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Time for real life to start again.

Monday the kids went back to school. Time for real life to start again. Monday Toni and dad were checking, Toni always takes lots of calf pictures when she is out checking. It is fun to check the picture drive after she is done. Toni checked Monday and Tuesday, Dad Wednesday, Toni was back to checking Thursday and Friday.


Both big boys went back to basketball, and Kaine had games this week. His team is very enthusiastic. Luckily Dad is able to help get the boys back and forth. Kade goes to Basin City to play and Kaine goes to Connell, so they are not even headed in the same direction. Kade and Sonny also had cub scouts. Kaine has officially aged out. That puts a lot of pressure on Anna to help do chores on her own. Yes, we are all aware that Sonny is old enough to help, but is it worth the effort? Sometimes yes, sometimes no, rarely is it yes.
Shaun was home from college this week and was able to come out a couple of days this week to help with chores. It is also really nice to get these foals exposed to someone new. Shaun, Anna, and Toni took video of Cole Thursday as well as moved Whim and Major to the corral. We also noticed a leak in our water line, so had to shut the corral water off until it could get fixed. On Friday Toni and Dad took Sagebug and Major to Josh and Crystal. They are buying Major and riding Sagebug. Sagebug is already getting great reports from them. He is such a treasure. Josh and Crystal moved, but everyone decided to meet at the Colfax fairgrounds to switch the horses. Considering how little work Major has had, he did great. Sagebug loves to load because he likes to go places so he was fine loading into a new trailer. Also on Friday dad took Jewels and Thunder to the vet to breed Jewels, so hopefully we are having puppies.


Saturday Ana and Keisha from Fantasy Stables came out with their new game, Fantasy Ranch and the kids played it all morning as test subjects. They LOVED it and there are lots of KT Ranch horses in the game; including Gunner, Dude, Colonel, and lots of foals. We are also excited that our good friends at Western Pleasure Guest Ranch in Sandpoint, ID are one of the dude ranches in the game. The kids all argued over who got their card and who got the Gunner card. Two out of the four horses on the cover are also from KT, but now live at West Pleasure Guest Ranch. When the game hits the market there will be a press release and a coupon. Let us know if you want one. The game will be sold on Amazon, but you can check out the sponsors, cool graphics, and see the cards at http://www.fantasystablegame.com/.


Also on Saturday, Kicker fixed the water line going down to the corral, dad assisted. Ben fixed fences around the place and moved hot fences around for the cows. Ben and I also tagged all of the calves that had been born all week. Then I cleaned out the heavy heifer pen, moving the ones that have calved out. Anna went to a friend’s birthday party, so while she was gone Toni and I turned Shotgun Sally back out. We are really happy with our decision to keep this filly, she has been a real joy to work with as well as being pretty, correct, and calm.


Sunday Ben and I finished up tagging, we had a couple of new ones from Saturday to tag. Kicker finished up the water line, he had to let it dry the day before and then went back down and turned on the water and covered it back up. Anna, Kaine, Ben and I got the yearling bulls in for yearling weights, Kade and Kicker helped us get them in for the last little bit. Toni, Kicker, Kade and Sonny then went down to Taiten’s 21st birthday. Taiten is Toni’s god son and great kid that we have watched grow up. He used to come out and ride with us when he was little. Sunday night I got extra chore helpers as Scarlett and Kolton came out to see the horses.

This week dawned with snow flurries, rain, and fog. Let’s hope that the weatherperson is correct and we have a slight increase in temperature and no snow. We need snow in the mountains for the snowpack, not here. We are now over 50% calved out but still getting multiple calves per day. So far we are pretty happy with our calving season. Let’s just hope that it continues!

