Bye Bye Bulls

This blog post is going to switch gears a bit and reveal some of the financial side of our cattle ranch~WinterBrook Farms.  Sometimes you got to make a little money here and there, at least that’s what our farm accountant preaches.  Plus my dad is always in my ear telling me I can’t keep them all, even though they may be my very large pets; we need to sell some of these cows and bulls.

Earlier this month we traveled down south to the Klamath Bull and Horse Sale; where we had 2 of our show bulls entered in this show and sale.  These Purebred Angus bulls were 18 months and a coming 2 year old; they were of age and ready to start breeding some cows.  In fact, they were constantly trying to tear down theirs pens and the barn to escape and go visit our lady cows. Basically, they were turning into BIG pain in the @ss bulls. They were halter and show ring broke, we hauled them to several shows on the west coast this last summer, where they always placed top of the class. WB Brilliance ISAC 1216 “Brilliance” was born in September 2012 and weighted over 1600 lbs and WB On the Mark 2124 “Marky Mark” was born in March 2012 and weighed over 2000 lbs.  Both bulls graded over 90 in sale, which is very high on a scale of 85 to 92.  Below 85 bulls are not fit to sell as a breeding bull and 92 graded bulls are the champions.  Our Brilliance bull claimed Overall Champion Halter Bull after claiming Champion Halter Angus Bull and sold 2nd through the ring. Marky Mark graded a 90 and sold 16th through the sale.  I am happy to say that both bulls went to great cattle ranches in Oregon and California, which makes me excited for their future and their offspring’s future.klamath champion halter

This photo (courtesy of Country Couture Photography) is of me holding Marky Mark, while he was being auctioned off to the highest bidder in the sale ring.

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Now that the bulls were off to their new homes we needed to get back to the ranch as soon as possible and help my dad tend to the rest of the cattle herd, which were buried up to their bellies in snow.  It just so happens that this sale weekend was the same weekend our “WINTER” decided to show up and covered the valley floor with over a foot of snow, breaking all sorts of weather records. Our ranch is not set up for below 20 degree weather for long periods of time…our water wells and stock tanks freeze SOLID.  Oh ya, did I mention that our brand new baby calves where hitting the ground and you had to tend to them immediately before frost bite sets in or something worse.  Therefore, we had no other option, but to trek home in the snow/ice covered freeways with chains on both truck and trailer for over 150 miles. In this picture, if you could only hear the words coming out of my hubby’s mouth, as he is trying to chain up our dually truck, with the very narrow “flatbed to tire” clearance.klamath road trip

We made it home safely and all the cattle and farm animals survived the storm…and floods after the snow melted.

Baby Shower Bliss

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Shower theme was Chic Vintage Baby Girl and the location of the event was my farmhouse on our ranch.

When I found out one of my long time best girlfriend was pregnant with her first baby and “It’s a Girl”…I immediately told her I wanted to host a baby shower. Kati {Mama –to-be} and I have been friends since high school, we even lived together all 4+ years in college…and she still talks to me even after our college years of living in the close quarter dorm rooms and our small rental houses.  HA HA, we had some good times! We have taken on the role of bridesmaids in each other’s weddings and love basically ALL the same things.  I knew exactly what kind of shower I wanted to throw Kati because she is my all-time favorite decorating and shopping partner. We LOVE the same things, especially vintage and shabby chic décor.

I immediately began the search for shower ideas… where else, Pinterest! Love this site for party planning…what did we use to do before Pinterest? (not spend hours and hours looking at all the great things I want to DIY or design in my house SOMEDAY)…but back to the shower. I made my Baby Shower Bliss board and began pinning.  My goal and passion was to make this shower chic, stylish and have some sparkle…not the traditional cookie-cutter type shower with the diapers, bottles and baby girl pink EVERYTHING!  Kati loves her neutral colors: ivory, ecru, white, and golds…and chalkboards! Chalkboards are the latest décor craze and so much fun with their ability to adapt and change the artwork/message based on your mood, party or season. In fact, Kati and I for one of our “DIY Chicks Night” made our very own magnetic chalkboards for some of our vintage and shabby frames (see below). Most of the shower Décor is DIY or my personal supply of party entertaining essentials. DIY includes: Free-hand Chalkboard Messages, Bedazzled Pearl “G”, food flags, garlands, & gold magnet letters.

{Mimosa Bar- Champagne & Sparkling Cider}

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{Gift Table}gift table pearl letter

{Headband Station}headband stationfavors chalk love

{Shower Game}shower gameoutdoor 1 outdoor 2

I have to thank the hubby for executing all my wishes on the outdoor décor.  He was very patient while hanging the “onesie garlands” on the front porch! Of course, men do not understand the meaning of DÉCOR…my father’s comment while helping my hubby hang the garland…”looks like you are doing laundry out here”… hubby’s response “no kidding…what a waste of clean onesie’s”…REALLY GUYS, it’s for the cuteness factor! But they made up for it by helping with the Valet Parking and parking all the cars in our barnyard.

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Invitations: tinyprints, they are my go to site with their great card designs and so many options and add-ons (including the matching stickers on the water bottles).

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Baby Shower Success and now I am on pins and needles to meet this sweet baby girl! XOXO, Lindsey