Wednesday, December 31, 2014

A goodbye to 2014.

It's December 31, 2014 and the year is coming to an end.  I know it sounds clique but 2014's been a good one.

2013 was hard after we lost my dad and all that happens after a death, and so if I'm being honest - I was ready for 2014 to be here.  A fresh start to have a good year.

2014 didn't dissapoint. As I look back and reflect on all that it brought - the new Double M Sale Barn, another successful AI season, a few trips, and lots of time with friends & family - I am so thankful.

Thank you 2014 for blessing us with another great year.



- January -


We kicked off the year with cattle.  Calving, bull sale prep, clipping and night checks filled the month.  And I don't think we'd have it any other way.

 
- February -


Clint turned 40 in February, and all of his Jr. college friends got together for a fun weekend in Colorado.  On the same trip, we headed over to Nebraska to see Clint's family....it would be the last time we'd get to see his Gramps before his passing in April.  Calving continued, the sale barn framework went up and we spent a lot of time at bull sales.

 
- March -


Brandings both at Double M and at friends, the end of calving, getting to see dear friends at the Oregon FFA State Convention and sunsets filled the month.  But the capstone?  The sale barn was completed (well, for the most part) and we hosted the Rollin' Rock Genetic Partners bull sale.

It was truly a month where success was reason enough.

 
- April -


In April - we begin breeding cows in earnest.  General life on the ranch happened, we celebrated Terry turning 60 and kept on living the dream.

 
- May -


May is when the pedal is to the metal in terms of breeding cattle.  We traveled across the state breeding, and capped the month off with our now annual trip to the Jordan Valley Big Loop Regular ranch work filled our spare moments.

 
- June -


June was jam packed. Breeding at the GI, congregating with cattlemen at both the UCCA and OCA summer gatherings, hauling cows to Ukiah, moving cows to grass and so much more filled the month.  We celebrated another anniversary and one more milestone in this great life we get to lead.

 
- July-


A yard renovation, two trips to Wallowa, irrigation & moving cows.  July is our "down"  month at the ranch, and we made the most of it by taking a few lazy days and just enjoying a bit of down time.

 
- August -


We lost our sweet Austin Power dog this month - for 12 years she was a part of Clint's life and it was tough to have to put her down.  But life moves on, and we spent time in Wallowa and at the ranch, and took in the fair & Farm City Rodeo.

 
- September -


FUN describes September.  Weddings, travel, branding, Round Up, roping with friends and time spent on the river just made this month fun.  With a capital F.

Oh - and this little post struck a nerve with many and brought over 65,000 people to this little space.

 
- October -


We sold our bred heifers this month, my office moved to it's new location and we hosted the BoBo sale.  Fall calving wrapped up at the ranch and the good life kept leading on.

 

 
We hit November running with more AI'ing, FFA auctions, breeding for Thomas Angus Ranch and some early winter weather marked the month.


- December -

 
When December rolls around, we end up spending lots of time at the ranch.  We also wrapped up the end of the Fall AI season, spent a few days in Vegas at the NFR - and had the best Bunco of the year!

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2014 -  You've been a good one.

And 2015 - You have big shoes to fill.

But I just know it's going to be a great year!


Tuesday, December 30, 2014

December.


















As 2014 wraps down and the month of December fades away, I'm reminded of all that is good in this life.
 
And it is a good life.
 
Here's to another December next year, and all of the goodness it may bring.

Monday, December 29, 2014

Weekend wrap up - feeding & family.

Well, the weekend is over and my five {glorious} days off of work are over with it.  But the time off of work was so nice - and I think much needed.  We spent most of our time at the ranch, and I got a ton of stuff done around the house - laundry, a bit of cleaning (in preparation of our New Year's Eve party - if you're local, you're invited!) and a few things organized.  Just boring stuff, but stuff that needed to be done.   We also went and saw my family for Christmas, and spent Saturday evening with the Raymond family having a great visit over dinner.

And Clint may have picked out a new puppy from their litter.  Word on the street is that Ryan will bring her to the ranch sometime this week when he comes to look at the Rollin' Rock heifers & bulls.  I think Clint is looking forward to having another dog - but we're not sure how much Leo is going to love having to give up his {one man dog & pony show} status.  Stay tuned.  :)
 
- Feeding -
 
'Tis the season for feeding cows.  Like it or not, every morning they need to be fed - and with as many as there are here at Double M, it takes a bit to get hay delivered to everyone.  I spent a lot of time driving a feed truck this weekend, and I only got stuck once the whole time!
 
#Jackwasthere
#Dangdips
Tractor + a bale on front for the win!
 
After all of the rain we've had, it was a slick son of a gun out in most of the fields. Slipping & sliding was the norm and we worked hard to find a way to get into fields without running into the fence posts, and then find a dry spot to feed on.  Since I wasn't working, there were enough of us there most mornings that we could run three trucks at once - so we got after it!
 



 
We also worked a set of cows (pre-calving shots & wormer), and gave shots to a few cows that will get embryos here in another week or so.  We moved a bunch of groups of cows around too so that they were in the right pastures, as we get closer to calving.  The guys will work the rest of the spring calving groups this week, even though it's supposed to be cold because they say they're a bit behind in getting pre-calving shots done.


 
There's always something to do and we can always use more hours in the day.  :)
 
 
- Family -
 
One of the tough things about living in Oregon, is that we don't get to see Clint's family in person very much.  We struggle with that, but try to keep in touch through phone calls and emails.  My sister-in law Kristi sent me pictures from their Christmas and it did my heart good to see these, and I thought I'd share.
 
Our nephew Jace

Our niece Jacobi

Kristi's husband Robbie

My mother in law, Mel

Clint's dad, Dave
 
Thank you Kristi for sending me these - it looks like you all had a great evening of opening presents and spending time together!  :)
 
Kristi also sent me a few recent pictures of the kids - we are so proud of them.  Jacobi is playing basketball & they both are so good with the cattle!
 



Looks like everyone is halter broke and leading well!
 

 
They are growing up so fast - and we love the adults they are becoming!
 
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As 2014 wraps up - I am reminded of all that we are thankful for.
 
I had a bit of time to edit pictures this weekend, so tomorrow I'll be posting my "December" picture post - and then look for my wrap up post on Wednesday! 
 
Hope you each had a nice weekend - and enjoy these last few days of 2014!


Friday, December 26, 2014

Christmas.

I hope you had a Merry Christmas!
 
We headed to Amity to spend Christmas at Lindsay & Henry's house on Christmas Eve.  We got in pretty late, but Henry & Lindsay were still up watching a John Wayne movie marathon.
 
Henry speaks Clint's {John Wayne Western} love language.
 
:)
 
Henry's uncle owns a large blueberry & caneberry farm that Henry manages, and it is so pretty there.  After breakfast, we took a drive around and took pictures at the top of the hill.  The blueberries are the brighter red colored fields and the white things are small turbines they use if it gets cold.
 
 


We had a nice morning of opening presents and just hanging out.

I guess Santa thought I'd been {nice} this year! 

 

 
The funniest part of the whole day though was before lunch....

 Henry & Lindsay just got a new Tempurpedic adjustable bed and we all wanted to see what it was like.  Other than Lindsay trying to fold us all into tacos at first (haha - no really, she did) we had a fun time seeing how sweet their new bed is.





 
 
 Poor Henry - he didn't know what he was getting himself into when he said the Vial's could celebrate Christmas at his house!

:)


It was a great day, and we are thankful to Lindsay & Henry for hosting!

I hope your day was filled with joy & for one last time in 2014 -

Merry Christmas!