Saturday, October 29, 2011

Another missing item...

Oh look... it's another post in October.... that makes TWO... wow I am on a roll!

Anyhow.....back to subject...

Missing items drive me C R A Z Y !!  And ... well, when you have children in the house things seem to go missing frequently. Some people don't get too worked up about a little insignificant item that isn't in it's place (my husband is one of those people) and others... well... others just can't seem to sleep at night with the thought of something missing clogging up their thoughts.  Ok I used to be that way, but trust me not much keeps me from sleeping at night these days... well except for the toddler that stays up til midnight more nights than not.  But I do waste too many of my brain cells thinking about things like this and I just don't like that either!  So anyhow, back on subject again (my husband reminds me that I get off topic too easily... I tell him I just like to multi task =) )

I found my missing bananas last night.  They have been missing for exactly one week!  I was getting very nervous.  The thought of rotten, sludgy, stinky bananas lurking somewhere around the house was really getting to me.  It was a FULL bag also, not just a few.  We bought them last Friday during our grocery trip.  I didn't even miss them until mid week when Squirt requested a banana and then I remembered that yes, we had bananas... somewhere...but where were they?

Maybe still at the store?  No, I hadn't left them at the store, as I clearly remember that all the kids enjoyed a banana on the ride home that afternoon as they often do.

Maybe left in the vehicle?  No, I searched the vehicle and cleaned it out well... no bananas.

Several full living room / kitchen / pantry searches came up empty-handed.

A few more days went by with still no idea where the now possibly spoiling bananas were hiding.

Until last night.  I was becoming desperate.  I backtracked to last Friday and went over the scenario again.  Got home... big boys unloaded groceries into house.....  Squirt transported the sacks into the kitchen and pantry with his Tonka truck.... I unloaded said groceries.  

But wait!  There was a cooler involved.  I always take a cooler to town to bring back Squirt's almond milk and anything cold/frozen as we live a half hour from town.  Ok... getting warmer... and when I don't have very much cold stuff, then I tend to put veggies and fruits in there also === like bananas === BINGO!

Checked the cooler and sure enough there was my full and now quite ripe bag full of bananas.  Banana bread is on the menu for today I guess. 

Of course that doesn't end the list of missing items at our house.  But at least most of the things that go missing so often or stay missing forever don't have the potential of being such a disaster! 

I can't tell you how many hours we have logged searching under couches and beds looking for missing pacifiers.  I have kept all of Squirts pacis on paci holders which does make them much easier to find.  I have bought multiples of the same color and attatched them to the same holder.  But Squirt has inherited some of my OCD ways and he has to have the Same exact paci every night.

I spent a half hour looking for one of our netlix movies last night for my late night movie with Squirt.  Came up empty handed!

A few months back Ty bought two printer cartridges for our printer that takes 5 individual tanks.  Well they were the wrong kind, and I didn't even open them so that we could take them back to the store.  I figured Squirt would open them if he saw them, so I put them in a special place.  I remember thinking ... oh, I hope I don't forget where I put them, but I thought no way could I forget this it is very obvious!  Ya... I still haven't found them.  $20 something worth of printer ink somewhere in the house.  I have looked Many times.

I have gotten better over the years with just letting it go sometimes.  But it still drives me nuts when I can't find something and I suppose it always will.

Monday, October 17, 2011

An update for September... and now October TOO!

Life moves along at a steady and pretty rapid pace... whether you want it to or not!
I remember when I was little and thought time passed so very s l o w!
NOW, it zooooooooms by at an incredible speed.  I can't imagine what I will think when I am 60!
Here is a long and dry post about our updates...


September brought beef.  Beef emails, phone calls and customers.  Hauling steers to the processor and a few delivery weekends were a big part of the last two months.  Does it sound funny that I know the processors number by heart?  Everything has been going very well and everybody has been SO nice this year! 
Ty took in the last 2 steers of the season today.  They along with the group in there from last week are the only ones left.  We are excited to be almost done and thankful for all of our great customers. 

September also brought soccer season.  How convenient is it that this year, soccer practice is at the same place and on the same TWO afternoons each week for all three older kids??  Add in the Saturday games and the Friday piano and Sunday church and that makes 2 days a week that we don't have to go to town right now.  But that is ok; the kids are having a great time with it.  Squirt on the other hand likes to hold out on his naptime until practice and then he is up until midnight.

