Tuesday, March 28, 2017

Weekend Recap - At Home Edition

This past weekend was kind of the calm before the storm - from now until June, most of our weekends will be spent on the road so we really enjoyed this one!

Friday was my day off, and I tried to get all of my errands & house cleaning done (while Clint was in Washington putting in CIDRs and meeting with ranchers) so we could have Saturday & Sunday to enjoy.

We had to send Daddy a "good morning" picture Friday since he had to leave before Chandler had woken up.

Chandler wasn't feeling super hot on Saturday, so we stayed home while Clint went to Baker to look at an AI project.  We spent the morning laying low - and I decorated while Chandler took a three hour nap. 

A few pictures of the inside of our house that are "done"....

This rug is just a place holder (and will end up in the dining room) because I have this one coming from Costco this week and hope it fits/goes well in the space. 

And I'm still struggling with how to handle window treatments - but it's the last thing on the list right now.

We just need a pretty cow hide (and maybe a chair) to finish this space up.  I'm struggling with how to decorate around the TV - so for now, I'm leaving it as is.  All things in good time, right? :)

I love the walk in closet the Hunter Brothers built for us.  We had double hanging racks at our old house, but they weren't high enough and our clothes on the bottom touched the ground so we never used the bottom rod.  We had them hang these rods extra high (like over a foot higher than normal) and it has worked out well.  I also bought this rolling laundry cart - and love it so much more having clothes baskets on the ground.

Chandler LOVES being outside and played in the yard after lunch for a good thirty minutes while I got plants & seeds I'd purchased the day before planted.

And then - since I'd used the hose to water in what I'd planted - I turned to the covered patio we have where we park our cars to rinse it down....

Chandler came running (well, crawling :)) and WENT TO TOWN in the water.

I was laughing so hard, and had to get a video to send to Clint. 

We had to end things though when Chandler started slurping the water....I figured his immune system is already healthy enough.  ;)

Sunday morning we were up early to help Clint pull CIDRs and give shots in our own cows.  He's using a 5 day CIDR protocol this year, which is a bit different for us, but we're trying to move our cows up to calve over Christmas/early January so Clint is home before he goes to Denver.

He used Twist to get the cows in, so he switched out saddles and Chandler got to ride a bit.

He loved being in the saddle, and did really well!  Clint led him around a bit, and I held on to him - but I wouldn't have had to he sat up so well and balanced.  I see a lot of future rides for him.


These corrals are a place holder for where our new barn will be, once it is built this spring/summer.

The rest of the day was just spent chilling and working on misc things around the house to get ready to go to Reno this weekend.  (Clint's judging showmanship at the WNAF Angus show.)  All was going well, until Chandler took a dive out of his dump truck.....

We were worried he'd broken his nose (he landed face first - ouch) since it was so swollen but he let me touch it and wipe it later in the day without fussing, so we think it was just bruised. 

This kid - he's a great baby, and plays so well - but I think he's going to give us a run for our money.  :)  He loves to climb on things, and has figured out that he can push something little (like his Ikea chair or bouncy horse) over to something like a chair or coffee table and climb up on it, and then up onto something else, like the kitchen table or window sill.

So far, we've been able to catch him/get him down before he falls - well for the most part, the dump truck I obviously didn't - but he is keeping us on our toes!!!

It was a nice weekend as a family, and really was another gentle reminder that our lifestyle/career changes have been positive and good for our family.

Happy Tuesday!  Keep living the dream!

Friday, March 17, 2017

Bath time baby.

Chandler LOVES to take a bath.

Well - he pretty much loves water, in general.  And if it's running, and he can run his hands through it?  Even better.

We're planning on getting him a water table for Easter - if anyone has any suggestions, I'd love to hear them!

Bath time is his favorite parts of the night, and I love that I have been able to put him in the "big" bath (regular bath tub vs his little green baby bath) in our new house.  He plays with his boats, a wash cloth and his favorite - a measuring cup for at least a half hour each night.

It's so fun to just hang out with him.  :)

Wednesday, March 15, 2017

Checking in.

Just checking in - we are still alive and well!

Really well, in fact.


We're making progress at home - and have stopped calling it "the new house" and now just call it home. 

I think that's a success.

Chandler is sleeping much better through the night, and doesn't wake up sobbing.  Note - I didn't say he sleeps all the way through the night, each night - but that isn't related to the house, lol.  He's also sleeping in his crib - but in the picture below, Clint was gone one night at a bull sale in Baker, and I'd brought Chandler to bed with me since he'd had a tough night.  His eye teeth are coming in, and he had a cold - so he got to sleep with mama this night.  No complaints here.  :)

On the other hand, our washing machine does not like our new house.  It's decided that it only wants to work part of the time and not drain the rest of the time.  You can imagine how much I love this temperamental-ness!  Especially when I have sheets and towels and other laundry to do.  :)   We think the filter may be plugged, but I haven't figured out how to take the front cover off and Clint has been busy - so until then, I just keep resetting it - and sometimes it works.

And other times - my laundry sits in a pool of water for a day or so.


I started hanging pictures on the walls last weekend.   If the wall had an existing hole, I stuck a monkey hook in it and hung up a picture.  I figured I wasn't creating any new holes, so I'd see how I liked things, and then if I didn't like them - I wasn't creating any more work for myself and could start over.  I have a ways to go - but at least it's a start.