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Calves, Calves and more Calves

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And the New Year is Upon Us

New Year’s Eve, this year has been a great year for us and New Year’s Eve is always a great time to look back and reflect on all the year’s accomplishments. Toni, Kicker, Kade and Sonny took a mini vacation for New Years on a Lake Cruise. Lots of fun. Ben, Anna, Kaine and I went to cousin Leslie’s show barn party. Ben helped Anna and Kaine do chores since Toni was gone. So King and Louie got the day off. Our second group of synchronized cows are due on the 1st, so we had a hand full of calves on the 31st.


On Tuesday Ben and I got all of the calves tagged and we did general work around the place. Toni, Kicker, Kade and Jaxsen came back from their vacation. I worked on King and Louie. Wednesday Toni took a little break from work and took Kade and Jaxen and checked all of the horses. Everyone is doing good. A bunch of the mares look like they are getting ready to foal. The weather was fantastic so they all were feeling great. Toni was still working on Louie and King on Wednesday and Thursday.


Ben had to go back to work after being off for the month of December. With the extremely nice weather, Ben took it upon himself to doing fencing projects around the house for the month. Toni had to order him over 300 lag bolts by the time the month was up. He re-positioned the fence and gates going into Circle 4 so we would have better access to the new show shed, fixed the fence down the driveway, added a gate to the heifer pen that is big enough to drive through and reconfigured fence to water troughs. Ben kept himself super busy with fencing and cattle work over the month of December. And for a couple of those weeks he had Anna and Kaine to help. The wood fence also looks a ton better.


Kade started basketball practice again on Thursday since he plays AAU. Luckily Dad was able to take him to meet his ride and pick him up.

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Friday Anna, Kaine, Kade and I had a busy day. We went and checked the cows, Anna got to drive. We cleaned out the barn, put new straw down and tied up the steers. Then the kids took down their calf shelter since we are bottle calf less and it was in their wash rack. Anna and I worked on King and Louie. Then Kaine and Kade helped me move some panels around in King and Louie’s pen. Anna, Kaine and Kade did the front chores while I worked on the foals some more. Toni rolled in late and we finished chores.


Saturday Anna went over to Connell and helped work on bulls that are going to Denver. Kade’s friend Tye was out. He moved away and his family was up visiting for the weekend. The three bigger boys had a great time playing, and sometimes Jaxsen played too. Ben and I tagged a couple of calves. Toni and dad put out grass straw for the horses and bulls. Toni also got Smokey ready to go as Smokey went to his new home on Saturday. We decided Saturday that Louie is done and we need to get Sally in to halter break. She is our LAST spring foal to halter break. We moved her over with King.


Sunday we finished tagging the calves and made a long heavy list for Toni and dad since they are taking over checking the cows. Then we weighed all of the steers that are in, I think they all weighed decent. We had to get Kade’s show heifer in, Dark Knight, from a few years ago, she wanted a clubby calf this year, so we had to put her back with her calf. We had to get Kaine’s cow in and pull her calf (actually Ben and Kicker did) and then at about 7 we had to get Pinda in and pull her calf too. So the nursery is full! Toni and Kicker worked on pulling down the majority of the old fence that we had replaced along the East side of the horse pasture. Not only did they get to pull out old barbed wire, but there were good posts to be pulled out too and stacked to be reused later. If anyone needs old barbed wire, we have quite a bit. If someone doesn’t come get it, we will put it in the metal bin at the end of the week. I started halter breaking Sally. Toni and I didn’t realize how tall she is, we think she is the perfect combination of Gunner and Strawberry. We are really excited to keep her.


2019 is upon us. The kids headed back to school today and we all went about our daily work. Currently we are experiencing perfect calving weather, but the forecast calls for snow. We can only hope that the mild weather will continue as the cows continue to calve and we start to get ready for foals.

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Out checking Saturday

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Happy New Year!

