Babies, babies, babies

That's what's been going on around here lately. This sad baby got sick or something and was abandoned by her mother.  Poor thing spent the weekend in the vet clinic and is now home for us to look after.  She takes a bottle with a lot of help from us and sometimes, like in this … Continue reading Babies, babies, babies


Catching Up

Yes, I know it's been a long time since I've blogged even one word about life around here.  Yes, I know a blog really needs daily or at least weekly attention. But you know what?  I plain haven't wanted to write anything!  Between the incredible busyness of the holidays, the overwhelmingly intense weather this winter, and … Continue reading Catching Up

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

Bottle Baby

Mr. Rancher called this morning to tell me the good news of one of our cows having twins.  It's not exactly good news actually when a cow has twins.  Cows are inherently good mothers, but only to one calf.  Beef cows in particular will only accept one of their calves, even if they have multiples, … Continue reading Bottle Baby

C-sections and Little Bulls

Just when I think I've mastered the art of being a rancher's wife, some heifer needs a medical procedure of sorts and I have to help. Last week, Ty noticed one of our first-calf heifers off her feed and decided to bring her in to her own pen where we could monitor her more closely. … Continue reading C-sections and Little Bulls

My Little Family

We finally took our family pictures that we've been meaning to take for two months now!  Mr. Rancher doesn't see the point of family pictures--or pictures at all for that matter.  When I told him I'd like to take a photo each year he almost threw away my camera.  He finally agreed to run outside … Continue reading My Little Family