Wednesday, April 23, 2014

Mom and Dad's Visit

This post is going to have tons of picture and be really long, but I'm going to keep it all in one post.  
We were all so excited when they day finally came! My parents were coming!!!  Kanyon was at school that day, so just Quinn and Jaylie went for the pick up.  We left for Billings Thursday morning (after I made sure the contractor knew there was a calf in our basement...haha!) to pick them up from the airport. I made a stop at Wal-Mart and got most of the things I needed and then we headed to the airport.  Their flight was a few minutes late so we killed time at the museum by the airport. We actually didn't go in the museum....just played on the train outside. 

We were so happy to see them!!!  We ate a yummy lunch, my dad entertained the kids in the fabric store while Mom and I took forever making decisions about tablecloths.  Then we headed to Wal-Mart. Not only was this a great day for Q because he got to see Paw Paw and Gay Gay, but he was getting a BIKE!!!!!!  So we went back to Wal-Mart and the boy finally got a bike! He was kind of between sizes, so we went for the smaller size so he'll have an easier time learning on it.  He was so proud of his red rocket bike! 

The kids wasted no time demanded all of my parents' attention....Paw Paw reading to all 3

And the bike riding was endless all week. Thankfully we had good weather (other than annoying wind). We have lots of good places to ride right around our house so we put the miles on the bikes! 

So happy on his new wheels! 

He took a few spills. I caught him pouting on the curb after this crash.  

A little more frustration/pouting and then he was back in the saddle.  

My mom brought more of my old dresses. We had fun playing dress up and June was LOVING the attention! She would bring us another dress and want us to put it on her. If she didn't get enough reaction out of someone she would walk over there to them as if to say, "Ummmm I guess you didn't see me in this the first time!"  Hahaha. 

Coulda been her Easter dress! 

I LOVE this one! 

Not sure that she'll wear this little goose number but check out her face!!  

My mom made this for me (and a matching one for my cousin). I love it! 

A sweatshirt with my name on it.  

These next few pictures are ones my dad took.  He went out with Kory every morning to help him and took some great pictures.  

Beautiful sky.....

Early morning cows...

Early morning cows #2

I wish I could make the pictures bigger without making them blurry.  This one was really neat with the cows silhouetted on the hill.

Sayler was in town staying with Gram and Chief for a couple of days. We had fun playing with her. 

This girl is SERIOUS about her pizza.  

(another instagram post) Kanyon LOVES playing Hungry Hungry Hippos. It is the perfect game for him. Its just out of control insanity.  Perfect for him. He laughs and squeals the whole time.  And he never gets tired of it.  Like ever.  Which is not always a good thing.  Its kinda loud.  

The boys checking out the bulls.

The day my parents got here we had a set of twins! 

Other than the fact that you're looking straight at a cows rear end, I love this picture.  Maybe its the mama in me but its just so sweet to see them eating. This Cow is raising both of these calves. For several reasons, that usually doesn't happen.  But thats how this one has worked out and my photographer Dad caught this shot. 

My parents being in town means that I actually got to go with Kory one evening to check. It was so fun and then the magical thing was when I got in supper was ready!! AWESOME.  

Jaylie June and Gay Gay! 

One sunny afternoon  we did a little gopher hunting.  This would be my fierce mother with her .22 out the window.  

Paw Paw and Kanyon scoping out the pasture.  (Don't worry the gun in klp's lap is his play gun)

klp takin' aim ( gun)

Eagle Eye. 

We took this silly picture for my brothers.  You know Big Game Montana hunting.  

Dad took it over to the car to show Kanyon. He was asking to take it home.  

It was so fun having them around all day for almost 10 days. Lots of good play time. 

And lots of good cuddle time.  (and it also appears that my Dad only has one shirt. He did NOT wear this blue shirt the whole time, but I guess its all I took pictures of) 

Take your Mother in Law to work day!!!!!  

Mom got to tag this calf. 

Q helping Daddy put out some mineral. 

Gay Gay came with fun treats! Battery powered glow sticks!! WOHOOOOOO!!!!!

The glow sticks even went with us to get ice cream (and french fries). 

We walked to a little restaurant by our house.  Juney girl was big stuff walking with Gay Gay. 

Mom and I got crafty a couple of nights after the kids went to bed. My Dad's contribution was the gopher on the far left.  He started out making a dog, but it ended up more like a gopher so we embraced  its new identity! 

There was quite a sad adjustment for all of us when they left but we had a BLAST!!!  