Well, Monday was Christmas Eve, so a pretty easy day. Checked cows, tagged calves, early chores, and then headed to cousin Jenny and Kevin’s house for Christmas Eve with the family. We had a great time, with soup, a new game, and then White Elephant. We are really lucky to have a set of grandparents still living. Grandpa just turned 91 and grandma was 88 in October. They will celebrate their 70th wedding anniversary in February. The cool part is that they are very healthy, mentally stable, and grandpa is still a micromanager that wants to manage everyone and everything, including all of his grandkids and great-grandkids. But how many people can say that their children knew their great-great grandma (who we just lost Jan 13, 2018) and have a set of great-grandparents that they know? All four of the kids will tell you that great grandma is the best cook, period. No one can beat her in a cook-off. They love going over and having lunch with grandma and grandpa in the summer. So Christmas Eve with our Bennett side of the family (mom’s parents) is a tradition that continues. Almost the entire family comes to celebrate, including our Aunt Peggy who just started cancer treatment again. We are truly blessed to have our family.


Tuesday was Christmas Day, we zipped around the cows quickly and then headed down to mom and dads to open presents. Santa was really good to us all this year, we got everything we wanted and then some. Toys, clothes, jewelry, guns, tools, candy and more. Toni, Kicker, Kade and Jaxsen headed to Clarkston to have Christmas with the Meachams and we headed home to cook Christmas dinner. Mom, dad and Skip came for dinner. Skip left an extra box of gloves, flashlights, and knives for us to sort through. You know you are country when you get just as excited about all-weather gloves as you do about a nice pair of earrings. I was home so I got to work on Justified and Hollywood. I have to agree with Toni, they are REALLY nice colts. We could not be happier with the Leroy foals. Hollywood is our last one of the 2018 Leroy foals to halter break and all four have been soft, supple, and smart. So basically Leroy fits into our breeding program. We do not like having hard to deal with horses. Clearly you are going to have a few just because, but limiting the amount you have with mare and stud quality is the name of the game for us.


Wednesday was cousin Leslie’s birthday, and what did she get, twins calves, so she has one at the house to bottle feed (plus one on Christmas Eve). Leslie is a lucky lucky girl. Ben helped Anna and Kaine do chores since Toni was still in Clarkston. Anna and Ben also expanded the corn circle and gave the cows more room and more stalks. Dad ran to Othello and got a 5-way shot for Bucky which Ben gave him in preparation for Bucky to leave Thursday. Bucky is one of those horses that you just call his name and he comes to you. He has been a fun gelding. Everyone knows we prefer not to have geldings, but if we did, he would be one we would keep. Anyone can ride him, he is super chill, and he loves attention.


Thursday Toni was back by noon for John to get here to get Hollywood and Bucky. Bucky was locked in, but Dad texted Toni to tell her that somehow Hollywood and Justified had escaped their pen. Luckily they are both so tame, so Toni just walked out and grabbed Hollywood and led him in with a piece of twine. Hollywood loaded great and him and Buck went on their way. Toni then went back out and caught Justified and turned him back out with the other weanlings. He is done in the halter breaking pen. Anna and Kaine helped Ben build fence and check cows, and then Ben brought the kids down for their annual Dr Appts. We all got our flu shots, and the kids got a few more. We got home and Toni and I did chores. The fog had set in so we did not get the next two in to halter break.


Friday was an exciting day for the kids, their “show shed” showed up, so they started moving all of their show supplies out of Ben’s shed and into their new shed. Ben and Kaine built a wall in the shed for my kennel part. We still need to move the kennel panels over and make the dog door. Toni and I wormed our last 4 we had to worm, the 4 yearling (almost two year old) colts. We love our Azteca colt Whim, it is probably good that he is not a filly or we would keep him. He is so smart and pretty. Smoke and Felix did great too, and since Felix is now a gelding he moved out and joined the big herd. He is not very happy about it. We also got Louie and King in and started halter breaking them. And it snowed on us most of the afternoon. We had a fun party Friday night with neighboring landowners.


