Tuesday, August 28, 2012

Our House Remodel..

As many of you know, last year we had horrible hail storms. 
The hail we received was the size of golf balls. 
 I actually froze some in the freezer just in case for insurance.
Well, the storm left behind extensive damage to the house and barns. 

After getting with the insurance company.
Then with the contractor.
And then we had to pick siding style, colors and what all we wanted done.
Then theres working around work schedules, farming and weather.

So now over a year later, we are mostly done with the outside.
We are hoping to put a covered porch on the front and and an uncovered on the side in the spring.
We are definitely happy with the results!

we kept the glass at the top of the old door and put in a patio door.  Love all the light now!
next spring the plan is to put a covered porch on the front

the sidewalk used to lead to a back door and we got rid of it and replaced it with a window

much more eye appealing with three windows.  and theres more air movement and light

new doors and next spring we plan to do a porch on this side.

a new service door and windows up top

i was so happy to see this go.  i just love the patio door!

Saturday, August 25, 2012

Monday, August 20, 2012

Sale Time...

State fair is over.  The show heifers are turned out to be cows.  The laundry is caught up.  We are all rested up.  The babes have went back to school.  So we are starting to get on a schedule.  Mr. M is starting harvest at work.  And that means sale time. Not only for us but for many people that raise and sell show cattle and cows. 

The catalogs have started coming in the mail.  And we have started talking as a family about what we want to show.  HAHA, Simmental of course!  Going to a sale is so much fun.  We go as family and get to visit with everyone.

This is the second year for our family sale.  It will be September 9th.  The calves are pulled. They are adjusting to being under the fans all day. They have been started on show feed and halter breaking has started.  They have had their first baths and been clipped for the first time.  They have had their shots.  And are adjusting to yet another way of life for them.

Having the sale is a lot of time, work and patience.  But well worth the rewards.  And it's fun going to a show and knowing you had something to do with that calf coming into the world and being what it is today.

Thursday, August 16, 2012


sometimes you eat the hay...

sometimes you wear the hay while eating it!

Wednesday, August 15, 2012

Wednesday, August 8, 2012

It's been crazy fun

We are home from State Fair. 
 It was fun. It was crazy.  And we made lots of memories. 
 There is lots of dirty laundry to do.  The kids are rested up.
 And we have a few more ribbons. 

Judge Buck

Little Man during showmanship

Little Miss during showmanship

the pit to go through coming into and out of the show ring

the aftermath of a fitting

the evening walk to tie outs for the night