Tuesday, April 22, 2014

Funny Jaylie and More Tales From Calving

A few days after klp's birthday, I was sorting laundry in my room and I heard Jaylie June making a horse sound. I expected to see her pointing to a picture of a horse or holding one of her toy horses.  Instead when I turned around, I saw that she had found a roll of wrapping paper and was riding it like a stick horse! Haha! I have no clue where she gets this stuff!!!  

KLP, klp, and Q left one afternoon to go check cows and jjp was NOT happy to be left out.  She was crying when they walked out the door then she ran to the dining room to look out the window and watch them leave. She was crying "DADEEEEEE DADEEEEE!!!" She loves her Daddy and does NOT like being left out. 

Kory's Aunt and Uncle and their 4 kids came to town one weekend and we went over to his Grandparents house to let the cousins play.  One of the girls brought a baby doll and Jaylie was IN HEAVEN.  Seriously. She never let go of that doll.  She carried it in the carrier...

rocked it....

and had serious face to face talks. I think watching her play with babies is about the sweetest thing in the world (as you can tell by the number of pictures I post of that sort of thing). 

Juney helped herself to klp's cereal.  Oh well.  

One day klp was at school, Q had gone to feed cows with Daddy, so it was just me and Jaylie.  We took a walk to meet Gram and have lunch. It was a nice sunny "girls day". 

Salad spinner is their favorite job in the kitchen. It is so very fascinating.  And Q's life long problem of keeping his pants up continues.  Even when he's laying down. 

J doesn't want to drive the car or be pushed in the car.  She wants to push it.  With no help.  Bossy.  

Little Miss Independent walking to throw rocks in the creek.  With her book.  


There is a set of cows on a place on the opposite side of town from the ranch. Kory is in charge of calving them and things have gone really well so far.  He had a little calf one night that was cold and having a hard time getting going.  So we had a slumber party.  Not really. The calf just slept in our basement. It wasn't much of a party.  I found some old scrap pieces of carpet in some random part of our basement and covered her up with dirty jeans.  

She got a couple of bottles and got nice and cozy.  The next morning I got up and Kory was already gone so I assumed he took the calf with him.  I was headed to Billings to pick my parents up from the airport and he called to check on the calf. Oops.  She was still in the basement.  I went to check on her and she was fine. But I did have to call our construction contractor. Our landlord is remodeling our basement so there were gonna be workers there all day while I was gone. My conversation with the contractor went something like this, "Hey Jim, its Jaymie. Just letting you know that you  might wanna tell your guys that there will be a calf in our unfinished basement room."....."A what?"....."A calf.  Like a baby cow."......."Oh.  A calf.  Okaaaaay."........

Kanyon has started waking up TOO EARLY.  Like WAAAAAAAY too early. I think his body gets confused and can't go back to sleep.  So sometimes this happens when we are reading books.  Its cute and all, but I'd much rather him actually sleep in his bed in the morning! UGH! Nothing to do with calving.  Sorry.  

Q playing in the chutes while dad was working with a cow/calf.

Juney checking things out through the binoculars.  They're too heavy for her to hold up. Silly girl.   

So the freak of the calving season so far is this cow with 2 partial legs growing out of his neck.  Yep.  I wish I could've seen Kory and Wes's face when they saw it.  Apparently they saw the mom have it and then were waiting on it to stand up. It took it a while so they walked over to check on it.  It was dark so they couldn't see anything til Kory shined his light on it to pick it up and they saw hooves everywhere! haha! I got a text from Kory that said, "I'm gonna be here a while I'm waiting on this cow to calve". I texted later to check in and he replied, "Yeah, she had it fine. But the circus is just about to start". I didn't know what that meant, but he filled me in when he got home. I guess we could see the calf to the circus! The calf is fine and doesn't seem bothered by it at all.  They have had the vet out to look and they're trying to figure out the best way to deal with it.  Until then it just looks really funny seeing this little guy run around with that giant mass on his neck.  

On the rare occasion that all things line up right with supper, bedtimes, therapy schedules, weather, and overall moods, we get to all go check with Kory.  This is one of the wonderful things about ranching. Even in Kory's busiest times we can hop in the pick up and ride along with him!  We joke about the amount of Carhartt going on when we are all together.  I posted this picture on instagram and said "Wardrobe provided by Carhartt" other possible captions were "Our favorite color is Carhartt" or "Carhartt anyone?" haha!  We are thankful that Kory lets us tag along and slow him down and "help" him.