A showman walks into the show ring with his cow all clean, fitted and looking fine.
The showman isn't looking too shabby himself with his crisp, clean shirt, fancy show jeans, cowboy hat and boots to match.
But getting to the show ring looking like a million bucks is easier said than done.
You see...there is a whole lot of poop going on back in those barns...
And it is no easy feat keeping the poop where it is supposed to be and not all over the kid.
They have learned not to show their emotion in the show ring.
To not let the frustration show.
But to me...I see so much emotion in their faces.
I watch them in the show ring and I can almost tell what they are thinking by the look on their face.
This was our 4th year to attend the North American International Expo.
âThis year was different for us because not only were we exhibiting, but we were also in charge of the Miniature Hereford show.
It was a very busy week, but it was a good week....mostly.
We leave for Louisville, Kentucky this week to show at the North American International Livestock Expo.
This is the first show of the season for us.
We never feel ready enough, but ready or not, hear we come.
We spent the weekend making final preparations.
We finally went found time to get out of town for a few days of rest and relaxation...well sort of...Daniel is still working.
I am also taking a break from the computer.
So I will make this short and leave you with a few photos from this summer.
I am sitting here on the couch writing this post just thankful to be home.
You see...the last couple of weeks have been very full.
With both boys off to church camp and then heading straight to the county fair, we were all pretty exhausted. Then, after leaving the Knox County Fair, we unpacked, cleaned up and re-packed for the Ohio State Fair.
By the time we moved in to the Ohio State Fair we were just in auto pilot mode. However, we did actually get to sleep in until 6:00 a.m. a few days.
But...we pushed through and it was well worth it.
We moved out of the Knox County Fair on Thursday night.
I think we all felt like the week flew by and it was the shortest fair week we have ever had.
I don't know why it went so quickly. Usually, we are killing time just waiting for our release time and so sick of the fair we can't wait to get home. This year, we just weren't ready to leave.
Don't worry...we are exhausted and glad to be home...but it just went too fast.
Maybe it was the beautiful weather...not too hot and not too cold. Or maybe it is that our kids are growing up. There is less parenting and more sitting and watching them do their thing.
The boys stayed busy all week, and there were days we barely saw them. We didn't have the long stretches of just sitting and visiting with everyone. We were all on the move.
The boys are home from camp.
The stinky laundry is done.
The animals are moved in to the fair.
And we are ready for the week...
Well, as ready as we will ever be.
Isaac and Walker have worked all summer for the next week and a half.
This week is the Knox County Fair and next weekend we will move in to the Ohio State Fair.
This is it.
Time is up.
I can't believe that two weeks from now we will be at the Knox County Fair. I guess that means we must be having fun because time sure if flying by.
Walker is taking two projects to the fair this year.
He is taking a little heifer as a market beef feeder that he will sell on sale day, and he is taking a Miniature Hereford heifer as a beef breeding project that he will not sell.
My men made it home last week from their 10 day trip to Kearney, Nebraska for the Miniature Hereford Junior Nationals.
They had an awesome experience and spent all Monday night telling me all about their adventures.
They loaded up the truck and left early on a Saturday morning with a plan to drive as far as they could. They made it to Kansas City and stopped for the night.
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.