PS - If you haven't used Monkey Hooks before (or the generic brand of them) - you need to!  They are awesome.  And cheap.  And can be bought at almost any hardware store/Walmart/Home Depot type store.

The spring AI season has officially started for us!

 We went out to Ione last weekend to put CIDRs in a group of heifers - and I didn't get any pictures while we were putting them in, but I did after we were done and tearing down.  I've basically come to the realization that taking pictures like I used to just doesn't happen as easily when I'm trying to do a job and take care of Chandler. 

Other than that, we're just gearing up for a busy AI season, working on house stuff and enjoying time together as a family.  This really is a great season in our lives, and both Clint and I are thankful for it.

We don't take for granted the many blessings we have.

Oh - and Chandler has figured out how to hold a hamburger and eat it himself without making a huge mess.  This is awesome - because something tells me we'll be eating a few meals on the road in the next few months as we head out to help Clint AI.

He was so proud of himself!  :)


Hope all is well in your world - and that you're living the dream!

Now, if you'll excuse me - I'm off to try to talk my washer into working.  :)

Monday, March 6, 2017

Weekend wrap up - New house edition.

I posted these on Facebook, but wanted to keep the blog updated too since I think I'll look back on that more than I will Facebook.  :)

This past weekend was the first full weekend in our new house, and our only big plans were to relax, make sure the cows stayed in and were fed, do laundry and if I could - get the bedroom set up.   Clint was in Montana with Ryan looking at bulls, so it was just Chandler & I to hold down the fort.

We took Clint's AI wagon outside with us to do chores - my big stroller is still at the old house (not sure why, just one of those things I haven't moved, lol) and this worked perfectly to pull Chandler in since he still isn't walking and I needed two hands to throw hay.  He had a BLAST in it - and if I was away from him, he'd stand up and point at me.  I'm sure he was managing me very well in his mind.  ;)

 Pre morning nap time called for a little block time at Chandler's new Ikea table.

The Hunter brothers are doing our inside contract work, and finished up our floors late last week.  They were coming today to install our closet system so while I couldn't move our clothes, I could move just about everything else in to our bedroom/pantry/laundry room, which have been the last rooms for them to finish. 

My goal this weekend was to get most of our furniture situated where I want it, and then I'll start hanging pictures and d├ęcor in the coming weeks.  And replace all of the window treatments....which I think will be harder done than said, yikes.  I thought at first they were on a rod, but this weekend realized they're full valances stapled to boards that are screwed into the walls - so I'm not sure what the wall repair is going to be if I pull them down to replace.  Oufta.

I'll say this - I love our flooring! We purchased vinyl plank flooring from Costco, which means it was REALLY reasonable (like I got it on sale for $1.50/sq ft) but you only got one color choice.  This flooring is probably a little darker than I normally would have chosen, but I do think it matches our existing cabinets well, and goes with our current furniture.  (It's dark enough to show dust pretty easily, but that's why I have a Swiffer!)  And vinyl plank flooring is waterproof, and semi-scratch resistant so I think it will hold up to our lifestyle well.  We replaced 100% of the flooring in the house with the vinyl plank.

Getting the bedroom furniture moved in and set up....I need to find an extra fitted sheet to cover those box springs, but it wasn't exactly a first priority on the list.  :)

I know many of my pictures of Chandler are blurry - it's just this stage right now.  :)  He moves too fast, and isn't going to be slowed down by his mama asking for a picture.  :)  But he LOVED being able to crawl up on the bed before I made it for a few minutes!

We're taking things slowly and adjusting to the new house.  I was actually kind of surprised how hard Chandler took it - he usually is a "go with the flow" kind of baby, but this move was tough on him.  He's still not 100% comfortable sleeping in his new room (not sure why) but hopefully we'll get him to a point where he doesn't wake up sobbing from every nap and nighttime.  (Some nights he'll sleep all the way thru the night, but others he wakes up multiple times sobbing....poor guy.)  Until then, either I sleep in the guest bed in there with him, or we just bring him to bed with us midway thru the night.

And waking up in the morning, or from nap times usually require a few extra snuggles until he gets used to his surroundings....but you won't ever hear me complain about extra snuggles. 

Doing morning chores in our pj's - because that's what weekends are for!

So that was our weekend!  We're looking forward to a full week and the Rollin' Rock sale coming up.  My goal this week is to get our clothes hung in the closets once they're done being installed, and catching up on laundry.  Then we'll see where we're at and maybe start decorating.

We also need to start thinking about outside stuff, but that'll be a few weeks away.

Hoping you all had a great weekend too, and that you're living the dream! 

Thursday, March 2, 2017

Chandler & Twist.

 Last Monday was blustery - and Chandler had just woken up from a nap - but we couldn't pass up an opportunity to put him up on Twist.

Clint had just finished riding through Rollin' Rock pens and Twist was saddled, so out we went.


We didn't stay out too long, since it was so windy - but just enough to get up in the saddle, let the wind blow through our hair, and pretend we were a real life cowman like daddy.


And everyone knows that real cowmen always take the phone call when it comes.  ;)

I think you could say he was a fan.