The new chicken coop is under construction -- Yaaa!  Not by me however; by our great friend that has helped with our new school room and several other things.  The sides and floor are built and just need to be put together along with the roof.   The chickens will be in chicken heaven!! 

Maybe I could get a few pictures of said chicken coop and soccer kids.......if my camera would work!  Yes that is right... Squirt got a hold of my camera and dropped it and now it tempermentally shuts off whenever it pleases and you cannot view any of the taken pictures at all or it will shut off every time.  SOOOO.... add it to the list of things that have come in contact with Squirt and NOT survived!

Squirt has been doing better.  No huge problems with his allergies since my last posting I believe.  We did take his beloved cheese tortillas away and that has helped tremendously.  Never made sense that he could have goat cheese but not goat milk at all.  I think it was just the case where when you have a little all the time and you generally don't feel well all the time, but it is hard to connect it to the source.  But we ran out of the goat cheese and he was without for 2 weeks and then when we added it back in it was SO obvious.  After trying that twice, then we knew it was a NO NO.  Let me tell you he has improved a lot since saying goodbye to his favorite food; though it was very hard for him.  Makes me very upset with myself to think of how many of those stupid cheese tortillas he has had in the past year; often the only thing he would eat.  So that is one significant improvement that I am happy to report.

On the negative side we did have a Squirt accident in the past month that had me thinking ER visit.
Squirt was standing on a stool next to me at the stove watching me cook a meat tortilla in the frying pan and tripped forward and landed the palm of his right hand smack in the little bit of oil I had in the pan!  I knew it was going to be bad and grabbed him up and ran it under cool water as I dosed him with tylenol at the same time.  I sprayed some burn spray w/ aloe on it and globbed neosporin on it and wrapped it.  Huge, blisters were bulging all up his pointer finger to his wrist and covered every other finger also.  It caused a good deal of pain and woke him several times during the night.  We kept that hand completely wrapped for a little over two weeks and he adapted very well.  He was very tolerant of the bandaging and didn't bother it.  He actually liked the thick padding over those painful blisters.  After we stopped wrapping it, the pointer finger has continued to blister and heal several times over.  The spots are still a deep red on his hand, but it seems to look fairly well and doesn't bother him now.  The first of the kids to deal with a burn of that magnitude.

School is going along.  Pretty well.  Our schoolroom is almost done.  We are down to the flooring and the trim work.  We figured the chickens probably needed their winter home before we needed flooring in the schoolroom!  It will be great to have a room to organize our school stuff and our toys and be able to quickly and efficiently access it!  Right now we have a little stuffed in everybody's closet. 

The three older kids are doing well.  Just enjoying soccer, getting the outdoor and indoor chores done, doing their schooling... sometimes reluctantly... and waiting for their turn to get to go with Dad and help on the ranch.

Well, without some pictures, that is probably enough of an update for one post!

Wednesday, August 24, 2011

A 20 mile jaunt...

One part of the ranch has been receiving a little bit of rain here and there through the summer and was looking a whole lot better than some of the other parts.  Some parts of the ranch have seen very, very little.  So... they moved a small group of older pairs to that better pasture two weeks back.  Ty and his Crew.  They did split the drive up over two days to make it easier on the cows.  The cows were happy to see their new home. 
I got some photos along the way on the first day.

Lil Squirt and I were near by in the vehicle at this point, having just brought lunch to them.  Lil Squirt was still sick on this day.  He is feeling better now, but still not back to normal.


                   This is one of my favorites.  I thought it was neat how I caught them all lined in a row.
Pistol is holding his hat tight in the wind.  Cowboy is proud that he made the decision to wear a cap instead... just in case the wind picked up later in the afternoon.  Quite fitting for his personality.


Heading through one of the many gates along the way.




This is another of my favorites.  The wind had picked up and Pistol was trying not to lose his hat.  He and Smoke stopped to get a better grip on his hat.  And I caught Smoke with his tongue out to boot!



Tuesday, August 16, 2011

a SEA of Calves

A lot of calves have been early-weaned and a lot of cows have been shipped -due to the drought.
The calves were weaned in groups and each group spent a few days in the corral with some hay before being turned out in the pasture.  Now they are out and being fed every day.

Here are a few shots of them before being turned out.




They are doing very well now and only one got just a little bit sick. 
Ty thinks they look better now then they did on the cows even.

