Saturday, December 20, 2014

More Fall and Thanksgiving Road Trip

One day when Kanyon was at school, Me, Juney, and Q went with KLP to the sale for a little bit.  
Jaylie was excited EVERY time a cow came in to the ring.  

These two ventured off to sit by themselves.  

This was our view.  I kept making Kory nervous by scratching my hair while people were bidding.  I think he was scared he was gonna get stuck buying 34 bred heifers! ha! 

Leonardo all ready for bed. 

We had a little movie night around here and watched How To Train Your Dragon.  Q got double comfortable with his chair in a chair. 

We got some snow and had fun playing for the first time this year. 

Now she's Iron Man. 

And this is how she poses for pictures.  She thinks she's soooo cute. 

And this is how she poses with guns.  

And this is her best double chin look.  

klp came home from school with this.  Pretty sweet. 

Speaking of Thanskgiving, it was our year to spend Thanksgiving with Kory's Mom's family.  They meet in Tipton, Oklahoma where one of her sisters lives.  Our whole family was there. Clint, Sydni, and their girls flew there and our crew, Wes, Susan, Tye, and Rachael drove the 19 hours.  We had very VERY yucky roads through Wymonig.  It was a long, tense night, but we made it to our hotel and had a much easier travel day the next day.  

Cool traveler.  I guess I said "Cool dude!" a lot when my kids put on sunglasses because now they think anyone that is wearing sunglasses is called a "dude".  Haha.  

We made it to Tipton Wednesday night and were so happy to see family.  This gathering happens every other year so it had been 2 years since we'd seen some of these cousins! The weather was nice and the kids enjoyed the little parks in town.  


This is cousin Jaylee.  The original Jaylee.  Last time we were there for Thanksgiving my boys called her big baby Jaylee.  haha.  

I did a terrible job taking pictures but we had a blast. We had a little home church Sunday morning and hit the road.  We had much nicer roads all the way back.   New day...Same seat, same toy, same cool chick.  

This is how Kanyon slept for about 2 hours. Strange. 

We got home Monday evening and quickly decided to opt for flying to Texas at Christmas.  The chances of bad roads was too high and we were not interested in driving like that again.  Ugh.  

Back home we got back to our usual....carrying 3 purses and a baby bed full of babies.  

Thursday, December 18, 2014

Shipping Day(s)!!!

The time rolls around once a year where the long discussed, negotiated, and thought about calf contract comes through and the buyer is ready to pick up the calves he's buying! The work starts the night before as they gather the pairs from whatever pasture they're in and get them in close to the corrals. Then waaaaaay early the next morning they finish gathering and then sort off the cows from their calves.  This is where it is not good for me to empathize with those mama cows.  My mama instincts kick in and I just CAN'T BELIEVE WE ARE JUST SORTING THEM OFF AND LEAVING THEM WITHOUT THEIR MOMMY!!!!  AND THOSE POOR MAMA COWS...NO BABY NURSING ANYMORE, NO LITTLE ONE TO TAKE CARE OF!!......Then I remind myself that they are cows and they probably don't even have those thoughts and after all, we are in a cow/calf operation here so we'd better sell these things if we wanna pay the bills. But I still try not to think about it.  sniff sniff.  

  With a few separate herds scattered around, shipping was done in 2 days.  The first day was lovely and warm.  Susan thought maybe the warmest shipping day they'd had.  It was November 1 and people were shedding layers and working in Tshirts! Wohooo!!!!  

Here are the big trucks arriving to pick up their load.

Chief busy talking business. 

Kory  and Keithon (a friend that came to help) waiting for the next load to be ready. 


Calves about to be loaded up in a trailer never to see their mommies again....I mean calves that we get paid for.

Kory and Chief sorting and counting loads

All the grandkids were there for the festivities. 

All 5 kids playing inside the Ranger (jjp was in there somewhere)

More helpless, oblivious calves....... I mean our paycheck.   

Constant talking and figuring and discussing.  Its a big day around here. 

Q checking in on Daddy making sure he doesn't need help in the corrals. 

Your basketball rolls into the corrals.  

And there they go!!!!  

Father and Sons after a hard days work. 

(they're standing in front of the scale house thingy....thats the official name)

Chief and Gram inside by the scale house. Another year, another shipping day for these 2. They've had had a few of them! The scale house is a little building thing where they put 10 calves at a time in there and they weigh those 10. They do that with the whole bunch and then average it out to get the final weight of the calves.  

The second shipping day was about 2 weeks later and if the first one was warm and pleasant the second one was the opposite.  When they woke up to gather the calves early that morning (on 4 wheelers I might add) it was -20 out there!  By the time me and the kids got out there it was, no biggie.  Actually the sky was clear and the sun was shinning and most importantly, there was no wind so it wasn't that bad.  

Jaylie disagrees.  

