Monday, February 29, 2016

February.












February.
It was the month where we hit our stride, and found our groove.
Days became easier to plan, and we made the most of the nice weather by getting outside every day.

Our sweet boy grew and grew, and we have loved loving on him.

It was a great month!


Wednesday, February 24, 2016

It's bull sale season!

On a ranch, there's always something going on where you can say

 'Tis the Season.
 
And right now, well...
 
'Tis the season for bull sales.
 
You know it's started when you have more catalogs in your mailbox than regular mail, and when you don't have to worry about what's for lunch because you're headed to a sale and will eat there. 
 
 :)
 
One of the perks of being on maternity leave right now is that I'm home for all of the sales.  We've been taking advantage of that, and Chandler and I have been to two sales so far this spring.  We would have gone to Kessler's too with Clint, Ryan & Beau, but Chandler had been {spitting up/throwing up/if it went down it was for sure coming up} A TON that morning, and I thought it'd be best if we stayed home. 
 
Price Cattle Co had a nice bid off at their ranch, and then we hit up Meadow Acres' sale as well.
 
 
At Meadow Acres, Butch Booker was nice enough to take our picture with Teagan at Chandler's first bull sale.
 
 
 
 
 

 
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Bulls just arrived today for the first sale of three we'll host here at the Double M Sale Barn -
 
 Corsair Angus is Friday, the Oregon Hereford Sale is next week, and the Rollin' Rock sale is the week after that.
 
Sales in the area have been averaging well, I think.  For calf prices being off 35% of what they were last year, most sales are averaging close to last year's averages if not a bit more.
 
Is it bull sale season where you are?  Are prices similar to last year?
 


Tuesday, February 23, 2016

Calving.


 
The calving season for 2016 is just about wrapped up, here at the ranch. 
 
It's been a little different not being as involved out in the pastures as I usually am.   Normally, I'd go to the barn after work and help Clint with chores, and the milk cows but this year I spend most of my time in the evenings at home with Chandler getting dinner ready.

Although I'm 100% enjoying my time with Chandler....and we're eating a lot healthier.  ;)
 
But the other day I was with Clint as he drove thru the two year old cows, to tag new calves.  It was fun to see the babies....although I'm antsy to get back out and picture more of the Charolais calves.





 
 
It's been unseasonably warm here, but it's been welcomed after an extremely wet and rainy January.
 
The calves are enjoying the sun - and when we go out at night to feed the heifers they just buck and play.  You can tell they really feel good - and that makes us feel good.
 
 How's calving going where you are?


Saturday, February 20, 2016

Christmas in February.

Fun mail.
 
I looove fun mail.  :)
 
This past Christmas, I participated in Christmas in the Country, which is a fun gift exchange a great group of bloggers host.
 
Jaime, Laurie, Lara & Kirby were kind enough to host the exchange.
 
Each person was given the name of a blogger, and it was our job to visit their blogs and find out a little more about them.  I was paired with Adriane, who blogs at Little House on the Dairy.
 
It's a secret who your gift is from, until it arrives....and I was paired with Sarah who blogs at Laze L Farm!
 
So you might be wondering why this post is titled Christmas in February....and it's because UPS had a bit of a mix up with the package Sarah sent me, and when it got returned to her, her original gift was broken (booo!) and so after all that hassle on her end, I was thrilled to get her package this month.

And you know what?  It was worth the wait!  :)
 
Sarah sent a lovely gift which included a cute {Love} lettered sign, a western picture frame, Skittles and strawberry jam made in her home state.
 
 
I had just the picture waiting to put in the frame she sent - it was like she knew I needed one!
 

And I can't wait to make Strawberry Jam bars with this!
 


And this sign....well I {Love} it, and it'll be finding a home in Chandler's nursery.
 
I have a host of signs, and picture frames I'm going to create a gallery wall with, and this will fit right in!
 


And the Skittles she sent?
 
Well, they're gone.  Lol - Clint came in from lunch today and had a few, and then I polished off the rest.
 
But the Mason jar is still here.  :)
 

 
Thank you Sarah for such a wonderful and thoughtful gift!

It was wonderful to have a bit of Christmas in February.


Friday, February 19, 2016

Family pictures.

We didn't send out Christmas cards this year, for the first time since 2008.
I did that, because I kind of thought Chandler might come early, and I knew we'd send birth announcements too.

Chandler ended up not coming early (since he had been measuring so big, my doctor had talked about having him early via C-section) but be did come just a few days before his January 10 due date.  With calving at the ranch, we didn't have a chance to do pictures until the last weekend in January when our good friend Lindsay stopped by.

Chandler was fussy the entire time, but Lindsay was a trooper and hung in there!  We love this time in our life captured with all three of us in the picture, and are so thankful to Lindsay for her time and talent.
I thought I'd share a few of the images from that day....









And one more...because even when he's mad, he's sure cute!

The announcements should be in everyone's mail boxes by now, so I thought it was safe to share these.


We sure love this little guy, and all that he's added to our life!

Thursday, February 18, 2016

Family.

Chandler got to meet some of his family this month!

Clint's mom flew out for a weekend at the beginning of the month, and also Kristi and Jacobi flew in to Portland the same weekend so we spent a day visiting with them too.

I thought I'd share a few of the pictures.







My mom was here last weekend too, but I didn't get any pictures.

We sure love our family, and that they love Chandler!

Wednesday, February 17, 2016

Semen testing Rollin Rock bulls.

The weather this week has been gorgeous!  Sixty degree temps in February is unseasonably warm but after such a wet January we're going to take it and enjoy it!
 
Beau & Ryan were semen testing the Rollin' Rock bulls, so we spent most of the day outside helping them.
 
Helping is a loose interpretation....we ran gates and brought bulls when we could.
 


Chandler LOVES being outside in his stroller or front pack.  He rarely fusses and loves looking around.  The hum of the generators and rocking of the stroller always put him to sleep when he was tired.....so much so that we were joking about how I could run a generator in the house when I need him to fall asleep at night.
 
8-10 pm at our house is kind of Chandler's witching hour and I've been trying to figure out how to help him fall asleep more easily.  Obviously the answer is to run a generator.  ;)
 







 
The bulls all went thru well, and after three days everyone had been semen tested.
 
Thanks to Dr. Dave and Callie for their great help!
 
In addition to testing well, the bulls look awesome too, and have been growing!  It'll be fun to watch them sell on March 11, here at the sale barn.