KT Golden Starlight is a very attractive palomino colt by Just Plain Starlight, “Colonel,” and out of KT Ruths Golden Girl. Colonel is a son of Tamalight, winner of $21,492.10 in NCHA dollars and COA. Colonel’s dam is Wright on Sugarnic, winner of the Cascade Cutters Futurity. KT Ruths Golden Girl, Goldy, is a really nice mare by Zinks Major Kid and out PDQ Rikki Tikki Lee, “Sissy” that we have kept to use on the ranch. She is Ben’s pick to ride. She is a really nice mare that Toni took to the Othello fair and she was shown halter and western equitation and Ben uses her to rope and general ranch work. This colt has a fantastic pedigree, an unbeatable confirmation, and a fantastic disposition. He was born 5/16/20. $3,500
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KT Shining Cue Tee is a stunning blue roan out of Cue Bars Cue Tee, “Payton,” and by Shining Blue DR, “Bishop.” Payton is an NRCHA and NRHA money earner raised, shown and owned by Allison Trimble of the Coastal Equine breeding program. Payton is still owned by Coastal Equine and this mare comes with the history and strength of the Allison Trimble, Coastal Equine, and Willfully Guided names. Payton is by Cue Bars Laddie and is out of Mickeys Royal. Mickeys Royal is an NRCHA, NRHA producing mare. Cue Bars Laddie has been shown as a reiner, cowhorse and rope horse. He was the recipient of the Open AQHA All Around Trophy and is a CCHA Hall of Fame Horse. Bishop is a very good looking son of Autumnator, who is sired by SMART LITTLE LENA. Smart Little Lena is earner of $743,275, NCHA Triple Crown Op Ch. Autumnator’s dam is AUTUMN BOON is an earner of $244,470 NCHA. Dam of 26 foals, 17 perfs earning $1,003,985 NCHA/WS. Bishop’s dam is Plum Sparkling who is by Shining Sparkler, a gorgeous palomino son of Reining and Reined Cowhorse Leading Sire Shining Spark. It was born 5/15/20. This is a very agile foal with a lot of flex and would make a fantastic performance horse. $3,500
Long days with late sunsets allow for too many hours of work, but when you love the life you live, there really isn’t much to complain about.
We had four steers butchered and go to TLC Monday morning. We will have more in August or September if anyone needs one. With all of the fairs canceling we have a lot of shows steers that need to be sold to benefit the kids. Anna had a Dr apt Monday afternoon, so dad brought her down and met me at work and I took her over. Toni had taken Kade and Jaxsen in for dental appointments earlier in the day, so we clearly didn’t coordinate that very well. Anna and I were at the doctor until late, so Toni, Kaine, Kade and Jaxsen chopped thistles, went and got Dee to bring up to the house to take to the vet, and then did chores. We had some gentlemen show up as they drove by the house Monday night and buy Blackie’s colt. I got home to our AC not working and the house was 80 degrees, Ben said that means the filter needs changed, which we had discussed on Sunday since it seemed like the house was a few degrees warmer. I changed the filter and that did not help. So Ben worked on it for a while, after I called him, and the fan was not kicking on. We still have the AC window in, we have not taken it out yet, so we tuned it on, and opened the windows since Monday night was cool. However, Chester sat outside our window all night barking. Oh the joys of a border collie.
On Tuesday Toni, Anna, Kaine, Kade and Lucy took Dee to Sagehill Vet to get an ultrasound and the three steers and heifer to get health and brand to go to New Plymouth. When they got home the yearling colts were out in the haystack. Mostly it was just Tank and Cue playing with King over the fence. Yearlings letting the two year old stud know that they weren’t afraid of him. They had gone over a fence, but were easy to put back in. We are working on their fence, putting in continuous fence, so they have panels on one side, and Shiner can get the chains unhooked on the panels. So as he is opening them we are rechaining them and tying with twine. After chores Toni and I put in more posts for the continuous fence and the kids went and fed their steers and cleaned out the barn. Knowing Cupcake and Double Shot were leaving on Wednesday after Toni got done with Court, we locked Cupcake in and moved Double Shot to the house. He is such a good yearling that it was no big deal.