Jaylie June helping Chief at the scales. 

Me and the kids brought cinnamon rolls for the crew working.  

Q and Juney got to share one. 

"one bite for you....."

"....and one bite for ME!"

And that is all the pictures I took that day....I was busy eating cinnamon rolls. 

Each shipping day was celebrated with a steak dinner/lunch with the crew that helped. It was a fun day to be a part of. Its our "harvest" of sorts and a day where you just can't help but think back on when those calves were born and all the hard work that the guys put in to them and how great they looked the day they shipped.  Those mamas are just 3-4 months away from having another calf and the whole thing starts over again. We are thankful for a good year and for the chance to do this.  

Wednesday, December 17, 2014

Kanyon Goes to Albuquerque

This story began over a year ago, but it would take forever to explain it all.  The bottom line is that over a year ago I began to realize that Kanyon had some sensory integration issues going on. This hadn't been a major part of his therapy so far in his life, but I could tell this was something that needed some attention. And it would hopefully give us some answers/solutions to some of his emotional/behavioral struggles.  In the process of moving and trying to find our way around here as well as figure out what exactly he needed from a therapist, we connected with a friend of a friend of a friend.  Starting with our wonderful PT, Celia, from Longview ending at a therapy center in Albuquerque, NM.  

Less than a week after Mom and Dad left here, Kanyon and I packed up and headed to Billings to fly to ABQ.  My parents decided to meet us there so after they drove all the way back home, dad worked 3 days, and they loaded back up in their car and drove their 10 hours to ABQ.  I mentioned it to them to come just thinking it would make it more fun, but as it turned out I was SOOO glad they were there to help me with all of it. Dad was our #1 chauffeur and mom did her magic as usual being Kanyon's play slave, my right (and left) hand, all while having a blast being together.  

Here's my travel buddy all ready for our first flight.  He was so excited. He kept saying, "Are we on the ground or in the air?" Ha. He was an absolute treat to have all to myself for the week.  

I bought a couple of episodes of Paw Patrol for the ipad, so on our second flight he watched a little bit of it. Other than having a seizure mid flight, the trip was flawless.  

Mom and Dad were at the airport to pick us up and after a yummy meal we headed to the hotel which was obviously the part Kanyon was looking forward to the most.  Mom found a great hotel that was a suite so we could all stay together. It was great! 

Friday morning was our first session at Kid Power with Carla.  The place was a WONDERLAND of swings, bouncy things, toys, pillows, trampolines, and anything else you can ever imagine. It was awesome.  Each day we did 2 21/2 hour sessions of therapy so she could get lots of intensive time in with klp.  It was all fascinating and very helpful to us. I should've just put a video camera out the first day so I could remember everything she said and did.  I took a few pictures but was mostly busy with the activities so I don't have many. 

Loving the barrel swing.  Of course. 

And another bouncy swing. 

klp was inside this giant bag full of balls bouncing on the trampoline! He loved it! 

Back on the trampoline with some crash pillows.  This was his sweet spot.  

One night my Aunt Gwen Ann and Uncle Brad were driving through ABQ on their way home from Arizona.  We met them for dinner so that was an extra special treat! 

Another day, another swing! (and whistle, and music, and ball). 

We sent Quinn this picture where we were shopping/eating after therapy one night. 

An indoor pool was a must when we were looking for hotels.  Paw Paw was his swimming buddy and they had a great time. He's still telling people about the pool at Paw Paw and Gay Gay's hotel. Probably everyone now thinks my parents own hotels.  Haha.  

It was a whirlwind for 4 days. A friend from church growing up lives in ABQ now with her fam so we got to go eat dinner at their house, visit with them, and go to church with them the next day. A great bonus visit!  I was mentally exhausted on this trip, but it was a really good thing. As always, it was fun to be with my parents, and as always, they lightened the load for me in a major way.  I did bad taking pictures (especially because i got NONE with my mom in them! UGH! ) But we are thankful for the time there and thankful for what we learned.  We are still trying to figure out how to incorporate all of that into our daily life, but we're getting through it. 

Here we are on our first flight headed back home. 

Mom bought him a white board while we were there and it made me wonder how I've lived this long without one. He loves that thing. He was drawing and erasing non-stop on the flights. 

Montana gave us a warm welcome home.  And by warm welcome I mean temps around -20.  We got in after dark on Tuesday night. I decided against driving back on nasty roads in the dark, so klp was pumped to have another night in a hotel! We ate a yummy dinner at Texas Roadhouse. 

 We had a short night in another hotel, klp squeeled and bounced on the bed with pure delight until I finally convinced him to lay down and go to sleep.  ha! We hit the road the next day with a pretty sunshiny day. It was crazy cold temps, but a pretty drive home none the less.  Glad to be home and thankful and humbled again to be encouraged and helped by such talented people.