It isn't very often that I have a Saturday at home with no plans or deadlines. This weekend, Daniel and the boys were off on a "boys trip" and I was home alone...which I always enjoy.
The cooler fall temperatures have finally arrived and I had to drag out a jacket to head to the barn for morning chores. It was such a cool, clear perfectly peaceful fall morning. I finished chores and then grabbed my camera.
It amused me that the calves aren't much different than my teens. Any time they can congregate together away from the watchful eyes of adults, they do.
I am not sure how we got here. The temperatures are cooling off and we are constantly reminded that winter is just around the corner.
My brain is still saying it is summer...and there is so much left to do before I will admit that fall is here.
Last year's calf is gearing up for the final show of her career....
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.
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...
We had 4 days in a row without rain!
And then it rained again...
But in those 4 days, the ground did dry up enough that we were actually able to get out and about a little bit.
Yep...that is one big pile of poop.
The calendar may say it's spring, but here in Ohio we know that spring means we are in for a roller coaster ride.
This weekend we were at the top with warm sunshiny days. It reminded us that spring really is here and summer is right around the corner.
This weekend was the last regular show of the BEST season.
We were all at the show this weekend...including Nash.
We were all needed because with two rings of showmanship things got a little chaotic at times. But, we tag teamed and each took a kid...and everyone made it to their appropriate ring on time.
Show day is a mix of taking your time...hurrying up...and then lots of waiting.
Next up is the grand finale at the Ohio Beef Expo.
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This weekend we took a little road trip.
We have family in West Virginia that own a full-sized Hereford operation. We haven't been down to the farm in several years and happened to have a free weekend, so we decided late Thursday night to make an impromptu trip. We got up early Saturday morning and drove a few hours south.
We have been to one of the farms before, but it has been several years.
In fact, Isaac has bought two of his 4-H steers from this farm.
It's been a while since I have had my camera out. I am kind of stuck in a rut.
I needed some motivation, and this weekend created the perfect opportunity.
Our first real snow of the year.
Snow on their backs means they are happy and healthy.
This is Blast...
A bull we raised, sold and then bought back this summer.
I mean Daniel....
Got a new toy.
They decided that they just had to have a drone.
They really wanted to take aerial pictures of the farm for the website...in other words...they were trying to sell me on it.
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.