Wednesday, July 1st, where has the year gone?? Toni had court in the morning, then headed down to load out Cupcake and Double Shot. But first everyone wanted to go see the colt they are buying so they went down to Sagebug’s pen. Cupcake and Double Shot loaded like champs. Double Shot has never had an issue loading and seems to like it. Maybe a little like Gunner? Dad went up and watched the kids clip their steers, and then checked them out. After chores the three older kids went to work on their steers and Toni, Jaxsen and I went down to build fence at the lake to move the bulls down there. We finished and then put the solar fencer on it. There are A LOT of weeds. Really tall weeds, which means too many bugs. Hopefully the bulls can get them knocked down. We normally put Colonel’s pen down there but this year a bunch of the fence needed to be replaced and this was a low priority. Dad has sprayed it once, but that had little impact.
Thursday the kids loaded the trailer and worked on their steers and heifer. Toni and the kids headed down and helped load the bulls to go to the lake pen, then went and chopped thistles in Circle 6. Toni was able to touch all of the foals in that pen and Blue Bug was a pain in the butt because he needs attention all of the time. But that just makes him cute. Thursday was also my Friday because Friday is the celebrated 4th of July. After chores Toni and I put in some more posts in at the corral. Our goal was to have the posts in so that we could put the first leg of continuous fence up over the weekend (when I am gone).
Friday we had a lot of projects going on, fencing, moving animals around to more grass, etc. In the afternoon Ben, Kaine and I went over to Connell to get cousin Jay’s mini Peterbuilt, he let us borrow it to go to New Plymouth so the kids had more room. After chores Toni and I put the last of the posts into our first section of continuous fence. Uncle Skip came down Friday and we went to Toni’s after chores and had a small BBQ since the three older kids, Ben and I would be in New Plymouth on the 4th. Basically Toni and I kind of forgot about the BBQ, so it was a thrown together kind of a deal. Mom had made potato salad and the rest of the food was what we found in the refrigerator. For dessert we had cheesecake that had been previously opened, but we put enough stuff on it, you couldn’t tell that it was freezer burnt!
Saturday was the 4th of July, Happy 4th everyone. Friday morning Ben, the kids, Toni and I finished loading the trailer and then we headed to pick up McKenna on our way to new Plymouth to a livestock show. We arrived there around 4, we got unpacked, washed the steers and heifer, weighed them in and then went to our hotel in Ontario. I don’t know if we will go to a jackpot on the 4th anymore that we have to spend the night, it was a long sleepless night with fireworks going off until 2 in the morning and we were getting up and 4:30.
Meanwhile, back at the ranch Toni, Kicker and Jaxsen were working on the continuous fence. Easier said than done! Even though we had put a bunch of posts in, some of those had to come out and be re-set. The tractor didn’t want to cooperate. We still had to drill holes in the brackets we were using. Basically there was just a small learning curve that was dealt with. They got about 100 feet of fence put up, in the heat, before they called it a day. Then they went down to the lake for 2 hours with the cousins for some relaxation on the 4th. Then they had to do all of the chores. Luckily Marlo was there to house sit for me again so she helped with the calves.
Sunday was show day, we got up early and got our animals washed. The show was supposed to start at 9, but a lot of late entries arrived Sunday morning so it did not get started until around 10:30. However, everyone was still in good spirits. They started with showmanship, oldest to youngest, so McKenna and Foxy were first, they did great, it was a really hard class. Then Intermediates, Kaine and Austin and Anna and Freddy were both in the same class and made it back to the championship round. Lastly Kade was a Jr in Idaho, him and Goldmember were awesome and were the champion Jr showman.
