Sunday, September 17, 2017

Klamath Falls AI - Bengard

We bred a set of heifers this week in Klamath Falls for a new ranch.
  Clint had gone down last Saturday to give shots and stayed down there, and since it was my last week of maternity leave; the boys & I drove down early Monday morning to meet him.

The ranch had a great set of corrals to work in, and all Clint & Morgan had to do was back the box up to their hydraulic chute. 
We had a great crew; Clint & ranch manager Jared ran the chute, lead up & managed shots/patches; Becky, Tyler & Morgan bred and I thawed.  Ed & Ricardo brought cattle and the boys managed from the stroller.

We were hustling - on both the heats & time AI group, we bred more than 100 an hour thru the barn.


By 6 that night, we were done and the boys and I were headed towards home.  A short trip - but a successful one.

Wednesday, September 13, 2017


This sweet boy loves tractors right now.
"Tac-tor!  Tac-tor!"
And when Daddy parks the Skidsteer where Chandler can see it from the window - that makes for a happy boy; especially when he wakes up. 
And yes - I still have moving boxes out - but not after this week.
I love this stage right now - the simple things, like riding in the "tractor" make his day.

Monday, September 11, 2017

Nebraska, the Good Life.

Nebraska - it's where Clint grew up and a lot of his family still lives.
Last year when we drove out to visit, I took a picture of Chandler & Clint at the state line (at the bottom of the post) and this year I wanted to do the same with Cal.

It's a little more difficult to 1) hold two boys at once and 2) get everyone looking and smiling at the same time. :)
- A few outtakes, just for fun. -

Chandler always wants to hold Cal's hand - which I love.  :)
Nevertheless - I'm glad we stopped and got the picture.
Nebraska - you've created a good life for Clint, and we're glad we get to take the boys back there.
Clint & Chandler in June 2016

Friday, September 8, 2017

Oregon to Nebraska - Part 2

After leaving North Dakota (see this post here) we headed south thru the Dakota's towards Nebraska. We had an eight hour drive that day, and the boys handled it really well.  We rolled into Clint's dad's place a little around 6 and were excited to introduce Papa Dave and Grandma Melly to Calvin. :)
The next day, Mel made a big dinner and their friends Dean & Fay came over, along with Kristi and Jace. We spent the day relaxing, visiting and eating really good food. Mel makes the best rolls (seriously, I think I ate five or six that day - I can't resist) and a corn recipe with Dorothy Lynch dressing that I want to try.
The next morning we headed to Alliance. I hadn't seen the Stumpff's new place (Clint had been there this spring when he came out for the Hebbert sale) so we stopped by and got the tour. That also let us see Robbie and Jacobi since they had prior commitments the day before. They bought a fixer upper (that came with a lot of acreage, which they wanted) and have been working so hard to fix it up. We were both trying to buy places this winter, and so it was fun to see theirs in person.

Chandler had a ball there - he got to watch TV for a few minutes (lol - we have an entertainment system in the van, but he shrieked with glee when Kristi turned on Paw Patrol), see the goats, sheep and pig - but his favorite was driving the tractor with Jace.

We also made sure to get a family selfie - we sure love the Stumpff's and are so proud of Jace and Jacobi and all they've accomplished. They're going to do good things in life.

From there we picked up Taco John's for probably the eighth time and headed towards Grant. I love - LOVE - TJ's (and so does Clint) but we don't have them in Oregon so we stop there as much as possible when we're in the Midwest.  We also stopped north of Ogallala and met up with Dave & Mickie Hebbert for a quick visit. They were coming back from Colorado where they'd picked up their grandsons from their other grandparents and we stopped at the visitor center which let all three boys (their two plus Chandler) run around while Dave and Clint got to visit.  Clint worked for the Hebbert family growing up, and it's where his love for the Charolais breed started. We can't put into words how much we respect this family - and we sure valued the time we got to spend with them.

From there we stopped to see Clint's grandma in Grant. Yvonne was doing well and enjoyed meeting her newest great grandchild. :)  Although he hung out with me for the picture (since he was sleeping) while Clint, Chandler & Great Grandma got in on the picture action.
We also had a chance for Chandler to try his first Runza (it's a THING in Nebraska) before heading to Colorado.
Where I got to have a Starbucks after a five day withdrawal, lol.  I enjoyed it in the car at Rocky Mountain Sires, while Clint looked thru the bulls in stud there. Studs have strict biosecurity measures, so it was just as easy to let Chandler play in the van. He loves to "drive" and Clint had a leftover cup of ice from his drink at breakfast so the time flew by. :)

Then we headed to a park in Bennett and spent the afternoon with Clint's mom.

It was a really nice park, and we stayed there for a few hours to play and visit. The only thing we should have done differently was take this picture at the beginning of our visit, instead of the end. Chandler had played hard - and was T.I.R.E.D.  It was good to see Clint's mom.

Watching brother play - soon they'll both be running around the playground!

We kept trucking west, and spent the night in Rock Springs, WY.  After a decent night's sleep, we kept heading west thru the smoke from all of the wildfires, for home.

Cheesy crackers are a MESS in the car - but Chandler loves them, and we were on vacation so we broke out extra wipes and let him have them.

The sweetest little feet you ever did see.  :)
It was a long trip - but the boys did great, and it was worth the miles to see family!

Thursday, September 7, 2017

Oregon to Nebraska - Part 1

We've been road tripping this past week!

Last week we traveled from our home in Stanfield, OR thru Montana to western North Dakota to look at a set of cows, and then headed south to visit Clint's family on Nebraska and Colorado.

We've put the minivan to good use - logging 2700 miles on it as I type this post from South East Idaho on our way home, with another 600-ish to go.

Yup - we bought a van and I love it! We all fit comfortably in it and it holds a lot of stuff. Clint couldn't sit comfortably in front of a carseat in a pickup or SUV, but the Toyota Sienna's captains chairs in the mid row slide forward and back, so he can sit in front of Chandler and even be able to recline his seat!

I also love that I can pack a weeks worth of stuff/clothing, snacks, a double stroller, full size cooler, hanging clothes and still have room.  I thought maybe it'd be fun to do a separate post about how/what I pack for road trips with two kids under two.

We spent the first day of our drive doing just that - driving. We made it almost all the way across Montana, and with 825 miles under our belt, we stayed the night in Forsyth.  Honestly - I wouldn't stay there again. The motel was terrible and really expensive.  We were trying to get to Miles City, but I got too tired to keep driving. Had I known, I would have stopped in Billings and just gotten up earlier the next day.
Montana knows how to do speed limits & rest stops!
Nevertheless, we woke up early on the second day and made it to Watford City about lunch time. The guys looked thru cattle while the boys played, and then napped as I took a conference call for work.  We had a low key dinner with Morgan's family that night which was just what we needed.

The next day, after running a few errands in town, we broke out the tractors, shovel and lawnmower and let Chandler play while the guys sorted. He was in his element.

Sweet Cal laid and watched it all go down.  :)
We finished the evening with a nice steak dinner in Sidney at the South Forty and the next morning the guys were up bright and early to load the truck. I waited until the boys woke up to bathe them and pack up, and then we headed out to meet/pick up Clint and head towards Nebraska.
I'll post about that trip in another post - but it was really neat to spend time in Watford City. It's where our good friend Morgan grew up and has recently been a big oil boom town. Morgan's mom spent a morning with me in town and it was neat to hear about the changes the oil brought and how the town/citizens adapted to it.  I don't know a lot about the energy industry, but it's important to our country and economy so I enjoyed seeing part of it first hand.