foals.

We were up around midnight to load Cole, Justify and Pecos and send them to CA and get Friday back. Abdul did not make it until around 12:45. They all loaded like champs and Abdul took off and headed back south. Then, when we woke up again, we did some work around the house and worked on heifers and steers in the afternoon. Kade went shooting with Kicker, so Jaxsen worked on Kade’s steer, and was not happy about it. We tied the calves up for the first time and Jaxsen’s were the best. Dad called as they were pulling out of the driveway to tell us that Blackie foaled, so we all ran down there and saw our beautiful new filly, Stormy, a black filly that Anna is going to keep. We also took updated pictures of the two yearlings we have left for sale, King and Louie.

We are now down to 5 mares to foal. We would like to see those foals in 2019. We are nearing the end of June, and staring at July. We are still getting outside mares in to breed, but we are nearing the end of our breeding season. The show pen is now at 23 head with the calves, so the kids have lots to keep them busy over the summer!

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