Tuesday, December 31, 2013

2013.

As 2013 bows out, and allows 2014 to take front & center stage, I thought I'd wrap up the year with quick post and a few pictures.  This past year wasn't the easiest, but it was filled with new experiences and growth. 

It was a year of width.


January



The year opened with new life, and ended with loss.  January was a tough month for me - we lost my Dad to colon cancer and I still struggle a bit with "did I do all that I could?".  (I know, I shouldn't - but I'm being honest, and I do.)  But I know that he is in a better place, and shining in God's love.  And Lindsay and I were so thankful for the family that surrounded us in that time.


 
February



Like most ranches around here - this month was filled with the tremendous amount of work that calving brings.  But it also brought annual bull sales and another birthday for Clint - all things to celebrate.


 
March



Brandings, feeding and working cows and a trip to Corvallis filled up March.


 
April


The breeding season began and AI projects filled up our calendar.  I was able to make a quick trip to Iowa to attend my cousin Alayna's wedding though and the Clancy Stack made another appearance!


 
May



We bred more cows in May, and wrapped up a successful breeding season with our first trip to the Jordan Valley Big Loop - hopefully we'll get to go again!  Clint's dad Dave flew home after staying and helping us during the breeding season - we were sad to see him go, but looked forward to seeing him & Mel in June.
June



June was such a fun month!  Jackpot shows, our nephew Jace coming to visit, the UCCA BBQ and a wonderful trip to Iowa, Nebraska & Colorado filled the month.  Clint and I also celebrated our third wedding anniversary - I'm so lucky to get to be married to that guy!




I always say that July is our "vacation" month.  There's a bit of down time to rest and we can usually get away from the ranch if we need - which lets us get up to one of our favorite places - the Wallowa's.



Rodeo, road trips & riding filled this month.  It's also the month that this post brought thousands of people over to my little piece of the internet.


This is the month of Let 'Er Buck - and we did! At weddings, the beach, and at the ranch.



I was furloughed in October for two weeks - which meant I got to spend a lot of time at the ranch!  Fall calving and preparing for FFA auctions filled my days.



The sale barn construction began, my dishwasher caught on fire, and we spent Thanksgiving in Montana.
December



We wrapped up the year with the familiar; cattle, breeding projects & great friends.

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It's been a year of highs and lows - but the peaks don't mean as much unless you've walked thru the valleys.  And we have much to be thankful for - a wonderful marriage, great family & friends, jobs that fulfill us, a roof over our heads and little to want.  Those are blessings not received by all and we recognize that our cup over runneth.

Happy New Year friends.  May 2014 bring peace & prosperity to you.

PS - If you're in the area, we're hosting our annual New Year's Eve gathering at our house tonight - you're invited to stop by!

December.












I think you could describe this December in one word...

COLD.

We had temperatures that hovered in the negative double digits, freezing fog that layered day after day, and snow in the early part of the month.  But the crazy thing is that after the wet & warm fall, there's still grass out on the meadows and the guys still aren't full feeding all of the groups yet.  I'm sure the day is coming soon though that they will, but until then we're enjoying the little bit of extra freedom that brings.

Saturday, December 28, 2013

The Thomas Project - Group 2

We bred the second group of Thomas LGW cows on a brisk, chilly, foggy day.

The guys were joking about how they had hoped they had gotten all of the pairs in the corral, because it would have been easy to miss one.

The numbers all came out right and every cow got bred.  Again, there was a great crew on hand to get the job done, and we got the entire group of cows bred in an hour flat.  And we had fun doing it! :)


- The whole Group 2 crew -
Darcy, Kevin, Andy, Clint, Morgan, Rob, RJ, Chris, Cheyenne & Marti {front}
Mike, Miles, Annie & Emmet {horseback}

Kevin & Andy getting ready to breed in their barn to the left.

On projects like these, where we're trying to time breed a group of cows as quickly as possible, my "real" camera usually stays put away.  I'm usually kept pretty busy thawing straws as quickly as possible because the guys can breed them just as fast as I can thaw them.  Plus, when the cattle come to the barn as quickly as they do when we use our Daniels portable alleyway and Bud box, there isn't a lot of down time.

I did have a chance to snap a few pictures with my cell phone though!

The guys know by now that I won't leave a project with at least a few pictures! :)

Cheyenne & Marti recording numbers, which bull they were bred to and pushing cows to the breeding barns.


There's always time for a selfie, right?!?

Everything we need to get the job done - including a Diet Coke!

Clint breeding a cow.  It was so cold he brought a heat lamp so the lube wouldn't freeze.
Morgan
I keep track of timing and bulls used and always have a Sharpie with me to do so.


Rob running the sorting Y.

Miles & the Evans' sorting the cows to be bred from their calves.

My {office}.

Cheyenne & Marti

All done with Group 2, and headed to set up at Group 3
Group 3 getting set up.



Thank you to Thomas Angus for allowing us breed your cows this year!