Wednesday, April 29, 2009
Tuesday, April 28, 2009
Monday, April 27, 2009
I tell you though, we were in a polaris wrangler (?) and going straight down and straight up some of those hills - pretty scary. Todd's aunt and uncle live on top of a mountain - no two ways about it - and I guess when you have to get to the bottom, what do you do?
They had a couple calves that needed capturing and ear tagging - so Todd helped his cousin Adam while I drove the wrangler (we won't mention the downed tree I drove over - Adam did tell me it could go over anything). Although I'm glad I was in charge of driving rather than catching calves. This momma was the calmest one. I was laughing too hard while they were getting chased by momma cows to take any pictures of the other ones.
We loaded up piggys about 10:30, and hit the road for home. Another just over 3 hour drive, and we pulled in. Got piggies unloaded, in their respective pens, and headed to Todd's parents to eat dinner and pick up the kids. The kids of course wanted to come right home and see the pigs but I told them I wasn't cooking so they agreed to wait until after we ate.
Tyler is not real thrilled that his pigs didn't want to come right up to him. But they are only 5 weeks old so hopefully they will get friendlier towards him soon. And he wasn't thrilled that they are girl pigs - apparently he wanted boy pigs - but then decided he was cool with it.
Jessie's pigs are a pain in the BUTT! Knocking over their water pan, their feed pan, etc. So we had to quick build the pig waterer as they are into everything.
Hopefully tonight we can get the barn cleaned and organized. It's looking a little full right now since we had to quick empty out another pen for the pigs - Adam thought the little ones wouldn't grow good if they were in with the bigger pair.
Have a great day!
Friday, April 24, 2009
Tonight I have to go get a friend's pig box so we can haul 4 piggies home from PA safely. Todd is working late today and probably all day tomorrow, so the kids and I will be busy. I'll put them to work bedding the pig pen and cleaning up the barn while I mow the yard. And of course, we have soccer games tomorrow morning.
At least it may finally be warming up here - 78 today and 84 tomorrow - I cannot WAIT! I'm itching to get out in my garden - maybe I'll have to break down and plant some lettuce seeds this weekend.....
Tuesday, April 21, 2009
Have a great evening!
Monday, April 20, 2009
But she enjoyed it tremendously. And we (Todd and I) are sooooooo tired!
I'm just glad she had a good time and didn't come out of the ring saying I'm NEVER showing a steer again.....
Friday, April 17, 2009
Him and I survived, and he is clean. When I get done working today, I'm going home to wash him again, dry him again, and then Jason can come work his magic. Lucky Todd - he's either been working or taking a conceal and carry class in the evenings to get his permit. I've already told Todd and Jessie that they are is in charge of the baths for Oreo on Saturday and Sunday (and she was ticked that she wasn't there yesterday to wash him).....
Tonight, Oreo is being clipped, and we are taking one of Jessie's friends to go to my nephew's house to look at rabbits for this little girl.
Isn't the sun a wonderful thing????After 3 days of nonstop rain, we finally saw 61 yesterday and SUN! Today will be 68 and more SUN, tomorrow 72 and lots of SUN and then back in the mid 60s for Sunday.
Amazing how much better a person feels after just being out in the sunlight!
Thursday, April 16, 2009
No one mentioned a word to me......
Wednesday, April 15, 2009
Sunday, April 12, 2009
Let's see....Thursday afternoon a friend called - after I was done painting 1 wall in Tyler's room. We went to a park for an hour for the kids to blow off steam and then got pizza for dinner. 3 adults and 4 kids polished off a family size pizza (20 slices) and a small (8 slices) along with a mixed salad.
Friday afternoon the kids and I went to see Race to Witch Mountain. Should have gone and seen the Hannah Montana movie, but Tyler didn't want to watch a girly movie. Race to Witch Mountain was good, but not that good. Bid on 2 pigs for Jessie's 4-h project by phone Friday evening. Won both little piggies......we will go get them here in the next few weeks.
Saturday morning both kids had soccer games. And it was COLD out there at 9:00 in the morning for Jessie's game. And the field was WET. Jessie played her heart out, but you can see where as the kids get older, the girls get a little bit intimidated by the older boys. Especially the bigger boys. Tyler was a maniac during his game, which is no surprise. He just goes. And goes.