Is there light at the end of this tunnel?

We are still going through the diapers at an incredible speed!

A post about the big D isn't all that appealing I guess... but this is my life.

I have lost track of what number day we are on now, but it has been over a  week and a half now. 
Lil Squirt is still not terribly dehydrated; thank goodness, but I am not really sure HOW he is not.
Two days ago he was not a bit better, but yesterday the frequency was not quite as high. 
Honestly the diarrhea is still not far from water, so it is not improving in that way.
Most every diaper is very very full, and not with pee.

He has been so bad that he has had diarrhea in the middle of the night and during his naps also.
He has had bad episodes of this before in his life, but we haven't dealt with middle-of-the-night diarrhea prior to this!  What a nightmare, waking up to THAT!  for him and me!
He is so tired of being changed and yet he can't stand that nasty feeling either.
Poor little fellow.
Some days we have to change his clothes as many times as we have to change his diapers.
I don't know why I said 'we'... I am flying solo on this situation!  I have Ty's pity, but that is all =)!
Hoping and praying for a better day today.

The last couple of days have been overwhelming at times between the constant diapers, changing, cleaning up and bathing messes.
I have been loosing confidence that this is just a reaction.
I have begun wondering if this isn't something more.
I am looking into the tests again for celiac disease.
Cowboy tested weak positive for celiac when he was 3, but he was so highly allergic to gluten that we didn't bother with doing the endoscopy, as the solution to both was complete avoidance of gluten.
Lil Squirt now weighs the same that he did last December. 
We still can't figure out for sure what it was he 'had'. 
I think it may be time for some allergy testing and some celiac testing.

I told Ty he was going to be the easy one =)! 
He reminds me of that sometimes.
I tell him... he is easy... it didn't take us 4 years to figure him out, like it did Cowboy!

                        Wally greeting Squirt when he woke up from a nap on the couch the other day. 
Wally now weighs more than Lil Squirt.  Though Wally has the opposite problem... he needs to loose a few pounds!

Wednesday, August 10, 2011

Food allergies strike again....

Food allergies are such a bummer!  I don't often complain.... but UHHHH!

Lil Squirt is sick again with bad diarrhea.  It started several days ago and it is getting worse and not better.
I know that he ate something, we just can't quite figure it out yet for sure.

We never did figure it out the last time he got so sick with diarrhea either.  He almost landed himself in the hospital that time as he was so dehydrated.  He is not to that point yet, and hopefully he won't be this time.

When he eats something he is allergic to he screams with stomach pains in the night and barely sleeps.  He sometimes vomits continuously and sometimes gets rashes.  A few times he seemed to have an anaphylactic reaction with coughing fits and throat pain.  But he very often gets diarrhea and it often lasts for a good week.  We can tell the difference between a stomach flu and a food reaction diarrhea because after a food reaction his poo leaves large welts and blisters on his lil bottom no matter how fast we get his diapers changed.  Then his bottom turns raw fast.  It is much different when he has a stomach bug, as he just doesn't get those welts.  I know it is from the allergen touching his skin. 

Well we are now to the raw bottom stage.  The diarrhea is water.  We can only improve from this point.  I just hope it happens quickly.  He wants to be changed, but screams from the anticipation of the pain of being changed.  He is asleep now.  He cried himself to sleep after his last diaper change.

I just hate when we can't quite pinpoint what made him or the other boys sick!  His diet is very limited to begin with, and filled with the same routine foods.

The number one suspect to me at this point is the Earth Balance, soy-free, dairy-free butter.  We have just recently been getting/using this for the boys.  And since that time, I have been making cow pies (you know the no-bake oat cookies) again.  You know, sugar, milk (almond milk), earth balance butter and boil and then add almond butter and then oats and spoon onto wax paper.  Well I made some and Squirt had one.

The earth balance butter is soy and dairy free, but it does have pea protein in it.  That is what I am suspecting.  Squirt is highly allergic to soybeans.  He also seems to be highly allergic to lima beans, which are in a frozen veggie mix I used to add to my soup.  So we have tended to avoid peas as they are all similar.  However he has successfully eaten another frozen veggie mix containing snap peas and eaten them raw also.  So I just don't know... but I wish I did know so that we could avoid the problem next time.  I wish I could remember the foods surrounding the last diarrhea episode and I wonder if that butter was involved somehow.

well, like I said already... UHHHH!

