Monday, August 31, 2009

Purple is her favorite color...

Clint and I went to the Oregon State Fair this weekend...

...and had a BLAST!

It was great to see all of our good friends we have missed since moving to Eastern Oregon.

And it's always nice to look at great cattle.

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After spending Friday evening with my mom, Saturday we headed down to the state fair for the Hereford show.

Now as most of you know, normally Clint and I are not the biggest Hereford fans. However, this year one of our favorite 3 year olds happens to own a Hereford heifer named "Chanel".

Did I say a Smokin' - Good - Hereford - Heifer named Chanel?

Because I should have. So good, Chanel won the whole darn show!

Fallon set the bar pretty high for her parents (who raise rippin' good Angus cattle)...

Don't let her fool you. Purple is Fallon's favorite color. And boy, did Chanel bring home the purple!


But this 3 year old wasn't quite big enough to show Chanel, so Dawn (Fallon's mom) stepped in.

She's the second one from the left.
*Just a side note - Since Lindsay got a new camera, and I now get to use her old one, future pictures will be much more zoomed in. Yeah for a manual (and NOT digital) zoom feature!


Fallon celebrated by playing a game of "Cut the Pickle"...

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After the Hereford show, we indulged my craving for Olive Garden....err, ate lunch....and then came back for the Red Angus Show.


Sunday we stopped by the Hinton's to see Vidalia's baby calf, Peter. No pictures, but you can take my word for it...he is a cutie!


Sunday afternoon we spent watching the rest of the Angus show and visiting with my dad. Congratulations to Gohr Angus who had a Division Champion in both the female and the bull show.

Then it was back home for another week of work & school.

And to end this post on a fun note...

Don't you love the faces kids make when you tell them to "Make a Funny Face"!

Happy Monday!

Saturday, August 29, 2009

Two's.

Two's.

Not so much a "word". At least not according to Websters...

It's more like "These two's are headed off to the state fair."


Have a great weekend!
~ These Two's

Friday, August 28, 2009

'09 Orange Four Calves

So no video, but here's the next best thing...

A few pictures from Orange Four's 2009 calf crop.




3450's calf...
He looks at you just like his mother...all stretched out, tailed cocked, begging to be scratched on.


This is 6603's calf. It seemed like just yesterday I posted these pictures of him.


And while 5580's (or is it 5588's?) bull calf is Clint's favorite, 6603's bull calf remains mine.


This calf felt like he had to show off a little...

And this one...well,
At first I didn't want to post a picture of this little sweetie...I thought she looked a little off of her game.

And then Clint said "She's just an April...she's a baby!"

He won. And my heart melted.

Oh wait...this post is about the calves. My apologies.

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And now for the Rear Views...


*And no, this calf's legs aren't funky...just standing on uneven ground
*This one's my favorite picture of the group. It's like he's walking off into the sunset.

And finally, here's a shout out to the "ladies" who make all of this possible...



And the "man" himself...

Wednesday, August 26, 2009

Possibilities

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Possibilities: Potentiality for favorable or interesting results.
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I had intended for this post about the great calves have been sired by one of our herd sires we affectionately call "Orange Four".

Clint and I had taken an afternoon and videoed the calves, and then my intention was to edit that video through Movie Maker, and then post it.

As you can clearly tell, there is NOT a video of about-to-be-weaned-smokin'-good-Red-Angus-calves on this post...

But if anyone can let me know how to wrangle the DVD we shot and edit it, let me know.

I might just make you Beer Margaritas :)
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But the future is not without possibilities.

There IS the possibility that I will get the video of those calves posted...

There IS the possibility that Orange Four will get looked at, and liked by an AI stud...

There IS the possibility that we will have to come up with a "new", more poignant name for "Orange Four"...

Somehow I don't think his registered name "Miss Mario 3452" is quite the ticket...

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Possibilities are like this red barn.

At times, commonly wrapped packages waiting for someone to find their hidden beauty.

Our lives and experiences are such.

What package will you unwrap today?

What "barn" will you peek inside?

What possibilities lay waiting for you to take action?

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William Ward said, "Nothing limits achievement like small thinking; nothing expands possibilities like unleashed imagination."



Go ahead.



When no one (or everyone!) is watching...



Unleash.

Monday, August 24, 2009

Orange Four


video


Orange Four is quite the guy...


Quick on his feet...


Good with the ladies...

Rugged, stout, powerful, & muscular...

And has a great attitude...

He's a lot of things you ask for in a bull...

But best of all...

He stamps his calves with the same traits.

Thursday, August 20, 2009

Around the block...

It's Calving Time!

Cara, Wade's wife, emailed us these pictures she took of some of the SS Charolais cows that are in Idaho...

As you can see, one of these mama's has already had her little baby...it's a cutie!

I love calving time.

Especially when we're not the ones doing the calving!

(Sorry Wade & Cara)

Here's to:

Healthy calves, great weather, a dose of patience and a great 2009 Fall Calving Season!





Thanks again Cara for the pictures!

Tuesday, August 18, 2009

Farm City

Clint and I are blessed to have many, wonderful, fabulous, caring, fun, friends...


Friends who this week we got to sit with and visit with at the rodeo...

And what a rodeo it was!


I had never been to the Farm City Pro Rodeo in Hermiston before, but one thing is for sure...


We will be back again next year!

Each performance was laid back, but professional. And good stock, good cowboys, and a good crowd added to each of the performances.


You can't ask for a whole lot more.

Thanks again to Terry & Anna, and Bryan & Lou Ann....

We had a great time!

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Monday, August 17, 2009

Down at the county fair...

You can tell the sweet smell of summer in the air...
Whole town shuts down, everybody's gonna be there...
Down at the county fair.
Big time, big top, big crowds, big hair...
There's nothing bigger all around than the county fair.




Judging pigs and judging pies. (or pictures!)
Fighting for the first place prize.

4-H Club and FFA working toward a better day.
Down at the county fair.











There's nothing bigger all around this country anywhere than the county fair.
-Lonestar-
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It was great to see everyone at the 2009 Umatilla County Fair!

Thursday, August 13, 2009

The view from here...


I feel like we live on top of the world.

When in actuality, we don't.
More like 3456' above the world.
But still, life (and our view of the world) is pretty darn great at 3456'....

These were taken this morning on my way to work, after I woke to the sound of raindrops hitting our metal roof....

(Second time in a week it has rained here....sweet!)
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How's the view where you are?

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And yes, I took these while driving....
Don't tell Clint...or my mom...
:)

Wednesday, August 12, 2009

2

2 years ago, I didn't have the job I have now.

2 years ago, we didn't live in the house we will live in now.

2 years ago, we didn't have the 2nd dog we have now.

2 years ago this week Clint's sister, her husband and their 2 terrific kids came out to visit us...

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Fishing.
Splashing.
Blackberry-eating contests.
Relaxing.
Family.
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The crazy thing is, it doesn't really seem like it has been 2 years.

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2 years.

I wonder what the next 2 years will bring?

The great thing is, even as the years pass us by...

...the important things still remain.

Family. Love. Fun. Friends. Heart.