Saturday, April 17, 2010

Cows & Horses

I think we all had fun today! Lou Lou and Chris came out this afternoon to do some "hunting" and because the weather forecast was for great weather we decided that we would barbeque afterwards. It turned out we had more fun than anticipated.

First things first. Dixie and her dad have quite a few momma cows and they are in the peak of calving right now. They have had a couple of sets of twins so I thought it would be fun to name a set, Lee and Lou. You ask, " why" ? I say, "why not" ? This is Lou. Look at the ear tag.

And this is Lee

This is where the unexpected fun came into play. This momma cow was having trouble with giving birth so it needed some extra help. Yep, you are seeing correctly. A baby calf being born.

This is the first lick from his momma.

All is well with momma cow#33 and her baby.

Some of the baby horses in the pen next door. I thought I would go over and say hi.

Dixie's dad has a herd of wild horses that he uses for rodeos. He contracts them out for the bucking broncos. This is just a portion of them.

Another unexpected thing that was really fun for me. I helped bring in the momma cow from the pasture.......on horseback! It was a blast and I think I was actually somewhat of a help. To lope in an open pasture in nice weather? I LOVED it!

PS I added 28 more to my "gopher score".

Friday, April 16, 2010

Happy 27th Birthday Clark!

Have a great day. We love you!

Monday, April 12, 2010

Gopher Hunting Update

When Mark is away on business Lou Lou likes to come and stay overnight. We always have a pretty good time doing whatever we want which always involves a puzzle but this time we decided to be a little crazy and go gopher hunting by ourselves. We grabbed our 22's, our own supply of bullets, hopped in the truck, put it in 4 wheel drive and took off to the hills of Leavitt.

It was a slow day compared to out last outing, but we did manage to get 11 each. The land has cattle on it and they are just starting to calve now so we were lucky enough to see a momma and her baby who was just hours old. So so cute! I wished I had brought my camera. I really do need to get in the habit of bringing my camera everywhere I go so I don't miss moments like this.

About gopher hunting. It really is a necessity around here. Honest. With the holes that they make it is very dangerous for the cattle that roam these parts. Cattle here is a lively hood so to loose a cow due to injury is not a good thing.

I actually think that Mark gets a kick out of telling his neighbor in High Priests Quorum that his wife shoots gophers. Just sayin!

Grand total thus far: Lou Lou 52 Lee Lee 43


Last week was spring break for Neal so we decided to head to Rexburg to visit Laurel before she headed off to DC for the summer. Michelle drove up from Provo and the four of us had a great time. (Mark was in CA on business) The only thing that I had a request for was to eat Mexican food while in Rexburg so we went to Bajios Mexican Grill both nights for dinner and luckily the kids were ok with that. Yea for me!
Take a look at our pictures to see what else we did for fun.

Neal loved rock climbing. It was his first time and he did really well. Laurel has rock climbed before indoors and out so she was belaying for Neal.

He made it to the top!

We also visited the Teton Museum in the basement of the Rexburg Tabernacle that had information on the history of Rexburg and a film on the Teton flood which was interesting. I didn't recognize a single name on any of the artifacts though, like I do when I visit the Pioneer Museum in SLC. The Budge (my mother's maiden name) family was very prominent in the Logan area and my father's side of the family crossed the plains and settled in Santaquin, Utah where the museum there has items from the Wall (my grandmother on my father's side) family.

We had the whole bowling alley to ourselves.

I think Neal was trying to look cool, but then look at his feet. I think he forgot he had neon bowling shoes on!

You know what? I am ok with this photo. I had a great time bowling!

I think that Michelle has the right idea though. A little more professional I would say.

I love my kids!