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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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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Sorting cows in the Dust and Heat

We had a great holiday week. Monday and Tuesday the kids worked on show animals. They have three big shows coming up the end of July, the Evergreen Ultrasound Challenge and Summer Sizzle on July 19-21 and the Sagebrush Classic on July 28-29. The great news is that the Sagebrush is in Connell. We take a trailer load of show cattle to each one of these shows. Uncle Joe decided today that he thought the kids should take a couple more steers to the Sagebrush. Clearly we need to keep dishing out the money for entries.

On the 4th normally just Toni, Kicker, Mom, Dad, Ben, Anna, Kaine, Kade, Jaxsen and I have a little BBQ and go down and paddle boat, and Kicker brings down his boat so the kids can tube. Well, the kids spread the word and so we ended up with a little bigger BBQ this year. But, we only have two paddle boats, so we set up a pop up tent and the camper carpet, so we had shade and a “beach” as well. We all had a great time, and it was pretty cool for the 4th, so we had a nice time peddling on the boats. Nothing better on the 4th than kids and water.

Thursday and Friday the kids were back working on their stock. The kids stayed with Leslie Friday night to go to a Jay Team show in Hermiston on Saturday. Also on Friday dad went up to Potlach to get Mil from Josh, Josh did a great job starting her, we are very happy.

Saturday Anna, Kaine and Kade went to the Desert Classic with Jay, they had a great time. Kaine was Reserve Champion in Market, Anna and Kade both got second in their class. This was Kade’s steer, “Grumpy’s,” first time at a show. Kade was very pleased with how he performed. Toni and I got up and ran into Othello, we got some feed at the feed store and then went out to look at some Hereford heifers. Then, Toni, Kicker, Jax and I went to our cousin Traci’s house for a 4th of July BBQ. It was a lot of fun, like normal. Traci and Manny had a huge water slide, jousting, slip and slides, karaoke, lots of food and more. Ben stayed home and worked (boring).


Sunday we needed to sort some cows that got mixed, so we got the kids started washing their heifers and steers and then Ben and I headed out and got the cows in. The Herefords and Angus bull calves got mixed so we got them straighten out. Then, Ben, Toni and I went down to where the heifers and falls cows were at and sorted some cows to go to beef. The kids were done washing by then, so Kade and Kaine came down and helped, while Anna mowed the yard. Then Toni and I moved Cupcake, a new mare (yes I know we are cutting back, trying to get down to 30 broodmares, haha), down to Sagebug’s pen. Sagebug now has Cupcake and an outside mare named Omen. Toni also rode Mil for the first time. We figured she had enough days off. The problem was that we took all the saddles up to my house for the kids. Luckily our friend Diann had left a nice saddle and bridle, so we got Mil ready and Toni jumped on in her shorts and cowboy boots. Stirrups were too long, but Mil was great. Josh clearly put the miles on her as she rode out just like a broke horse. He only had her 2 months and did a really good job. We are hoping to send more horses to him this fall, or maybe a bit sooner depending on who we send.


Monday, dad hauled the beef cows to Toppenish, Toni hauled the kids to Connell to work on heifers, then to the reptile man at the library. Then Toni went and got one of the heifers we had looked at on Sunday morning. A really cute, fat Catapult bred Hereford. Today, Toni hauled the kids, their steers and heifers to Connell so they can go someplace different so the show will not be quite as new. There were five big fat steers, the Hereford fall heifer, and four little Angus heifers all in the trailer today. The kids get this weekend off from showing, then the next two weekends they will be going hard. We have people coming out this week to look at foals and still have some really nice foals for sale. Come out and take a look if you are in the market for a foal this year.


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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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“Don’t be pushed around by the fears in your mind. Be led by the dreams in your heart.”

For the most part we have had a pretty uneventful week. Wednesday we turned Katana and Dyna out into the pasture, she has been in with Reed. Dyna does not like Katana to have all that room, Katana has started hanging out with her brother, Dancin in the Dust, and her nonbrother, Ragnar, so Dyna cannot find her.

The kids have been busy catching their steers in the morning and tying them in the barn since they don’t have school. The steers have been doing great. Their next show is Saturday with the Jay Team. We also caught all of the little heifers for the first time, and tied up Zsa Zsa for the second time. The little heifers were little heifers. Some were good, some were bad, but mostly they acted like the babies that they are. Nothing was so bad that we turned it back out, but one was close! Ben didn’t find it amusing that one heifer could stand and jump up and down almost as high as he is tall.