We had a strong wind on Saturday that melted the snow. Toni’s little preme calf started nursing on her own, so her and her mom got to move back out to the heavy heifer pen, the mom is a heifer. The cow was very excited to move back, but the calf was not since it was so windy it almost blew her over when she left the barn. We also had another clubby calf Saturday, since he is black and white Anna is claiming him as hers. Aunt Toni agrees that Anna should get this calf since she doesn’t like calves with too much color. Anna went over to Connell to help Jay, the Twins and Kaycee get the bulls ready for Denver, she had a great time with them. Kaine and Ben changed the wall, they decided the dogs had too much room, and I moved more of the show tack over. Then Ben took the loader in the barn and cleaned it out. Toni worked on Louie and I worked on King, I think both did better than expected. Louie is our other AI colt and King is our only foal out of Bishop.


Sunday Anna, Ben and Kaine hand finished the barn and now it is going to dry out for a few days before we start tying up steers again. Anna and Kaine worked on moving more show stuff over to the shed and organizing it. Toni took our friend Erica and Erica’s friend Bri around to look at the horses and mom and dad’s and pet on our precious Jag. Toni and I worked on our colts some more.

As 2018 comes to an end tonight, we just want to say thank you to all of our friends, family, and customers who have made 2018 one of our best years. Ranching is not easy, but it was something we were born to do. Having the support that we have makes it a bit easier. We are excited to see what 2019 brings. Happy New Year!

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More of Toni’s fencing projects

Sorry, this is a little late.

 

Kaine’s first basketball game was Monday, they played great and it was fun to watch. Kade had basketball practice Monday, his first game is soon. Rachael came out to see Pecos since she was home on Christmas break. While she and Toni were out looking at the horses at the house, they noticed that the horses from the desert were all home. Yes, I am sure they noticed as soon as they got there, but it sounds better this way. For whatever reason, most of the horses decided to come home and tore out 40 feet of fencing, and somehow none of them got hurt. So, Toni and dad spent a good part of the afternoon patching that, and it took the desert fencing project from priority number 2 all the way up to priority number 1. Maria brought Aram down for dad to take into basketball, and she took Kade up to meet for practice. Anna has been sick, so Toni ended up doing chores on her own since the boys and dad left for basketball. It was darkish by the time she worked on the colts, Justified and Hollywood, but she reports they are doing great.


Tuesday, Anna went back to school, but now Kaine is sick. But at least Toni had chore help since there were not any basketball games or practice. Toni led Hollywood and Justify around, they both did great. She really likes both colts. Too bad they are not fillies, or it is probably good that they are not, we can only keep so many, or CAN we? Also on Tuesday, cows were due on the first synchronizing round, they have been trickling in for over a week, but we had 5 calves on Tuesday, including a cute club calf bull (eventually steer). He’s out of mine and Ben’s cow, so the kids will have to draw numbers to see who gets him if none of their cows have clubbies. However, Jaxsen had some scheme and was trying to convince me that he is “ours.” He is sounding more and more like his great grandpa. Kade just wants to buy him off of me now, so he will bear the burden of the risk and Anna is out, too much color. Kaine is sick, so I don’t know what his opinion is on the matter.


Wednesday Toni had to go to Cle Elum for depositions, so now the shoe is on the other foot, the kids are alone for chores. Or, Kade and Anna are alone, Kaine is still sick, and let’s be real, no one makes Jaxsen do chores since no one wants to listen to him. Anna called Ben and made him come down and help them. Ben has also been through 100 lag screws in a week, he is now out so he told me he could not work on any fence. I told him that he is three years behind fixing the fence between the desert and circle 8 since he gave that to me for Mother’s Day, and he did not need lag screws for that. Let’s just say that on Wednesday, the fence between the desert and 8 did not get fixed, still just bandaided to keep horses where they are supposed to be.


