Saturday, August 13, 2016

Hello ...

... although I'm still on my blogging "break", I wanted to take a few moments to check in.  Our summer has been ridiculously busy, but also fun and exciting.  The Littles have been going to a few local rodeos and barrel races, I've been trying to tend my garden which is only 1/2 the size as usual and I've had to make a quick 680 mile (one-way) trip out to my dad's, but I will share about all that in a later post.

Today, I have a few photos from when the Bigs were out for a visit in July.  We undertook a huge project while they were visiting.  I must tell you, I am one of the most fortunate mothers in the world.  My boys always bring work boots and work clothes when they visit and are always eager to help out around the house and farm.  We are truly blessed and honored to have these wonderful youngin's as our children.

Although our project took up more time than I anticipated, we still found an afternoon to enjoy Montana's Makoshika Park.  I am having trouble with internet connection and Blogger today thus, my photos are out of order.  But I hope you can decipher the intended order and enjoy them ...

This view is about 1/2 way down the canyon

This view is from the top looking across and down into the canyon

 The sandstone formations at the bottom of the canyon are amazing.

The natural rock bridge is always a fun and spectacular sight to see and walk across.

My Girls:   Miss N, Songbird and Musician's Bride

Two of the big boys, the Middle Child and Musician, working on our house project with Grandpa attempting to "photo bomb" the photo.

View 1 of our finished project - a new dining room.  This room used house our washer & dryer, refrigerator & freezer and 10 cabinets.  The washer/dryer and some of the cabinetry has been moved into the mud room and the fridge/freezer and remaining cabinetry moved into the kitchen.

View 2 of our new dining room.  We kept 4 of the ten cabinets and they will now serve as a coffee & tea bar and dessert buffet during family gatherings.  Granny's china hutch fits perfectly between them.

Our eat-in kitchen is no longer an "eat-in".  I now have SOOOO much room and my refrigerator / freezer unit and pantry are now located in a perfect working triangle in the kitchen.  The new dining area is much more spacious and being moved to the end of the kitchen is the perfect location for serving formal or buffet style meals.

Here's a 2nd view of the kitchen.  Our dining area and Granny's china hutch used to be located where the fridge/freezer and flanking pantry cabinets are now located.  Can you imagine squeezing 10 people around a table in that small space?   I love having a working triangle vs. the old "runway" in my kitchen.  Also, have I mentioned how much more spacious our new dining area is?

I have wanted to rearrange this kitchen since the day we first viewed this house.  Words can not express my gratitude to my family for all their hard work in making my vision for this kitchen a reality.

Wednesday, August 3, 2016

I Suppose By Now ...

... you've surmised that I'm currently in the midst of a blogging break.  Mind you, it is not a break that I've planned, but one of necessity.  My "to do" list is simply too long.  I hope to be back soon and I pray you and yours are enjoying a most blessed and memorable summer!

Sunday, May 29, 2016

In Addition to Rodeo & Baseball ...

... we recently enjoyed a wonderful visit with extended family. I had not seen one of my aunts and cousin in 25 years.  I can not express how blessed we all were to have them visit.  I've prayed for restoration in my family for more than a decade and I am confident our Lord is working that out.

I am so glad we have finished kidding.  It was a tough season for us.  We lost 5 babies, one doe, 3 of our does had miscarriages, and we had to pull one kid that was stillborn.  I am glad it is over.  We ended up with two bottle kids, Tuffy and Cotton.  Tuffy, the little black kid was a preemie and could not push up on his front legs for more than two weeks after birth.  Cotton, the little blonde kid was born to a doe who was having some health issues and was not producing any milk.

As you can see from the photo, both Tuffy and Cotton are now doing well.  They follow me around and were a big hit with younger children at the rodeos.  Yes, I had to take these two with us because I am still bottle feeding them every 6 hours.

We have 5 kittens (baby bunnies).  Three are gray, one is black and one is white with gray spots.  I've sold three of them to a 4-Her and they are ready to go to their new home this week.  I am excited to see how they will place at this year's county fair.

It appears all the goings on have made Farmer Boy as tired as I am. Yesterday I caught Farmer Boy "walking" his 4-H lamb, Chuckles - hee! hee!  I had a good laugh when I saw this and I hope it brings some laughter to your day as well.

Saturday, May 28, 2016

Mom's Brag Book

The high school graduation announcements have been arriving in the mail.  We are excited and proud of all the 2016 graduates.

The B house doesn't have any graduates this year, but we are just as proud of our youngin's.  I mentioned in an earlier post that baseball and spring rodeo season had begun.  I've remembered to take my camera to some of the recent outings and here's a few photos of Songbird and Farmer Boy.

Although not the fastest in the arena, Songbird continues to enjoy barrel racing.  In each competition, her times improve by a few hundredth seconds.  Consistent improvement paves the way to the winner's circle.

This spring Songbird decided eliminate pole bending and add girls goat tying to her rodeo competitions.

She will be practicing with our goats in our pasture throughout the summer and hopes to give the current winner's circle leader a run for her money next fall.

Since her tenure as a Montana 4-H State Ambassador will come to an end in July, Songbird decided to serve as District 1's 2016-2017 High School Rodeo Event Director for pole bending and goat tying. Service is a cornerstone of 4-H and it pleases me to see that Songbird is carrying those service values into other areas of her life.

My favorite season, baseball season, is in full swing and Farmer Boy continues to be an excellent athlete.

This season his coach decided to play Farmer Boy at home plate.  He is always very engaged in the game and loves the catcher's position.  He's one of the best in the league.

Last week he hit the ball out of the park!  Not only did he score a home run but also gave his team 2 RBI's.

As he took his jog around the bases his big smile says it all.

This spring rodeo season found Farmer Boy participating in Jr. Boys' flag racing, break-away roping and goat tying.

After a few weeks of over shooting the 1st barrel on Songbird's Quatro in the flag race, Farmer Boy seems to have finally got the timing down and had a perfect run in Forsyth last week.

Although Farmer Boy missed this calf, I got a terrific photo!  Upon review of this photograph, Farmer Boy recognized that he need to drop 1-2 more coils off his rope for this throw.

I couldn't resist the above photo.  If Farmer Boy had not tripped during his dismount, he would have taken 1st in goat tying last week.  But we are still proud as he won 2nd, even with a face plant in the mud.

Three weeks ago Farmer Boy not only won the goat tying event in Jordan, MT, but also set an arena record for his age group on Saturday and then broke his own record on Sunday.   His prize was this lovely set of spurs.  Last week in Forsyth, MT, he won 2nd in goat tying and took home a paycheck covering 1/2 his entry fees.

Well, that's all for this brag session.  What have all your youngin's been up to?  I'd love to hear about it.