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Luckily we survived it! (Maybe that is a bit dramatic)

                Monday morning Dunny had a beautiful colt by Dude. Crystal, who Allie had brought back from getting AIed to NZ Scotch Time, was out at down at the corral, she did not like living with Stinger, who can be a real B. Toni and Kade put panels up along the side of the fence that is semi-imaginary, since Rocky the old Hereford bull thinks wire is for rubbing, and not as a fence.  Crystal then pushed the fence in a different spot and got out, so she went in Tulip’s halter breaking pen, and Tulip went back out with the yearlings. Toni had to run into Connell for Jaxsen’s baseball game, so Kade and I caught Crystal and put her back. Kaine got home from baseball practice, so him and Kade went up and helped Anna pack to head to Spokane.

                Tuesday morning Kade and Jaxsen went to school, Kaine, Anna and I finished packing for the Spokane Jr Livestock show. We went over to Connell around 10 to pack tack there.  Dad went and picked up Toni and Kade. Somehow, they got all of the stuff packed in his vehicle, including Toni’s new puppy Abby. Toni took her over to Whitney to watch while we were gone. Everyone got there around noon, and then we headed for the Spokane Jr Livestock show. Joe drove the mini Pete with the Eby, with lots of kids. We got here around 2 and unloaded steers and tack and got ready for the show.  Everyone is always impressed when we roll in with the Pete and the show cattle, we actually look somewhat professional. Haha. It does not look like I took any pics on Tuesday, so here are some random pictures.

Wednesday the press release finally came out that we are the 2021 Ranching Heritage Breeder of the Year and we finally got the share it with the world. Thank you everyone for your kind words, we are honored and humbled to be recognized as the AQHA 2021 ranching heritage breeder of the year by AQHA. We can’t thank everyone that has supported us enough. Our dedication and commitment to the ranching industry will continue full force.

Also on Wednesday, the kids worked on homework after we washed and fed. Wednesday the weather was pretty good, which did not last all week.  Normally we make the kids livestock judge, but it is just way too much. It goes all day. And the Connell FFA team would have only had 3 kids not 4, so that wasn’t going to work. It was great to be up at Spokane seeing all of our show friends. Toni calls these trips Showcations. We also have a bunch of family that goes up to Spokane so good to see them as well. Mom sent massive amounts of baked goods, so we had lots of people over to try the muffins and cookies. The baked goods didn’t last long.

                Thursday Anna, Kaine, Kade and I got up at 4:15, to be out at 4:30, to get all of our prospects and market steers washed. Toni was out around 5 and her and Kaine started doing beds, since we were done washing and Anna and Kade were blowing. Then Leslie, Ady, Natalie and Julian got out and Kaine and Julian washed their steers and Ady and Natalie did their beds. The heifers showed first, then prospects and then market steers. Kaine was 9th overall and Kade was 10th overall in market steer prospects. Anna was second in her class, so all three made it back to the championship round.  It was a deep class. The winning steer came from a really great showperson out of Montana and was a really fancy steer. In Market, Anna, Kade, Julian and Natalie all made it back to the championship round. Anna was 4th, Kade 6th, Natalie 11th and Julian 12th overall. Everyone showed great.  Again, the fat steer classes were tough and the kids showed great and placed really well.  The Judge was from Oklahoma and made short work of the classes, so he was able to get everyone done by early afternoon.

Friday since we only had to wash the market steers we slept in to 5, if you have a market steer you have to show them in showmanship. We started with juniors, both of our juniors made it back and Julian was Grand Champion and Natalie was Reserve Grand Champion. Timmy, Julian’s steer, is a great purebred Hereford steer, Julian and I decided he was our favorite of all of Julian’s steers. Natalie had a really great clubby steer form Gary Byee, who also showed really well.  Ady, Kade and Kaine are all intermediates, Kaine made it back to the championship round, Ady and Kade showed really well too, but their steers didn’t show the best. Anna is our only senior this year, she made it back and was the 5th overall senior showman, and her steer wasn’t that great. Good job kids. Friday night there was a tornado/funnel cloud over the top of us, which we did not know until the next day when Erina sent us the news link. The weather was horrible on Friday night.  Luckily we survived it!

                Saturday was the sale, the steers always sell last, so we slept in until 6:30. We washed and fed the steers and then went and had breakfast. We also watched the Twins, McCall and McKenna Lovejoy, graduated from college at Oklahoma State on Saturday morning. We are so proud of our girls. Saturday we continued to have crazy weather, it would pour rain, hail, the wind blew, then the sun would come out. It was crazy. Thank you to all our buyers, Scheffelmaier Meats is a great repeat buyer and bought Anna’s steers, the Spokane booster club bought Kaine, Kade and Adys steers, and Fusion Seeds bought Natalie and Julians. Thank you everyone for your support. All of the steers left Saturday, which is not normal, they normally leave on Sunday. Kicker came up and took the tack and prospects home. We helped clean up the barn, packed panels, pulled t-posts, cleaned and picked-up. We were able to pack up and leave about 7:30 Saturday night. We had to stop and feed the kids, so it was about 10:30 when I got home. But it was worth sleeping in our own beds.  We were all exhausted and thankful to be home.  Luckily the weather had worn itself out as well for the most part. There were some wind gusts, but not too bad of a trip home.

