Tuesday, July 22, 2014

Summer is almost over!

Wow, my last post was about calving and now summer is almost over!

Since my last post, we have hauled cattle to pasture, gotten the crops in, sprayed several times, got first cutting of hay put up and hauled, second cutting is cut, raked and some of it baled and hauled.   Road ditches are cut and almost done.  

We did find time to take a short trip to the Black Hills for a cousins wedding and to visit my mom who lives out there.

We also decided to try to get back into golfing.  

 Our daughter who is 22 has only golfed one time before this picture was taken.  
Her boyfriend golfs and she decided maybe she wanted to learn how to.
Since the picture, I took her out once and she did pretty good!

Chad and I don't really have any hobbies and we decided it was time to get back into golfing and to try to have some "down time" in the summer.  
We get too busy on the farm and don't take time to enjoy the summer or each other. 
This week I paid for a membership to our local golf course for the remainder of this year and next year.  I was hoping it would be some incentive for us to get out there and enjoy!
So...we will see if we really do it and how it goes!

For now, we are trying to finish up second cutting of hay, have some building projects to get done around the farm (an new bin and some concrete for our cattle working system).  It's getting to be crunch time because before we know it, harvest will be here!

I hope you are all enjoying your summer!  
Stay safe, have fun and God Bless!

Tuesday, April 22, 2014

More calves!

We are finally in the full swing of calving!
 One of Courtney's babies!
She has owned a few cows since she was 10 years old. 
She bought them through a FSA (Farm Service Agency) loan program primarily for 4-H kids.
Both kids have learned a lot through the program and by having their own loan to be responsible for.

Courtney came home for Easter and helped us tag and treat the new calves.
We had 11 new ones that day!

Chad treating a newborn.

This was our second set this year.

I captured a picture of a calf immediately after it was born.
Was trying to get some pictures of the birth but didn't want to get too close
 and spook her.

One of the first ones born this year.

Chad treating.
Jeremy is in the background. 
He is here most days to help out.

Of course we had a few snow storms this year during calving.
NOT fun dealing with cows and calves during a storm!

We still have quite a few cows left to calve and the guys are itching to get in the field.  The weather has finally turned around and it looks like we might be in the field this week doing some planting and spraying...yay!

Tuesday, April 1, 2014

It's that time of the year again.....CALVING SEASON

It has begun....calving season!
We had our first calf yesterday....along with #2 and #3 too!
Of course they all came on the day we get a blizzard! 
Not fun but goes along with the business.
 Baby #1
Born before the blizzard began.

Baby #3 born right in the middle of the blizzard.
He was in rough shape when we found him so he had to spend the night in the heated shed.
He is doing good now, back with his mama!
We normally have black babies but I bought a few bred cows at the sale barn this year
that were bred Charolais.  I thought we would still have black calves since the cows are black
 but they are proving me wrong.   
It's going to be a busy month here on the farm! 
Praying for some much needed sun and warmer temps.

Wednesday, March 19, 2014

Celebrating Life Trip

Last week I took a trip to Vegas with my 2 best friends from high school (Jodi and Michelle) 
and my daughter (Courtney) and her friend (Sam). 
We decided to call it our "Celebrating Life" trip!
We have all lost people very close to us in our life and have decided to enjoy and celebrate life!
Michelle, Jodi, Sam, Me and Courtney
Out for lunch!
 The three of us heading out to see "Menopause the Musical".
Such an awesome show!
If it is near you, I suggest you go see it. 
It is so worth the money and so funny!

Courtney hung out with us "old folks" one day while Sam caught up with some of her other friends.
We had such a great day and sooooooo  many laughs.  I am so blessed to have such great lifelong friends and such and awesome daughter.

This pretty much sums up our trip....it was totally thumbs up!

Tuesday, February 18, 2014


This pretty much explains how we are feeling about this winter!
It has been a LONG, COLD winter and we are so ready for spring!

Friday, January 24, 2014


Thought I would share a few pictures of our amazing vacation to Jamaica...
 My favorite drink there......so yummy!

 Another yummy Jamaican drink.

 The view from the room at our resort, so beautiful!
Here we are in the ocean. 
 Chad LOVES the ocean and spent a lot of time swimming.
Hoping to get back to Jamaica some day but would like to try some other places too...
Any suggestions?

Thursday, January 16, 2014


We just got back from a wonderful vacation to Jamaica!
I took several pictures by have not had time to download them.  When I do, I will post a few.
We had such a good time that we are trying to decide what/where we should go next year.  Any suggestions?