Thursday was another basketball night. The game showed on the schedule at 6, so I had plenty of time to get there after work. Then the coach texted to have the boys there by 3:45, so I was thinking they had moved it up to 5 since they normally get there an hr early to warm up, so I arranged to leave at 4:40, not a big deal. So, our friend Maria texted me at 4 that the game had started, there was no way I could make it to Basin City from Pasco to catch the game, so I called dad and he ran in. I hear it was a great game. Ben went to McCarys to get the 1.5 beefs we had in there. So, if anyone needs beef we have some available. The colts are doing so great that Anna was able to lead Hollywood.
Friday the kids had their concert at school, Ben, mom, Kicker and Toni went in. They got there on time, but the bleachers were full, so they were up in the cheap seats. Not very many good pictures were taken, but the kids sung their hearts out. Kicker picked Ben up some more Lag bolts so he can continue with his fencing projects. It has been nice to have the weather so nice, so he can do those projects when he has been home, instead of literally breaking water and feeding all day. After school Anna went up to her friend Daisey’s house and they had a baking party. Kade and Sonny stayed the night at our house and they built a fort, played, ate pizza and more.


Saturday Anna, Kade and I got in the heavy heifers, then Kaine and Jaxsen joined us and we put our mineral, checked cows and tied up the steers. Toni showed Bucky to a prospective buyer that fit with him, and Bucky got a new owner. Toni, Kicker and Ben worked on putting up a new fence between the desert and the horse circle, circle 8. They were about 95% done at chore time with approximately 985 feet of fence. They moved the fence line, so the posts went in really well.


Sunday we woke up to a skiff of snow. Kicker finished most of the fence, Ben just needed to haul out two panels, which he did. Then, Toni and I hauled the 15 horses back out to the desert. Anna had been wanting to get a Christmas picture with snow, so when we got the horses hauled, we caught 2 yearlings and a weanling and went out and took some pictures. And Toni climbed up the stack to push hay down. Now we get ready for the holiday.

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Stunning day here today.

Monday was the start to a hectic week. We found out midday Monday that Kaine had basketball practice, so I made a few calls, and found a ride home and Ben ran some clothes into him. So, he was not home to help with chores, but Coco was back for a week or two. So it was Toni, Anna, Coco and Kade. Monday also started out with a 2 hour school delay, so Dad ran the kids in. Tuesday was more of the same, with really icy conditions, but then it warmed up. Toni ran the kids to school on Tuesday. Tuesday basketball practice and carolers at Toni’s house. So Toni and Ben made hors d’oeuvres and we all went up there. Toni and Anna say that Dualin and Chips are doing awesome, Toni works on Dualin and Anna works on Chips. Wednesday was Kaine’s birthday, him and Anna got to start the day with dentist appts then Ben took them to iHop. Toni took Chips to the vet so she could get ready to go to her new home. Chips had never loaded before, or had her feet picked up, but Toni picked her feet up to get her in the trailer. She actually loaded really well and was great at the vet. Toni took Mom with her so that Mom could get Sam the puppy his puppy shots. Sam took the shots a lot worse than Chips. Wimpy German Shepard. Toni also went and got a couple of kittens that she felt she needed. They are big.


Thursday we had a troop meeting with Boy Scouts, it was Kaine’s last meeting, so he got a stocking hat and frosting beard. All our boys (including Aram) got badges. Then, as we left the church we saw a house so lighted up we were wondering if it was a house or a church. So we ran over and got pictures in front of it.


Friday, Toni’s little heifer had a backwards calf on her own. Those Stingray calves are little and vigorous. It seems like we are having about one calf a day, all of the AI calves from the first round are due today, so hopefully we have a whole bunch soon. We got all of the calves tagged and are ready for a new week. Then Toni and I worked on Chips and Dualin.


Saturday we worked outside most of the day. A coworker came and got some meat, we had to pull a calf, graft a calf, put Chips and Dualin back out, get Justified and Hollywood in. Toni and Anna both rode Buck. Lots of things to do in the mud. Also, we left Ollie and Riley in since they are easy to catch in an emergency, and they are out with the cows. So I just had Ben drive over and threw a halter on Ollie to get the cow in. He might rethink being easier to catch! But the sun was out, so no complaining.