Sunday Ben made us bacon wrapped shrimp, tri tip and Dutch oven potatoes for Mother’s Day, I do not think Toni ended up with any potatoes or tri tip, it was great. We got to sleep in and then do a few ranch chores. Happy Mother’s Day everyone. 

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Washington Grown Episode with Anna, Kade and Natalie, plus Herfy.

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Overall we had a great week and were happy to be going to a show again. It almost seemed normal.

Monday was a beautiful day. Truffles had a cute miniature horse filly by Dreamer, she looks like she will be blue roan.  Toni went through her 880 pics she took over the weekend while she waited for the court to call her for court over the phone. Kaine and Jaxsen had baseball practice. Toni, Anna, and Kade finished the last of the continuous fence at mom and dads, and put a man gate in, so we are finally done with that stretch of fence. While Toni was putting a chain on one of the panels, it happened to touch the electric fence to the North, so she got shocked. She had told the kids that they could have a break from fencing, but after the shocking incident, now she wants to tear down the electric fence and put something that is not electric up.  Kaine and I got there about the time they were getting done to help clean up.

                Tuesday Toni had a lot going on in the morning, in addition to her law stuff. Big Bend showed up to put up a new guild wire. A private delivery company, that looked really shady, showed up with a package. She told them they might want to put something on their vehicle. There was a semi fire on Highway 17, so traffic was rerouted down Hendricks Rd. After chores, Toni worked on Huckleberry, then we all headed to my house to continue loading the trailer. There is no doubt that something is going to be forgotten, the question is what?

Wednesday we went to the Spokane jr Livestock show. Grace called first thing and she had a flat tire, so I ran over in the little white trailer and picked her up. Toni and the kids finished loading our gooseneck up, and then we loaded some steers in our trailer and headed to Connell. We picked up dad so he could bring the white trailer and Red back over. We got to Connell and loaded up the steers in the Eby and the rest of the tack in the Titan and headed to Spokane. The boys all wanted to ride with Uncle Joe in the mini-Pete. I guess they find him amusing? We had a caravan with Traci driving one pick-up full of kids, Leslie in one, Toni and I in one, and Stacy in one, with Joe leading the pack. We stopped at Ritzville for lunch at the great Carl’s Jrs (it has a good parking lot) and then on to Spokane. The steers all unloaded great and Joe took back off.  We weighed the steers and unloaded our tack. Then we washed, fed and went to the camper for the night.

                Thursday we had market and prospects in the afternoon. Because of covid restrictions they had 30 min scheduled for each class. The Judge averaged 9 minutes per class so there was quite a bit of down time. So we got up and washed in the morning, fed the steers and then went to the camper for breakfast We rested for a bit, because we are not supposed to hang out in the barn. We headed back over around 11, with lunches packed, and fit the steers. WA Grown (on PBS if anyone wants to watch it) had asked Anna about interviewing her for the show and recording her showing. So they came and did some interviews, that was fun and good for the industry and promoting the show. Prospects showed first, Anna had 3rd overall 4H prospect, Kade was 4th in the class and Kaine was 5th. So not bad. Then in market everyone placed well, but no one went back. Kaine and Kade were in the lighter classes, Anna and Ady in the middle, and Grace, Adrian, Natalie and Julian were in the heavy range. Then we did our afternoon chores and Pete and Sammy came over and drank with us at the camper. 

Friday we had fitting and showing in the afternoon, again, classes were scheduled every 30 min.. So we did our morning thing, then we back to the camper to change. Headed over around 11 again to fit steers. It was youngest to oldest. All three of our jrs, Ady, Natalie and Julian made it back to the champion round. Julian was 4th overall and Ady was 3rd. Adrian, Kaine and Kade were Intermediates. Kaine made it back to the championship round. Anna and Grace were Seniors, Anna made it back  and was grand champion. All of the kids showed great and we are proud of all 8 of them. We were able to load the prospect steers out on Friday, so Kick had brought a trailer up. We could also go pick up a mare we were Aiing, so we loaded the prospect steers, then Toni took a pick-up and went with Kicker over to Medical Lake to load out Barb so she could go home too. We had smoothies, adults had alcohol in their smoothies, and we hung out for a while then went to bed.  Not a lot of details, but even with the slower schedule, Spokane is a fast paced show, and it really wears a person out.

Saturday was the sale, the steers sold last. We did morning chores and rinsed, then went back to the camper to hang out there for a bit. The three boys, Kaine, Kade and Julian, went back to the barn around 11 to watch the steers. They also talked to some potential buyers and showed them their steers. We sold early afternoon, the prices were great for Spokane. Thank you to our buyers. Then we packed up our tack and cleaned out the bed. Some of the steers left on Saturday, but the rest stayed to load out on Sunday. We went back to the camper and packed it up, so we would have less to load out on Sunday.

              Happy Mother’s Day. Sunday we got up and went to the barn to load out steers. We cleaned our stalls out the rest of the way and watered the steers. They slowly left. We all helped clean up, loading panels, washing the wash rack, cleaning up the isle, etc. Then we went and loaded up the campers and headed home. When we got home Kicker was doing so stuff for mom and dad with the loader, pulling out some shrubs, moving some dirt around, etc. Ben was working at circles at our house, and 811, the bull, had gone through a gate and had it wrapped all around him. Toni and I moved horses up to her house, Crystal and Dunny and some heavy mares over, Payton, Blue and Shadie. Shannon and Jordan showed up for a bit to talk. Mom made us a pie and we gave her her mother ‘s day presents.

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