Saturday, August 6, 2011

Weaning calves

Like many other ranches being affected by this drought, we have started weaning calves. 
It is about 2 months early.  The guys are hoping they will be worth a bit more by weaning before selling them.

The majority of them are pretty even and are averaging 370-380 lbs.
The light end and the heifers calves have averaged closer to 280-290 lbs.

They are going to start selling cows next week also.

This is lunch and vaccinating the calves:



Dad and son.  Cowboy got to do the backpouring today.






Cowboy took his job very seriously as always and did a good job.


What was I thinking... I just about forgot the funniest picture of the day:
Blane was watching them sort, weigh and load the calves at the end of the day and I called his name to take his picture.
I am not sure what he was yelling about, but this is what I got. 

Just Squirt being Squirt!



 

Friday, August 5, 2011

Fire on the ranch

Ok, so this is the way it started out.  Puff of smoke spotted in the distance from our house.  Ty and the Crew go to investigate.  They find a tree has been struck by lightening and spend a good amount of time putting it out.  Then it rained a little bit and they thought all was well with the world.

Fast forward and another puff of smoke is spotted.  I call up and report to Ty that there is more smoke and it looks bigger this time. 
So....
We loaded the Crew, grabbed some shovels and went to investigate the puffing smoke in the distance.
We assumed we would be dealing with that same smoldering tree. 
BUT............ it had progressed a little from that point.....  obviously. 


Unfortunately Squirt somehow changed my camera settings as I was carrying him and I didn't realize it, so the pictures are all pretty grainy.

Hmmm... things don't look to good.  I think we might need to call for help... HELP!
In the first three pictures, Ty is looking over the damage and..... calling for help from the fire department:


Looks like it has spread just a little bit.



There was a small active flame around the perimeter of the grass that they were able to get stopped.

straight above and to the right of Cowboy's head is the boundary of the fire that was here two summers ago!
The most concerning part of the fire is where it had already gotten into the trees, which you can sort of see above the kids' heads.

Pistol and Cowboy watching the trees burn off to the right of the photo.

I had Ty drop me back at the house with Squirt and he and the older three took the sheriff and a fire truck and a water truck to the fire.  Since that time, the sheriff has gone back to town, and another water truck and another fire truck and a pickup of guys has joined in the efforts.  Thankfully it is not very windy out right now. 

3 hours later.  Ty and the Crew are back home.
One fire truck has left the scene and the others are still there.
Boy they gave him heck for not calling them yesterday, ha.ha.
I guess the bright side is:  At least we didn't wait until tomorrow, huh!

Wednesday, August 3, 2011

Our posterchild for "ornery"

Well, honestly it is a tie between him and Pistol! 

I just love how this pic. turned out.  Well, except for hubby's elbow that is sticking out in the background; I could do without that.  But the picture is great of Squirt!  It made us all smile.  Sure makes me wonder about what little plot is running through his head at that moment.

He has a lot of "go" and just like the other kids, when they all turned two naps started becoming a thing of the past.  It is a tough call day to day.  If he naps, then he is sometimes up until midnight, and that just gets a little hard on this momma.  But if he doesn't nap, then he goes to bed early but he is a crabby crab all afternoon, because he is tired.  But getting him to take that nap is the hard part.  Very, very hard part that is.  So half the time he gets a nap and half the time not.  It is a hard phase right now.  I actually like when we are in the vehicle around noon because he will fall asleep much easier in there and get his nap at a decent nap hour.

Sometimes he finally can't take it and this is the result:
I thought, ok, not a biggy and moved him onto the couch.  That is when I discovered that he had been doing some dirty business while he was resting against that table.  By the time his pants were clean again he was wide awake and a cranky crab all afternoon!  Loose loose situation we got going on!

