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This is what you get when you mix two toddlers, two border collies, a Shetland pony, two cats, a gaggle of turkeys, a former construction worker, a former lawyer and the family cattle ranch. Thanks for visiting. All images copyrighted. Do not use any text or image without permission.

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Thursday, April 10, 2014

Branding 2014

How awesome is this?!!  What, you don't know?  This is the most awesome development - Mommy no longer has to get out of the car because Clyde can get the gate!  Well, the green gates at least.  It'll be another couple of years before he can get the wire gates.

And look at him here -helping Daddy wrestle those calves.  Wow!  What a difference a year makes.  It caught up to us today though when he wasn't scared by a crazy aggresive cow.  He did get out of the way before she charged, but she was so close!

I made 2 lunches this week, plus I did a lot of the actual branding.  It was amazing to not feel like I had to be watching the kids.  They are really getting independent.  I made calzones one day and enchiladas the next.

 Alice mostly hung out on the truck the first day but by the third day she was helping Daddy too.

We've got one more Idaho bunch and then it's off to Oregon.  


Our baby Chocolate is really growing.  Yesterday he was joined by "Carrot Cake" - a little malnourished red calf that we found at the branding.  Clearly her mom wasn't doing a good job so she got to come home with us.  All our friends, including this little boy who came down the hill to play, love the calves.  Clyde told me today that he must be doing a good job because Chocolate is really growing.

Big Girl

Alice has lost a lot of teeth.  This is number 5 or 6, but it's so central it really made her look like a big kid to me.  Here she is, awake and excited at 10 p.m.  Couldn't sleep for all the excitement.  She sure made it hard on the tooth fairy!

Miscellaneous March

Another day feeding the cows.

 Lego Robot by Clyde.

Riding in the tractor.

At the zoo with our Overall cousins.

Clyde's new room and Lego space.  He got to move to the big room by Alice's.  Mommy got the little room for a guest/sewing space.  All the school stuff got moved in with the art stuff in the front room.  Mommy feels a little better for reorganizing, but could still use some storage space!

Candy experiment from a library book.  We've been going to the library once a week or so.  The kids really like it.  They pick out so many different interesting books.

Tuesday, March 11, 2014

The Springs - Idaho City

Mumsy treated us to a day at The Springs in Idaho City so the kids could show off their new swimming skills.  They did a great job.  It's a wonderful peaceful place and the lunch was fabulous!

Cliff Hike

After we were all done feeding hay, we checked out a cliff of swallow nests and then headed up above Grandpa Harry's reservoir to check out the cliffs and caves.  It was a windy steep hike but we all did a good job.  The kids loved it.  When we crested the top we scared off a herd of deer.