For every minute in the show ring, there are hours and hours spent back in the barn.
Two fairs...lots and lots of barn time.
I think every show box is equipped with at least one deck of cards.
'We ended the summer show season with a few days at the Ohio State Fair.
If it feels like you have read this post before...I kind of feel like I have written this before. As the years go on, we do the same things over and over. It should make things easier...right?
Well, I don't know if our July's will ever be easy, but maybe we just don't have to think as hard and can rely on the auto pilot a little more.
Heading into the Ohio State Fair, I just didn't feel very prepared. Planning for the show was pretty last minute, because the time just wasn't there. Over the years, we have kept detailed notes, so it really is easier...but it felt a little bit too easy...so I was sure I was forgetting something.
Well thankfully, I didn't forget anything... at least that I know of.
Coming off of the county fair, we always have to will ourselves to the state fair. We are usually just too tired to really care.
Once we arrived, it didn't take us long to get into the spirit of things.
By Monday the extreme heat had subsided and we returned to normal temperatures. The fair board did a great job of modifying weigh-ins so that the animals were stressed as little as possible. Amazingly, only one chicken died this week due to the heat. You can only control what you can control, but the vet, fair board members, parents and kids did a great job in a not so great couple of days.
I worked on Monday...because I am a bad mom and kept forgetting that Isaac shows goats...which show on Monday.
Yep...just in time for the Knox County Fair....an extreme heat wave and the hottest temperatures we have seen in 5 years.
But...beating the heat is just part of the fun of fair.
Saturday was move-in day.
This past year we have watched Isaac turn from just a teenage boy into a man. A very big part of me wants to hold on to him for forever, but when I look at him, I no longer see my little boy. He really is a man just biding his time...waiting for the next step in life.
It makes me sad...but makes me glad at the same time...
Isaac turns 17 tomorrow, so of course I had to sit him down for his annual question and answer session.
Last week you saw all the high points of Junior Nationals. This week, I thought I would show you some of the behind the scenes happenings of our trip to Claremore, Oklahoma.
These are the unedited as they happened moments...
At midnight Sunday night, we arrived home from a 10 day trip to Claremore, Oklahoma for the Miniature Hereford Junior Nationals.
If you have been following along on our Facebook and Instagram pages, you have seen that the trip didn't quite turn out the way we had planned.
Isaac's heifer, Angel, got very sick on our trip. At one point, we didn't know if she would live through the night. After 2 visits from the vet, an IV, tons of help from people around the barn, every medication under the sun and being pumped with electrolyte fluids multiple times a day, we felt like she was as stable as she was going to get to make the trip home.
Isaac had to pull Angel from the show, which was a huge disappointment, but by that point, he didn't care. He just wanted her to get better. Angel's illness started a chain of events that created unthinkable challenges for Isaac.
The entry deadline for the Ohio State Fair is June 20th.
So yes...if you have not entered yet...stop reading right now and go submit your online entries!
Now that entries are out of the way...we can talk about what is to come.
I always look forward to these birthday interviews. It isn't often that I get to sit down with my kids one on one to just talk about stuff.
Walker is the one that throws curve balls. Just when you think you can predict what he is going to say...he says something so off the wall it leaves you speechless.
If you missed his past interviews, you find them here.
Life is never dull with Walker around.
We spent Memorial Day weekend on vacation!
An actual vacation...that didn't involve any cows.
Complete with very sketchy phone service...that made it even more of a vacation.
We rented a houseboat at Lake Cumberland in Kentucky. We have been to Lake Cumberland twice before, but this is the first time we have been there since they finished repairs on the dam, and also the first time we have rented a houseboat.
The highlight of each evening was sitting around the table and watching a slideshow of all the pictures from the day. Instead of showing you all the beautiful pictures, I thought I would show you the pictures everyone kept asking to go back to.
The bloopers and action photos of the week.
Hello! I am Heather... the city girl turned mom to manure loving country boys. My husband and I both grew up in the city, but spent weekends visiting grandparents in the country. We are first generation farmers who learn best by almost always doing things the hard way. I hope you enjoy following along with our adventures down on the farm.