Working Cows with Pre-schooler and Baby

I can't believe this happened with baby #2! Henley did this as a baby... at right about the same age too.  Something about that playmat I guess. Back to present day, Becca was just so tired she had to snag a nap right before we piled in the car to go help Ty give our … Continue reading Working Cows with Pre-schooler and Baby


Washing Animals

I've been actively trying to find another activity such as "making soup" for my little miss, and a few days ago one of my sisters came to my rescue.  She had seen my post and recommended searching for Montessori toddler activities on Pinterest.  In my research into educational models, the Montessori method has never piqued … Continue reading Washing Animals

Summer Pictures

You may remember me mentioning that we bought some rafts earlier this year?  Well, we went rafting just about every weekend this summer!  That combined with canning, haying, and spending a lot of time as a family hasn't left a whole lot of time for blogging.  Here's some pictures to catch you up on our … Continue reading Summer Pictures

Hauling Hay with Toddler

Every summer we spend countless hours swathing, raking, baling, and hauling the hay we will feed our cows during the winter months.  This process repeats itself three or four times throughout the summer depending on how much water we have and weather conditions.  I love riding in the swather or tractor with Mr. Rancher since … Continue reading Hauling Hay with Toddler

Camping, Gathering, and Branding

Seems like all we do anymore is brand calves!  Two weekends ago we spent the night at the Middle Fork of the Weiser River so that we could get up at 5:00 AM to gather our friend Darren's cows.  That's right 5:00 AM.  We had a blast hanging out around the fire and playing in … Continue reading Camping, Gathering, and Branding

First Time Roping

Mr. Rancher, the Little Miss, and I went to help our landlord, Bruce, brand fifty or so calves this past weekend.  As always, Henley loved the branding and so did Mr. Rancher.  I had the pleasure and extreme-anxiety-inducing experience of roping calves for the very first time ever....can you tell I was nervous? After knocking … Continue reading First Time Roping

Date Night with a Rancher

I've been reading a whole slough of self-help-parenting-books-or-blogs lately; one common thread uniting all the advice is this: parents need a weekly date night.  When I reach this section of information generally I begin to feel irritated.  The irritation ranges from annoyance at the author's inclusion of such a subject, frustration that Ty and I … Continue reading Date Night with a Rancher

Library Patronage

The Little Miss and I frequent the local library at least once a week.  Sometimes twice a week.  We almost always attend story-time Wednesday mornings.  Despite these regular visits, we have a fine to pay nearly every week!  Usually these fines are racked up by books we somehow lose in our tiny house and only … Continue reading Library Patronage

Cowboy and Toddler

There have been a few moments, since becoming a rancher's wife, that have helped me feel better about the dirt, dust, manure, and dog hair in my house, and the blood/manure/mud stains on the clothes piled next to my washer.  Moments like seeing the cows Mr. Rancher and I bought together all grazing in a … Continue reading Cowboy and Toddler

Rafting the Weiser River

We, along with my in-laws, have bought two rafts!  The various ways we scrounged up the money to buy these toys are actually a little impressive and unconventional.  Our contribution was to donate the money Mr. Rancher earned from the gopher reimbursement program in our county and selling the antler sheds he has found over … Continue reading Rafting the Weiser River