Tuesday, March 20, 2018

Ag Day 2018 - Why Showing Livestock Matters

Happy National Ag Day!

We are so thankful for the farmers & ranchers who work every day of the year to produce healthy, safe, nourishing food.  We are thankful to live in a country where food security, choice and supply is plentiful.

We believe the future of ag is built by supporting youth who show an interest in the industry. Often that fire is lit when they're young, showing their first animal. It builds as they grow older, achieve success in the ring and build friendships with kids who have similar work ethics, dreams and passions.

Today I thought I'd bring back one of my favorite posts, tweaked to apply to the start of the show season.  Success is reason enough, and we wish our youth in ag successful show season!


Why Showing Livestock Matters

Fair season is about to begin.

Jackpots are being scheduled, initial weigh-ins are on the books and projects are being prepped.

The grass is just starting to turn on, and crisp mornings greet kids who scurry to do chores before the bus comes.
The list of supplies is growing, show clothes are being tried on to see what has been outgrown from the year before and the anticipation is palpable.

Visions of ribbons and champion slaps provide motivation for:

Youth who matter.

I wish I could describe the feeling of entering a show ring.

Or the competiveness that opens up when you grab the halter of a show heifer.
The intensity that takes over as the gate to the ring is opened, and you drive your hog in.
What the heft of a lamb bracing against your leg feels like.
Or the fluidness of a goat who walks with you in the ring as you lightly lead them by their chain.

It's a fair question.

Showing livestock doesn't come with a cheap price tag.

First you have to purchase the animal and feed it.
Then there's the nights in a motel, the meals on the go, and the snacks & beverages that filled the coolers. 
The diesel bill and how it probably rivals the Sullivan's bill... 
The entry fees, the registration fees and the health check fees.
But can you put a price on the life skills a child gains while showing livestock?
The child who forges friendships that span species and states.

The way parents can let little kids run around the barn, knowing a community of friends are watching over their well being?
The trust that is developed between a youth & their animal.

Showing livestock is more than just a great feeling or a number in the budget.

Showing livestock is a matter of teaching children life long skills.
Hard work.
Honest ethics.
A willing attitude.

We ask a lot of kids who show animals.

Think about how much is asked on just show day alone:

We ask them to show up to a ring on time,

To multi-task getting an animal ready with preparing themselves and mentally staying in the game.

To balance leading or driving an animal with paying attention to the judge and others in the ring.

We ask them to win humbly, and lose with grace.

All of these things that we ask of a kid who shows livestock; eventually we expect from adults.

Teaching it now in the show ring prepares youth to practice those skills that will be required and desired when they're grown.
That in itself can explain right there why showing livestock matters and why it's worth it.

The ability of a child to balance all that is asked in & out of the show ring?

You can't put a price on that.

And that's why the cost of showing livestock in the long run is worth it....because it creates youth and future adults that matter.

And we need people that matter.

Showing livestock.....it matters.

It really, truly does.

See you out in the ring this season...

Monday, March 19, 2018

9 Mile Sale.

We headed to up to the 9 Mile Red Angus Bull Sale on Saturday.


Chandler was feeling the spring weather, lol - he had some energy and kept running up and hugging people's legs (which he hasn't really done before) and then he'd look up and realize that those people weren't his mom or dad and come running back to us.  Ha ha.

Tyler & Clint looked through the bulls, and then after everyone had gone through the line, we ate some lunch.  I always feel bad going to a bull sale where we're not buying anything and eating lunch (Clint helps AI the cows there, and he goes to bull sales since he's on a bull buying committee for Select) so I always wait until the end, and if there is lunch left over then we go through the line.  They had plenty, and it was a really nice lunch!

Cal was a fan of the beans and Chandler really like the tri-tip and rolls.

Chandler ran around, but Cal was perfectly content to be snuggly warm in the front pack.

I did get a few snuggles from Chandler at lunch though.

It was St. Patrick's Day, so we tried to wear our green (or in my case, turquoise)!