 saying cheese for me:                
the look I got when I got the camera out:

the reason why a lot of our pictures are of the older 3 kids.  They are picture pros and used to their momma's insistance on getting group photos.  Lil Squirt has an ornery streak though and this is as close as he would get:

still trying for that group photo:


 dancing on the table for us with his cape and glasses:                
monkey in the tub with a bruise on his forehead:

 he is a handful of orneryness and love.  He is a huge love bug and loves to be held... a lot!  definitely much smaller than the other kids at the same age.  Loves his sister, "Mi Mi" and his brothers, "T" and "We".  Loves to go places and then when he gets there, he wants to load up and go somewhere else!  Has pretty much outgrown his insane love for the wiggles and has been enjoying thomas the train a lot now.  He inherited a room of toys from his 3 older siblings, but he hardly ever plays with them.  He spends all his playtime with their bin of "hard animals"- the little hard rubber horses, cows, farm animals from breyer that the kids collected from Big R for several years.  His other favorite that pairs perfectly with the animals are all the trucks and semis from Big R.  He connects several of the semis to eachother and then balances horses on top and stuffs some bulls inside and slowely trucks around the house.  It is very very cute.  He sometimes convinces the older boys to get in on the caravan and that is something to see!
Nothing stops him.  He has been climbing over baby gates for quite a while.  At least they slow him down some.  When he wants to go outside, he just goes and doesn't bother to tell you about it either.
He is one special little guy and we love him to bits!



Tuesday, July 26, 2011

The no longer nameless pug... and a bit of kennel cough.

We finally decided on a name for our new fat pug.
 
Here is the final list they decided on: 

George - an early favorite from Pistol
Dewey - something little Squirt came up with... not sure what he was really trying to say.
Hank -Hank the cowdog, lol.
Wally - well, really Wall-e after the movie.
Butch - not sure where this came from.
Joke - Cowboy really liked this one.
Louie - a nickname from Cowboy's middle name since we got Pug the day after his birthday.

It came down to George and Wally.  A family vote and the Crew decided on:   WALLY!
I think they did a great job naming him!

On a less exciting note, WALLY came home with a case of kennel cough aka bordatella!
Thankfully the pound folks had suspected it the morning we got him and the vet gave him some meds.  So between that and his meds for the infected teeth he had pulled, he came home with 3 prescriptions.

We have never dealt with kennel cough.  His coughing became pretty bad on Friday and especially Saturday, but have been improving little by little since.  He sounded like a seal barking for a while.  Now he sounds more like he is choking a little bit.

Still mellow and happy.  Still appears well potty-trained -- or is that housebroke, ha.ha.  Either way, he hasn't been having accidents or marking anywhere, not even outside.  In fact it is almost hard to convince him to go to the potty outside at all.  He likes to walk around for 10 minutes and then finally does his business.

I think he will fit in just fine with our household. 
We are just hoping little Dolly doesn't get sick from him. 
                                                          

Saturday, July 23, 2011

Loving on our dogs...

We are dog folks.  Always been, always will be.  Well, maybe the exception is the husband.  Not so much for him.  He could go either way really.  When we married I had a little dog that he just adored.  That dog, Booger, quickly became his dog and loved to go everywhere with him.  He was a little aussie X heeler and yes, he came from the pound also.  Those pounds get me every time.  Unfortunately little Booger met an untimely death due to a horrible accident with the cake wagon.  My poor husband said he would never love another dog.  And he really hasn't.  He is afraid to get attatched to another just to loose him also.Broke my heart. 
                     
As for the rest of us... it hasn't stopped us...we are still loving on our dogs....

And since I posted about our new little friend... still without a name, PUG.  I thought I should post about the rest of the Crew dogs.
                                                                             
                                                                                 "Dolly"
Here is Squirt giving Dolly a kiss.  Or maybe the other way around.  He loves her a little more than she loves him.  But she is very very good with him and we are careful she doesn't get hurt.  And she does love all the treats that she gets when she hangs out with him!  She also curls up near him when he sleeps.


                                                                            "Brownie"
This pic. is almost two years old now.  Cowboy and Pistol loving on the stray dog that tried to follow us home.  Brownie is an awesome dog.  She is a bit shy and nervous of strangers, but is just a nice farm/ranch dog that hangs close to the house and loves to go on bike rides with the boys.


"Amy"
This pic. is also almost two year old.  Cowgirl and her dog that she got from the pound for her 5th birthday.  She is about 10-11 year old now and is a real nice dog also.  Calm and mellow and really prefers to spend the majority of her time in the boot room.  She likes her comfort zone.  She and a friend were taken to the pound (by a young man's father) when their young owner was deployed over seas.  Unfortunately her friend wasn't the sort that we could have brought home also.  I wish her old owner could see how happy she is now.


