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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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Believe you can and you are halfway there.

So, we got back from Benton Franklin Sunday, and the kids started school on Monday. They all seem pretty happy with their teachers and classes. I don’t know that they are happy to be in school, but they are happy to see their friends. Kaine and Kade also started football practice Monday, which they love, but it makes the week hectic with coordinating pickups, luckily we are carpooling with the Jenks, and Kameron is one of the coaches. Also, Toni and I have been working with BeeBee every night, I guess 3 is a good time to get her started. LOL. She is herself. Basically she is a lazy, smart horse that will try to get out of work. We think she is going to be a kids horse in the future. So far she has been really good to work with. We like to start them bareback with a halter. We have saddled her a few times, but haven’t ridden her with a saddle.


We are always saying we want to get DOWN in broodmare numbers. I know it is shocking, but we aren’t. Last week we had some friends contact us about a really nice broodmare they had, a buckskin daughter of Slide on Bartender. Then we had an opportunity to get an older Smokin 45 daughter, so we got her too. Clearly we are doing a great job getting less mares! But these are both super nice mares that really fit well with our program.

Gunner and mares Sept 2018

I don’t have pictures of the mares yet, here is a random picture of Gunner.

Toni had to go to Yakima on Thursday for her big dairy case. She didn’t get back until late, so we just did minimal chores on Thursday. Then on Friday Toni went and picked the kids up after school and they went and got milkshakes, kind of a reward for making it through the first week. When asked why they deserved milkshakes, Sonny replied that he is hysterical and an angel, so deserves a milkshake, and then wrapped that up with because he is King. They all got milkshakes.

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Saturday Anna, Kaine Kade and I took the 6 seers and two of the heifers to Connell to get clipped for CBJLS and the Adams Community Fair. Leslie is already set up to clip and she helped the kids, and I kind of helped too. Leslie is great with the kids, she is our 4H leader and the kids (and the rest of us too) love her. Toni, Ben and Kicker got in and moved the fall cows and turned the Hereford cows out with the rest of the cows. They banded most of the spring Hereford bull calves and worked them in preparation for weaning. They also pulled the rest of the bulls. Toni and Ben also got up early Saturday morning to load out Reed. We did sell Reed. It wasn’t an easy decision, but it was the right decision. We are excited to see the foals out of him next spring. Pistol and Shiney also got hauled back to mom and dad’s. We are starting foal weaning next weekend, so needed to get Shiney and Daze home to get acclimated and ready for weaning. We will wean the three colts being shipped to Utah this Sunday after we get back from CBJLS.


Sunday I pretty much worked on the Benton Franklin pictures all day, I am trying to get them done before we got to CBJLS. I don’t think that is going to happen. Toni worked on her law work most of Sunday and the kids rested and got ready for CBJLS.

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Monday Toni, Kicker, Kade and Sonny went and got 150+ lbs of peaches for mom and grandma. Ben, Anna, Kaine and I went to Moses Lake to get fair groceries. Monday afternoon we headed into the fair grounds to get everything set-up. Again, this is a really good group of kids, so it is easy to dedicate time to help them. Now, a few days at work and school and then we are off to CBJLS, hauling in on Wed.

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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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We had another fun filled, action packed week at “The Ranch.”

We had another fun filled, action packed week at “The Ranch.” As some of you have heard, Toni made Jaxsen mad, so he took the T out of KT Ranch. Then, he told me to do something, and I said, when you are the boss I will let you know. So he told me he was taking the K out too. I said, I am glad you don’t have that authority. So, some are now calling us “The Ranch” since Jaxsen is so amusing.


While Toni, Kicker, Kade and Jaxsen were gone Anna and Kaine spent some time at BB Cattle Co helping Leslie, Whitney, Jay and Mar halter break bulls and work on the show heifers. This continued for a couple of days last week, and will continue on through the summer. But, Kade and Jaxsen, and sometimes Toni will haul over the show steers and heifers, and ours will all go over too. So Friday all four kids were over and Leslie took them all to dinner and to see Incredibles 2 in Connell in 3D that night. Our good friends the Hills came up from Texas for a visit and were over with Leslie as well.


Toni got back from Alaska on Tuesday, was home a ½ day Tuesday, Wednesday, and a ½ day Thursday and then was gone again for 2 days with work. So she has not been helpful for the last 2 weeks. She got back late Friday and we have tried to get as much work done as possible since then.


Thursday Anna babysat the neighbor kids for a few hours, sealing the deal that she is NOT going to be a teacher. She was exhausted after a few hours. But, if Cecily has her back this week she is going to take squirt guns or bubbles for entertainment. The boys had their friend Ty over, who is moving soon, and got to spend a last day with him. They had a lot of fun.


Of course over the weekend we worked on the show animals at our house. We had customers over Saturday morning, and Toni sold Black Tornado and Big Iron, two of my favorites, however, if you have been out of the tour you know I have a lot of favorites. We had some friends out Saturday afternoon, so they played with the minis and petted some foals and rode Pocket. Also, I needed to get some fall heifers in and Toni did not show up to help, so I used her new bridle, and sent her a picture.


Saturday night we went to a college graduation party that had a giant water slide. The boys are sore from going down too much, I think Kade even has a blister. I am sure glad it was not in my yard from the muddy mess it made. Yes, my yard is that great, LOL.


We are done foaling, so now it is just having buyers over, managing our grass, dealing with day-to-day. We still have a few horses left to get worked, but we are almost done. There are three old mares that could foal, but that is just extra. Like every year, we just love our foal crop. We always think we have the best foal crop, which is good because it is a ton of work to deal with all of the foals.


Sunday we worked on show animals again, went and got groceries and then put Blackie in with Double, Piper in with Reed and Omen (an outside mare) in with Sagebug. Rileys showed up with Ollie for Anna to ride. She seems to think this gelding is the only horse that she wants to ride. It is a good thing Sonny and Jeanne are so good to the kids and brought him over. Anna rode him around in the alley bareback for awhile and seemed really happy to have him back. We then went to another backyard BBQ for our friends that were up. More pool time for the kids, and squirt guns and water fights.

 

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