Saturday afternoon - we tried to wash Jessie's steer Red Man. Let's just say his former nickname of psycho calf - fits him really good. He bent the 1st grooming chute in half before we could get him out, and then tried to flip over the second grooming chute. Todd threatened to send him to Creston today, but we decided we want the satisfaction of eating his butt if he doesn't straighten out. So we get out Oreo - and he stands there like a champ while we wash and blow him dry. So Oreo wins the draw to go to the show this Sunday. Because we KNOW he will behave and not do anything stupid. And at this point, we are going for Jessie to have fun and gain some experience.
Sunday, we worked at cleaning up behind the barn. Piles of rough cut lumber that was punky went to the burn pile. Of course, we clean it up, and think it would make a great area to turn her pigs out into for exercize (it will be about 40x60 when we get it all fenced in. So we will go this week or next and get the boards and the posts, and will get it fenced in and use it for Jessie to walk her steers in, and turn out the pigs in.
We did have a wonderful Easter up at my parents with my sister, brother, grandmother, uncle and Todd's parents. But now, I am so ready to go back to work. I've worked way to hard these last few days and gotten nothing accomplished that I had hoped too....
Thursday, April 9, 2009
Tyler's got a BLUE wall in his room. Think bright royal blue......I stripped the wallpaper border off of 2 walls today in his room, and then painted 1 wall blue. Saphire blue paint. need to get another quart to give it a second coat. But he is loving it. The last 2 walls will either be white, a light beige or light grey. Still thinking.....if anyone has any suggestions on the color - SPEAK UP!
I got a 20 foot pole painted white that we are going to hang purple martin birdhouses on.
Tomorrow the kids and I are going to the matinee of Race to Witch Mountain. Jessie wanted to watch the Hannah Montana movie, but Tyler didn't want to watch a girly movie.
I'm so glad I have 3 more days before going to work again. Hopefully the weather will cooperate.
Have a great evening!
Tuesday, April 7, 2009
Monday, April 6, 2009
The kids cannot wait until pigs come to our house - I think they thought they could easily put them in the back of the Durango and bring them home with us.
I guess I know what we will be doing this summer!
Friday, April 3, 2009
My contractions started off with a bang - 3 minutes apart (at 5:00 p.m.). I called Todd - if you're not here in 20 min. I'm driving myself to the hospital.
What have I been up to? Well, Tyler's birthday is Sunday, and we had his party at school on Wednesday:
We are headed out to Punxsutawney, PA today (in fact, I am leaving work at noon so I can clean the house real quick before we go) to look at Jessie's pigs. Todd's cousin raises them and sells them for 4-H projects, and he has his sale on Good Friday (all the pigs are under 1 month old). But he wants us to make a final decision on which pigs we would like to try and buy through the sale. My suggestions that he pick the pig out so far have fallen on deaf ears. Lots of piggy pictures will be forthcoming on Monday.
Sunday, right when we get home (if all goes according to plan, this will be between noon and 1:00), Jessie's 4-H advisor is coming over to work with her and her steer and heifer for the upcoming show on the 19th.
And at 4:30, we are having family and friends over for Tyler's birthday dinner.
Here's the newest baby to the farm (the one born at 12:36 a.m.):
And here is the first baby, who has some structural problems in her back legs (you can sort of see on her left back leg how crooked it is - think very bow legged cowboy with no muscle tone in his legs). Hopefully she will grow out of them....she's a feisty little buggar.
Have a great weekend everyone!
Wednesday, April 1, 2009
And I don't know why in the world the picture is rotated but....you get the idea
Also, a BIG THANK YOU to my bloggy friend Ana for nominating me for this award:
the rules are:
1. put the logo on your blog or post.
2. nominate blogs which show great attitude and/or gratitude.
3. link to your nominees within your post.
4. let them know they have received this award by commenting on their blog.
5. share the love and link this post to the person from whom you received your award.
Here's how I'm doing this one....anyone who left a comment on either my last post or my RIP Abby post - take the award from me:) I'm too computer illiterate to write down everyone's blog addresses on a piece of paper, do the links and go from there. I know there's got to be an easier way to add links but....I only know what I know. I'll visit your blogs here shortly to let you know you've received the award....later tonight or tomorrow.....we've been working with the steers and heifers and BOTH kids had soccer...
PS - Happy April Fools Day everyone.