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'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;
It's Christmas time, and Christmas time means lots of gift exchanges.
Gift exchanges can be stressful, intimidating and sometimes downright scary.
What do I get?
What if they don't like it?
Will it fit?
What if they already have it?
Last week we had a department meeting at work and my boss explained all the ins and outs of the Christmas gift exchange to our new employees.
To be honest, the whole discussion pretty much revolved around my gift. Because....our gift exchange revolves around my gift.
The first year I took this gift, I wasn't really sure how it would go over. After all it was very unusual and so different from anything anyone else had ever done.
I love today!
Because I hate shopping.
While most people spent their Black Friday at the mall...I spent my Black Friday at a cattle show..
Besides...my idea of shopping is sitting on the couch in my pajamas ordering my favorite things online.
I love Cyber Monday because I actually feel normal for a day by just doing what every one else is doing...completing their Christmas shopping.
Well....not completing...because I am just starting.
The month of Thanksgiving has arrived.
Not sure how it got here so fast...but I guess it is because time flies when you are having fun.
November is a full month for us. Not only is it the beginning of holiday season, it is also the beginning of our show season.
Once the holidays arrive, it is easy for us to get caught up in all the hoopla and forget what the holiday is all about.
I love Christmas.
It is my favorite holiday.
The one we spend the most time preparing for...
The one we spend the most money on...
The one we spend the most time focusing on...
It isn't just a day...it is a month long event.
Christmas has been in the stores for a long time and it is easy for us to completely skip over Thanksgiving.
People seem to be intrigued by our lives.
One of my co-workers says I am so interesting....I think she means that in a good way?
We are just ordinary people who have chosen a not so ordinary path in our lives.
So just in case you were wondering....
If you have ever spent a day driving around the countryside, you have seen signs hanging at the end of long farm lanes. Many of these signs indicate the name of a centuries old family run farm.
When we moved to our farm sixteen years ago, we were just those neighbors that had some land and a couple of horses. Once we decided to buy Miniature Herefords, we knew that we were embarking on a bigger and more professional venture. If we were going to sell our animals, we needed to have a farm name.
One of the questions we asked Roy Largent when we brought home our first cows was what the best way to sell them was. Miniature Herefords are a niche market, so sometimes you have to take a different approach to marketing and selling. Roy said the best thing we could do was to have a website.
We took Roy's advice and started this website. But, before we could have a website, we needed a name.
Farm names come in all shapes and sizes.
Some are generic.
Some are really cool.
And some just make you scratch your head.
So how did we land on 4 Wiley Farm?
Last Saturday was just an ordinary day on the farm.
Not really ordinary for us...because we ordinarily aren't home for a whole day.
It was an uneventful weekend left completely blank on the calendar. We didn't have one thing scheduled for the entire weekend.
Just a day to ourselves and a Sunday with church and afternoon rest.
It may not be ordinary for us to be home, but on the rare occasion that we get to be an ordinary family, this is what and ordinary day looks like.
The day started with a lazy start and everyone getting up when their bodies where well rested and ready to start a new day.
A rare treat for all of us.
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.