Thursday, June 30, 2016

Visiting family in Nebraska.

The second half of our road trip allowed us to see almost all of Clint's family.
After leaving Bismarck, we headed south to Gordon where his dad and Mel live.  Robbie, Kristi and the kids came up and we had a really nice evening with everyone.
Dave & Mel moved right after we moved home from Nebraska, but we'd never had a chance to see their new place.  That was remedied last week, and it really is a nice home and they seem to be settling in.  Before dinner, we had everyone jump in a group picture!


After Robbie, Kristi, Jacobi & Jace went home, Mel and I were trying to figure out if Chandler looked like Clint as a baby, so we sorted through old pictures.
How cute is this one of Clint (second from left) and his siblings????

Chandler was a big baby (9 lbs, 5 oz) and since I weighed less than 8 lbs, I figured he got the birthweight from Clint.  (Clint couldn't remember what he'd weighed as a baby.)  But after seeing his birth announcement, I think he actually weighed less than me!

The next morning we woke up and headed south to Ogallala to meet Clint's grandma, aunts & uncles and cousins for lunch.
The Sandhills are still beautiful!  Driving through them brought back a lot of good memories from when we lived there....

And it was so neat that Chandler got to meet his Great Grandma Yvonne!
Now he's been held by both living great grandmas - my mom's mom, and Clint's dad's mom.

After spending the afternoon in Ogallala, we headed west and had dinner in Cheyenne with Clint's mom, sister and her family.  It was fun to see Delco - he's grown since we last saw him.
But I guess that's what kids do.  :)

After dinner, we said our goodbyes and kept heading west.  We stayed the night in Rawlins, and then woke up semi-early to make the rest of the drive home.  The last day (Tuesday) was our longest drive of the trip, but this guy handled it like a champion!


Oregon, Washington, Idaho, Montana, North Dakota, South Dakota, Nebraska, Wyoming & Utah.
Chandler's now been to ten states (including our trip to Iowa in May) in just his first five months of life and has proven to be a great little traveler.
We couldn't ask for a better baby!

Tuesday, June 28, 2016

Road trip!

We took Chandler on his first road trip last week!
Tyler Kralicek, who judged for Clint on his last judging team, was getting married to his wife Chelsey in Bismarck so we decided to make the trip.  We looked at flights, but figured we wanted to be able to see Clint's family since we were so close so driving made the most sense.
Chandler was a trooper!  We left Thursday night after work and made it to Coeur d'Alene, Idaho.  We spent the night in the Super 8 - because Clint hasn't changed his ways, lol.
The next morning we let Chandler get some wiggles out before loading him back in the Camry and heading for Montana.

Traveling with a baby is not exactly efficient, but it was fun.
We took plenty of breaks to feed Chandler, change his diaper or just play.  We'd planned each day so that we only had 6-8 hours of actual driving, so it was totally manageable.

Paul & Whitney lived about halfway thru our trip in Lewistown, MT so we planned to stay with them Friday night.  It was SO fun to meet their new baby Andrew, enjoy a nice dinner, check out their vet practice and meet one of Twist's babies they named Tornado.

Saturday morning we were up early at 3 am so we could be on the road by 4 to Bismarck.
Chandler made it thru his second full wedding mass in two months without a peep!
It was pretty warm outside while we were waiting for the receiving line, so he took shade under his dad's hat.

Tyler & Chelsey's reception was at a really cool venue in Bismarck, and we really enjoyed ourselves.

All of the OSU folks sat together - and we had the best time!
Of course the boys had to toast Tyler's marriage.  ;)

Tyler looked handsome, and Chelsey was a beautiful bride!
We wish them all the best in their marriage!

The next morning we headed out early and turned south towards Nebraska.
But not before Chandler got in some tummy time.  :)  We found that if he could have some time where he could roll around and play on a flat surface (like the hotel bed) that he did really well in the car, so we tried to let him do that each morning.
The grass in North Dakota looked so good, and the badlands were just as beautiful!

More pics of our trip later this week!

Sunday, June 19, 2016

Happy Father's Day Clint!

