Monday, February 1, 2016

Chandler - 3 weeks.

Chandler Jesson James

Photo by Lindsay Murdock
 
Man - time is flying by. 
 
Our sweet baby boy is starting to look less and less like an infant, and more like a little baby boy. 
 
You're filling out too, and weigh close to 11 pounds.
 
 
You love bath time, and always have to drape one little leg over the sling that cradles you.  It cracks me up every time.
 
We set up your swing this week too, and your dad always knows when to put you in there to stop fussing.  You swing and babble to yourself, and play with your hands and are just the sweetest.
 

 
You went to your first FFA alumni meeting and Bunco game this week, and fed cows too.
 
You're just the sweetest baby, and we're so glad we get to be your parents.
 



 
 


Sunday, January 31, 2016

Charolais baby.

Clint sold a friend/neighbor of ours two cows last year that had embryo calves in them, and part of the deal was we got to buy the calves back.
 
One of the two cows calved this week, so we stopped by to look at the bull calf.
 




 
He was sure feeling good, and bucking around all over the place!


Wednesday, January 27, 2016

Down the road.

It's back to {Regularly Scheduled Programming}.....but never fear family - I'll still be posting Chandler updates.
 
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Earlier this month, Clint spent a lot of time moving groups of cows to different pastures as we approached calving.
 
During December, he tries to keep the cows closer to the working facilities, since they get vaccinated prior to calving.  But then as we get into January, he tries to move at least one group every day, one pasture closer to the calving barns.
 
On the weekend I was home helping, we were actually moving fall cows away from the calving barns and into what we call the AI corral pasture where they'll spend all winter being fed.
 
Cows aren't dumb.
 
If you put a truck (or trailer) of feed in front of them, they're like moths to a flame and will go to it.
 


 
So on this day, we lured them down the road.  We drove on the road, and the pairs followed in their pasture until we got to the corner gate.  Once we were there, we pulled the trailer of feed into the pasture across the road where we needed them to go into, and opened the corner gate there.
 
Clint opened the gate in the pasture the cows were in and blocked one side of the road, while I waited on the other side to block traffic and turn the pairs in.
 


 
They crossed the road, went into the gate, and flocked right to the trailer loaded with hay.


 
Once they were all in the pasture, we hopped in the feed truck and trailed them to the other end where we fed them.
 
Later, we'd move additional fall pairs into the same pasture with these pairs.  But for this day, that was it and we went on with our day.

Thursday, January 21, 2016

Chandler - 2 weeks

Chandler Jesson James
 

 
There's a little boy snoring softly next to me as I type this post.
 
Sleep comes hard for him....well, the whole falling asleep thing is hard.  (I've been joking he's like his dad that way....)  But once he's solidly asleep, he'll sleep thru most anything for 2-3 hours. 
 
He loves going out in the feed truck, or in Clint's pickup to check cows.   Actually, if I need him to fall asleep - that's the way to get him there since as soon as we get going, he's out like a light.
 
He got his first "real" bath this week, since we got the ok from his doctor on Thursday after his cord fell off and his circumcision healed up enough.   I was a bit afraid, since he usually fusses during a sink/sponge bath but he LOVED being in his little bath tub and was happy as a clam.

 
He weighed 9 lbs, 11 oz at his 2 week appointment this week and all is well.  He's doing so well that we don't go back to the doctor until April.
 
Clint and I think his hair is getting redder; in certain lights I think he'll have strawberry blonde hair and then in other lights it looks light brown.  We'll just have to wait and see.

It's hard to believe two weeks has flown by.  He's getting so big and we love to watch him grow!

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I'm going to do weekly updates until he's a month old, and then I'll do monthly updates.

Or  maybe I'll do them more often.  We'll see.  :)

Chander - 1 week

Tuesday, January 19, 2016

Life lately.

Life lately has been so good.
 
We sure love having this little foxy man added to our mix. 
 
 
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Sunday we enjoyed a visit from the Raymond's.

Isn't Pace so sweet holding Chandler?   We asked Colter if he wanted to and he kept saying "No thank you", over and over, haha.  But Pace was willing, and did such a good job.
 
 
 
Clint's been calving heifers at Double M and we've enjoyed going with him at night to check.  Since he's been so busy at the ranch, this lets us spend some one on one time with Clint.    Plus, Chandler's usually up then, and the pickup ride usually puts him right to sleep for the evening.
 

 
The fall calves are growing well - even in the rain.
 
It has been SO wet here....and there is more rain in the forecast.  But with the drought last summer, no one wants to complain.
 
Although we might air our frustrations about not being able to get around in the pastures, having to feed with the tractor (since none of the feed trucks have 4 wheel drive), or having to call someone to pull you out because you got stuck.
 
Right now - it's challenging, but we all know that this spring when the grass grows it will be worth it.
 

Yesterday we drove down to John Day to check out a feed truck Clint wanted to buy.  Chandler did so good - he slept the entire way down, and almost all of the way back.  The roads were great, and it was great to see snow in the mountains too, after such a dry summer.

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 So between holding this sweet boy, and calving heifers (Clint had more than 20 calve today - as soon as I finish this post, we're headed out to tag so things don't get mixed up) we're just enjoying the days and trying to catch sleep when we can.

Hope you're living the dream wherever you are!