Wednesday, July 28, 2010

Checking in

Life is seriously kicking my behind. But it's been a memorable summer so.....I'm not going to complain!

Jessie got an excellent for both her sewing and her scrapbooking projects. She is thrilled that she had good comments (and THANK YOU LORD she did not make it to state fair. I could not have done it....).

Jessie also took her 3 beef skillathons and got a 100, 98 and 96%. Tomorrow night she does her pig skillathon.

Jessie was at 4-h camp all last week. Tuesday to Friday on Kelly's Island. Then Tyler was at church camp from this past Sunday to tonight. And on Sunday Jessie was going to spend the night with some good friends and their 22 and 24 year old daughters? Well, the girls were going to Attica NY and wanted Jessie to go. So off she went from Sunday to Tuesday.

I never appreciated until they were gone just how much work they do every day with the animals. And I am so thankful they are home now:)

This weekend I have to work. All weekend long. Friday night through Sunday morning. Although I may skip out of the Sunday part of conference. I'm feeling the crunch to get things done in preparation for State Fair. My parents are keeping the kids this weekend - I'm sure they will have much more fun with Grandma and Grandpa than with me.

Feeder calves are weaned. And Jason has Jessie's calf pretty well broke. We are working on her heifer. We actually have 4 in the barn - whichever is the calmest will get to go to the fair.

This is Huey. So far, he is a big puppy dog. A puppy dog with lots of hair.

Wilbur (the pig) is wilbur. Tonight he weighed 260 lbs. We want him right around 265 so we have to do some adjusting until we load him up and head out next Tuesday. Right now, the plan is that Todd and Jason will haul him down during the middle of the night Tuesday (can't have him stressing in the heat and it's been hot here - 90+ degrees). They will turn right around and come home after getting him bedded down in his pen. Then, at the UNGODLY early hour of sometime between 6 and 7, the 5 of us will head out in the Durango to meet the delivery person with the camper we are renting for the week. And while Todd and the kids are taking care of Wilbur, I will be unpacking the back of the very full Durango and making a grocery run to Aldi's. There's no sense in me buying all of the food we will eat in 5 days by home to drag it all an hour and a half away when there is an Aldi's 1/2 mile from the fairgrounds (if Mapquest is correct).

And Jessie informed me late Sunday afternoon that her jeans, belt and boots no longer fit. So I had to order her a new belt and a couple pairs of jeans. The boots? We are heading out on Monday when I am off to find her a pair. And I still have to sew the buttons and button holes on her 2 show shirts. At least I have them made......although we cheated and went with short sleeved shirts. If it continues to be this hot, I won't let her do the whole long sleeved shirt deal. No sense in giving her a heat stroke, right?

Of course, we come back from State Fair and the kids have a week and 2 days until school starts. I'm seriously looking forward to school starting.

I hope everyone is having a terrific summer!!!! I am visiting all of you, I'm just stealing a minute here and there to catch up with each of you....

Have a great week!


Michelle said...

I'm so glad that you posted! I was just thinking about you - wondering if the State Fair had come and gone yet.

So Jessie is showing the pigs (pigs?) but not Punx?

Way to go on the projects, Jessie. The shirt looks great! :)

marit said...

That is one busy summer! The kids here complain if I ask them to help with housework or the sheep or the harvesting: "But Mom, you KNOW it's summer holiday! We're supposed to do nothing!" ( but it's more barking than biting- they usually come after some growling-LOL)

Good luck with everything!

Niki said...

My mother in law used to remind me, when things got crazy busy, one day we will look back on these days and miss them!!!

Happy you are having a good summer, nice to read an update


Shorty said...

Wow, you guys are busy! Glad Jessie has gotten such great rewards from her projects. Can't wait to hear about the State Fair. You guys have a safe trip and enjoy!

Lib said...

You sure are busy, but I promise one day you will miss these busy days !!!!!! Im so proud of you as you are a WONDERFUL Mom!!!!!!!:o)

Christina said...

Wow, I hope everything goes smooth! You really get a lot done!

sugarcreekfarm said...

Ah, gotta love these so-called summer "vacations" :) Sounds like your fair has been a success! Good luck at state!!