Wednesday, August 29, 2012

The Moxley's

Hay fields, hay bales and hazy skies.
Lace, laughter and love.
Wheat sheaves, country crooning and cowboy hats.
Dinner by Yummy's, dancing and drinking.
A beautiful day, a beautiful couple and what is sure to be a beautiful marriage.

August 25 was all about celebrating the newlyweds.

 Mr. & Mrs. Moxley

And anyone who knew the groomsmen,
knew they could probably expect some shennanigans...

I think these two were too busy to even notice....

 Congratulations Nick & Kelly!

We couldn't be more happy for you two. 
We wish you the best in your marriage.
Lots of love -
Clint & Darcy


PS - The reception was great.  

Dare I say "classic"?

Hoffy - When are you going to do the worm again?
Kralicek - Your smile was contagious!
Big Sexy - We'll give you a ride home anytime.  Thanks for the laughs.
Kliewer family - It was a great night of visiting!
Team Repro - The pig was pretty tough to beat.  Good work!

Tuesday, August 28, 2012

Road trip!

After moving pairs and making sure everything was settled and fed on Saturday morning....

- because usually-
 hungry cows = cows being out

We took a little road trip.

Our good friends Nick & Keely were gettin' hitched - and we weren't going to miss it.

So a few - or 7 - hours later, we'd made it to the big town of Bonanza.

The newlyweds were married on their farm, overlooking their fields.

We weren't the only ones who showed up either.  ;)

More pictures to come - 

Friday, August 24, 2012

15 minutes on Friday.

The timestamp on the 1st photo is 8:16 am.

A lot happens on a ranch on a daily basis, and this morning was no exception.  Clint & Mike sorted fall replacement heifers at the feedlot, Walt rode through pens, the dogs helped bring calves, Tony and Joaquin delivered loads of feed, Chester & Kees loaded semi's, I weighed the outloads and Patsy was busy with paperwork...and keeping the dogs out of trouble when they weren't being used.

And that was all before 8:35 in the morning.

A fast, full, and very fun Friday.  Here's to many more like them!

Tuesday, August 21, 2012

What a life is about.


We chase cows and sunlight and time.
Tend to horses that colic, deal with loss, knocked open polls and vet bills.
He hooks up trailers, fence chargers and ditchwater.
We go to meetings and weanings and appointments.

There just never seemed to be enough minutes in the day.


But enough is enough.

He provides all that we need. 
All of the minutes, all of the patience, all of the needs.

It's about doing what we can, where we are and with what we have.
About living looking forward.  And not through the rear-view mirror.

It's about giving 100% and being happy with what you get back.
About praising, and polishing and protecting.

It's not about perfection.

It's about living.  And living widely.


"In the end, everyone ends up at the length of their lives —
but only a few live the whole width of a life."
-Ann Voskamp

Monday, August 20, 2012

The chase for purple.


Western Idaho Fair
Boise, Idaho
4-H & FFA Beef Show
August 19, 2012


Thanks Shane for the invite.  It was a Sunday well spent.

Saturday, August 18, 2012

The roughstock.

Life on the road is tough.

But the owners of the roughstock used in the Farm City Pro Rodeo last week did their best to make it easier on the roughstock.

When the roughstock weren't working, they could be found hanging out in the feedlot pens at Double M.

The bucking bulls spent their time in the receiving pens out front by the office, and the horses were in the feedlot pens.

While most people (including me) would think they'd all be really wild; you could actually walk right up to or into any of the pens and the livestock would just stand there and watch you.

It made taking pictures pretty easy.

And the funniest thing to me was -

They all ate out of their own individual feed pan.

I don't know why I found this so curious - I guess because I'd assumed that they'd eat out of the bunk, or that they'd be too wild to eat out of a small feed pan.

I mean - their job is to fling a person off of their back.

Not be docile enough to share, and all stand around patiently waiting for their portion to be fed.

But every morning, each bull and horse was fed grain in an individual rubbber feed pan.

No fighting.  No bucking. 

Just a lot of standing around and eating.

See all of the small black pans?

I still can't get over it.....

Friday, August 17, 2012

Farm City Pro Rodeo

The crew we sat with - they were fun!

Bryan & Lou Ann Wolfe

Dave Hartley & Betsy Hartley
Trevor Brazile

Dallas holding sweet Reagan
Royce - He loved every minute!
Anna & Terry were just a few boxes over.
Local Brandon Christensen getting ready to steer wrestle.
I shot on manual most of the night - a new thing for me - and I'm definitely learning a lot.  But it's not easy!

Farm City is such a fun rodeo. 

 It's a great mix of fun-loving people, hometime pride, and skilled contestants. 

The rodeo doesn't start until 7:45 - and while it makes for a late night - the sun is setting, there's usually a light breeze, and for weather in Hermiston in August; it's usually pretty darn comfortable.

While we sat with friends in box seats, the rest of the seating in the bleachers is "first come, first serve".  It's nice because the bleachers are very spacious and you can sit in spot for awhile and visit with someone, then go sit somewhere else and visit with another person.  

And then there's the rodeo. 

This year, the rodeo celebrated it's 25th Anniversary.  A lot of the "famous" guys are here in the Pacific NW rodeoing in advance of the Pendleton Round Up, but there's also a lot of local guys who get to participate as well which makes it fun to watch.  Kessler's, The Calgary Stampede Ranch and Korkow's all bring in roughstock, so there's pretty talented livestock at work as well.

Clint and I really had a lot of fun this year.  And we hope to be there again next year!