Next was Market, Anna and Kaine were both third in their class and Kade was fourth, they all showed really good. Kaine was asked to show someone else’s steer too, since there were two in the same class, and he did a great job showing that steer as well. McKenna and Foxy were 4th in their breeding class, but we had a lot of complements outside the ring about Foxy, and she was recognized from her Sasquatch Showdown win video. Ben, Anna, Kaine and Kade had washed the steers and packed up all of the stuff while McKenna and I waited for Foxy to go in. So we washed her, ate our lunch burritos and headed home. There were a couple of WA kids there, and 4 in the 509 show circuit, and all of them made it at least back to the championship round, and two won their divisions, we are happy and proud of all of the kids.
Toni, Kicker and Jaxen started early. Toni and Marlo had to feed the 7 bottle calves first thing. Then Toni saw that the bulls had gotten out and so had Pony. So she headed down and fixed that fence. After that, her and Kicker got 811 in to go to our friends Chico and Cindy who are borrowing him to breed their cows. He was pretty easy to get in. Then Toni and Jax went to chop thistles, fix a gate, check the horses, and get the yearling bulls in before lunch. After lunch, they got some more bulls in and moved, fixed more fence, then went to work on the continuous fence again. Toni pretty much hates it at this point, but it looks really good. They got a gate post cemented in and some panels blocking areas that they took fence down to build this fence. Jax had called his grandma earlier in the day and told her he needed some pie, and maybe she could make some pie because he was being so helpful with the other kids gone. Of course she agreed! Jax and Toni finished chores at mom and dad’s, turned out Pistol, fed and watered, put more brackets on the fence, got the big solar fencer up and really hot, got another fencer on another fence, then we all showed up to eat pie. We might have been tired when we got home, but we weren’t so tired we couldn’t go have pie. It was rhubarb strawberry with a perfectly flaky crust.
After the pie we all went back to my house for more chores, doctoring, monitoring, checking, fixing a little more fence. The kids had pretty much unpacked everything. Ben and Kicker took the mini- Pete back to Jay. At this point, we are hunting for more shows to go to, but haven’t found any. The kids still have their main show animals on show rations, but we may have to put an end to that if there aren’t going to be anymore shows.
One of the joys of ranching is that between fence building and fence maintenance, the work is never done!
Monday Lona finally foaled, but, it was big drama, mom wanted to go out and see her colt, Lona does not feel like that is acceptable so she took the colt and ran off. Dad kept texting Toni to come down because Lona hadn’t cleaned and he was sure the colt hadn’t nursed. Toni finally went down and gave the colt colostrum and tried to deal with it. The kids needed to wash their heifers and steers again, they still had adhesive in their hair. I feel like Toni feels like our work is behind since we were gone for 5 days. I was so exhausted Monday, I told her I could not pound fence posts, so she took the boys, and Anna and I went to my house to do the horse doctoring and steer and heifer feeding on our own, so it was not any faster, it was still 8 by the time we got in. Toni does not accept I am tired, just FYI if you ever want to use that excuse on her.
Tuesday morning dad texts that he cannot find Lona, so on my way to work I had to pop through the fence and looks in the forest of little trees on top of the hill. Sure enough, she was so deep in there I could not even see her without going in, but the colt whinnied so I went in. She was not happy to be found and took off. Lona likes to foal out in the pasture where we cannot catch her, she is not happy about being locked in. Mom wanted Toni to come down and check Lona again, on her way Toni came across a dead momma raccoon with live babies laying with her. So her, Kade and Jaxsen called Kendel for a live animal trap and they caught them. The neighbor saw them catching them and went down, she had been trying to catch them and she wanted them, so she took them to raise up. Toni was happy they found a home, the boys were not, Whitney was not happy either. Toni had court at 11. Mom kept an eye on Lona and kept us updated that Lona had not cleaned (she actually did clean on Monday but then Tuesday she has more placenta). I feel like mom is annoyed she had a colt again. Toni did not take being tired as an excuse anymore, we went down and put T Posts in after chores in Gunner’s new pen. And she had the kids go out and chop thistles in the heat, mom said it was just like grandpa, chopping thistles on the hottest day.
