Friday, September 29, 2017

Friday Favorites.

Just a quick post with a few of my favorites this week. 
 
These two boys - they will always be my favorite.
 
Is anyone surprised that Chandler is trying to hold Cal's hand in the bath tub?  Sweet boy - I hope he holds his hand for a long, long time.
 
 
One reason we take a bath every night....
 

Chandler's favorite past time lately has been playing in the dirt!  I love that he is happy playing outside, and am happy to give baths every night if that's the trade off for him playing well.
 
 
Drinking La Croix is a favorite of mine - and also, surprisingly a favorite of Chandler's!
 
 
Kiddos coming home with crafts from Kelley's is always fun!  Chandler painted this little pumpkin, and it's sitting front and center on our kitchen island.  Every night when we come home, he points to it and squeals.  :)
 

Holding babies is a favorite - both for me, and for my good friend Amy.
 


 
Watching Clint play with our boys always makes my heart feel so full - I got pretty blessed with three great guys in my life!  Usually while Clint & Chandler are playing - I get to be holding this sweet boy of ours.  :)
 
Last year (or maybe the year before?) Adrienne and I started coming up with an AI Barn playlist - songs we thought were funny and related to AI'ing heifers.  So when Conway came on the radio, I had to snap a picture of it to send to Adrienne who was with Clint in Illinois at a training.
 
 
And my final favorite is this beer!  I have maybe had two or three drinks total since Cal was born - I'm feeding Cal, so I try not to drink a lot and rarely finish a beer if I do have one.  I love a good beer, so when I cracked this one open after the sale Saturday it was TOTALLY worth it and so good - even if I didn't drink all of it.  :)  Gohr's had them at their sale, and I didn't have any there but I'd taken one back to the hotel with me to enjoy after we'd gotten the kiddos to bed.  I'll be 100% honest - it was a favorite half hour of the week.  It was late at night, Clint and I were kicked back on the hotel room couch, winding down after a busy and fun day.  We'd gone thru McDonalds drive thru and I was enjoying a few nuggets with the Sriracha mac sauce (another favorite! lol) and this beer.  It was a GREAT way to end the day.
 
Hope this week was filled with a few favorites for you too!


Tuesday, September 26, 2017

Weekend wrap up - Gohr Sale

Well, I survived my first week back at work after maternity leave. It was nice that it was my "short" week, so I had a three day weekend greeting me.  We were all ready for a little rest.
 

Clint was in Illinois all last week, and got in late Thursday (technically Friday) so we slept in a bit Friday and then spent time checking our cows, before we headed to Touchet to pick up our hydraulic chute and then headed to Ukiah to deliver it to Karl who's using it this week. We stayed to help Karl work a few calves and the sunset in Ukiah that night was stunning!
 
 
Saturday we loaded up and set off for Madras to the Gohr's annual Crown Jewel Event. The heifers looked and sold well!
 


 

 
We were zone defense - Clint watched Chandler while I kept Cal and clerked. Chandler was BUSY and had a great time scooping gravel & shavings, running around, petting the heifers and getting his groove on after the sale when the DJ started spinning.
 

 
Dawn took these two pictures above - it was so sweet of her to capture our little family "doing our thing" even though she had a million other things to do.  The heifer Chandler is hugging was SO sweet and gentle....we wanted to buy her and bring her home!
 
We stayed in Madras that night so Chandler could swim in the morning before we headed home.  We switched rigs and went to Helix where we picked up two calves to take to Pam's.
 
 
At Pam's, Chandler was checking out James's gator and they did the nicest thing....they gave the boys their gator that their grandkids had used! It will be so loved by the boys - little did they know (until we told them) that when we were in Touchet Friday, that Chandler was playing on the Crouthamel's boys' gator and how we were talking about getting one for Christmas.  So kind of the Enneking's to pass on theirs to our boys. Christmas came early!

Hope your weekend was great too; and that you're living the dream!

Sunday, September 24, 2017

Calvin - 3 months

Calvin David Dean

 
 
You are three months old!
 
You weigh about 15 lbs, wear size 2 diapers and size 6-9 month clothes.  You didn't have a monthly check up this month, so the weight is from our bathroom scale - but based on the way you're burning thru the sizes of infant clothes; I'd say you're growing.  :)




 
You're trying to sit up as I type this post - you're kind of propped up on a pillow in bed with us, and tonight is the first time you've tried to do that.  You've really found your hands this month, and have started to suck your thumb....I'm still trying to get you to take a binky, but you still don't care for it much.  I figure it's easier to take away a bink later on, than your thumb - but you aren't having it.  :)
 



 
You started giggling this month, and do it most often when we change you.  You talk all the time, make eye contact and love to be in the mix of things.
 
You slept all the way thru the night once - and even though it was just one night, I think that we'll get there sooner than we did with your brother.  I looked, and he was four and a half months old the first time he slept thru the night.  When we went in for your two month appointment, our doctor said now is the time to start "dictating the schedule" - and I told him we didn't have to, because you were on a great one.  You really are an easy baby.






I went back to work this week, and we couldn't have asked for better care for you during the day.  Most days you'll go to Pam's - it means early mornings and late nights, but I love that you get to have the same start Chandler did.  Kelley watches you one day a week too; and she's just as in love with you.  We couldn't ask for two better ladies to watch over you.

I wanted to make sure you'd take a bottle for them (hence the pic above) and you took right to it, without blinking an eye.  However - we found out you do NOT like formula, and with as fast as you're growing (and as much as you're eating) we're trying to figure out a way to sneak that in.



 
You still love to kick your legs - I don't know if it's because you're growing so fast (that's what I think) or if it's because you see your brother running and you want to too (that's what your dad thinks).

 
 
I haven't been great at taking pictures of you with my good camera, so there are a lot of cell phone pictures in this post - but it isn't because we don't love you. 
 
We love you buddy - so much, I just can't tell you.  I worried we wouldn't love another baby as much as we love your brother, and that was silly - because we love & adore you, and are so proud of you.

And as I finished typing this post - you've fallen asleep, holding hands with your daddy who is asleep next to you.  Love you sweet Cal -


Sunday, September 17, 2017

Klamath Falls AI - Bengard

 
We bred a set of heifers this week in Klamath Falls for a new ranch.
 
  Clint had gone down last Saturday to give shots and stayed down there, and since it was my last week of maternity leave; the boys & I drove down early Monday morning to meet him.
 


 
The ranch had a great set of corrals to work in, and all Clint & Morgan had to do was back the box up to their hydraulic chute. 
 
 
We had a great crew; Clint & ranch manager Jared ran the chute, lead up & managed shots/patches; Becky, Tyler & Morgan bred and I thawed.  Ed & Ricardo brought cattle and the boys managed from the stroller.

 
We were hustling - on both the heats & time AI group, we bred more than 100 an hour thru the barn.
 





 
 
 
 


 
By 6 that night, we were done and the boys and I were headed towards home.  A short trip - but a successful one.