Thursday, January 18, 2018

The boys.

We were over at Double M last Friday loading a few panels while the oil was getting changed in my van, and there was a backhoe parked behind the sale barn.
Chandler was pretty pleased.

And Cal was sleeping while Chandler was driving the backhoe, but he gets his picture taken too.  :)

I call him Cal Pal, Clint calls him Cal Boy - both of us are soaking up these minutes with him!

Wednesday, January 17, 2018

Real Life Wednesday - Feeding Cows!

Happy Wednesday friends!

Today I thought I'd give you a look at how we feed cows at our house.  As a little background, we have two sets of cows at home right now; a set of spring calving Charolais cows and a set of fall Angus cows that we're using as recips.  Twist & Pistol (our stud horse and gelding) are with the falls, and then we have a separate pasture we keep the three mares in.

Clint gives the mares a bale of grass hay once a week, so we just feed them on the weekend and they're done.

The falls and springs each have a Cattle Systems collapsible feeder in each pasture that Clint loads once (or more, depending on weather) with a mix of grain and grass hay that they get to eat free choice.  Then late each afternoon, we feed alfalfa.  The Char's get a 1/3 big bale of alfalfa on top of their hay so that all the cows can get to it.  They're in a smaller pasture since they're calving so we don't have a lot of room to feed hay out on the ground.

Flakes lined out, looking back at our house.

The fall cows are out on a bigger pasture, so we feed another 1/3 of a bale of alfalfa in flakes out in the field to them.  Clint starts at one end, and I walk along pulling a single flake off one at a time.  We leave enough space between flakes so that cattle can get to them without stepping on the hay.

The grass & grain hay is tarped outside, and the alfalfa Clint gets in flatbed loads and we keep it inside the shop.  Chandler stays in the skidsteer with Clint, and Cal rides in the front pack with me.  It works pretty well, and it's fun to do as a family!

During the week, Clint feeds the cows himself.  He uses a pitch fork to flake off the hay from inside the skidsteer for the falls, and then gets out and pushes off sections for the Char's.  It seems to work so far for us!

Happy Wednesday!

Tuesday, January 16, 2018

A birthday at the beach!

We spent this weekend celebrating my mom's birthday with a day trip to the beach at Pacific City.
Sand, warm sun and a cold beer shared; snuggling babies, looking at beach lots and dreaming of beach houses; fabric hunting, pizza eating and mini van rides; it was all a great day.

Love you mom!  Happy birthday!

Monday, January 15, 2018

Calvin - 6 months

Calvin David Dean

You're 6 months old!

You've actually been 6 months for a few weeks, as I type this.  :)  Since your 6 month date fell on Christmas Eve AND our doctor's office scheduled limited appointments during the holiday AND your brother's 2 year appointment was scheduled for the week after he turned 2, we just combined everything into one visit and you actually had your 6 month appointment in the middle of January.  :)

The struggle is real being the second child!

You weigh 19.5 lbs, are 28 inches long and wear a size 3 diaper.  You wear 9 month clothing and 12 month pajamas...mostly because you're so long the 9 month jammies with feet fit you in the middle, but are too short lengthwise.  I think you're going to be pretty tall sweet boy!

You are eating like a champ!  You are picky though - the total opposite of your brother there.  :)  You only like sweet things - sweet potatoes, peaches, pears & applesauce.  You make the cutest face when we try to give you vegetables - but there's no chance in those going past your lips right now!  Rice cereal & formula mixed together goes over well though, and at the end of December you learned how to suck applesauce from a pouch!

You have really developed physically I feel like this month.  You love to sit up, and stand in your jumpy jump.  You can stand when we hold your hands, and you're so close to sitting on your own.  Chandler loves that you're at his level when you sit in your bouncer, and that he can play with you.  You two GIGGLE so hard and Clint & I love listening to it.

You can roll over, but haven't figured out scooting or crawling yet - and that's ok!  I'm enjoying the time that I can put you down in one spot, and you're still there when I get back....although you might be flipped over.

You still sleep like a champion - and most nights only wake up once, if even at all.  Usually that depends on if we got enough food into you before you fell asleep - if we can get you normal bottles & 3-4 feedings then chances are you will sleep a solid 8 hours!

Traveling got a little difficult with you - I joke that you do not like I-84 east of The Dalles.  :)  Coming home from the valley both times this last month, we stopped at every other exit to soothe you.  But in the big picture - you really do travel well.  I think we're just a little spoiled with how well both you and your brother have done for us up until now.

You've been babbling for a while, but really have taken off verbally this month.  Usually when you wake up, I feed & change you, and then the cooh's start flying!

Sweet boy - we love you so much.  Your daddy was telling me how much he loves this stage you're in right now the other night - I want you to know that.  You're most at ease in our arms, or sitting in our laps and we love that you know us and are comforted by us.

Love you Cal!

Sunday, January 14, 2018

Chandler - 2 years old.

Chandler Jesson James


You're two years old!

You want to be just like your dad, and do whatever he does.

If he's putting on his coveralls to go outside - so are you.  If he's on a phone talking - so are you.  If he's looking at a bull catalog - you want to look at it too. 

You much prefer your dad if you have to choose between him & me, but you like your mama too.  :)

We had your 2 year appointment with Dr. Earl a week after your birthday & you're growing well!  You weigh 34.5 lbs, are 36 inches tall and wear size 3T clothing.  You've shown a little interest in potty training, but we're not pushing it and you still wear a size 5 diaper.

You've learned to greet & say good bye to people (Bye!  See you! or Bye! Thank you!), give great hugs and we almost have "I love you" down.

Speaking of love - you LOVE your brother.  If he's nearby, you're holding his hand, playing with him or talking to him.  I love how much you each love one another.


You love anything that has to do with tractors, and also like to ride Twist.  You like being around cows if we're working them or breeding, but you get a little scared if one comes to close to you (which is probably healthy).  You can find an AI gun tucked away in a gun warmer or pickup seat faster than I can find a Diet Pepsi in the fridge, and know just what to do with them.




We're biased - but you are so smart, and really take in how things work and what to do with them.  You can work an automatic syringe gun, load guns into a warmer, load and "farm" with your tractors, figure out how bottles & sippy cups work, and are just so inquisitive.

You're becoming a little bit particular about food - I think partly because you're a toddler and also because now you can express your choices.  You always choose a cheeseburger over nuggets, Cheetos over any kind of chip, and cheddar cheese over string.  You love Gogurt, black olives, Capri Suns and any kind of candy....but not a fruit snack.  Mac & cheese and hot dogs are hit or miss, but you love ravioli and pot stickers. 

Sweet boy - I don't know how we got to two, but here we are.

You and your brother are the light in our lives - we love you so much and love that we get to call you ours!