Wednesday, January 18, 2017

AI'ing at 7-UP

Cold temperatures, snow and freezing rain couldn't keep us away.
The pull of AI'ing cows is just too strong for us, lol.  :)

Terry & Debby Anderson, of 7-UP Ranch, had two sets of cows lined up to time AI yesterday and today.  Their cows are separated by their calf's gender, so we AI'ed bull calf mothers yesterday and heifer calf mothers today.  Tomorrow night we'll head back over and AI the heifers.
I always take vacation from work to help with this project, and every year I'm glad I do.  We count Terry & Debby as friends, and they run a good ship.  There was a great crew in place to help make everything happen.  At daylight, the horseback crew was sorting cattle and by 10:00 am each morning, we were done with each group with plenty of time in our "target finish" to spare.
This picture is a little blurry - but I took it with a timer, and when it's single digits out, the picture taking opportunity becomes a "One & Done" type of situation.  :)
Another great year!

Tuesday, January 10, 2017

Life lately.

With the hustle and bustle of the holidays over, we're back to normal life here in Eastern Oregon.

Clint's in Denver at the NWSS this week, so Chandler and I are home taking care of the fort.  Which really just means we're feeding the horses, taking care of the dogs, playing after work & dinner, taking selfies to send to Daddy, and going to bed early if we can. 

No complaints from me.  :)

Before Clint left, we got a ton of new snow and while it makes things harder for those to have to work outside, it was pretty.

Clint needed to weigh the Rollin' Rock bulls Sunday before he left, and got one group across the scales before they froze up.....

So he decided to bed the Charolais bulls in shavings before he left, and use the loader to move some snow around so I could get out in the mornings.  Chandler and I tried to help where we could, opening gates and waving.  :)  Chandler loves to ride around in Clint's red wagon he uses on AI projects - and surprisingly, it pulled really well in the snow!

Other than that - we've just been spending our days playing and snuggling, and enjoying time with our one year old....who is turning into a little bit of a dare devil!  :)

I'm loving this stage right now - and we're trying to soak up as much of it as we can!

Chandler plays independently so well, and we even catch him standing on his own a bit - but still no walking.

Hope life is good for you too - and that you're living the dream!

Saturday, January 7, 2017

Chandler is One!

Chandler Jesson James

You are one year old today!

Be still my beating heart.

It seems like we were just welcoming you to the world yesterday....and here you are, turning one.

And what a fun one year old you are.  :)

You go to the doctor Tuesday, so I'll know your "official" one year old stats then, but based on our scale at home right now you weigh 29 pounds.  You're wearing 2T clothes and size 4 diapers.  You have 12 teeth - eight in the front, and four molars.  (The four molars are part way in - but they're definitely in.)  You aren't walking yet - but you're standing, and pushing things, and cruising along table tops and anything else that's within arm's reach.

You love to say "Dadda", and sometimes I get a "Momma".

It's so funny - we'll coach you to say "Momma", and you'll look at us with a big grin and clearly say "Dadda".

We think you can also say "Dog", and your face lights up when we say "Puppy, puppy, puppies" even though you can't say it yet.  You also know "Oh", and sometimes say "Uh oh".

You also know what "No" means - and are pretty good at throwing a little temper tantrum when you don't get your way, or something gets taken away from you.

And it's the darn cutest temper tantrum you ever did see - we're talking crying, with both hands laid out flat on the ground with your head down.  :)

You love to watch Leo and Dot play, be outside with the cows, or watch the horses.  When we walk out to the car, and you hear the bulls your head instantly turns toward them and it's clear that you're trying to figure out what's going on.

Your "stranger danger" is gone for the most part, and you go to about anyone now....but still reserve post-nap snuggles for mom and dad only usually.  And we love those.

You can eat most anything, and seem to like pretty much everything.  It takes you a bit to like really cold things (ice cream, refrigerated fruit) but once you get a taste of them, you usually take to eating it.

We celebrated your birthday with breakfast, family & friends.  You are so loved by so many - and for that, we are truly thankful.

Happy birthday buddy!

Your mom & dad love you more than you'll ever know. 

Tuesday, January 3, 2017

Hello 2017!

Happy New Year friends!

2016 was a great year for our family -

Most especially, a new baby (Love you Chan-man!) and a new job for Clint are two of the things that I'll always remember 2016 for.

And 2017 - we can't wait to see what you bring!

Especially since one of those "things" will be another new baby for our family.

That's right - you read it right - we're expecting again in June!  We are so excited that Chandler will have a baby brother or sister close to him in age.  We had hoped to have two kids close in age, but after struggling to have Chandler - we weren't holding our breath, so you can imagine how thrilled we were to find out we were expecting again!

Along with a new baby, we'll be moving into our new home/acreage and building a new shop/barn.

It's going to be a busy year - but we're excited for it!


And as always - the words below that our friends the Wolfe's sent to us many years ago still ring true:

We rather think that God is pleased when we
have lived well, laughed often, and loved much.

When we have gained the respect of intelligent men and women,
and the love of children.

When we never lack appreciation for the
Earth's beauty or fail to express it.

When we follow our dreams and
pursue excellence in each task.

When we bring out the best in others and
give only the best of ourselves.

Let's resolve now to seek His help to make
2017 our most wonderful yet.

Happy 2017 friends!

Wednesday, December 28, 2016

December Beauty Swap!

Today's the day that everyone is revealing their Beauty Swap partners & gifts!

Crystal Blin hosts beauty swaps a few times a year, and they are always fun to partake in!  This time she partnered with FarmHer - which is neat, because she was just featured on one of their RFDTV segments.


My partner this time was Allison, who lives in Illinois and blogs at Outside the Ag Room.  She's an ag teacher, a mom, a wife and a cattle rancher - she's a busy lady!

It was great to {meet} her and get to know her through emails, and I loved opening the box she sent!

 She sent me a lot of great new products; many of which I'd never tried or heard of before - so that was neat.

If I had to choose one, my favorite in the box was the Milani eye shadow primer.  In the past, I've used Bare Minerals 5 in 1 eyeshadow cream and loved it - but this stuff is the real enchilada.  It really gives eye shadow staying power and helps with the pigmentation too. It's totally worth the 30 second drying time.  :)

The mascara sent must have been fate; because my current tube was biting the dust. 

You know how you keep swirling it and dipping it and applying - and repeat - to get that.last.drop out of the old tube?  That's where I was at.

Chandler liked the mascara too.  ;)  But probably for different reasons than me.  His one year molars are coming in - and anything he can stick back there to chew on, he takes full advantage of.  Sweet boy.

Allison also sent new makeup brushes, which I can't wait to try.  And the lipgloss she sent has a great brush - the pointed end is perfect for drawing a nice line, and reaching the corners of your mouth.

Last but not least - she sent a fun eye shadow palette, spiced cookies, cookie cutters and a recipe card!  'Tis the Season for a little color & yumminess.  :)

Here I'm wearing the eye shadow, shadow base, mascara & lip gloss - they fit right into my normal routine!  :)


Thanks Allison for partnering with me - I hope you liked your box too!

Check out all of the Beauty Swap stories here.

And my previous swaps here, here, here & here.