Sunday morning the kids went with Leslie and Jolene Christmas shopping for us. Leslie started this tradition when the kids were young and they have loved it. The twins just got back from college and met them for lunch and went to a store or two with them. Toni got Chips back in and got her ready to load out. Toni and Kicker put out hay, it was so muddy that Toni got stuck a couple of times and had to be pushed out with the tractor. We got a delivery of hay so Ben unloaded hay. I ran to town and picked up a last minute Christmas present that Toni had ordered for me and got groceries, I would not recommend gong to Winco on Sunday afternoon, it was PACKED.


We also had Day 1 with Hollywood and Justified, they both did awesome. The Leroy foals have been great so far, very willing and smart and Justified is such a sweet boy. Then Toni and Jaxsen went to the Franklin County Cattlemen’s Christmas Party after chores. Kaine, Kade and I watched a movie and had hot coco (after feeding the calves of course). Stunning day here today. The sun is out, the wind is moderate. It looks and feels more like spring than a week before Christmas!

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Then today we woke to snow.

Since I do not have personal halter breaking knowledge of the three foals that are in right now, Pow, Cole, and Hollywood Cad, I can only post about what I hear. Since Anna is helping Toni, they all must be doing very well. Pow has always been a pet, her mom was AIed, so she was never turned out very far, she spend a month or so up at Dr. King’s vet clinic, possibly having a halter on there, so she is doing great. Her main issue is she thinks she is a pet and is unsure why she is being haltered and treated like a horse. And she is amazingly lazy. She is out of KR Gun Powder and Hottie, so we cannot figure out what she is so lazy. Anna started working with her on Tuesday. But don’t be confused, she is still Kaine’s filly. He just isn’t doing the work on her for some reason. He says it is because Toni doesn’t yell at him to go out and help. Toni says she shouldn’t have to yell at him to go out and help. Anna wants to help, so Anna goes out and helps. It is funny how that works out. Cole is Cole, once he smells you he does pretty well. Cole is super solid built, lots of bulk and muscle that he knows how to use. Luckily he doesn’t want to bolt that hard, he just likes to test people. Hollywood Cad wants to be a people pleaser, he just does not accept it all the way yet. This is a colt that absolutely loves attention, super soft, lots of give, really smart, Toni and Anna both think he is the greatest colt. Pow and Hollywood Cad will get turned back out today. They catch, lead, and tie, so they are done for now. This week Toni and Anna are working on Chips and Dualin Pistols. Both are in and ready to go. They actually got started a couple of days ago. If we have easy ones, we have 2 pens we can use for halter breaking, but Toni prefers to just do one pen at a time.


The calves like the house the kids and the unnamed person and I made them. Especially with all of this cold, frozen fog, rain, and now icy snow that we have on the ground. That calf house with some straw in it really works.


I was in Spokane Wednesday through Friday last week at a work conference, it was fun. But, it is always great to be back home.

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We started calving on Friday, Anna’s show heifer Amora had a nice heifer calf by Stingray. Then on Sunday we had a heifer calf by Musgraves Stunner. And there are lots more that look heavy. Hopefully they wait until Wed when it is supposed to warm up a little. Ben is home checking everything now, so if one of them does start to calve, they can get brought in the barn.


Saturday Chad Whetzel came out and trimmed a few horses (9). Then, we had to get ready for our November, December, January family birthday party. Since the bowling alley is closed we had a game night in the show barn. It was a lot of fun.


Sunday we had Kaine’s birthday party since Skip was already up for the other party. Then we hauled the last load of mares out to the desert. We also only kept two riding horses in, Ollie and Riley since pretty much anyone will ride those two, and took the other 5 out too.

 

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Autumn is a second spring when every leaf is a flower.