"Bud and Badger"
the (goat) guard dogs.
We love them.... from a distance.
They are akbash X anatolian X pyrenees.
They are full brothers.  They love like brothers and they also fight like brothers!
We got them as half grown pups. 
They do their jobs well guarding the goats.
Before we had them we had coyotes coming into the fenced area around the house. 
They just wanted those goats so badly it was crazy.
They would run up to the goat fence in the middle of the day.
We did have another farm dog loose at that time.
But I have learned that there is just no comparison between farm dogs and livestock guardian dogs.
And the coyotes know it!



Friday, July 22, 2011

Look what we (I) found at the pound.

Or maybe better labeled... the latest addition to my dog addiction:
How could you say no to that face?

I have been known to browse pound websites in my free time.  I admit to it.  So I had a little boston terrier several years ago that died at an early age.  I loved her so so so much.  She went everywhere with me and she was my calm companion during some rough years when Cowboy was a baby and always sick.  Her death still hurts terribly.  I found a little pug in the paper shortly after her death, but she was so so hyper that I found her another home w/pugs that loved her.  Then we ended up with our little housedog that we have now.  I do love her, but she just isn't my little boston.  So when I saw a little girl boston in the pound, I just had to go see her.  But she was very hyper and jumped all over us and knocked Squirt down and we knew it wouldn't work.  But then we saw this fat pug in another kennel.  Then a few days later he went up for adoption and they said he was calm and was a people lover, so I thought why not go look.  Even though I said I would never have a male housedog!  So that is my story.

Isn't he the cutest thing?  And the FATTEST thing!!  He weighs a whopping 26 1/2 pounds!
He jiggles when he walks and has huge rolls all over his body.  He seems such a nice fellow.  3 years old, very calm and mellow and so far seems well housebroke!  I wish I knew his story.  We don't have an official name for him yet and each kid is calling him something different.  George seems to be the most often used name so far.  So we will see.  We will give him the two week trial and see how he fits into the family, but so far it couldn't be going better. 

As my husband likes to say.... I need another dog like I need a hole in the head.  I think he thinks I have plum lost it, but alas, he only smiled as I loaded the obese pug into the vehicle yesterday afternoon.

I saw my very first pug when I was around 12.  I love.love.loved him.  I said I would have one one day.
They just make you smile when you look at them.  I hope somebody isn't still looking for this fellow. 

I will not tell you how many other dogs we have.  well maybe I will, or you will think it is worse than it really is.
Not counting our two guard dogs, this makes 4 dogs.  Not so bad right.  I don't count the guard dogs, as they live with the goats full time and they are more like livestock.  They are not pets and we don't treat them as such.  So then we have one other little house dog, and one mutt dog that came from the pound maybe 6 years ago and lives in our mudroom and has her own yard.  Then we picked up another stray dog in town almost 2 years ago that lives outside and has a dog house.  She is not penned and does wonderful staying near the house well. 

For reference, our other little house dog weighs 9 1/2 pounds. 
Don't mind her chop job haircut!  She is a shi-tzu X toy poodle and I love the no-shedding thing, but I just really love the short haired dogs.  It is a toss up.  You can't hardly beat the no shedding, but I hate the hair cutting thing and the stickers in the leg hair thing and the muddy hair thing and the matting hair if you don't brush or keep the coat short thing.  So... a toss up to me.  
Oh, and for the record she wasn't the sharpest tack in the box either.  I think maybe that is the shi-tzu in her.  But she is now finally potty trained.   But she is a love bug, a cuddle in your lap and sleep with you on the couch sort of dog.  A sweet little old lady type of dog and that is just what I wanted!

Wednesday, July 20, 2011

Another Birthday Boy

(don't mind the candles that Squirt blew out)
Cowboy turns 10 today!!
I asked him a few hours ago, "so... how does it feel to be 10 now?"
He looked at me and very seriously said, "I don't know yet... I won't be 10 until 9:30 tonight".
I thought for a sec. and replied, "you are right, except it is 9:31" and laughed!  You just gotta love that kid. 
He is my type A.  He is so planned and thought out about everything.  I think he will do amazing things when he grows up.  He is always ready to help and works until the job is done.  We enjoy him a ton and love him a lot!

Saturday, July 16, 2011

"oh for the life of a mother..."

that is what my husband jokingly tells me all of the time when things aren't going so smoothly.  And when things aren't going well for him...
I smile and chime in with... "oh for the life of a cowboy...rancher...ect..."

