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

Winter

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

Jamaica

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

Vacation!

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? 

Saturday, December 28, 2013

Engaged!

 
I am a little behind on posting...oops!
We have had some excitement here on the farm.
 

Right before Thanksgiving our son Jeremy proposed to his girlfriend of 5 years.
She said YES!
We couldn't be happier!  She is an awesome young woman and we really love her.


 
Jeremy and Stephanie....the happy couple!
They are planning a November 22, 2014 wedding.
 


Tuesday, November 26, 2013

Fall

We have had a very busy fall! 
Besides the harvest, we have been working on lots of other things here on the farm.
It's always a rush to get as much done as we can before the ground freezes and the snow flies.
 
 
 
 
We rounded up all the cattle and hauled them home from the pastures.
 
 
 


 I had a few difficulties hauling this year! 
The trailer I was driving had not one but TWO blow outs!
At two different times! 
One fairly early in the day and the other one towards sunset.






 
After getting the cows and calves home, we worked them all.
Preg tested the cows, vaccinated and implanted all the calves and castrated the bull calves.
 
 
 
 
Since the weather has been nice (no snow), we fenced off some corn stalks and hauled the cows there to graze the stalks.
That saves us a lot in feed but we do have to drive there daily to check on them and chip ice so they can have water.
 
 
 
 
 
 Daily chores include feeding the calves that we have weaned off the cows.
We also hauled manure from this lot since the ground had not frozen yet and no snow on the ground.
 
 


We put up over 300 corn stalk bales this year too. 
This includes raking, baling and hauling the bales.
These bales make really good bedding for the cows and the calves over the winter.
 
 
 
Hauling bales with my helper!
Chad would load my semi and my helper and I would haul them back to the yard.
 
 
 
We have been blessed with an nice fall and have gotten lots done!
Now I am praying for a mild winter.