With work and school, we are apart all week. When the weekend comes, we try to do as much as we can together as a family.
Show weekends are always family weekends.
Sometimes we have to divide and conquer, so there are some weekends that I will stay home one day to just keep up on the laundry, cleaning and grocery shopping. But, I am always there for show day.
However...the last 2 weekends have not been divide and conquer....but divide and sleep.
I came down with the creeping crud.
It's not the flu...thank goodness!
But, it is the nasty, won't go away, symptoms I haven't had since I was a kid cold.
I am two weeks in, and just when I think I am getting better, I get a new and bizarre symptom.
The last 2 weekends have been back to back Sunday show weekends. We always dread this point of the show season, because we are almost at burnout point, and then we have to push through two weekends in a row.
The only thing that keeps us going is knowing that pushing hard now, means we get to finish our season a couple of weeks earlier than in the past.
I had every intention of being at the shows the last 2 Sundays. I hate to miss my kids showing. I love to watch them and be there to support them.
But, my weekends have just been bad. Bad enough that I don't feel guilty not leaving the couch all day.
So....I sent them on their way with orders to send me pictures.
It is hard sitting on the couch, watching the clock and not knowing exactly what is going on.
I send them frequent reminders....but they did a pretty good job at keeping me up to date on the day's adventures.
Walker finished 4th overall in junior showmanship, which is the best he has ever done.
Daniel said he did everything perfect.
I hate missing these moments.
Isaac and Walker each ended up with a Reserve Champion in the Miniature breeds class.
When your kids are little, all you wish is that they would grow up and not need you so much.
Now, my boys are grown up and don't need me as much...
I don't like it.
While I am glad they were able to get themselves into the show ring without my help, I really miss being part of the activity and excitement.
There are only 2 more shows in the season.
We have a much needed week off, a show at Holmes County, another week off, and then we will end the season at the Ohio Beef Expo.
This is the final push. The cows are really changing and the points race is close. This is when the season gets really exciting, but also when we are exhausted and near our breaking point.
A little longer, a little more rest, and hopefully we will be back at it as a complete family to end out the season.
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We love cattle panels.
The plain $20.00...available at any farm supply store...cattle panels.
Every farm needs them.
Drop my camera.
It just happened. The strap got caught and to the floor it went.
I did want to upgrade my camera and get a new zoom lense...
But two weeks before Christmas is not the time.
So I saved my pennies...
And this week...
A smile is contagious.
Especially a smile that reaches the eyes.
,We are well settled into the long winter months.
Sometimes these gray, gloomy days can make a Monday morning really hard to face.
Another cold day...
Another snowy forecast...
More slippery roads....
And Dark evenings....
But today, here are a few of my favorite smiles...
To brighten your day...
But, be careful...
Smiles are contagious...
And if you aren't careful....
You will be smiling too, this winter Monday morning.
Smiles are contagious....
So pass one along.
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A year ago, we were just returning home from our trip out to Denver, Colorado to attend the National Western Stock Show.
While we were in Denver, we rented a car and spent one day exploring Colorado and showing the boys a glimpse of the West.
As we drove through the countryside, we were surrounded by snow blanketed mountains with ski slopes on both sides of the highway.
That trip was a weekend packed full of memories, and we added a bunch of items to our bucket lists. Both boys were infatuated and dreamed of the day we would go back to Colorado to show at the NWSS, explore more of the West and try their hand at skiing.
I am known as the person who always says "NO" in our house.
I am the schedule maker and the bill payer. I am surrounded by men that have big dreams and lots of expensive hobbies. So, most times that means I am the reality keeper.
It's not like we don't do anything...it's just that there is always more to do.
It was only a few short years ago that we made our showing debut.
In July of 2012, Isaac showed a Miniature Hereford at the Knox county fair as part of his 4-H project. Boy, were we in over our heads.
It was our vet that encouraged us to show at the Ohio Beef Expo. After being completely overwhelmed at the county fair, there was no way we were going to embarrass ourselves at a show as big as the Beef Expo.
We talked ourselves into it, and in 2013 we attended the Ohio Beef Expo for the first time.
Looking back, it was the best decision we ever made...or the worst.
It's that time of year when every one is making new year's resolutions and planning all they are going to accomplish in the coming year.
At times, these resolutions can be overwhelming. Sometimes it is a struggle just to survive the day, let alone try to move forward and accomplish huge goals.
I know...little by little gets you where you want to be.
Sometimes I need to look back at what I have accomplished, just to give me the motivation and confidence to know that I can and have accomplished great things.
Below freezing temperatures.
I know this is not a news flash to our show family...because I am always the one huddled around the heater...
But, this week, I developed (or was reminded of) a whole new hatred for winter.
You see, I am the mom that is supposed to stay inside and have a hot meal and a cup of hot chocolate waiting for my men when they come in from doing chores.
I am not the one that is supposed to be outside getting cold.
To be fair, I have paid my dues. I had a paper route growing up so I know all about those 40 below wind chills.
'Twas the week before Christmas, when all through the farm
Not a creature was stirring, not even a mouse.
The scoops were hung by the feed bin with care,
In hopes that Farmer Dan soon would be there;
After a couple of months away from the show ring, we began our new show season the week before Thanksgiving at N.A.I.L.E..
Then, the day after Thanksgiving we started the new B.E.S.T. season.
For those of you that are new here, the B.E.S.T. is a youth program sponsored by the Ohio Cattlemen's Association. The season begins in November and ends in March at the Ohio Beef Expo. We show approximately every 2 weeks at different locations all over Ohio. You accumulate points at each show and then a banquet is held at the end of the year to award the participants with the highest points in each division.
The first show of the season is held in Lima, Ohio. It is one of the most attended shows of the season and it is always fun to see all the new cows. You never know what is going to show up, and it is your first look at your competition for the year.
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.