So last night we were preparing to watch our family movie and discovered a non-functional vcr/dvd player.
Surprisingly nobody knew anything.  Accusations and suspicions abounded... all evidence pointed to Squirt.  It wasn't the first time we encountered this problem after all.  I will not mention which # vcr we are on now; that would be embarrassing after all.  But suffice it to say that we have had more than we have had kids :).  

So what is a mother to do.  I started with lots of patience.  Trying to close the DVD drawer... gently.  Next I progressed to less patient jamming.  Finally came the logical reasoning and the discovery of a DVD that was stuck inside and UNDER the actual drawer (don't ask). 

So I was left with two options... give up all hope or tear it apart and hope I can get it back together properly.  I went with option #2 figuring I could always resort back to option #1 if things got ugly.  I also didn't want to see rancher husband's face if I had to tell him that a.  he couldn't watch any more movies, or b. we had to buy another dvd player!

I brought in the CREW to help with the distraction of Squirt so that I could concentrate... well at least try to. 

A few screws removed here and there and we were in. 

A little more poking and prodding and I successfully removed the offending DVD. 
How appropriate that it was Bob the Builder... You know.... "can we fix it?  Yes we can!"

Then we got the drawer back on the right track and were ready to go.  And it was only a 40 minute procedure too!  Not yet sure if Bob made it through the ordeal or not... he had a few new scratches and marks, and we haven't been eager to push our luck yet.

Monday, June 27, 2011

Where did June go?

I just can't believe July is almost here.  Where does the time go?

What did we do in June?

BASEBALL
Baseball season started.  Thankfully both the older boys have practice on the same 2 nights a week, but it means 3 hours of practice /night plus an hour of driving.  So it is a little chunk of time to entertain Squirt during.  And more often than not Squirt falls asleep during the drive in.  What happens when your now 2 year old takes a nap at 5pm you ask.... yes, that means that he is still up at 12am, and that means that momma is also!  Squirt and I have had several late night movies going lately.  At least he sits nicely and watches movies... yes... but the big fight is getting him to sleep before I fall asleep!

CHICKEN TRACTOR
We haven't gotten our official chicken coop built yet, but we did get a smaller version of one built, which the chicks... now pullets... are enjoying very much!  We were going to build a smaller chicken "tractor" aka portable coop, but it ended up being a little heavier and larger than I planned.  We did add some wheels so that it is portable, but a bit heavy.  I think it is about 8'X8', with a covered 4'X8' section and a 4'X4' house inside that can be fully closed.  We did have to buy some new lumber and wire but we were able to use all scraps of metal roofing for the roof and one solid wall.  It was a sort of build/plan as you go since I am not much of a planner, so that meant some last minute changes and a few trips to the store, but in the end I am happy with how it turned out.  I just need to get a picture.

BIRTHDAYS
We have several June birthdays.  Not only in our household, but of other family members and friends also.
In our house,
Pistol turned 7 the beginning of the month!!
Squirt turned 2 the middle of the month!!
and I had a birthday a week or so back also.

I have many many pictures, but they are all on my camera at the moment and I need to get them on the computer.

Friday, June 24, 2011

keeping up with life... take 2!

Has it really been a year.
I was going to be good about this blog.
I was giong to keep up with updates.
Not for others so much as for ourselves.
I used to keep a diary growing up.
I quit after I got married... not bored enough at that point.
I wanted to jot down the neat things the kids did.
I wanted to be able to have pictures that followed along with my posts.
I wanted to be able to print it for my kids and myself one day.

But life bit me in the behind and I jumped... and I keep jumping... just trying to keep up.
Piano is this morning.  My shower is still untaken.  I have to leave in a half hour.  We are out of groceries... again.   Baseball game was last night.  Two of the kids are gone to help Dad at a branding (of a neighbor's) and so that meant more of the chores was left to me and Cowboy who stayed home w/me and Squirt.  I am tired.  We have baseball practice two nights a week and then come home and do chores and get the kids in bed at 10... yes....  how many years ago was it that I had my kids tucked in bed and asleep by 7 pm every night.... not so long.   But we are enjoying ourselves also... baseball... fishing... horse riding... growing up.... new chicks turning into chickens....   so it is all worth it... time just passes too fast.  we need some more hours in the day, some more days in the week and some more months in the year.
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