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Monday 19. June 2017

Enjoying summer at the homestead, going whichever the way the wind blows lately.

Have been enjoying taking over cattle chores.  The four longhorns aren’t very nice to Herman, our little guy, don’t like to let him up to the bunk until the corn is gone…have been bonding with him, Kirk would say SPOILING him, such a sweet little guy!

Slowly getting the weeding done among all the flowers, loving watching them start to bloom.  The lilies are going crazy right now.

Enjoyed an entire weekend to myself this past weekend, the boys had a two day roping in southern Iowa.  


22. August 2015

The girl took off early this morning and made it to her home away from home early in the afternoon!  Anxiety definitely lowered when she messaged to say she was there safe and sound! 

One down and one to go!

Took the boy to the city this afternoon and he had to endure a haircut.  The child so wants a mullet (yes, we are on the redneck side) and I like a nice buzz cut.  I gave a little and let Whit trim the hair by hand instead of having her use the buzzer.  

See, the government could learn from this example…I didn’t get what I wanted, Bubba didn’t get what he wanted, we met in the middle and came up with something we could be live with.  Wasn’t near as painful as not getting 100% my way.  

We actually got very little of nothing done today…tomorrow we are going to have to kick some butt and get this place in order, inside and out, and get caught up with slacking all day.

Kirk went to his buddy’s place this morning and they roped a few hours.  The guys haven’t had much chance the past several weeks with all the rain we’ve had.  These boys start to go through withdrawl when they can’t get their play time in on a regular basis.

I did finish the laundry, so I guess that’s something.  Did pick up a few things at the grocery store for dinner tomorrow at noon.  Bacon and pancakes!  Don’t do it as often as I’d like, Kirk isn’t a big fan of having breakfast for anything other than breakfast and I grew up having breakfast after church for noon every Sunday until I married and moved away from home. 

The minions (dogs) must be feeling Kaet being gone.  Have my little Finn attached to every move I make and Kirk can’t get away from the girls, Ruby and Gypsy.  Will be interesting to see how they are the first week Bubba is at school.  Chihuahuas can definitely be needy.


21. June 2015

We have summer going in full swing now!  Long days and too short of nights.  After a good month of way too much rain, we’ve finally dried up and have been able to get into working and playing outside.  


My Oma’s famous daisies are in full bloom.  A few years before she passed away she made me take some because she had so many.  So thankful that I did, my cousins who bought the house tore them out and it made most of the family sick to see them gone.  They’ve finally spread enough that I’ve finally been able to start sharing them with the cousins.  Sometimes it’s the simple things in life that make people so happy!


After years of looking, we were finally able to find me a horse.  Meet Emmett!  We have been bonding and getting used to one another. This evening I took him around the barrels for the first time.  We had a rough first trot or two around, but he was starting to get the pattern down and stopping wanting to go back to the gate between the first two barrels.  Kirk and Kaet have been working on team roping with him and say he’s making progress.

Bubba got a horse too, LeRoy, don’t have a picture of him yet.  He even looks like a LeRoy.  We are tickled that Leo is starting to show some interest in the horses.  He’s our little gear head!  Kirk and I grew up riding horses on our farms, yet never have pushed the kids towards them.  We’ve seen too many families who have pushed and pushed their kids to rodeo and wound up hating anything to do with horses.

Haven’t been to too many rodeos/ropings yet this summer.  The crew ropes several times a week at a few different arenas around here.  In about a week the season is really going to kick into gear.  Looking forward to it even more this summer since Kaet doesn’t have to work weekends on her internship, so she’ll be able to come along to most trips this summer.  She wasn’t able to go to any last year with working two jobs most of the summer.


(Kaet and Cole)


(Kirk and Kaet)


(Mom and Kaet)

We were able to hit a local professional rodeo a few weeks ago.  It was a good start to the summer.  Memorial weekend and we couldn’t get enough clothes on to keep warm.  That was a first.  It was really nice to go and not melt!


(Kaet and Kayla golfing)


(Nicole and Kaet out with the bows)

We’ve actually had a lot of time to spend doing family things this past month and it has been so nice.  We’ve hit some movies, have gone to the mall to just do something together and have gone out for supper.  Having Kaet away at college has made us realize how we should be doing more things together as a family.


Kaet and I actually took our first mother/daughter weekend last weekend.  Went up to Sioux Falls and did some sight seeing. Didn’t realize just how much there was to see there.  I started going to Sioux Falls back when I was in junior high when my dad started going to the VA there, I knew there was a zoo…there’s so much more than a zoo there.  We had a gal point us to the older section of town where there are so many things to see….


We just walked and talked and had a really good time.  