Wednesday morning our summer mineral came. Kendel took her two kids and the three boys swimming down in Scootney on Wednesday, they said the water was still really cold, even though the temp was hot. Toni then took all four kids out to chop thistles about 4. I hear that Jaxsen is not a fast thistle chopper. He may not be dedicated to the cause. At chore time we put a sheet on the POA that is in getting bred to King, they were worried about her sun burning with the heat. After chores the kids went and fed all of their animals and Toni and I put more posts in Gunners new pen. We are trying to do two sections per night so we can get the pen done and Gunner’s pasture moved over the weekend. I think we are being very generous to not make the kids come pound posts in.
Thursday was another hot one. Lona still hasn’t cleaned after some oxytocin, so Toni ran Lona and Fly Guy into Sagehill Vet to get the retained placenta removed. We got the mare Elsie back to breed to Leroy because she didn’t’ take the first time around. We are hoping that this time the job gets done. The two bottle calves form Montana think it is too hot out. I dropped a T Post on my foot, but don’t worry, Toni does not think that is an excuse to get out of chores. Poison Ivy was butchered on Thursday, so we will have more beef soon. Let us know if you need any. The POA left, hopefully King got it done, he bred her enough times. Toni and the kids chopped more thistles (that is a never ending job). There are rumors that the boys were looking at turtles and frogs and not chopping thistles while Toni and Anna did the majority of the work.
Friday was hot. Toni and Kendel took the kids down to the lake in the afternoon, they brought Leroy back and put him in with Elsie to breed. If Leroy knows people are at the lake, he comes down to join the party, so that makes him really easy to catch. Anna led him home off the back of the pick-up. He is “her” stud, so the boys didn’t get the opportunity to even try to lead him. He was not happy about being locked in. Toni and the kids went and got Lona from Sagehill vet, Toni got instructions on how to continue with her care and came how with Fly Guy. More thistles got chopped, but the reality is that we can’t even tell! By the time we got done with chores and moving everyone around on Friday it was 7:30, so we got out of pounding posts for a night.
Saturday the 4 kids and I went to Grandma’s house to take Jolene and Nicks’ family pictures. The kids were great help getting Kasen and Reece to look at the camera and smile. I think the pictures turned out good.
Toni, Ben and Kicker built fence while we were gone. Toni is still going down to doctor Lona twice per day, so she did that first, then went and got tposts. And on her way to put fence in, locked Jackpot’s pen in the alley and opened up the corral so we could move some of those mares too. After getting the pictures done, I needed to get home so I could help with the fence. The three boys stayed over for Kasen’s party. Anna went to Kendel’s house to babysit, they went to get some bees. They got back and then Anna came down and helped finish the fence. She went back up at 4 to babysit so they could go out for their anniversary. Toni, Ben, Kicker and I got the fence done. Toni, Anna, and I also did some work on the fence at the lake, which is our next project. It took a long time, but hopefully we have built a good fence that will last. With so many circle gates, it does take a long time. Toni and I went and got Jackpot’s pen in and sorted the four dry mares off and Mud, who has an older colt. Then Toni and I went out and caught Gunner and let him in with the mares following. Dad went over to Connell and got the boys and brought them home so they could help with chores.
On Sunday Toni, Kicker, Kade and Jaxsen went to Moses Lake to Travis and Stephanie, Kicker’s brother’s house. They went boating and had lunch. Anna and Kaine caught the steers and cleaned out the camper from Filer, I did laundry. Then Ben and Kaine went down and cut down Russian Olive trees in Gunner’s new pen. Anna washed her steer and heifer that are going to New Plymouth, Foxy and Freddy. The Meachams got back and then we went down and did chores. Mom had made apricot pie, which is really awesome for those that love apricots. She made enough that we took some home for the men and didn’t hog it all like we normally do.
One fencing project done, now we can swap out the one we were working on, and get back to either the lake fence or the continuous fence. Either way, both have to be done. One of the joys of ranching is that between fence building and fence maintenance, the work is never done!
