Wednesday, October 18, 2017

Reading.


Chandler's daycare provider Kelley takes them to the library in Stanfield every Tuesday.  They usually do a craft or activity, read a book, and then check out books with their library cards.  During the summer, they have a whole program that Kelley gets the kids enrolled and active in.

God bless her - I love to read, and want my kids to love to read but by the time we get home, have dinner & do baths it seems like everyone is ready to crash and there's not a lot of time left.  That's where we feel really blessed & lucky that Kelley takes them to the library regularly, reads to them during the day, and helps them check books out. 

Chandler loves to "read" so I've been trying to keep something in the car for him to "read" during the half hour drive we have after I pick him up, and go into town to get Cal.  Usually that's a bull sale catalog, or lately a tractor sales magazine but this week I guess Chandler got to pick a prize at library, and his pick was *surprise, surprise* a book about tractors.  :)

So we "read" the tractor book, while holding our tractor, and pointing out the tractors along the road on the way home.  It works out well that we live in an agricultural community!

Thanks Kelley for helping make sure our little guy gets to read!

Sunday, October 15, 2017

AI'ing with the Small Family.

We had the best weekend with the Small family in Mountain City.  We stayed after lunch on Sunday to finish up a group of cows, and let the boys finish their naps so we're getting home a little late and this post is going to be a bit of a photo dump.

Chandler had a BALL with Marlie & Paisley.  They played outside, they played inside, they climbed stacks of mineral, they played in the wagon, they made grass bouquets, they played diner....and they were all so good.  Clint and I really enjoyed the visit, but I think it was over the top for the Chan man having two girls dote on him.

We had all kinds of weather, and all kinds of good times visiting with dear friends.

Thanks Wade & Cara for the invite - we'll be back! :)





























Such a fun weekend.

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We did receive some sad news about one of Clint & Wade's mentor and friend Dave Hebbert. We are sure thinking about and praying for the family as Dave went into the hospital with his progressing cancer. Our thoughts are with Mickie and the family.

Friday, October 13, 2017

Friday Favorites - We're headed to Nevada!

It's early Friday morning here at the Sexson household....a normal Friday morning has us up at 4:30 am (I get to sleep in an extra half hour on the Friday's I work, since I take both boys to Kelley that day) but today we're up earlier because we're headed to Nevada this afternoon!

Wade & Cara are breeding cows this weekend, and we're headed down to help.  They probably don't need our help, but it's a good excuse to pay a long overdue visit to their ranch outside of Mountain City and get to see them.   Wade & Clint met in college at OSU, while Wade was working on his BS and Clint his MS and I think the story is they had a little extra money after paying for a fall term so they went and bought a few Hoodoo Charolais cows together.  From there, the herd grew and in 2010 Wade & Cara purchased a ranch next to her parents and they've really grown their cowherd.  It'll be fun to go thru the cows and see their place - I can't wait.

Their friendship - and how it's last long term, and thru moves, and lost pastures, and land purchases, and marriages to detailed women like Cara & I who have just found out that if it works for them, it works for us, and time - is a favorite of mine.  :)



These two boys were both in monkey pajamas Wednesday night.  However, Chandler wet thru his in the middle of the night and I didn't take a picture before he went to bed, so you get to see Cal in his monkey jammies & Chandler is a set I changed him into.  Haha - the life of a mom with two under two, it's pretty glamorous.  These silly monkeys are our favorite though.

And a few other random pictures from bedtime or early morning prep this week....I sure love time at home with these two.




 


 
 
We got our Val's Veggies box this week, and I'm sad that there are only two more weeks - we have loved being a part of her CSA!  This week's boxes were filled with squash (both ornamental and edible) and green peppers.  I usually take two sliced green peppers for snacks at the office, but Chandler grabbed one out of the box before I saw him, and started eating it like an apple!  Green peppers might be his new favorite!



Tractors are clearly a favorite of Chandler's.  Kelley's daughter Jonnie brought home a magazine filled with tractors for sale and he was in heaven!  Kelley said he spent a solid hour and a half Wednesday paging thru the tractors and pointing out the ones he liked.  He's like a older man trapped in a little boys body.  His excitement is definitely a favorite of mine.

This is random, but I have a lot of my Christmas shopping done already and feeling somewhat on top of things there is definitely a favorite!  (And a stress reliever, ha!)  We still need to find one "big" gift for Chandler, but I'm going with the less is more approach again this year.  One thing to read, one thing to wear, one thing they need and one thing for fun is the plan we're kind of sticking too in terms of gift buying.