Friday Anna has a summer kickoff party at her friend Daisy’s house. Her and her friends, Bella, Daisy, Brandy, Lily, Mackenzie, and Kassy are pretty excited to be in Jr High next year. Lily and McKenzie came to our house after for their parents to pick them up and they got to pet the bull.

Kade and Sonny got to go to their grandma Sherri and Papa Barry’s house for the weekend. They were pretty excited and had a great time. Like normal. Kade got to work on his welding skills with Papa, and Sonny got to watch TV, which IS his goal for the summer. I am sure they did lots more, but that is what I was told.

We also continued with our fence building projects. We were building fence for Reed’s pen up on a neighbor’s “back 20.” We worked on it Saturday and Sunday, and finally got it done. The weather was perfect as it was stormy, so not too hot. We were lucky and had Anna and Kaine to help us Saturday, so they drove as we walked behind putting in fence posts. But Sunday it was just Toni, Sonny and I, and Sonny is not quite old enough to drive. And he doesn’t like to help. He is more interested in running off to look at stuff. Half the time we build fence, half the time we are tracking that guy down. So there was more fence post packing and walking. Luckily we only had one side left.

There is also a doe living in there, hopefully she does not spook the horses through the fence. We did not spook her enough for her to leave. She just laid in the Russian Olive trees and watched us. So we got done and hauled Reed, Maggie, Lady bug and Pistol up there. They were happy to be out of the corral and have some grass.

And we let Sagebug have his pen and their pen. We now just have two horses in the corral to feed at night. Sagebug and Felix. This is about the least amount of chores we could have. That means it is time to add something else on. Like maybe get Bebe ridden, or halter break some foals, or something. I am sure we can figure out what to do with all of this “free” time.

The three older kids had a 4H meeting yesterday, so our friend Tennelle took them so we could finish the fence and get Reed moved up, or at least that is what we told her! No really, that is what we actually did. Thanks Tennelle.


I heard on the radio this morning some of the things that stop people from attaining their dreams. Fear is in the top 5. “Don’t be pushed around by the fears in your mind. Be led by the dreams in your heart.”
― Roy T. Bennett, The Light in the Heart

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I am a little behind getting this written.

I am a little behind getting this written. Wednesday one of Kade’s cows, “Sweet Apple,” had a cute Hereford bull calf by Rocky. I would like to say we are not disappointed that it is not a heifer. But we are. She has had two black white faced heifer calves in a row, so I guess it was too much to ask for another heifer. Also, we got the yearling colts in and West Niled them and wormed them. We also took new pictures of Major and Whim, both are still for sale if you are looking for a summer project. They are also huge. The good news is that they both remembered that they are halter broke. Smokey was perfect, but that isn’t new. He is considerably smaller than the other two, but even when you feed an orphan the way mom did, they still take forever to catch up.

Friday was my Friday off, so I took mineral out to most of the horses and cows. I may or may have not gotten temporarily stalled in Gunners pen, due to some run off last year that made a small ditch that I had forgotten about. Also, cousins Linda and Patricia showed up Friday night on their way home (to California) from visiting Yellowstone, Glacier and the Tetons National Parks. It is on Patricia’s bucket list to visit ALL of the National parks in the US, so they go to a few every year. Patricia and Jaxsen also got into a would you rather contest, on who can come up with the most extreme, would you rather have a short faced bear or a grizzly bear in your back yard. That type of thing. Dinosaurs also played a big part in the hypotheticals. Patricia never seems to get tired of Sonny’s far reaching imagination.

Believe it or not, Patricia wanted to build fence while she was here, so we decided to FINALLY finish the fence on Hendricks Rd. So Saturday we had a LONG day of fencing and sunburns. Luckily Chad showed up to shoe my horse so I got to adios vaminoos at about 2. The rest of the family and the kids kept at it until the fence was up enough that the pasture could be turned back out. We used that 5 foot no crawl horse fence. It is expensive, but it is good for a perimeter fence. I was nice and also put fronts on Fancy, to take more time so I did not have to get back to fencing.

Then we had “The Twins” graduation party Saturday night, and for course we had a good time there. We are going to miss our Twinners as they head to Oklahoma for college. People ask what we are going to do without them. We really don’t know. Literally, no idea.