Monday it rained all day, but it was 37-40 degrees all day. Toni has been very busy with legal work, she has a big case coming up with two other attorneys that is very time consuming. Toni is NOT a procrastinator, and it seems like these other attorneys are, so it has caused a lot of stress. Some important things were due Monday AND she had court in the afternoon, so the kids did most of chores. It was almost dark when she got there so just worked with the foals.


Tuesday Big Iron went to his new home with Michelle and John and Magnum came home. Magnum was happy to see his sister Shotgun Sally. Toni moved Ruby across the driveway to be with Cattle Kate since that pen is slightly less muddy. It is a good thing that Cattle Kate is already sold, we would definitely be tempted to keep her, she is just so easy. Dad went to Basin City and got mineral Equine Sr for Double and Kool from Basin City Farm and Home. It is pretty sad when you have so many old horses that you buy Sr. feed by the pallet and not the bag. Jag was bored so she harassed Curly, Curly was not amused.


Wednesday only Kaine had scouts, Kade and Jaxsen got to go to the dentist instead. Their friend Aram transferred from the Othello scout group to the Connell one, so that was fun for them. They have the best scout leader, she gave them knives (she of course contacted all parent’s first and cleared it with them), and they learned how to whittle. Toni and Dad also found some time to haul six more mares out to winter pasture. We just have four left to haul out, but we have to get the whole herd in to sort them. They are the four that don’t want to leave very badly. Chips came in to investigate what Toni and Dad were doing, so they weaned her as she needed to be weaned anyway.


Thursday we went to a surprise birthday for our good friend’s daughter Grace, Grace is like another niece to us (as is her brother Kelten). Grace was the BIG 1 6 on Thursday. And, on the way to her house, one of her friends that was in front of her, hit a deer on Hendricks Rd, so Grace found out about the party when all of her friends were stopped behind the first car and she asked why they were all headed towards her house (none of the rest of them live out that way). Everyone was ok.


Friday I worked on the website and did some paperwork. Then, Anna’s friend Bella came out to ride, they rode Ollie and Slick after school, so I picked the kids up from school so they would have more time to ride since it gets dark so early. Then Bella and Anna cooked oatmeal bars and brownies and watched movies until Bella’s mom got done and was ready for her. The boys went up to Toni’s wand watched Dog Days, they say it is very good.

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Saturday we moved the cows from pasture to the corn stalks. Toni and the kids rode, I was the ground crew, taking down fences, getting gates, etc. Ben and Kicker put hay and straw out with heavy heifers and put up a gate. Anna and I moved some steers around to make a heavy heifer pen, and put her heifer Amora in it. Dad and I put out the last two big bales that were at their house. Then we worked with the foals.


Sunday Ruby left with her youth, Sierra, and Cattle Kate when to her new home. We put up Christmas Decorations, moved new foals into the halter breaking pen, tied up the steers, put out big bales, repurposed pallets and tarps to make a calf house (Kade came up with the “repurposing”, I had other works for it and the other adult involved does not want to be mentioned, LOL), and lots of other fun stuff. With our heifers scheduled to start calving soon, we are now on heavy heifer watch.

Don’t forget to go onto our Facebook page and vote for your favorite pictures for the calendar. 

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I hate turkeys. If you stand in the meat section at the grocery store long enough, you start to get mad at turkeys. There’s turkey ham, turkey bologna, turkey pastrami. Some one needs to tell the turkey, ‘man, just be yourself.