I'm still enjoying my favorite Starbucks drink - a quad shot, half-caff, iced in a Venti cup with 7 pumps vanilla and a splash of cream.  Sooo good!  Although I might have to scratch the half-caff today and go with all regular shots to get thru the day. ;)

Happy Friday friends - hope that your week was filled with a few favorites too!

Wednesday, October 11, 2017

Calvin

Hi sweet boy.
 

I've had these pictures uploaded into this post for a week now, and you already look different.
 


You're growing, and we think you have a few teeth coming in. :)
 

You are such a happy baby.  For probably the past week, you've really been interacting with your brother.  You look at him, he holds your hand and then you giggle out loud.
 
It's funny - but you can just tell that you love him, and it's obvious that he loves you.
 


Thanks for being you Cal - we adore you.
 

 
Love you sweet boy.

Tuesday, October 10, 2017

The mother's holiday.

I work for USDA, so that means part of our benefit package is 10 paid federal holidays a year.
 
Columbus Day is one of them - or as we like to jokingly refer to it in our office, "The Mother's Holiday".  Kids are in school, but the moms are off and can get things done!
 
Obviously, my kids aren't in school but our care providers said they would watch them on Monday which meant I had a WHOLE day to get errands done.....I love my kids, but a whole day without loading kids in & out of the car, or lugging a car seat around was glorious!  I'm trying to get things lined up for our Hermiston FFA Alumni Auction on Nov. 11 and it was so great to check a few to do items off of my list!
 
Because I knew I'd get a lot done on Monday, we spent the rest of the weekend doing fun things.
 
Friday I went to Tri-Cities and we did our normal bi-monthly Costco trip, and hit up Hobby Lobby for a few fall decorations.  We picked up this turkey to sit on our back deck, and Chandler wanted to "hold" Calvin, while he was eating his pear.
 

 
Chandler was so funny - he normally won't eat dense fruit or veggies, but he loved toting around that pear he picked off of our tree.  I was telling Kelley about it on Monday, and she said he'd eaten a small apple earlier last week which surprised her too.  Hopefully we can keep him on the fruit loving train!
 

Clint spent Saturday in Ellensburg at a field day & sale at Trinity Farms, so the boys & I hit up Junk Barn Girls after naps (I scored a sweet ladder to hang blankets on - thanks Casie!) and then came home to play.  Chandler was helping me put away the silverware (that's his job - he knows to put it in the silverware draw, and then I separate it) but then wanted to pull it all back out and place it in the dishwasher racks he had pulled out.
 

I figure as a mom, I get to pick my battles.  This one wasn't worth fighting - he was happy, content, quiet, focused, and at the end of the day all I had to do was rinse a few pieces of silverware off.
 
We spent the rest of the evening snuggling, and teaching Chandler what double sided tape was.  Lol - he thought it was hilarious!
 
 
Sunday we helped Clint vaccinate the rest of our cows, before we hauled them out to a bit of fall pasture/stubble.  Clint wants to get our pasture watered up as much as he can before it really freezes, and our friends let us take a few cows out, and that let us get them off of it for a few weeks.  It was a gorgeous day, and we were happy to spend time together as a family.
 

 
The gophers dug a few new piles of dirt in our lawn, which aggravates me - but Chandler loves to play in the soft dirt, so I guess that's the silver lining.  Cal hung out and was such a good boy while I worked on our front flower beds and sealed up the vents in our foundation.
 



 
Cal's wanting to reach for things now, so we keep toys nearby that he can hold onto/out.  It's so fun getting to watch him learn and do new things.  He loves to sit up and I actually set up his stroller seat from a laying position to an upright position while I was working in the flower beds and he did so well!
 
 
Monday we had a lazy morning, before heading out the door to drop the boys off at daycare.  How sweet are these two holding hands?

 
I love these two boys so much.
 
It's funny - this blog used to mostly be about cows and AI'ing, and since having Chan & Cal I just don't have the hands free to take pictures of that much anymore.  I miss it - but I wouldn't trade the quality time I get to spend with the boys for the ability to take pictures.  I know there'll come a day where they're both walking & functioning on their own and I'll have time to take pictures that are more than just a quick cell phone snap.  But today isn't that day yet, and I'm content with what this stage of life brings. 
 
Actually - more than content.  :)
 
I hope you all had a great holiday too - and are living the dream!