KT Warrior Bug is a Showy Grullo colt out of BB Warriors Dolly, “Dolly,” and by KT Gunner Sage Bug. Dolly is a red roan mare by Pepper Lightning, he goes back to Doc Bar, Light Bar and more. On the bottom side she is a granddaughter of Model Te En Ten, a ROM Halter and Superior Halter horse. She has Azure Te, Mr Blackburn 40 and Impressive on her bottom side. Sagebug is a grullo roan stallion out of Continental Lady Bug and is by KT Gunpowder N Lead. Gunner is a son of Cue Bars Laddie, AQHA point earning and producing stallion. Gunner’s dam, Pistol, has been shown NFQHA, has been featured on rule book and in the NFQHA magazine. She is a great working ranch horse, rope horse, and the kids can ride her as well. Pistol’s sire, Gold Country Charro is a dunskin stallion that was shown in 1998 and 1999 in halter at local shows. Lady Bug is a big boned Continental Cad daughter going back to Mr Blackburn on the bottom. Sagebug was broke to ride by Josh Hoelscher in the Potlatch area. Josh says that Sagebug is one of the smartest colts he has ever ridden, he was only with Josh a few months over the winter, and he was already opening and closing gates on him and riding him all over. This colt was born 5/25/20. $3,500
KT Star Solider is a fancy bay colt out of Sugars Badger Doll, “Camie,” and by Favorite Solider. Camie is a daughter of Star Chex Badger who was a son of Peppy San Badger and earner of $6,450.39 in NCHA earnings and a COA. This mare is a fancy bay roan with Doc Bar on her papers twice as well as Doc’s Malbec, Win or Lose, King Fritz, and is a granddaughter of NCHA cutting mare Docs Star Chex who earned over $64,000.00 and a ROM. Camie has good bone and muscle as well as a kind eye. Favorite Soldier is a son of Favorite Cartel, Race Record: SI 105, 24-9(3)-2-4(2), $598,069; California Hi-Point Distance Horse, 1st-AQHA Challenge Championship G1, 1st-Los Alamitos Championship Challenge G2, 1st-Paul B Ford Memorial Handicap, 3rd-Rainbow Futurity G1, 3rd-Slm Big Daddy Stakes, 4th All American Futurity G1, Finalist in All American Derby G1, Finalist in Los Alamitos Super Derby G1, Finalist in Rainbow Quarter Horse Derby G1, Finalist in Champion of Champions G1, Finalist in Remington Park Invitational Championship G1, Finalist in Robert L Boniface LA Invitational Championship G1. Favorite Soldier’s dam is Yak Ity Yak Go who has 6 wins to 5, $64,583, 2nd Bellflower S., 3rd Far West Futurity [R] [G3], San Diego S., Lake Forest S., finalist in the Miss Princess H. This colt was born on 5/25. $5,000
Luckily Monday was a little overcast and breezy because the yearling colts had gotten a panel unchained, Shiner is actually pretty good at that, and were out in the haystack area. Toni had to run down and get them back in. Getting horses in is always strenuous, especially one person trying to move six colts back to the right area. Shiner was trying to unchain it again as she was getting a string to tie it shut. It is a good thing she thinks he is perfect and smart, otherwise he ability to be an escape artist and lead the other colts astray could be annoying. Kayla came out and brand inspected the heifers and steers going to Filer to the Jr Angus show and the Idaho Jr Beef Expo. We (read KIDS) are really excited to go to a real show. Except Jaxsen, he is happy to not go. The kids and Coco did chores, and Toni and I put up a railroad tie where we are going to start our continuous fence project. We could not get the post hole digger to go down far enough, so Ben and Kicker showed up to help. This was our first attempt to run the post hole digger on our own. We are excited to be working on this project. Once the new continuous fence is up, the colts will have a tougher time getting out. Anna, Kaine and Kade had gone home to feed the steers and heifers, and were done except Dring BeeBee by the time we got there.
