Wednesday, August 30, 2017

On the road to AI.

I don't take it for granted -
This summer.
This lifestyle.
These experiences.
These kids.
This family.

We spent a few days in the desert AI'ing a few Herefords last month and I wanted to capture these pictures here.  It was the first project we'd taken Cal to over night where we weren't staying in a hotel.  We stayed in our camper we bought from Terry & Anna earlier this year; and while Clint had stayed in it quite a bit in late Spring, I hadn't been to a project remote enough to need it.
This picture is blurry - but it's a favorite.  Chandler loves to snuggle his brother in the morning, and this was the first time Calvin smiled for us.  Here we were, a little family of four, waking up in the middle of nowhere after our first night "camping" in our camper as a family and sweet Calvin just capped off a night that I was a little worried about going into but that actually resulted in a good night of sleep and an overall great experience.
I see a lot of future nights in this camper as a family of four; waking up in new places that will provide growing experiences for our kids.

These two adapt to about anywhere, if they're in their stroller. 

When we weren't AI'ing, the crew was either gathering or sorting.  Everyone (except the boys & I) had a horse - even Grady & Bode helped - to get cattle gathered and sorted.  It will only be a few years when Chandler & Calvin are horseback too - but you'll probably always find me on the ground. :)

And I'll just leave you with this - lol - it's not often that you see Brahman cattle in our part of the world so I can only say -  
Happy Hump Day!

Tuesday, August 29, 2017

Three things on Tuesday.

1. Brotherly Love.
These two LOVE each other!  Chandler is so gentle with Calvin, and Calvin lights up when he hears his brother or feels him next to him.

2. Sweet Calvin
Cal is getting so strong!  He can stay up in the corner of a chair, and while we still support his head when we pick him up - he's getting stronger there too.  Our little baby is growing up.  :)

What hasn't changed is how good of a sleeper he is - but Cal Pal is very much like his brother; he loves/needs a soft blanker against his face as he falls asleep. 

3. Fall Branding.
Terry & Anna branding a few calves this weekend, and Clint helped while the boys & I watched.  During a break when the kids were roping calves, Chandler got to sit on Twist with Clint.  He loves to ride, and I see a lot of hours in the saddle in our future.

Happy Tuesday!

Friday, August 25, 2017

Calvin - 2 months old

Calvin David Dean

You are 2 months old!

And while your outfit above says "tiny" - you're nothing but.  We just got home from the doctor's office where you weighed 13 lbs, 10 oz and measured a whopping 25.25 inches long. Your head was 41.5 cm in diameter and you are growing well!
Chandler outweighed him at 2 months by a pound, but Calvin is taller now than Chandler was at 3 months.  We go to a different doctor now than we did when Chandler was little, so Cal's on a different shot/appointment schedule than Chandler but it's fun to see how they compare to each other. 

You wear size 2 diapers, and are in 3-6 month clothes.  We just put the 3 month clothes away this week since you were getting too long for them.
You started cooing and making sounds this month, and love to smile!

 I feel like your little appearance changes all of the time - most everyone says right now that you look exactly like Chandler, but I see a lot of your daddy in you too.

You are such a content baby and sleep so well.  You wake up once in the middle of the night to eat, and then early (like 4 or 5 am) and go right back to sleep each time.  You don't love to be held, especially when falling asleep.  If you're tired, all I have to do is lay you down with a blanket next to your face and you put yourself right to sleep.  You do like to be in a bouncer though - especially if you can see the rest of your family.  We eat most meals with you in the bouncer by your dad, and Chandler in his booster between us.
Your brother loves you - like really, really loves you.  And you love him - when he holds your hand or touches you, you always start smiling.  I hope that love is always there for the two of you.

You are a trooper, and are game to go anywhere.  You're a great traveler and we've logged over 4,000 miles on the van since you've been born - AI'ing cows, watching your dad judge fairs in Oregon & Idaho, and helping clerk the sale at our own county fair.  When the sale started, the auctioneers couldn't believe you'd just be content to hang out (or sleep) through the 6 hour sale - but you were!

I lifted the stroller up onto the auction block, and besides taking a break to be fed at the start of the pigs - we managed pretty well right there.  A few diaper changes and a few more naps - and by the time we knew it, the sale was over.  :)

Calvin - thanks for making us a family of four.

   We just love you to pieces and are so proud of you!

Tuesday, August 22, 2017

Fair fun!

This summer has been different for us, in a lot of good ways. Because of Clint's new job, he has the flexibility to judge county fairs again which he really enjoys; and because I've been on maternity leave - the four of us have been able to go to almost all of them.

Most cattle shows happen during the week, when I'd normally be at work.
We started out the summer with Clint judging the Marion County fair and then two weeks later we were back on the west side for the Washington County fair.  The first day he judged, I dropped him off and headed to Tillamook to meet up with two of my college roommates and their kids. We had lunch at the temporary Tillamook Cheese Factory visitor's center and took that in. It was great to see Freynie & Becky and just catch up on life. I was pretty lucky to run with a great group of people in college, and they are two of them.

That night Shawn, Lindsay & Henry came over to mom's for dinner.

The second day, Clint headed in to the fair and the kids and I stayed at home with my mom and kept our feet in the pool! It was such a relaxing day. :)


In August we headed to Idaho when Clint judged the Gem County fair and the Western Idaho State Fair.  We were headed home the day of the Eclipse, and happened to be in the "path of totality" so we pulled over at a gas station on the ID/OR border and watched it.

We missed the first part of our local county fair (we were in Jordan Valley AI'ing) but were home in time to help judge Master Showmanship (goats this year for me, lol) help with the auction and take a "Sweaty Selfie" with Lindsay!

It's been a great summer, filled with a lot of fair fun. We love that we get to expose our boys to livestock shows and hope they grow up to love the industry as much as we do!