Saturday, July 4, 2015

4th of July Fun.

Happy 4th of July friends!
We have had such a great day. 
Clint got up early and did chores, and I go breakfast for the crew and grocery shopped.  Then we pulled on our red, white and blue and headed to Stanfield for the parade!
We've lived here for four years now, and this was our first time going to the parade.

We had a blast!
Trevor (from the ranch) and Kelby (the Genex intern who is living with us this summer) went with us and we all sat with Anna & Terry, and their grandkids.  We had the best time.  Cidney & Cameron had their "bags and flags" and let me tell you - they were ready to GET ALL OF THE CANDY.

These girls were champs in the candy getting department.  :)
And we were all plotting about how next year we need to enter the parade.
Although Jack & Deana (from the ranch) almost looked like they were going to be in the parade....they showed up to park right before they closed off the street and they totally could have just entered and been the Double M entry! :)
Afterwards I made hamburgers for lunch, and then we took a nice, long, much needed nap.
Hopefully we'll be able to stay up long enough for fireworks, which we think we'll be able to see from the butte here at the ranch.
Hope you all have had a great 4th too!
God Bless America.
Land of the free, because of the brave.
Thank you to the many men & women who've kept our country safe!

Tuesday, June 30, 2015


It was the month I set my camera down, and rested.
We still AI'ed cattle, still watched wheat turn to gold, and still headed to Prineville for the PI.
But I also slept more, enjoyed evenings at home with Clint (instead of on the laptop working on blogs) and saw our house remodel begin to wrap up.
June was a great month - and I'm looking forward to sharing more of what happened during it, in July.

Monday, June 22, 2015

Cows and cowboys.

We had such a nice weekend at home.
Saturday morning was the NW Farm Supply jackpot show in town, and it was fun to watch the kids lead their steers in the ring.

That afternoon I braved Costco, and was rewarded with new planters for our newly poured concrete patio and a few odds and ends for the house.  I also picked up a flat of raspberries, and as I type these words they are all officially consumed.  :)
Sunday was one of our favorite days of the year - the annual Umatilla Cattlemens Father's Day picnic.  Karl and Jeanne hosted again up at their ranch in Ukiah, and it was the perfect day.

The guys fired delicious New York steaks on the grill, the ladies brought the most delicious salads and desserts and we all stuffed ourselves silly.  Hours of visiting and relaxing in our camp chairs ensued, and we didn't head home until close to 7:00 pm.

I always joke that the only way you can get a bunch of cattlemen to take the day off, is to guilt them into it by telling them that all of their friends are doing it.
Hope you all had a nice weekend wherever you are, and that you're living the dream!

Thursday, June 18, 2015

5 years.

This man.
Gosh dang, I love him.
I love how hard he works, and how hard he loves.
I love the life we get to live together and all of the fun things we get to experience.
I love that I get to be his wife, and that I'm lucky enough to have him for my husband.
Happy 5th Anniversary Clint!
I love you.

Wednesday, June 10, 2015

Bonnie & Clyde.

For Jack & Deana's wedding last month, Clint asked our friends Lee & Mary Jean Wilson if we could borrow their team of horses and surrey.

They graciously said yes, and they were such a hit!
Don't be surprised if you see a different team of horses taking up residence at Double M in the future - Patsy loved them and I think is hooked on having a team here too.

The team brought Deana and the flower girls in, and took the newly married couple away from the ceremony!


The Wilson's team is comprised of a gelding & a mare, and their names are Bonnie and Clyde.
Isn't that adorable?
I'm not sure if they are siblings or not, but they look like it. 
 Bonnie is very patient.  Clyde is always ready to go.  Impatient sometimes, you might even say.  ;)

Clint taking the team on a dry run before hitching them up.
Mary Jean drives them in parades all over - even the Rose Parade.  So when Clint harnessed them for the first time here at the ranch, they acted like true professionals.  You could tell they had been driven a lot, and they were both VERY well mannered.  I told Clint if he'd have charged a $1 for a ride, he could have retired after the wedding.


I had the best time taking pictures of them, and thought I'd share here.  Thanks for letting me indulge in that.

Also, thank you to Tyler & Trevor who helped hitch up, and hold the team during the ceremony.  We appreciate your help guys!
And again - a BIG THANK YOU to Lee & Mary Jean for letting us borrow them!

PS - I'll end with one of my favorite pictures of Clint from this year.

He's relaxed, totally in his element and looking sharp in his hat. 

What more could a girl wish for?