It's funny -
You think you love someone so much.
And then you see them parent your child and that love grows by leaps and bounds. 
More than you ever thought.

This man -
He's a tremendous father.
A man who loves to play with his son, and cuddle and give him new experiences.
A man who snuggles with Chandler, takes him to change water, and can feed a bottle like a boss.
Not to mention - he changes a mean diaper.

Happy 1st Father's Day Clint!

We love you so much!
With love,
Your two biggest fans

Tuesday, June 14, 2016

Chandler is 5 months old.

Chandler Jesson James
You are 5 months old!
You weigh 19 1/2 pounds, are 26.5'' long, and are in the 99% for head circumference.

You wear 6-9 month clothing, and are eating a few soft foods at night like rice cereal or applesauce.
This month you got your first two teeth on the bottom!
And you were such a good teether, you hardly even fussed.

You are sitting in my arms and lap as I type this one handed, playing with a sack of jelly beans and sucking on a cold teething ring.  But just a minute ago, your daddy had you up on Twist in your saddle and you were LOVING it.  You are an active little baby, and love being in your exer-saucer, or rolling around on the floor.
You mastered rolling over this month, and can hold your head high!  You can scootch across the floor, but can't crawl yet although you pump your little legs and started planking last week.  Pam (who loves and watches you during the work days) sends us fun pictures of how far you can go....and it makes your mom and dad proud of how well you are developing!
Your hand to eye coordination is so good, and it's amazing how well you can pick up things....and take them straight to your mouth!  :)

You love being on the go, around cows and near a running generator.  ;) 
We love you sweet baby, and can't wait to keep watching you grow up!


Thursday, June 2, 2016

Wrapping up the AI season....

We still have a few AI projects to go in Central Oregon this week, and a few smaller projects here close to home but we're definitely on the home stretch of the 2016 spring AI season!

Honestly, when we started - outwardly I was very confident that I could handle it with Chandler.  But inside - I didn't know.  In the first projects we did, we were so lucky to have Kylee here with us and she helped hold Chandler, change diapers or bring cattle so I could focus on thawing inside the barn. My mom helped on the weekends she was here too.  As he got older (and Kylee moved back home to help Raymond's), Chandler was old enough that he could hang out in the carseat underneath my desk space in the AI barn office and we got along well.

Sure - we had a few trying moments.

Chandler likes to be changed RIGHT when he becomes wet and so there usually is a bit of fussing while Clint and I trade off thawing so I could change him.....and there was the time in Wallowa when we were AI'ing for Todd Nash and I had Chandler in the front pack because he was STARVING (not really, the guy weighs 20 lbs at 4 months....but he thought he was starving) and we had 7 cows to go and I knew if I could get those cows (which would take probably 10 minutes) I could feed him and not be rushed....and as I'm pulling a cane of Commando semen (which is hard to get and expensive) Chandler threw his head back towards the tank.  So I did what any mom would do - I dropped the semen and grabbed Chandler's head.  It sucked because I haven't dropped a cane (or even a straw) of semen in FOREVER, but you do what you have to do.  And I put Chandler back in his carseat and he fussed for the next 5 minutes while we finished the last cows.  And then there were both of those times in Milton Freewater when we were putting in CIDR's and AI'ing, and NOTHING could calm Chandler down.  We finally just determined he didn't like MF.  ;)

You do what you have to do, and you just go forward.

I guess I say the above because I post a lot of "Chandler is happy in the AI barn" pictures - and for 95% of the time, he is like that and we know we're lucky.

But let's be honest - he, nor I, are perfect and we have our trying moments too.  ;)

So with that said - he are some happy pictures.  And at the end - one sad picture for honesty's sake.  :)

{AI'ing in Baker}

{Hanging out at the DLX guest house in between heats}

{AI'ing in Wallowa}

{After AI'ing at Nolin}

And just to keep it real....

Earlier in the season after finishing a set of heifers at Double M.

We'd finished, and packed up the barn....and he woke up and there was nothing going on.  I think that scared him more than anything, lol.


We're thankful to be living the dream with this little man!