I stared at Lona with no foal on Tuesday morning, and I am starting to agree with mom that she has a tumor. Morgan sent two bottle calves from Montana to WA for Anna to feed, Diane went and picked them up and dropped them off at our house Tuesday night. The trailer lights pulled out on her way home there, so she had to stop in Ritzville and get them fixed. We were busy on Tuesday trying to get everything ready to leave for Filer Wednesday morning. We aren’t as efficient at packing for shows as we haven’t been to any! Lets hope we don’t forget anything.
Wednesday morning Ben, Anna, Kaine, Kade and I woke up and Leslie came and picked us up and headed to Filer, Idaho for the Jr Angus show and the Jr Idaho Beef Expo. We stopped in Pasco and picked up Traci and Natalie, then made our way South. We stopped at Baker City to get fuel and Subway, and it took an hour to get sandwiches, I am not joking, I was not impressed, especially since I am not really a Subway fan anyway. It was a long trip, but a good one. The cattle hauled really well and came off the trailer well. Only one of the heifers hasn’t been hauled to a show, so they cattle were pretty much pros, even though they haven’t been to a show this year. We were all tired when we got to Filer, but excited to be at a show, and especially a big show!
Toni, Jaxsen and Kicker stayed home to do all of the chores, so 2 workers and Jaxsen doing chores that normally take 7 people to get them done. Toni and Dad ran Double Shot and Pow into Othello to the vet. Double Shot needed to be gelded and Pow is going to CA for training. Toni said that both were rockstars. Double Shot has not been hauled before and was very impressive. Dad then went to Moses Lake to get the Polaris that has been in the shop for a week to get it running again. Luckily Marlo decided to house sit at my house so she was there to help Toni with feeding the bottle calves (Toni refers to them as four legged Piranhas). The heifer that came from Montana to be a Washington bottle calf isn’t friendly, is a touch waspy, and isn’t a fan of our weather. I had already told Toni not to send me hate texts while we were in Filer regarding the chores at my house. Luckily she took me seriously.
Thursday we did not have to do anything until around noon in Filer, so Leslie and I told the kids they could sleep in and we would feed and could wash when they woke up. But they woke up early, so Traci and I relaxed while Leslie and the kids went and fed. Ben’s sister Candice, and her kids, came up and stayed with us, they camped in a tent. Then after Ben made us breakfast we went and washed, had lunch and then just had to check in and weigh the steers on Thursday. We had an exhibitor meeting after everyone was checked in. There were 270 head that came into Filer for the show. That is a good turnout for this show and we are excited to be at a show this big with the level of competition.
Thursday Toni, Jaxsen, Kicker and Marlo did all the chores. Toni had Jaxsen helping her put posts in for the continuous fence. She has told me that Jax did a tiny bit better with chores on Thursday. Wednesday hadn’t gone well. Toni and Dad went to Othello early and got Double Shot. They took him to the barn at my house where he will reside until he goes to his new home. Again, Double Shot loaded like a champ and was great to handle, especially with the limited handling he has had. Thursday afternoon Shelby and her mom Pam came out to look at the foals. It was especially hot on Thursday. The two new bottle calves from Montana did not eat well on Thursday night because of the heat.
Friday morning we just got everything ready, and then there was an exhibitor BBQ and auction. 30 minutes after the auction we had no fit showmanship. Chandra and her husband Miles showed up on Friday to watch the kids show. There was not enough food at the BBQ for everyone, so some of us went back to the camper to eat. After lunch we got ready, Natalie showed first, since it is by age, she did really great, Kade was called back, but his heifer did not show well in the championship round, and Kaine also showed great but was not called back. Anna showed in the Jackpot showmanship, so that was at around 7:30 that night. Her and Freddy were Reserve Champion Intermediate. She then went back in for overall showman, at around 8:06, Traci had said she would show at 8 so she said she called it. So it was a long day when we got done.