Sunday, Ben, Kaine, Anna, Patricia and I built a horse fence for the riding horses so we could get them out on grass and stop feeding them. Then we took Patricia to Othello for lunch and Checos so we could get some more fencing supplies. Next, Toni and I took Patricia to move horses and finish the fence along Hendricks. We still had some areas that we needed to attach the fence to the posts in a more firm manner. That fence is so tight in a couple of spots it would take one person to hold it correctly while the other got the clips on. Kicker took the kids out on the lake in the boat for a Sunday Funday. The kids were happy to have a break from fencing. Sunday night we had a farewell dinner for Linda and Patricia. We love having them come up from California to visit us. Patricia always keeps us laughing. This year she was amazed by seed potatoes. Patricia never complains about the ranch work and always seems to enjoy herself. By the end of their visit, that Patricia could put a fence clip on with the best of them.

Tuesday morning the kids had their last assembly. All four kids got student of the month awards, so that was really cool. Sonny didn’t think he was getting one, but he did. It was really fun to have all four get awards at the same assembly. Tuesday afternoon Anna had her 6th grade promotion, I guess it is not graduation anymore. We officially have a Jr Higher on our hands. I don’t know if we are ready. I made dinner for everyone that night and Anna wanted tuna casserole. That isn’t everyone’s favorite, but the pie mom made for dessert sure was. Also on Tueday, dad’s cousin Jill came out with her sister, Lisa, to look at the horses. Today the kids got out of school at 10:10 so we are officially on summer break. Toni took them to Michael Jay’s for brunch before she went to court. Summertime here we come!

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It is important to remember, we are home of the free because of the brave.

Monday and Tuesday started out like a normal week last week, Toni had fencing projects for us to work on. The kids went and washed their steers both days to get ready for the jackpot show. Wednesday Toni, mom and I went down and watched Blaine work Jackpot before Blaine and Jackpot headed off to CA. This is a great move for Blaine, and we are excited for him, and are looking forward to seeing Jackpot shown. However, we are sad that Jackpot is not going to be as close as he was. Thursday the kids packed up the trailer to head to their show on Saturday. We got our dream colt out of Izzy and Bishop, a blue roan colt, which will be our only Bishop foal this year. The other mares he bred belonged to other people from last year. We have only received pics of one of the foals and it is a black colt.

We had visitors on Thursday afternoon to look at the foals. We like to tell people that the ranch tour takes 2 hours, but with all of the stallions spread out, the tour took 3 hours on Thursday. Karen fell in love with Rudy’s filly, so that was a done deal. Lizzie also foaled on Thursday with a buckskin colt out of Gunner. This is the first colt we have had out of her.

Friday Toni took three of the steers and tack to our cousins’ house on the other side of Connell. Jay was taking part of the “Jay Team” to Wheatland on Saturday, so the kids spent the night with Leslie, so they don’t have to get up as early (they get to sleep in like 10 min, but I don’t have to get up at 3, let’s get real about this). Toni moved all of the tack over to Jolene’s trailer and left the steers there for the kids to wash when they got home from school. Also, Friday morning Toni was visited by Tina who was out checking on her mare, Mud, and her foal, Bubbles. Toni and Tina took the time to drive around and check the horses. Tina had a great time looking at the calves.

Saturday while the kids were in Ritzville showing with Jay, Toni, Ben and I saddled up and Kicker and Jaxsen jumped on the 4 wheeler, Scout, and we headed out to round up cows. Toni rode Shimmer, a daughter of Zink’s Major Kid and out of dad’s old ranch mare, Star. Ben rode Riley, a bay roan mare we got from Sonny and Jeannie Riley, and I rode my trusty old mare Cad, a daughter of Continental Cad. It took us most of the morning to get that part of the herd gathered and then we worked them. Then we headed down and got the Hereford cows in and worked them. Next, we pushed the bull calves down to where the Hereford cows had been. By this time it was late afternoon and Toby and Scarlet joined in on the six wheeler. Jay brought the kids back and picked up 102W. We weaned our fall calves and left them in the corral. We put the Herefords out with Bishop (who got out) and left the heifer calves locked in for the night. We had people out on Saturday to look at the buckskin colts, and they fell in love with the Colonel/Twist colt. Remington went home with them.