Dad and Leo weren’t overly thrilled about having to stay home and have to babysit the dogs.  It was a hot weekend and they mowed and weed eated and emptied out our old barn that was being torn down a few days later.  Kirk said that next time I go anywhere and he stays home, that the dogs will be going to doggy daycare!  We have three chihuahuas and they are a bit needy.  Kirk said he didn’t sleep well, they were on him and up against him and would grumble at him when he’d try to roll over or move in bed.  I thought it was pretty funny.  Big tough guy!

This week Leo will be going to church camp, three nights, so not so bad.  He’s far from thrilled, haven’t made him go the past two years, the last time he went he had mommy issues even though I was on the property for the 24 hours of his camp. Hoping this year goes better.  When Kaet was his age she was going to seven day church camp.  

My goal for the week…with Leo away at camp and Kaet working during the day, maybe I’ll be able to get this house in order! With working on the garden and yard work and roping a few times a week, this place looks like more than one tornado has blown through.  Dishes?  Who wants to do dishes?  We have no counter space!  When we don’t eat supper until after 10 p.m., no one wants to wash any dishes.

Time for a little bit of Greg Gutfeld and thinking about winding down for the night…


The Girl is Home

The girl is still home from spring break and so far, all is going well!  Haven’t had any blowups or meeting of the minds.  We spent most of yesterday and today together, so we are doing good!  We are quite a bit alike, so we tend to lock horns from time to time.  Neither willing to give an inch, but I always have the….I am the mother…card to play!

The family went out to some friends in Nebraska to do some roping yesterday.  Was a nice outing.  We came home and crashed after supper.  

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This afternoon Kaet and I went to see our Miss Margaret, she’s in the hospital…she took a fall and broke a major bone.  We took her some flowers and a teddy bear.  She’s in pretty tough shape, but we hope and pray that she’s going to kick some butt and be home before long.  We love our Miss Margaret!

Going to have a girls day tomorrow.  Lord, I have a crap load of laundry to do, we have a 100% chance of rain tomorrow, so there won’t be any hanging clothes out on the line, so it’s just going to have to wait.  We’re going to go to our favorite restaurant in the city and then to a movie.  Been some time since I’ve done something like a movie in the middle of the day during the week.  Almost feel guilty even thinking about it.


Family Weekend

I sit here tonight feeling incredibly blessed.  We have had such a good family weekend, doesn’t happen too often and I’m thinking we need to remember to make it a priority and make it happen more often!  Just wish the college girl could have been home to have been able to have joined in the fun.

As usual, the family weekend happened completely by the way things fell into place.  Guess that’s when the good times really happen, when they just happen without plans.

Bubba had his guitar lesson yesterday afternoon, he wanted dad to take him.  I jumped in the pickup so we could take care of two birds with one stone.  I used to love to go to the city and by myself, now I don’t much look forward to it, the drive home takes too damned long.

The boys dropped me off and Hobby Lobby (one of the best stores EVER) and then went to Bubba’s lesson.  Kirk picked me up and we went back to pick up the boy.  

We then hit Scheels (also one of the best stores EVER) to get Bubba’s bow fixed.  I told Kirk that I’ve thought learning how to do the bow and arrow thing seemed like something I’d like to give a go at.  Well, we walked out the door with two new bows!  

We hit Red Robin mid-afternoon before going home…my favorite kind of meal, dinner and supper at once.  The boys never think it’s as good of a deal, they want both of the meals.

Of course we had one of those waitress’ that set me off.  Although Kirk thought she was a great waitress, I told him to not give her as large of a tip as he wanted, she was one of those that only gives attention to the males at the table.  That really pisses me off!

The afternoon and evening was good too!  Bubba and I went out and shot our bows.  Kirk and Bubba went into town for pop.  We just dinked around, but we did it together most of the day.

This afternoon we went to some friends out in Nebraska.  They have their new roping barn about ready and their girls ran some of the calves and steers.  Nothing big, but it was nice just visiting with friends and getting out and enjoying the beautiful day.  

Was able to finish one afghan last night!  Made it for a gal I graduated from high school with and is dealing with brain cancer. Have about one more evening left on another one for friends of ours that just had a baby and then on to finish the one I have started for my niece who graduates from high school in May.  I get bored easy, so I usually have more than one going at a time.

I have been feeling guilty about the last post I wrote.  Have been feeling pretty selfish.  I really do have such a good life.  I love my husband and children and couldn’t imagine and wouldn’t want to imagine the world without them.  I give so much to them because they are my world.  My husband is a wonderful provider, he’s made it possible for me to be able to stay home and raise the kids and to be able to be there for them when they need me. 

I am the one that needs to learn how to make a happy medium, where I’m there for them when they need me and yet allow myself the time and space to figure out myself.  I need to be the one in charge of making things happen!

I tell ya, Bubba and I have been getting out and going on short walks with Finley (one of our chihuahuas) and just been being outside more and I am definitely feeling the different in my state of mind.  Definitely feeling better, more energetic and more positive!  Just need to keep it up!