I like to schedule my Dr visits first thing in the morning, so the Dr. is not behind yet. So first thing on Tuesday I had my skin Dr apt, I have already had one cancerous spot taken off, so I go in every 6 months for skin checks. So, I just want to remind everyone, to go in and have your spots checked out! We also have multiple cousins that have had to have spots removed. If you are out in the sun, wear a hat (we will give you one), and sunscreen, but also be preventative, go to the Dr. Also on Tuesday, Toni loaded out Freckles and Eagle, and both went merrily to their new homes. Christina (owner of thewildroan.com) even brought Toni a late bday present from her store, a beautiful pair of sterling silver earrings. Normal Tuesday evening, Toni and the kids did chores, Toni is working on the three new foals in the halter breaking pen. She slipped when she was working on Mario, but he is such a great colt he just stood there. Princess Peach was already halter broke, or never halter broke, depending on how you look at it. She just follows a person around, so one never knows for sure if they are really halter broke. All three of the foals have very different personalities, but we enjoy working with all types. The kids (minus Jaxsen) have their bottle calves to feed at night, since they never think they have enough projects and want to bring more animals home.


Wednesday the kids only had a half day of school so Toni went and picked them up and took them to lunch. Since I forgot to call the school, Kaine was put on the bus, so milkshakes were on me. My favorite twiners were on a SHORT break home from college so they brought a coffee to me. I think they like to come by and see how many pictures of them I have in my office. The answer is probably too many, I have been asked if I have two older kids (plus the 4 so a total of 6). I answer no, I only have two. Now with Savannah always hugging on Kaine I have pics of her all over too, so I was asking if she was my grandchild, NO, DO I LOOK OLD ENOUGH? The person just stared at me. I am taking that as a NO! But, back to the twins, we consider all of those girls family, even the older two. Haha. With a family like ours, loaded down with girls, what are 4 more? Wednesday Princess Peach went to her new home as Madison was home from college for Thanksgiving break. As they were loading her, they realized she had never been loaded before. The good news is that she is a pig, so the feed buck and some assistance got her in the trailer.


Thursday of course was Thanksgiving, dad invited Terry and Erina down so that was a lot of fun. We of course had prime rib, and a smoked turkey as a side. We don’t spend much time on dinner. Basically we eat it, watch the dog show, then get back out to do chores. We were all surprised the Whiskey the Whippet won Best in Show, not that Whiskey didn’t deserve to win, he was a cute dog. We did decide we could use them for coyote dogs if we had a pack?? Then, on to chores, chores wait for no one.


Friday Toni, Kicker, Kade and Jaxsen headed to Clarkston, for dinner, black Friday shopping and tree cutting. Anna, Kaine and I tied up the Spokane steers and the steers we have in for next year. We also went shed shopping to get a shed for all of our show tack (since Ben is tired of it being in his shed). Hopefully it gets delivered in the next couple of weeks. We also worked on Ruby and Mario. Then we met the twins, Marlo, Morgan, Joe, Leslie and Whitney for dinner and a movie in Connell. We went to the Pizza Station and went to see the Grinch. It was pretty good, and it is always great getting together with everyone. I do not know if Joe has ever watched the Grinch before, but he seemed to think it was pretty funny.


Saturday Mario went to live with his youth, Angelina. We felt they were a great fit and are very excited to see what their future holds. We tied the steers up again on Saturday, checked the cows and heifers, put Cole and Dualin in with Ruby, and worked on Ruby.


Sunday, we tied up the steers, moved the bulls down to the alfalfa field. Toni got home, so we got Strawberry in and weaned our last big foal, Sally, she is one of the ones we plan to keep. We still have the three little ones on their moms. We haltered Cole and worked on him and Ruby. We actually saw a bit of sunshine, but the rain is back today. The positive is that the temperature is in the 40s, meaning it is bearable. Toni and the kids plan to try and get more mares hauled out this week, but it might be a challenge. December is around the corner which is HUGE for us. We start calving in December and we could not be more excited to see our next crop of calves hit the ground.


Also on Sunday, Rachel Hamby, who is riding Friday down in Cali, sent us a picture and videos of her in a trail class. Kade seemed to think that he was going to get her now, but don’t worry, I filled him in that Friday has been mine since birth. I reminded him that he has Slick AND he claimed Charlie, our black yearling filly by Little Cielo. Toni and I are also fighting over who gets Shotgun Sally. Toni claimed Yo and Beebee, so I feel like it is my turn??

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