Sunday, we gathered the rest of the cows, with a big team. Kaine rode Bev, Kade rode Slick, Kicker rode Riley, Toni rode Shimmer, Ben rode Fancy, and I rode Cad. Anna we sent with mom and dad to St John and Winona to decorate graves for Memorial Day. We finished working the rest of the cows, the steers, the bulls, and the show heifers. Then, we pushed the rest of the bull calves down with the others. After the cows had all been worked, Toni and I put Izzy out with Bishop and Lizzy out with Gunner. I would say we had a pretty productive day.

Monday, we remember our veterans and other loved ones that we lost, and talked with the kids about all who had served in our family. It is important to remember, we are home of the free because of the brave.

Monday afternoon, Toni took our receip cow over to get an embryo and I went over to Cecil’s house and got Sagebug, Cammy and Shadie and brought them home. The kids washed their steers and cleaned out the camper. Ben and Kicker were until late that night fixing the circle where our hay is. The hay got bailed, the circle got fixed, and we got ready for another week. This morning Payton foaled and had a fancy bay filly that may be roan. We are down to just a handful of mares left to foal. Also, Mil is with trainer Josh Hoelscher and she is doing AWESOME. And Friday is with trainer Rachel Hamby and is also doing awesome. We are very excited with how both of these fillies are doing.

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Breeding Mares, Angus Show and more

Monday was a pretty normal day, as far as ranch life goes. I guess what I mean is that nothing died, nothing was born, and nothing ran through the fence. Tuesday dad headed to Yakima with Stinger and Pistol, Stinger to get AIed and Pistol for a recheck. Pistol had absorbed her foal, so we decided we would bring her home and breed her naturally. Toni also had to go to a different vet when Dad got back with Lemon Drop to get her ready to move to California. Lemon Drop loaded great and did great. She is a pretty nice 2 year old. Two emergency vehicles drove by with sirens blaring when Lemon Drop was being vetted, and she stood like a champ. She has just been an exceptionally fun young horse. Super happy to be with people. Mil went to her trainer and we are getting lots of updates about how well she is adjusting.

Thursday Blue foaled, and had a fancy colt with two blues eyes and a really cool blaze. I was hoping he was a filly so I could keep him, even though Dad does not like blue eyed horses and never wants to keep them. Madison came out to look at Rosie’s filly and fell in love with her. Madison is currently running high school rodeo and one of her geldings is a Zink son.

Friday dad went back up and got Stinger and Pistol. He had to be back by noon so I could get the trailer loaded for our cattle show. Our Braford heifer calved and had a cute black ballie heifer. Then, in the afternoon Toni, Anna, Kaine, Kade and I headed to Ellensburg for the Jr Angus Field day. We weren’t able to unload until 4, so we rolled in at about 3:45. The heifers unloaded great and acted like the pros that they are. We had five head that we hauled to Ellensburg, four of them were shown last year quite a bit. Both Anna and Kaine have 2 big heifers.

Saturday the kids had a great day showing, all three made it back to the championship round in showmanship. Anna had the Grand Champion Sr. Yearling Bred and Owned heifer with Mal. Anna, Kaine and Kade all did well with their January heifers. We had a great time and got to see our showfamily and cousins. The best part was that there was an art show and auction at the fairgrounds at the same time, and a taco wagon right outside of our barn. The other really great thing was we stayed in a hotel, so all got hot showers.

Sunday we had a VERY busy day. Rachel came out and took Friday up to ride her. Erina and Terry came out to see Katana and they bought Hot Shot of Mocha while they were out. Michelle and John came out for their anniversary to look at the foals, especially their 2 year old colt’s full brother, Big Iron. Then we moved Blue in with Colonel and Pepper out with Gunner. The kids washed their show heifers and turned Darma out. We had three groups of people come out to look at horses on Sunday, along with celebrating our Uncle Skip’s birthday which was on Saturday while we were gone. Sunday was a get everything done day, so we kept at it until we couldn’t keep going. We did get everything that was necessary done, like moving the mares around so we don’t miss their heat cycles. We also decided to try breeding Pistol to Reed, so that could be a really cool combination. This week the kids get ready for a jackpot show with their steers, Lemon Drop left for CA, and we are getting ready to put another embryo in a cow. We are officially done Aiing both cows and horses, and we are not accepting anymore outside mares. With this hot weather coming on, it is time to get the breeding done before the pasture is gone. Looking forward to Summer weather and these last few foals we are still waiting on.

This morning we had a CUTE blue roan colt out of Izzy and by Bishop, this is OUR first Bishop foal, we bred a few outside mares to him and one of those has already foaled.

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