Toni, Jaxsen, Kicker and Marlo continued to keep things running at home. Toni had court on Friday, so she took Jax with her to Pasco. You still can’t go to a restaurant in Pasco, so they grabbed some food at Vinnie’s Bakery and ate lunch in the park. Friday night Kicker came down to look at the posts that Toni and Jax had been putting in and ended up pulling some out because with continuous fence, everything has to be perfect. I think this is going to be a frustrating fence. But we are getting lots of practice digging with the post hole digger.
Saturday was the breeding and market shows. The show started at 9 with bred and owned Angus, we only brought owned Angus, so we started around 10:30. Christy and Kelly Korrel showed up to watch the kids since they now live down there. Natalie had the youngest heifer, so she was in the first class, she got second, so got to go back for the championship drive in that division, she won a nice can of adhesive. Anna was next with Tilly, Anna did a great job showing her and Tilly looked good. Kaine and Kade were next with their March heifers, there were so many March heifers they split the class, Kaine was in class 30 and Kade in class 31. Both of them showed really well. After that we went back to the barn to wait for the jackpot steer show. We went back to the camper and had lunch. After lunch we washed the heifers and started doing some preclipping on the steers. Then they were down to 17 classes, so we started fitting. Smithers and Kaine were in class 3, they got third in their class. Anna and Freddy and Kade and Gogol were in class 4 (there was a division championship round in between the two classes) Anna was second in the class and Kade was 5th. All three of the steers showed really well. Freddy and Anna went back into the division championship round. These are pictures from Friday, I have not gotten to Saturday pictures yet. So Saturday pictures are coming soon.
After that we cleaned up our spot, loaded the trailer to leave the next morning and then Ben went and got us all pizza. While Ben and Candice were getting pizza, the kids got their second wind, which would have been nice when we were cleaning our area, and played with the neighbor kids. The neighbor kids’ dad was in charge of the fireworks that night. After pizza the kids all played some more and then we put chair in the back on Candice’s pickup and watch the fireworks. The kids finished off the pizza. Ben went and checked the heifers and steers afterward and everyone was wide eyed but ok.
Toni, Jaxsen, Kicker went over to Clarkston for the day to spend some time with Sherri and Barry for an early Father’s Day. It is a long trip, but worth it. They were able to sit down in a restaurant and eat lunch over there, so that was a treat! Dad and Mom had gone to Ellensburg to see the Akehurst family for a party to celebrate Button’s and Don’s birthdays as well as their anniversary. We have been friends with the Akehurst family for many years and are thankful for their friendship. Marlo had a dinner obligation Saturday night, so Toni, Kicker, and Jaxsen did chores when they got back from Clarkston.
I asked Ben to wake me when they loaded Sunday morning, since Leslie and Traci wanted to get on the road early so Traci and Natalie could get back for Father’s Day. But he said they had enough people so he didn’t. It was nice to sleep in until 7:30. But, it was father’s day, so Ben should have slept in. We had breakfast with Candice and the kids, Candice was up early and helped load. Then we all got our stuff packed back up and headed home. Kaine and Kade were hungry by the time we hit Boise, so we stopped to eat at Applebee’s, which, took less time than the subway headed down. We hit the road again and got home around 6.
Toni had made lunch for Dad and Kicker for father’s day. Kicker had gone out and chopped thistles for three hours on his own, not sure why he wanted to spend father’s day doing that, but still glad he did! After lunch Kicker went over to Connell and got the livestock and tack and brought them home. He was excited because he got to see baby Reese for the first time as Jolene and Nick were over there. Toni went down to Mom and Dads and moved water and got ready to show horses. Toni was still showing horses we we got home, so we went down and did chores.
What a fun week to have an actual show and allow the kids to do what they love. We are all exhausted, but allowing these kids to pursue their dreams is what we as parents feel we should do. Life on a ranch can be so time consuming that there is little time for anything else, but finding time to let the kids explore and develop their dreams is always a priority.
AND happy Father’s Day to all of those fathers out there.