The Spike's were there buying a bull too and Chandler had A BALL playing with Rory.  It was not exactly balmy outside, but they played with ice and never once complained about cold hands....they would come let you feel their hands though, and thought it was so funny that they were cold.  :)


Clint stayed for most of the sale, but we left to go home and grocery shop (and let Chandler nap).  Once we got home, the boys played for a little bit and then we headed to a birthday party.

Definitely a fun Saturday for the family!

Friday, March 16, 2018

Loving Lately.

Happy Friday!!!!  It has been a long week (thank you Daylight Savings) but Friday is here and I'm looking forward to my alarm clock not going off at 4:30 am tomorrow morning.  :)

I thought I'd post a few things I'm loving lately, and a few pictures of the boys (who I love all of the time) and wish you a happy weekend.

1. 3 Wick Candles

I think it can be overwhelming going into Bath & Body Works, and I am for sure not taking two small boys into BBW.  ;)  My friend Haley posted a picture of her new home on FB a while ago, and I saw she had a 3 wick in the picture....Haley has awesome taste, and so when she told me it was the only scent she buys, I knew it was a good one and ordered the Mahogany Teakwood High Intensity 3 Wick Candle.  IT IS AMAZING.  I've been burning it every night after work and it just fills out house with a great fresh, aroma that is both masculine and fruity at the same time.  If I'd read the description I would have never bought it.....but I am so glad I did! 

The Midnight Blue Citrus is a nice scent too, but much less intense.  Which may be a positive for some, but I like a candle with a punch.  :)  I was hoping the Midnight Blue Citrus would smell like the Capri Blue Volcano candle  (which is AMAZING...and also expensive, lol) and it is similar, but not the same.  However, if I was a die hard Volcano lover, looking for a less expensive option, I think this would be totally up your alley.

And the 3 wick candles are on sale today for $13, and an extra $10 off your order of $30 which is A DEAL!!!  A co-worker said she loves the Endless Summer scent, so I ordered one of those and some others for Easter gifts.  :)

2. Safeway Monopoly

If you're playing Monopoly, you're probably in the same boat as I am....your game board is filled up, except for the rare pieces.  :)  It's been fun playing this year and Chandler likes to too - I give him the game pieces I already have when he's in the bath and he sticks them to the edge of the tub.  Clean up is super easy, and it keeps him busy. 

Are you playing too?

3. Bunco

I got to play Bunco with my group this week (we went from playing monthly to quarterly) and it was fun to see the girls!  I really noticed a change in my outlook afterwards....I don't get a lot of free time where I'm not at work, or managing kids and so it was super nice to just have 2 hours to visit, enjoy a drink (see the recipe below) and roll dice.

Bunco Punch by Dallas
1 1/2 cup lemon rum
6 limes, juiced
1/2 cup mint leaves, crushed
1/2 cup sugar
Seltzer Water or Tonic to taste (probably 2+ cups)

Mix & pour over ice - SO refreshing!

4. All things SPRING!

Oh man, I am normally not a Spring DLS type person (I like it when I leave for work in the light and DLS kind of kills that) but it has been awesome having more light at night with the boys.  This week I've been making more things that require baking vs cooking (Beecher's Mac & Cheese, lasagna, etc.) and so when we get home I stick whatever it is in the oven and then we head out to play, go for a walk, or help Clint feed cows.  Normally it's a rush to get home and get all of the things done, but the extra daylight has us staying up a bit later and just enjoying {home}.


What are you loving this week?

Happy Friday! 

We have a fun weekend ahead; a bull sale, a birthday party and family pictures on my side. 

Tuesday, March 13, 2018

Fresh air.

Spring is in the air and I am LOVING it!

So are the boys.  :)

We really took advantage of the nice weather this weekend.  We played outside and ran errands on Saturday, and then spent all day Sunday outside working cows or putting CIDRs in at Proudfoot's.


And as much as I don't care for the Spring time change (why hello new perceived 9:30 pm bedtime for Chandler, lol) if the silver lining is getting to play outside while dinner is cooking, I guess I will take that.  :)

How's the weather where you are?